The TAPPS Transfer Rule has been developed to protect and not inhibit students who wish to participate in interscholastic competition. It is TAPPS desire to encourage fair play, prevent the inducement of students for athletic purposes, discourage the abuses of overenthusiastic promotion of school programs, and to protect the integrity of interscholastic athletic programs for both member schools and the TAPPS organization.
Any student who transfers to a TAPPS school from another school must complete and submit a Student Transfer Form (STF). If that student has participated in any sport in either sub-varsity or varsity in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades while at the previous school, a Previous Athletic Participation Form (PAPF) must be completed. The completed forms must be submitted to and approved by the TAPPS office prior to the student’s participation in any interscholastic contest.
The Rule is designed to prevent the effects of a student, or family, shopping for schools or being recruited for athletic purposes. It is also designed to protect students who have previously participated in interscholastic competition at any school from being replaced by students who transfer for athletic or other purposes.