What is Eligibility? Meeting the stipulated requirements in which to participate and compete for WIAA member schools. All WIAA member schools have had input on, and agreed to abide by, these requirements.

Who decides Eligibility? Athletic Administrators or School Designee work with WIAA staff to review and determine athletic eligibility. Coaches are responsible for knowing the WIAA rules and assisting the AD with all eligiblity issues.

What are the Eligibility requirements? See below for a summary of the requirements for both the WIAA and BSD Policy and Procedure. Links have been provided for more detail.


Clearance

All student athletes are to clear their eligibility in the school’s athletics office before they may begin turning out. Clearance requirements include:

1.  Register via school’s FamilyID (for more detail, go to BSD’s page: “Athletics in High School”)
2.  Pay any/all school fines (through school’s accountant or online payment system)
3.  Purchase ASB card: $65-$75*^
4.  Purchase School Transportation Fee: $25-$40*^
5.  Purchase District Athletic Participation: $100^
6.  Have a current physical on file (click here for BSD physical form, good for two years).
7.  Have a medical insurance plan – school insurance is available.

* determined by each school’s ASB voting
^ assistance available if needed, see Athletic Director for details

Physical Examination

Prior to any participation in an interscholastic high school athletic program, a student must pass, and have on file at the school’s athletics office, a medical examination performed by an MD, DO, ARNP, PA or Naturopathic Physician. Physicals are good for 24 months. (WIAA Handbook: 17.11)

Age Limits

The student must be under 20 years of age on September 1st for the fall sports season, on December 1st for the winter sports season, and on March 1st for the spring sports season. (WIAA Handbook: 18.4)

Student Member of a School

Students must be regular members of the school they represent in order to participate in an interscholastic athletic activity. (WIAA Handbook: 18.5)

Students enrolled in home based education, alternative education, private school education, and running start are eligible to participate in interscholastic contests/competitions, when all WIAA requirements are met. (WIAA Handbook: 18.6)

Academic Standards / Scholarship

All student athletes are required to meet both the WIAA and BSD academic standards.

WIAA requires a student maintain passing grades in a minimum of 6 classes in a 7 period class schedule or the equivalent credits. Seniors on track to graduate may enroll in one less class than the minimum number of classes required for other students. (WIAA Handbook: 18.7).

BSD requires a student maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (BSD 2151P: III). For more details on academic requirements, go to the BSD page: Athletics in the High School.

Previous Semester and Regular Attendance

The student must have been in regular attendance as a full-time student … during the semester immediately preceding the semester in which the contest is held. (WIAA Handbook 18.8)

The student must be enrolled and in regular attendance within the first 15 school days of the current semester … in order to participate in the current quarter. (WIAA Handbook 18.9)

Residence

The residence is defined as the place where the family unit has established its home and/or the place where the student is habitually present and to which, when departing, the student intends to return. The family unit is defined as the adult(s) who has/have resided with, had legal custody, legal guardianship, or has/have acted in a parental capacity of the student and any siblings high school age or younger with whom the student resides for a period of at least one year. The student must reside with parent(s) or legal guardian in the district and school service area. (WIAA Handbook 18.10)

To check your home attendance area school, go to the BSD Find Your School page.  If you live outside a school’s attendance area or with someone other than your parent(s) or legal guardian, please see the Athletic Director regarding eligibility.

Transferring Students

After registering with, attending, or participating with a middle level or high school, students changing enrollment to/from one school district to another school district or from one high school to another high school within a multiple high school district, such as BSD, shall be considered transferring students. In order to be eligible for varsity competition, transferring students must meet the transferring student requirements outlined be the WIAA. (WIAA Handbook: 18.11)

Ineligibility pursuant to section 18.11.0 shall be effective for one (1) calendar year from the date of enrollment. This ineligible status only prohibits a student from competing at the varsity level. (WIAA Handbook: 18.12)

If you are a transferring student, please contact the Athletic Director regarding eligibility.

