Dec 2, 2014
New Jersey shoots down tougher transfer policy

New Jersey schools have rejected a proposal that would have strengthened penalties against student-athletes who transfer without moving to another district.

Press of Atlantic City reports that the new policy was rejected Monday at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s general membership meeting. The close vote (139-98) suggests the issue isn’t one that’s going away.

The state’s current policy, which only affects varsity athletes, requires transfers without a bona fide change of residence to miss the first 30 days of the season, according to the article. The proposal was to increase the suspension to 45 days for all transferring players and ban those athletes from the state tournament.

From the article:

Jefferson Township athletic director John DiCarlo proposed the 45-day ban.

“We want to pick up the paper and read about a team winning a championship with their own kids, he said. We’re trying to do something that will change the landscape of athletics in New Jersey from something that is resentful and jealous to something that makes us all proud.”

NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said schools may have voted against the proposal because it included all high school athletes, not just members of varsity teams.

“I think that impacted some people, Timko said of the proposal. I think people had a lot of thought about that.”

Timko said he expects the non-public/public committee to issue a report with recommendations for changes to the transfer rule and other issues in March.

It’s possible those recommendations focus more narrowly on varsity athletes — if that is indeed a sticking point — but is that a concession advocates are willing to make? And if so, would that just intensify illegal recruiting on junior varsity and youth athletes?

This is a hot issue, not just in New Jersey but around the country. Illegal recruiting and transfers consistently rank among the greatest concerns for athletic directors in annual surveys conducted by our sister publication, Coach & Athletic Director.

New Jersey shoots down tougher transfer policy

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

New Jersey schools have rejected a proposal that would have strengthened penalties against student-athletes who transfer without moving to another district.

Press of Atlantic City reports that the new policy was rejected Monday at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s general membership meeting. The close vote (139-98) suggests the issue isn’t one that’s going away.

The state’s current policy, which only affects varsity athletes, requires transfers without a bona fide change of residence to miss the first 30 days of the season, according to the article. The proposal was to increase the suspension to 45 days for all transferring players and ban those athletes from the state tournament.

From the article :

Jefferson Township athletic director John DiCarlo proposed the 45-day ban.

“We want to pick up the paper and read about a team winning a championship with their own kids, he said. We’re trying to do something that will change the landscape of athletics in New Jersey from something that is resentful and jealous to something that makes us all proud.”

NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said schools may have voted against the proposal because it included all high school athletes, not just members of varsity teams.

“I think that impacted some people, Timko said of the proposal. I think people had a lot of thought about that.”

Timko said he expects the non-public/public committee to issue a report with recommendations for changes to the transfer rule and other issues in March.

It’s possible those recommendations focus more narrowly on varsity athletes — if that is indeed a sticking point — but is that a concession advocates are willing to make? And if so, would that just intensify illegal recruiting on junior varsity and youth athletes?

This is a hot issue, not just in New Jersey but around the country. Illegal recruiting and transfers consistently rank among the greatest concerns for athletic directors in annual surveys conducted by our sister publication, Coach & Athletic Director.






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