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The PIAA is focusing on rules regarding student-athletes who transfer to schools during seasons.

The PIAA Board of Directors will vote on a new provision for in-season transfers Friday. Currently, athletes can transfer during the season and become eligible immediately as long as they are approved by their district as a principal-to-principal transfer.

Khamoni Moye is an example of this happening in District 10. He played three basketball games for Erie High before transferring to Erie First Christian in late December.

The provision to the transfer rule, which will be voted on for a third and final time Friday, bars athletes from further participation in the sport during that season if they transfer schools during the season and had already participated in at least 50 percent of the number of competitions allowed.

For example, if a football player competed in five games then transferred schools, they would not be allowed to compete for their new school that season. The rule does include a hardship waiver.

If approved, the provision would go into effect July 1, along with a 21-day provision that was passed in December. The 21-day provision states that athletes who transfer in season are ineligible for the first 21 days at their new school.

In-season transfers started getting statewide attention in the fall when 6-foot 4-inch, 250-pound lineman Tom Burns played a full season at Notre Dame High in New Jersey before transferring to Conwell-Egan, a Catholic high school in the Philadelphia area, and competing in two PIAA playoff football games. Conwell-Egan lost in the PIAA semifinals to Middletown, in Harrisburg.

Another story receiving attention throughout the state is the case of sophomore girls basketball player Diamond Johnson. She is from Philadelphia but moved to Virginia when she was 11 years old. She had a prolific freshman season at Phoebus High School and was named the Daily Press Player of the Year, a newspaper in Newport News, Virginia.

She averaged 33 points in 19 games this season before transferring to Neumann-Goretti in time for the PIAA playoffs. Johnson scored 15 points in a PIAA quarterfinal win over St. Basil.

 

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