The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Monday it has adopted revised regulations for student-athletes who are looking to transfer.
The new transfer rule will make transferring student-athletes ineligible for one year in any sport played during the previous year at their previous school — unless that student-athlete’s situation fits one of the current 15 exceptions that allow for immediate eligibility.
However, the revised transfer regulation allows a transfer student immediate eligibility in any other MHSAA-sponsored sport not participated in the previous year at the former school.
Previously, a transfer student would be ineligible to participate in any sport for one semester.
"We are hopeful this ‘sport-specific’ transfer rule will be easier to understand, and therefore, more consistently enforced," MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts said in a statement. "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 revised transfer regulation will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year, based on a student-athlete’s sports participation during 2018-19.
The 15 exceptions to the transfer rule remain unchanged. Eight are residency changes where the student moves into a district, while five involve school changes (mergers, closures, openings) and two involve the student (incoming ninth-grader or return of expelled student).
Grosse Pointe North 2, Utica Ford 1: Tyler Hill pitched a complete game and struck out 14 batters, earning the win, while also going 2-for-2 with an intentional walk at the plate and Jack Kensora hit a walk-off RBI single for North (16-6, 10-2 MAC White). Matt Domke pitched a complete game and went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Ford (11-13, 8-5).
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