Meetings Studying Part-Time Student
Eligibility Next Week
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Jack Roberts
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Aug. 19 - Three meetings
will be conducted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association
next week to examine the issues surrounding and opportunities
that already exist for interscholastic athletic participation
by students not enrolled on a full-time basis at its member schools
conducting sports programs.
The three meetings will be approximately four hours in length
and include an opportunity for public comment. The meeting schedule
and moderators selected for those meetings are: Ortonville-Brandon
High School, Wednesday (August 25), moderator Larry Lamphere,
athletic director; Rockford High School, Thursday (August 26),
moderator Dave Price, athletic director; and Gaylord School District
administration building, Thursday, (August 26), moderator Karen
Leinaar, athletic director. All meetings will begin at 1 p.m.
There will be a panel of approximately 12 persons at each meeting.
While the groups will have a common agenda, the participants
will differ. A recorder for each group will provide a report
to MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts,
who will attempt to discover common themes and present them
to the more than 1,200 attendees at MHSAA Update Meetings in
the fall and to obtain reactions through oral comment and written
survey. The major concepts and constituent reactions will be
presented to the Association's Representative Council at its
next meeting on December 1.
The MHSAA Representative Council approved last May a motion
to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop strategies for Representative
Council consideration to promote greater awareness and use of
options that currently exist for interscholastic athletic participation
by students who are less than full-time enrolled students of
the schools sponsoring the athletic program and to explore additional
options that might be considered by the membership to expand
such opportunities with appropriate oversight of attendance,
behavior, curriculum and progress toward graduation and other
fundamental requirements of educationally based athletics.
In June, the MHSAA Executive Committee approved an action plan
to implement the Council's directive.
Presently there are five ways in which students who attend non-public
schools and public school academies may participate in athletics
in the school setting. There are three ways in which home-schooled
students may do so. Ideas will be explored for promoting better
the opportunities that already exist and to expand opportunities
in ways that would be supported by the membership.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation
of voluntary membership by over 1,300 public and private senior
high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop
common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted
in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.
MEDIA ADVISORY - Members
of the media are also encourage to attend these meetings. The
courtesy of an advance phone call to the moderator at the site
you wish to attend would be appreciated.