Eligibility

7th/8th GRADE  ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

  1. A student enrolling in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for participation in the first grading period  regardless of previous academic achievement.
  2. Starting with the first grading period and thereafter a 7th/8th grade student must be currently enrolled and have been enrolled in the preceding grading period, receiving passing grades during that preceding grading period from a minimum of five of those subjects in which the student received grades.  (OHSAA Policy)
  3. Any student receiving an “I” or “incomplete” would have the “I” averaged as an “F” in determining eligibility.  Make-up work to change a grade does not change the eligibility of an athlete, unless it is determined that the incomplete was the result of a long-term hospitalization or illness.  A physician’s note may be required.
  4. The student must achieve a 1.50 G. P. A. or higher from the preceding grading period to be eligible. (BOE Policy
  5. [2016/17] Beginning with each incoming 8th grade class, athletes will follow the “ 1.70 GPA Policy” thru their senior year.  1.70 GPA Policy:
  6. Student athletes are expected to achieve and maintain a 1.7 G.P.A. or higher to be held in “academic good standing.”  A student athlete with a G.P.A. below 1.7, but who otherwise meets the baseline academic eligibility regulations (1.5 G.P.A. or higher, etc.), will be placed on “academic watch.”
  7. Student athletes on “academic watch” have two grading periods to achieve academic good standing (1.70 gpa) but remain eligible for interscholastic athletic competition if they otherwise meet the baseline academic eligibility regulations.
  8. If, after two grading periods on “academic watch”, a student athlete does not achieve a 1.7 G.P.A. or higher, that student will lose eligibility for interscholastic athletic competition until that student achieves a 1.7 G.P.A. or higher at the next mid-term or full-term progress report.
  9. Items 6 & 7 above do not apply to a student that is determined by the building principal, after consulting with appropriate staff members, to be performing at or near that student’s academic capabilities. However, students must meet the baseline academic regulations already in place (1.5 G.P.A. or higher, etc.) to be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics.

HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

  1. A student enrolling in the ninth grade for the first time must achieve a 1.50 G. P. A. or higher from the final grading period of their eighth grade year and received passing grades in a minimum of five (5) of those subjects in which the student received grades. to be eligible for athletic competition. (Lake B.O.E./O.H.S.A.A. Policy)
  2. In order to be eligible in grades 9-12, a student must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in a minimum of five (1) credit courses the preceding grading period.  During the preceding grading period, the student must have received passing grades in a minimum of five one-credit courses. (O.H.S.A.A. Policy)
  3. Post Secondary Option (PSO) students are still required to be enrolled & passing the equivalent of five (1) credit courses in the college/university they attend to be eligible for athletic participation.
  4. The student must achieve a 1.50 G. P. A. or higher from the preceding grading period to be eligible. (BOE Policy)
  5. Any student receiving an “I” or “incomplete” would have the “I” averaged as an “F” in determining eligibility.  Make-up work to change a grade does not change the eligibility of an athlete, unless it is determined that the incomplete was the result of a long-term hospitalization or illness.  A physician’s note may be required.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

  1. The eligibility of a student continues until the start of the fifth (5th) school day of the next grading period, at which time the grades from the immediately preceding grading period become effective.
  2. EXCEPTION: A student coming off the “ineligible status” may become eligible 24 hours after the mandatory grade reporting date (a date established by Board policy which cannot be the same day as the end of the grading period) established by the Board of Education
  3. EXCEPTION: Eligibility or ineligibility of athletes for the first grading period begins with the start of the fall sports season.
  4. An athlete may be permitted to try out for any sport or activity in which the number of participants is restricted by team selection.
  5. An athlete can practice with a team or group, during their ineligibility period.
  6. However, a student cannot participate in any athletic contest, scrimmage, or in exhibition situations during the period of ineligibility.  (O.H.S.A.A. Policy)
  7. A student who becomes ineligible in mid-season of a sport or activity can continue to practice with a team or group.

ACADEMIC PROBATIONARY PERIOD

  1. If a student falls below a 1.50 G.P.A. at the end of a grading period, but meets the O.H.S.A.A. standards on the number of passing grades, they may become eligible at the mid-term grading period, if they achieve a 1.50 GPA on their ‘Midterm Progress Report’.

AGE & SEMESTER REGULATIONS (per OHSAA)

HS STUDENT:

Once a student attains the age of 20, the student will no longer be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition notwithstanding where that 20th birthday falls in relation to the sports season.

