I have heard a couple of excuses
1. Hurricane Harvey displacement. Kids go to a mid county school but they let them play in PA still due to Harvey
2. A legacy waiver (whatever that means).
Either way it is bending the rules. STJFL in it's own by laws state UIL rules dictate all play and participation eligibility rules unless otherwise stated by STJFL. It is appeasement plain and simple.
SECTION 6. STJFL Registration Policy: Any association that is a charter member of the STJFL will be required to hold an open registration. Open Registration - allowing any child in the associations outlined boundaries an equal opportunity to register for participation in the league. No selecting of individual children will be permitted, no calling of certain individuals to allow them to sign up first will be permitted, and it must be equal for all. Each association must turn in dates, times and locations for at least two or more registrations to the STJFL board prior to registration starting. Any member of the STJFL may attend an association's registration unannounced. Registration must be held open until at least June 15th, it may be held open longer at the discretion of the individual association.
SECTION 4. All participants will be certified according to the school in which they attend. In the case where a school district has more than one elementary or junior high, the STJFL board will make a determination as to how the charter association will have to split the participants in their association. The Board of Directors board will consider size of community, locations of schools, school boundaries, etc. while making its determination. Any child that attends a private schooled must be certified in the district they live in. No child will be allowed to play outside of their school district without a waiver from the STJFL Board. The STJFL Board will consider any exceptions or special considerations. Waivers to the Section 4 certifcation process must be approved by 2/3 majority vote of a board that meet a Board Meeting Quorum.
Port Arthur ISD
• Booker T. Washington Elementary
• DeQueen Elementary
• Dick Dowling Elementary
• Lucian Adams Elementary
• Robert E. Lee Elementary
• Tyrrell Elementary
• Wheatley Elementary
• William B. Travis Elementary
• Thomas Jefferson Middle School
• Abraham Lincoln Middle School
• Tekoa Acadamy
• Bob Hope
• St. Catherine
• Sam Houston Elementary