Eligibility for Interscholastic Athletics
Pupils shall be eligible to represent their high school in athletic contests only after they have been examined by their own physician before the first practice of each season and found in satisfactory physical condition.
A physical for the current school year can be completed any time after May 31st of the previous school year for all three seasons.
A student’s grade-point average at the end of a quarter will determine the student’s eligibility the next marking period. A grade-point average of less than the one specified at the end of each quarter will make the student ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletic activities for a period of 15 school days. After this time period, the School will evaluate the student’s academic record for the current quarter. If the student has achieved a grade- point average the same or higher than the one which is required, the student becomes eligible to participate in Interscholastic Athletics. On the Wednesday of each succeeding week of the quarter, teachers will report the student’s letter grade in order that a determination can be made as to whether the student has maintained the required grade-point average. Any student whose average falls below the required grade-point average becomes ineligible for the next week.
To prevent eligible students from falling below the required grade-point average during a quarter, any student who receives three warning notices at the midpoint of any quarter will be subjected to weekly evaluation.
Eligibility standards are as follows:
- First quarter
- Ninth grade students must have passed at least the equivalent of four major courses of school work determined from their final grades of the previous school year and must maintain that standard during the first quarter of the following school year. The eligibility status of the students shall be monitored during the first 15 school days of the first quarter.
- Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students must have earned a 1.5 grade point average based upon their final grades of the previous school year, may have only one failing grade, and must maintain that standard during the first quarter. The eligibility status of the students will be monitored after the first 15 days of the first quarter. (Please note that the GPA minimum for NCAA eligibility is 2.0—please keep this in mind if you plan on submitting through the NCAA clearinghouse.)
- Second, Third and Fourth Quarters
- Ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students must have earned a 1.5 grade point average, may have one failing grade for the preceding quarter and must maintain that standard during the current quarter. The eligibility status of students shall be monitored after the first 15 days of each quarter and during the remaining weeks of each quarter for those students who are found to be ineligible and those who are “at risk.”
Scale for Determining Grade-Point Average
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- A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may appeal an eligibility ruling, in writing, to the school Principal who shall have the authority to modify the eligibility requirements because of extraordinary circumstances.
- The decision of the principal may be appealed, in writing, to the Superintendent who shall convene an Eligibility Policy Review Committee which shall be composed of a representative of the Superintendent, a representative of the Director of Pupil Services, and the athletic director from each high school. The review committee shall make a recommendation regarding the appeal to the superintendent who shall make a final decision.
- The student shall not be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities while the appeal is being processed.
Guidance counselors will be responsible for identifying the special needs of students and for arranging to have those needs met.
- At the beginning of the school year and continuing throughout the school year, the counselors will identify “at risk” students (those who appear to be in jeopardy of becoming ineligible) and those students who are ineligible.
- The counselors will assess the nature of each student’s problem by utilizing his/her as well as the teacher’s knowledge and understanding of each student.
- The counselors will prepare a remedial plan which will take into account whether the student’s placement in the courses he/she is taking is appropriate; whether the student has the necessary coping and study skills and whether the student is experiencing difficulties with the mastery of the subject matter.
- The counselors will attempt to ensure that the student has appropriate and adequate tutorial assistance, which may include the regular teachers and a volunteer from the National Honor Society.
- The counselors will monitor each student’s remedial plan and will communicate with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), the Athletic Director and the Principal.
Students who have been illegally absent from school twenty days in a semester, immediately become ineligible until they have attended school for sixty (60) days. Any members of high school athletic teams who participate in athletic contests as members of similar teams the same season shall be ineligible to compete for the remainder of that season, unless waivers have been issued. Pupils who have been in attendance more than eight (8) semesters beyond the eighth grade shall not be allowed to represent their school in any form of Interscholastic Athletics. Transfer students are eligible only if their families have moved to Lower Merion Township, or if they have been tuition students one full year. Pupils transferring from private schools either inside or outside the district to their home school district in which their parents or guardian reside are eligible according to the following:
- A student who transfers for athletic purposes, in whole or in part, or as a result of recruiting, will be ineligible to participate in Interscholastic Athletics for a period of one year form the date of transfer. A student who transfers for any other purpose will be eligible.
- Upon written certification by both of the Principals of the two schools involved in the student’s transfer that the student’s transfer was not for athletic purposes, in whole or in part, or as the result of recruiting, the student will be eligible.
- In cases in which the Principal of one or both of the schools involved in the student’s transfer do not certify that the student’s transfer was not in whole or in part for athletic purposes or as the result of recruiting, the case shall be referred to the PIAA District Committee in which the school receiving the studying is located for an eligibility ruling.