>I know this type of question has been asked previously but
>cannot find the post...
>Can an 8th grader who transfers out from his public school
>to a private school mid year (Jan 2011), be eligible to play
>varsity sports in the fall of 2011 or have to wait one year
>(Jan 2012) to be able to play any varsity sports?
I have quite a bit of experience with this question.
If the student resides in the private school's attendance zone, then it does not matter where he attended middle school. He is immediately eligible because it is considered his home school zone. If the private school resides outside of his home attendance zone and he transfered during his 8th grade year, he must sit out for a period of time as determined by the LHSAA. This is what caused the problem for the freshman baseball player at St. Louis last year. He transfered to St. Louis which was outside of his attendance zone, and he should have sat out. The LHSAA ruled that he had to sit out until the day he was removed from the varsity at ST. Louis. this year he will be eligible for baseball with about 6 regular season games remaining. (if he is still at St. Louis).
If you attend a public middle school which is outside your zone, then you must sit out a year. If you transfer to a private school before middle school you will be immediately eligible.
Example t boy lives in Broussard. He attended a St. Thomas More feeder school all his life. He enrolls at Teurlings, he is ineligible for 1 full year.
Example 2, t toot, also lives in Broussard. He attended Broussard Middle school and NEVER attended a private school a day in his life. T toot enrolls at STM, he is immediately eligible because it is his home zone.
Example 3 Po boy lives in St. Martinville and he went to St. Martinville JR High. His mama gets a job with the lafayette parish school board during the summer between his 8th and 9th grade year serving on the lunch line at Northside high. He is ineligible his 9th grade year but goes on to be an all state selection in basketball two years later. Here we have special circumstance, because they asked for a hardship waiver, to allow him to ride to school with his mama. The school principal accepted him into the school but because he lived out of zone he had to sit out a year.
this are actual cases that I have personal knowledge of, I changed the names to protect the innocent.
Finally the last example. Boot lives in south Lafayette, went to Fatima in 6th grade, St. Genevive in 7th grade and then Cathedral in 8th grade. Fatima and Cathedral are STM feeders. St. Gen is a Teurlings feeder. He enrolled and attended STM not his home attendance zone, it would be Lafayette High, but because he came from the diocese feeder system from STM, he was eligible. He transfered to Teurlings 2 months after school starts after recieving a visit form the Teurlings head coach. Of course this is strickly denied by the school, but there are witnesses to the event. He is eligible at Teurlings, why becaused the LHSAA looks to the controlling authority for the schools to determine eligiblity. The diocese of Lafayette has a rule, if there is no Dioscean high school in your home attendanc zone you can attend ANY school in the diocese. There is no catholic high school in the attendance zone for Acadiana, Lafayette High or Carencro High school, so a student from any of these schools attendance zone may enroll at either STM, Teurlings or Notre Dame and be immediately eligible. Northside has Teurlings and Comeaux has STM.
I know this has confused you even more, but the best thing is to ask for a ruling before you step on ANY field as a varsity player. Or you could just go ahead and risk it.