Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Njsiaa Right to Nix Change to Transfer Rule

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Njsiaa Right to Nix Change to Transfer Rule

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ROBBINSVILLE - Sound judgment ruled the day at the NJSIAA, but the discussion is far from over.

And a solution on how to rein in the rise of transfers in New Jersey high school athletics continues to be elusive.

Wednesday, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association executive committee decided not to put the controversial idea of making a student-athlete who goes from a public school to a non- public school sit out 45 days up to a vote of its full membership in the fall.

The discussion about the measure was spirited, considered and smart. It showed the organization at its very best. This was not something that was rubber-stamped. The idea was analyzed and examined, as it should be. Different points of view were heard.

The committee was shown the data, which show that the number of transfers on the whole is miniscule in relation to the total number of athletes, but then, as has been noted, it's not the number, it's the quality of the kids who are on the move.

Now it seems like the next step will be to form a committee made up of public and non-public representatives to see if they can hammer out a compromise on this and other issues plaguing the organization.

Forgive me if I'm not jumping up and down at the thought of another committee. How about this for a solution? Anyone who transfers sits for three weeks. Period. No more of this stupid "bona- fide change of address" charade. There are enough loopholes in the transfer rule to drive an Army tank through. You transfer, whatever the reason, hang out for 21 days. It will be fine.

The NJSIAA can't enforce the rules, although it valiantly continues to try. Parents are always going to seek out the best opportunities for their kids on the playing fields.

If that means they think their child would have a better chance to play, or get more exposure at a different school, they are going to go.

Three weeks would only be a slight deterrent, but at least it's something.

Besides, I always wondered why more people don't think the sitting-out period (currently 30 days) was important for a kid who, you know, is entering a brand new school. …

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