“Much of the feedback we have received from the membership indicates that the current consequence – sitting out the first half of the regular-season – is not a significant deterrent,” said OHSAA commissioner Dr. Dan Ross said in a statement. “If a student knows that the end of the regular-season and the tournament will still be available, they are more likely to transfer. We don’t believe that a high number of transfers is good for education-based athletics.”
There are 11 exceptions to the OHSAA’s transfer bylaw. There is no sit-out period should a student change residency to a new school district.
The proposed transfer bylaw change will be one of seven items that will be voted on by the 819 member schools from May 1-15. Results will be announced on May 16 and if approved, the new transfer bylaw would be effective immediately and apply to students who transfer after May 16.
The current transfer bylaw was approved in 2013 and applies only to those sports a student participated in the previous year. Prior to that, transfers were required to sit out an entire school year.