High court to hear eligiblity appeal

"Girls can now try out for baseball" IL Feb. 18-March 3, 2009

The Indiana Supreme Court has taken up a case that poses issues about the Indiana High School Athletic Association's
authority in athletic eligibility disputes, particularly those involving girls wanting to play sports.

Justices granted transfer Feb. 26 and scheduled arguments for March 17 in Indiana High School Athletic Association v.
Jasmine S. Watson, et al
., No. 71S03-1002-CV-119.

The case involves a female basketball player who the IHSAA told couldn't play on the South Bend Washington High School
team after moving from Elkhart to South Bend. Watson's family claimed the transfer was caused by her mother's work
hours being cut, the impending foreclosure of their home, and extended family living in South Bend. The high school in Elkhart

Last year, the Court of Appeals affirmed a trial judge's finding that the IHSAA acted arbitrarily and capriciously when
it ruled she was ineligible to play, and the grant of a preliminary injunction that stopped the association from enforcing
the decision.

This case is one of several the IHSAA has been involved with in recent years, including another that involved a high school
baseball player's eligibility.

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