The Mississippi High School Activities Association has recently voted to revise their rule regarding the number of players on a high school team that may participate on an independent team. The new language of the rule has not been posted. The current rule states that no more than 5 players from a high school team may participate on the same independent team. The rule does not differentiate between DI, DII or DIII teams. All are considered independent teams.
Why is this information important to us? The answer can be found in the current rule, “The penalty for this violation is the loss of high school eligibility of all participants from the school that participated on the team.”
If you would like to review the current rule please click on the following link, http://www.misshsaa.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=uGVcWM3rYiE%3d&tabid=40 the rule can be found on page 17 section P.
We are encouraging all parents to get involved in this and to encourage MHSAA to eliminate soccer from this rule or to modify it so that it does not have such a negative impact on YOUR children playing.