Open enrollment rules waived for fall sports

Student-athletes enrolled in schools this fall that have opted for online learning and no sports because of the pandemic may be able to open enroll to other schools. That opportunity became available after action taken August 24, by the board of directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

The board met via Zoom to decide on the best way to allow those students to compete this fall, waiving the portion of the SDHSAA constitution that deals with open enrollment.

SDHSAA Executive Director Dan Swartos said the staff also considered other options that included a fifth year of eligibility or moving fall sports to the spring. Adding a fifth year of eligibility didn’t seem feasible, Swartos said.

“It disrupts the natural fouryear cohort model,” Swartos said. “I think it opens a pretty big can of worms.”







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