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UPDATED: Arlington High Teams Forced to Forfeit Wins from Last Year

The school district recently discovered that several student athletes who competed for the high school last year were academically ineligible under MIAA rules.

Update 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12

The list of teams affected and wins forfeited, from Arlington Superintendent Kathleen Bodie.

Fall 2011

Boys' Varsity Soccer: Forfeit all wins for the entire season. (Boys' varsity soccer team was 7-7-4 in 2011, lost to Dracut in the preliminary round of the Division 2 North tournament.)
Boys' Junior Varsity Soccer: Forfeit all wins for the entire season.

Winter 2011-2012

Varsity Wrestling: Forfeit first three matches. (Varsity team was 15-3 in 2011-2012 season, according to Boston.com standings, will now be 12-6, with wins against Wilmington, Quincy and Catholic Memorial becoming losses.)

Spring 2012

Varsity Baseball: Forfeit three games.
Boys' Varsity Tennis: Forfeit all wins for the entire season.
Girls' Junior Varsity Softball: Forfeit all wins for the entire season.
Girls' Junior Varsity Lacrosse: Forfeit all wins through the first 12 games.
Freshman Baseball: Forfeit all wins beginning April 10.

In addition, ineligible student athletes participated in the following sports, but there were no wins that could be forfeited.

Winter 2011-2012

Boys' Varsity Indoor Track
Girls' Varsity Indoor Track
Varsity Gymnastics
Hockey Cheerleading

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The following is a press release from Arlington Superintendent Kathleen Bodie.

Arlington High School Athletic Eligibility Investigation

Arlington High School has been required to forfeit several wins by some of its athletic programs during the 2011-2012 school year. These forfeitures result from the recently discovered fact that several student athletes who competed for Arlington interscholastic teams last school year were academically ineligible to compete under Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) rules. Academic eligibility to play a sport should be verified by the Athletic Department by checking the grades of student athletes each term. While checking the grades of student athletes following completion of the first term this fall, the Acting Athletic Director learned that there may have been academic eligibility issues last year. A resulting investigation also revealed that some foreign exchange students who competed for Arlington last year did so without required MIAA waivers. In all, twelve teams included ineligible players and eight of these teams have had to forfeit winning games.

While certain team victories in the affected sports must be forfeited, this action does not affect the records of individual athletes, the awarding of varsity letters, or students’ ability to refer to their participation in these sports when they apply for admission to college. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie stated, “These forfeitures are unfortunate but they should not adversely reflect on any of our student athletes or coaches. The discipline, effort, and teamwork that they put into their season will continue to reflect well on them and the high school.”

Superintendent Bodie, Interim Principal Mary Villano and Acting Athletic Director Rob DiLoreto are committed to preventing a recurrence of this unfortunate situation. To that end, Arlington High School has reviewed the enforcement of its verification procedures in the Athletic Department and is establishing a system of checks and balances to ensure that those procedures are enforced and that only academically eligible athletes participate in interscholastic sports.

