PIAA District III ruled today that three District III football players – Micah Parsons and Zion Patterson of Harrisburg and Mike Jones of Central Dauphin East – are eligible to play immediately.
The ruling comes after the district received additional information regarding each of the students’ recent transfers, information that clarified the need for a transfer for each student. Due to student privacy concerns, District III will not release that information to the public.
“District III was not going to sit idly by while there were unanswered questions regarding each of these transfers,” District III chairman Ron Kennedy, athletic director at Donegal High School, said. “We needed some further scrutiny of these transfers, and now we have more information on each case.
District III executives reviewed the information and found that information, in concert with the Member School Athletic Transfer Waiver Request Forms that were signed by the sending and receiving principals of all schools, provided the basis for immediate eligibility.
The three students were permitted to practice following their transfers, but their athletic eligibility was not granted until District III approved it. As per PIAA rules, student-athletes may not participate in contests until granted such approval by its district.
“We wanted to follow the process,” Mr. Kennedy said. “We needed clarification on some of the details related to eligibility, but we also want put our faith and trust in the people who run our schools, which is our principals.”
The district had initially set Monday, Oct. 31, as a hearing date should a hearing have been required. However, the information received by the district convinced district officials that a hearing is unnecessary.
The three players are also eligible for the PIAA District III M&T Bank Football Championships should their teams qualify. The Football Championships begin Friday, Nov. 11, at various sites throughout District III.
Micah Parsons transferred from Central Dauphin to Harrisburg, Zion Patterson from Carlisle to Harrisburg abd Mike Jones from Bishop McDevitt to Central Dauphin East.