The discussion was brief on Wednesday, but it might have been one of the more important decisions the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors made.
Athletes are now allowed aid by their school to attend individual camps, changing a rule that triggered a chain of events for the OSSAA in the Supreme Court and House of Representatives.
The board voted 12-0 to approve the changes to board policy IX-G-5, allowing schools to provide transportation in a school-owned vehicle and pay for the fuel to camps in Oklahoma or a bordering state.
“With some of these camps, they’re in the middle of the week,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “Parents can’t usually take off work to drive their kid to wherever it might be. The membership was saying that some of it is our coaches are going there anyway, so why can’t two or three kids pile in?”
The rule originally stated: “Neither the school, nor any booster club or organization associated with the school, may pay fees and/or expenses, including transportation, for students to attend an individual camp or clinic.”