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NJSIAA proposes major change to transfer rules

By Phil Anastasia

Inquirer Staff Writer

ATLANTIC CITY --  In another significant proposal, the NJSIAA's public/non-public committee has recommended a change to the organization's transfer rules.

The committee wants to split schools into those with "open enrollment" -- non-publics and publics that either participate in the state's "choice program" or accept tuition students -- and those with "closed enrollment" based strictly on geography.

Under the proposal, students with a change of address who transfer from a closed enrollment school to another closed enrollment school wouldn't be subject to a waiting period and would be eligible to play right away.

Student-athletes who have previously participated in a varsity sport and who transfer to an open enrollment school would be subject to a 30-day waiting period and would be prohibited from participating in the state tournament.

The proposal was presented by the committee at the state athletic directors annual convention Tuesday at the Golden Nugget casino-hotel.

The changes in the transfer rules could be passed by the NJSIAA executive committee this spring and take effect in September.

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