Some high schools will soon be implementing new rules, ranging from tie-breaking protocol to considering giving up pay to play fees to give more students the chance to play sports. Here is a summary of some of the changes.
In Michigan, the Brighton Area Schools discussed eliminating pay to play fees, which generate about $240,000 for the district. The school board has not reached a decision yet, but is considering its options since students feel there is a stigma when they cannot afford to pay the participation fees.
In an effort to boost participation, the Newark City School District superintendent has also has suggested a two-year suspension of athletics and fine arts fees for students. The fees were first implemented in 2007, to combat budget cuts.
Some tennis coaches in Vermont are unhappy with a new rule, which sends players to a 10-point match breaker if they are tied after two rounds, rather than allowing them to play a third set. The new rule was put in place to save time, which can be an issue with inclement weather throughout the tennis season.
The Illinois High School Association has formed a new committee to increase opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities to compete. Although it has not come up with a specific plan yet, having a state track meet for disabled student-athletes may be in the committee's future.