State Rep. Bobby Cleveland last week filed legislation to amend requirements for athletes wanting to transfer schools within the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA). House Bill 1007 would allow students in grades nine through twelve to immediately participate in extramural competitions after transferring schools, as long as the notice is given five days before the first day of instruction.
“It’s time we start listening to and considering what is best for our students and their parents, instead of what might be best for OSSAA,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “Our student athletes should have the option to transfer schools without being subject to a penalty. Academic transfers are already allowed here, so why not let students pick a school based on athletic performance?”
OSSAA is the state’s governing secondary activities association and oversees nearly 500 school districts and private schools. It was formed in 1911 and is a private, nonprofit organization with a board of 15 directors. Currently, OSSAA requires student athletes be ineligible for competition one year after transferring unless a student’s home address changed.