Athletic Eligibility Information

The Derry Area School District and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association require that student-athletes meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for athletic participation.

  1. Age. A student shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition upon attaining the age of nineteen years, with the following exception: If the age of 19 is attained on or after July 1, the student is eligible, age-wise, to compete through that school year. (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article 1, Section I, p.11)
  2. Amateur Status. To be eligible to participate in an Inter-School Practice, Scrimmage, and/or Contest, a student must be an amateur in the sport involved. An amateur student is one who engages in athletic competition solely for the educational, physical, mental, social, and pleasure benefits derived thereof and does not receive monetary or similar or equivalent compensation or remuneration for such participation. (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article II, Section 1, p.12)
  3. Attendance. To be eligible to participate in an Inter-School Practice, Scrimmage, or Contest, a student must be regularly enrolled in a secondary school and in full-time attendance, or be homeschooled.  (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article III, Section 1, p.13)
    1. Fifteen days or more of enrollment in a semester in any secondary school counts as one semester of attendance. Enrollment at summer school does not count as a semester or part of a semester.  (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article III, Section 2, p.13)
    2. A student who has been absent from school during a semester for a total of twenty (20) or more school days, is ineligible to participate in an Inter-School Practice, Scrimmage, or Contest until the student has been in attendance for a total of forty-five (45) school days following the student’s twentieth (20th) day of absence.  (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article III, Section 3, p.13)
  4. Period of Participation. A student may not represent the student’s school in interscholastic athletics if the student has: A. Reached the end of the student’s fourth consecutive year (8th consecutive semester or the equivalent) beyond the 8th grade year, without regard to the student’s period of attendance; B. Participated in six seasons beyond the sixth grade or four seasons beyond the eighth grade in any sport; or C. Completed the work of grades nine, ten, eleven and twelve, inclusive. (PIAA Handbook, Constitution, Article VIII, Period of Participation, Section 1, p.23)
  5. Curriculum. To be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition, a student must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the Principal as a full-time curriculum. Where required, this curriculum or its equivalent must be approved by, and conform to, the regulations of the State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania School Code, as well as any local policies established by the local School Board.
    1. The student must be passing at least four full-credit subjects or the equivalent.
    2. Eligibility is cumulative from the beginning of a grading period,  must be reported on a weekly basis, and must be filed in the Principal’s office. 
      1. At Derry Area, students cannot be failing more than one-full credit class, otherwise, they are deemed ineligible for a period of one week.
    3. Where a student’s cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period does not as of any Friday meet the standards provided for in this Section, the student is ineligible from the immediately following Sunday through the Saturday immediately following the next Friday as of which the student’s cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period meets the standards provided for in this Section. Where a school is closed on a Friday for any reason, the Principal may, at the Principal’s election, determine whether the student as of that day meets the standards provided for in this Section