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MHSAA Faces Lawsuit for Soccer Rule Change

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WJTV - A recent rule change by the Mississippi High School Activities Association now has the organization facing a lawsuit.

J. Andrew Hughes, a law firm in Tupelo, is representing four players from Tupelo High School and 12 from Starkville High School. 
The rule change says that no more than half of the players from a high school soccer team can compete on the same outside team of the same sport during the school year.  All players can compete on select/travel teams, just no more than five on the same select/travel team.

The suit argues that this rule change is unconstitutional.

A preliminary hearing is set for October 17th. 

The MHSAA released this statement to us this afternoon.  It is from MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton.

"That rule has been in place since 1999. Soccer was given an exception to the rule in 2006. In February, the MHSAA Legislative Council and Executive Committee voted to make soccer like every other sport and removed the exception. The Legislative Council and Executive Committee are made up of representatives from member schools across the state."

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