As I have said and written before, our transfer regulation is an inadequate tool for the fight ahead of us.
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. . . all students are assumed to be ineligible for participation until they have earned the privilege of participation.
We know that unless the rules address a specific problem and are written with clarity and enforced with certainty, rules do more harm than they do good.
Those who make rules ought to be students of rules. We mean this in at least the two ways this posting and the next will address.
In the MHSAA Handbook there are 12 high school athletic eligibility regulations covered over 25 pages, and one-fourth of these pages are devoted to one rule: the transfer regulation.
It is during these months and the next that the MHSAA deals with the most stressful of forfeitures caused by the participation of ineligible players.
It is clear now that the rules makers on all levels – from the pros to peewees – have concluded that “player safety trumps competitive advantage.”
From the Director is the official MHSAA Blog which will touch on pertinent school sports topics periodically throughout the school year from various MHSAA Staff.