EXCEPTION 1: If the student is a “child with a disability” as that term is defined within the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities and Part B of the Federal IDEIA requirements and the student’s specific disability was diagnosed contemporaneous with the events which caused the student to be unable to meet the requirements of this bylaw; and whose disability is the primary reason for student’s inability to meet the requirements of this bylaw, that student may be declared eligible by the Commissioner’s office if, in the sole discretion of the Commissioner’s office, the Commissioner’s office determines that:
a) the student does not pose a safety risk to himself/herself or others; and
b) the student does not enjoy any advantages in terms of physical maturity, mental maturity or athletic maturity over other student-athletes; and
c) the student would not likely participate in any meaningful way in any contest or otherwise have any impact on the outcome of any contest in which the student does participate; and
d) there is no evidence of “red-shirting” or other indicia of academic dishonesty.
7/8 STUDENT:
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 7th & 8th grade interscholastic athletics for the school year commencing in that calendar year.
EXCEPTION 1: If the student is a “child with a disability” as that term is defined within the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities and Part B of the Federal IDEIA requirements and the student’s specific disability was diagnosed contemporaneous with the events which caused the student to be unable to meet the requirements of this bylaw; and whose disability is the primary reason for student’s inability to meet the requirements of this bylaw, that student may be declared eligible by the Commissioner’s office if, in the sole discretion of the Commissioner’s office, the Commissioner’s office determines that:
a)  the student does not pose a safety risk to himself/herself or others; and
b)  the student does not enjoy any advantages in terms of physical maturity, mental maturity or athletic maturity over other student-athletes; and
c)  the student would not likely participate in any meaningful way in any contest or otherwise have any impact on the outcome of any contest in which the student does participate; and
d)  there is no evidence of “red-shirting” or other indicia of academic dishonesty.
EXCEPTION 2: If a student has repeated any grade from kindergarten through grade 3 at the recommendation of the student’s teachers or other educational professionals and for purely aca- demic reasons and, as a result of repeating any of these grades, the student cannot meet the age limitations of this bylaw in the student’s eighth grade year with the 7th & 8th grade school, the Commissioner’s office may declare the student eligible notwithstanding this bylaw 4-2-2 if, in the sole discretion of the Commissioner’s office, the following criteria can be met:
a) the student does not pose a safety risk to himself/herself or others; and
b) the student does not enjoy any advantages in terms of physical maturity, mental maturity or athletic maturity over other student-athletes of her/his grade level; and
c) the student would not likely participate in any meaningful way in any contest or otherwise have any impact on the outcome of any contest in which the student does participate; and
d) there is no evidence of “red-shirting” or other indicia of academic dishonesty.
An 8th grade student may, at the student’s option, become eligible for interscholastic athletics at the high school level when the student attains his/her 15th birthday before August 1 of the ensuing school year. The student who chooses to commence high school eligibility while still enrolled in grade eight is eligible at the school where the student is expected to enroll at the ninth grade level. A student opting to commence her/his eligibility at the high school level shall have no more than eight semesters of high school eligibility taken in order of attendance in accordance with Bylaw 4-3-3. NOTE: This means that a student’s senior year of eligibility will be affected if the student chooses to commence high school eligibility while still enrolled in grade eight. Furthermore, if the student does not opt to become eligible at the high school level, she/he shall be ineligible on account of her/his age at the 7th-8th grade level of interscholastic competition.
 
In determining the age of a student, the date of birth as recorded in the school records shall be considered as final, except that when birth records, filed within six years after date of birth, are available in the State Bureau of Vital Statistics or a comparable governmental agency, it shall be used. If this information is not available and if the school records do not agree, the earliest date of birth shall be considered the valid date of birth. Family Bibles, physician’s statements, parents’ affidavits, baptismal certificates etc., will not be accepted in lieu of birth certificates. Amendments to birth certificates filed after six years from date of birth will not be considered.

NON-SCHOLASTIC PARTICIPATION

  1. A student cannot be a member of a non-scholastic team and a member of an O.H.S.A.A. recognized sport team, sponsored by the B.O.E. of the same sport, during the same season.
  2. Other rules governed by the O.H.S.A.A. apply to this participation.  It is best advised to check with the athletic department or view online at ohsaa.org.

TRANSFERS/OPEN ENROLLMENT

  1. There are many rules governed by the O.H.S.A.A. that apply to this area.  It is best advised to check with the athletic department or view online at ohsaa.org.

Link to OHSAA Eligibility Bylaws (click here)