OFSAA Has Different Rules for Schools
You may recall my blog about the scenario that saw Loyola high school from Oakville attend a sanctioned U.S. basketball tournament during the recent December school break - and without the advance blessings of the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association.
OFSAA says it's a must to get approval in advance.
OFSAA, in clear language on its website, says teams must seek OFSAA approval before going to a sanctioned event.
Well, OFSAA never replied to this scribe when asked why Loyola didn't get sanctioned in the same fashion as Pickering - a school that remains on a three-year probation for using two players in a U.S, tournament? OFSAA also barred the Pickering coach from watching his team in a public facility.
No surprise about OFSAA, which appears to let things slip by assuming they disappear in space.
Not to take anything away from Loyola, a very talented team with good coaching, but an error was made and even Loyola chose to stay gagged. Quiet too was the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association and also the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Association.
Funny, how other schools get hit - and hit hard - when they make a mistake.
Well, it appears that Loyola never did complete the OFSAA sanctioning letter available on the OFSAA website. The school only talked with its athletic association.
Well, the Star obtained a copy of a letter sent to Rocco Dilanni, the acting Principal at Loyola. The letter, dated Feb. 19, 2010 and signed by Brian Poste, the Chairman of the OFSAA Sanctions Committee, lets Loyola off.
Poste is the same person who ruled on the Pickering fiasco last year. I have never met Mr. Poste, but I have spoken to him. He sounds like a nice guy and did return my calls last year too.
Here`s a copy of the letter to Loyola saying Loyola`s error was an honest oversight.
Hmm, Pickering admitted to its error - but still got whipped.
Loyola got off easy.
Fair or not?