In School Sports, Who Makes the Call?

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When a Spartanburg High School student made a game-winning basket with less than a second left in a South Carolina 4A title game in February, three referees called the shot too late, without consulting video footage of the game as specified in the rules of the state’s high school league. The next week, two legislators from Spartanburg introduced a bill requiring referees in high school playoff games to watch video replays, reports Although the bill died in session, it was one example of the many ways that state legislators try to usurp the power of state high school activities associations. Other examples include bills to weaken or strengthen school transfer policies for student-athletes, allow or bar home-schooled youth from school sports teams, ban athletes from playing on both school and club teams, and set eligibility rules based on academic standing. May 12,