Accelerated student banned from football
Youth sports are commonly separated by age or size, but one Massachusetts football team is banning a player who was accelerated into a grade level above his own. CBS Boston reported that Michael Nowd skipped a grade five years ago, but it wasn't until recently that an anonymous person complained he was breaking league rules.
Nowd is the team captain of the Bengals football team in central Massachusetts. Although academically Nowd is in eighth grade, he is the same size and age of his fellow players. Since the league has been aware of his grade level for the past five years, he asked for a waiver to finish out the rest of the season.
"We wish the player the best, but please understand that he is not being punished, his academic excellence just moved him to a different level per his current grade, academically, socially, and athletically," League Vice President Tim Whitcomb told The Huffington Post. "Across the country, those programs are not put in place until high school, so I agree that there are some areas that can be corrected in that regard to meet the needs of the smarter kids."
His supporters have protested the policy, and some players even said they would refuse to play without their leader, although Nowd encouraged them to continue without him.