Franklin Township Community School Corporation

Media Release 5-13-15

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), formed in 1903, regulates, supervises, and administers interschool athletic activities among member high schools. By doing so, IHSAA has a set of by-laws that cover the health and educational welfare of students; determines qualifications for individual contests, coaches and officials, facilitates athletic relations among member high schools; and establishes standards for eligibility, competition and sportsmanship.  As a member of IHSAA, Franklin Central High School must abide by their by-laws.

Franklin Central High School has been notified of recent violations of IHSAA rules for the 2014-2015 school year. The following actions have occurred.

Violation of Rule 18-1 of the IHSAA By-Laws. 

  1. The Franklin Central High School football program is issued a warning.  
  2. A student was declared academically ineligible.
  3. The interscholastic contests (2014 JV Football) in which this ineligible athlete participated in shall be forfeited if Franklin Central was victorious.  

Violation of Rule 3-10 of the IHSAA By-Laws. 

  1. The Franklin Central High School football program is placed on probation for the 2015-16 season.  This probation is a severe type of warning.  It is official notice that serious violations have occurred, are a matter of record and future, similar incidents will not be tolerated.
  2. Coach Burt Austin is reprimanded for allowing this violation to occur.  This is a health and safety issue and it is absolutely imperative that the “IHSAA Pre-Participation Evaluation Form” complete in every detail be on file for all student athletes prior to their participation in a practice, let alone an interscholastic competition.
  3. The students involved in this violation are declared ineligible until such time the students provide a valid pre-participation physical and consent forms to the school.
  4. The interscholastic contests (2014 Varsity and Freshman Football) in which these ineligible athletes participated in shall be forfeited if Franklin Central was victorious.   

Violation of Rule 3-10 of the IHSAA By-Laws. 

  1. The Franklin Central High School boys’ tennis program is issued a warning.  This warning is official notice that an illegal act has occurred, is a matter of record, and shall not be repeated.
  2. Coach Robert Kleeman is reprimanded for allowing this violation to occur.  This is a health and safety issue and it is absolutely imperative that the “IHSAA Pre-Participation Evaluation Form” complete in every detail be on file for all student athletes prior to their participation in a practice, let alone an interscholastic competition.
  3. The students involved in this violation are declared ineligible until such time the students provide a valid pre-participation physical and consent forms to the school.
  4. The interscholastic contests (Boys JV Tennis) in which these ineligible athletes participated in shall be rescored to remove the inelegible athletes' contributions to the team score.

Athletics are an important part of the educational experience at Franklin Central. The Franklin Township Community School Corporation takes the responsibility of having a strong athletic program very seriously. As a member high school, we must abide by the IHSAA By-Laws. Once information regarding the above violations was obtained, new procedures regarding eligible students and the collection of pre-participation evaluation forms were immediately implemented to ensure that Franklin Central High School follows the IHSAA by-laws.