FHSAA fines Manatee athletic department $13,300 and places it on probation

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 28, 2014 

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GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com Manatee High School head coach Dwayne Strong talks with his team before practice Monday at G.T. Bray Park.

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The Manatee High School athletic department has been fined $13,300 and placed on probation until June 1, 2015, as a result of violations committed by the baseball program under former head coach Dwayne Strong.

Manatee self-reported seven violations of FHSAA policies related to practices and scrimmages, offseason conditioning, compliance documents and participation in summer camps in January . Many of the violations were related to players' booster-funded participation in the Strong-owned facility Sandlot@5tools.

The school reported 19 student-athletes participated in either a camp or clinic at Sandlot@5tools.

The fine could have been much worse.

Manatee was fined $1,900, or $100 per student-athlete, for each of the seven violations for atotal of $13,300. The minimum penalty for each violation is $2,500, which could have resulted in a total penalty of $332,500.

But the FHSAA reduced the fine because Manatee self-reported the violations and has made corrective actions. Strong resigned his position in October.

The baseball program will be on probation for an additional year, through June 1, 2016.

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