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Ask the Interpreters A Chat with Debbie and Roxanne Session with the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association October 4, 2010. Goals for this Session. Discuss Compliance Areas that have posed problems for our members

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Ask the InterpretersA Chat with Debbie and RoxanneSession with the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators AssociationOctober 4, 2010

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Goals for this Session

  • Discuss Compliance Areas that have posed problems for our members

  • Direct members to resources to help in the area of student eligibility

  • Provide answers to specific questions relating to student eligibility – or any other topic

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International Student Rule

  • International Students – Bylaw 4-8-1 – Students are ineligible in Ohio member schools. Exceptions:

    • 1 – Student and parents move into Ohio or have lived here

    • 2 – Visitor Exchange Program

    • 3 – Student is adopted by Ohio citizens

    • 4 – Student and parents are US citizens but the parents reside outside the USA (missionaries, military, business, etc.)

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Residence Rule

  • Out of State Parents – 4-6-3 – Student ineligible in an Ohio member school. Exceptions:

    • 1. Change of legal custody for reasons that protect the student

    • 2. Attend 15 days in grade 11

    • 3. Continuous enrollment from grade 1

    • 4. Continuous enrollment in a parochial elementary school from grade 4-8

    • 5. East Liverpool exception

    • 6. Boarding school exception

    • 7. Military children – Please use OHSAA POA

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Transfer Eligibility

  • Major area of questions

  • OHSAA has developed a “Transfer Bylaw Resource Center” on the web site at to assist schools

  • All principals and athletic administrators received email guidance on most of the major transfer issues this summer

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The Basic Rule – 4-7-2

  • If a student transfers high schools after establishing eligibility

    • Plays in a contest prior to school in the fall of grade 9

    • Attends any high school the first five days of grade 9

  • The student will be ineligible for all sports at the new school for one calendar year

  • Transfer means to change schools at any time after establishing eligibility as a 9th grader

  • If the student does not change schools, he/she remains eligible at the school where eligibility was first established

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Parents’ Bona Fide MoveException 1

  • Exception one of Bylaw 4-7-2

  • Parents move into a new school district

  • Triggers choice of either the public high school in the new district or any non-public high school

  • Move must be contemporaneous – within the last calendar year

  • Note “Parents” – plural

  • Note: Residence Bylaw 4-6-1 defines a Bona Fide Change of Residence

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Parents’ Bona Fide Move

  • What should the school administrator do?

    • Interview the parents

    • Check custody documentation – Q #12 on the Affidavit

    • Review the Affidavit of Bona Fide Residence with the parents

    • Sign the front page along with both parents

    • Ask the parent to take the actual affidavit to a notary

    • Review the document after it is notarized

    • Send to OHSAA

    • Be prepared to check on the residence periodically, document the visits, and do so at “off hours”

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Major Problems with the ABFR

  • No custody information supplied - #12

  • Move made prior to the last calendar year - #8, #13

  • No Driver’s license/ID with current address - #17,#18

  • No Voter Registration (note that this does not compel the individual to actually vote)

  • No school administrator signature

  • Failure of school personnel to check up on the residence

  • Move not between two public school districts

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Legal Change of CustodyException 2

  • Exception two of 4-7-2

  • When a court-ordered change of custody results in the student’s change of school district, this triggers:

    • Choice of the public high school in the new custodian’s school district

    • Choice of any non-public school

  • Requires an actual legal change of custody, not a Power of Attorney or an affidavit for school attendance

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Legal Change of Custody

  • What must the school administrator do:

    • Obtain the court order and insure that it is a legal change of custody signed by a judge or magistrate

    • Draft a letter to either Deborah Moore or Roxanne Price stipulating

      • The person named in the custody document is a resident of the new school district into which the student is moving

      • The student will live full time with that resident for one full year

      • Send a copy of the court order along with the letter

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Legal Change of Custody

  • Note: Redesignation of residential parent within a Shared Parenting agreement is NOT a legal change of custody

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Bona Fide Move of a parent in Shared parenting - Exception 3

  • The only exception that mentions shared parenting

  • Allows for eligibility when either one of the parents in this agreement (both have legal custody) makes a bona fide move to a new public school district

  • Requires the ABFR

  • Triggers the choice of public school in the district of either parent or any non-public school

  • The same criteria as in exception 1 apply

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Enrollment and Attendance 3Bylaw 4-3-1

  • Basic rule – Students are eligible only at the school where they are enrolled and attending FULL TIME

  • This rule prohibits eligibility for

    • home-schooled students

    • students at schools that do not sponsor certain sports

    • students who may want to participate on another school’s sports team

    • students who are in non-member schools

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Exceptions to 4-3-1 3

#1 – Separate 9th grade building

#2 – JVS/Career Center

#3 – Community school under ORC. 3314 sponsored by the Board of Education

#4 – Postsecondary Enrollment Option

#5 – Alternative school sponsored by BOE

#6 – Home schooled but in partial enrollment in accordance with BOE policy (at least one course in the physical location of the school)

#7 – STEM school

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Any other Questions?? 3

Thanks for your attention!!

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Contact Us! 3

Dr. Deborah B. Moore, Ph.D. – [email protected]

Associate Commissioner


Ms. Roxanne Price – [email protected]

Assistant Commissioner


4080 Roselea Place

Columbus, OH 43214