5 years of high school? Kentucky bill would allow high school seniors another year of athletic eligibility

Fifth-year seniors have long been a part of college sports. Now it’s possible we could see it in high school.

The Kentucky state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 128 on Tuesday, which would allow high school students enrolled in public schools to request another year of high school eligibility. The bill was written in the wake of a disrupted 2020-21 academic and athletic school year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill passed the Kentucky Senate 36-0, but still must pass the state House.

The idea of allowing Class of 2021 seniors to repeat their senior year has been floated across the country during this pandemic-interrupted school year. Maryland is currently proposing a similar bill.

In October the NCAA announced that all fall and winter sports athletes will be given an extra year of eligibility, creating potential scholarship availability issues for a host of programs.

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