Posted: 2:54 pm Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Atlantic, the top seed in the District 23 flag football tournament, has forfeited its spot in the playoffs due to “an oversight” on the part of head coach Chris Bean.
The Eagles were scheduled to play fourth-seeded Olympic Heights on Monday in the semifinals, but the team did not show up.
An upset Bean blamed himself, saying he believed the team’s semifinal game was Tuesday, not Monday.
“It was an oversight on my part,” Bean said. “I blundered that.”
Instead, Olympic Heights (5-6) will play West Boca Raton (7-4) in tonight’s final at Boca Raton High.
This morning, Palm Beach County Athletic Administrator Yetta Greene tried to reschedule the district championship to allow Atlantic and Olympic Heights to play their semifinal. Per FHSAA regulations, flag football district tournaments must be completed by Wednesday night.
Greene said the school district is often able to reschedule games if conflicts arise, but this time it was impossible.
“I think it’s a shame,” Greene said. “Atlantic knows they made a mistake. It’s unfortunate.”
Bean said this afternoon he broke the news to his team, which finished 6-3.
“They’re a little sad,” Bean said. “I’m a little sad for them. It’s my mistake. We were a pretty decent team this year. They wanted to be district champions, and that didn’t happen.”
Bean, who is head coach of Atlantic’s football team, said he has coached flag football off and on since its inaugural season in 1998. He was Atlantic’s girls basketball coach last season. He said he was not sure if he would coach flag football next year.
“After making a mistake like that, you kind of reevaluate what you’re doing,” Bean said.
Bean, formerly a full-time employee who is now a permanent substitute teacher at the school, is the only Atlantic flag football coach who is regularly on-campus. He has two assistant coaches. One is an assistant football coach not employed by the school. The other is a college student.
Bean said it would him a few days to get over the error.
“Man, that bothered me all night. And all day today, too,” Bean said. “It was the first time something like that’s happened to me. I felt like I got punched in the stomach.”