The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s committee on public/non-public schools certainly has a tough task ahead. The committee made six proposals to the OSSAA’s board of directors last month. At last week’s meeting, three of the proposals — most basically reiterations or restatements of rules already in place — were approved, a fourth was not approved and two others were sent back to the committee for more work.
Those two were the two that would’ve brought the most change. One would’ve added a two-step graduated enrollment multiplier to private and schools with "selective” enrollment. The other would’ve made athletes transferring from a state public to a non-public school sit out a year automatically, ending the possibility of those students receiving hardship waivers. In sending those proposals back, the board said both proposals were too broad, with potential to hurt more than they would’ve helped. While the multiplier rule will always have proponents on both sides, the transfer rules seem to be a much easier fix. And one that people on both sides agree that a change should be looked at. "The No. 1 problem with high school sports in Oklahoma today is transfers,” Bishop McGuinness football coach Kenny Young said. "Not from public to private schools, just transfers in general. It doesn’t matter where they’re coming from — public to public, public to private, private to public. Too many kids are changing schools every year.” It’s hard to disagree. Last year, Jones High quarterback Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible late in the football season, leading to the forfeit of six games. Garman lived in Choctaw, had transferred to Carl Albert with a hardship waiver and then moved to Jones without another waiver, although the OSSAA’s rules stated he needed one.