Representative Assembly firm in support of Bylaw 9.2.4
The 15th FHSAA Representative Assembly adopted 16 proposals and approved two others as amended, while also affirming support for the current version of Bylaw 9.2.4, "Participation in Non-School Athletic Activities Affiliated with a School" during the second session regarding the Association’s bylaws on Tuesday.
A strong statement was made by the Representative Assembly regarding Bylaw 9.2.4. Five separate proposals were written to create exceptions or amend the current bylaw, providing instances where incoming students that participated in non-school athletic activities affiliated with a school that the student did not attend in the previous school year, would be eligible to compete in interscholastic athletics without sitting out a year. The Assembly voted down all five proposals.
“If there’s any message, it’s that member schools are happy with Bylaw 9.2.4 as it is written,” said FHSAA Director of Eligibility Michael Colby.
The Assembly adopted a sixth transfer exception, returning to the old “blue waiver” under Bylaw 22.214.171.124 which affirms that, “A student who transfers schools after the first 20 school days of the academic school year and meets all other requirements…will be eligible at the new school…provided, the losing school principal communicates with the new school principal and verifies in writing on a form to be provided to the Association” that all requirements are met. This addition is only relevant if the student does not meet the other five exceptions listed in Bylaw 9.3.2, “Transfer Student Not Eligible Until the Following School Year”.
In other action, the delegates denied the proposal of Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1, “Combination Middle School Program” which aimed to prevent middle school students that participated in the senior high school program in a particular sport from returning to the middle school program in that sport for that athletic year.
All information regarding the Representative Assembly, including the composition of delegates, purpose, proposals and voting results are available by clicking here.
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The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletic competition in Florida. It has a membership of more than 790 middle and senior public and private high schools. The Representative Assembly is the legislative authority of the Association. It meets annually to consider proposals to amend the Association's bylaws.
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