The days of high school athletes staying at one high school for four years seems as outdated as MySpace.
Name the high school sport and I promise you the rash of kids transferring is an issue. I wish most kids were transferring for a better academic or social situation, but let's not fool ourselves. In the day of "Get Little Johnny Exposure At All Costs," it's almost always about athletics, no matter who wants to admit it.
The Illinois High School Association needs to come up with a resolution. It recently approved a few minor adjustments to transfer rules, but that's not enough.
One poster on my message board at edgytim.com has a solid solution.
The "Ignazio Rule," named after the poster, is simple: All transfers are ineligible for the postseason.
Controversial? Yep. Would the IHSA pass something this harsh without almost immediate legal challenges? Not likely.
I like the direction of the "Ignazio Rule," but I would take it just a tad further.
I present to you, "The Edgy Rule." Simply put, it bans all transfers from participation in IHSA sports for one year.
Private to private? Go for it, but you'll sit out a year. Private to public? Same deal.
What about those seemingly endless scenarios where parents feel the need for their kid to transfer? Go for it.
Financial issues? No problem. Transfer away.
Change of residency or guardianship? Terrific. But under my rule, you sit out a year.
The few always get punished for the acts of the many, and this is no different. Drastic times mean drastic measures.
My favorite, though, is those parents whose kids transfer for "academic reasons." Good for you, and kudos for doing what you feel is best for your child. My rule allows your child to spend an entire year focused solely on those academics, and to adjust to his or her new surroundings.
Sounds pro-academics to me.
If exposure is what parents are worried about, well, I have news for you. Club sports and AAU are where most athletes are evaluated.
Unfortunately, the "Edgy Rule" likely is just a dream, and the never-ending transfer nightmare will continue.