Hamilton, Chandler football programs given advisement for All-Star game participation
The Chandler and Hamilton football programs were given advisement on Monday stemming from their coaches participating in a postseason All-Star game in 2012.
The ruling was made at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board meeting, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium. An advisement is the lowest penalty given to bylaw offenders and doesn’t have any tangible repercussions for next season.
Shaun Aguano (Chandler) and Steve Belles (Hamilton) both coached in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl at Chase Field on January 3, 2012 without getting prior permission from the AIA.
Several local coaches have helped out at various All-Star events over the past few years, but the issue didn’t come up until this year, when a proposed All-Star game on Jan. 21 drew the attention of the AIA. In the past, the football players would compete against Calif. All-Stars after the school year ended, but the Arizona Football Coaches Association wanted to move it up so the seniors could get another look before Signing Day.
The Jan. 21 game took place as scheduled, but no high school coaches were involved in the process. If next year’s All-Star game is again played during the school year, coaches can participate if they receive prior permission from the AIA.