toomanyfools December 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
SG -- grab yourself a state association rules handbook for any/all departments in the high school and check how many list the principal as having responsibility similar to as stated in the above -- just a hunch. Do you think principals ever have to delegate responsibilities to the people that work for them -- and when they fail to handle the responsibility isn't that a performance issue? In rule 84. Participation of an Ineligible Student -- note the reference of "lack of care on the part of the school authorities" -- then it states how the principal needs to notify the principal of the opposing school of the incident -- makes sense right? What/who do you think they are referring to with "lack of care of school authorities" maybe someone other than the principal is responsible since they didn't just write lack of care of the principal...
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
TMF. I wouldn't know anything about a state assosiation handbook, or where to find one, nor do i care, I could be looking all night, so if you have a link, let me know. I read the MIAA rule, and that's what i see in writing. Some of the parts, other than the principals responsibility may be a mattter of opinion.
toomanyfools December 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
BB - did you actually read the report from the AAC? Conspiracy or just plain old poor management and accounatbility?
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Yes Bridget. i don't know about the last part, but you are seeing it my way. I think you are pretty close.
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I think i read it a while ago? I really don't remember what it said, but i will try and find it.
Mary December 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM
1."The principal, headmaster, or director of the school in all cases is responsible to the Association for the acts of school teams and other school organizations" 2."Upon request a member school principal must provide student eligibility certification for any student-athlete who might be questioned by a principal or the Association." 3."Since the principal is personally responsible for attesting to the eligibility of each contestant, and since allowing an ineligible player to participate in a contest is a serious matter, it is strongly advised that the principal give personal attention to this matter." TMF, yes there is a conspiracy, to oust a Department Head, without any foundation. MIAA regulations are CLEAR and TRANSPARENT for a reason, just because an employee helps an uneducated Principal, does not mean that person stands in the Principal's shoes. I guess that is why the MIAA STRONGLY ADVISES PRINCIPALS to give PERSONAL ATTENTION. THere are no outs for the Principal and her Supervisor....Have people seen the letter the Principal had the teachers read to the students today? Maybe the school should stop their knee jerk foolishness and take a closer look at the issues, better yet, take any look. The SUpt. crosses town lines on her way home, other than credibility, she has nothing to lose.
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
TMF...can you give me a link to the report from the AAC?
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Also very interesting. The superintendant states, as the acting athletic director was checking this years athletes eligibility, he happened to notice the errors in last years eligibility. He just happened to go back and check a year that he was not involved as the acting A.D. Very interesting. Here is the Supers quote. "In Bodie’s press release Wednesday, the superintendent said the academic eligibility to play a sport should be verified by the athletic department by checking grades of student athletes each term. After assuming the position at the start of the school year, acting Athletic Director Rob DiLoreto learned that there may have been academic eligibility issues during last school year while checking on eligibility for the fall term, according to the school district. "
saul glick December 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Mary. I have not seen the letter read today? Can you elaborate?
Clark Griswold December 14, 2012 at 01:59 AM
What a load of BS this is - is this the third or fourth reason they've tried to come up with to fire him? I'm losing count... "criminal investigation" - nope, nothing there... no uniforms for soccer - nope, nothing there... kids who were ineligible during the season that started after Dever was suspended - nope. Inept doesn't even begin to describe this nonsense... Why not just tell the truth and say that a few people who can't let go of high school hockey are acting like petulant children over an old man who lost his coaching job - at least then they'd be honest about the reason they want to fire him. Doesn't this make any of you just a little embarrassed about the "leaders" here?
toomanyfools December 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
SG - sounds like you're proposing a conspiracy theory. I thought that was unacceptable according to previous posts from BB that you're in support of?
saul glick December 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
TMF. My theory went out the window.
saul glick December 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Clark. The supposed ineligible students were from 2011-2012. Not this year, 2012-2013. And you were great in Christmas Vacation. Very funny
Mary M December 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Kiris Ampe is very quick to point fingers at the Athletic Department. Yet, in the same Article where she is quoted in the Boston Globe today, the MIAA made clear, which is obvious to anyone who takes the time to read the habdbook, "Ultimately under MIAA Rules the responsibility of checking eligibility to participate in sports falls on the PRINCIPAL." Even if aspects are delegated to the Athletic Department, "He said the PRINCIPAL must certify the roster for any team sport that players are eligible." SO Chairperson, go back to your family during this time of year, or begin to investigate how Principal VIllano and her immediate Supervisor "Dr." Bodie allowed this systematic failure to occur. And if parents and coaches are upset, yet knew their kid was playing when ineligible....don't worry their names will become very public, very soon. As it is not enough to say someone was on a roster, but they had to participate in the sport. Dr. Bodie and Kirsi Ampe, are happy this will not affect "students records" , who cares if it ruins their reputation and feelings of self worth, our kids are under enough pressure. As Wetzel said, "in general when an eligibility issue is found, it's not uncommon....that there is a new Principal." Villano came on in 2011-2012, and now Arlington is going to forfeit all their games. When did Principal Villano attend the MIAA workshop, as a new principal? And why is the school having teachers POST the letter sent home to us in each classroom?
