1 of 7 proposed changes to Ohio High School sports rules from the Ohio High School Athletic Association to be voted on by member schools in May would, I think, go a long way toward bringing some sanity to what seems to have been an attempt by some of our state’s larger public and private schools to skirt rules concerning participation in sports by students who transfer from one school to another school.
Such transfers are permitted for a number of reasons already set forth in policy.
Present rules for students who don’t qualify under any of the stated reasons have been required to sit out any pre-season practices, and the first half of regular season action, but have been allowed to suit up in time for the games in the second half of the regular season and all tournament games.
This has resulted in the almost laughable situation in which transfer players have played a huge roll in state tournament games, particularly those in basketball.
The proposed change would require such transferring students to sit out the second half of the regular season and all post season games.
This sounds like a great idea to me, but it will be up to member schools to decide the fate of a proposal which to me addresses a “real” competitive balance situation.
That’s the way I see it.