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Jan 30, 2010 7:50 PM by Jon Carrere

New Rules For Student Athletes

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association met in Baton Rouge to go over new policies for next school year.

High school principals voted on two issues that have been on the minds of many high school sports fans.
One issue was whether to let home-schooled kids play high school sports.

Principals overwhelmingly voted it down.

"Why should someone who comes to my school everyday all day long be bumped from the team by someone who no buy into my school other than to come for athletics," says LHSAA President School Principal Kenneth Delcambre.

The other issue, probably the hottest issue in recent years, whether to raise G.P.A. requirements for student athletes.

Until now any student athlete participating in high school sports had to earn only a 1.5 G.P.A., and pass 5 of 6 classes.

Starting this summer they will have to keep at least a C average and pass 6 classes.

Delcambre says, "we need to keep students involved and in school and athletics is a tool that helps do that."

"That's up to the principals they make that decisions it's my job to make sure we carry out that decisions," says LHSAA Commissioner Kenny Henderson.

He admits some schools may loose a few student athletes, but in the long run he says this was the best thing for the future of student athletics in Louisiana.

"Typically students do a pretty good job of meeting the standards you put before them."

State Representative Rickey Hardy, who's been fighting this battle for years, says this was a huge step in the right direction.

"We want to be like the New Orleans Saints competing for a championship.  We want our children to be champions in education," says Hardy.

As to home-school atletes, Representative Hardy says those students should have the opportunity to play at the schools within their districts.

He used Heisman Trophy winning QB Tim Tebow as an example of what home school students can bring to a team.


jcarrere@katctv.com

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