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Kansas teen disqualified, whats your opinion?

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    Please read this article and let us know if you feel that the correct decision was made?
    Steve Balistreri

    On April 10, Miranda Clark was getting ready to line up for the start of the 1,600-meter race at the Ellsworth Invitational. The Russell (Kan.) High student was ready to roll when she noticed that she had earrings in, a result of a recent ear piercing. Knowing that wearing jewelry in a race is forbidden in sporting events by the Kansas State High School Activities Association, Clark knew she couldn't run with her earrings showing, so she did what most athletes do to make jewelry less conspicuous: She covered them up with tape.

    As it turns out, that decision was the worst she could have made. As soon as Clark finished the event, a track official, Jim Cross, approached her and asked what was under her tape? When she admitted that the tape was covering an earring, Cross promptly judged that she was exhibiting "unsportsmanlike conduct," a ruling that disqualified the Russell (Kan.) High runner from the entire meet; Clark was scheduled to run the 3,200 meters later in the afternoon.

    Perhaps most infuriating for Clark and her teammates was this bizarre technicality: If Clark had left her earrings in but not covered them up with tape she would have only received a warning and not been disqualified. As such, by trying to do the right thing, the Russell runner was punished more harshly than if she had openly disobeyed state regulations.

    "The state should be encouraging runners, not making it difficult to participate," Clark, who finished the 1,600 meters in 10th place, told Prep Rally. "If KSHAA is insisting on being so picky with what is allowed to be worn at sporting events, they need to be consistent. I think it was completely unfair for me to be disqualified and rude to call me unsportsmanlike. I was definitely not trying to hide my jewelry. I was just trying to follow regulations the best I could."

    Whether one agrees with the punishment that befell Clark or not, it's hard to argue with the line of logic she espouses: She didn't remove a piece of jewelry because she was protecting a recent piercing, so she tried to cover it up to keep from violating well-established state regulations. Yet instead of applauding her ingenuity, Clark was given a more harsh punishment for violating a virtually unknown technicality.

    That's precisely the case that a member of the extended Clark family tried to make in an email to KSHSAA assistant executive director Mark Lentz that was obtained by Prep Rally. In his response to an open query about Clark's dismissal from the meet, Lentz said that the teen should only have been disqualified if she had been warned about wearing the earrings earlier in the event. Lentz stressed the importance of "preventive refereeing": warning athletes like Clark that they are at risk of a violation before they actually start an event.

    Yet Lentz also failed to address whether the official's decision to ban Clark was right or wrong, and agreed that it should have been done on the basis of "unsportsmanlike conduct" because it was related to jewelry … even though Clark went out of her way to ensure her jewelry was not showing.

    For his part, Clark's father, Marty Clark, who was at the meet, said that he was most frustrated with a lack of consistency on what parts of contemporary uniforms the KHSAA deems to be inappropriate and unsportsmanlike.

    "I have been attending track meets for years and there is not a meet that I attend that a person does not make a comment about the inappropriate uniforms that are allowed, but I have yet to hear a comment about tape on an ear or an athlete having an earring," Marty Clark told Prep Rally. "Miranda was wrong for having the jewelry in her ear and she knows that, but I feel that to be disqualified from competition because they are putting tape on it is a little extreme. This is just high school sports, we should be promoting and encouraging our young people to compete and be active, not discouraging."
     
  2. senior smoke

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    I don't know if the correct decision was made, but I will bet she never wears jewelry again during a competition.
    Steve
     
  3. gun1357

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    Some would say that once a girl was permitted to tape over something illegal, a dangerous precedent would have been set. IMHO Ron
     
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    She knowingly broke the rules, may turn out to be the best lesson she learns in school.
     
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    When she put the tape over her ear rings she KNOWINGLY broke the rules and tried to cover it up. Quite poorly I might add.

    What else were the officials supposed to do? Let it slide so someone else could try and out do her? She is in High School, if she can't follow rules by now what will she be later in life?
     
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    Rules are rules
     
  7. wolfram

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    It was the correct call and a hard lesson.

    The kid had a piercing knowing that a meet was coming up - she made a wrong choice at that point. She knew the rules.

    How special do you think someone needs to be to get a pass on the rules?
     
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    Tough lesson to learn.

    Once a rule is knowingly flaunted, it gets that much easier to flaunt the next one.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

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    bill4807, quote: <i>"...What does the ATA book say about ear rings, or rather what does this topic have to do with trap shooting; 7 1/2s or 8s."</i>

    I don't think there is a week that goes by without a couple of people putting their feet in their mouths whining about an off topic post that's in an off topic posting section the site owner created. It's like they're autistic without the math skills.
     
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    She knew the rule going in and now the whining starts.

    Break a rule and get caught ... pay the price!
     
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    I hear that Pheasantmaster used to wear an earring but Devi stopped that. I can't recall if Leo or Harlan wear them but that would be one way to DQ them.

    Bob Gibson

    Just Kidding
     
  12. need to shoot more

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    Instead of taping them why not just take them out???? Hand them to who ever had the tape.
     
  13. Martinpicker

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    The rules on no jewelry during sports competition are not just in Kansas. I coached in Missouri and we had the same rule. It is a safety issue...where do you draw the line? The obvious answer is to ban all jewelry during competition. All coaches know about these rules and should pass the information along to student/athletes. What a poor example her father is setting by whining about this. It would be much better if he had told her to suck it up and learn a lesson instead of telling her she deserves the special privelege of having the rules ignored! Jack
     
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    Even if it was a new piercing they could have been removed for the few minutes the event took.

    Live and learn.

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    Blame it on Mike Hampton.



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    It's Bush's fault.
     
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    I used to umpire softball and if the girls had it taped,,,,,which many did,,,,,I couldn't tell what was there and we let them play,,,,,this was in UIL and ASA both,,,,,I wonder if Clark asked if she had earrings somewhere else,,,,,belly button et. al.??????
     
  18. John Thompson

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    Take them out, put them in her bra, the piercing will not grow closed in the amount of time it took to run the race. She knew the rules, part of the problem with todays youth. They want an exemption from the rules for this or that as they them selve's are special.
     
  19. bill1949

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    Wonder if she had piercings anywhere else? Do they check there too?...Bill
     
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    As a former principal and superintendent, I often wonder if we forget the fact that the logic of things should be taken into consideration. How in the world is an ear ring a valid disqualification for a track event? (Wrestling maybe.) Just saying that the rules are the rules will get us into the irrationally of those protesting concealed carry and urging other anti-gun laws. If we are to teach our young people to follow rules, we need to have rules that make sense. If we don't have logical/rational rules, we will just be teaching disrespect for the integrity of rules.

    Terry Sandlin
     
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