POTTSGROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT ELIGIBILITY OF ATHLETES
In order for a boy/girl to compete in interscholastic athletics, he/she must fulfill all the regulations and requirements set forth by the P.I.A.A. The major requirements are as follows for all athletes:
A. Must be amateurs
Cannot play under an assumed name.
Cannot receive money
Cannot sign a contract to play for a professional team.
B. Must receive a cumulative passing grade in four credits as per Article IX, Section I, P.I.A.A. – How to Ascertain Class Standing
1. Scholastic eligibility shall be determined by ascertaining the pupil’s class standing in each subject, at intervals of one week, during the current marking period. Class standing is defined as the grade or mark in a given subject for all work covered from the beginning of the marking period to the current week in that marking period to date. Weekly marks shall be effective for a period of one week from the date of issue. If the official report as recorded on the pupil’s report card shows that a pupil is ineligible, he/she shall remain ineligible until his/her back work has been made up, in conformity with the requirements of this article.
C. How Academic Ineligibility Affects Participation. A student/athlete must have a minimum of a 70% grade for the current marking period in at least 4.0 credit subjects as per the P.I.A.A. constitution and by-laws and Pottsgrove’s policy to be deemed eligible to participate. If a student/athlete does not have a 70% or better for 4.0 credits they are ineligible to participate and the following guidelines apply:
a. A student/athlete who is ineligible will not be able to participate in a contest and:
1.) Will not be dismissed early from school to attend a contest of his/her particular team.
2.) May attend a home game after they have completed their designated homework / study time with the teacher(s) with whom they are failing. The participant must deliver a note to the coach signed by the teacher(s) stating they have fulfilled their requirement for that day. Student/athlete is not permitted to dress in uniform.
3.) Participants may attend an evening contest provided they have delivered a signed note to the coach from the teacher(s) stating their work is completed for that particular day. Student/athlete is not permitted to dress in uniform.
D. Article III, Section II – How Absence Affects Eligibility and Participation.
Contests: A pupil who has been absence from school during a semester for a total of twenty or more school days, shall not be eligible to participate in any athletic contest until he/she has been in attendance for a total of forty-five school days following his/her twentieth day of absence. Exceptions are death in immediate family, confining illness or injury; such excused absences may be waived by the P.I.A.A. District One Committee at a hearing.
Practices: A pupil may practice during this ineligible period due to absences.
E. Must attend school the day of the game/practice. Any exception to the rule must have the prior approval of the Director of Athletics and the Principal. In the case of illness, the athlete must be in school by 8:00 a.m. If the nurse sends the athlete home, they may not participate that day. Doctor’s appointments are legitimate excuses for tardiness, however, appointment cards must be presented to both the attendance desk and the athletic office prior to the event/practice.
F. Behavior unbecoming an athlete, could result in the Athletic Director/Principal revoking the privilege of a student to participate in an athletic event.
G. If the age of 19 is attained on or after July 1st, the pupil shall be eligible to compete through that school year.
H. Athlete must return all equipment for a sport or they cannot participate in the next season. Example: football equipment returned before the start of wrestling.
I. The P.I.A.A. provides a student the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics for a period of not more than 8 consecutive semesters beyond the eighth grade and 4 consecutive semesters beyond sixth grade.