MURFREESBORO – Blackman forfeited all 16 of its wins from the 2015 high school baseball season after self-reporting to the TSSAA a player who was ineligible because the baseball coach didn’t require him to submit an athletic physical, according to a letter from the high school athletic association.
A May 26 letter from TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress to Blackman Principal Leisa Justus stated: “Coach (Justin) Entrekin did not require the pre-participation medical evaluation or parental consent forms from the parents of the student in question.”
The TSSAA ruled that a letter should be submitted to all schools which the ineligible athlete participated in notifying them that an ineligible player played in it.
The 16 games in which the ineligible athlete participated and Blackman won was forfeited. The school was also fined $250.
“We take very seriously the welfare of our student-athletes,” Justus stated in an email to The Daily News Journal. “It is very important to have physicals done and on file. We have dealt with this internally and with the TSSAA and do have measures in place so that we monitor this extremely closely in the future.”
Entrekin said Tuesday that the physical was “misplaced.”
“A call was made about it, and we discovered we didn’t have that physical so that player was ineligible so we self-reported it to the TSSAA,” Entrekin said.
Entrekin who recently completed his third season as Blackman’s head coach, added that the player participated in just 10 of the 16 games. However, Childress said Blackman officials reported to the TSSAA all 16 games were being forfeited due to participation.
Blackman finished fifth in District 7-AAA this past season. The Blaze handed Riverdale its lone district loss of the season prior to the forfeitures.
Entrekin said the school has set up a system to make sure something similar doesn’t occur in the future.
“We are getting everyone on a consensus check list for every team,” Entrekin said. “We are going to make certain to double check everything.”
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