NYLON – Nine New York private schools have filed a law suit against New York’s Supreme Court the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA).
NYSPHSAA is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The suit was filed in regards to a rule revised by PYSPHSAA, that states that high school athletes must sit out a year between the transfer.
According to Section 30 for the PYSPHSAA 2014-2015 Handbook, “A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents […] is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if as a 9-12 student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer.”
The ruling by PYSPHSAA will become effective at the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 school year. The nine schools that filed suits are asking the New York State Supreme Court to annul the rule, so that students who transfer to a school that offers at least three academic courses their old school doesn’t offer can still participate in sports.