(1-17-21) This weekend during the ‘Classic In The Country’ Girls Basketball Tournament the Vegas Bulldogs from Las Vegas competed.

How they describe the type of team they are –

A nonprofit organization established in 1999, we’re one of the longest running girls club basketball programs in the city of Las Vegas.

On Saturday night they played and lost to Hiland 59-56.

They will also play Ohio powers Newark and Reynoldburg this weekend.

The team is sponsored and underwritten by Nike –

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA), which oversees high school sports in the state, said in early December that it had received notification from Clark County School District’s athletics and activities that CCSD-member schools will not be participating in winter season sports. That includes boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, wrestling and flag football.

CCSD Statement

“The District will not participate in any season one winter sports … for the 2020-21 school year. As a reminder, all schools are to remain closed for athletic purposes.”

The Vegas Bulldogs have a strong connection with national power Centennial High School located in Las Vegas and is part of CCSD.

So is this an issue, should it be one? A club team from Nevada competing with OHSAA member schools, or is this team violating rules of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association or both. Maybe it is a pandemic exception rule?

In the future does this open the door for club sports teams to form in Ohio and do the same thing, forsaking their high school teams and the association? OHSAA athletes are limited on when they can compete in club sports, during the season is a no-no.

And the answer is???