• ATHLETIC POLICIES

     
     
     
    The Interscholastic Athletic Program is an integral part of the total educational program at Bella Vista High School.  We would like to be certain that you are aware of the policies and regulations used as guidelines for participation in any sport sponsored by the school.  Please read the following policies/guidelines carefully, knowing that both the coaches and the administrators will refer to them in discussing questions pertaining to acceptable conduct of a Bella Vista student/athlete in the school’s interscholastic athletic program.  We feel these guidelines will be helpful in reassuring that our programs will result in a rewarding experience for all participants.
     
     

    PRE-PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

     

    Athletes must complete several steps before they can be cleared for athletic participation.

    • The parent and student, together, must complete the online athletic registration for each season of sport and upload or submit a hard copy of the physical form to the Athletics office. Registration can be completed by clicking the link below.

     

    a button that reads 'Register Now' with a 'Powered by FamilyID' stamp on the bottom of it
     
    • A physical examination and doctor’s certification on the SJUSD Physical Exam document are required. Documents generated by your doctor will not be accepted. In order for the student to be accepted for athletics, the physical must be completed after June 1 prior to the school year in which the athlete plans to compete. You need only one physical annually regardless of the number of sports in which you participate. Print one here - Sports Physical Form.

     

    • Insurance coverage is required to cover possible accidents.  You must have medical coverage (at least $1,500).  Coverage may be by parent’s private insurance company or school accident insurance policy. 

     

    • A student has the opportunity to participate/tryout for a team once all athletic policies and regulations have been submitted and the coach has received the verification clearance from the Athletic Director.
     

    ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

     
    To encourage and promote academic excellence, all students participating in extracurricular activities shall demonstrate satisfactory minimum progress in meeting the requirements of graduation by undertaking the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the District.
     
    The requirement has two elements. To be eligible for participation, the student:
     
    1. Must have earned an overall minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale during the preceding grading period; and

    2. Must have passed five of six classes during the preceding grading period. Students taking only the minimum number of classes must pass all of their classes to be eligible.
    According to the CIF, scholastic eligibility requires the student to pass the equivalent of at least 20 semester periods of work at the completion of the most recent grading period. Weighted grades are not used to calculate eligibility per the CIF Bylaws.
     
    A grading period will constitute an eligibility period. The grade issued at the end of each grading period will be used to determine eligibility.
     
    1. For purposes of determining eligibility, a grade of incomplete is computed as an “F” or failure until a letter grade is assigned. When the letter grade is determined, the student’s grade point average is refigured. Generally, incompletes are only assigned when a student had a long-term illness or after unforeseeable and unpreventable absence from school that prevented the student from completing the assigned work during the grading period. 
    2. For eligibility purposes, once a letter grade is assigned, the grade may be changed only if the person assigning the grade determines that an error was made in computing the grade. If a student requests that a teacher reconsider a grade, the reconsideration must be based on work assigned, due, and completed prior to the end of the grading period. Work submitted or assigned after the end of the grading period may not be used to improve or diminish an assigned grade.
    3. Schools declare at the beginning of the year the grading periods and eligibility declaration days that they will use. Eligibility will be declared after each school-wide grading period. 
    A student becomes eligible or ineligible for athletic participation only when declared so by the site Athletic Administrator or site Athletic Director.
     
    The District will follow CIF guidelines and procedures related to the eligibility of continuation/independent study school students returning to a comprehensive high school. Please check with the school’s Athletic Director or Administrator. 
     

    PROBATION/INTERVENTION

     
    A student may be granted only one period of probation per school year, beginning with the first schoolwide (9th grade) grading period. The probation may be granted only if the student has met one of the two academic eligibility requirements. If the student is below both standards, he/she will not be granted probation. A probation period is the same length and duration as a grading period.
     
