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Playoff forfeit, 2-year playoff ban sparks youth sports debate

from San Jose Mercury News

California's Central Coast Section Commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser announced recently that the powerful Junipero Serra High School football team will be banned from postseason play for the next two seasons after Coach Patrick Walsh chose to have his team skip a playoff "consolation" game last month against Milpitas High over what he said were safety concerns. But the case goes beyond what would have been a sports contest remembered mostly by the participants, parents and coaches. It raises deeper questions about the spirit and intent of high school sports — and what lessons kids can learn from them. more


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