Competitive Interscholastic Activities, Grades 6-8
Policy Descriptor Code: IDE(2)
The Board of Education supports the offering of competitive interscholastic activities subject to reasonable rules and regulations that prevent any participation from interfering with the academic achievement of students.
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a. Competitive Interscholastic Activities - function held under the auspices or sponsorship of a school that involves its students in competition between individuals or groups representing two or more schools.
b. School Day - the period of time between the time students are required to report and the time of dismissal as specified by the Board of Education policy.\
The Board of Education is responsible for regulating competitive interscholastic activities in grades 6-8, and therefore adopts the following requirements as to student eligibility, physical examinations, time restrictions, seasonal practice, special provisions and appeals.
The Superintendent is directed to ensure that each school principal properly regulates competitive activities in his or her school and that all staff members adhere to the requirements set forth in this policy.
A. Student Eligibility
1. The grading period shall be a semester as specified by Board of Education policy. The same period shall also be the minimum length of the ineligibility period.
2. Students participating in competitive interscholastic activities shall pass a minimum of five subjects carrying credit toward grade promotion in the grading period immediately preceding participation.
a. Students initially enrolling in the first quarter or semester of the sixth grade are exempt from this requirement.
b. Exploratory subjects taken during the same quarter or semester are averaged to count as one subject for eligibility.
3. Students participating in any competitive interscholastic activity shall be enrolled full time in the system's public schools and shall take a minimum of five subjects carrying credit toward grade promotion during the preceding semester.
4. Student eligibility shall be determined on the first school day of a semester. A student is eligible to practice/condition for first semester activities if the student passed a minimum of five subjects carrying credit toward grade promotion during the preceding semester.
a. A maximum of two subjects taken in summer school and carrying credit toward grade promotion may be counted for eligibility purposes or participation in first semester activities. If a student receives an incomplete for
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a subject that will be used to establish eligibility, he/she may complete make-up work that will change the incomplete to a grade provided this opportunity is available to all students.
b. To participate in first semester competitive activities, the student shall complete all make-up work within 14 calendar days from the end of the previous second semester.
c. To participate during the second semester the student shall complete all make-up work within 14 calendar days from the first day of the respective semester.
d. A student is ineligible until make-up work is completed and the required passing grade(s) is/are recorded in the student’s permanent record.
5. Independent study courses credit taken in summer school may not be used to gain eligibility.
6. Summer school credits earned in nonaccredited home study programs or nonaccredited private schools may not be used to gain eligibility. For summer school credits to be accepted for eligibility purposes from either private schools or home study programs, the credits must have been earned in programs approved by the accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education in accordance with Rule 160-5-1-.15 Acceptance of Transfer Credit and/or grades.
7. Effective August 2010, once a student is enrolled in the seventh grade, he/she shall have four semesters of athletic eligibility for interscholastic athletic competition in grades seven and eight.
B. Physical Examinations
All students in grades 6-8 who participate in competitive interscholastic athletics and cheerleading shall have an annual physical examination prior to participation in any tryout, practice or conditioning, whichever comes first. The physical examination form shall indicate approval for participation and be signed by a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy. The physical examination form shall include the date that the exam was performed (month, day, and year), the student's name and the physician's signature.
C. Time Restriction for Activities
1. Competitive interscholastic activities and all individual and group practice for such activities shall be conducted outside the school day.
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2. Competitive interscholastic activities and group and individual practice on a day preceding a school day may not begin prior to the end of the school day and must end by no later than four hours after the close of the home team's school day.
3. Every reasonable effort shall be made to ensure that only one day or night each week preceding a school day may be used to schedule a competitive interscholastic activity; tournaments are excluded from this restriction.
4. The number of games scheduled shall not exceed 60 percent of the number of regularly scheduled games played by the high school varsity in any given sport. One tournament, not to exceed four games, may be played in addition to the regular season games.
D. Seasonal Practice
Spring football practice shall be scheduled so that it does not interfere with other regular season sports, academics, or examinations.
1. If individual players are participating in scheduled league or association playoffs for one sport, these players shall be excused from spring football practice for the duration of the playoffs.
2. Neither school personnel, sponsors nor coaches shall suggest, require, or otherwise attempt to influence students to participate in, practice and/or condition for a competitive interscholastic activity during the school day.
E. Special Provision
1. Special education students shall meet the same eligibility requirements as regular students, except that the courses passed must be according to the student's IEP. Special Olympics or other athletic programs designed exclusively for students with disabilities are exempt.
2. Students who have not attained ninth grade status but are participating in high school competitive interscholastic activities shall abide by the appropriate grades 6-8 requirements. The principal of grades 6-8 shall be responsible for the compliance of this requirement.
3. Ineligible students are prohibited from dressing out for competitive interscholastic events.
4. The provisions of this rule do not apply to participation in vocational clubs, academic bowls, geography bees, spelling bees, science fairs, math bowls, or specific subject area fairs.
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5. The Board of Education authorizes the high school(s) to join leagues or appropriate associations for the purpose of formulating and enforcing uniform rules of eligibility and play. Nothing in this policy shall be deemed to authorize the use of state or local tax dollars for membership in these organizations.
F. Retention of students for athletic purposes is prohibited
Reference Board Policy IHE Promotion and Retention.