Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. Athletic Eligibility
A Basic Guide for Schools, Students and Parents
Your high school years will provide some of the most memorable and
enjoyable moments you will ever experience. Competition in interschool athletics is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will influence you forever. Your participation
in high school athletics is dependent on your eligibility. Keep that eligibility. Read the following summary of Indiana High School Athletic Association rules which govern your participation. Review the rules with your parents/guardians. Ask questions of
your principal, athletic director/s and coaches.
The value of participating in athletics has been well documented. Participants earn better
grades, have better attendance and have a greater chance for success in later life than non-participants. Students must meet certain standards in order to maintain the privileges
of competition. Review the following rules with your son or daughter. Your role in
stressing and supporting the value of following these rules cannot be emphasized enough.
From the IHSAA:
The Indiana High School Athletic Association has been the governing body of high school athletics in our state since 1903. Your school is a voluntary member of the IHSAA and has agreed to follow its rules. Both your school and the IHSAA believe in equal competition among schools and the close relationship between academics and athletics.
The IHSAA rules listed in this brochure are only a summary of some of the regulations affecting student eligibility. All rules are found in the IHSAA By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation. Your principal and athletic director/s have copies and an on-line version also is located at www.ihsaa.org
You are eligible if:
1. Age- You do not turn 20 years old prior to or on the scheduled
date of the IHSAA State Finals tournament in a sport.
2. Amateurism- You have not played under an assumed name. You have not accepted money or merchandise direct ly or indirectly from athletic participation. You have not signed a professional contract in that sport.
3. Awards and Gifts- You have not received in recognition for your athletic ability an
y award that is not approved by your high school principal or the IHSAA. You have not used or accepted merchandise as an award, prize, gift or loan or purchase such for a token sum. You have not accepted awards, medals, recognitions, gifts
and honors from colleges/universities or their alumni.
4. Conduct and Character- You have not conducted yourself in or out of school in
a way which reflects discredit on your school or the IHSAA. You have not created a disruptive influence on the discipline, good order, moral and educational environment in your school.
5. Consent and Release Certificate- You have the completed certificate (physica
l form) on file with your principal each school year, between April 1 and your first
6. Enrollment- You enrolled in a school during the first 15 days of a semester.
You have not been enrolled more than four consecutive years, or the equivalent (e.g 8 semesters or 12 tri-mesters, etc.), beginning with grade 9. You have not represented a high school in a sport for more than four years.