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It's about time, but seeing is believing. I don't think apathy is the major problem with the current transfer rules as much as the AIA lacking manpower to investigate fairly and the fear of litigation. In order for any new rule to work efficiently, its' implementation must be applicable across the board for every transfer, no exception. A year suspension will be a one year suspension applicable to all sports and extra curricular activities, unless a family can prove financial hardship or pursuit of academic interests. What I don't think should be allowed is a student transferring to a school to increase class standing, such as Neal just did. Another aspect of the transfer rules the AIA should consider is disallowing multiple transfers for any student athlete. For example, if a student transfers one time, that student can transfer back, but will have to give up their athletic eligibility. This rule certainly would have stopped Malcolm Holland's manipulation of the rules!
Another option is for the AIA to completely remove itself from the transfer issue. Not every player who transfers is moving to a Chaparral to win a championship. Some players are moving to just have a better high school sports experience. If a student athlete is having a terrible experience with a coach, why should he/she be forced to stay in a bad situation or give up the sport she/he loves? How many adults would like a rule that would not allow them to switch employers within a 50 mile radius - especially if that employee has a boss he cannot stand. The coaches are free to come and go as they please. Why not give the student athlete the same choice?
How about stop worrying so much about sports and concentrate more on academics? I'll bet you cannot go to any high school in AZ (or almost anywhere else for that matter) and find trophies or awards for academic excellence. Then we Americans have the nerve to wonder why we're falling further and further down the list of well-educated countries.
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