High school transfers are on upswing
CIF says a state-record 16,595 students switched schools for the 2016-17 season.
If you’ve noticed that sports transfers seem to be increasing in California, you’re not dreaming.
A record 16,595 students switched schools for the 2016-17 high school sports season, according to statistics compiled by the California Interscholastic Federation.
That’s an increase from 15,882 in 2015-16 and 15,886 in 2014-15. The Southern Section had the most transfers of the 10 sections at 6,999, up from 6,876 in 2015-16.
Because there are more than 785,000 students participating in sports, the CIF expects the transfer figures to continue to increase.
The CIF changed its transfer policy several years ago, no longer requiring students to sit out an entire season if there was no change of residence. The sit-out period for those who don’t move is about one month.
And beginning in 2017-18, students can transfer for any reason, even sports reasons, and not be penalized. Previously, if an athlete transferred for sports reasons and the CIF could prove it, he or she would be ineligible immediately.
“We’ll be watching that closely this year,” executive director Roger Blake said of the change in transfer language.
Blake said overall, the transfer numbers are “insignificant.”
“When you look at the big overall picture, less than 2% of participants are transfers,” he said. “Numbers-wise, it’s insignificant, but that’s easy to say when it’s not your opponent who got the all-star quarterback.”
The Southern Section already has more transfers for last month (194) than it did in July 2016 (144).