Following the Friday, November 3, 2017 Amityville Memorial High School varsity football qualifying round playoff loss, the District received multiple complaints that a player on the opposing team was ineligible to participate in the game. On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Amityville UFSD filed a formal complaint with Section XI alleging the basis for the ineligibility of that player, and requested that Section XI investigate prior to the November 10 semifinal playoff game. Despite multiple attempts by the District and its lawyers to contact Section XI, the District did not receive a formal response from Section XI prior to the November 10 game.
The District is disheartened by the lack of response from Section XI. However, we will continue to vigorously advocate on behalf of our student-athletes by contesting what we believe to be a blatant violation of the NYSPHSAA’s bylaws and eligibility standards and the New York State Commissioner of Education’s rules and regulations.