High schools shall be members of the Virginia High School League and shall abide by its rules and regulations. In addition to Virginia High School League eligibility requirements, a student who participates in interscholastic competition, practices, or travel must pass three of four subjects and have a 2.00 grade point average in the semester preceding participation, or maintain a 2.00 or better cumulative grade point average. Interscholastic activities approved by the school board shall be available for participation by high school students. Participation in interscholastic activities such as forensics, dramatics, literary competition, and other Virginia High School League is encouraged.
Transportation to and from Virginia High School League activities may be provided by school bus, provided proper arrangements are made and approved by the principal and the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee.
Eighth graders entering the eighth grade for their first semester are automatically eligible for junior varsity athletic activities only. They must be enrolled in four core courses, i.e., math, language arts, science, social studies and at least one exploratory course. To remain eligible for the second semester the student must pass three of four core courses and have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or better.
All eligible students must also comply with the attendance policy and be in good standing thus meeting the bona fide student rule of the VHSL. Any student who is under penalty of suspension or pending disciplinary action, or is under any criminal charges or pending charges is not considered in good standing. A student charged with a felony criminal offense, will be suspended from athletic or any VHSL activities until final court disposition. Once the final disposition has been rendered on the charge(s), the incident will be reviewed by the principal and athletic director. A student convicted of a felony offense, will be immediately suspended from all athletic participation for a minimum of one calendar year. After the calendar year suspension has been served, the student or his/her parent may petition the principal or athletic director for future consideration in extra-curricular activities. The student must inform his/her principal of any criminal charges against them as soon as practicable, but no later than the student’s next practice/game in any athletic activity. Failure to inform the principal of the criminal charges will result in immediate dismissal from any athletic activity for a minimum of one calendar year. Based on the nature of the criminal offense or disciplinary action, principals have the authority to sanction a member of their school’s athletic teams through loss of playing time, temporary removal from participation in practice(s) and or game(s) for a designated period of time, including complete removal from the team.
You can find additional information pertaining to Virginia High School League rules and regulations at https://www.vhsl.org/parents-and-students/