State lawmaker prefiles bill to make rule change for high school athletes

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – One state lawmaker is hoping to hit a home run with his bill on high school sports.

Shreveport State Representative Thomas Pressly is tackling a Louisiana High School Athletic Association rule. His bill would allow students who choose to attend school outside their neighborhood school to be able to play sports as freshmen. Under the current rule, those students would have to sit out a year, giving them only three years of playing eligibility.

Eddie Bonine with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association said he found out about the House Bill Thursday morning. He said the association is looking into something similar this week at their annual convention.

“It’s never gonna be level playing field, but we gotta find a way to reel in some of the exceptions to the rule. This was one of them and now, legislators are looking upset about it,” Bonine said.

Pressly believes students and parents are losing.

“The current rules put in place by the LHSAA are circumventing the ability for students and parents to choose the best school for the student without losing 25% of their athletic eligibility. This is unacceptable. Students, who are otherwise eligible, should be permitted to play sports immediately as freshmen regardless of the school they choose to attend.

St. rep. Thomas pressly

The legislative session starts March 9.

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