the decisions being made here affect eligibility, so not many tax dollars are at stake
That is BS. In the Livonia case, an elgibility ruling from a kangaroo panel if upheld will cost the taxpayers of Pointe Coupee Parish $30,000.
That is a significant property interest for the taxpayers to eat, considering the sham of a hearing the LHSAA conducted in the matter.
I find it interesting that never once did the lawyers in the Livonia case say they applied their rule properly, or that they got it right, but rather there position was to the court "you can't do nothing about it" even going so far as to tell the judge "it doesn't matter that we violated his due process and equal protection rights, this court has no jurisdiction to tell us what to do".
I do have a solution though, because I agree no one wants to run to the courts everytime they have a problem.
The state already has a division of administrative law staffed with plenty of administrative judges. Thus, give jurisiction to the division of administrative law to hear appeals of eligibility matters and other rulings affecting students and schools, and make it loser pay. If the LHSAA conducts a sham hearing and gets it wrong, they pay. If some parents or school files a frivolous appeal, they pay.