TSSAA Transfer Rules

1.     As a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, GCA follows the eligibility rules as outlined in the TSSAA handbook. Copies of this handbook are kept in the offices of the Athletic Director and the Upper School Principal.  Since TSSAA eligibility rules are extensive, please feel free to contact the GCA Athletic Director with questions prior to accepting an unclear interpretation or contacting the TSSAA office.  These eligibility rules cover a range of subjects including, but not limited to, age, academics, transfers, outside participation, etc. TSSAA rules are available on the TSSAA website here.  

2.     Grace Christian Academy adheres to all TSSAA policies regarding the transfer of students during or between school years from one school to another.  If you have participated in high school athletics at a previous school within the past year and are transferring to Grace without a bona fide change of address at least 20 miles from your previous home, please contact our athletic director to discuss your eligibility.

3.     In addition to TSSAA academic eligibility policies, GCA also employs its own policies regarding attendance on game/practice days, GCA Academic Watch, and GCA Academic Probation.  Detailed description of these policies can be found in the online GCA Handbook.

4.     Once try-outs have been completed and the team has been established, team members are committed for the entire season. If you resign or are dismissed from a team during a season you may not go to another sport in that season. You may also not go to another sport in the next season until your current sport has concluded. This includes playoffs. Tryouts will be allowed (both coaches will agree on a time frame) for the next sport season, but you may not begin practices and games until the previous season has ended, barring exceptional circumstances. You are expected to be on time, prepared (with necessary equipment), and focused throughout every practice or game.


For more specific questions about eligibility, please contact the Grace Christian Academy Athletic Department at 865-342-4798.

TSSAA Handbook