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Lawsuit over MHSAA participation policy moved

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 9/12/2013 1:11 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A lawsuit filed over the Mississippi High School Activities Associations policy to limit the number of players from a summer or club league team who can play on a high school team is now in federal court.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by players and parents of soccer players from Tupelo and Starkville.

The MHSAA began the implementation of a rule prohibiting the number of club players who could participate on the same high school team to 50 percent of the starting lineup of the sport this school year.

The policy, first introduced in 2006, was applied to all sports, except soccer which was granted an exception because those leagues normally play in the spring or fall.

MHSAA officials say the change was made to treat all sports equally.

The lawsuit also names the Tupelo Public School District, the THS principal and the schools athletic director.

The case was initially filed in Lee County Chancery Court, but was transferred to federal court by the MHSAA.

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