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Transfer Bylaw Resource Center

Understanding the OHSAA Transfer Bylaws

The OHSAA receives more inquiries about eligibility in terms of the transfer bylaw than any other aspect of eligibility. Unfortunately, we do not receive enough as invariably an administrator has made his/her own call that later results in forfeiture or worse. If a student transfers at any time after the fifth day of the student’s ninth grade year or after having established eligibility by playing in a contest (scrimmage, preview/jamboree, Foundation game or regular season/tournament contests) until the one year anniversary of the date of enrollment in the school to which the student transferred, the student shall be ineligible for all contests (including all scrimmages, preview/jamboree/Foundation game) until after the first 50% of the maximum allowable* regular season contests in those sports in which the student participated (participation being defined as playing in a contest) during the 12 months immediately preceding this transfer have been competed. Once eligibility is restored, the student shall be eligible for no more than 50% of the maximum allowable contests, quarters, halves or points which are permitted in any recognized sport. 

There are excpetions to this rule. The OHSAA Commissioner's Office is not permitted to MAKE exceptions; the Commissioner's Office can only determine if a student meets the requirements of one of the exceptions. Click on the links to the left to read about each respective exception.

OHSAA Transfer Consequence Chart

Sport
Maximum # of Contests as per the OHSAA Board
Transfer Student Ineligible Until
Baseball
27 Games
Game 14
Basketball 
(Boys & Girls)
22 Games
Game 12- then eligible for no more than 55 quarters for the remainder of the regular season.
Bowling (Boys & Girls)
24 Matches
Match 13
Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
16 Games
Meet 9
Field Hockey
16 Games
Game 9- then eligible for no more than 21 halves for the remainder of the regular season.
Football
10 Games
Game 6- then eligible for no more than 25 quarters for the remainder of the regular season.
Golf
(Boys & Girls)
20 Matches
Match 11
Gymnastics
14 Meets
Meet 8
Ice Hockey
35 Games
Game 18
Lacrosse (Boys & Girls)
18 Games
Game 10 - GIRLS: then eligible for no more than 23 halves for the remainder of the regular season. BOYS:then eligible for no more than 46 quarters for the remainder of the regular season.
Soccer
(Boys & Girls)
16 Games
Game 9 - then eligible for no more than 21 halves for the remainder of the regular season.
Softball
27 Games
Game 14
Swimming & Diving 
(Boys & Girls)
16 Meets
Meet 9
Tennis
(Boys & Girls)
22 Matches
Match 12
Track & Field
(Boys & Girls)
16 Meets
Meet 9
Volleyball
22 Matches
Match 12
Wrestling
20 Points
Point 11 - then eligible for no more than 10 points for the remainder of the regular season.
 

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