On December 1, the Davis High Athletics program received official notification from CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) of official sanctions issued as a result of events at the Senior High School Men’s Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship on November 15, 2014.
CIF sanctions dictate that Davis Senior High School (DSHS) soccer program will be placed on probation for the 2015-2016 school year; while the team will continue to play as scheduled, any infractions, violations or misconduct of CIF rules and regulations that occur during that period could incur the team further sanctions.
DHS Athletic Director Jeff Lorenson said, “The recent CIF sanctions and the decisions made by the high school administration are clear, appropriate and aligned.”
According to the release, “All DSHS athletes abide by the CIF Code of Conduct that outlines the expectations of sportsmanship and conduct. The DSHS administration as well as CIF determined that the actions of a number of the student-athletes involved in this unfortunate incident violated this code.”
Individual student disciplinary decisions made by the administration remain confidential. DSHS principal Will Brown underscored, “While this situation has been unfortunate, we are proud of the professionalism and diligence of our coaching staff and administrative team who ensured that education was at the center of each decision.”
DSHS has informed parents and the team members of the recent CIF sanctions. Jeff Lorenson stated, “I want to be clear that DSHS does not condone the behaviors exhibited by these few individuals and it will not define the tone of our athletic program. We offer an educational–athletic program marked by the highest standards of sportsmanship. This incident can serve as an example for all student-athletes, coaches and fans.”
Jeff Lorenson continued, “While it is the goal of DSHS Athletics to develop great student-athletes and teams, our purpose is to also cultivate leaders and quality citizens. On the path to success we will have triumph and we will have failure, but through adversity true character is developed.”
The local paper described the incident: “Instead of awarding the Blue Devils a penalty kick, the center referee waved it off, resulting in a mass confrontation, with the seven players rushing at the official.
“The players surrounded the official in a semicircle, forcing him backwards until he was met by a two-handed shove from behind by (the goalkeeper).
“(T)he team’s starting goalkeeper, ran the length of the field in order to make contact with the referee. After the shove, the referee showed (the goalkeeper) a red card and immediately blew his whistle to end the game.”
The district administration immediately suspended the seven players.
At the time, Jeff Lorenson, stated, “I think it’s important to report that this single incident does not define Davis High School soccer, our school (or) our district as a whole.”
Click here to see the November 23 Vanguard Commentary on this incident – Sunday Commentary: Is Soccer Incident an Embodiment of a Larger Problem?
—David M. Greenwald reporting