Transfer Rule Q and A


The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association passed a Transfer Rule at its June 2014 Annual General Meeting. 

The rule states that students currently enrolled in grade 10 (2014-2015), would have to sit out a school year (sport season) if they transferred schools after that time and wanted to play that sport.  If a student did not play a high school sport in the current school year, then they would be allowed to play that sport in the new school (2015-2016).  If they played a sport in the preceding year, then they would have to sit out the next high school season in that sport

For example, if a student played football for school “A” in grade 10 (2014-2015), then transferred to school “B” for grade 11 (2015-2016), then that student would not be eligible to play football for school “B” unless an appeal was approved.  If they didn't play football at school “A”, they could play football at school “B”.

If a student that was currently (2014-2015) enrolled in a school, and transferred to another school at mid term, then that student would be considered enrolled at the new school, and would not have to sit out. (This would apply only in 2014-2015 as this is a transition year).

An appeal process would be in place to review extenuating circumstances.
 
 
1. What if a family moves to the school from out of province? 

a. An appeal would have to be submitted, along with proper documentation, and would normally be approved, as for most moves into a new catchment area. 

2. What if a student is moving in with a relative?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted, along with proper documentation, including an explanation of why the student is moving.  Unless the student’s family is physically moving into a new catchment area, this type of appeal would normally be denied.

3. What if a student has been bullied and wants to attend another school and play there? 

a. An appeal would have to be submitted.  The MHSAA would consult with the school administration to review the circumstances and ask for verification.  If it can be demonstrated that a change in school setting is a reasonable option to avoid further bullying or harassment, and increase the student’s sense of safety in school, then the appeal may be approved.

4. What if a student has a conflict with a coach and does not want to play for that individual?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted, but normally, this would not be a legitimate reason and the appeal would be denied.

5. What if a student wants to transfer schools to take a Technical-Vocational program?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted.  If the student was transferring for an accredited program and qualified to be enrolled, then this type of appeal would likely be approved. (Examples of programming include Francais, French Immersion, Senior Years Technology)

6. What if a student under the care of Child and Family Services needs to transfer schools?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted. The MHSAA would consult with the school administration to review the circumstances. An appeal such as this would likely be approved.

7. What if a student wants to transfer schools to take part in a team or sport not offered in their own school?    

a. An appeal would have to be submitted to allow participation in those sports the student had taken part in the preceding year, but the appeal would likely be denied.            Not every school can offer every program.   

8. What if a student does not like the school that they are currently enrolled in and wants to move to another one?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted along with adequate documentation, but this type of appeal would likely be denied.

9. What if the family decides that they want to send their son/daughter to a private school?  

a. An appeal would have to be submitted outlining the individual circumstances and rationale, but this type of appeal would likely be denied.

10. What if a family physically moves to a new divisional catchment area within a city?

a. An appeal would have to be submitted, along with proper documentation and would normally be approved as for most moves into a new catchment area.

11.  What if a student did not play a sport in the year prior to the transfer?

a. If a student has not played a school sport in the last school year, then they would be eligible to participate in that sport upon transferring schools.


12. Who would decide on the appeals?

a. A committee, including Superintendents and Principals would evaluate the appeals.

13. If an appeal is denied, can there be another appeal made to another group?

a. There will be a second appeal opportunity with a non refundable fee of $200.00.