WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) — The DC State Athletic Association (DCSAA) announced its finalized athletic rules for the 2013-2014 school year on Wednesday afternoon.
From age requirements to academic eligibility and transfers, these rules govern fourth through twelfth grade students’ participation in DC Public Schools’ sports programs.
The most significant changes, per Clark Ray, DCSAA’s executive director, are centered around residency standards and transfer rules.
Beginning this school year, students are allowed to transfer one time in their ninth grade year and not lose a year of athletic eligibility. After their ninth grade year, any transfers will result in the student having to sit out one year.
There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if a student moves to a new permanent residence in the District with his or her parents or legal guardian or transfers because a desired sport is not offered at his or her school, said student does not lose a year of athletic eligibility.
In terms of residency rules, a student must: “Be a resident of the District of Columbia in conformance with all residency laws and regulations for students attending public schools in the District of Columbia.”
A student who does not live in the District may participate in sports as long as “applicable nonresident tuition payments are current.”
Finally, there are new age restrictions on student-athletes. Students who reach the following ages on or before August 1 of the school year in which they wish to compete are not eligible:
-12 years old in grades four (4) and five (5)
-15 years old in grades six (6) through eight (8)
-19 years old in grades nine (9) through (12)