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GHSA releases statement on NIL laws for high school student-athletes

July 16, 2021 - 00:00
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July 1 marked the beginning of a drastic change in the college athletics world. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that they were adopting an interim name, image and likeness (NIL) policy.

The new policy allows for college athlete to benefit from NIL opportunities despite the state they play in.

As a result of the announcement, there were some questions asked how this affected high school athletes.

So, six days later, the Georgia High School Association released a statement on behalf of executive director, Dr. Robin Hines.

“The answer is simply that there is no effect at this time,” the statement read. “House Bill 617 (the law in Georgia) specifically refers to ‘student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs at postsecondary educational institutions’ and therefore does not impact high school athletes.”

July 7’s statement went on to state that bylaws 1.90 through 1.96 of the GHSA Constitution should remain in effect. A screenshot of those particular bylaws were sent out on GHSA’s official Twitter accoun too.

They can also be accessed at: https://www.ghsa.net/sites/default/files/documents/Constitution/Constitu...