Residency Requirements

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  1. JeffersonDistrictVA

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    Need some advice from keyboard ADs-

    We have a three sport athlete (junior, but eligible to graduate this year due to our semesters and he taking a lot of high school credits as 8th grader) that will be moving out of the county with his family. Since he’s already lived and played here his whole schooling career, what kind of ramifications would he face if he stayed in the county with a friend in order to finish here?
     
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    I don't think he'd face any ramifications since he's not leaving.
     
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    There is no rule that says a student has to live with his parents.
     
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    I know of people that used a different county’s address (a friend’s) and just drove to school. They didn’t have any issues.
     
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    It really depends on your school's division policy.
     
  6. Scarlett_Grey

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    The athlete's parents/guardian would have to go to court and transfer guardianship to whoever the athlete would be residing with. This is the legal way. There are ways around it, like just living with friends or moving out of district and not notifying the school and driving back and forth, but if these methods are discovered the athlete becomes ineligible and any games participated in forfeited.

    Many people try and get away with the other methods, and even though they may be in best interest of student athlete, they are unethical and skirt around the legal way of doing things.
     
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    The VHSL Handbook talks about eligibility starting on page 72. See page 84 para (3) for eligibility of students whose parents move.

    My interpretation: assuming all other eligibility requirements are met (grades, age, etc.) AND the young man does NOT enroll at his new school district where his family now lives (i.e., attend class at the new school for three days or play in a game ["contest"]), he can remain at his old school since he has already become eligible at that school.

    "(3) Once a student becomes eligible in a school, he/she may complete his/her eligibility at that school even though his/her parents or guardians may change address, as long as he/she remains continuously enrolled."
     
  8. Scarlett_Grey

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    Still have to reside with legal guardian. That's not a vhsl policy, that is a vdoe requirement.
     

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