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Foothill League makes tougher restrictions on transfers

Varsity athletes will have to sit out calendar year

Posted: June 27, 2012 6:17 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2012 6:17 p.m.

The CIF revised its transfer rules in May. Now the Foothill League has taken restrictions further.

Whereas the CIF rule requires an athlete who transfers from one comprehensive high school to another without a bona fide change of address to sit out 30 days from competition, the Foothill League rule, which was passed last week, will now restrict athletes who transfer within the league from competing in the same varsity sport for the school year.

“It’s a little bit more restrictive,” said Greg Lee, William S. Hart Union High School District director of human resources. “They have specific provisions in their bylaws where a league can be more strict.”

In May, the CIF revised statewide bylaw 207 to now state, “A student who transfers without making a valid change of residence, is not eligible for varsity competition in any sport the student participated in at his/her previous school during the last 12 calendar months, until the following dates: fall - Oct. 1; winter - Dec. 31; and spring - April 1.

Local coaches and administrators criticized the rule as not being a harsh enough transfer deterrent.
Now the Hart District has acted.

Transfer students without a bona fide change of address may have immediate eligibility in non-varsity athletics.

Varsity athletes can transfer and have immediate eligibility in sports they didn’t play at their previous school.



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