Does your team require a grade requirement more strict than state/district policy?
Seems like a tough decision for an HC if you ask me. Only require what the state says (in our case, it is 2 failing grades) and look like you don't take academics seriously or run the risk of missing great players on a weekly basis.
I totally understand and agree, if you are failing 2 or more classes, you don't deserve to play...but I am just curious what others out there do.
I have a hard time justifying going beyond district policy.
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We had a policy at one school were a kid had to remain eligible for at least two grading periods in the school year or he would not be allowed to play the following year, it was a strictly a football policy. The object was to keep kids from doing the bare minimum the first grading period to stay eligible for football, and then just nosedive the rest of the year...it was a really good kinda undercover way to get rid of turds we didn't want anyway, if they were good kids that genuinely struggled we would help em out and make sure they would make it, but there were a couple of complete a-holes that we were able to get rid of that way and their parents couldn't say boo about it
When I was coaching in NYC the rule is pass 4 classes and gym. Our school policy was a 75 average and pass all classes. We never lost a kid. Kids will rise and fall to the level of expectations you set and the support you provide.
We hated it when the principal put it in place. But we sold our kids on the fact they shouldn't ever fail. We scheduled more tutorial time into our week. We were very proactive with teachers. The policy was set, so no sense complaining about it.
Last Edit: Oct 3, 2018 10:49:04 GMT -6 by Coach Vint
Our eligibility policy is a point of contention between the coaches and the district Administration. Our policy is more strict than what the State of Kansas requires. We have a grade eligibility check every Monday. If a student has one F, they are placed on the ineligible list. If you are ineligible, you can not practice or play in a game.
The first time a students is on the list, they get a 1 week probation period and can practice and play. The next time they get on the list, they are ineligible and cant practice or play. As soon as a student gets their grade to at least a 60% they are no longer ineligible.
We don't mind holing our athletes to a higher standard, but we really hate the fact our athletes cant even practice.
Post by fkaboneyard on Oct 3, 2018 21:14:55 GMT -6
Our school is a small private school and their policy was stricter than the CIF rules. When our HC came to the school he battled them on it but they held fast. He took the team to the playoffs for the first time in the school's history and people came out of the woodwork to support the team. Then his starting fullback and starting center were deemed ineligible by the school (although they met CIF requirements). It became a big deal and it became clear very quickly that a lot of $$ would dry up if the kids weren't allowed to play. The administration relented in the face of that. It's now whatever CIF rules.
We go by the school rules, I'm not an on-campus coach so I don't feel that I can fight that battle. But... In week 5 I do a mail-merged printing of an academic progress report. It also has a section for social behavior and a 'Contact me' tag. If the player is having issues on that report they keep doing it each week until their issue clears up. The players get these on Monday, due to me the end of practice on Thursday. If I don't get it they get a Pit (a series of 10 unpleasant, tiring activities, running is not punishment).
So we follow the district requirements but I start pinging the kids about halfway through the quarter.
And as an aside - My AD, who teaches the computer classes, does not sign the progress reports. He does not believe that they have value. My AD.
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