Kentucky High School Athletic Association members are being asked to vote on a proposal that would ban Catholic and other private schools from post-season competition.

Several of the state’s Catholic high schools have made consistently strong showings in post-season play in recent years, and this is clearly the motivation behind the move. The proposal would create public and private divisions, thus eliminating competition between public and private schools.

The public school principal responsible for the proposal admits that the move is aimed at private schools which he says “can pick and choose their athletes.”

Catholic school athletic officials were justifiably upset at the proposal and felt that if there were recruitment problems they should be addressed by changing the association by-laws, not by destroying the association.

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