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Prep Sports and the Courts...
Just a good FYI if anyone wants to comment or discuss, since there may be a void in discussion points right now...
In an age of entitlement, this shows that the courts do not believe in entitlement when it comes to high school athletics...
Due Process & Being Cut from Teams
In May 2019, in another of the long line of precedents addressing the issue whether students have a constitutional right to participate in school sports programs, a federal trial court judge denied a motion for a rehearing of his October 2018 ruling for the school in a case involving a high school soccer player cut from his team, Doe v. Ladue Horton Watkins High School (MO). The 16-year-old junior, identified in court documents as John Doe, didn’t make the varsity squad at the school and was barred from returning to the junior varsity team because younger players were given priority based on the coach’s discretion. His family sued, claiming several constitutional and civil rights-related violations. However, in the court’s written opinion in the case, U.S. District Judge John Ross stated, “[the school] argues that Doe will suffer no harm because he has no legal right to participate in high school sports … the Court agrees … Courts have long held that participation in inter-scholastic athletics programs is not a property right, but a privilege … accordingly, Doe suffers no legal harm by being excluded from the JV team.