GAYLORD, Mich. -- High schools in Michigan will vote on whether to allow a waiver of the maximum age for students to participate in interscholastic athletics.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association's Representative Council approved a proposal Monday for the rule change that could allow an Ishpeming student with Down syndrome to play football and basketball next season.
Under the proposal, a waiver would be allowed "under narrowly defined circumstances."
Ballots are expected to be emailed to schools this week.
The athletic association's constitution says that students who turn 19 before Sept. 1 are ineligible to play sports for the full school year. Eric Dompierre started school late because of his disability. He's already turned 19.
Ishpeming High School is west of Marquette in the central Upper Peninsula.