SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Transfer rules have too many loopholes

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 04:09 PM.

I believe the best solution to curb what can appear to be recruiting is to have stricter transfer rules at state and local levels.

The Florida High School Athletic Association has an open policy on athlete transfers as long as the transfer is approved by the governing school district.

In other words, if a parent in Crestview had enough wealth to fly his or her son or daughter to and from a school in Miami each day so the student could play a certain sport, and the Miami school district approved, the FHSAA would allow it. Of course, the FHSAA doesn't have to worry about classroom sizes and having enough teachers on staff.

I believe the FHSAA has some fairly strong policies to discourage recruiting. But as I've learned, proving recruiting can be difficult — if not impossible.

I think the FHSAA should take a stronger stance on athletes transferring from one school to another; it would help close some of the loopholes athletes use when school-hopping.

The real responsibility falls on local school districts and the transfer policies.

I know local athletes who have attended multiple schools looking for a starting position in their sport. I know of situations where hardships were filed even as one sibling transferred for what seemed to be the purpose of playing a sport as siblings remained at the original school.

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