08-01-2012, 04:02 PM
Technically you could move out of state and let your child finish at the former school. This is copied from the OHSAA bylaws. As long as the previous district allows them to stay, you should be good. See exception 2. Keep in mind that OHSAA rules are set up to keep kids in the same school for their career and discourage transferd to other schools.
4-6-3 A student whose parents reside outside the state of Ohio will be ineligible for interscholastic
athletics in a member school. (See Bylaw 4-8-1 for eligibility requirements for international
students whose parents live outside the United States).
Note: A biological parent with custodial rights or adoptive parent must reside in Ohio.
EXCEPTION 1 Ė The Commissionerís office may declare a student who is the subject of a custody
order issued by a court of proper jurisdiction conferring custody upon a grandparent, aunt,
uncle or sibling who resides in Ohio, if, in the sole discretion of the Commissionerís office, the
Commissionerís office determines that the purpose of this change in custody was not for athletic
reasons, but purely for the best interest of the student in terms of the studentís mental, physical
and educational well-being.
Note: Upon enrollment of a student whose parents live outside the state of Ohio but within the
United States, or if the parents move outside the state of Ohio prior to or during the studentís
high school career, the principal of that school in which the student is being enrolled shall notify
the Commissionerís office of said enrollment, and the facts and circumstances regarding any
change of custody so that the Commissionerís office can make an informed decision regarding
the studentís qualifications under this exception.
EXCEPTION 2 Ė A student who has attended a minimum of 15 days in the eleventh grade when
the parents move outside the state of Ohio may be declared eligible for the twelfth grade provided
the student maintains continuous enrollment in the Ohio school.