PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota Radio Group) - South Dakota schools will vote on a proposal that would make students ineligible to play varsity sports for one year if they open-enroll to attend a new school. The issue arised after 31 districts petitioned the South Dakota High School Activities Association to change its rules for competing. The association’s 181 member schools will vote this spring. Approval by 60 percent, or 109 schools, would make the change take effect July 1 and apply to the 2012-13 school year. Open enrollment allows a student living in one attendance area to go to school in another attendance area without his or her family having to move. Families take advantage of this option for a variety of reasons ranging from academics to course offerings to transportation. The change would make a student sit out a full 12 months before competing on a varsity level, though he or she still would be eligible for freshman, sophomore and junior varsity sports. Wayne Carney, executive director of the state activities association, said there are 190 students this year who have transferred their athletic eligibility.
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