The following sections are from the ASAA Handbook that governs all 9th-12th students that participate in ASAA sanctioned activities.Section 5 - Recruiting/Undue Influence (page 32)A. Undue influence is defined as the attempt to secure the attendance of a student for athletic reasons. Any verbal or written recruiting contact initiated by a representative of another school will be considered as asserting undue influence. If the contact is initiated by an individual who is not a representative of a school, that individual’s name shall be recorded and a warning issued. If a further violation is reported relative to this individual, he/she will be considered to be a representative of the school, and the school may be subjected to the prescribed penalties.
B. A student who participates as a member of an out-of-school team coached by another school’s coach, and who subsequently transfers to that coach’s school, will be ineligible in that sport for one full season at the receiving school.
C. In districts that have multiple high schools and junior high schools, undue influence may not be exerted by anyone on a student who has not yet entered the ninth (9) grade, to enroll in a school other than his or her home school or the one that he or she ordinarily would be expected to attend.
D. In applying this rule to students attending an alternative education program, undue influence is defined as the attempt to secure participation in interscholastic activities at a private or religious school, or at a public school other than the public school the student would be eligible to attend, based on the residence of the parent or legal guardians, were the student not enrolled in an alternative education program.E. Because it is not feasible to determine whether recruiting was involved, transfer student-athletes who live with any salaried or non-salaried member of the school’s coaching staff are not eligible. In addition, a member of the school’s coaching staff may not arrange for housing for any student who may wish to participate in interscholastic athletics. This rule does not apply if the coach is related to the student within the second degree of kindred defined as: father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse, grandparents, grandchild, brother or sister- in-law, son or daughter-in-law, father or mother-in- law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepbrother, stepson, or step daughter. Students placed in a school under a court order shall be eligible under Article 12, Section 9, Subsection 8. The Board of Directors has authorized a waiver of this rule for foreign exchange students under certain conditions (see Article 12, Section 9. A.14.2).F. Unless reliable evidence to the contrary is presented, the Association shall accept as prima facie evidence of undue influence: the offer of the awarding of tuition, allowance for board and/or room, allowance for transportation, priority in assignments of jobs, cash or gifts in any form, or any other privilege or consideration accorded if not similarly available to students not participating in athletics.Penalty: The member school which permitted the student to participate under the rules set forth in this Section will be subject to the following penalties: The coach will also be subject to the following penal- ties. The following penalties assume that a school is in good standing and has not been warned or is not under another penalty at the given time. A school under warning or other status may be assessed additional penalties than those listed below, up to and including suspension from the Association. Recruiting Students: The school and coach will be penalized as follows:First Offense: The school will be placed on prohibition, will receive a fine of $500, and will lose playoff privileges. The coach will be suspended from coaching in all Association sanctioned competition for up to 365 days. A school which permits a coach, suspended under this rule, to coach a team including practices, in violation of this section, will forfeit all contests in which that team competes.Second Offense: The school is placed on suspension and receives a fine of $2,500. The coach will be sus- pended from coaching in all Association sanctioned competition for up to 365 days. A school which permits a coach, suspended under this rule, to coach a team including practices, in violation of this section, will forfeit all contests in which that team competes.