Today’s question is something everyone will be keenly interested in come the middle of the season.
What impact will the new transfer rule have on football this season?
The new transfer rule, adopted by the California Interscholastic Federation this season, means that a player who transferred without moving this offseason will become eligible on Oct. 1. That’s football, volleyball, all fall sports.
Looking at that date on the calendar, the most interesting week of the season could be the games of Oct. 4-6. It’s that week where we might see some new faces in new places without the need to justify any of it.
So, what does this all mean? Unfortunately, it means that coaches who played their cards right this summer are going to get a serious shot in the arm at the beginning of October. The original thought was that a one-month period of sitting would discourage players from transferring, but I think when the alternative used to be one year, one month doesn’t seem so bad if you really want to go to a certain school.
Whether this new rule works or not is probably still up for debate. Having visited a few schools this offseason, I can’t say I’ve seen massive amounts of kids transferring one way or the other. But, I think the door is now open for this to start happening, and while I wouldn’t expect it to happen in year one, I think this might be a trend that builds over the next few years.
I also think the busiest man in the East Bay in that first week of October will be North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon. Transfers that are deemed to be athletically motivated are still not allowed, so it’ll be up to the section to decide what moves were and weren’t on the up and up.