Foster youth eligible for playoff game

November 24, 2008 7:11:22 PM PST
Score one for Dalton Dyer, the 16-year-old Placer High School football player, who Monday won a key ruling that allows him and his team back into the division playoffs.

Dyer grew up in foster care, mostly around the Bay Area, but recently moved to Auburn to live with his aunt and finish his last two years of high school. At Placer, Dyer quickly became a star football player, but his team had to forfeit three games after the California Interscholastic Federation discovered a special form for foster children had not been file by the high school on time.

The forfeits kept the Placer team from making the division playoffs.

But Monday, Alameda County Judge Judith Ford ruled the CIF's requirements for foster children violate California law.

"We couldn't be more happy with her ruling; it's obviously a victory for our client, but also for all foster youth, we commend Dalton for standup up for what's right," attorney Leecia Welch of the National Youth Law Center said.

Ford reinstated Dyer's football eligibility and Placer's three wins, making them eligible for the playoffs.

Several of those games have already been played. When Placer forfeited its game, Colfax High got into the playoffs. Now Placer will boot Colfax.

Dyer did not have much to say about the court ruling, just that he needed to rush back to Placer High to get ready for a playoff game he thought he would never get to play.


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