I. Introduction - The purpose of this regulation is to implement the provisions of Policies 5117, 6145 and 6145.2 and Administrative Regulations 5117.1 through 5117.5 which establish eligibility criteria for admission to schools and athletics and prohibit recruiting by school personnel and to implement the provisions of the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Policy which prohibits various combative acts during athletic contests.
II. Recruiting Defined - Recruiting is defined as and includes any and all direct, indirect or inferred written or verbal attempts to persuade or influence a student athlete to transfer to any high school other than the school to which a student is assigned based on his/her domicile for athletic purposes.
III. General Regulations
A. The policy and regulation on recruiting shall be posted in every middle and high school.
B. The principal or athletic director shall inform the full faculty that recruiting transfer athletes is in violation of Board policy.
C. Whenever a school employee suspects that a student has been recruited to transfer schools for athletic purposes, the employee has a duty to report his/her suspicions in writing to the principal and program manager for athletics. The program manager shall investigate all reports of suspected violations of the Board's policy prohibiting recruiting. The findings of that investigation shall be reported to the superintendent or his designee.
D. High school students assigned to Paisley Magnet School, Early College, or Middle College, and who meet all other eligibility requirements may participate in extra-curricular activities at their residential high school. Qualifying eligible students may not choose to participate at a high school which is not their residential school, with the exception of Paisley students who intend to complete their IB diploma at Parkland. These Paisley students may participate in athletics at Parkland regardless of their residential area. The Principal of the school for which students are to participate, or his/her designee, is responsible for ensuring the eligibility of such students.
IV. Students Who Are Ineligible for Interscholastic Athletics
A. A student who elects to transfer from one WS/FC school to another WS/FC school after receiving his or her 9th grade school assignment must sit out from athletic participation for 365 days from the date of transfer. Exceptions to this eligibility rule are:
1. Students who transfer schools during the approved Choice transfer period as described in AR 5117.2 (middle schools) and AR 5117.3 (high schools).
2. Students who have a bona fide change in domicile within the WS/FC schools. These students will be ineligible for athletic participation only for the remainder of the sports season during which they transferred.
B. Students who are assigned to an alternative school for disciplinary reasons under the provisions of Policy 5131 or 5117 shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletics for the remainder of the school year. However, if the student's conduct at the receiving school is exemplary, the principal of the receiving school may reinstate a student's athletic eligibility after thirty school days from the initial date of the student's suspension.
C. Any student suspended from school for a violation of Policy 5131.6, Alcohol and Drug Abuse shall be ineligible for participation in athletics for a minimum of thirty (30) calendar days. Students may be suspended from participation in athletics for a longer time period at the discretion of the principal or the principal's designee.
D. A student who transfers to a WS/FC school from a non-WS/FC school (charter school, private school, home school, or from another state/county) after initial entry to the 9th grade, must sit out from athletic participation for 365 days absent a bona-fide change in residence unless the student is transferring from a non-NCHSAA member school and enrolls at his/her residential school prior to August 1 of the current year. Students suspended from eligibility under this provision are entitled to the eligibility review described in section VI below. If they are transferring from a NCHSAA member school, however, the student must request an exception for immediate athletic eligibility from the NCHSAA transfer committee, pursuant to that committee’s guidelines.
E. For purposes of athletic eligibility pursuant to this Regulation, a “sports season” is defined as beginning with the first practice and concluding on the date the school team plays its final athletic contest. A student who participates in a practice or try out at a WS/FCS school may not participate in the same sport during the same sports season at another WS/FCS school. A cheerleader who participates in cheerleading at one school during the fall sports season and transfers to a WS/FCS school (or a different WS/FCS school) may cheer for the new school during the winter sports season. A try out is considered a practice.
V. Sportsmanship/Ejection Regulations 1
A. These regulations apply to all persons involved in a middle or high school athletic contest, including student athletes, coaches, managers, and game administrators. The following behavior or conduct will result in an ejection from a contest:
1. Fighting, which includes but is not limited to, combative acts such as:
a. an attempt to strike or striking an opponent with a fist, hands, arms, legs or feet.
b. an attempt to punch or kick, or punching or kicking, an opponent, regardless of whether or not contact is made.
c. an attempt to instigate or instigating a fight by committing an unsportsmanlike act toward an opponent that causes an opponent to retaliate.
d. leaving the bench area to participate in a fight (contact or no contact).
2. Taunting or baiting.
3. Profanity directed toward an official or opponent.
4. Obscene gestures including gesturing in such a manner as to intimidate.
5. Disrespectfully addressing or contacting an official.
B. Penalty. If a person, athlete or coach, is ejected from a contest for any of the above reasons, the following penalty will be imposed by the WS/FCS:
1. Players. The WS/FCS will follow the ejection (not disqualification) suspension guidelines promulgated by the NCHSAA.
2. Coaches. Coaches who are suspended under these rules shall receive a pro rata reduction in their monthly coaching supplement.
3. Teams. NCHSAA ejection guidelines will determine whether teams are eligible to participate in state playoffs.
VI. Athletic Eligibility Review. Any student whose athletic eligibility is suspended for more than thirty (30) school days may request a review of that decision by the Athletic Hardship Review Committee, except students transferring from non-WS/FCS schools that are members of the NCHSAA who must request an exception for immediate athletic eligibility from the NCHSAA transfer committee. For all other students, the following administrative procedures will be used in the review process:
A. Responsibility for the review procedure will be assigned to a Committee composed of:
1. The Assistant Superintendent for the high or middle school division, as appropriate, shall serve as chairperson.
2. One or more principals selected by the Assistant Superintendent who is not involved in the case under review but serves at the same grade level. At the high school level, the committee shall include the principals from Carter Vocational High School, Main Street Academy and the Career Center. At the middle school level, the committee shall include the principals at Kennedy High School, Main Street Academy and Lowrance Middle School.
3. The WS/FCS athletics director or Program Manager for health, P.E. and athletics.
B. Students who are ineligible for athletics for more than thirty (30) school days will receive with their approved suspension, transfer or change in assignment a notice advising them of their athletic ineligibility and the appropriate steps to be taken should they wish a review of their eligibility.
C. When eligibility reviews are requested, the chairman of the Hardship Review Committee will schedule a time and place for the eligibility review and notify all parties concerned.
D. The eligibility review will be conducted in an informal manner. The student athlete and his/her parents shall have a right to appear before the Committee and to make an oral and/or written presentation to the Committee in support of the request for eligibility. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee will decide whether or not to reinstate the student's athletic eligibility based on the following criteria:
1. For recruiting violations:
a. The student had a legitimate educational reason for requesting two transfers within a 12 month period that was not influenced directly or indirectly by the student's participation in athletics.
b. The student's conduct at the receiving school has been exemplary.
2. For a denial of eligibility due to failure to maintain the academic standards or attendance standards in Policy 6145, the Hardship Committee may review and consider the student’s transcript, grade in school and progress reports, discipline history, attendance history, special education records, teacher notes/recommendations, and/or any other documentation presented to the Committee by the student and/or the student’s parent(s).
E. The student and the principal of the school to which he is assigned will be notified in writing of the decision of the Committee. The notification will advise the student that the decision may be appealed to the Board of Education and the procedures for such an appeal.
F. Appeals to the Board must be submitted in writing to the superintendent. Appeals will be heard by a three member committee of Board members acting for the full Board in accordance with Policy 5145, Parent and Student Grievance Procedure.
Adopted: July 1976
Revised: January 1986; November 1991; December 1995; February 1998; January 2006; February 2006; January 2008; October 2008; April 2009; July 2009; August 2009; August 2013; April 2014