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Eligibility

Information for Incoming 9th Grade Students and Transfer Students
Click here for an important message on eligibility from the FHSAA for students planning to play sports in high school. Complete eligibility regulations are contained in Article 9 of the FHSAA Bylaws in the FHSAA Handbook, which is available for download at FHSAA.org.
Participation Form
Participation forms must be picked up at the front office.

Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Eligibility Policy
Bishop Kenny High School is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and follows established rules.

To be eligible to represent Bishop Kenny High School in interscholastic athletics, you:

  1. Must be regularly enrolled and in regular attendance at Bishop Kenny High School.
  2. Must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 unweighted scale.   
  3. Must not have graduated from any high school or its equivalent. 
  4. Are eligible to participate at the school in which you first enroll, or at which you first take part in an official FHSAA athletic practice, at the beginning of the school year. 
  5. May transfer to another high school and retain eligibility provided you meet the district school board’s transfer policies or qualify under other FHSAA transfer regulations. 
  6. Must not have enrolled in the ninth grade for the first time more than four years ago.
  7. Student must not turn 19 before September 1, otherwise the student becomes ineligible to participate (FHSAA Bylaw 9.6)
  8. Must not participate on a non-school team (i.e., AAU, American Legion, club setting, etc.) which is affiliated with a school or has previous contact with a representative of a school other than the one the student attends, or has attended, and then attend that school, otherwise the student may be ineligible there for one year.
  9. Must not transfer to a school that the student's coach has relocated to within a year, otherwise the student may be ineligible there for one year.
  10. Must be an amateur.  This means you must not accept money, gift or donation for participating in a sport. 
  11. Must display good sportsmanship and follow the rules of competition before, during and after every contest in which you participate. If not, you may be barred from participation for a period of time.  
  12. Must not provide false information to your school or the FHSAA to gain eligibility. 
  13. Falsifying documentation, accepting an impermissible benefit or talking to a coach about playing at his/her school before you begin attending that school is a violation and could result in:
    1. You being ineligible for a year.
    2. The coach may be fined and suspended.
    3. The school may face penalties including fines and exclusion from playoffs.
  14. Must complete a pre-participation physical evaluation form and be certified as being physically fit for participation, have consent to participate by completing the consent and release liability certificate and sign the concussion and heat related illness release form prior to participating in interscholastic athletics.  The physical evaluation must be dated after May 22, 2015 and is valid through the end of the school year, after which time a student must successfully undergo another physical evaluation to continue participation.
  15. Must not participate in an all-star contest in a sport prior to completing high school eligibility in that sport. 
  16. Foreign exchange and international students must be approved by the FHSAA office prior to any participation.
  17. Must not be guilty of gross unsportsmanlike conduct or exhibit behavior that is unacceptable to the principal or the FHSAA, both of which carry a six-week suspension from participation; IF EJECTED FROM A CONTEST FOR A FLAGRANT FOUL OR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT, THE ATHLETE CANNOT PARTICIPATE FOR 7 DAYS.
  18. May not dress for a contest, sit on the team bench, stand in the team box, or be on the field or play if deemed not eligible to participate.

As long as a student maintains a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, the student will be academically eligible for participation. Additionally, FHSAA regulations state that if a student in the 9th or 10th grades falls below the 2.0 cumulative grade point average requirement, the student will be allowed to participate on a semester-by-semester basis if the student a)earns a 2.0 GPA on courses taken in the previous semester alone; b)signs an academic performance contract with the school, and c)attends summer school. Once however, the student enters the 11th grade, he/she must have, and maintain from that point forward, the 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for participation.