Below is an email from the President at Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association:
The rule change that MHSAA will enact this next year will potentially have serious ramifications to our club and players. The current rule states that no more than 5 "starters" on a high school team can participate on the same independent team(can be D1, D2, or D3). While this current rule can be challenging it is something high school coaches have been able to deal with. The new rule however will state that no more than 5 "players" on a high school team can play on the same independent team. Club's such as ours that don't have a lot of area high schools to pull players from will constantly be in violation of this rule. This will mean that players will then have to choose to either play club soccer or high school and will not be able to do both.
We strongly encourage each of you to pass this information along to parents on your team and ask them to support the petition mentioned in the email below. We as a club will work to find other avenues to have this rule changed and ask that if anyone has connections with MHSAA or someone in the Mississippi House or Senate that might be able to help us with this issue.
Below is an email from the Division I Vice President at Mississippi Soccer Association:
As you are probably aware MSA is providing support and information to leagues, clubs and parents regarding the MHSAA rule that will adversely affect soccer in Mississippi.
I have signed the petition "Mississippi High School Activities Association: Eliminate the soccer rule regarding the number of high school players." and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 3,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: