How much different would the fate of the Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe boys basketball programs have changed if players like Danny Powell (shooting, who played for Mesa before coming over to DV) or Jahii Carson, who went from Mountain Pointe to Mesa, decided to stay at their original schools instead of transferring?
[Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
The proposed 50-mile rule by the AIA would in theory end the free-for-all transfer problem that affected many of the Southeast Valley programs in recent years.
Former Basha running back JJ Husar (No. 22) transferred to Desert Ridge for family reasons, but under the new 50-mile rule, if approved, he would be ineligible unless his family won an appeal case.
Pass a transfer rule already
Pick a number: 10 miles, 15 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles, whatever. Just pick a radius for jurisdiction. Make it 25 miles in the Valley and 100 miles outside the Valley. Whatever. Give something a shot. The failure of a proposed transfer legislation during last spring’s Legislative Council meeting was not only shocking, but narrow-minded on the part of many. Yes, it’s become a much bigger issue in the Valley and Tucson than the rest of Arizona, and yes, an appeals process would have likely increased some paperwork and administrative duties for athletic department staff already mostly overwhelmed. But some council voters rejected the proposal based on constituents who said it wasn’t an issue where they reside, and thus, why have such a rule? Others couldn’t agree on a specific mileage standard of enforcement from one school to another. See the bigger picture. Stop worrying about the details, and either make an amended plan, bring back the previous idea, or let everyone move around freely however they wish for four years of high school, and stop complaining about a “teenage free agency.” There’s at least one Legislative Council meeting per school year (more if the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board President and council members agree upon special sessions) — it’s not as if legislation details are set in stone for the rest of eternity.