Exceptions to the requirements for a student who has not been available to participate in at least 30% of the school’s varsity interschool contests would be considered if an individual was unable to participate because of illness, injury, transfer from another high school, or if weather conditions forced a cancellation of scheduled contests. School, team, or game suspensions, regardless of the underlying cause, shall not be considered as exceptions to this participation rule.
When determining whether a student has been available for 30% of the school’s varsity interschool contests, one would divide the number of varsity interschool contests for which the student was available by the school’s total number of varsity interschool contests; all decimals .1 or above would be rounded up to the next higher whole number.
The term “available to participate” means that the student was a bona fide member of the team, eligible to participate for the school at some level of competition in the sport, not suspended from participation in activities for violation of school, team, or NSAA rules, and not involved in outside participation activities (exception: Olympic Development Program or national team activities as approved by NSAA.)
For situations pertaining to eligibility to participate in district or state contests that are not specifically addressed by these guidelines, the Executive Director shall have the authority to waive membership and participation requirements on a case-by-case basis.
The Executive Director is granted the authority to require schools to alter travel plans to arrive the day prior to the scheduled state contest if weather conditions so warrant. If a school chooses not to travel to the contest site the day prior to the scheduled contest, the school shall understand that the games will go on as scheduled and if they are unable to arrive prior to the scheduled game time, a forfeit will be issued.
NSAA ATHLETIC BYLAWS – 3.5 – PARTICIPATION ON NON-HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS AND IN NON-HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
3.5.1 Any student who participates in any athletic contest other than as a representative of his/her high school during the season of the sport involved becomes ineligible to represent his/her school in that sport for one or more contests or the remainder of the season.
APPROVED RULINGS AND INTERPRETATIONS FOR 3.5.1 Eligibility for District/State Competition. To be eligible to participate in a district and/or state contest, a student shall have been a member of the school’s team