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.