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Understanding the OHSAA Transfer Bylaw

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Updated May 29, 2013

Understanding OHSAA Bylaws 4-7-2, 4-7-4, 4-7-6 and 4-7-7

The OHSAA receives more inquiries about eligibility in terms of the transfer bylaw than any other aspect of eligibility.


The basic transfer bylaw is quite simple. If a student transfers (changes) high schools at any time after establishing eligibility as a ninth grader (either by attending a school for five days or playing in a fall sport prior to the beginning of school), the student is INELIGIBLE at the new high school for the first fifty percent (50%) of the maximum allowable regular season contests in those sports in which the student participated during the twelve(12) months immediately preceding this transfer. NOTE: For purposes of this bylaw, a student is considered to have participated in a sport if he/she has entered, if for only one play, a scrimmage or contests at any level of competition/contests (e.g. freshman, junior varsity and varsity). No ruling is required from the Commissionerís Office, and no paperwork is necessary if a student transfers and cannot meet an exception to the transfer bylaw. Understanding that basic rule is fundamental to dealing with transfer students.

Of course, in our society today, students do indeed change schools for various reasons. To deal with those limited scenarios our member schools have adopted six exceptions, one of which MAY apply to a student who changes high schools. The use of the word MAY is instructive since not all transfer students can meet one of these exceptions and for each of these exceptions, the transfer student is INELIGIBLE until ruled eligible by the Commissionerís Office. For a student to avail herself/himself of one of these exceptions, action on the part of the member school administrator as well as the OHSAA staff is required.


The purpose of this series on the Transfer Bylaw is to provide guidance as to the required action on each of the exceptions.




        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 1 - Parents' Bona Fide Move into a New Public School District

        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 2 - Change of Legal Custody

        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 3 - School Closes/Discontinues Program After Grade 9 or Annexation/Consolidation

        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 4 - Self-Supporting Student

        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 5 - A student transferred to the State School for the Blind or State School for the Deaf shall be eligible upon enrollment.

        Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 6 - New Construction - Home Not Ready for Habitation




        Bylaw 4-7-4 - Intra-District/System Transfer

        Bylaw 4-7-6 - Intra-District Transfer

        Bylaw 4-7-7 - Intra-System Transfer

        List of Sample Situations - Change in Educational Programs


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