Florida High School Athletic Association Says It Can't Enforce Drug Rules, But Schools Can

Schools cannot afford the $150 per test cost to test all athletes

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    The Alex Rodriguez saga rolls on and now questions are being asked in South Florida if any of the performance-enhancing drugs made their way to high school athletes. Roger Dearing, the executive director of the Florida High School Athletic Association, and baseball coach Michael Quintana and player Michael Roman discussed related issues.

    The Alex Rodriguez saga rolls on and now questions are being asked in South Florida if any of the performance-enhancing drugs made their way to high school athletes.

    "But I've never seen a high schooler do anything like that," said Michael Roman, a high school baseball player.

    Reports are that several high schoolers’ names showed up in Biogenesis of America documents. The Florida High School Athletic Association has not seen any evidence but it is making a move.

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    The Florida High School Athletic Association says it can't enforce rules against drug use but schools can. But schools cannot afford the $150 per test cost to test all athletes.

    "Was I shocked? Yeah, very shocked to see how young they were experimenting," said Michael Quintana, who operates the team "Sluggers at Tamiami Park."

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    It is coaches like Quintana the athletic association and school districts look to to provide guidance since there is no money for enforcement and testing.

    "I think it’s a good time to show the younger generation that there’s no substitute for hard work. I think it’s a time to educate," he said.

    Roman is in the cages every day.

    "I feel like practice makes you better. So the more you practice the more you can do it, but cheating, no one likes a cheater," Roman said.