Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Activities (including Athletics)

Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege. As such, the right to participate in such activities is reserved for students in good standing and may be denied to students whose conduct or absenteeism indicates a pattern of disregard for school rules.

Students who participate in extra-curricular activities for which eligibility requirements have been set by sponsoring groups such as the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, will honor such eligibility requirements, but in addition may be subject to more stringent requirements according to school policy.

A high school administrator, a coach, or a faculty advisor may deny a student the right of participating in any extra-curricular activity when such action, in his/her opinion, is in the best interest of the school and/or the student affected. This regulation supersedes all prior regulations on eligibility, but does not prohibit the constitutions of student organizations, or the athletic director or individual athletic coaches from including eligibility requirements for their members in addition to those stated in this regulation. Students who have been suspended from school on three separate occasions, or who have accrued five or more days of suspension in any semester, may be prohibited from participation. In addition, students who have accrued four or more unexcused absences in any quarter, or who have accrued ten or more unexcused tardies in any semester, may also be denied the right to participate.

Eligibility Rules
The East Haddam Public Schools offers its students a variety of extracurricular activities, athletic and non-athletic, at the secondary level.  While realizing the importance of these activities in the development of the whole child, the district believes that a student’s primary focus should be within the classroom.
Students who are not succeeding in the classroom must concentrate their efforts at improving their academic performance and should not be distracted by the requirements of extracurricular activities.
To be eligible to participate in any school sponsored extracurricular activity, the following conditions must pertain:

  1. A student must be registered for seven (7) full-time courses or their equivalent each quarter.
  2. A student may not receive any grade below a “C-” on a progress report or report card in any quarter.  If a student has received any grades below a C-, he/she will be placed on academic probation.  Parents will be notified and a comprehensive academic probation plan will be developed by school professionals (which may include meeting with school counselor, meeting with academic teacher or National Honor Society peer tutors after school for support, attending after school and Saturday School study sessions, and teacher updates). The focus of the academic probation plan will be on academic progress and continued student success.  Students on academic probation will be monitored throughout the remainder of the marking period as outlined in the Student Handbook of the specific school.
  3. Scholastic failures cannot be made up for eligibility purposes in any manner until the next report, except that credits earned during the summer by any regularly approved Board of Education procedure will be accepted for the purpose of determining the eligibility of students desiring to participate in the extracurricular program of the school in September.  Scholastic incompletes must be made up within ten (10) school days following the date that student eligibility was determined for the respective marking period as defined above.  Incomplete grades are not to be considered as passing grades.
  4. Any student participating in extracurricular activities must comply with all attendance policies as outlined in the Student Handbook, and have no outstanding disciplinary referrals.
  5. At the conclusion of each quarter, the principal shall notify each ineligible student of his or her status.
  6. A student may appeal declaration of ineligibility to a committee composed of an administrator, appropriate department coordinators (who, wherever possible, do not teach the failed course), a representative of the pupil services staff, who shall serve as the student’s advocate, and a student council representative.
  7. Decisions of the committee may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools.
  8. Decisions of the Superintendent may be appealed to the Board of Education or a committee thereof.
  9. Notwithstanding any of the above, all student athletes will conform, as a minimum, to the requirements of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

In addition, NathanHale-RayHigh School follows C.I.A.C. rules of eligibility except where East Haddam Board of Education Policy may be more stringent.  The following are key points that will make a student not eligible:

If you have failed more than one subject
If you are not taking at least four (4) units of work or the equivalent
If you have not passed at least four (4) units or the equivalent at the end of the last regular marking period
If you are nineteen (19) years of age before July 1 of the current school year
If you have changed schools without a legal change of residence
If you have played the sport for more than three seasons in Grades 10, 11, 12
If you play or practice with an outside team in the same sport while a member of the school team after the first scheduled game of any season.
If you play under an assumed name on an outside team
If you receive personal economic gain for participation in any C.I.A.C. sport

NOTE:  Eligibility is based on grades received at the end of each marking period (not semester grades). 

NOTE for Fall Sports Only:  Eligibility will be determined based on the final grades for the year, not the 4th quarter grades.  If a course is not a semester long, the final grade for the class will determine eligibility.

NOTE for Winter Sports Only: the grade determining eligibility for semester classes ending at mid-year will be the final average.

NOTE:  Students planning on playing sports in college should contact their coach or the Director of Athletics as to N.C.A.A. regulations and requirements.