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Parents ask for sports flexibility

February 2, 2004

(Atlanta-AP) -- The parents of high school athletes in rural Georgia want legislators to pass legislation to make sports schedules more flexible. One proposal in the state Legislature would allow schools to switch regions if they have opponents more than 100 miles away in the region assigned to them by the Georgia High School Association.

The long-distance commutes are caused by Georgia's elaborate classification system for competitions involving the 390 high schools in the association. The road trips can be draining for students and parents.

Some schools complain they draw just a handful of fans at away games because they're so far away. Lawmakers say the trips are hurting the quality of education.

The complaints are nothing new for the Georgia High School Association. It sometimes comes under more fire than the Legislature for decisions it makes about sports schedules.

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