The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) sets forth standards for sports programs including football for Florida high schools. Many policy and procedures are in place to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the student athletes. In addition, standards also help “level the playing field” for competition. Recently, Okeechobee High School was reprimanded by the FHSAA for policy violations involving Okeechobee’s football program. Violations took place at the beginning of spring football practice which included having a Sunday practice, having 8th graders practice “full-contact” with upperclassmen. In high school sports, some violations are minor and others are more severe. The severity or importance of the violation should not necessarily be measured on the physical harm done or personal injuries caused. At times, coaches ignore rules, regulations, and policies in the spirit of competition and winning. Principles and policies should not be abandoned to win a game. After all, high school sports, by its definition, is a sporting program for children. In addition to sports competition, there is also an education along the way. You can read more about this story at FHSAA Issues Reprimand to Okeechobee High School.