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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - Page updated at 12:22 AM

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WIAA document: Protect Your Eligibility

This is a document from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association that advises athletes on the rules for maintaining the eligibility to play sports.

To Participate in Athletics You Must:

1. Be less than 20 years old at the beginning of any sport season.

2. Be in regular attendance during the semester/trimester immediately preceding the semester/trimester in which you intend to participate.

3. Be enrolled and in regular attendance within the first 15 school days of the current semester or 10 school days of the current trimester in order to participate in the current semester/trimester.

4. Maintain passing grades in a minimum of 60% of the number of classes provided in the class schedule by the school for full time students.

5. Have athletic injury insurance approved by your school (if required).

6. Have passed a physical examination from a medical authority licensed to perform a physical examination. Physical exams are good for 24 months from the date of the exam, if given after June 1, 2004. (Exams given prior to June 1, 2004, are good for 13 months.) The medical authorities licensed and approved by law to give physicals include M.D.; Doctor of Osteopathy, D.O.; Certified Registered Nurse (A.R.N.P.) and Physician's Assistant (P.A.); Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.).

To Participate in Interscholastic Athletics You:

7. Cannot be eligible for more than four consecutive years after beginning the 9th grade.

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8. Cannot accept, from any source, awards of intrinsic value except letters awarded by your school or medals or trophies given in high school contests.

9. Cannot accept any merchandise totaling more than $100.00 in retail value in one calendar year. Cannot accept a cash award. Cannot play on any professional team in any sport, nor sign a professional athletic contract nor enter a competition under an assumed name.

Your Eligibility May Be Subject to Special Rules:

10. If you want to participate in non-school athletic activities.

11. If your family does not live in the school district in which you attend.

12. If you have transferred from one school to another within the last school year.

NOTE: There may be more restrictive school and/or league requirements in addition to the above rules. Consult your principal or athletic administrator and the school, league and WIAA Handbook for precise wording or regulations.

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