High School Girls Basketball Team Forced To Forfeit From The Playoffs Because They Wore Pink Jerseys To Support Breast Cancer
LA Times - Harbor City Narbonne has been removed from the City Section Open Division girls’ basketball playoffs and forced to forfeit its semifinal win over View Park in a decision by City Section Commissioner John Aguirre after the team wore illegal uniforms in its 57-52 win on Saturday. View Park will replace Narbonne in Saturday’s championship game against Palisades at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Narbonne also will not be allowed into the state playoffs, according to City Section administrator Dick Dornan.
The team wore uniforms with pink numbers and pink letters, in violation of City Section rules.
“Breast cancer awareness is in October, and there’s a process for people to request color change,” Aguirre said. “If they’re going to blatantly disregard these rules and regulations, they’re going to affect kids.”
In statement released Monday night, Principal Gerald Kobata said, “Ths a huge disappointment for the girls basketball team, a team that worked so hard to achieve success on the court and in the classroom. We were unaware that honoring cancer victims with uniforms was against California Interscholastic Federation rules. I feel badly for the students—especially the seniors—their families and the Narbonne community. Though bound by the decision, I want to make sure this never happens again here.” Narbonne Coach Victoria Sanders said she was unaware that prior approval was needed to wear pink on the uniforms.
“I was under the impression we were able to do it,” she said. “I didn’t know we had to fill out a waiver.”
The City Section has a rule that schools must wear uniforms only featuring their school colors. Earlier this school year, North Hollywood had to forfeit a girls’ volleyball match for wearing black uniforms. Black is not part of its school colors. Adding to the confusion is that University has called the City Section office today asking to get a chance to play View Park because Narbonne used the same uniforms last week in a win over University, Coach Ron Cass said. University did not file a protest at the time.
“We want to play View Park,” Cass said. The City Section denied the University request, saying the protest needed to be filed earlier.
So this story is pretty ridiculous. You shouldn’t be banned from the regional and state playoffs just because you wore a certain color on your jersey, that’s absolutely idiotic. If you won you should advance, you can’t be banned for something so trivial, especially when their hearts were in the right place in doing so. But having said that, I will say that I think the trend of “raising awareness” has lost some of its charm for me. And what I mean by that is there are a billion people in this day and age who only do things so they can get the credit for having done them. So they can put it up on their facebook or their twitter and show the world how great of a soul they are for helping this cause even though they really didn’t do anything. I’m not trying to say there aren’t a lot of good people out there who truly want to help, I just think the glory boys severely out number them. So while it’s an extremely nice and heartfelt gesture for this school to wear pink on their uni’s to show support for those affected by cancer, they could have better served those people in other ways. Like a carwash or bake sale or 50-50 raffle at the playoff game. I don’t want to sound like a cynical douchebag but really the only way to find a cure for these horrific diseases is money and resources. Like I said, it’s a great gesture, but the people going wild about the district banning them for trying to support cancer victims are kind of molding the narrative. Yes it’s a robotic and heartless move. They probably studied under the tutelage of the NCAA. But they didn’t steal money out of the hands of cancer donations the way some people are making it out to be. It’s a shitty move and I already said I think if you win on the court fairly you should advance no matter what jersey you wore, but let’s also not act like the school board are the sticky bandits stealing change from charity. They’re just enforcing the rigid rules without taking the time to look at them with their heart and brain. It is bullshit though and hopefully this gets reversed because I can’t imagine the disappointment of missing state playoffs just because of what color you wore that day.