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MHSAA Rule Change Affecting Soccer

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WJTV - A rule implemented this school year by the Mississippi High School Activities Association is causing an uproar amongst soccer circles throughout the entire state.  That's because soccer is the sport that is affected the most by this rule that limits the number of players from a high school team that can participate on the same outside independent team during the school year.

The rule now states that no more than half of a high school team's starting players can play on the same outside independent team of the same sport during the school year.  Should this rule be broken, all the players that participated on that outside team would lose their eligibility.  Because the high school soccer season only lasts two-and-a-half months, and club-soccer is practically year-round, it is the sport most obviously affected.

But the MHSAA says that they only eliminated an exception soccer had since 2005 from this long existing rule.  In other words, to make things even across the board.

But coaches around the state and others familiar with the sport say that soccer is a completely different animal.

In hopes to have this rule changed or even reconsidered, a group from the Mississippi Soccer Association here in the metro began an online petition and proposal that has drawn almost 2,000 signatures.  They hope to have a school district bring it forward to the MHSAA's State Executive Council meeting next month.

Watch the video to see WJTV News Channel 12 Sports Mike Alzamora's story.

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