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Did You Know?: FHSAA Bylaws and Policies, Part II [High-School Sports Best Practices Alert (Second Quarter 2014)]

Author: Michael L. Buckner, Esquire (Shareholder)

A world-class compliance program permits senior high schools, middle/junior high schools, combination schools, charter schools and virtual schools to monitor and affect decision making to achieve desired outcomes. Further, an effective compliance program reflects the state high school athletic association regulatory scheme in which a school must operate. Buckner continues its series reviewing bylaws and policies of the Florida High School Athletic Association. Buckner recommends FHSAA member schools develop and implement an effective compliance program to minimize rules-violations and promote ethical behavior.

Did you know?:

  1. FHSAA bylaws permit schools and/or school districts to adopt more stringent rules for the students under their supervision. However, a school or school district may not adopt rules that are less stringent than FHSAA legislation. [Source: FHSAA Bylaw 9.1.1.1]
  2. A student is permitted to participate “in athletic activities sponsored by, or affiliated with, a school during the summer period immediately preceding attendance in that school if the student has been assigned to, or accepted by, the school and no longer attends his/her previous school.” Further, under FHSAA rules:
    1. “The student will be considered to have established residence in that school and will not be eligible to participate in athletic activities sponsored by or affiliated with a school or competition at any other member school during that school year.”
    2. “A student who is assigned to and/or accepted by more than one school will be considered to have established residence in the school he/she first attends or participates in summer athletic activities prior to attendance, whichever comes first.” [Source: FHSAA Bylaw 9.2.2.7]
  3. A “full and complete move to a new residence,” which “makes it necessary” for a student to attend a different school and to meet all other eligibility requirements in FHSAA Article 9, occurs when all of the following conditions are satisfied:
    1. The former residence is not occupied for any purpose at any time by the student or any of the persons with whom the student has been living;
    2. All personal belongings are moved from the former residence;
    3. Mail is received at the new residence;
    4. All utilities are transferred to the new residence; and
    5. Driver’s license, voter registration and other forms of legal identification are changed to the new residence. [Source: FHSAA Bylaws 9.3.2.2 and 9.3.2.2.1]

Contact Michael L. Buckner (954-941-1844; mbuckner@bucknersportslaw.com) for additional information on state high school athletic association rules.