I) Eligibility Rules:
MIAA student eligibility requirements for participation in high school athletics are very detailed. MIAA regulations have been condensed here in an attempt to highlight the most important rules and regulations. As with all MIAA rules, there is waiver process. The school principal must initiate a waiver of MIAA rules. If the information below does not answer specific questions, or there is a concern that a waiver might be necessary, please contact the Athletic Office. A complete copy of the MIAA Rules can be found on www.miaa.net.
MIAA Rule 58: Enrollment/Academic Achievement
A student must secure during the last marking period preceding the contest (e.g. second quarter marks and not semester grades determine third quarter eligibility) a passing grade and full credit, in the equivalent of four traditional yearlong major English courses. To be eligible for the fall marking period, students are required to have passed and received full credits for the previous academic year the equivalent of four traditional year long major English courses. A student cannot, at any time, represent a school unless that student is taking courses which would provide Carnegie Units equivalent to four traditional year long major English courses. Academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determined only on the published date when the report cards for that ranking period are to be issued to the parents of all students within a particular class.
MIAA Rule 59: Time Allowed for Participation after First Entering Grade Nine
A student shall be eligible for interscholastic competition for no more than 12 consecutive athletic seasons (i.e. eligible during only four consecutive academic years) after first entering grade 9.
MIAA Rule 60: Age
A student must be less than 19 years of age prior to September 1st of the current school year. For freshmen competition, a student shall be under 16 years of age but may compete during the remainder of the school year provided that the sixteenth birthday occurs on or after September 1 of that year.
MIAA Rule 57: Transfer Students
A student who transfers from any school to an MIAA member high school is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic contest at any level for a period of one year in all sports in which that student participated at the varsity level or its equivalent during the one year period immediately preceding the transfer. “Varsity participation” is defined as any appearance, as a competitor, in a varsity inter-scholastic contest other than a scrimmage. The MIAA executive staff on the basis of the quality of non-school sport program participation will judge the “equivalent”.
MIAA Drug and Alcohol Policy:
From the earliest fall practice date (the 3rd Monday in August), to the conclusion of the academic year or final athletic event (whichever is latest), on and off school grounds, weekdays and weekends, twenty-four hours per day, regardless of the quantity, use or consume, possess, buy/sell or give away any beverage containing alcohol (including products such as NA or near beer); any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes); marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance as defined in the Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 94-C, Sections 1-48). (NOTE: It is not, however, a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his or her doctor.) It should be clearly understood that any gross violation of this rule, e.g., being drunk and/or disorderly, could result in immediate dismissal from the team.
NOTE: Possession of alcoholic beverages on school property will be referred to the Weston Police Department for prosecution for violation of Massachusetts State Statutes (Chapter 272, Sec. 4A). Possession of any controlled substances on school property will result in criminal prosecution for violation of Massachusetts State Laws.
The minimum PENALTIES per M.I.A.A. Rule 62.1 are:
First offense: Suspension from representing the school for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating 25% of a season. Students will be required to attend all practices and team meetings during that time. During this time frame, the student may not represent the school in scrimmages or jamborees.
Second and subsequent offenses: Suspension from representing the school for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating 60% of a season.
Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, and a penalty period will extend into the next academic year. That is, if the violation occurs outside a season of competition or if the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty will carry over to the student's
next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.
POSSESSION OF, USE OF, OR BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WHILE REPRESENTING WESTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT PRACTICES, GAMES, OVERNIGHT ATHLETIC TRIPS, ETC. WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE TEAM.
Full Inclusion Policy
The Weston Public Schools believes in the full inclusion of al students to participate in athletics in regulation with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Coaches will collaborate with the special education faculty and staff in order to determine appropriate and safe participation based on individual needs and skill set of the student.
Loyalty to the High School Team
MIAA Rule 45: Bona Fide Team Member
A bona fide member of the school team is a student who is consistently present for, and who actively participates in, all high school team try-outs, practices and competitions. Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate on a non-school activity/event in any sport recognized by the MIAA. Any student who violates this standard becomes ineligible for the next two contests or two weeks (whichever is greater) and is ineligible for MIAA tournament (s) for that season.
Updated September17, 2014