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Transfer bill loses out again

As part of the ongoing debate surrounding the rules that regulate athletic transfers for high schools sports, California Assemblywoman Audra Strickland amended her proposed bill AB 2312 and re-submitted it to the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday afternoon.

Strickland’s original bill was voted down in that same committee last week by a 8-1 vote count. The amended bill was voted down as well.

However, the bill that was up for reconsideration on Wednesday was drastically different than the previous bill.



The amended bill stated it would, “Authorize a pupil to transfer to a school and participate in interscholastic activities if it is the pupil’s first time transferring or if the pupil is transferring to his or her neighborhood high school to which they were originally assigned at the beginning of the ninth grade.”

Strickland’s first bill called for unlimited transfers to occur without penalty.




Her new bill is much closer to the bill California Senator Deborah Ortiz proposed, which was also killed in committee last week. The Ortiz bill called for one essentially “free” transfer, meaning no eligibility penalties.

Noted in the comments portion of the new Strickland bill was the following: “Committee staff has been notified that the author plans to further amend the bill to narrow the bill to only apply to “non-core” sports. Specifically, leave the following boys and girls sports subject to the current CIF transfer rules: baseball, football, softball, basketball and track and field.”

Meaning, if any student wished to transfer to play any of the non-core sports like golf, for example, he or she would be granted immediate eligibility.

Marie Ishida, Executive Director of the California Interscholastic Federation, was granted time to speak at the committee meeting. Ishida asked the committee to allow the CIF one year to come up with a uniform transfer policy.

Phone calls made to Strickland’s office regarding the CIF request were not returned as of press time.

“We want to gather the 10 sections and their leadership together to craft a policy that will work for everyone,” CIF Director of Communications Emmy Zack said.

“There is a commissioners meeting in June in Reno and the issue will be a hot topic there. (Transfer rules are) certainly at the top of the list right now as far as priority issues to be dealt with.”

The commissioners meeting will take place from June 13-15.

To contact sports writer Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.


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