LAHS Athletics: Hilltoppers hit with NMAA fine

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By Mike Cote

Los Alamos High School’s athletics office announced Friday it received a notice from the governing body of New Mexico prep sports that it was levying a fine against the school.

The New Mexico Activities Association hit Los Alamos with a $2,500 fine for violating a regulation against off-season coaching.

Coaching staff members of both the baseball and softball squads were found in violation of NMAA’s bylaw 7.4. Staff members were involved in coaching summer league squads which included Los Alamos Middle Schoolers.

“You can coach kids under seventh grade,” high school athletic director Vicki Nelms said. “With middle schoolers, you can coach them, too, but not until school is out.”

Nelms said she self-reported the violation to the NMAA, the governing body of prep athletics in the state, once it became clear a violation had occurred. The violation was reported to the NMAA in late May or early June, she said.

If violations such as this are discovered by the NMAA, the fine can be as high as $5,000, but LAHS was given a $2,500 violation because it self-reported.

“I always believe in doing the right thing,” Nelms said. “If something’s wrong, I’ll self-report it.”

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