AUSTIN, TX (KTRK) --A University Interscholastic League state executive committee unanimously upheld a 20-game forfeiture ruling against the Katy High School varsity baseball team Monday afternoon.
Committee Chair Mike Motheral said it was not an issue of whether two students intended to violate the amateur rule, but rather a misinterpretation of the rule.
The rule states in part:
"...A student in grades 9-12 is not an amateur if that individual, within the preceding 12 months received money or other valuable consideration for teaching or participating in a League sponsored school sport."
Grant Jackman and Hayden Baker testified they made about $1,500 to help at Little League games but saying they hit fly balls and kept score at games and did not act as a coach. Bruce Baker, Hayden's father, testified he understood the rule did not apply to Little League, because he thought it did not qualify as a UIL-sponsored school sport.
The 20-game forfeiture knocks the Tigers out of playoff contention.
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