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Eligibility Requirements

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The student-athlete must live in the Pioneer High School District with a parent or guardian or be approved by AAPS to attend Pioneer High School. The student-athlete must be living with the parent or guardian with whom the student-athlete was living the previous year.

Enrollment                                                                                                                           All students must be registered in at least six Ann Arbor Public School classes, which assign a grade or are pass/fail.

Academics/Grade Point Average (GPA)
1) Students must meet the following academic standards to BEGIN the sport and be fully eligible:

Fall Sports
Freshmen: Immediately eligible the first semester

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: Must have five (5) passing grades with a 2.0 GPA from all classes taken during the spring semester from the previous school year or summer school. (GPA can be improved through participation in summer school classes.

Winter Sports
Freshmen: Immediately eligible the first semester

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: Must have five (5) passing grades with a 2.0 GPA from all classes taken during the spring semester from the previous school year. (GPA can be improved through participation in summer school classes or through academic performance on the first nine-week grades of the fall semester.)

Spring Sports
All Students: Must have five (5) passing grades with a 2.0 GPA from all classes taken during the first semester of the current school year. (GPA can be improved by academic performance on the first nine-week grades of the second semester.)

** Athletes who have a GPA of 1.35 – 1.99 will be placed on a 3 week Academic Probation 1 time / season.  Athletes may practice and compete while on probation.  After that time, the student-athlete must have a 2.00 GPA or will be ineligible to compete on a week to week basis but may still practice **

** Athletes who have a GPA below 1.35 will be ineligible to compete but may practice on a week to week basis until his/her GPA is above 1.35.  At that time, the student athlete may use academic probation (1.35-1.99) or must have a 2.00GPA or better if probation has already been used.

2) Meet the following academic standards to CONTINUE in the sport and be fully eligible:

To remain eligible until the end of the season, a student-athlete must maintain at least (five) 5 passing grades (D- or better) with an overall 2.0 grade point average when grades are checked at the nine-week marking periods. At each checkpoint, the GPA will be calculated from the start of the semester.

A student who does NOT meet the continuing requirement at the checkpoints will be placed on a 3 week academic probation (1.35 – 1.99) 1 time per season or become ineligible to compete on a week to week basis. 

3) Students who receive special services should contact their caseload teacher for eligibility deviation.

Summer School
• Grades from summer school count towards fall eligibility.
• Classes with the same course number are counted only once, with the second grade being superior.
• Classes with different numbers are counted as an additional class.
• Any student who has an E or a GPA below 2.0 should take summer school classes.
• It is the student and parents’ responsibility to calculate the GPA and register for summer school.

MHSAA Eligibility Requirements 

1. Incoming freshmen that meet MHSAA residency requirements are immediately eligible the first semester.

2. Students who are Wards of the Court are immediately eligible.

3. Students must live in the Pioneer High School District or be approved for attendance at Pioneer by AAPS. New student -athletes must also be living with the parent or guardian with whom the student-athlete was living the previous year.

4. Students who transfer from another school to Pioneer must consult with Eve Claar, athletic director in order to be cleared to participate.

5. Students cannot accept any award (money or merchandise) worth more than $25 as a result of participating in athletics. This includes summer camps.

6. A student who is 19 years of age before September 1 is not eligible.

7. Foreign exchange students must be a part of an approved program and have the proper visa.  An approved list may be found in the counseling or athletic offices.

8. Students must be enrolled in school prior to the fourth Wednesday of first semester or the fourth Wednesday for the start of second semester. Student cannot be eligible in high school more than eight semesters and seventh and eighth semesters must be consecutive. Students are allowed four first and four second semesters of competition and cannot compete if they have graduated from high school. Students must have passed at least four classes the previous semester.

9. Students must be taking at least 6 classes.

10. Student athletes must have on file a physical dated after April 15th of the previous school year. Students may not tryout or practice until the registration process is completed.

11. The use of undue influence by any person directly or indirectly associated with a school to secure or encourage the attendance of a student for athletic purposes, shall cause the student to become ineligible for a minimum of one semester.

12. After practicing with or participating with high school teams, students cannot participate in any athletic competition not sponsored by Pioneer High School, in the same sport during the same season. Ice hockey and individual sports may participate in a maximum of two non-school individual meets or contests during the season, but may not represent Pioneer High School or use Pioneer uniforms/equipment. The exceptions apply from the time the student first participates in a contest or scrimmage.

13. Students cannot compete in any all-star contests or national championships, which MHSAA governs. Participation in all-star competitions causes the student to be ineligible for at least a year.

14. Students may not pose in uniform for advertisement and cannot receive compensation for said advertisement. Students may not sign contracts for playing, or receive free equipment from an outside company.

15. All teams will follow MHSAA rules.

NCAA Eligibility
Any student-athlete planning to enroll in college and participate in Division I or Division II sports must be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will analyze the student-athlete’s academic information and determine if NCAA Initial Eligibility requirements have been met.

To be certified by the Clearinghouse, the student-athlete must:

• Graduate from high school.

• Earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in a core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses:

• English – 4 years

• Math – 2 years (one year algebra and one year geometry)

• Social Science – 2 years

• Natural or Physical Science – 2 year

• Additional Academic Courses – 1 year

• Additional classes in English, math or natural or physical science, and in any of these areas, foreign language, computer science, or comparative religion – 2 years.

• Earn a sum of ACT scores between 66 – 86, depending upon core GPA.

• Earn an SAT score between 820 – 1,010, depending upon core GPA.

• Complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Initial Eligibility form and send it to: NCAA Clearinghouse-Forms Processing PO Box 4043 Iowa City, IA 52243-4043

Requirements change annually please contact the NCAA @ 1 800 638-3731 to discuss NCAA requirements in detail.

Pioneer High School Grade Point Calculation

            AC & AP Courses                                             General Grading Scale

A          =          4.00                                         A+        =          4.00

A-         =          4.00                                         A          =          4.00

B+        =          3.67                                         A-         =          3.67

B          =          3.33                                         B+        =          3.33

B-         =          3.0                                           B          =          3.0

C+        =          2.67                                         B-         =          2.67

C          =          2.33                                         C+        =          2.33

C-         =          2.0                                           C          =          2.0

D+        =          1.67                                         C-         =          1.67

D          =          1.33                                         D+        =          1.33

D-         =          1.0                                           D          =          1.0

E          =          0                                              D-         =          .67

I           =          0                                              E          =          0

U          =          0                                              I           =          0

W         =          0                                              U          =          0

W         =          0

To calculate the grade point average: List each course and the grade earned. Consult the above chart to determine the point value for each grade. Each class at Pioneer is worth 1 credit. If a class is two hours long, it will be worth two of the same grade and double the credit. Next divide the total grade points by the number of credits attempted.

Spanish A=4.0
Geometry B=3.0
Biology C=2.0
Physical Ed. B=3.0
History D=1.0
Typing B+=3.33
6 credits 16.33 Points

Points/credits = GPA
16.33/6 = 2.722 GPA (Player has GPA above 2.0 and is eligible to play.)

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