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.