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Transfer Policy

The OFSAA Transfer Policy is an important component of our efforts to create a level playing field for all student-athletes in the high schools of the province.

Transfer Policy as of September 2015

Transfer Appeal Form as of September 2015

The OFSAA Transfer Policy ... A Brief History

  • In existence since 1986
  • Originally developed out of a concern that players were congregating at certain schools for sports
  • The development of "powerhouses" was affecting local leagues and creating very uneven playing fields
  • Students who lived in the school area and went to their home school were being displaced by out-of-area athletes, especially at the senior level
  • Student-athletes moved to get a higher profile in sport in an effort to obtain American scholarships
  • Transferring was often a result of recruiting, direct or indirect, often by other students or after exposure to school coaches at summer sport camps, and this is against OFSAA philosophy
  • The transfer of student-athletes out of a school often weakened a program sufficiently thus causing it to fold
  • Often looked upon as a "metropolitan/urban" problem; it may¬† be more prevalent in these areas as the ease of attending schools is a factor, it became evident that it affects all areas of the province
  • The role of school sport is to provide good competition with a sound participation basis and sportsmanship component, not the development of elite athletes or profile athletes for scholarship purposes

  • Through the years the policy has been reviewed and changes have been made to reflect concerns by Associations

Transfer Appeal Meeting Dates for 2015-16

Meeting Date
Deadline for Applications
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Friday, Nov 6, 2015 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016 Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Students are encouraged to file their transfer appeals early in the school year even if they play a winter or spring sport. This will ensure that deadlines are not missed and that eligibility status is determined well in advance of the season.

An "application" to appeal an Association decision is a phone call to the OFSAA office giving the name of the student and his/her school name as well as the name of the principal of the school. The phone call can be made by the student, coach, parent or other individual. A letter will be sent to the student, c/o the principal, telling him/her the date, time and place of the appeal hearing. The letter outlines what information the student must provide prior to the meeting date.