LIMA – Lima Senior self reported the violation of an Ohio High School Athletic Association regulation which led to the Spartans boys basketball program losing two scrimmages, athletic director John Zell said Friday.
Lima Senior was cited by the OHSAA on Thursday for the boys basketball coaching staff providing instruction during a time in the offseason when it is not permitted.
Because of that, Lima Senior lost three days of coaches working with players between June 1 and July 31 and had the number of scrimmages it is allowed reduced from five to three this year.
The violation occurred when Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson coached current Lima Senior junior Rico Stafford in an AAU tournament after he was hired in May.
“Quincey was hired as basketball coach on Thursday and that following weekend he had an AAU tournament in Texas. Before he was hired, he was coaching Rico Stafford. I don’t think he understood the full rule. He thought since he hadn’t coached him in high school he should be able to coach him once he got the job,” Zell said.
“There was that miscommunication. He didn’t understand the full rule and he coached Rico in an AAU tournament.
“When we caught wind of it, we called Jerry Snodgrass at the OHSAA to double check if this was a violation and it was. We gave the OHSAA what we thought would be a good punishment for the infraction and they agreed,” he said.
The resolution of the Lima Senior infraction was one of 10 reported by the OHSAA from around the state.