Governor Justice looks to revisit student athlete transfer law

Charleston, WV (WOAY) –  Governor Jim Justice is calling on state legislators to review a law regarding high school athlete transfers.

The bill allows student-athletes to transfer schools once during their high school career without changing their residency.

Previously, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) required school athletes who transferred to sit out from participating on sports teams for one year unless they were granted a waiver.

Justice cites lopsided scores in the current football season as his reasoning for revisiting the law and fears that the new rule could negatively impact competitive balance in high school sports.

Justice allowed the bill to pass without his signature in March, stating that he chose not to oppose the legislation because he felt “vetoing the bill would have led to an override, which is a waste of time.”



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