Friday, Baseball America reported that San Diego area shortstop Tony Wolters had been suspended by the California Interscholastic Federation for his participation in a scout-organized workout camp. That report appears to have been premature.
BA's long-time Padres correspondent, John Maffei of the North County Times, spoke to San Diego CIF section commissioner Dennis Ackerman late on Friday. Ackerman told Maffei that while Wolters has not been suspended yet, his eligibility is being reviewed, and a decision should come as early as Monday. In the meantime, Rancho Buena Vista High has decided not to play Wolters in Saturday's game against rival Vista (Calif.) High. Any games Wolters plays in, after the workout in question, could be forfeited if he is ruled ineligible, so Rancho Buena Vista has decided to hold Wolters out of play.
Ackerman told Maffei that the crux of the decision on whether or not Wolters ultimately will be suspended depends on the definition of a workout, versus a tryout. Scouts conduct workouts regularly prior to the draft, and generally are told to keep those workouts as individual as possible. Once players are competing against each other on the field, the CIF considers the line crossed between "workout" and "tryout," and players cannot attend tryouts for professional teams and retain their eligibility.
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