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Title: 2015-16 Eligibility Summary, Rules


1
2015-16 Eligibility Summary, Rules Regulations
2
Mission Vision
  • The mission of the NCHSAA is to provide
    governance and leadership for interscholastic
    athletic programs that support and enrich the
    educational experience of students.
  • The vision of the NCHSAA is to be the national
    model for developing and inspiring greatness
    through interscholastic athletic experiences.

3
Sportsmanship
  • Honor Yourself
  • Honor Your Team
  • Honor Your Community
  • Make Good Sportsmanship a HABIT

4
Abbreviations
  • AED Automated External Defibrillators
  • LEA local education agency
  • NCHSAA North Carolina High School Athletic
    Association
  • NFHS National Federation of State High School
    Associations

5
Table of Contents
6
Age
  • Student may not participate if he/she becomes 19
    years of age on or before August 31, 2015.

7
Attendance
  • Requirements
  • Set by the LEA
  • The 85 attendance rule is no longer an NCHSAA
    requirement.
  • Determined by LEA
  • Excused and unexcused absences
  • Length of day required to be counted in attendance

NOTE Local attendance policy may be more
stringent in terms of counting/earning credit for
courses.
8
Academics Courses
  • Student athletes must
  • pass a minimum load of course work from the
    previous semester to be eligible at any time
    during the current semester
  • be enrolled for ½ of the minimum load in current
    semester if no other designation for regularly
    enrolled by LEA and
  • meet local promotion standards (set by LEA and/or
    local school.

NOTE Courses must be approved for credit, (i.e.,
audited courses would not count)
9
Academics Minimum Load
  • This applies to all student athletes, including
    seniors.
  • No work previously passed by a student may be
    submitted as part of a minimum load.

10
Academics Summer School
  • Summer school work used to make up part of the
    minimum load must be applied to the most recent
    semester.
  • Credit for summer school work is the
    determination of the local unit.

11
Academics
  • A detailed example of the NCHSAA Academic
    Requirements, inclusive of HYBRID formats, can be
    found in section 1.1.5 of the NCHSAA Handbook.
  • Local units may be more restrictive, but not less
    restrictive, in regards to the academic
    requirements of the NCHSAA.

12
Academics Eligibility
  • A student not eligible at the beginning of the
    semester is not eligible at any time during the
    semester.
  • EXCEPTION a student who receives an incomplete
    or is awaiting a final grade due to EOC
    re-testing or any other state mandated testing,
    which causes him/her to fail to meet minimum
    scholastic requirements is ineligible until the
    course is satisfactorily completed. Eligibility
    is restored immediately.

13
Enrollment and Residence
  • Student must be a regularly enrolled member of
    the schools student body.
  • Student must participate at the school to which
    he/she is assigned by the local board of
    education.

14
Enrollment and Residence
  • A legal custodian is a person or agency awarded
    legal, court-ordered custody of a child.
  • A student may not have two residences for
    eligibility purposes.

15
Enrollment and Residence
In order for a change of residence to be bona
fide at least the following facts must exist
  • The original residence must be abandoned as a
    residence that is sold, rented or disposed of as
    a residence and must not be used as residence by
    any member of the family.
  • The entire family must make the change and take
    with them the household goods and furniture
    appropriate to the circumstances.
  • The change must be made with intent that the move
    is permanent.

16
Enrollment and Residence Within Same LEA
  • A student transferring from a member school to
    another member school within the same LEA must
    sit out 365 days for athletic participation. The
    LEA may create criteria for immediate athletic
    eligibility for transfers within the LEA.

17
Enrollment and Residence Transfer to Different LEA
  • A student transferring from a member school in
    one LEA to another member school in another LEA
    (without a bona fide change of residence) must
    sit out 365 days for athletic participation.
  • Exceptions for immediate athletic eligibility for
    transfers from one LEA to a different LEA will be
    heard by a special NCHSAA Transfer Committee.

18
Enrollment and Residence
  • A student is eligible at any school upon initial
    entry into the ninth grade.

19
Enrollment and Residence
After initial entry into the ninth grade,
transfer and boundary criteria shall apply as
follows
  • Student shall live in the county where
    non-traditional school is located, or student
    will live within a 25-mile radius of the
    non-traditional school as measured by NCHSAA
    designated computer program.
  • Student is a member of a parochial church and
    submits authorized pastor verification form.

