Announcements and Important Events
NCHSAA MEMO| Eligibility - Scholastic Requirements
Dear School Guidance Counselors,
As you prepare for what will be a very different and unusual start to the 2020-2021 school year, we are thinking of you. Please know that we wish you the best as you do your job, even in the midst of COVID-19!
In order for students to be academically eligible to participate in high school athletics, grades 9-12, they must have passed a minimum load of work during the preceding semester to be eligible at any time during the present semester. There is NO SENIOR EXCEPTION! This seems easy to understand; however, on an annual basis, especially at the beginning of the second semester, we receive multiple hardship requests for senior student-athletes who did not take enough courses in the fall and therefore fail to meet the minimum load scholastic requirement for athletic eligibility.
A typical example: On a block curriculum, a senior only needs 4 classes to graduate; so, in August, his/her academic schedule is set for 2 block courses in the fall and then 2 block courses in the spring. Even if the student passes both fall courses, he/she would not be eligible for the second semester because the minimum requirement of 3 courses passed was not met.
(a) A minimum load is defined as five courses in the traditional school schedule and three courses for schools on the “block” format. If the school is on an A/B form of block scheduling, a student must pass six of eight courses during what would traditionally be defined as a semester. Any student, including seniors, must pass that minimum load, even if they need fewer for graduation. Home school students must pass all courses in which he/she is enrolled in the member school.
(1) Traditional: pass five (minimum load)
(2) Block: pass three (minimum load, 90-minute classes)
(3) A/B: pass six
(4) Hybrid Formats:
(i) 3 block, 2 traditional – (“skinnies” is the parlance many systems use; most common hybrids use four blocks as the basis, whereby, two skinnies equal a block); must pass equivalent of three blocks. Could fail both “skinnies” but passing three blocks would meet mini- mum requirements.
(ii) 2 block, 3 traditional – use seven traditional classes as the basis (block equals two); must pass equivalent of five traditional classes. Could fail one block only and be eligible (minimum requirement, but not more).
(iii) 2 blocks and 4 traditional (“skinnies”) – Use eight as the basis like an A/B format; (block equals two); must pass equivalent of six A/B classes. Could fail one block only and be eligible (minimum requirement, but not more).
(iv) 1 block, 5 traditional – use seven as the basis (block equals two); must pass equivalent of five traditional classes. Could fail one block only and be eligible (minimum requirement but not more.)
It is our hope that this information will be helpful to you as you advise seniors for their last year as a high school student. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the NCHSAA office.
Thank you for what you do and for your continued commitment to education-based athletics. Best wishes as you navigate this challenging time!
cc: Athletic Directors and Principals