MPSSAA proposes guidelines to settle suit by home school team

High Schools

July 19, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's remedy for settling a $7.7 million lawsuit filed by Progressive Christian Academy wrestling coach Carlos Sandoval will be submitted today to the Maryland State Board of Education.

In the lawsuit filed in March, Sandoval alleged the MPSSAA discriminated against his team during a January tournament with a rule that prohibits public-school teams from competing against teams with non-high school athletes.

Sandoval believes the MPSSAA's proposal discriminates against his athletes and has filed a request for a trial date and a preliminary injunction that would last for the duration of the trial.

Submitted to the U.S. District Court in Baltimore on June 24 in response to a request by Judge J. Frederick Motz, the MPSSAA's proposal contains 17 guidelines to which Sandoval's team must adhere, including a 13-to-19 age limit, a four-year eligibility clause and a requirement that home-schooled athletes attach themselves to private institutions.

"If approved, these standards would be the same for every private school, but they do not go as far as the public school standards," said Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA.

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