Season Limitations

After entering or being eligible to enter the 7th grade students shall have six consecutive years of interscholastic eligibility. After entering or being eligible to enter the 9th grade, a student shall have four consecutive years of interscholastic eligibility. (WIAA Handbook 18.14)

Gender Identity Participation

All students should have the opportunity to participate in WIAA activities in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records. (WIAA Handbook 18.15)

Concurrent Sports Limitation

A student may be on only one interscholastic sport roster per season. (WIAA Handbook 18.22)

Non-school Participation

Students may participate on a non-school team or teams or in a non-school instruction program while also participating on a school team. (WIAA Handbook 18.23)

Amateur Standing

A student who represents a school in an interscholastic sport must be an amateur in that sport. An amateur student athlete is one who engages in athletics for the physical, mental, social and educational benefits, and to whom athletics is an avocation and not a source of financial reward. For more details on maintaining amateur standing see WIAA Handbook 18.24.

Attendance (practice or competition)

To ensure participation in practice or competition of an activity or athletic event, students must attend the following that same day, or the preceding day if the activity or athletic event falls on a non-school day.
–  Minimum of five (5) classes for a 7-period schedule
–  Minimum of three (3) classes for a 4-period schedule
–  Minimum of two (2) classes for a 3-period schedule
In rare, extreme and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, eligibility to practice or compete may be granted in advance on a case-by-case basis.

Students Attending Other Schools

Students attending the Bellevue School District choice schools, Bellevue Big Picture or International School, are eligible to participate in the athletic programs of their home attendance area school (i.e. home school). If you attend a choice school and have a question about participation, please contact the Athletic Director of your home school.

Students receiving home-based instruction or enrolled in private school are eligible to participate in the athletic programs of their home attendance area school (i.e. home school). If you receive home-based instruction or attend a private school and have a question about participation, please contact the Athletic Director of your home school. More information can also be found on the BSD Student Placement page: Home School & Part-Time Attendance.

To find district Athletic Director contact information, go to Athletics in the High School. To find your home school via residence, go to BSD Find Your School.

Pre-contest Practice Requirement

Athletes must complete a minimum number of practice days before they are eligible to participate in athletic contests.  Multiple practices on one day count as one practice day.  The number of practice days required for each sport is as follows:

Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports
Cross Country – 10 Boys Basketball – 10 Baseball -10
Football – 12 Girls Basketball – 10 Girls Golf – 0
Boys Golf – 0 Boys Swimming – 10 Boys Soccer – 10
Girls Soccer – 10 Wrestling – 12 Fastpitch Softball – 10
Girls Swimming – 10 Gymnastics – 15 Girls Tennis – 10
Boys Tennis – 10 Boys Track – 10
Volleyball – 10 Girls Track – 10
Lacrosse
Water Polo
Badminton
Interruption of Pre–Contest Practices

An interruption of up to three (3) consecutive school scheduled practice days, excluding Sunday, will have no effect on the value previous practice days in determining compliance with the pre-contest requirements.  For example:  if an athlete has completed seven (7) days of practice and then did not practice for three (3) consecutive school scheduled practice days, excluding Sunday, the previous seven (7) days would still count toward the minimum individual practices required before interscholastic competition.  Beginning with the fourth (4) consecutive school scheduled practice days without practice, excluding Sunday, the total number of days missed will be subtracted from the number of days previously practiced to determine compliance with pre-contest practice requirements.  For example:  if an athlete completed six (6) days of practice, and then did not practice for five (5) consecutive calendar days, excluding Sunday, only one (1) of the previous practice days could be counted toward meeting the minimum pre-contest requirements.

Religious Practices

District policy # 3225 – 6.0 explicitly says the right of parents to determine when their children should be absent from school because of religious observances shall not be limited by school authorities.  Students shall not be penalized or deprived of make-up opportunities for such absences, or subjected to pressure to choose between school attendance and religious observance.  When scheduling important school activities and testing, the district and individual schools shall consider religious holidays which parents in the community consider significant.