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THE GUIDELINES ON ELIGIBILITY

Here is a breakdown on what athletes must do academically to become eligible for athletics and to stay that way. Eligibility is determined on a semester basis.

Incoming freshmen

FALL SEMESTER: All are eligible, except those who are administratively placed, a rare situation. Administratively placed students are promoted despite deficient academic records for special reasons such as age.

SPRING SEMESTER: They must earn a 2.0 or better GPA on an unweighted scale in the fall semester.

BEYOND THIS SCHOOL YEAR: If the student's cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0 when semester grades are totaled, he or she is ineligible. To regain eligibility, the student must bring his or her cumulative GPA back to 2.0 or better at the end of a semester.

Sophomores, juniors

FALL, SPRING SEMESTER AND BEYOND: If the student's cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0 when semester grades are totaled, he or she is ineligible. To regain eligibility, the student must bring his or her cumulative GPA back to 2.0 or better at the end of a semester.

Seniors

FALL, SPRING SEMESTER AND BEYOND: Though the 2.0 standard applies to these students, they are "grandfathered in" to a more lenient standard until leaving high school. There no longer is any requirement to earn credit in a specific number of courses. Their eligibility can be determined two ways:

If the student earned a 2.0 unweighted GPA in state-mandated courses since July 1, 1997, he or she is eligible for the following semester.

Otherwise, if the student's cumulative GPA, which must include all course work taken since first entering the ninth grade, is at least 2.0 unweighted, the student is eligible. _ RICK GERSHMAN

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