Standout guard Rex Pflueger of Santa Ana Mater Dei has been suspended two games for unknowingly violating CIF rules by playing in a charity game on Saturday, Athletic Director Phili Bellomo confirmed on Tuesday.
Players can't play in an outside competition during the season. Pflueger was held out of Monday's game against Palm Desert and won't play in Friday's game against Servite.
The suspension is similar to what former Orange Lutheran player Gabe York suffered in 2012 when he played in an adult league game. York sat out two games.
Mater Dei self reported the violation. Bellomo said his coaches and administrators will need to do a better job to communicate to athletes that they can't play in outside leagues during their sports season.
During the girls' volleyball season, several players from various schools were suspended for also playing in a charity event. It is a violation of CIF rule 600.
Another player suspended for two games is Nick Pallas of Tesoro. He also played in the charity game in Compton. Tesoro self reported the violation.