Students participating in interscholastic sports and cheerleading are subject to all Ohio High School Athletic Association policies regarding eligibility. Full details on OHSAA's eligibility requirements can be found at https://www.ohsaa.org/Eligibility.
In addition, South-Western City School District requires all students participating in interscholastic sports and cheerleading to follow additional eligibility requirements. The full Board of Education Policy 2431 provides all requirements, which include the following in regards to academic eligibility:
- In addition to the foregoing OHSAA academic eligibility standards, to be eligible for the first grading period of each academic year, the student must have attained the minimum marking period average of the preceding grade level during the last marking period of the preceding year. Starting with the second grading period of each year, they must attain the minimum marking period average for their grade level to retain eligibility. Students in grade 9 must have a minimum marking period average of 1.6, students in grade 10 must have a minimum marking period average of 1.8, and students in grades 11 and 12 must have a minimum marking period average of 2.0.
- There is a one-time probationary period for freshmen and sophomores, and a one-time probationary period for juniors and seniors to use to maintain their athletic eligibility should they fall below the minimum marking period average for their grade level. These probationary periods are not cumulative in nature. Students must still be eligible for participation according to OHSAA guidelines. The probationary period corresponds to the period of ineligibility for the OHSAA. To be eligible for the next grading period, the student must attain the minimum marking period average for his/her grade level.
- All high school students participating in sports and cheerleading are subject to these rules and regulations. There are no exemptions for students in special classes.
Students who have specific questions regarding athletic eligibility should contact Dr. Kris Sander, Athletic Director.