So, last week, I contacted the IESA asking for a ruling on this by-law relative to a tournament of all Illinois teams, save one that doesn't fit the 'adjacent' rule. I guess I was asking for it by doing this, but everyone on here knows I'm a stickler for the rules, right?The IESA Handbook Rule 2.080 wrote:Member schools may permit eligible students to participate in interscholastic activities as school representatives
pursuant with the following:
Schools which are members of this Association.
Illinois elementary attendance centers containing any of the grades five through eight which are not
members of this Association.
Non-Illinois elementary attendance centers in states adjacent to Illinois which contain any of the grades five
through eight. Member schools on the Illinois borders should indicate on schedules whenever a school is
outside Illinois. (emphasis added)
I was a bit dismayed when told that the Executive Director didn't want to rule on it, rather he wanted to take it up with the Board.
I effectively made up my mind this past week that we were going to the tourney regardless and that I may be compelled to lie about who we played. I'm telling you this now because I received the following ruling today:
I can only guess that the conversation turned to why the rule was what it was, and the Board decided they had no business telling NU who they could and couldn't invite to their own event.IESA Admin wrote:Jeff, there is no problem with you playing in a tournament with a school
outside of Illinois (adjacent state or otherwise). Thanks for checking it
brought up some good conversation on the board.
Hooray for common sense!