'Success Rule' passes through district voting according to NSAA

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HASTINGS, Neb. -- NSAA Assistant Director Jeff Stauss tells NBC Nebraska that three of the six districts have voted in favor of adopting a "Success" Rule in high school sports.

Now, the measure advances to the NSAA general assembly meeting on April 7th for final approval.

It's a rule that would implement a point system for high-achieving and highly-successful sports programs. If a team collects ten success points for four-straight years on this new rule, the would be required by the NSAA to move up a class.

The NSAA says Districts 1, 2 and 3 voted against the rule, but Districts 4, 5 and 6 voted for the rule, giving it the 50% it needed to advance to the general assembly vote.

The debate has now switched from the rule being just about the success of a program, to if this is an attack on the state's private or parochial schools.

If the rule is passed in April, area schools that could be in line to move up a class in four short years just so happen to be Kearney Catholic and Hastings St. Cecilia.

Kevin Asher, the head coach of the St. Cecilia boys basketball team, says this is no coincidence. He thinks this is an attack on private schools.

"Well, I think they are, and generally I think they're looking at private schools and the successes that they've had," Asher said. "A lot of it has to do with maybe your population base."

Kearney Catholic Athletic Director and girls basketball coach Rick Petri agrees with Asher calling the rule unfair. He said it certainly is an attack, and this isn't the first time KCHS has had to deal with this.

Remember - Kearney Catholic was just recently voted out of the Lou Platte Conference.

Hastings High girls basketball coach Greg Mays is saying not so fast, though. He addressed the committee behind this rule proposal and says this is about much more than just public versus private schools, and that the committee has been vigilant in proving that fact.

"Actually, the NSAA and the committee they put together, which was half from private school people bent over backwards to avoid that," Mays said. "We heard a lot of the numbers last year where the small amount of private schools were winning this huge amount of state championships. When I was looking at the numbers, it's even bigger when you look at the social economic."

NBC Nebraska will continue to monitor this development as the rule proposal now advances to the NSAA General Assembly Meeting.

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