NFHS: Additional Year of Competition Not Best Option for High School Activities

The Stratford baseball team celebrates after beating Boyceville 7-5 in a Division 3 semifinal at the WIAA State Baseball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. The Tigers will play in the D-3 state championship game Thursday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Some states have intiiated discussions about granting high school seniors an additional year of school. The arguments for and against are piling up, and as Dr. Kariss Niehoff shares with, the case can be made for NOT allowing the extra year of competition.

There are many reasons why an additional year of athletic eligibility is not an option for high school student-athletes, including the maximum age rule and the eight-semester rules that exist in all states. Students who become 19 years of age before September 1 are ineligible for athletic competition.

Rather than trying to change the educational and athletic infrastructure of schools nationwide, we urge leaders to help our nation’s students move on to the future. The values learned through the three to four years of competition in high school activity programs will enable students to start down the road of becoming successful and contributing members of society. – Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS

Read Dr. Niehoff’s entire article HERE

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]