    During a probation period the student is still considered “ineligible” but is granted an opportunity to still practice and compete under the guidelines and regulations established by the CIF. When a student is on probation they will report to intervention on days prescribed by the Athletic Director. Athletes will be required to complete three (3) hours per week of afterschool intervention. They may attend practice only after they have completed their daily intervention requirement. Intervention periods are during the time frame between grading periods.
     

    2017-2018 Athletic Eligibility Chart

     
     
    When an athlete becomes eligible for probation they must automatically apply for and take a probation period. Athletes do not have the choice as to when they will take their probation. Any athlete who quits his/her sport during a probation period will be deemed to have used their probation period for that school year and will be ineligible to apply for probation for the remainder of the school year.
     
    All athletes that are ineligible and do not qualify for probation will not be allowed to compete during the grading period in which they are declared ineligible. Non-probationary athletes must attend after school intervention in order to remain with and practice with the team.
     
    The athletic administrator will ensure that transfer students are held to the same eligibility standards as students within this District and are consistent with CIF Bylaws. Transfer students will be granted one probationary period per school year.  
     

    Probation / Intervention Eligibility Chart

    GPA

    #F’s

    Eligible

    Probation

    Compete

    Practice

    2.0+

    0

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    2.0+

    1

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    2.0+

    2

    No

    One time

    If on Probation

    w/ intervention

    2.0+

    3

    No

    No

    No

    w/ intervention

    <2.0

    0

    No

    One time

    If on Probation

    w/ intervention

    <2.0

    1

    No

    One time

    If on Probation

    w/ intervention

    <2.0

    2+

    No

    No

    No

    w/ intervention

     
     

    RESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY

     
    A student has residential eligibility upon initial enrollment in the ninth grade of any California Interscholastic Federation high school. A student retains residential eligibility if continuously enrolled in the CIF member high school of initial enrollment, transfers prior to the first day of the sophomore year or changes schools with a valid change in residence as defined in CIF Bylaws. Any ninth grade student who is transferring for a second time, or any tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade student, who transfers without a valid change of residence, will have limited eligibility for one year from the date of transfer. Any evidence of undue influence (recruiting), academic ineligibility at a previous school or disciplinary reasons for a transfer will impact eligibility at the new school.
     
    The only exceptions to this rule will require documentation of a hardship which is defined as an “unforeseeable, unavoidable and uncorrectable act, condition or event which causes the imposition of a
    severe and non-athletic burden upon the student/family.” The section and state CIF will review the documentation for a waiver of this rule.
    A transfer student shall contact the athletic director or administrator in charge of athletics to determine his/her eligibility status and to complete any necessary forms. No athlete shall participate in competition until all forms have cleared.
     
    Any student whose address has been falsified to achieve residential eligibility will be ineligible in all interscholastic athletic competition for a period of one year from the date the infraction is verified.  
     
    If a student and his/her parents move out of the attendance area but the student remains at the school, the student will maintain eligible but should immediately report his/her change of residence to the Attendance Office.  
     

    OUTSIDE COMPETITION

     
    A student on a high school team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an "outside" team, in the same sport, during the student's high school season of sport. In the sport of soccer, it is permissible for a student to compete on an outside team during the season of sport if the high school team plays in the fall or spring.
     
    Any student, who competes on a school team after an infraction of the above rule, becomes immediately ineligible for the number of contests equal to twice the number of contests of outside competition in which the student participated. Games, in which the student participated, after the infraction of the rule, shall be forfeited.
     
    It is permissible for a high school team member to participate in a spontaneous recreational activity or game in which sides or teams are chosen without regard to players representing any group or organization. Such participation would not cause loss of eligibility.
     
    Any athlete qualifying for an Olympic Development Program is required to contact the Athletic Administrator at least 30 days prior to participation.
     
    Each CIF section may grant approval, upon individual petition, for a gifted athlete to travel to a foreign country to participate in international competition sanctioned by the governing body for that sport in the United States.
     
    Any athlete who has any questions about eligibility, or who is considering outside competition, should contact the administrator in charge of athletics before entering into any competition.
     
     
    Important Forms: