CIF State officials are working on a potential proposal that would do away with the controversial “athletically motivated” transfer rule and replace it with a one-size-fits-all rule that would force transfers to sit out 30 CALENDAR DAYS at their new schools before becoming eligible.
The new rule would extend across all sports and all levels. Example: Johnny Gun plays QB for Los Altos in Week 0, then daddy gets sour about the play calling and decides Johnny Gun is transferring to Charter Oak, Johnny Gun would be eligible to play for Charter Oak after sitting out 30 days.
This concept is not even a proposal yet, nor is it on any council agenda. But state officials are looking at the possibility of making this a proposal, according to CIF-Southern Section spokesperson Thom Simmons.
“The sections would have to vote on it, first of all, and then after that it would have to be voted on at the state level,” Simmons said.
The 30-day ineligibility would be no matter what, regardless of whether the transfer was deemed to be athletically motivated or due to reasonable circumstances. The new rule would likely be in place for the 2012-13 school year.
Aram’s take: It’s not quite “let them transfer wherever they want and play right away”, but it’s damn close … and I’LL TAKE IT!!! Keep in mind that this is in its infancy stages, but given the strong desire section-wide to get rid of the “athletically motivated” rule, I expect this to catch fire and fly through once it’s officially proposed. The buzz about this is already out there. Some athletic directors have already heard about it about it. I’m trying to get a better understanding of whether kids who are already ruled ineligible for a portion of next school year are going to be immediately eligible or whether their ineligibility sentence will remain the same, think Andrew Hauser, formerly of Bishop Amat and currently at Charter Oak. He would still have to wait until his ineligibility sentence is up, according to what I’ve been told. DRINK IT IN, LADIES AND GENTS. This is a GAME CHANGER!
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