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High schools: Eric Dompierre could likely play ball in Oklahoma

Michigan youngster with Down syndrome might be denied senior basketball season.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 8, 2012

Even if a student qualifies for the waiver or exception, a student can be denied permission to participate in some or all activities if the student's size and development would present an obvious danger to other participants.

Michigan does not have an exception to their age rule for disabilities or for other reasons included in the OSSAA rules, such as designation as a transitional first grader, serious injury or illness or difficulty transitioning from a foreign language to English.

The Dompierres and the Ishpeming School District have made several proposals to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, but none have been fruitful.

The latest proposal asks the MHSAA to allow its member schools to vote on whether or not to allow waivers to the rule, similar to what is allowed in Oklahoma.

An online petition started by Dean Dompierre on has attracted more than 75,000 signatures.

Dean believes it is critical to his son's development that he be allowed to play basketball as a senior.

“If he told that he's not allowed to play anymore, I think he's going to lose a lot of that confidence,” Dean said. “And that's been a key to his development.”