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tempest 03-30-2012 07:01 PM

What do you think?
 
I'm interested in what you think of this situation. In the state of Michigan a high school student is only allowed to play high school sports until the age of 19. If the student turns 19 before the sports season starts, then that student is ineligible for the sports season. For example, a student wants to play basketball, but the student turns 19 before the season starts, thus making the the student ineligibile to play basketball and any other sport after the basketball season. There is a petition being sent around that could potentially allow a 19 year old high school junior with down syndrome to play high school sports his senior year.

What I want to know is: What is your opinion on the following article?
http://www.change.org/petitions/mhsa...cebook_friends

Disclaimer: The acronym MHSAA stands for Michigan High School Athletics Association. They are in charge of all rules regarding to Michigan High School sports.

MissColors 03-30-2012 07:29 PM

In Maryland people with disabilities have the special Olympics so they're not allowed to play sports. And the schools work with SO so they can train during the school year. Actually after you reach age 21 here your not allowed for go to public high school. You have to go to a special adult school. So I could see being his situation I would allow it. But at the same time I could see the advantages of having someone who is more experienced in a sport because of age.
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Missy May 03-31-2012 11:21 AM

It makes sense to me. There probably aren't that many folks over 19 in high school, but those that are could be a lot more physically mature than their opponents. Yeah, I think its "logical".

tempest 03-31-2012 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Missy May (Post 1432663)
It makes sense to me. There probably aren't that many folks over 19 in high school, but those that are could be a lot more physically mature than their opponents. Yeah, I think its "logical".

What are you saying is logical? The rule or the petition?

Missy May 03-31-2012 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by tempest (Post 1432747)
What are you saying is logical? The rule or the petition?

The rule is logical, to me. If a rule can just be waivered away - then why have one? I don't think it is "embarassing" to anyone to not play - they make it sound as if they are painted bright orange with a neon arrow above their head and forced to attend any future games. Should a 5 year old be able to compete in a futurity? Since the horse isn't eligible - is he taken to the show, put on display and humiliated by the crowd b/c he is 5? Should there be a waiver available if their training was started late?

A 19 year old is just more physically mature and has probably been playing longer (more experienced), it isn't "fair" to the rest of the players. And, because they have a handicap they should be treated differently? No, I don't agree - this then makes them "more equal".

tempest 03-31-2012 02:11 PM

Okay, I just wondered which part you were saying was logical.

Missy May 03-31-2012 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by tempest (Post 1432857)
Okay, I just wondered which part you were saying was logical.

haha...oooops...well, I guess I gave the "long" answer.:D


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