BONA FIDE STUDENT
Student must be counted on the daily attendance records at your school. He/she is considered a student at your school after attending one class.
Student must attend class during the first 11 school days of the first semester or he/she will be ineligible for the first 30 school days.
Student cannot become 19 years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year.
PROOF OF AGE
Student must provide legal proof of age, which meets the provisions of the LHSAA Handbook, to the school administrator to be kept of file.
Once a student enters the ninth grade, he/she has eight consecutive semesters to play athletics. (Exception: "Hold Back Repeat Student" – See Rule 1.31 of the LHSAA Handbook)
RESIDENCE AND TRANSFER
If student attends a school outside of his/her "Home Attendance Zone," he/she is automatically ineligible for one year unless he/she meets the provisions of the Residence and Transfer Rule.
If student has been recruited to your school for athletic purposes, the student will remain ineligible as long as he/she attends your school.
Student cannot play high school athletics if he/she loses amateur status
In certain sports student cannot play on a school team and an independent team during the same sport season.
Student must pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner that is in collaboration with a licensed physician, or a licensed physician’s assistant under the supervision of a licensed physician and complete an LHSAA medical history evaluation form or the Louisiana School Entrance and General Health Exam Form prior to participating. (See Rule: 1.8 of the LHSAA Handbook). This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.
ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORM
A school is required to complete and sign this form every year that a student participates in LHSAA athletics at the school. This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE/MISUSE CONTRACT
A school shall only be required to complete and sign this form the first time a student participates in LHSAA athletics at the school. This form must be kept on file with the school and is subject to inspection by the LHSAA Rules Compliance Team.
SUSPENDED AND INELIGIBLE STUDENTS
Suspended and ineligible students cannot participate in any interscholastic contest on any team at any school at any level until he/she presents written clearance from the school he/she has been suspended/expelled.
NOTE: All official requests for eligibility rulings must be in writing.
If a school has concerns about whether a student-athlete is eligible at his/her school, it can request an official written ruling from the Executive Director by submitting a letter detailing the student-athlete's situation, the school's principal must complete and submit an Eligibility Ruling Request form through the LHSAA Members' Only website; any applicable documentation requested on the Ruling Request form must then be faxed or emailed to the LHSAA office. From this, the Executive Director will issue a written ruling on the status of the student-athlete's eligibility. Under LHSAA rules:
If a student-athlete is found ineligible under the LHSAA's basic eligibility requirements, in certain circumstances, an LHSAA principal can request that a hardship be consider in the student-athlete's situation. By LHSAA rules, a hardship condition only exists if the condition that caused the student-athlete not to meet the basic eligibility requirements is involuntary, unforeseen, uncorrectable, and creates a unique situation concerning the student-athlete's educational, emotional, or physical status that is beyond the control of the school, the school system, the student and/or his/her parents or guardian.
The proper protocol to follow if a school wishes to pursue a hardship in a student-athlete's situation is as follows: