Guidelines for Student Athletic and Extracurricular Eligibility
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OHSAA BYLAWS FOR STUDENTS, GRADES 7-12
Please familiarize yourself with the following OHSAA Bylaws:
- All Students in grades 7-12 must submit a completed student participation form and pass a physical examination before they may practice for a school sport. Physical examinations are valid for one calendar year.
- GRADES 7-8: All beginning seventh graders are eligible insofar as the scholarship bylaw. If a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 attains the age of 15 before August 1, the student shall be ineligible to participate in 7-8th grade interscholastic athletics for the school year commencing in that calendar year.
- GRADES 9-12: To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a member school and have received passing grades in a minimum of five, one credit courses, or the equivalent, in the immediately preceding grading period. If a student enrolled in high school attains the age of 19 before August 1, the student shall be ineligible to participate in high school interscholastic athletics for the school year commencing in that calendar year.
- When you enroll in grade 9 for the first time, you have eight semesters of athletic eligibility taken in order of attendance, whether you participate or do not participate.
- For eligibility purposes, summer school grades may not be used to substitute for failing grades, received in the final grading period of the regular school year, or for lack of enough courses taken the preceding grading period.
- At the beginning of the school year, you may enroll in and attend any member school that accepts you, if you are entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.
Your eligibility shall be established by one of two situations: 1) participating
in a contest (scrimmage, preview or regular season contest) prior to the opening day of a school, or 2) attending the first day of school at any member school.
- Once eligibility has been established at a member school, you will be ineligible for athletic purposes for one year should you transfer to another school, unless one of the exceptions to the transfer bylaw is met.
- Always check with your school principal or athletic administrator before you change schools to determine whether it will affect your eligibility.
QUICK REFERENCE FOR PROTECTING STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
- Weekly eligibility card check.
- Attendance to study sessions, if necessary.
- Do not permit student participants to drop a course without first determining whether it will effect eligibility.
- Be knowledgeable of the OHSAA and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s eligibility requirements.
- Insure that student participants are taking enough courses and achieving the GPA requirements in order to be eligible for the next grading period.
- Work closely with principals, teachers, athletic directors and coaches.
- Contact the athletic director or principal on questions pertaining to eligibility.
- Attend practices on a regular basis.
- Attend classes on a regular basis.
- Be punctual to classes.
- Show good sportsmanship.
- Seek academic assistance when necessary.
- Conduct safe and positive practice sessions.
- Emphasize regular attendance.
- Monitor student eligibility.
- Encourage child to improve through skill and development.
- Encourage regular attendance to school
- Encourage regular attendance at all practices.
- Encourage good citizenship and sportsmanship.