Top ranked Florida high school basketball team disqualified from playoffs due to student visa problem

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Florida HS Athletics Association upheld its ruling that a foreign-born student at Michael Krop Senior High didn’t have the proper paperwork to play interscholastic basketball. As a result, star guard Bryan Delancy, 19, was deemed ineligible – and Krop forced to forfeit the 19 games in which he played. The team, which had the best record in Class 6A basketball before the ruling, won’t make the district playoffs. Delancy’s attorney plans to challenge the ruling in court. The athletic association requires special paperwork from foreign-born players who come to the US on a student visa. The process is meant to discourage high schools from recruiting elite athletes from around the world. Krop did not file the paperwork for Delancy, who was born in the Bahamas and came to Miami three years ago to live with a guardian. Before Delancy enrolled at Krop in August, he was a student at Choice Academy in Miami. He filed the international student paperwork to play basketball there, FHSAA officials said. Veteran Krop coach Shakey Rodriguez has said he did not know the paperwork was necessary. (miami herald)

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