Are Rules Just Rules?


Rules may just be rules, but I always remember, rules were meant to be broken!  This seems like the case when it comes to Eddie Nuss, and his attempt to play with his high school football team.

According to Yahoo, Eddie Nuss and his family are in the middle of a heated battle against the board of directors of the IHSA, which set the eligibility rules for high school sports in Illinois.  The directors have set a rule on how many football practices a player must attend before being allowed to play in a game.  The rule just wants to make sure that the players are in shape.

Eddie Nuss, a senior fullback/linebacker at Paxton-Buckley-Loda, is going to miss the opening game of the season for his team because he is going to fall short of the “12 days of practice” that is mandated by the state.  Well, it’s not because he’s on vacation, but because he will be in the middle of basic training for the Army!

Because Eddie and his family know that he will be in great shape, they had their lawyer write-up a liability waiver that would hopefully get Eddie into the first game.  The board of directors argued it.

Our sports medicine committee continues to feel that being in shape and being in football shape are two different things. We’ve had this issue a number of times. It’s been brought to the board’s attention, and they’ve consistently said that they’re not interested in modifying this policy.

The whole family is very let down, even though they understand the rules.  They just think that Eddie is going to be in better shape than everyone else on the team, or on any other football team.  They say his everyday training does it.

“Four days a week, [Eddie Nuss] runs five miles with his gear and pack on,” Pat Nuss, Eddie’s father, told the Record. “That’s an  extra 20-30 pounds in 100-plus degrees. He’ll be in better shape than any kid on the football field when he’s out of basic training.”

Read more about the family’s fight against the board of directors, here!

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