The Indiana High
School Athletic Association has announced that high school student-athletes
that are taking online courses to start the fall semester will be able to
participate in sports.
The IHSAA sent a
letter to all athletic directors in Indiana informing them of the change to
the by-law. It says that if a school is offering virtual or online courses
this fall semester, and it’s taught by a member school personnel, they can
still participate in sports.
But, “local control
of the decision to permit a school to set a requirement above the standard
set forth by the IHSAA. For instance, a school may still require in-building
attendance for athletic participation,” said the IHSAA.
The letter also
notes that “if a third party is delivering instruction to your students
(teachers not employed by your school), and the percentage of courses being
taught is over 30% of total number of courses offered, a waiver -- for the
school, not the athlete Ñ is required from the IHSAA.”