GJ football team removed from restriction

The Grand Junction High School football team will get a chance to qualify for the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Tigers (4-1), who are hoping to qualify and win their first 5A playoff game this season, were officially removed from restriction Thursday, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced.

“We had the feeling this was going to be the process from when we found out (about the restriction), but to not have this over our heads is a good feeling,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said. “We can go forward.”

Grand Junction is on probation for one year. Probation is an acknowledgement of a CHSAA violation. Additional violations while on probation are considered extremely serious and could lead to restriction or suspension.

If there are no further violations, the probation will be automatically removed.

Grand Junction was placed on restriction in the spring for violating a CHSAA bylaw when eighth-graders were allowed to participate with the high school players in an offseason conditioning program.

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

The Grand Junction football team allowed 23 eighth-graders to participate in weight lifting and conditioning drills for four to six weeks during March and April.

District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain discovered the violation in May and reported it to CHSAA, which immediately put Grand Junction on restriction.

Programs on restriction are not eligible to participate in postseason play.


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