Understanding the OHSAA Transfer Bylaw
Updated May 29, 2013
Understanding OHSAA Bylaws 4-7-2, 4-7-4, 4-7-6 and 4-7-7
The OHSAA receives more inquiries about eligibility in terms of the transfer bylaw than any other aspect of eligibility.
The basic transfer bylaw is quite simple. If
a student transfers (changes) high schools at any time after
establishing eligibility as a ninth grader (either by attending a school
for five days or playing in a fall sport prior to the beginning of
school), the student is INELIGIBLE at the new high school for the first
fifty percent (50%) of the maximum allowable regular season contests in
those sports in which the student participated during the twelve(12)
months immediately preceding this transfer. NOTE: For purposes of this
bylaw, a student is considered to have participated in a sport if he/she
has entered, if for only one play, a scrimmage or contests at any level
of competition/contests (e.g. freshman, junior varsity and varsity). No
ruling is required from the Commissionerís Office, and no paperwork is
necessary if a student transfers and cannot meet an exception to the
transfer bylaw. Understanding that basic rule is fundamental to dealing
with transfer students.
Of course, in our society today, students do indeed change schools for various reasons. To deal with those limited scenarios our member schools have adopted six exceptions, one of which MAY apply to a student who changes high schools. The use of the word MAY is instructive since not all transfer students can meet one of these exceptions and for each of these exceptions, the transfer student is INELIGIBLE until ruled eligible by the Commissionerís Office. For a student to avail herself/himself of one of these exceptions, action on the part of the member school administrator as well as the OHSAA staff is required.
The purpose of this series on the Transfer Bylaw is to provide guidance as to the required action on each of the exceptions.
∑ Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 5 - A student transferred to the State School for the Blind or State School for the Deaf shall be eligible upon enrollment.