High School League makes two changes in constitution to appease lawmakers

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Members of the S.C. High School League approved two amendments to its constitution Saturday in an attempt to appease state lawmakers who were putting pressure on the group to make changes to its executive committee and to its appeals process that handles punishment procedures.

The organization at its annual conference in Charleston, voted 167-40 to approve an appellate panel that will hear appeals if a student or school is not satisfied with the High School League’s executive committee’s decision.

The appeals committee will consist of 11 members, including one person who will be appointed by the legislative delegations of each of the state’s seven congressional districts.

Three current athletics directors or coaches will also be on the committee. One will be picked by the Governor, another by the Speaker of the House and a third by the President ProTem of the Senate.

The final member will represent the business community and will be picked by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The other constitutional change involves the use of ineligible players. The old rule stated that schools that use ineligible players must forfeit the game in which they participated. The new rule states that a school might have to forfeit a game in which the ineligible student participated.

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