20
Enrollment and Residence
  • No student may participate at a second school in
    the same sport season except in the event of a
    bona fide change of residence of the parent(s) or
    legal custodian. Change of schools must be
    contemporaneous with change of residence.

21
Enrollment and Residence
  • A student is eligible at their assigned school
    if he/she attended school within that
    administrative unit the previous two (2)
    semesters, provided it meets LEA policy.

22
NCHSAA Regulations Information Falsification
  • Falsification of information in terms of
    eligibility will result in the student athlete(s)
    being declared ineligible for a period of 365
    days from the point of notification to the
    NCHSAA.
  • Student athlete will be prohibited from
    involvement in all athletic-related activity for
    the 185-day school year and any school-sponsored
    activity(s) during the summer.

23
NCHSAA Regulations Medical Requirements
  • Student must receive a medical examination once
    every 365 days by a duly licensed physician,
    nurse practitioner, or physicians assistant.
  • Students absent from athletic practice for five
    (5) or more days due to illness or injury shall
    receive a medical release by a physician licensed
    to practice medicine before re-admittance to
    practice or contests.

24
NCHSAA Regulations Participation
  • No student may be eligible to participate at the
    high school level for a period lasting longer
    than eight (8) consecutive semesters
  • beginning with the students first entry into
    ninth grade or
  • an over-aged seventh or eight grade students
    participation on a high school team,
  • whichever occurs first.

25
NCHSAA Regulations Participation
  • No student may participate at the high school
    level for more than four (4) seasons in a sport
    (one season per year)
  • i.e., A student could not play fall womens
    soccer in one state and then play NCHSAA womens
    soccer in the spring.

26
NCHSAA Regulations Participation
  • A student must not be convicted of a felony in
    this or any other state, or be adjudicated as a
    delinquent for an offense that would be a felony
    if committed by an adult in this or any other
    state.

27
NCHSAA Regulations Participation
  • Eligible during School Year
  • A student may not play, practice or be on the
    roster if ineligible.
  • Eligible during Summer Workouts
  • A student can participate if
  • He/she is enrolled in your school and
  • has valid physical on file. NOTE Any
    falsification of this documentation makes the
    student ineligible for summer workouts.

28
NCHSAA Regulations Team Management
  • Managers, statisticians, etc. do not have to meet
    NCHSAA eligibility standards.
  • There shall be no Sunday practice in any sport.
    This includes the assembling of athletic squads
    (full teams or selected individuals) for purposes
    of viewing films, chalk talks, or other materials
    pertaining to the coaching of the team.

29
NCHSAA Regulations Game Day
  • A student may not dress for a game or scrimmage
    when he/she is not eligible to participate in the
    game.
  • If a student is ejected, he/she may be in the
    bench area but may not be in uniform.
  • If a coach is ejected, he/she may not be on the
    premises during the contest and is not allowed to
    communicate with the coaches or team during the
    contest.

30
NCHSAA Regulations Athlete Status
  • To maintain amateur status, a student must not
    accept money or awards having utilitarian value
    (golf balls, clubs, tennis rackets, etc.) for
    participation in athletics. A student may accept
    an award (gift certificate/food coupon), each
    sport season, that does not exceed a value of
    20.00.
  • A student must not have signed a professional
    contract or played on a junior college /community
    college team.

31
NCHSAA Regulations School Requirements
  • Each coach must sign off on the Eligibility
    Summary Form that is signed by the principal
    and/or athletics director.
  • Master eligibility sheets are to be shared with
    each member school of your conference for each
    sport program.
  • Hold a mandatory parent/guardian meeting to have
    parents and students sign the Eligibility and
    Authorization Statement to acknowledge that
    eligibility, sportsmanship policies and
    expectations have been reviewed.

32
NCHSAA Regulations Coaches Certification
Requirement
  • All coaches must complete the NFHS Fundamentals
    of Coaching certification prior to the first
    date of competition. This is for head coaches and
    assistant coaches.
  • 500 fine for non-compliance
  • Additional 500 fine for coaching in contest
    without NFHS certification
  • Course is offered online through the NFHS. To
    access and complete the course, go to
    nfhslearn.com .
  • Cost of course is 35 and is a one-time
    completion requirement to be nationally certified.

