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Published: Thursday, Oct. 27 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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aficionado
Sandy, UT

Tell me how it is fair that a kid who lives inside the boundaries is being denied his right to play high school basketball?

I fail to see the justice.

Timp
South Jordan, UT

UHSAA is beyond ridiculous.

A kid living in public school boundaries should ALWAYS have the right to go to his local public school even if he had been in private schools his whole life. That is the kids and family's decision, not some overpaid UHSAA employee. Just as a band or drama kid should be able to participate in band or drama at their local public school even if they went to a private school the year before.

Beyond ridiculous in my opinion.

sensei17
Salt Lake City, UT

Because he chose not to go to the high school who's boundaries he lives in. He knew the rules and does not want the rule to apply to him.

Proud to be American
West Jordan, UT

The UHSAA didn't see this coming? Are they serious? C'mon Van Wagoner, this will be the first of many - and will lead to the collapse of the UHSAA's "power" to make decisions on whether a kid can or cannot play where they want.

The courts will allow Mika to play, and there is nothing the UHSAA can do to stop it.

Just my opinion
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't always like the way the UHSAA does things. But the new transfer rule is a good thing and should be upheld. Hopefully the courts stay out of it and dismiss the pointless lawsuit.

This is one the UHSAA should win.

If they didn't want to drive 20 miles each way everyday they should not have gone to that school in the first place. It was only once their kid grew and got better and they thought he would be able to play at Lone Peak they wanted to change.

That would be the definition of transfering for athletic reasons.

I wish the UHSAA rule was play where you live and only if you attend that school (no private school would be part of the UHSAA).

UC Baller
Salt Lake City, UT

i bet that if the option was given to attend Lehi...which is 8 miles away instead of 20 something....they would opt to stay at Waterford.

He didnt shop his kid around as he states....but cmon. If LPeak wasnt any good at BBall, he wouldnt go there. And if its a hardship, then he can sit a year if it is truly that tough on him.

Andronicus
Herriman, UT

Just wait until a kid is denied eligibility and misses out on scholarship money...I see monetary lawsuits coming up next. UHSAA has been a joke for as long as I've been coaching in Utah.

justcap
Provo, UT

The transfer rule is a good one and should be upheld. But you should always be allowed to play at the school in which boundaries you live.

Just my opinion
Salt Lake City, UT

justcap

Not if you decide another school is better for you and attent or play for that school. You have then made the choice that that is now you home school.

If not why would everyone not start out at a school outside the boundries of where they live, because then they would always have one freebee to change school for what every reason they wanted.

When they first attend or tryout for high school they already have the choice to attend any school they want. They should then not be able to change again just because they live in that schools boundries.

ohIknow
Alpine, Utah

Sounds like he needs the LP quarterback attorney, he beat the UHSAA.

Just my opinion
Salt Lake City, UT

"Proud to be American"

First unless the judge is lacking in common since he will at minimum deney the injuction.

They waited until just before the season started to file the court case hoping that the judge would let the kid play until the court case was over, and the lawyer knows the court case would not be over until after the season was over.

So this way the kid would get to play either way. Because if the court upheld the UHSAA rule it wouldn't matter because the kid would have already got to play the whole season.

Hope the judge dismisses the case.

KSDBN
Murray, UT

He is a good kid. I hope he plays.

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

He lived in Lone Peak district when he chose to NOT attend Lone Peak.

He is a good kid and should continue to play at Waterford where he started.

aficionado
Sandy, UT

do any of you know what waterford is like? The stress it brings? Did any of you attend there? Did any of you send your kids there? Well guess what?

I went to Waterford!

You have no idea the stresses of that school. Every night 4 hours of homework. + 2 hour sports practice. that means without eating or anything your night is 6 hours long. If it takes you 35 minutes to get home, that means your staying up till 11 every night. at least. and then early morning seminary bright and early at 6 50 so eric has to leave at 6 15. that means waking up at 5 50. so that's what 6 - 7 hours of sleep every night? For a active, growing teenage boy.

That is unhealthy. That is now fixed at Lone Peak.

And how bout social stress? Do you know what its like to have 30 kids to one grade? Do you know what it's like to not have time to hang out on the weekends? I sure do. It stinks. So just let the kid play. He's not going to West Jordan. He's going to the school he's suppose to go to.

RD1025
Springville, UT

If they are ONLY doing this because of the safety issue, and for the protection and best interest of their son. Then getting to attend LP should be the only thing they would be concerned with. If they are not doing it for sports related reasons, then sitting out a year shouldn't matter. Right? The rule is a good one, unless you are a parent who thinks they are above the rules. Until the UHSAA started enforcing the transfer rule last year, parents could lie all they wanted about reasons for transferring. Look at the difference it has made with Timpview football and Provo basketball. These teams aren't as dominant without the transfers that have carried them for years.

sldad
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope the UHSAA loses this one. Doesn't it seem a bit unfair to have a panel sit in judgment of a family just trying to do the best thing for their child? Don't assume the coaches and schools have the best interests of the child in mind. Most often they do not. If the parents feel their child would be better off somewhere else they should be able to make the change. Just as all schools do not offer equal academics, all schools do not offer even reasonably similar sports opportunities. Waterford was not what they wanted. Let them change their mind.

KG
South Jordan, UT

@ aficionado: He (and you) chose to go to Waterford. I would assume both choices were based on higher academic standards and better quality education. Better education means harder classes, and more demanding homework assignments. Sure, it is draining, but he (and you) knew or should have known about the demands of Waterford before choosing to enroll there.

That said, I am not sure the UHSAA took into consideration all the factors, such as changes in the economy, that increase the costs and burden of traveling to Waterford. But on the other hand, if they are paying the tuition at Waterford, and they chose to have their son commute that distance, they could have foreseen some of those challenges as well.

Personally, I think he should be able to play. There is no consistency from the UHSAA up to this point, so the decision (and every UHSAA decision) seems quite arbitrary. There is little doubt in my mind regarding the strategic timing of the law suit. In the end, I think he plays.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

The next thing UHSAA needs to do is to stop open enrollment at the various schools so that kids play sports where they live instead of transfering to Bingham, Cottonwood, Lone Peak, Skyline, etc.

SUBoy
AMERICAN FORK, UT

Any comments from UHSAA about a local basketball star transferring from Skyline to W. Jordan this year?? Sounds like discrimination against LP.

sportsman44
MIDWAY, UT

Make the kid sit out a year. For his well being so that he can catch up from last year and all the hardship that it was on him. He needs at least a year to make up for his bad grades that he got at Waterford. oh did he get bad grades was it really that hard for him? either way he needs to focus on school more than basketball. That's why he going to LP right?

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