The following sections are from the ASAA Handbook that governs all 9th-12th students that participate in ASAA sanctioned activities.Section 9 - Transfer/Residency Rule (page 34)A. The Association has established the following rules to govern the eligibility of students who transfer to Alaska, or from one school to another within Alaska, or who are simultaneously enrolled at more than one school, or who are enrolled in a member school district’s non-member charter school, alternative school or program (including district correspondence), and who wish to transfer interscholastic participation eligibility from one school to another, and who participate in the activities listed under Section 10 A of this Article.
For transfer purposes, a student establishes residency at a school by enrolling in and attending that school for fifteen (15) school days and/or establishes eligibility by participating in an interscholastic activity.
A transfer from a school outside or within Alaska to an alternative education program constitutes a transfer subject to the rules established in this section for transfer of eligibility to another school. Students attending alternative education programs who establish interscholastic activity eligibility residency at a member public, private or religious school are subject to the rules established in this section for transfer of eligibility to another member school.
1. Entering High School: A student first entering the ninth (9) grade of a four-year high school or the tenth (10) grade of a three-year high school establishes residency at that school and shall be eligible for all interscholastic competition.2. Transfer as a Result of a Move of Parents: A student who transfers from one school’s attendance area to another’s with a bona fide change of residence of the parents, legal guardians (or other persons with whom the student has resided for a period of time to be determined by the Association) shall be eligible for interscholastic competition at the new school as soon as properly certified. Bona Fide Change of Residence — For the purposes of this section, a bona fide change of residence means the moving of the permanent residence of the entire family of the student and his/her parents or guardians (or other person with whom the student has resided for a period of time approved by the Association) from one school’s attendance area into another school’s attendance area prior to a change in enrollment of the student. For the purposes of this section, a student’s transfer to or from a private school shall be treated the same as a transfer to or from the public school attendance area in which the private school is located. Schools must verify that a bona fide change of residence has occurred and must report this to the Association on the Bona Fide Change of Residence form, before the student is allowed to participate.3. Transfer Without a Bona Fide Change of Residence of Parents: A student who transfers without a bona fide change of residence of parents or guardians, is ineligible for Varsity, State Qualifying and State Championship interscholastic competition for one calendar year, from the date of first attendance in the new school. Students who live with coaches are ineligible (see Section 5, C). At schools with no sub-varsity teams, the student could ask for a waiver to participate on the varsity team during the regular season, but would not be able to participate at either conference or state tournaments.4. Transfer for Emancipated Student: A student who is legally emancipated as supported by court documents and who is not dependent upon parents or guardians for a home and who transfers from one school to another (except in Section 9, (3) above) is eligible for interscholastic competition as under Section 9, A-2. Transfer with a Move of Parents.5. Transfer Due to Parental Divorce or Legal Separation: A student whose parents are divorced or legally separated may establish eligibility in the school or school district of either parent but not both parents. After establishing initial residency with one parent, all subsequent transfers without a change of residence of that parent will be subject to the rules for Transfer Without a Move of Parents.6. Married Student: A married student whose transfer to another school is specifically related to the marriage is eligible in the new school as soon as properly certified. Otherwise, married students must conform to all other transfer rules.7. Student Under Court Order or Ward of the State: A student who transfers under a “court order” or is a “ward of the state” is eligible at the new school as soon as properly certified.8. Homeless Student: A student who is homeless as defined in the McKinney-Vento Act, 42 U.S.C. 11434 a (2), shall be immediately eligible to participate at the public school in which he or she is enrolled, notwithstanding the Transfer/Residency Rule, as soon as the student becomes enrolled in a school. The public school district in which the student is enrolled shall determine whether or not the student meets the definition of homeless under the Act, and shall provide ASAA with its basis for such determination. Such determination may be reviewed by ASAA. (see page 35 for definitions)9. Transfer Due to Elimination of Activity: A student enrolled in a school which eliminates an interscholastic activity may transfer to another school and be eligible as soon as properly certified. Elimination of an activity” occurs when a school drops an inter- scholastic activity that it sponsored during the previous school year, for whatever reason. A transfer under this rule must be approved by the principal of both the sending and receiving schools.10. Establishing Residency: A student who transfers to another school establishes residency at the new school by attending for fifteen (15) days or by participating in any interscholastic competition. After establishing residency, the student must conform to all other transfer rules, even when returning to the previous school.11. Seasons of Participation for Transfer Student: A student who transfers to Alaska from another state who has competed in an interscholastic sport including a tournament where qualified, in the current school year shall not be eligible for the same sport during the remainder of the school year at the receiving school in Alaska. A transfer student subject to this paragraph, who has not completed a full season (through the culminating tournament) in a sport may complete the season in Alaska, but may not exceed the maximum number of contests or weeks as established by the Board of Directors.12. Waiver of Transfer Rules: When, in the opinion of a student or the principal of a school, a transfer rule fails to accomplish the purpose for which it was intended, the principal may request a waiver of the rule due to hardship by submitting a Transfer Rule Waiver Request form to the Association. Hardship is defined and the waiver request procedures are explained in Bylaw Article 13, Sections 1, 3, 4, and 5.13. Intra-District Student Transfer: A school district may establish its own policy regarding intra-district student transfer, so long as it is at least as stringent as Association transfer rules. This will allow students to be transferred within the district by the Superintendent for reasons that are to the benefit of the student and district, but are not related to activities’ participation.14. Foreign Student Transfer Rule: (see page 36)15. Alaska Students Involved in Exchange/ Travel Programs: Alaska students involved in exchange/travel programs, including but not limited to the American Field Study Service, Rotary International and Youth for Understanding, are eligible for interscholastic competition upon return to their home schools when a request for waiver of the Semester Credit Rule (Bylaw Article 12, Section 7) is made to the Association and waived by the Executive Director. The request for waiver must be submitted on the Alaska Student Foreign Exchange/ Travel Program Waiver form. Alaska students involved in exchange/ travel programs must be other- wise eligible by all other rules, including Article 12, Section 3, Maximum Participation. Participation in interscholastic competition while involved in an exchange travel program will count toward the maximum years or seasons of participation in that specific competition as defined in Bylaw Article 12, Section 3.16. Boarding School Transfer Rule: Students who transfer to a boarding school at the beginning of a school year, or from a boarding school at the end of a school year, will be eligible for inter- scholastic participation at the new school as soon as properly certified. Students who transfer to or from a boarding school during the school year shall be ineligible for Varsity, State Qualifying and State Championship interscholastic participation the remainder of the school year. Students who live with coaches are ineligible (see Section 5, C). At schools with no sub-varsity teams, the student could ask for a waiver to participate on the varsity team during the regular season, but would not be able to participate at either conference or state tournaments. Boarding school students must meet all other eligibility rules required of other students in Alaska.17. Changing Schools During A Sport Season: A student may represent only one member school during a respective sport season. From the first day of practice, a student who participates in a sport at one school, and who subsequently transfers to another school, will not be eligible in that sport for the remainder of the current season.