CIF's New Transfer Rule

January 11, 2018

A year ago, the California Interscholastic Federation voted to end a rule that prohibited athletically motivated transfers. What have been the results? 

According to the Los Angeles Times, the issue of students transferring schools for sport-related reasons is not a new one, but since the CIF changed the rules, players are free to openly talk about transferring for the sake of sports. Bryce Young, formerly a sophomore quarterback for Los Angeles Cathedral High School, announced his decision to transfer to Santa Ana Mater Dei on Twitter.

“After much thought and prayer, I have decided to seize the opportunity to compete at the highest level and to set myself up for the next level,” Young tweeted.

Individual school policies vary, and some school districts have transfer policies that are more restrictive than the CIF's policy. Terry Barnum, Head of Athletics at Studio City Harvard-Westlake, as well as part of the Southern Section Executive Committee, said he had no desire to participate in the sports transfer game.

“We want to have the best coaches possible and we’re trying to attract students who want to be here and get the best education possible,” Barnum said. “We’re not going to compromise who we are as a school in order to win games.”

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