Revised transfer regulation adopted at MHSAA

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The MHSAA has adopted a revised transfer regulation.

The new regulation states that transferring student-athletes will be ineligible for one year in any sport played during the previous year at the previous school.

There is a loophole, if that student-athlete’s situation fits one of the current 15 exceptions, then they would have immediate eligibility.

However, according to the MHSAA, the revised transfer rule also allows the transferring student-athlete immediate eligibility in any other MHSAA-sponsored sport that he or she did not participate in during that previous year at the previous school.

This new regulation goes into effect next year, for the 2019-2020 school year. But it will be based on a student-athlete's participation in sports during the 2018-2019 year.

“We are hopeful this ‘sport-specific’ transfer rule will be easier to understand, and therefore, more consistently enforced,” MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said. “This rule better addresses the changing landscape of transfers, hopefully dissuading those considering moving for athletic reasons while still allowing a full range of sports for those who do switch. It may seem like a punishment to some, but the new rule is actually more permissive for many transfer students, and we saw growing support for these changes from our schools since we began discussing this proposal a year ago.”

The new rule was adopted at the MHSAA Spring Meeting of the 19-member legislative body of the association’s more than 1,400 member schools.

The Council considered 29 committee proposals and dealt with a variety of eligibility rule, postseason tournament and operational issues. To see more of the decisions made - go to mhsaa.com.