(a) A student-athlete in grades 10, 11 or 12 transferring from one secondary school to another, without a bona fide change of residence by that student’s parent or guardian, shall be ineligible to participate for a period of 30 calendar days or half of the maximum games, which will commence with the first interscholastic contest played by the involved school, at any level, if that student participated on the varsity level in a particular sport at the previous school.
(b) A student who transfers during his\her 9th grade year, or before September 1 of his\her 10th grade year, without a bona fide change of residence, shall be immediately eligible; however, if that student has participated in a sport at a varsity level, then he\she shall be ineligible to compete in that sport at the new school at any level for 30 days or half of the maximum games, from the first day of competition in that sport.
(c) To prevent possible recruitment or transfer for athletic advantage, a Transfer Form must be executed by the two involved schools and filed with the NJSIAA before any interscholastic participation.
(d) A student who transfers during the second half of a sports season, regardless of whether the transfer was the result of a bona fide change of residence, shall be ineligible to participate in any post-season championship competition at the new school. The NJSIAA will annually publish the dates that will define the halfway point of each sports season in the NJSIAA Constitution found on the NJSIAA Website under “Resources – NJSIAA Constitution”.
CL 11 For purposes of this section, participation in a sport is defined as playing in any Interscholastic contest at any level. Playing in practices or pre-season scrimmages does not constitute participation.
(2) Any evidence of recruitment by a member school shall subject the athlete to a prompt determination of eligibility by the Eligibility Appeals Committee or the Controversies Committee and may subject the athlete and the school to appropriate disciplinary proceedings as set forth in Article X herein.
(3) Any evidence of a transfer for athletic advantage shall subject the athlete to a prompt determination of eligibility by the Eligibility Appeals Committee and may subject the school and the athlete to appropriate disciplinary proceedings as set forth in Article X herein. A transfer for athletic advantage is defined as, but not limited to:
(a) Seeking a superior athletic team;
(b) Seeking relief due to a conflict with the philosophy or action of an administrator, teacher or coach relating to sports;
(c) Seeking a team consistent with the student’s athletic abilities;
(d) Seeking a means to nullify punitive action by the previous school.
If you have any questions or need further clarification on the above NJSIAA transfer rules, please contact Athletic Director Tom Kaechele at (201)-784-1600 x 24230