GALION – The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has told the Galion School District that the Athletic Department has been placed on probation through Aug. 1, 2017 for violating four bylaws. The violations were self-reported in June.
The specific bylaws violated were outlined in a press release by the school and Athletic Director Kyle Baughn and are as follows:
1. Bylaw 4-9-3 #6: “Providing athletic camp brochures that advertise athletic camps available to general population is permissible as long as no direct mailing to specific individuals is conducted.” A Galion coach gave a brochure to a non-enrolled student’s father.
2. Bylaw 4-9-4 #1: “Using direct mailings or electronic communication to send information to a specific individual by name.” A Galion coach sent a team text to players asking them to welcome a player who just moved to town. The player was specifically named before officially enrolling at Galion High School.
3. Bylaw 4-9-4 #6: “Providing favors or inducements, such as T-shirts or caps, to prospective student-athletes or their parents.” A Galion coach allowed a non-enrolled player to borrow a football helmet to be used at a football camp.
4. Bylaw 4-9-6: “All questions relating to enrollment, attendance or athletic program shall be handled through the school administration or admissions office.” A Galion coach did report initial contact by a parent in regards to enrollment, but a coach did not adequately handle additional phone calls and/or texts.
The OHSAA suspended the head football coach Chris Hawkins for the first two games of the 2015 season. The athlete involved is also suspended from participating in preseason practices as well as the first game of the season. The football coach is expected to appeal.
Galion is also ordered to pay a $750 fine and submit an action plan to educate coaches on the bylaws. Once the plan is submitted, the district will release that information.
“We will fully comply with all the requirements of the probation as outlined by the OHSAA,” Baughn said. “The Galion City School District is committed to compliance with OHSAA rules and regulations, and we will make sure that all our coaches at every level are educated and proficient with the rules and regulations.”