GHSA tables "50 percent sit-out rule," committee goes back to work

THOMASTON, Ga. -- In a nearly unanimous vote, the GHSA Executive Committee tabled the controversial "50 percent sit-out rule" that would have forced transfers to sit out half a season unless they could prove they were moving schools for a non-athletic reason.

The motion, proposed by the Transfer Eligibility Task Force at the Thomaston-Upson County Civic Center, was recommended to be tabled and the committee agreed, voting 62-2 to put it on hold.

The proposal goes back to the task force, who will continue working on the proposal. There is no current timeline for when the proposal will be presented again for another vote.

There was a discussion before the vote, and committee members raised concerns about the short amount of time the GHSA had to implement the rule. It would have gone into effect July 1.

The proposed rule came after controversial transfer cases came to light and pressure was building from the outside to tighten rules.

But there was mixed feedback from the schools on the proposal, according to  Assistant Executive Director Jay Russell.

To read more about the rule and the feedback from schools, click here.

The GHSA did elect a new executive director, former Houston County Schools Superintendent Robin Hines. Hines will replace Gary Phillips who is retiring.

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