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IHSAA opens door for home-schooled student-athletes

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The IHSAA Board of Directors unanimously approved Monday allowing home-schooled students to compete on athletic teams at the local public school serving their residence as long as certain criteria are met.

The measure goes into effect with the 2013-14 school year. It was one of 20 proposals approved during the board’s annual review of the association’s bylaws.

“Today, the IHSAA Board of Directors expanded the opportunity for additional high school-aged students in our state to experience the values of education-based athletics,” IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox said in a written statement. “New rule 12-5 now allows a non-public, non-accredited student the prospect of presenting themselves as a candidate for an interscholastic team under specific conditions. I am very pleased that the Board of Directors has embraced this concept as our Association continues its pursuit of becoming more inclusive while maintaining appropriate academic standards.”

Also, the Executive Committee unanimously accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees that placed member schools into sectional groups in eight team sports for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

The sectional groupings include the new Class 6A in football. The local 6A field includes, Carroll, Homestead, Northrop and Warsaw.

For other local sectional groupings, see the Scoreboard on Page 3B.

– The Journal Gazette