Holdbacks for Middle School Sports

Holdbacks for Middle School Sports

Posted in the Harlan County Forum

ConcernedParent

Anderson, SC

#1 Jul 10, 2010
Why are dozens of kids being held back in Harlan County Schools each year to play sports? Every year we see kids, many of whom do not have any hope of playing at the High School Level, being held back solely in order to play sports. The Harlan County School System does not even enforce the age limitations for these players. Last year, there were 15 year old boys playing middle school ball. This is not fair to the other kids. The schools should require a copy of the birth certificates on every child playing ball to verify that they meet the age requirements. I guess that would be too fair.
watcher

Harlan, KY

#2 Jul 13, 2010
They do require a birth cert, or at least they did when I coached a few years ago. I remember a Herren kid from Loyall who drove to practice when he was in the 8th grade, so the age limit is 15 yrs and so many months in order to be eligible. The hold backs and the recruiting has been going on for years. It doesn't make it right, but it is the tradition. I think most parents are under the impression that their child may play college basketball and are giving them an extra year for high school sports....maybe. Unfortunately, parents are the most under objective people to make that call.
Knows the Law

Clarksville, TN

#3 Jul 14, 2010
You both are misinformed about the rules, the STATE LAW is that no child can play sports if they turn 15 before Aug 1st while in the 8th grade, or turn 19 before Aug 1st while being a senior in high school. These rules apply for all students in much of the United States, so before you cry foul know the law and try an abide by it.
Concerned Parent

Anderson, SC

#4 Jul 17, 2010
Knows the Law wrote:
You both are misinformed about the rules, the STATE LAW is that no child can play sports if they turn 15 before Aug 1st while in the 8th grade, or turn 19 before Aug 1st while being a senior in high school. These rules apply for all students in much of the United States, so before you cry foul know the law and try an abide by it.


I know the rules about this. You are correct. I am talking in general about hold backs. There have been 15 and 16 year old kids playing middleschool sports in Harlan County for many years. It just is not fair to put a 12 year old in the 7th grade against a 15 or 16 year old in the 8th grade.
Walter Kovacs

Harlan, KY

#5 Jul 20, 2010
It may not be fair for other kids playing sports, but it is REALLY not fair to the child who will be graduating later than his original class, and is being taught that sports (a highly unlikely career) is more important than education. 'Tis a shame.
watcher

Harlan, KY

#6 Jul 21, 2010
Wouldn't it be great if parents put as much emphasis on education as they do on sports?!
I don't believe I've ever seen a parent go to blows because their child wasn't properly trained for a math test. We will reap the reprocussions of this one day.
Coach

Vilonia, AR

#7 Oct 27, 2010
i agree that 16 year olds shouldnt be able to stay back an play grade school ball
but one year is good for some of the players
i seen where the first person said that some of the players have no chance of making it in high school sports. First off what kind of parent are you puttin kids down like that? They can be anything they wanna be its not about how big you are its about how big you play an where your heart is.
And that is the reason they hold back to get another year of sports under their belt because its a big jump from goin to playin wit ppl that are around your age to boys 4 or 5 years older.
Meeeee

Winchester, KY

#8 Oct 30, 2010
Most of the time people, we keep our children back because of their maturity level, I did, we as parents convince them its for sports but really its not, I think its awful to send 14 year olds to high school with kids that are sometimes 19, they are just not on the same level! I agree with the grade school holdback 100%!
ConcernedParend

Pineville, KY

#9 Nov 7, 2010
Well, I do know the rules. They do say that the child cannot be over 14 on August 1st, but the fact is that most schools do not even check this, I know because my son plays middle school ball and was never asked for any verification. Does anyone care about the additional cost of educating these children. When I said that they had no chance of playing high school ball, I meant that based on what I have seen year after year in the Harlan County School System. I did not mean it to take anything away from the kids. When my son was 13 in seventh grade, his coach aked me to hold him back because he said he "needed him" for that extra year. That would not have been fair to my son or to the other kids coming up behind him. Anyway, there are boys on his team who were 15 long before August 1st and one who I understand even turned 16 recently. I believe in abiding by the rules, but I also think that something as simple as requesting a copy of the childs birth certificate along with their permission form would not be too much to ask. Make it fair for everyone, thats the way it should be.

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