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Capistrano Valley Coach Banned From Playoffs After Rule Violation

Times Staff Writer

Capistrano Valley High School baseball coach Bob Zamora, whose Cougars will play Central High in the 2-A quarterfinals today, has been barred from coaching his team or even attending the game because he was found in violation of a Southern Section rule, Zamora said Thursday night.

Zamora said he broke CIF rule 2412, which forbids coaches from organizing a team in a league outside the baseball season, during the school year, on which students with remaining eligibility at the school are participating.

Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas received a complaint that Zamora had invited some members of his Capistrano Valley team to play for the Lamppost Stars, a semi-pro team in the Southern California Baseball Assn., for which Zamora has played every Sunday for 23 years.

“Since I don’t coach this team (Lamppost Stars) or sponsor it, my coach (Terry Teuell) said we were short a couple pitchers and asked me if some of my players would play,” Zamora said. He added that some of his players had played, but he declined to name them.

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“We had a difference of opinion on interpretation of the rule,” Zamora said.

Zamora says he was contacted by the Southern Section office about the alleged rule violation Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. After an hour-long meeting among Zamora, Thomas, Southern Section Administrator Bill Clark and Capistrano Valley principal Tom Anthony, Zamora said he was placed in a position of non-participation for the remainder of the playoffs. He informed his team of the ruling at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Even if the boys win, I will not be able to participate in any games for the rest of the playoffs,” Zamora said.

Craig Anderson, Zamora’s assistant, will coach the second-seeded Cougars (24-2) today at Central.

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“It is (hard to believe),” Zamora said. “I’m still numb. It hurts, but it would have devastated me had the team no longer been able to play.”


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