From the Office of the Superintendent
Dear Wilson Community,
We teach our children the importance of rules, on and off school grounds. Rules must apply in and out of the classroom, including on the courts and playing fields upon which our teams compete with energy and honor. And when there is a rule violation, discovered directly or indirectly, my responsibility as Superintendent is to make sure it is corrected swiftly, thoroughly, and justly, and to ensure it cannot be repeated. So, I have the unpleasant, but absolutely necessary responsibility, of informing you of one such athletic competition rule violation that may impact the remarkable accomplishments of our boys’ soccer team. While the infraction, failure by a player to disclose his correct age, might seem slight to some, it is a very serious matter.
On Tuesday, we discovered a discrepancy between records regarding the age of a student athlete on our Varsity Boys Soccer team. Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) rules clearly prohibit a student athlete from participating if they have reached 19 years of age before July 1 of the immediately preceding school year. Upon further review, we found that the student and his guardian failed to disclose his correct date of birth on several required documents, including the PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation. The District’s internal inquiry, assisted by its solicitor, revealed that the student knowingly entered an incorrect date of birth, and his actual date of birth renders him ineligible to participate in interscholastic activities.
The Wilson School District recognizes that we have an obligation to report the infraction to the PIAA. We are also taking corrective actions to ensure against a recurrence. Once the PIAA has reviewed our situation, we will provide an update to our community.
While I do not relish this task, I must add that taking these actions in no way discredits the athletes that played their hearts out in every game all season long. While the record book may have an asterisk by their accomplishment, they were a truly great team. These players are exceptional young men who stand tall in the face of adversity.
Dr. Richard H. Faidley, Superintendent