For your information, on the table, and has been in discussion between the team captains and myself, is an issue of state allegiance. This is an issue that has come up before, particularly the first year, when I wasn't prepared to think about it, in the rush to get the event underway that Fall. I don't believe it was mentioned last year, but probably would have affected the same folks asking about it the previous year. To be honest, I don't think the people in question would have made either sides team, however could obviously been captains picked. The difference this year is a player, that had been on a team previously, has moved out of his state of allegiance. That player is Shanan Carson.
Anyway, the issue is players living on one side of the state line, but their true allegiance is to the other state. This issue will continue to crop if not addressed at this time when it affects a team level player.
I am posting this so there is no mistaking what is being proposed.
A player living on one side of the state line, but wanting to play for the other side has to meet at least one of the following criteria to claim state allegiance:
A) Raised in and graduated high school in said state,
B) Graduated from College in said state,
C) Have had residency in said state continuously, to the present, for 15+ years
That's it, no other reasons will be accepted to establish true allegiance. Players still need to meet the currently living within the area requirement to even be considered under this amendment.
Once a player establishes allegiance to a state and has played on that sides team, they can never play for the other side.
Finally, players that need to use the allegiance amendment to get on the team of their state allegiance must be selected with a captains pick or alternate spot. No qualifying spots can be obtained by a player using the allegiance amendment.
Both A and B apply to me (graduated high school and college in KS). I have no idea what C means, if you live in a state continously to the present, don't you still live in that state.
You should only play for the state you live in. Period. There shouldn't be any other discussion. Nobody forces anyone to live anywhere. Shanan chose to live in Missouri, thus he should only play for the east side. Otherwise he should grab some pom poms and cheer on the West Side team. You know it doesn't say Kansas or Missouri team. It says East and West side.
If it's proposal that fine. I say no way. Don't create loop holes for special circumstance for specific players, it creates unnecessary confusion. Keep it simple.