ROUND ROCK – The Katy High School baseball team will have to forfeit 20 games and will miss the playoffs after the UIL state executive committee denied the school’s appeal Monday.
Katy baseball players Grant Jackman and Hayden Baker violated the UIL’s amatuer athletic rule when they were paid as assistant coaches for a local little league team.
The 19-6A executive committee unanimously ruled against the players on April 22 and recommended the minimum penalty of forfeiture of games.
The families opted to appeal to the state, maintaining the same argument that the players did not teach or coach but instead did grunt work such as keeping stats or helping the 7- and 8-year-old little league players put their gear on.
Also a main argument from the families was the interpretation of the rule, which states players can not receive compensation for coaching or playing in a league-sponsored sport. The parents believe a UIL-sponsored sport is limited to middle school and high school sports, not little league. The committee said that rule includes coaching in a UIL-sponsored sport at any level.
The rule is in the process of being clarified and altered for next school year, however the committee based today’s decision on what the rule currently is.
The penalty means the Katy baseball team – which started the season 21-0 and went 10-4 in district before the forfeitures – will miss the playoffs. Strake Jesuit, Seven Lakes, Katy Taylor and Tompkins will represent 19-6A in the playoffs.