Last May, A. W. Samborski, director of intramural athletics, advocated a reconstruction of House eligibility rules. Under the existing regulations a man on probation may take part in all inter-house games and yet is barred from playing against Yale on the winning team. This rule made it necessary last spring to row the inter-house crew races all over again in order to have a crew that could race.
A similar situation exists now in the House football teams, on which a number of probation men play. They seldom practice more than three afternoons a week, the standard amount of exercise required from freshmen, whether on probation or not. The training is so slight that the sport does not detract materially from a man's studying for which the rule was made.
It is ridiculous for a team to win the championship and then be broken up before the one intercollegiate contest. To keep the game from degenerating into a farce, makeshift teams should not meet Yale. Either ineligible men should be allowed in this game or should not play at all. Their right to competitive exercise is undeniable, and the Harvard Athletic Association would be wise to modify the rule to fit those circumstances.