(7-26-21) The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) is taking steps to review and consider possible changes of transfers of student-athletes. Transfers have been a nationwide issue,
IHSAA ommissioner Paul Neidig told the IndyStar:
“We’re going to take a look at every aspect of it. We’re going to ask for input from people who, while they may be familiar with sports and the schools, are not entrenched in what the IHSAA does. We value outside perspective also. Maybe there’s something there.”
The first step happened at an IHSAA Executive Committee meeting on June 25th and a change in the review procedures. The main change would be the absence of legal representation during the initial meeting.
- IndyStar.com story – IHSAA to make changes to under-fire transfers appeals process — starting with no lawyers
- Executive Committee, June 25, 2021
A recent high profile IHSAA transfer from last season that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Jayden Brewer was ruled ineligible last season after transferring, but was allowed to play at his new school’s JV team. Later a judge overruled the IHSAA’s decision and he finished the season on the varsity.
Although transfers are a frontline issue, star athletes continue to leave schools in many states for sports academies, eg: IMG. That option is one that state associations are not able to control, although a state like Ohio has helped by allowing member schools to play those schools during the regular season. States like Illinois do not allow competition with any school school that is not a member of a NFHS State association.