The Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 563 during the 2021 Regular Session and it went into effect July 1. Due to the new law, the KHSAA will be forced to adhere to more strict guidelines involving transfers.
Here's what you should know regarding the new transfer rules:
Can a high school athlete still play if they transfer school districts?
Yes, but they must wait. Any student who transfers from one district to another will be ineligible to participate in for one year from the date of enrollment at the new school.
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What if someone plays when they're considered ineligible?
For high school athletics (Freshman, JV, Varsity) using ineligible players will result in a forfeit. For middle school athletics, penalties will lie with the school, school district, conference or association of schools.
Can someone deemed ineligible appeal to the KHSAA?
No. Since the new transfer rules originate from the Kentucky General Assembly, the KHSAA has no power or jurisdiction.
What if a student’s family transfers into a district while maintaining their prior residence?
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, when determining a student’s district of residence, the residence of the parents or legal guardians is taken to account first. If the student’s parents live in multiple districts (i.e. separated parents), or the student lives with someone other than their parents/legal guardian, the Kentucky Department of Education would investigate to see where the student spends most nights to determine their proper district. If the determination is made that “most nights” are outside of the district, the student(s) in the household are to be considered a nonresident student(s) and the provisions of athletic ineligibility would apply.
What if a student is non-resident but they're already enrolled?
The athlete would be fine in this case. HB 563 applies to transfers following July 1, 2022. Transfers following this date would be subject to rules enforced by HB 563 or KHSAA Bylaw 6.
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