Along with ending its athletics transfer review committee, the Pasco County school district is rewriting its student-athlete eligibility rules in light of newly adopted state law that makes it easier for teens to move and still play their sports.
The administration is asking the School Board to approve new language to the Code of Conduct reflecting the more laissez faire approach, which some critics have likened to free agency. If approved, the board would set new definitions for eligibility. The proposal reads:
“Eligible to participate” is defined as including participation in tryouts, off-season conditioning and workouts, in-season practices, and contests. It does not mean the student must be placed on a team. High school students will be “immediately eligible to participate” when first enrolling in school or transferring schools, with certain limiting conditions.