WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITMENT
POLICIES IN THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The Ohio High School Athletic Association Bylaws outline the limitations on recruitment by an OHSAA member high school. The following summary is provided for educational purposes only, official rules can be obtained through the OHSAA Website. Parents should be aware that violations of these policies could result in loss of eligibility for the student athlete.
- A student is considered a prospective athlete upon enrolling in the seventh grade. Any attempt to recruit a prospective student athlete for athletic purposes shall be strictly prohibited.
- High schools can mass market their education programs to the general public through television, radio & newspaper ads and open houses or visitations.
- High Schools are not permitted to produce athletic program specific brochures for distribution.
- High Schools can invite an 8th grade class to attend a game for free. However the invitation must be made to the whole group and not particular students.
- High School Coaches are not to initiate contact with prospective students outside of the high school’s building until the student has applied to the school and acceptance letters have been distributed.
- The Cleveland Area Catholic High Schools have an agreed upon “No Contact” period that runs during the application review process from early January to mid February. During this time representatives from high schools are not to have contact with prospective students.
- High School coaches can talk to a parish group as long as they talk about the general educational values of athletics and not the attributes of a particular school.
- High Schools cannot give gifts such as sweatshirts, etc. to prospective students.
- High Schools cannot provide financial aid or scholarships to a student on the basis of athletic ability is prohibited.
- If a parent or athlete wishes to talk to coach, they need to make a request through the admissions office of the school and a meeting will be held on school grounds.
- Parents should not assume that a lack of interaction by a high school coach or school toward a prospective student does not represent a lack of interest, but respect for the policies outlined above. Please contact the High School Admissions Office for information about the school and setting appointments with their staff.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL TRANSFERRING POLICIES IN THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The Ohio High School Athletic Association Bylaws have recently been updated with limitations on the transferring of high school students during their four years of schooling. The following summary is provided for educational purposes only, and should be considered when making decisions on high school education. Official rules can be obtained through the OHSAA Website. Parents should be aware that violations of these policies could result in loss of eligibility for the student athlete. The transfer bylaws apply to all students enrolled in grades 9 -12. These bylaws apply to all schools, both public and non-public.
If a student transfers after the fifth day of the student’s ninth grade year or after having established eligibility prior to the start of school by playing in a contest (scrimmage, preview or regular season / tournament contest), the student will be ineligible for one year from the date of enrollment in the school to which the student transferred.
The following are some exceptions to the general transfer bylaw that may apply with the approval of the OHSAA Commissioner:
- If the parents or legal guardian have made a bonafide legal change of residence from one public school district to another public school district.
- If the student is the ward of a court appointed guardian, and there is a subsequent change in that guardian. Likewise, if the student is the child of parents who were never married or have had their marriage terminated and there is a court ordered change of custody.
- If, and only if, either one of the parents in a Shared Parenting Plan, notwithstanding any provisions there into the contrary, makes a bonafide legal change of residence from one public school district into another public school district.
- If the school in which the student is enrolled closes.
- If the bonafide residence of the student’s parents is annexed to a different school district or consolidated within a school district.
- A student shall be entitled to one transfer into a public high school located in the public school district within which the student’s parent residence is located.
- If a student transfers from a non-public high school to the public high school in which the student’s parents’ residence is situated, the student may transfer back to the same non-public high school.
- If a student transfers to a high school located within the jurisdiction of a non-public multiple high school system (e.g., Catholic Conference of Ohio, Ohio Association of Independent Schools, Association of Christian Schools International or other category as denoted by the State Department of Education) from another high school within that same system, the student may have his/her eligibility restored by the Commissioner’s office provided certain conditions have been met.