(AP) - The governing association for high school sports in Ohio rarely sides with families appealing the rules that penalize student athletes who transfer from one school to another.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association says the rules are necessary to prevent recruiting of athletes and to keep student players from switching schools to avoid code-of-conduct violations.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that nearly 70 percent of families who appealed transfer decisions to the OHSAA in the past five years lost their cases.
A tougher rule change enacted in August forbids students from transferring from private to public schools without physically moving into a new school district.
The new rule also deems transfers ineligible to participate in the first half of the season, down from the previous one-year ban.