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Eligibility Issues in Amateur Sports

Learn about eligibility issues in sports, including age requirements and transfer rules for student athletes.


In addition to a person’s athletic ability, there are numerous other qualifications that athletes must satisfy to compete in sports. Let’s look at eligibility issues related to an athlete’s age as well as transfer rules that affect whether student athletes can participate in high school and collegiate sports.

I. Applicable Standard for Eligibility Requirements

Recall that if an athletic association is deemed to be a state actor, the association is subject to due-process and equal-protection...