Athletic Eligibility

Eligibility can be broken down into the following categories: Scholastic, residential, age requirements, outside participation, clearing process and school athletic code of conduct. Failure to comply with the guidelines and restrictions of any of these areas may result in a student not being allowed to participate in athletics.


To be academically eligible a student must meet two criteria. First they must pass a minimum of four classes equaling 20 units eah semester with a D or better. Only one class of which can be athletics or Physical Education.

Second they must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all work completed as determined by calculating semester grades on a 4.0 grade scale. Upon failing to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 or better, the student shall be placed on probaion the subsequent semester and ineligible if below a 2.0 for two successive semesters.

What can I do if I am declared ineligible after the June semester? Can going to summer school help?

Summer school grades may help fall semester (fall and winter sports) eligibility. If a student finds he/she is academically ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities in the first semester of the school year, the student may request to the Registrar that current summer school grades be added to the grades received in the spring semester and that the current spring semester and summer school grades be used to determine eligibility for the first semester of the upcoming school year.

Grade point average can be improved under the following conditions:

  1. Repeated Courses (must be the same exact titled course). If a student is repeating a course previously taken in the spring semester, the repeat grade replaces the previous and should be averaged along with all of the courses during the spring grading period. In others words, if a student is taking a class during the summer to improve his/her GPA with reference to a class that was taken in the most recent spring semester, the new grade will replace to old and a new GPA will be calculated. If this new GPA is above a 2.0 the student will be declared eligible.
  2. All other courses, except physical education, taken during the summer, which do not meet the criteria in Section 1 above, can be averaged with all grades that were accumulated in June.
  3. Classes that do not have a letter grade are to be eliminated from grade point computation.
  4. Summer school courses failed shall not impair an athlete’s scholastic eligibility achieved in the spring semester.

What if at the end of my first semester I achieved above a 2.0 GPA and passed four classes but in the spring I only passed three classes. How can I get eligible?

If you attend summer school and pass any class that you did not pass in the spring semester, with the exception of physical education, with a D or better you would be eligible but placed on probation. If at the end of the fall semester you again achieve below a 2.0 GPA you would then be ineligible for the spring semester.


All students are residentially eligible, as incoming freshmen, at whatever high school they originally attend. If they never leave that high school they will always be residentially eligible there, regardless of where they move. Keep in mind that most districts will require a student to live in the schools or districts attendance boundaries. Those that do not will be required to get inter-district approval before being admitted.

Student(s)/Parent(s) who knowingly fail to provide complete and accurate information regarding eligibility to participate in athletics shall be declared ineligible to represent their school in any sport for one year following the date of the discovery of the falsified information.

The Huntington Beach Union High School District does participate in the open enrollment process. The open enrollment period for HBUHSD students is limited to the first two working weeks of March each year. Continuing students who wish to change schools and incoming ninth grade students may petition only during this period.

Petitions are to be pick up at the home school in February and return to said school by the prescribed deadline listed on the petition. Students who complete the petition process will be notified of their acceptance to their school(s) of choice some time in April. The acceptance letter will require the student to acknowledge their acceptance of the school of their choice by a prescribed date. Failure to follow this process will result in a student’s request not being accepted.

The are numerous scenarios regarding residential eligibility that involves transfers, guardianship, exchange students, open enrollment or home study that require specific information to allow for a definitive explanation to be given. If you have such a specific question please feel free to contact me on campus at (714) 962-1356 ext. 4275.

Age Requirement

No student whose nineteenth (19th) birthday is attained prior to June 15, shall participate or practice on any team for the following school year. A student whose 19th birthday is on June 14 or before, is eligible.

Outside Participation

A student on a high school team becomes ineligible is the student competes on an “outside” team, in the same sport, during the student’s high school season of sport. If the outside team has half or more of the team members as stated in the National Federation rulebook for that sport, it shall be considered the same sport.

*Examples: three on three basketball – outside team competition prohibited; two on two volleyball – outside team competition permitted. For the purposes of this rule, touch football and flag football are considered to be a different sport than tackle football. In the sport of soccer only, it is permissible for a student on a high school team to compete on an “outside” soccer team except during the period of November 15 through March 15. During this period a student on a high school soccer team becomes ineligible is the student competes in a contest on an “outside” soccer team during the student’s high school season for soccer.

This rule shall not be in effect for those sports conducted outside the state adopted season of sport.

What is the definition of the student’s high school season for soccer in the Southern Section?

A season of sport is defined as that period which begins with a student’s first interscholastic competition (non-league game, tournament contest or league game). For the 2001-2002 soccer season, the date would be November 26, 2001.

Clearing Process

All athletes must complete the following steps to be cleared in each sport that they participate:

  1. EMERGENCY CARDS – Must complete all information on two separate cards. Parent and student must sign and date both cards on both sides.
  2. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION – An athlete must have a physical examination that declares their ability to participate in athletics each year. A physical is good for one calendar year. All athletes must have a valid physical on file to participate in summer camps. A physical must be conducted by an M.D. Chiropractors, Dentists or Physician Assistants are not acceptable.
  3. PURCHASE OF STUDENT BODY CARD – All athletes are encouraged to purchase a Super Charger Card or ASB card to help fund athletics..
  4. TRANSPORTATION FEE – Athletes are encouraged to pay a transportation donation that is determined by the Activities Office for each sport that they participate in.
  5. CONDITIONING FEE – Athletes are encouraged to pay a conditioning donation that is determined by the Athletic Department for each sport that they participate in.
  6. READ & SIGN SCHOOL & CIF CODE OF CONDUCT – These are on the backs of the emergency cards.