Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 15, 2014

GHSA meeting yields change, albeit minimal

Daniel Kramer
Times-Enterprise

THOMASVILLE —

The GISA-GHSA quarrel over intertwining competition between respective league schools halted on Monday.

Somewhat.

The GHSA executive committee approved a bylaw that will allow member entities to play GISA schools in sports not operating under a power rating system.

That ordinance disbars most major sports, including football, basketball, baseball and softball. Soccer and volleyball are the only true team sports affected by Monday’s decision. 

The GHSA also ruled that a school cannot schedule more than 20 percent of its season against GISA schools, though scrimmages and other exhibitions could be accommodated.

Lastly, the GHSA concluded that no member school can compete against a GISA team with eighth graders on its varsity team, which the GISA allows.

Brookwood coach Shane Boggs, whose team falls under the GISA banner, has long questioned the rationale of the detachment, but said Monday’s decision is “a step in the right direction.

“My hope is that this continues toward having potential cross-over in all sports,” Boggs said.

Of its border states, Georgia is one of four with multiple governing athletics bodies – GHSA, GISA and the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association – joining Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. Florida and Tennessee, however, only fall under one banner.