Can a Private School student play on a Public school sports team in PA?
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Unfortunately, your child may not play soccer at the public school. Under the PIAA bylaws (which governs middle and high school sports in PA) a student is eligible to play interscholastic sports only at the school where the student is enrolled. The only exceptions to this rule pertain to charter schools, cyber charter schools, home-schooled children and court-ordered placements or special education students placed in a school outsider their home district. The fact that your child's school does not have a program is not one of the exceptions under the PIAA by-laws that would allow your child to play sports at another public school.
The information presented herein is intended to be informational, and not legal advice. Obtain competent legal representation for your particular matter.
On one hand, you pay the taxes for the public school so you should enjoy the benefit of those taxes. On the other hand is the PIAA regulations that prevent sports related transfers between schools. If the PIAA deems this a transfer (even though no transfer in fact occurs) then they might deem your child ineligible. You should start by asking them (See link below). If PIAA consents, the next hurdle is approval from the school district.
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