Mary M December 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
No Saul, The interim Athletic Director may have announced something a little different at an Athletic Director's meeting that took place in the first week of December, until of course, it became apparent he would get in trouble for this year. When will we get his statement, I suppose when he is finished polishing the Reading High School Superbowl Trophy, he might come forward with a statement.
Wind Dummy 25 December 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
BB, if accurate this follows that nasty & typical mo of meddling helicopter parents intruding and why there are rules in place to check these people. Not only in Arlington BTW. Most everyone involved with their kids sports including myself have met these types and unfortunately have come to know and loath...Very embarrassing CG. What The hell is up in CT?
Mary M December 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I guess CT., puts our problems into perspective. So just two more points and then I will stop venting, READ: http://arlington.patch.com/articles/superintendent-to-review-confidentiality-proto col (note Bodie's punishment) and READ http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/news/x861575571/Superintendent-apologizes-for-announcing-1-5-million-deficit-so-late#axzz285DOsb0 (that's our leader) and don't forget: Bodie was not a finalist for Arlington Public Schools superintendent position - - The Arlington Advocate http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/news/x1070019249/Bodie-was-not-a-finalist-for-Arlington-Public-Schools-superintendent-position#ixzz28Wjwhz9M WIth such an enormous glass house, one would think the good "Dr." would work extra hard to make sure an INTERIM PRINCIPAL is in control of her job, duties, no matter how hard you try to shift the blame, it is clear Bodie and Villano "dropped the balls"
Shauna December 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Over thirteen years of dedicated service to the kids in Arlington and this is what happens to Dever. Has anyone checked in with the powers that used to be at the High School? I also agree that this is over spilt milk...No differnce between old men and babies they both cry...
Bill December 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I don't believe Mr. Dever would do anything to hurt the Athletic Department or any athlete or student. He demanded we show respect at every game we paticipated in or we attended. I read stuff about Arlington now and kids are all drunk at a Committee persons house, some of them athletes and some still playing. Mr. Dever is one of the only teachers at the High School who will have your back when you are down but still hand out a punishment, rules are rules. And is Principal Villano the old cooking teacher? I hope people in Arlington, mostly recent graduates start speaking up for Mr. Dever. DiLorettos a good guy, but he is no Mr. Dever.
Wind Dummy 25 December 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I'm hip...You think some one would have checked in with Mr Skidmore, if he could recommend a candidate....But that would have been to easy. Instead. we as tax payers get closed door arrogance and discarded recordings. News flash I hope it's clear now to everyone that proper conduct by ALL involved with school sports at any level is very serious business. No matter if you participate or not, it reflects on all. Eliminating or downsizing is not an answer. What a wrenching mess in CT...I've seen these unbelievable nightmares before, to many times... Evil has a form and it definitely roams this earth.
saul glick December 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Well Bridget. I think you are right.
Tim December 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM
BRIDGY my sources tell me you were the one who contacted the MIAA ... Feel proud of yourself ???
Bridget Bishop December 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/arlington/2012/12/miaa_praises_arlingtons_acting.html
Bill December 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
SO BODIE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SUPT. and VILLANO was not supposed to be Principal....Arlington Public Schools officials are putting a hold on the search for a new principal at Arlington High School, the Boston Globe reported. The search has been underway since beloved Principal Charles Skidmore announced he would retire after seven years at the helm of the high school. Interim Principal Mary Villano has been the school's top administrator since the beginning of this academic year.Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said a search committe was unable to select three finalists for the job, according to the Globe. Villano has agreed to serve another year on the job and the search will recommence in during the 2012-13 academic year, the paper reported. Bodie told the Globe that quite a few candidates but the search committee could not zero in on three suitable finalists, the Globe reported
Bill December 16, 2012 at 01:47 AM
BTW, pretty funny the comments regarding Brier came down.
Popsicle toes December 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Wow Bill, I guess my adjective used to describe the trouble maker from the "sunshine state" is more offensive than Mr. Griswold's description of the former coach?
Bill December 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Probably threatened to sue the Patch...he still posting on social media, "his" fight for justice.
Bill December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Popsicle Toes, someone must be feeling a little guilty, took those posts right down, they look pretty good on paper.
Popsicle toes December 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Bill, I am somewhat close to this, and while I do understand human nature and how people react to disappointment, and rejection, one thing was very clear from the beginning all the way to today. These "adults" never once considered what was best for the current or the future student athletes/hockey players. It was, and still is about their so called "glory days". No disrespect to any of the fired coaches here, or in any other town. BTW, both the varsity girls and boys hockey teams are undefeated! I know, I know, it's early, but sometimes "new blood" is needed.
Popsicle toes December 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hey "patch" enough with the under-achieving grown ups making a public mess out of this whole situation! THE GIRLS ARE 3-0, AND THE BOYS ARE 2-0!!! How about a little equal ice time?

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