If your athlete attended a traditional public or private school between K-8 then they should be classified with respect to the grade at which the athlete attended the school. To classify an athlete using the “traditional school method” the school must have been an accredited entity with the state of Texas (so Co-ops and micro schools do not count).
If an athlete is currently homeschooled then you need to follow these guidelines for the 2023-2024 season.
If your athletes did not obtain an age exemption before they became a varsity athlete they CAN NOT apply for an exemption after the fact. For example, if an athlete turned 14 years old before the season and did not apply for an exemption, the athlete would be classified as a Sophomore when entering play the following year.
TAIAO has policies restricting athlete transfers to maintain fair competition, prevent recruiting, and to uphold the integrity of the sport.
These policies aim to discourage organizations from gaining a competitive advantage by acquiring talented athletes from other organizations, ensuring a level playing field for all participants. Furthermore, it prevents athletes from cherry picking the sports they want to play in with different organizations.
Transfer restrictions also promote loyalty and commitment to a particular team, fostering a sense of continuity and team cohesion.
Overall, these policies contribute to the overall fairness, stability, and ethical standards within the athletic community.
Subchapter H of TAIAO’s General Rules govern transfers. Please familiarize yourself with them before engaging in the process. The process requires a co-signed document (sent from TAIAO) which requires the signatures of the Athletle. Parent. Current Coach & AD, the New Coach & AD as well as the TAIAO Chair of the sport(s).
Homeshool organizations please read: It is written in the General Rules:
Home school students, by nature, have more options to affiliate with multiple organizations in respect to their athletic and academic objectives. Home school students are strongly encouraged to NOT transfer from one Member Organization to another for the purpose of gaining a competitive advantage in any given contest, event or activity.
An affiliation with another Member Organization involving any contest, event or activity shall be viewed as at least a “limited transfer” for that student. For example, if a student played baseball at Member Organization A and now desires to play football at Member Organization B; the student would need to submit a transfer request for Member Organization B from Member Organization A.
Finalized Roster for High School are due in Max Preps four weeks before the TAIAO meet. Middle school does not submit rosters in Max preps. Both High School and Middle School are required to submit DOB rosters to TAIAO. A roster form is available online