D2 Rules Hodick Can’t Play Hoops For Riverside

November 29, 2018

D2 Rules Hodick Can’t Play Hoops For Riverside

By a vote of 12-1, the District 2 athletic committee denied eligibility to student-athlete Leah Hodick, who transferred from Pittston Area to Riverside over the summer.

The PIAA guidelines on transfers require principals from both schools to sign off on the transfer. Should one principal representing the schools involved in the transfer not sign off, a hearing is required in front of the District 2 committee. The hearing on Wednesday was held at Dunmore High School after Pittston Area did not sign off on the transfer.

“Obviously, with the vote of 12-1, the committee members believe the transfer was based on an athletic reason,” said District 2 chairman Frank Majikes.

Hodick was a member of the girls basketball team at Pittston Area. Per PIAA rules, it is illegal to transfer for athletic intent. The decision to deny Hodick eligibility for the upcoming season comes at a time when District 2 is attempting to take a strong stance on such transfers. Hodick will be able to practice with the Riverside basketball team, but will not be able to play in games. The official start of the 2018-19 basketball season is Dec. 7.

“I think overall the message is getting out there,” Majikes said in relation to District 2 taking a more thorough look at student-athletes electing to transfer.

At the September District 2 committee meeting alone, 22 student-athletes were granted athletic eligibility after transferring and having to sit out the PIAA’s mandatory 21-day period, but were ruled eligible for the postseason. Four student-athletes who transferred were granted in-season athletic eligibility after transferring and having to sit out the mandatory 21-day period but were denied eligibility for the postseason.

“We have had several transfers,” Majikes said. “And I have a couple more hearings as well.”

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