Alternative or Special School Students

In order to be eligible to participate in athletics an alternative or special school student must submit the following documentation prior to the first day of participation in the sport they want to participate as well as meet the listed eligibility criteria.

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From the FHSAA handbook  Students in Alternative or Special Schools. A student who attends an alternative school or other special school operated by a school district, which is not a member of the FHSAA, and does not sponsor an interscholastic athletic program may participate at:

(a) The student’s home zoned public school; or

(b) The public school the student could choose to attend according to the controlled open enrollment provisions pursuant to § 1002.31, F.S.

(c) A charter/lab school that will accept the student for participation.  Alternative or Special School Student Requirements. To participate in interscholastic athletics, an alternative or special school:

(a) Must be reported by the district superintendent or district athletic director as a school qualified to allow students to participate under this bylaw; and

(b) The student must register his/her intent to participate in interscholastic athletics as a representative of the school before participation; and

(c) The student must meet all other FHSAA eligibility requirements.

16.6  Non-Traditional Student Participation at Member Schools  Special/Alternative School Students. The student must attend an alternative school, or a special school operated by a school district identified by the Superintendent and does not offer an interscholastic athletic program.

16.6.2  Requirements for Participation. A Non-Traditional student is eligible to participate provided:

(a) the student meets the same residency requirements as other students in the school at which he/ she participates or as pursuant to § 1002.31, F.S.; and

(b) the student meets the same standards of acceptance, behavior and performance as required of other students in extracurricular activities; and

(c) the student registers with the school his/her intent to participate in interscholastic athletic competition as a representative of the school before participation (note, for the purposes of registering intent ONLY, the beginning of the sport season shall be the first day the student participates in the sport); and

(d) the student complies with all FHSAA regulations, including eligibility requirements regarding age and limits of eligibility, and local school regulations during the time of participation; and

(e) the student must not have been recruited to participate for the member school for athletic reasons by any individual or agency, whether or not associated with the school’s athletic interest, or selected or placed in the school on any basis related to his/her athletic interests or abilities, and as outlined in Policy 36. The student must complete and submit a GA4 Form with the school before the student added to a roster and allowed to participate in an interscholastic contest; and

(f) the student provides proof of basic medical insurance coverage and both independently secured catastrophic insurance coverage and liability insurance coverage which names the FHSAA as an insured party in the event the school’s insurance provider does not extend coverage to such students; and

(g) the student provides his/her own transportation to and from the school; and

(h) the student provides to school authorities all required forms and provisions.

16.7  Registration of Non-Traditional Students

16.7.1  Non-Traditional Student Defined. Non-traditional Students are students that are not enrolled in and physical attend the school at which they participate, including, but not limited to; Home Education Students as per Bylaw, Charter School Students as per Bylaw, Special School Students as per Bylaw, Non-Member Private School Students as per Bylaw and Florida Virtual School-Full Time Public Program Students (FLVS-FT) as per Bylaw

16.7.2  Student Registration Process. The student must register with the school by completing and submitting the EL2, EL3, GA4, EL7 (if applicable, including the EL7V), EL12 (if applicable, including the EL12V) and EL14 (if applicable).   Returning Non-Traditional Students. A student who has previously registered intent for a sport or sports by submitting a GA4 and an EL7 (if applicable) or EL12 (if applicable) and an EL14 (if applicable) to participate for a member school and is going to continue to participate for that school in the sport or sports in which he/she originally registered intent need only submit the EL2 and EL3 forms, as well as an official transcript or grade report, whichever is applicable, for subsequent school years.