TSSAA approves new format for schools

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There was no uncertainty by the TSSAA on Tuesday in Murfreesboro. The committee approved several new proposals after voting down a complete public/private split in July. The biggest change from the nine-member council is the financial assistance program. Public and private schools are being split up into two Divisions. Schools under Division I have student-athletes who do not receive need-based financial aid. Division II applies to schools whose student-athletes may be the recipients of need-based financial aid. The new rules begin in 2017-18. The committee also approved an addition to ineligible transfer students. Under the new rule, if a student transfers into a new school where an “athletic coaching link” existed in the past 12 months, that student is ineligible for 12 months for that specific sports. Links include attendance at an individual camp, playing on independent teams, transferring into a school where a former coach has just been hired, and transferring into a school where a former or current personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach is employed.

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