Carpinteria’s boys water polo team is back in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs as Newbury Park had to forfeit its 15-11 win against the Warriors on Tuesday due to an ineligible player participating in the game, the CIF-SS announced on Wednesday.

“Due to that fact, Newbury Park will be forfeiting that contest and is immediately removed from the playoffs, the CIF-SS said in a press release.

Carpinteria will advance to the second round and play at Palm Desert on Thursday.

“We were informed by CIF this afternoon,” Carpinteria Athletic Director Pat Cooney said of the forfeiture.

The CIF-SS didn’t give the reason for the forfeit, but it did cite the ruling that explains how a student athlete can be ruled ineligible and impact the team.

Bylaw 3211 of the CIF Blue Book states:

“An ineligible player is one who is in violation of any State CIF or Section scholastic residence, transfer, age, semesters of attendance, or other eligibility rules.

A. Games in which the student participated, after the occurrence of the violation shall be forfeited.

C. Violations discovered after the first round of any playoff will result in disqualification of the ineligible player’s team from the playoffs and forfeiture of its last playoff competition. In such cases, the losing team will advance provided the date of the next scheduled contest has not elapsed.”

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