Exceptions for Every Rule

by Melissa Brunner

Be warned, sports teams that want to change up their uniforms for charity - you'd better make sure there isn't a rule against your plans!

I imagine a lot of people will cry foul over this story out of Omaha - here's a link to the full article I found on Yahoo! Sports via Prep Rally: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/omaha-girls-handed-technical-foul-wearing-pink-fundraising-161151474.html. The summary: a high school girls basketball team wore pink uniforms to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. But the opposing coach pointed out to the officials that there was a rule requiring the home team to wear white jerseys. The officials confirmed the rule and assessed the pink girls a technical foul at the state of the game.

Seriously? I know rules are rules, but.... seriously?

For his part, the athletics director at the home school says he should have looked more closely at the jersey rule and pursued an exemption for the activity. And I suppose one could argue the rule needs to be followed or have schools obtain permission before such events so we don't end up so far down a slippery slope of "that's an okay reason" that you get stunts which cross the line (example - a team could wear red jerseys to support heart disease awareness, knowing the opposing school's color is red).

In this case, the Make a Wish Foundation comes out a winner - the school went ahead with plans to auction the jerseys after the came and raised $2600. But I think sportsmanship took a mark in the "loss" column.



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