By David Purdum / For the AJC
Private and public high school athletics will remain separate for the time being.
The Georgia High School Association rejected a proposal that would allow member schools to compete against Georgia Independent School Association teams, Monday during the GHSA’s biannual executive committee meeting in Macon.
The debate occurs nearly every year, said GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin. Traditionally, GISA members had been the ones to request the ability to play GHSA public schools. However, this year’s proposal came from a group of GHSA public schools from rural south Georgia that hoped to cut travel costs by playing local GISA schools.
The proposal was shot down before it even made it to the executive committee for a vote, but Swearngin believes the issue is not going away and remains open to inter-organization play in the future.
“There are still significant differences in transfer eligibility rules between the GISA and GHSA,” Swearngin said. “I also worry that, if we have some of our member schools using up slots in the schedules outside the region to play GISA teams, it might be hard for some of member schools to fill out their schedules.”