33
NCHSAA Regulations Coaches Certification
Requirement
  • All coaches must complete NFHS Concussion in
    Sports What You Need to Know online course or
    equivalent concussion curriculum annually prior
    to the first date of practice in their sport
    program.
  • 500 fine for non-compliance
  • Additional 500 fine for coaching in contest
    without NFHS certification
  • The course provides a guide to understanding,
    recognizing, and properly managing concussion in
    high school sports
  • Course is offered online free of charge -
    through the NFHS. To access and complete the
    course, go to nfhslearn.com .

34
NCHSAA Regulations Medical Requirements
Concussions
  • A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain
    and presents a wide variety of signs and symptoms
    listed here.
  • Any sign/symptom after a blow to the head is a
    concussion until proven otherwise.
  • Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia (not remembering events before or after
    the injury)
  • Vision changes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability/emotional changes (inappropriate or
    atypical crying, laughing, etc)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue/feeling sluggish/slow/foggy
  • Having bell rung
  • Excessive fatigue/drowsiness

35
NCHSAA Regulations Medical Requirements
Concussions
  • A high school athlete should NEVER return to play
    on the day they suffer a concussion
  • Returning an athlete to play before complete
    resolution of symptoms can lead to recurrent
    concussion, prolonged post-concussion symptoms,
    OR even Second Impact Syndrome (which is often
    fatal)
  • An athlete with suspected concussion cannot
    return to play until he/she is cleared by a
    licensed medical physician
  • Managing concussions is difficult even for
    well-trained and experienced medical providers.
    Coaches, you do not want this responsibility (or
    liability).
  • THIS A STATE LAW!

36
NCHSAA Regulations Medical Requirements
Concussions
  • Take home point At the end of the day, its not
    an athletes knee, ankle, or elbow its his or
    her brain and you cannot get this one wrong.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT.

37
NCHSAA Regulations Coaches Certification
Requirement
  • First Aid/CPR Course(s)
  • At least one member of each sport/activity staff
    should take and pass the NFHS First Aid for
    Coaches course, be CPR/AED certified, and be
    present at all contests and practices.
  • All coaches being CPR/AED certified becomes a
    requirement by August 1, 2017.

38
NCHSAA Regulations Coaches Certification
Requirement
  • Cheerleading
  • The head cheerleading coach is required to take
    the NFHS American Association of Cheerleading
    Coaches Spirit Safety Certification course prior
    to the first date of practice in their sport,
    effective August 1, 2016

39
NCHSAA Regulations Coaches Certification
Requirement
  • Track Field Pole Vault Course
  • The pole vault head coach is required to take the
    NFHS Coaching Pole Vault course prior to the
    first date of practice in his/her sport.

40
NCHSAA Regulations State Rules Clinic
  • Head Coaches must attend an NCHSAA State Rules
    Clinic (either the NCCA Coaches Clinic in
    Greensboro or a regional State Rules Clinic
    conducted by the NCHSAA) prior to coaching in the
    first contest of the season.
  • 400 fine if coaches do not attend.
  • 500 fine per game for non-compliance.

41
NCHSAA Regulations Unpaid Fines
  • Schools that have unpaid fines to the NCHSAA are
    not eligible to compete in the playoffs for that
    sport (i.e. baseball fine would be specific to
    baseball playoffs) unless the fine is paid two
    (2) days prior to the playoff reporting date for
    that sport.
  • Any fine not paid at the end of the fiscal year
    (June 30) will carry over to the following school
    year making all teams at said school ineligible
    for playoffs until the fine is paid in full.

42
NCHSAA Regulations Annual Fees Dues
  • Schools must pay their catastrophic insurance
    fees by October 1.
  • Non-payment of fees by the deadline makes all
    teams at that school ineligible for NCHSAA
    Playoffs.
  • Schools must pay their membership dues by
    November 1.
  • Non-payment of fees by the deadline makes all
    teams at that school ineligible for NCHSAA
    Playoffs beginning with winter sports.

43
NCHSAA Regulations Game Site Violations
  • Tobacco Products, Alcoholic Beverages and
    Controlled Substances at Game Site
  • Participants, coaches, and other team
    representatives and game officials, including
    chain crew, official scorers and timers, should
    not use any tobacco product, alcoholic beverage
    or controlled substance at a game site violation
    of the policy will be ejection from the contest.

44
NCHSAA Regulations Ejection of Coach
  • Any head coach who is ejected from a contest,
    must take the NFHS Teaching Modeling Behavior
    course before returning to coaching.
  • Cost of the program is 20.00.
  • Scan and email or fax certificate to Mark
    Dreibelbis mark_at_nchsaa.org (919)240-7396.
  • Failure to do so will result in forfeiture and a
    500 fine.
  • This is in addition to the EJECTION POLICY
    criteria sanctions as stated in the NCHSAA
    Handbook.

