TSSAA to Vote on Public/Private Split

TSSAAIn a followup to a story that Thunder Radio brought to you in June, a major shakeup could be in the works for high school athletics in Tennessee. The Legislative Council of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, or TSSAA, is meeting on Thursday in Murfreesboro to vote on a proposed change in the TSSAA Bylaws and Constitution. The first item on the agenda is the separation of public and private schools into separate divisions. Currently, any private school that offers tuition assistance is required to play in Division II. If the new proposed change to Article 1, Section 3 of the TSSAA Bylaws passes, ANY private school will move to Division II where they will compete for district, region and state titles with other private schools.
If that proposal, submitted by Trousdale County High School and Lewis County High School, is passed it would trigger a proposed change to Article III and Article IV of the TSSAA Constitution. A separate “Independent School” representative for each of the 3 Grand Divisions of the state would be added to the Board of Control and the Legislative Council. Additionally, a proposal for the addition of a “committee of Independent Heads of School” would be voted on. This committee, working with the TSSAA staff, would “establish the appropriate classification plan, Sports Calendar, and tournament format for independent schools within the Independent School Division.”
The TSSAA Legislative Council will meet at 1:00 PM on Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro. We will update you on the results via Facebook & Twitter on Thursday and summarize the meeting in Friday’s WMSR Sports reports