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Administrative Regulation 505.06A

STUDENTS

High School Student-Athlete Transfers within the Davenport Community School District

Eligibility

A student entering 9th grade for the first time, is eligible at the high school of his/her choice, provided that the student did not participate in sanctioned athletic competition during the summer immediately before entering high school for a school other than the one of choice for the fall. 

A student who transfers to another high school within the district through a transfer option shall be ineligible for sanctioned varsity athletic competition for a period of 90 consecutive school days from the first day of attendance at the new school.  A school day is defined as a day during which school is in session and students are under the guidance and instruction of the instructional professional staff.  This also includes parent/teacher conferences.  If, after participating in a transfer option, a student wishes to return to his/her home school, the student will be immediately eligible if the return occurs within 10 days of the transfer.  The student shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition for a period of 90 consecutive school days from the first day of attendance at the new school if the return occurs after 10 days of attendance at the first school.  A student whose residence changes due to any of the following circumstances is immediately eligible provided the student meets all other eligibility requirements:

  • A contemporaneous (simultaneous) change in parental residence. (Verified by administration of receiving school.  Verification of the change in residence may include but are not limited to documents such as utility bills, lease agreement, mortgage agreement, or letter from new renter or owner verifying the previous home is rented or sold.)  Please see the information under Transfer during a sport season for rules regarding a change in parental residence that occurs during a sports season.
  • Administrative Placement (verified by administration of receiving school)
  • A student whose family moves into the district and is immediately granted a transfer option to a school other than the home attendance school

A maximum ten day waiting period may be invoked pending verification of residence.

Transfer during a sport season

The following options will be given to a student who requests a transfer to another high school within the district because of a change in parental residence into that high school’s attendance area after the beginning of a sport season (the beginning of a sports season will be identified as the first legal competition date as set by the IHSAA/IGHSAU.):

A.    Immediately move into the new school and be ineligible until the completion of the sport season.  The student may participate in another sport in which he/she is not currently an athlete that is currently in season.  For example, an athlete that has been a volleyball player in her original school may not play volleyball, but may participate in cross country or swimming.

B.     Remain at current school and participate in the sport.  The student may then immediately transfer to the new high school at the end of the sport season without loss of eligibility.

Appeal

Any student who is ruled by the school administration to be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition may appeal this determination.  The appeal must be made in writing within three (3) school days of being advised of the ineligibility. A rationale for the appeal is to be included in the letter.  This letter is to be sent to the Davenport Community School District Director of Athletics. Appeal is made to the District Eligibility Appeal Committee, consisting of the assistant principal of athletics from the three high schools, the District Director of Athletics, and one disinterested high school administrator.  A meeting of the District Eligibility Appeal Committee will take place within five school days of the receipt of the letter of appeal and a decision will be made and communicated to the student and parent/guardian within three days of the committee meeting. The District Eligibility Appeal Committee decision is final.

Questions & Answers

Q1. A student in 8th grade at a Davenport intermediate school wants to attend a high school that is different than his attendance area high school.  Is he eligible at the beginning of 9th grade?

A. Yes, he is eligible as long as he has not competed in sanctioned interscholastic athletic competition for a school other than the one of choice for the fall.

Q2. A 10th grade student wants to transfer to a different high school in the Davenport district.  The parents have not moved, it is a simple transfer request.  Is she eligible at the new school?

A. No.  The student will be ineligible for varsity level athletic competition for 90 school days, starting with the first day of attendance at the new high school.

Q3. The parents of an 11th grade student who wrestles at High School A have moved residence into the attendance area of High School B.  The student wants to attend High School B and wrestle for High School B.  Is he eligible?

A. The eligibility to wrestle depends on the time of year.  If the move occurs either before the first legal competition date for wrestling meets or after the wrestling season has concluded, the answer is yes.  If the move occurs on or after the first legal competition date for wrestling, the student is not eligible to wrestle at High School B.  After the conclusion of the wrestling season, the student is eligible for athletic competition in other sports and will be eligible for the next wrestling season.

Q4. The parents of an 11th grade volleyball player attending High School A have moved into a residence in the attendance area of High School B.  The student wishes to continue to attend High School A.  Is she eligible?

A. Yes, she is eligible.

Q5. The parents of a 10th grade soccer player attending High School B have moved into a residence in the attendance area of High School C in September.  The student continues to attend High School B for the remainder of the school year.  At the beginning of the next school year, the student transfers to High School C.  Is she eligible?

A. No, she is ineligible for varsity level athletics for 90 school days, starting with the first day of attendance at the new high school.

Q6. The parents of a 12th grade volleyball player attending High School C have moved residence into the attendance area of High School A in September.  The student transfers to High School A at the time of the move.  Knowing she cannot play volleyball at High School A, can the student participate in cross country at High School A?

A. Yes.  The student was a volleyball participant in her former school and not a cross country participant. 

Q7. The parents of a track athlete student attending High School A have moved into the attendance area of High School C in October.  The student transfers to High School C at the time of the change in residence.  Is he eligible for track when it starts meets in April of that school year?

A. Yes, he is eligible.

Q8. An 8th grade student participates in softball during the summer at High School C, which is her attendance area high school.  At the conclusion of the season, the student requests enrollment at High School B.  Is she eligible?

A. No, the student is not eligible for varsity level athletics.  Once she competed in interscholastic athletics for High School C, her athletic eligibility is with High School C.

Q9. A student has attended High School B on a transfer option for 45 days and now wishes to return to his original school, High School A.  Is he eligible for interscholastic athletics at High School A?

A. No.  The move back to the original school occurred after 10 days of attendance at the other high school.

Q10. A student has attended High School C on a transfer option for 8 days and now wishes to return to her original school, High School A.  Is she eligible for interscholastic athletics at High School A?

A. Yes.  The return to the original school of attendance occurred before 10 days of attendance at the other high school.

Q11. A 10th grade student who is a wrestler transfers from High School B to High School A in October.  He is ineligible for 90 school days.  His parents move into a residence within the attendance area of High School A in December.  Is he now eligible for interscholastic athletics?

A. No.  The ineligibility is a result of the transfer that has already occurred.  What happens after the transfer has occurred has no bearing on the original ruling.

Q12. A student attending High School B has been living with mother and step-father in High School B’s attendance area.  The student and step-father are unable to get along and the student is now living with an uncle in High School A’s attendance area.  Is the student still eligible at High School B?

A. Yes, the student has the option of remaining at High School B.

Q13.  Same scenario as Q12 except when the student moves in with the uncle, the student transfers to High School A.  Is the student eligible?

A. No.  There has been no like change of residence of the parents, so the student is ineligible.

  • Adopted 7/10
  • Edited 8/2/11