Competition between GHSA and GISA Debated Again

The Georgia High School Association is expected to address the competition issue between its member schools and the GISA at its April 14-15 executive meeting in Macon.

Long in support of open competition, the GISA is hopeful this will be the breakthrough year.

The ball remains with the GHSA, the current by-laws do not allow member schools to play outside competition including the GISA. The GISA has no such competition rule in its by-laws

In recent months, Macon-schools, Stratford Academy, Mount De Sales and Tattnall Square moved to the GHSA which caused some to believe the league will revisit it's stance against the GISA.

GISA Interscholastic Vice President Tommy Whittle doesn't agree with that notion. For Whittle, it's more of a practicality.

"Georgia's a big state. We thought that it would cut down on class time missed, all the travel time expenses and travel time of kids being on the road which becomes a safety issue," Whittle said.

After deciding to stay with the GISA two weeks ago, Deerfield Windsor coaches would welcome the GHSA by-law change. Knights athletic director Gordy Gruhl and football coach Allen Lowe believe it benefits all private schools throughout the state.

"It would definitely give us some flexibility in competition especially with the spring sports. With our out of region (football) games, we could stay closer to home," Lowe said.

Lowe is currently looking to Florida schools to fill his non-region games which "isn't what you want to do" according to the longtime coach.

The open competition option has been discussed before with the GHSA and hasn't passed. As for the odds of a different decision coming this year, Whittle wouldn't say much.

"I would not jinx this with anything at all. I am strictly hopeful."