45
NCHSAA Regulations Ejection of Student
  • Any head coach who has a student-athlete ejected
    for fighting, must take the NFHS Teaching
    Modeling Behavior course before returning to
    coaching.
  • Cost of the program is 20.
  • Scan and email or fax certificate to Mark
    Dreibelbis mark_at_nchsaa.org (919) 240-7396.
  • Failure to do so will result in forfeiture and a
    500 fine.
  • The student who is disqualified or ejected from a
    contest must take the NFHS Sportsmanship course
    before returning to competition.
  • This is in addition to the EJECTION POLICY
    criteria sanctions as stated in the NCHSAA
    Handbook.

46
NCHSAA Regulations Ejection
  • Flagrant contact includes, but is not limited to
    combative acts such as
  • Maliciously running over the catcher/fielder
    without attempt to avoid contact
  • Excessive contact out-of-bounds or away from
    playing action that is unwarranted and extreme in
    nature
  • Tackling/taking down a player dangerously in a
    malicious manner
  • Illegally hitting or cross-checking an opponent
    in an excessive manner with the Lacrosse stick

47
NCHSAA Regulations Ejection
  • Flagrant Contact carries the same penalty as all
    other NCHSAA Ejection Policy criteria
  • 1 game in football and
  • 2 games in all other sports.
  • When the combative act causes an opponent to
    retaliate, it is a fight and carries a double
    penalty.

48
NCHSAA Regulations Un-Sanctioned
  • Un-sanctioned Sports/Activities
  • Schools may sponsor teams in sports not
    sanctioned by the NCHSAA (e.g. gymnastics,
    weightlifting, womens field hockey, mens
    volleyball).

49
NCHSAA Regulations Un-Sanctioned
  • Even though such sports are not sanctioned by the
    NCHSAA, member schools should work, wherever
    possible, to adhere to the ideals and guidelines
    established by the NCHSAA for their member
    schools in sports which they do sanction. The
    need to promote sportsmanship, to protect
    instructional time, or the physiological and
    emotional needs of maturing teens should not
    disappear simply because it is not a sport
    sanctioned by the NCHSAA.

50
Sports Medicine Neck Injuries
  • Cervical spine injuries are typically caused by
    contact with a forward flexed neck
  • spearing position
  • Any numbness/tingling in BOTH arms is suspicious
    for a cervical spine injury
  • a stinger never causes burning in both arms
  • Take Home Point Any suspected cervical spine
    injury should be immobilized and evaluated by
    medical personnel

51
Sports Medicine Cardiac Awareness
  • Sudden cardiac death occurs in young athletes for
    a variety of reasons
  • Most are due to genetic abnormalities of heart
    rhythms or heart anatomy
  • Drugs can trigger cardiac arrest (cocaine,
    stimulants, anabolic steroids, and ephedrine are
    common culprits)
  • Heat stroke can lead to cardiac arrest
  • Viral illnesses can cause myocarditis
    (infection of the heart muscle) which can cause
    sudden cardiac arrest
  • Sickle cell trait makes athletes more likely to
    have sudden cardiac arrest (more common in
    African-Americans)

52
Sports Medicine Cardiac Awareness
  • All NCHSAA member schools must have a cardiac
    safety program to include these 3 components
  • Appropriate number of AEDs on campus
  • AED maintenance program (battery checks,
    maintain, replace at appropriate intervals)
  • Required viewing of short AED/CPR video for all
    supervising adults (teachers, coaches,
    administrators)

53
Sports Medicine Cardiac Awareness
  • There are red flags which can tip us off to
    undiagnosed heart problems
  • Chest pain with exertion
  • Passing out/fainting from exertion this is not
    normal or due to being out of shape
  • Family history of a sudden cardiac death or
    unexplained death before age 50
  • Take home point Any athlete who passes out or
    has chest pain with exertion needs a medical
    evaluation.

54
Sports Medicine Respiratory Issues/Asthma
  • Asthma attacks remain a leading cause of death
    among young people
  • Be aware of common asthma triggers
  • Respiratory infections
  • Both extreme heat/humidity and cold/dry
  • Pollen other allergens
  • Take home point Know who your asthmatic athletes
    are and make sure they have accessible inhalers.

