Pasco school district to end its athletic transfer review committee
Nearly three years ago, the Pasco County school district began requiring all high school student-athletes who transferred schools to appear before an eligibility committee.
Without that committee's permission to play, the students would have to sit out for a year.
The goal was to make sure that schools had not recruited the athletes, and that their moves from one high school to another were for a legitimate purpose. Since putting the review in place, assistant superintendent Ray Bonti said, the district received virtually no complaints of recruiting violations.
Newly minted state law is putting an end to the practice. Deemed the "free agency" law by some detractors, the rules taking effect on July 1 would make student-athletes immediately eligible to play sports for the school they first enroll in each year.
"The law means we can no longer have those rules" limiting eligibility, Bonti explained. Investigations into any alleged recruiting will still take place, as usual.
But the committee will not meet after June, he said.