Dayton Chaminade Julienne’s girls basketball program is in the news again. This time for a couple reasons. Friday the OHSAA announced sanctions against the program for violating an OHSAA by-law regarding out-of-state travel. The day before the Eagles wrapped their girls basketball camp – a
camp that was led by former alumni, including college standouts and
Dayton Chaminade Julienne’s girls basketball program is in the news again. This time for a couple reasons.
Friday the OHSAA announced sanctions against the program for violating an OHSAA by-law regarding out-of-state travel.
The day before the Eagles wrapped their girls basketball camp – a camp that was led by former alumni, including college standouts and WNBA players.
OHSAA assesses penalties against Dayton CJ’s girls basketball program
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Dayton Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School have come to an agreement on penalties that will be assessed against the school’s girls basketball program for an OHSAA bylaw violation, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced. The penalties for violating Bylaw 9-2-1, Contests with Out-Of-State Schools, for the school’s girls basketball program include a reduction in the number of permissible days that student-athletes can receive coaching between June 1 and July 31, 2009; a reduction in the number of permissible scrimmages for the 2009-10 season, and denial of out-of-state travel for the next two years. In addition, the girls basketball program has been placed on probation and the school has been fined.
The OHSAA made the ruling as a result of Chaminade Julienne’s girls basketball team participating in an out-of-state tournament in December. While member schools are permitted to travel out of state one time per sport per interscholastic season to compete in contests in states that are not contiguous to Ohio, Bylaw 9-2-1 stipulates that there can be no loss of school time to do so. Chaminade Julienne was in session on December 18 and 19 when the team was in the tournament.
“The process took some time because there were questions regarding the interpretation of the bylaw that needed to be answered,” Ross said. “Those questions have been resolved, the school’s administrative staff is to be praised for its cooperation and I’m glad we are bringing this situation to finality.”
Ross said the main questions that needed to be worked through were the understanding that school time was lost even though CJ was administering end-of-the-grading period examinations (and had worked around the participating students’ test schedules) and that approving such a trip by a member school’s administration cannot overule an OHSAA regulation.
“It is important to know that CJ did not plan the tournament trip with disregard to OHSAA bylaws,” said Daniel J. Meixner, president of Chaminade Julienne. “From our perspective, the trip occurred during noninstructional exam time with all students completing their exams and course work. Given this criteria, we concluded that there was no loss of school time.
“When the difference of interpretation came to light, it was too late for CJ to withdraw from the tournament. We had made a commitment to the tournament organizers and to parents — and other family members — who had made travel arrangements. We believed we needed to find a solution that honored these commitments. That meant being prepared to accept possible sanctions prescribed by the OHSAA.
“We have accepted the OHSAA’s ruling on the interpretation of the bylaw and appreciate that Dr. Ross and his staff have worked closely with us in bringing resolution to this situation,” Meixner said. “It’s time to move on. Our focus is building on the growing energy for this program and opening up some exciting opportunities for the girls this coming year.”
WNBA Players Instruct CJ Eagles Youth Summer Camp
Dayton – Aspiring young hoopsters topped off a week of basketball camp racing from one larger-than-life hero to another, each armed with a permanent marker and wearing a t-shirt canvas for capturing autographs from some of the game’s greats. Chaminade Julienne alumni and WNBA players Megan Duffy and Brandie Hoskins joined forces with former CJ teammate and Bowling Green University standout, Lindsey Goldsberry, in bringing their over-the-top experience to camp this year. They, and Samarie Walker, Nicole Disbrow, Emily Michael and other members of the varsity squad, were only too happy to ink signatures for young fans.
“Going to summer camps during the off-season is when I developed my basketball skills,” said Goldsberry. “I’m excited to be here with future Eagles and help these young players reach their potential. It brings back great memories of when I went to camp. Now I am providing the same opportunity for these girls. It’s tradition. It’s about giving back to my school. It comes from the heart.”
For Hoskins, instructing CJ camp was a chance to help advance her mission of rekindling enthusiasm for a sport that she perceives is losing its fan base in the U.S. Just back in the states after playing for teams in Greece and Tel Aviv, Hoskins signed on to play for Columbus’ semi-pro team as her agent works on future prospects with the WNBA, though she believes that those opportunities are becoming limited as the WNBA has shortened its rosters this year. “I love basketball – and I am playing all year,” she said. “There just aren’t too many opportunities to play at home.”
“When I am at home, I will always be here for CJ,” she added. “The school has done a lot for me, and not just with basketball. Because of CJ, I was ready on many levels when I went on to college at OSU, so I’m happy to come back home to help. I remember being at summer camp when you had people like Tamika Williams instructing you.”
Duffy also extended her work schedule to include providing leadership and instruction for CJ’s camp. Just coming back from Europe playing for teams in Slovakia and Romania, her long-awaited R-and-R in Florida would have to wait one more week.
“The greatest thing for me has been to see these girls light up when they see players like Samarie helping them,” she said. “I’m watching three generations of players: young, current players and old teammates. It’s a pretty cool thing.”
“Obviously, we were excited to have three feature players instruct camp this summer,” said Mike Raiff, CJ athletic director. “This opened up an amazing opportunity to young players. They learned how to improve their playing skills from outstanding athletes with collegiate and professional experience.”
As camp broke for the final time, young players stepped up to their larger-than-life instructors, ringing them with final hugs and leaving with indelible memories of a whirl-wind week spent with heroes.