Sports: HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS – ABLE TO COMPETE OR NOT?

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Katherine:  We transferred to a new school in a different state. My child made a sports team. We were told recently that my child can not compete in this high school sport due to not having the credits from our former school. (how is special ed compared to gen ed in regards to sports and measuring by “credits”)) Is this fair?

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Morning

It all depends on the state, athletic academic rules, etc. You can always talk to the athletic director and ask for more clarification and if the director understands special education and class substitutions, etc. Also, work with the guidance counselor to see if this can get resolved. Look into travel sports teams and leagues in your area. Many parents I know go that route.

Katherine

We were told to get a letter from our former schools athletic director to say he was cleared to do sports at that school.( He played a high school sport there) Nobody will respond and its been 3 weeks?
Now the season for our sport is almost over. Doesn’t seem quite fair. Is my child the only one they are checking records on?

Morning

The sport season may be almost over but there are a variety of teams (travel, local, recreational) outside the school district that will suffice until this is resolved. You always have other options when it comes to sports, etc. High school sports are not the only way to go. One of my kids participated in town teams before moving on to participate in high school varsity sports. Inner cities have police leagues that work with kids on many sports and rec activities. Don’t focus on the high school if they are not responding. More, there are other types of sports to explore year round at athletic complexes in larger cities and other offerings in smaller towns. Don’t let the district dictate his involvement. Find other avenues for involvement.

Katherine

Thank you for the advice. I would like to know the rule though. High school sports are based on credits and GPA. My child has the GPA but not the gen ed “credits” (due to being in special needs classes). How do special ed classes measure up to credits? There has to be a guideline unless we are the first to have this issue. Does anyone have an example of this or know the answer?