Number of team forfeitures has AHSAA considering new rule

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - More than five teams across the state have faced sanctions or been forced to forfeit games this season--including Wetumpka High School.

Alabama High School Athletic Association officials say many times other schools "tattle" on their rivals right before the playoffs.

And it has some questioning if the association should change the rules when it comes to teams revealing other teams' violations.

"It was heartbreaking," says Jenifer Glover.

Glover's son plays for Wetumpka High and says recent rulings stripping the team of their victories hit the community hard.

"Everybody was pretty much shocked as far as what was going on," she says.

The Wetumpka ruling came after rival school--Jefferson Davis--accused them of having an ineligible player just weeks before the Indians were headed to the playoffs.

"Unfortunately schools wait until the last minute to see how it affects them before they turn in other member schools," says Steve Savarese, Executive Director with the AHSAA.

He says the practice has been going on for 40 years.  He thinks a new rule requiring schools to let rival teams know of violations earlier in the season would help.

"Hopefully we'll all be able to come up with a solution to this issue."

ASHAA officials say if a rule change were to happen, the schools would have to vote for it.

"I'd definitely love to be involved in something like that and looking at those things," says Wetumpka Head Coach Chad Anderson.

He believes a change could eliminate broken hearts, too.

"To be looking at second and now we're hurts for those guys."

Savarese says he'll be talking to other state high school associations for ideas on what types of rules they could consider implementing.

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