Students & Parents

Basic Guidelines for Eligibility

BONA FIDE STUDENT
Student must be counted on the daily attendance records at your school. He/she is considered a student at your school after attending one class.

ENROLLMENT
Student must attend class during the first 11 school days of the first semester or he/she will be ineligible for the first 30 school days.

AGE
Student cannot become 19 years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year.

PROOF OF AGE
Student must provide legal proof of age, which meets the provisions of the LHSAA Handbook, to the school administrator to be kept of file.

CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS
Once a student enters the ninth grade, he/she has eight consecutive semesters to play athletics. (Exception: "Hold Back Repeat Student" – See Rule 1.31 of the LHSAA Handbook)

SCHOLASTIC

  • 1. To be eligible for the first semester of a school year, a student shall have earned at least six  (6) units from the previous school year which shall be listed on the student’s transcript, including any special education subject(s) and shall have at least a “C “ average as determined by the Local Education Authority when considering all “graded” subjects.
  • 2. To be eligible for the second semester of a school year, a student shall pass at least six (6) units from the first semester of the school year, including any special education subjects.

RESIDENCE AND TRANSFER
If student attends a school outside of his/her "Home Attendance Zone," he/she is automatically ineligible for one year unless he/she meets the provisions of the Residence and Transfer Rule.

UNDUE INFLUENCE
If student has been recruited to your school for athletic purposes, the student will remain ineligible as long as he/she attends your school.

AMATEUR
Student cannot play high school athletics if he/she loses amateur status

INDEPENDENT TEAM
In certain sports student cannot play on a school team and an independent team during the same sport season.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION
Student must pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner that is in collaboration with a licensed physician, or a licensed physician’s assistant under the supervision of a licensed physician and complete an LHSAA medical history evaluation form or the Louisiana School Entrance and General Health Exam Form prior to participating. (See Rule: 1.8 of the LHSAA Handbook). This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORM
A school is required to complete and sign this form every year that a student participates in LHSAA athletics at the school. This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/MISUSE CONTRACT
A school shall only be required to complete and sign this form the first time a student participates in LHSAA athletics at the school. This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.

SUSPENDED AND INELIGIBLE STUDENTS
Suspended and ineligible students cannot participate in any interscholastic contest on any team at any school at any level until he/she presents written clearance from the school he/she has been suspended/expelled.

NOTE: All official requests for eligibility rulings must be in writing.

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