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Another player affected by lack of appeals

Posted by on September 27, 2011 – 5:19 pm

Willingly or not, maybe Parker Rasmussen should be the poster child for having an appeals process about automatic suspensions after ejections. The Desert Ridge quarterback can’t play this week against Red Mountain after he was tossed from last week’s win against Skyline for allegedly bumping into a referee during a scrum following a couple personal foul penalties on the Jaguars.

Nothing changed last year when former Apache Junction coach Rich Milligan was tossed from a game after an unsportsmanlike penalty was called against his team for what he called “incidental” contact with a referee, followed by an official running into one of his players (who had his back to the official) inside the team’s sideline “box” while running down the field.

Nothing changed in 2008 when Chaparral’s Tommy Russell missed the 4A Division I state title game when both the Firebirds and Canyon del Oro sent in their respective game films to the AIA to show a Russell hit wasn’t malicious in intent and should not have warranted a suspension from the title game.

Desert Ridge claimed that Rasmussen bumped another player, who inadvertently bumped into the official.

In an ideal world, the way to find out would be a witnessing referee(s) (who should have no dog in the fight) filing a report to the AIA asking for a review of the play. The game official involved in the play (or head referee) describes what they saw on the play in question, what was called, and, if there’s a chance they might have erred, what might have been questionable that they feel warrants review.

The write-up and both schools send the play via DVD or game tape (they film every snap of every game anyway) to the AIA by, say, Tuesday at 9 a.m., and by Wednesday the school will be notified of the decision; a decision that could be made by any (or all) members of the officials department at the AIA.

This isn’t about whether the referees saw a kid punch another kid with an open or closed hand after an ejection. Or whether an official heard one kid say something out of line or not. Those should be officials’ discretion and open-and-shut cases. To avoid hundreds of appeals and wasting everyone’s time, referees would have to submit a report about the ejection in question to warrant a possible appeal.

That means the scenarios worthy of attempting an appeal would be rare, which they should be.
But things happen inadvertently, by accident or without eyewitness to the full context of the situation.

Maybe the Rasmussen exchange played out exactly as the consequence deemed it. Maybe not.

Two game tapes and a referee shouldn’t lie.

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  • joeboy says:

    I was there. Saw the incident. Quit whining DR. Possibly edgy, but justified. Why didn’t he just leave the field when told – numerous times? Why did he act like he is “all about it”? Just a haughty kid getting just rewards – and I support DR.

  • madisonFB says:

    This is not the NFL. This is HS and an educational environment. Life is not fair. Kids need to learn sometimes things don’t go their way. That is what sports is all about. What is wrong with the adults at Desert Ridge trying to get the call reversed????

  • RavenFan says:

    I’m almost positive that anytime there is an ejection, the white hat of a crew is required to notify and submit a written report within 24 hr to AIA. As for the ejection of Rich Milligan last year, I think you will find that NFHS rules bar anyone from being in this area. This rule is a result of a lawsuit in Texas involving contact in this area where an official collided with a high school coach and the coach was severely injured. There are reasons for the rules and ejections. The NFHS has concluded that coaches are being held more accountable for the actions of the kids. The recent changes in illegal bats in both baseball and softball are a prime example of this new attitude in shared responsibility as head coaches are now ejected.
    You raise a valid point about an appeal process being in place. I think AIA doesn’t want to open up a Pandora’s box, nor will they be able to adequately review and respond in time. Perhaps they could so, if they would eliminate being control freaks with officials. Rather than waste their resources and time on scheduling of all officials for all sports, why not sub this out to independent contractors. Not only could they save money on overhead, they could free up valuable to deal with appeals.

  • Sunshine63 says:

    Did you two even read the article (and the other ones before this)?
    All of the powers-that-be admitted that in these incidents, the people involved should not have been suspended. But since NO appeals process is allowed, these suspensions have occurred.
    It isn’t whining when the call is wrong.

    Yes, incorrect calls are made all the time in sports and yes, all of them are unfair. But pointing them out and trying to get them reversed isn’t whining. It’s trying to see that things are done the right way. Nothing is wrong with attempts to correct a wrong.

  • haughtyone says:

    Cut overhead? Where? The process has to be paid somewhere. Under any system, an individual or organization would be placing officials on games. As an AD, I applaud the assignment of officials from the AIA. I dont want to worry about some local organization (been there done that in another state) providing officials – have been held hostage by those groups (fees, costs, quality of service, etc.), This is efficient, and now with paying officials on line – Awesome! There will be bad officials, good officials, bad calls, good calls either way. Get over it.

  • playerparent says:

    I was at that game between Desert Ridge and Skyline. Rassmussen clearly punched the skyline player. When he got ejected he again clearly pushed the referree. Just because Desert Ridge doesn’t want its star to be suspended, they are lieing and covering up. Parker Rassmussen should be especially ashamed considering that as an LDS and they give the perception, that they are above this. He should have been suspended for at least one game, probably the whole year. But as usual in high school football, the stars stay on the field, no matter what.

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