Diocese of Jackson response to Mississippi High School Activities Association ruling

Media Contact: Maureen Smith
Director of Communications, Diocese of Jackson
(601) 969-3581 — maureen.smith@jacksondiocese.org

The decision of MHSAA to begin enforcing its out-of-state student and 20 mile radius rules will have an immediate impact of prohibiting out-of-state and other commuter students who up until recently have been allowed to participate in MHSAA events without objection. The decision by MHSAA to invoke immediate enforcement is particularly problematic for those students that have been members of our schools since their elementary school years.  We are very disappointed in the MHSAA’s decision and the effect it will have on our student athletes.
This is particularly difficult for students  (and their families) that have been members of our school community since elementary school and are now faced with the possibility of being denied the opportunity to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.
These hard-working student athletes deserve an opportunity to play at the appropriate competitive level at the school of their choice. The schools and the diocese will continue to advocate on behalf of our student athletes.  The schools, their stakeholders and diocesan leadership are reviewing their next steps and will decide what they will do with regards to membership in an activities association based upon what is best for their student body and the school.”