Story: One vote.
That was the margin by which the CIF-Southern Section Council approved one in a series of transfer proposals for high school athletes that figures to change the complexion of prep sports for the foreseeable future.
The most controversial proposal, loosely referred to as the “30-day sit-out rule,” passed 41-40. If it is approved at the state level, the rule would force athletes who change schools without changing their address to sit out 30 days before gaining eligibility.
BREAKING NEWS: Aram tweeted that the 30-day, sit-out transfer rule was voted in at the CIF-Southern Section meeting this morning, passing by ONE VOTE, 41-40. The proposal still has to pass at the state level during other section votes for it to go into effect for the 2012-13 season, but passing the Southern Section is a huge step. We will have more later. You can follow Aram on Twitter @ChemicalAT
What’s at stake in this morning’s preview: The complexion of the CIF-Southern Section’s transfer policy on high school athletes is set to get a major makeover today.
Representatives from the 86 leagues that comprise the Southern Section will vote on a proposal that will dramatically revise the rules for transfers in all varsity sports. The new transfer rule proposals will be the headliner of what should be the most anticipated Southern Section council meeting in recent history.
It begins at 9 a.m. at The Grand in Long Beach.
Below: Players like Kurt Scoby, who transferred from Charter Oak to Duarte earlier this month, could be eligible to play by Oct. 1 under the new 30-day sit-out rule passed at the Southern Section meeting this morning. Scoby could be eligible sooner with a valid change of address or hardship, but his worst-case scenario under the new proposal is that he and other players in his situation will not be forced to sit a whole season.