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“No boys with bleached hair,” say Red Oak coaches

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Ellis County Press

RED OAK -- A new rule only for boys generated a spirited discussion at the Board of Trustees meeting for Red Oak ISD Monday night.

'Don't you see it's a problem?' asked Board Secretary Ouida Oglesby. 'Okay for girls and not for boys? Do they know this already? I mean, are they going to have to shave their heads if they bleached their hair over the summer?'

Coach Osborne, on hand to answer questions regarding his proposed Athletic Handbook changes, said, 'Our concern is bleaching, or making the hair an odd color.' Osborne indicated the policy has been an 'unwritten rule' for some time, and there have not been any problems with it.

'I don't have a problem with it,' replied Oglesby. 'It just stood out as being male only - ran a flag up.'

Oglesby agreed to the change in the end, but stated she did not concur with Osborne's assumption bleached hair would call attention to an individual on the team.

'Bleached hair is very popular - 50 percent of the kids look like that,' she said. 'But I´ll go with what the board recommends.'

Other board members were supportive of the change.

'I think we support, throughout society, many organizations with strict dress codes,' said Trustee Mark Butcher. 'For example, EDS. I've had to tell young people it's not the hair that makes the person. It's what's inside that makes you what you are. If you want a job serious enough, you'll be willing to cut your hair or whatever (is required.)' 

Board Vice President Ric Jamison agreed. 'It can definitely be a team building thing,' he said. 'Like in the military, no matter what you look like, you all look like brothers when you get that hair cut.'

Another change in the handbook will be the wording on a rule about dual participation.

'Just so I understand,' said Board President Rick Jackson, 'dual participation - that's where a player is punished for not making a game or practice because of another activity. I'm thinking of like a funeral or something.'

'We want high school athletics to mean something,' responded Osborne. 'We don't want them to be on the team and keep someone else off the team, and then not show up because they are on some other team that they pay for.' 

In the final count, the Trustees voted unanimously to allow the changes to the handbook as presented, with the stipulation the wording on the dual participation rule be made more specific with regard to which activities are included.

'We need to print before the August meeting,' said Waggoner, 'So if you will give us the flexibility to do that, we will work together on the wording.'

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