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Student Athletic Participation

Student Participation 

For students to participate on a sports team, they must first have a Sports Physical form, Participation Clearance Form, and the MHSAA Concussion form signed and submitted. A new form of each is required for every school year. Forms are listed below.

Eligibility Rules

Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) academic rules for students participating in High School activities:
 
1. The MHSAA requires students participating in MHSAA sanctioned competitions to make “satisfactory progress toward graduation”. Each school district shall determine the requirements for “satisfactory progress toward graduation” through its graduation requirements and shall interpret this rule according to its requirements.
 
2. According to Mississippi law, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.0 or “C” average in order to participate in interscholastic sports/activities. Grade point averages will be calculated at the conclusion of the first semester using the semester
average of all courses the student is taking. Students who do not have a 2.0 or “C” average for the first semester will be ineligible for the second semester.
 
3. At the end of the school year, each student’s grade point average for the year will be assessed. This assessment will reflect the average for the entire year using the final grades for each course. A student who does not have a grade point average of at least a 2.0 or “C” average, will be ineligible for fall semester.
 
4. High school eligibility begins when a student enters ninth grade. To be eligible for the fall semester, a student must be promoted to ninth grade with at least an overall 2.0 or “C” average of all eighth grade courses.
 
5. A student may become eligible for the second semester only once during his/her high school career if he/she fails the year-end average the previous year, by achieving at least an overall 2.0 of “C” average at the end of the first semester.
 
6. A 2.0 or “C” average may be calculated in two ways.
a. Grade point average: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
b. Numerical average: place all semester or year-end averages in the local grading scale. If the overall average is a “C” or better, the student is eligible.
Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) academic rules for students participating in Middle School activities:
 
1. For participation on the junior high/middle school level, a student must be promoted (if not promoted, they are ineligible for the entire year) and have passed any four basic courses (any subject that meets the equivalent of at least 250 minutes per week or meets the State
Department requirement) with a 2.0 or “C” average the previous semester (computed numerically or by GPA). The year-end average of four basic courses passed will be used to determine eligibility for the fall semester. The same guidelines apply at the end of the first semester for spring participation. Students must be on track to be promoted to be eligible.
 
2. A student on the junior high/middle school level, who was promoted but is not eligible at the beginning of the school year due to his academic average, may become eligible for the second semester only once during the student’s junior high/middle school career by passing four basic courses with an overall average of 2.0 at the end of the first semester.
 
Seventh and Eighth Grade Participation on the High School Level

1. In order to participate in the fall, a student must be promoted (if not promoted, they are ineligible for the entire year) having passed the four core courses (English, math, science and social studies), and the average of those four core courses must be a “C” or
above. For spring semester eligibility, the student does not have to be passing all four core courses, but the average of those four courses must be a “C” or above.
 
2. Students who are allowed to participate on a high school team in any sport/activity shall not be allowed to participate on a junior high school team at the same time or at a later date.
 
Local rule (Grades 7-9)
 
1. Beginning with the first weekly eligibility check, students must maintain a “C” average (grade point average of 2.0 overall) and may have no more than one grade of “F”. All coaches will check eligibility on a weekly basis.
 
2. At the end of the weekly eligibility checks, students must have maintained good conduct at a standard to achieve no ISI or OSS days for inappropriate behavior, which includes but is not limited to defiance, disrespect, or insubordination.
 
a. The first time a student receives 2 ISI referrals or 1 OSS referral for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be suspended for the next contest.
 
b. A second time where a student serves 2 ISI referrals or 1 OSS referral for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be suspended for the next two contests.

c. Any subsequent ISI or OSS referrals for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be removed from the team. The building principal will have discretion on any suspensions that affect post season competition.
 
* Students suspended from school are ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities or practice during the time of suspension.
 
3. A student who fails to meet the requirements shall be placed on a one time WARNING “Probation Week”. Students will be eligible to participate during the five (5) school days of probation.
 
4. During the following week of grade checks, a student previously on probation will be eligible to participate as long as he/she maintains eligibility during future weekly grade checks. If a student on probation reached the eligibility requirements, he/she will be listed as “ELIGIBLE” for the following week. If a student on probation has NOT reached the eligibility requirements, he/she will be listed as “INELIGIBLE” for the following week.
 
5. Students suspended from school are ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities or practice during the time of suspension.
 
Local rule (Grades 10 – 12)
 
1. Beginning with the first weekly eligibility check, students must maintain a “C” average (grade point average of 2.0/70 overall) and may have no grade of “F”. All coaches, directors, and sponsors will check eligibility on a weekly basis.
 
2. At the end of the weekly eligibility checks, students must have maintained good conduct at a standard to achieve no ISI or OSS days for inappropriate behavior, which includes but is not limited to defiance, disrespect, or insubordination.
a. The first time a student receives 2 ISI referrals or 1 OSS referral for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be suspended for the next contest.

b. A second time where a student serves 2 ISI referrals or 1 OSS referral for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be suspended for the next two contests.

c. Any subsequent ISI or OSS referrals for such inappropriate behavior, the student will be removed from the team. The building principal will have discretion on any suspensions that affect post season competition.
 
* Students suspended from school are ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities or practice during the time of suspension.
 
3. A student who fails to meet the academic requirements shall be placed on a “warning” period of ten (10) school days. The student will remain eligible during the warning period. If a student fails to bring his/ her grade up during the warning period, the student will be ineligible for the next extra-curricular contest. Upon reaching a passing grade, a student will become eligible automatically. The student will be allocated two warning periods per semester to keep his/ her grades in check.

a. Weekly grade checks will be made each term. These checks will occur at the beginning of the third week of each term. If a student has a grade of “F” during the semester, the student will be automatically placed in the first ten day warning period. The student will remain eligible and will have ten days to pull the grade up to a passing score. Failure to attain a passing score by the end of the warning period will result in the student being suspended from participation in extra-curricular activities until the grade is reported as passing.

b. After raising the “F” to a passing grade, if a student receives a second grade of “F” during the semester, the student will be placed on a second ten day warning period. The student will remain eligible and will have ten days to pull the grade up to a passing score. Failure to attain a passing score by the end of the warning period will result in the student being suspended from participation in extra-curricular activities until the grade is reported as passing.

c. After raising the “F” to a passing grade, if a student receives a third grade of “F” during the semester, the student will be suspended from participation in extracurricular activity contests until the grade is reported as passing.
 
*The principal of the high school has discretion over eligibility during playoffs and state level competitions. The principal may also extend the warning period if extenuating circumstances exist. This will be managed on a case-by-case basis.
 
MONITORING SYSTEM
Each head coach, band director, and sponsor will be required to create and maintain a current list of their team/organization and monitor their students’ grades. They will be responsible for contacting teachers and determining a course of action when a student is failing a class. They will assist teachers in getting students to the proper tutoring sessions and follow up on attendance, behavior, and work completion. A framework of responsibilities will be disseminated to each party, including the students, regarding
expectations for the successful completion of their classes. A record of student academic performance will be monitored by the Athletic Coordinator and Principal on a weekly basis. Students who are enrolled in advanced classes and AP level courses will have their weighted grades calculated for eligibility.