- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Senate has advanced a bill to recognize college preparatory teams as members of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.

The bill approved Wednesday allows college prep sports teams to elect to be members of the activities commission and compete against other area high schools and attend conferences and national tournaments.

However, the bill does prohibit college prep teams that are members of the Secondary Schools Activities Commission from competing for league, regional or state championships.

The bill states that college prep teams must be comprised of members from the same school and must not have members who are fifth-year seniors or post-high school graduates.

Senate Bill 540 has been passed to the House for action.

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