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Zoning changes could affect eligibility for student athletes

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High School Coaches leaving a hearing on zoning guidelines from the Georgia High School Association High School Coaches leaving a hearing on zoning guidelines from the Georgia High School Association
Dougherty County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks Dougherty County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County High school coaches met Tuesday to discuss zoning issues that could affect playing eligibility for student athletes. Coaches attended a hearing to understand and follow guidelines from the Georgia High School Association to make sure that student athletes are playing in their designated zones.

The school zones changed back in March and mainly affect 10th and 11th grade students. The Georgia High School Association keeps record of student athletes playing at a high school in their zone. High school athletic officials say it's important that coaches follow the Georgia High School Association guidelines so that their athletic program doesn't suffer any consequences.

"There are some strict penalties when students are caught playing out of zone," said Dougherty County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks. "I don't want our student athletes, our coaches, our schools to be subject to fines and probations because we didn't know the rules and more than anything we did not follow those rules." 

Zoning changes do not affect 9th and 12th grade students. Ninth graders establish eligibility at the school they attend while 12th graders are allowed to stay at a school if a zone changes.

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