Grand Junction hoping restriction for football is lifted soon

Grand Junction High School’s varsity football program will remain on restriction for now, which could affect the Tigers’ playoff chances.

A recommendation was made to remove the program from restriction last weekend during the Colorado High School Activities Association executive committee meeting, but it was denied.

“Our paperwork and plan (to correct the issue) is fine,” Grand Junction Athletic Director Ned Pollert said Monday. “There is no question about it.

“We will not do anything different. We’ll continue to check things. The coaches are doing their job communicating and checking on the kids.”

The restriction could be lifted at the next CHSAA executive committee meeting in October.

“At that time, I expect to have (the restriction) removed,” CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann said.

If the Tigers are removed from restriction, they will be eligible for the postseason, but would then be placed on probation.

The Tigers were placed on restriction after allowing 23 eighth-graders to participate in an offseason conditioning program in March and April.

The CHSAA bylaws state that eighth-graders are not allowed to participate in any team activities until they complete their eighth grade school year.

District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain discovered the violation and reported it to CHSAA.

Teams on restriction after the regular season are not eligible for postseason play.

It’s common practice for teams to remain on restriction for at least part of the regular season, Borgmann said, to make sure schools follow through on their plan to correct the situation.

“That’s the normal procedure for at least part of the regular season,” Borgmann said. “I firmly believe they’ve done everything they need to do (to have the restriction removed in October).”


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