Transfers Between High Schools
THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT THE NEW SCHOOL WILL PROCESS TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY PAPERWORK AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE THAT ARE NOT CLEAR WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR NEW SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO DETERMINE WHAT TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY FORMS WILL BE NEEDED.
SUMMARY OF CIF/NCS/MCAL TRANSFER POLICY
Any student athlete who transfers between high schools is subject to the CIF transfer policy. All transfer athletes are considered ineligible and must request review of eligibility by the new school's principal or designee to determine eligibility for competition. Please allow at least 20 school days to process transfer paperwork. It is unlikely you will be able to see the school's athletic director without an appointment.
- Every application must be true, accurate, complete, correct and/or not false or fraudulent (CIF bylaw 202). Violation of CIF 202 can make a student ineligible for up to two years.
- All transfer paperwork will be completed electronically. Detailed information about athletic transfers may be found at NCS Transfer Eligibility Information.
- Primary considerations in evaluating transfer applications are:
- Valid change of residence
- Undue influence/prior contact before transferring to the new school
- Academic eligibility
- Discipline status
- Other eligibility issues
VALID CHANGE OF RESIDENCE
Before participating in a league sport, CIF 206/510 Valid Change of Residence Application will be required. Allow at least 20 business days for processing these forms. The athlete may miss part of the season of sport during the review and evaluation process.
WITHOUT A VALID CHANGE OF RESIDENCE
Before participating in a league sport, CIF 207/208/510 Transfer Application will be required.. Allow at least 20 business days for processing these forms. The athlete may miss part of the season of sport during the review and evaluation process.
If a first-time transfer is approved, students transferring schools without a valid change of residence who expect to compete at the varsity level may be subject to a "sit-out" period for each sport. Second time transfers without a valid change of residence may be subject to limited (non-varsity) eligibility in sports they have played within the previous 12 months.
During a "sit-out" period, athletes may practice with the team, but may not compete in a scrimmage, game or other competitive event. The sit-out period varies by sport and equals 51% of the season of sport for varsity teams. See the 2022-2023 Sit-Out Provision Dates.
Complete details of the CIF/NCS/MCAL Transfer Policy may be obtained at the NCS website: CIF/NCS Transfer Eligibility ByLaws
- NCS Eligibility ByLaws (includes transfer forms)
- CIF Parent Handbook I - Understanding the Transfer Eligibility Procedure
- CIF Parent Handbook II - Understanding the Transfer Eligibility Appeal Process
- 2022-2023 Sit-Out Provision Dates
- 2022-2023 Transfer Eligibility Flow Chart
- Frequently Asked Questions: Sit Out Period
- Pre-Entrollment, Undue Influence and Athletic Motivation Grid
- Administrative Checklist for Transfer Eligibility