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My Son Wants to Transfer to Play Football at a Private School. Can We Do This?

The Law & You
September 13, 2018

The Law and You

My Son Wants to Transfer to Play Football at a Private School. Can We Do This?

A viewer’s son is upset with his position on the school’s football team. He wants to transfer to a private school to play football. But can the parents do that?

Dave Kuharchik: Time now for “The Law & You” featuring the area’s premier attorneys here in the virtual law center, Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, good to see you.

Ed Ciarimboli: Good to be here. We really enjoy the virtual law center.

Dave: It’s an amazing place.

Greg Fellerman: It’s working for you.

Dave: Yeah, it allows you to be a little more energetic, which is good.

Ed: Absolutely.

Dave: Here’s our question tonight. We’ll get some energy into this one from Michael in Selinsgrove. Michael says, “My son is not happy with his position on the football team and wants to transfer to a private school to play football.” Can you help Michael out on this one?

Ed: Michael, I have done hundreds of PIAA hearings, you cannot transfer. This is absolutely a violation of the PIAA rules. Just because you’re not happy with the position or the coach, it’s not a basis for the transfer. If you decide to transfer, you will be ineligible for the remainder of that season and the playoffs for that particular sport and you run the risk of being ineligible in the next year. So do not do it.

Greg: You can transfer for academic purposes.

Ed: You can transfer for academic purposes, but not athletic.

Greg: I’ve gone to a couple of these hearings with Eddie and it’s a fist fight because you got one school saying they want you, you got the other saying they don’t want you to transfer. Then the PIAA have a full hearing. We’ve been in three-hour, four-hour hearings. We’ve won a bunch of them but this one is clear on its face and I’m sure the PIAA loves that we’re saying this. They don’t want to be doing these hearings. They just changed a law too so it’s even harder.

Ed: They’re making it much harder to transfer especially during the season.

Greg: You know who will be happy? That Frank Maijkes. Frank from the PIAA.

Dave: It may be very difficult to transfer but it’s very easy to ask a question for the guys here on “The Law & You.” You can catch them online, give them a call or on social media. Results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Thanks, guys.

Greg and Ed: Thanks, Dave.

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