Official Ruling Request for MLS Next/LHSAA soccer season Jun 13, 2021 15:02:19 GMT -6 via mobile
Post by dualdellortos on Jun 13, 2021 15:02:19 GMT -6
Once a student becomes a member of an LHSAA team, he/she may not participate with an independent team or an organized exhibition group in the same sport. A student who is a member of an LHSAA school team may not practice with or play in a contest with an independent team in the same sport that the school team he represents is competing. Practicing with or playing on an independent team while a student is a member of the school team in the same sport shall be a violation of this rule. THIS RULE SHALL BE IN EFFECT FROM THE TIME HE/SHE REPORTS FOR THE SCHOOL TEAM UNTIL THE STUDENT IS NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL TEAM FOR ANY REASON, OR UNTIL THE TEAM HAS COMPLETED ITS SPORTS SEASON INCLUDING PLAYOFFS, IF APPLICABLE.
The controlling language in all of these rules is that they go into effect when the student reports, not when the sports season begins.
Further, Rule 4.1.2 allows each individual coach to determine when his team's "sports season" starts:
The LHSAA sports season for a school team is defined as the period beginning with the opening date of practice AS CALLED BY EACH COACH within the official starting dates and extending through the school teams last game of the season to include playoff games and state championships, if applicable, in a particular sport.
LHSAA declares in the beginning of the section regarding sports seasons that its rule should not be interpreted in a manner to limit opportunities for children:
4.1.1 Philosophically, the LHSAA believes diversification or an involvement in a variety of activities is a good and wholesome thing. . . .It is not the intention of the LHSAA with its rules and interpretations in this area to limit opportunities for boys and girls.
. This is exactly how our AD has explained this to me when discussing our Dallas players.