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Oct. 31, 2006 — When adults get together, they’ll make up a rule.

Yet another instance of a regulation imposed upon sport made the field hockey headlines today.

In California, the two best San Diego-area teams, San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) met up with Carlsbad La Costa Canyon (Calif.). The teams had met earlier this season and were pitted against each other for the final time before the CIF sectional tournament.

But as the teams took the field, underdog Torrey Pines was able to find a kind of reverse deus ex machina motivation. Falcons leading scorer Katie Griswold was not allowed to play the game because she had an excused absence from part of the school day.

The precise details of the nature of the absence was never mentioned in news reports. But it does throw open the question about how much regulation is enough in schools.

In school districts where drugs are rampant, a school student can be suspended for bringing in a chewable children’s vitamin. A school district can’t prevent disaffected students from bringing hunting rifles to kill or maim dozens of peers, but can certainly take a stand by suspending students who bring a Monopoly game (complete with cannon and pistol tokens) to school.

What is the San Diego County public school system thinking?