After listening to New Kent County resident JT Taylor¿ from Central Virginia Homeschool a couple of nights ago, I starkly was reminded of the need for schools to follow similar protocols for allowing youngsters to play -- especially in a collision sport like football.
Taylor, a former Varina High and U.Va. linebacker, said "about 14 or 15" of the players on a team his guys competed against had graduated from high school before competing against his Disciples. Without the time to check those claims, I'll take him at his excellent word. Older guys vs. younger guys tends to cause more injuries.
What's more: I didn't realize that the CVHS insurance policy DOESN'T COVER the players if they're competing against non-high-schoolers. That could be a huge problem!
For all of the flak we in athletics give the VHSL, at least schools are playing under the same rules. Private schools, and especially those assimilating players from not under the same school roof, need to organize better to avoid such trouble.
Here is why the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association becomes so important. It can't let what Taylor calls "renegade" programs compete without changes.
I appreciate Taylor's input in this.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun