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MHSAA Eligibility



AGE  A student becomes ineligible for high school must turn 19 yrs. old before Sept. 1 of the current school year. Middle School students must meet the following age limits to compete on Middle School teams: 7th grade team – not 14 years old prior to Sept. 1; 8th grade or 7-8 combined teams – not 15 years old prior to Sept 1.

PHYSICAL EXAM: Athletes must have on file in the athletic office a signed physician’s statement (M.D., D.O., or Physician’s Assistant) for the current school year (after April 15 of previous year) certifying that he/she is physically able to compete in athletic practices and contests prior to the first day of practice or tryouts.

ENROLLMENT Athletes must have enrolled in school prior to the fourth Friday after Labor Day (1st semester) or the fourth Friday of February (2nd semester). A student must be legally enrolled in the school for which he/she competes.

SEMESTERS OF ENROLLMENT Students cannot be eligible in high school athletics for more than eight semesters and the seventh and eighth semesters must be consecutive. Students are allowed four first semesters and four second semesters of competition and cannot compete if they have graduated from high school.

TRANSFER STUDENTS Any student in grade 9-12 who transfers to another high school is not eligible to participate in an interscholastic contest for one full semester unless the student qualifies for immediate eligibility under one or more of the MHSAA exceptions. All transfer students should contact the Robichaud High School Athletic Office for further information.

LIMITED TEAM MEMBERSHIP Robichaud High School student-athletes may only participate in one sport at a time during a season. After practicing with or participating with high school teams, students cannot participate in any athletic competition (including “3 on 3” tournaments, etc.) not sponsored by his or her school in the same sport during the same season. Exceptions include all individual sports which apply the rule from the point of a student’s first participation in a contest or scrimmage rather than practice. Students in individual sports may participate in a maximum of two non-school individual meets or contests during the school season while not representing their school.

AWARDS AND AMATEURISM Students cannot receive money or other valuable considerations for participating in MHSAA sponsored sports or interscholastic athletic contest, except as allowed by the MHSAA Handbook. Questions regarding all-star competitions, summer teams or camps should be addressed to the Athletic Director. Students may only accept a symbolic or merchandise award which does not have a value over $15.00 (including any Monies raised through fund raising). Awards in the form of cash, merchandise, certificates, or any other negotiable document are never allowed. Banquets, luncheons, dinners, trips and admissions are permitted if accepted “in kind”, but should be confirmed to be legal through the athletic office or MHSAA.


  • The MHSAA requires that student athletes pass 66% of their classes from the previous semester.
  • The RHS eligibility adopted by the Board of Education requires that a student earn a minimum of a 1.8 G.P.A. grade point average on a 4.0 scale and not failing a core course. Grades are checked every week with a progress report. Any student athlete that falls below a 1.8 G.P.A. and/or is failing a core course is academically ineligible. This will be monitored by the Athletic Department.
  • At the beginning of the season if a student athlete is below a 1.8 GPA or failing a core course for the previous semester they are ineligible for 20% of their current athletic contests.

Any student that falls below the 1.8 GPA and/or failing a core course during the season will be subjected to the following policies. 

Beginning of the year student athletes below 1.8 GPA and/or failing core course policies:

  • Student athlete will miss 20% of the beginning of their sport season.
  • Students will have to provide a weekly progress report to the Athletic Director that has been signed by all current teachers with a grade on Thursdays.
  • If a student athlete does not provide the progress report on assigned date or does not provide all signatures, they will be dismissed from team for the entire season.
  • When progress reports or semester grades come out, if student athlete is below the 1.8 GPA and/or failing a core course, they student athlete is dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season.

Middle School students must have 2.0 G.P.A. in all classes in order to participate in athletics. Failure to do so will result in a loss of eligibility for the next full semester.

Students must be doing passing work for the present semester in five academic classes (MS must be passing all classes) up to within seven days of the contest.. Failure to do so will result in loss of eligibility for the next full week. Academic progress will be monitored by the Athletic Director and coach on a weekly basis through teacher reports. Student-athletes will be notified of any “borderline” or “failure” in a class is reported and instructors will attempt to notify parents of a “failing” status.


Once the season begins student-athletes must maintain a total 1.8 GPA and pass ALL of her/his core classes (Math, Science, English, Social Studies) to remain academically eligible. This includes a foreign language.

A student-athlete must attend a full day of scheduled classes in order to participate in an athletic practice or contest on that day, unless the absence is “school related” or due to a verified medical appointment. A signed slip from the doctor’s or dentist’s office must be submitted to the attendance office or coach prior to being allowed to participate on that day. All exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, or Principal. Violations of this policy that are identified after the day in question will have penalties applied once the violations is verified.

Athletic participation involves the potential for injury and requires that student-athletes observe the training rules and equipment requirements. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to report any injury or unusual discomfort to the coach immediately. Parents will be notified when a significant injury occurs and should relay any pertinent medical information to the coaching staff. A school trainer is available at designated times for minor evaluations and referrals.

All student-athletes must ride the school bus to and from contests. In emergency or special situations, approval must be obtained a day in advance of the contest from the Athletic Director or Assistant Principal.

All student-athletes are responsible for all athletic equipment issued to them. All unreturned or damaged items must be paid for by the student-athlete before he is allowed to participate in another sport. Fines will be assessed and billed to the parents, and fines will be maintained in the student’s permanent record.