55
Sports Medicine Heat Related
  • Death from heat related illness is preventable.
    Hydration is only one part of the solution
  • Athletes who are increased risk
  • are obese or out of shape
  • have fever or recent stomach or respiratory
    infections
  • have sickle cell trait
  • have history of prior heat illness
  • use of illicit drugs, ADD meds, or supplements w/
    stimulants

56
Sports Medicine Heat Related
  • Prevention is key
  • Be aware of heat index (see handbook) General
    Rule for high risk
  • 70 to 80 F with high humidity (gt 70)
  • 80 to 90 F with moderate humidity
  • 90 F with low humidity (lt 30)
  • Practice at cooler times when feasible (mornings,
    evenings)

57
Sports Medicine Heat Related
  • Allow athletes/teams to acclimate and become
    accustomed to heat over time
  • Allow regular breaks for cooling and hydration
  • Monitor body weight pre and post practice
  • Recognize early and initiate cooling immediately
  • confusion, collapse, nausea/vomiting

58
Sports Medicine Skin Infections
  • Skin infections are common in contact sports
  • Most skin infections are relatively minor and
    self-limited
  • Resistant staph infections (MRSA) have become
    quite common and can be severe
  • Skin infections are spread by
  • skin-to-skin contact,
  • sharing pads/equipment/work-out gear,
  • dirty equipment
  • Any boil or abscess needs medical evaluation

59
Sports Medicine Skin Infections
  • Prevention
  • Shower right after every practice game
  • Do not share equipment, pads, work-out clothes,
    towels, etc
  • Wash hands frequently with soap/water or
    anti-bacterial towels/gels
  • Wash equipment, mats, clothes, towels, etc.
    regularly
  • Take home point the vast majority of skin
    infections can be prevented by good hygiene.

60
Mandatory Question Answer Session
61
Questions 1 - 3
  • 1.  Can you play sports at one school while
    enrolled and attending another school?
  • 2.  Do students need to have up-to-date physicals
    to participate in summer workouts?
  • 3.  Can a student participate in 2 sports in the
    same season (i.e. football and soccer)?

62
Questions 4 - 6
  • 4.  What is the appeals process for ejections and
    disqualifications?
  • 5.  Are home-schoolers eligible to participate in
    athletics at a NCHSAA member school?
  • 6.  Can open gym and skill development be held on
    the same day?

63
Questions 7 - 9
  • 7.  What are the seven ejectionable criteria?
  • 8.  If I am a coach at a NCHSAA member school,
    and also coach a select soccer, AAU basketball,
    fall baseball team, etc, are there any
    restrictions with working with my high school
    team members outside the high school season?
  • 9.  What is the maximum number of days a student
    can be absent from school and still be eligible
    to participate in athletics?

64
Questions 10 - 12
  • 10.  What is the minimum number of courses a
    student must pass at your school to be eligible
    to participate in athletics?
  • 11.  What is the minimum number of courses a
    student must take at your school to be eligible
    to participate in athletics?
  • 12.  Are certified athletic trainers required to
    attend practices and games?  If so, which
    sports?  How many?

65
Questions 13 - 15
  • 13.  What is the age cut-off date (turning 19
    years of age) for participation in athletics in
    North Carolina?
  • 14.  Can you participate in the same sport for
    two different schools during the same season?  If
    so, how?
  • 15.  What is the maximum monetary value of an
    award, an athlete can receive and retain their
    amateur status?

66
Questions 16 - 18
  • 16.  Are 8th-graders allowed to participate on
    your high school team?
  • 17.  What is the NCHSAA minimum GPA?
  • 18.  If a senior only needs 3 classes his senior
    year to graduate and takes 2 during the fall
    semester, is he/she eligible to participate in
    athletics during the spring semester?

67
Questions 19 - 21
  • 19.  How many days of mandatory summer practice
    does an athlete have to participate to be
    eligible for the upcoming season?
  • 20.  At which school would a student be eligible,
    if the parents are separated and they live
    part-time with each?
  • 21. What are the 3 components of the Cardiac
    Safety Program to be in play by August 1, 2015?

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Questions 22 - 24
  • 22. How often does the NFHS Concussion Course
    need to be completed?
  • 23. Is the head coach the only coach required to
    take the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course
    prior to the first contest date?
  • 24. The head cheerleading coach must complete the
    American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and
    Administrators Safety Course by what date?
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