edawg25
You might remember that North Crawford went to state this year in volleyball. There might be a lawsuit sometime in the future based on the all conference team selection for Ridge & Valley volleyball. Here's what I've picked up on so far about this:

The North Crawford School Board recently denied claims totaling $450,000. The claims were from two families whose daughters were on the volleyball team at North Crawford. The families are claiming defamation of their daughters because they were excluded from the all conference team and the school district's didn't act after the selections were made. There was an alleged situation involving players' social media postings about their new coach, and as a result, the conference coaches came to a unanimous decision to not vote for those players for all conference; one conference coach was quoted in an article saying that character, not just athletic talent, needed to be accounted for. The new coach at North Crawford was voted conference coach of the year, though. The families now will decide if they want to take their claims to the court system. ( http://www.swnews4u.com/section/119/article/20834/ )

The WIAA had been contacted and they were said to have found no ethical violations, and the school board president further acknowledged that all conference selections are subjective in nature. ( http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/19160/ )

About a month ago, a bullying complaint was filed by one of the family's attorneys, saying that "the girls have been subjected to treatment that will leave a mark in this community forever, because the school district has not acted...which has allowed speculation to circulate." ( http://www.swnews4u.com/section/119/article/20124/ )

Very interesting stuff. Other articles in case you want to do some more reading on this:
http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/17894/
http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/18076/
http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/18792/
http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/19160/
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leadhead
Jaw dropping. I suppose it won't be long before there are some coaches who resign "to spend more time wiith their family."
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traviswilson
I don't understand how the parents can think the WIAA would have any control over an All-Conference team. They have no jurisdiction over it, nor can I find anywhere in any WIAA rules or handbook that say otherwise.
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madjeff66
leadhead wrote:
Jaw dropping. I suppose it won't be long before there are some coaches who resign "to spend more time wiith their family."


This appears to be interesting small-town petty politics at its best (in reality worst).

Lawsuit aside, what I'm trying to figure out is unless every player in the main rotation was involved in this, how the coaches could in good faith eliminate all North Crawford players from balloting.

Where I'm going with this is on an undefeated in conference state semi-finalist team in an 8 team conference, it's very likely the 7th and 8th players on the NC team who rotate in (libero, opposite, etc..) would be in the top 23 players in the conference once you have excluded the other starters from NC, so unless all were involved, someone on NC likely was denied an honor they had earned. Is is worth a lawsuit, ummm no, just a life isn't fair lesson.

I linked this to the comment above because of one thing I found REALLY curious, going off of what was in the articles, there was a problem between players and coach that got on twitter, it was addressed, no code violation was found, players and coach apparently shook hands and made up well enough where it didn't blow up a dream season.

At the all-conference meeting, if it really was over between players and coach, the NC coach should have told the other coaches in the conference that she couldn't stop them from blackballing her players to make a point about social media, but it's behind them and they moved on and in that case she had no interest in being coach of the year, and left the meeting.

By accepting coach of the year, she pretty much said (or appeared to say) it wasn't over between her and her players and now the situation seems untenable, either the coach isn't over administration not finding a code violation or the remaining players could feel the coach has burned a bridge between coach and players (and quite possibly both) neither is usually associated with a coach lasting a long time somewhere.
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reberns
So let me get this straight. The girls didnt make a subjective list of all conference players and have decided that suing to get their way is the best course of action... 'Merica
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edawg25
madjeff66 wrote:

Lawsuit aside, what I'm trying to figure out is unless every player in the main rotation was involved in this, how the coaches could in good faith eliminate all North Crawford players from balloting.


My understanding of the all-conference process for volleyball in the R&V is that you can only "put-up"/nominate a maximum of 5 girls from your team for all-conference. NC's top four players were easily two pairs of sisters from these two families. I ended up seeing them at state and beyond those four players, they weren't very stellar, but you're right: you would still think that fifth nomination would be better than someone else who made the first or honorable mention teams.

Soooo... maybe the fifth girl nominated was unfairly judged against because of the situation (unless she was allegedly involved in the incident too and just isn't suing), or maybe the coach just nominated the two sets of sisters. Who knows I guess. It would be interesting to hear exactly how everything went down at the all-conference meeting.
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edawg25
State Journal picks up the story: http://host.madison.com/sports/north-crawford-school-district-faces-potential-lawsuit-over-players-all/article_595bd9c3-d059-5ea5-813f-564988d203c4.html
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edawg25
Forbes too... http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2014/05/08/would-social-media-guidance-for-young-athletes-prevent-bad-conduct-lawsuits/
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woodhoops
Anything ever come of this threatened lawsuit? Or just blowing smoke?
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edawg25
woodhoops wrote:
Anything ever come of this threatened lawsuit? Or just blowing smoke?


US Dept of Ed Office of Civil Rights ruled in favor of the school district in the bullying/harassment complaint. The $450,000 civil suit was allowed to lapse by the two families. The article talks about some of the legal costs incurred by the district due to the situation.

http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/28119/
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innercityivan
Kind of a funny sad situation.
I have first hand experience of league coaches not liking a players coach... and snubbing the kid. THAT is sad.
Like the player has control over who their coach is.
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woodhoops
edawg25 wrote:
woodhoops wrote:
Anything ever come of this threatened lawsuit? Or just blowing smoke?


US Dept of Ed Office of Civil Rights ruled in favor of the school district in the bullying/harassment complaint. The $450,000 civil suit was allowed to lapse by the two families. The article talks about some of the legal costs incurred by the district due to the situation.

http://www.swnews4u.com/archives/28119/

Thanks for the update, sad they could entangle the district in time & $$ to that extent.
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