NJSIAA ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

The New Jersey State Athletic Association has adopted the following regulations concerning a student-athlete’s eligibility for participation for high school athletics. These eligibility rules apply to all freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity teams.

AGE – A student is considered ELIGIBLE if he or she has not reached the age of 19 before September 1st. For freshman teams, a student is considered ELIGIBLE if he or she has not reached the age of 16 before September 1st.

CREDIT HOURS – A student is considered ELIGIBLE for a fall or winter sport if he or she has passed 30 credits during the immediately preceding academic year. This rule does not apply to freshmen. A student is considered ELIGIBLE for a spring sport if he or she has passed 15 credits at the close of the preceding semester.

EIGHT SEMESTER RULE – A student is ELIGIBLE for a total of eight semesters from the time he or she first enters 9th grade. A student is NOT ELIGIBLE after the class in which he or she originally enrolled graduates.
Last Modified on February 24, 2014
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