Athletes in Transition

  • It is the policy of Oak Harbor Public Schools to work on a case-by-case basis with student-athletes so they get a fair opportunity to practice and play for the many Wildcat teams, even if they arrive mid-season.

    If practices and games are already underway in a given sport, student-athletes moving from one community to another sometimes find it difficult to get involved.  Guidelines from the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) require that student-athletes have a minimum number of practices with the team before he/she can participate in games.  It is also difficult in "cut sports" - those which require tryouts and then get paired down to a set number of team members - to change the team dynamics in mid-season and displace a member for a new athlete.  To address these issues, the athletic department has developed the following guidelines.


    • If an athlete is actively participating at another school in Washington State, he/she will be eligible immediately upon registration at OHHS to join that sport.  Normal tryouts and the minimum number of practices apply.
    • If an athlete is actively participating at a school in another state, immediate eligibility would have to be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Oak Harbor High School will work with WIAA and the other school district to make a determination of eligibility.

    For Cut Sports (baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball)

    • Unless he/she is a senior, a mid-season transferring athlete will likely be placed in a junior varsity program to start with.
    • Seniors will be treated on a case-by-case basis and guaranteed a minimum 3-day tryout to determine suitability to the team.  The athlete would still have to meet the WIAA requirements as far as practices before he/she can take part in the games.