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 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETES AND ATHLETIC SUPPORT GROUPS

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERSCHOLASTIC CONTEST, AT STUDENT MUST:

A. Be a student of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12, grade.
B. Any student whose twentieth (20) birthday occurs during a sport season will be ineligible to compete in interscholastic, athletics during that season and all further competition. The term “season” is defined as the first day of practice for that season, through the last day of the state tournament.
C. Have been enrolled in a high school in the semester of participation no later than twenty (20) school days after the beginning of the semesters.
D. Be entitled to four (4) consecutive years of participation after entering the ninth grade; eight (8) consecutive semesters.
E. Not accept any award of material value for athletic participation other than those given by the school or the association or approved by the Board of Control.
F. Be in good standing and not under current suspension or expulsion from any school in the Washoe County School District, affiliate school, school district, or other state association, school or school district authorized to regulate interscholastic activity, or any combination thereof.
G. Not conduct himself/herself in a manner which reflects discredit on the school which includes, but is not limited to, the use of tobacco (smoking and chewing), drinking of alcoholic beverages, stealing, vandalism, the use of drugs other that prescribed by a qualified physician, violation of any of the provisions of the Washoe County School District Administrative Regulation 5144.4, Prohibited Conduct, or violation of any team attendance, training and curfew rules.

To participate in athletics or athletic support groups, it will be necessary for a student to meet the requirements set forth by the NIAA in regulation 2070, Academic Eligibility. These regulations are subject to change.

NIAA Regulations 2070, ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
A pupil must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered academically eligible for high school athletic competition sanctioned by the NIAA. Member schools may wish to have more stringent guidelines.

1. A first semester ninth grade pupil will be eligible for athletic competition and follow all other NIAA eligibility guidelines.
2. A pupil must be enrolled in two units of credit and be in regular attendance at a member school for each semester the pupil participates.
3. A pupil must pass a minimum of two units of credit the previous semester. Students failing to do this will be ineligible for one semester unless they are passing two units at the nine-week grading period, at which time they will be placed on weekly probation. If at any time during the probationary period the student receives a failing grade, he/she will become ineligible for the remainder of the semester without further recourse.
4. A school district must adopt one of the following options for academic eligibility and then must continually monitor the academic progress of their student athletes.
a. A pupil must maintain a passing academic grade in all courses during the sport season. Progress must be checked a minimum of once every three weeks. School district’s choosing to use this option is subject to the terms of the “F” rule.
b. A pupil must maintain a 2.0 GPA in academics during his/her previous semester. This average must be based on a 4.0 grading system. Students failing to do this will be ineligible until grades are checked at the next nine-week period.
c. A pupil must maintain both passing grades and a 2.0 GPA as outlined in subsections a and b.
d. A pupil must maintain either passing grades in all classes or a 2.0 GPA as outlined in subsections a and b.
5. Special education pupils must meet the same academic requirements as mainstream pupils. A prospective exception recommendation of an IEP Committee will be considered by the NIAA according to the NIAA student hardship appeal procedure when the exception is based on the pupil’s disability. No exception recommended after a pupil becomes academically ineligible will be considered until the start of the next nine weeks grading period.
6. Students who were home-schooled during the previous semester must prove by a preponderance of evidence that he/she passed the equivalent of 2 units of credit and maintain a 2.0 GPA if applicable (9-11th grade) to be academically eligible at the school where he/she is now a full-time student.
7. Subject to the prior written approval of a pupil’s high school principal that such course work will be accepted as meeting a pupil’s graduation requirements, a pupil may enroll for one unit of credit per semester in college, summer school, night school or by correspondence course work for the purpose of satisfying the NIAA academic eligibility requirement. Such class work will become part of the student’s records and count toward eligibility standards when the grade appears on the student’s transcript. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the school to make sure these classes are checked for eligibility status of the student.

NIAA Scholastic Eligibility and Maintenance Minimum Requirements

A school district may choose to have more stringent guidelines.

A. “F” Rule
1. Students involved in extracurricular activities must maintain passing grades in academics during the semester grading period.
2. A three-week check will be maintained by each school to reflect the student’s academic status from the beginning of that semester to the date of the grade check. To have uniformity in all schools, the three-week eligibility grade checks will be set up starting at the end of the semester and working back in three-week segments. (Three-week grade check dates will be sent out from the Student Activities Office each year.)
EXCEPTION: An official grade check should not be conducted until after the first possible date that games can be scheduled as per the NIAA Activities Calendar. NOTE: All classes must be checked for academic eligibility. This includes classes in which a student is taking outside the regular high school, and also includes, but is not limited to, vocational, night, college and magnet school programs.
NOTE: Three-week checks should be calculated according to local school district regulations and/or guidelines. This may include cumulative semester grades, nine-week grades or any combination thereof. It is the responsibility of the respective district to declare students eligible or ineligible based on their district philosophy.
3. If a student receives a failing grade in academics at the three-week check, the student will be put on probation for one week. On the Friday of that probationary week, if there is still a failing grade, that student will be declared ineligible the following Monday through Saturday.
4. Students declared ineligible after probationary status will be checked weekly until they become eligible. When a student is declared eligible, he/she will be checked again at the regular three-week checking point.
5. A student who remains ineligible during an entire three-week grade check period is not entitled to another probationary period.
6. A student who withdraws/failing or a student who is excluded/failing at any time during the semester is ineligible the following Monday through Saturday. This one time per class penalty should be administered as soon as the records are available.

B. 2.0 Minimum GPA

1. A student must have maintained a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in academics during the previous semester using a 4.0 grading system.
2. Students who fail to attain a 2.0 GPA in academics the previous semester will be declared ineligible for the first nine-week grading period.
3. A student who is below a 2.0 GPA at the end of a semester and remains below a 2.0 GPA at a nine-week progress check remains ineligible the remainder of the semester.
4. A student must have passed two units of credit and accumulated a GPA of 2.0 even if there is and incomplete grade.
5. If a student repeats a class during summer school, grades will be computed as per the regulations of the specific school district. The summer school grade may be used as it best benefits the student in the previous or current semester. Grades may only be used one time for this purpose.
6. A student receiving an incomplete grade at the end of each semester has three weeks to make up the grade. The teacher may decide upon a specified amount of time before accepting make-up work for an incomplete within the three-week period. After the three-week period, a permanent grade is issued which will then be used to compute the final grade. The student must be given a permanent grade after the three-week period. An incomplete grade will not be computed in the GPA for eligibility until the student has received the permanent grade.

C. General
1. If an eligibility check falls on the last day before any vacation, the suspension will go into effect the following school day. If a student is declared ineligible one or two weeks before a vacation, that individual remains ineligible until he/she no longer has a failing grade. If a student is on probation the week before a vacation, the grade on that is Friday will determine eligibility. The student is eligible if the grade is brought up. If the grade remains failing, they are ineligible during the vacation and until the grade is no longer failing.
2. The day following semester report card distribution will determine the inactivity for a student becoming ineligible as a result of the 2.0 GPA/2-unit requirement.
3. Students who have been ineligible through the semester but who have practiced with the permission of the principal may become eligible on the day when grades are officially submitted to the computer.
4. If the situation arises that involves a mistake by a teacher, a student will regain his/her eligibility immediately. The principal or his designee will make this decision.

For clarification, or any questions that arise, the Office of Student Services and/or the NIAA Office will assist the school with the interpretation.