Parents and Players,
Every year that my family has been involved with Westwood Lacrosse (this is our fourth) there are questions around how eligibility works, and that is understandable because it isn't clear cut on the surface. So let me take a couple minutes and try to highlight what it means.
First, while Westwood Women's Lacrosse is not a UIL sport we follow the UIL program rules with respect to player eligibility. This is so that we can be as close to UIL as possible and really be a part of the school even though we are a club. In fact in our Central Texas Lacrosse League, all of the public schools follow UIL guidelines for "no pass, no play".
Second, what is expected from the club is inline with what we expect as parents. Grades and academics come first. It wasn't so long ago for me -- at least that's what I tell myself -- that in high school in North Dallas I had to be on top of my courses if I wanted to participate in extra curricular activities. Yes, success on that matter varied. In general the eligibility rules are intended to have the player manage their academics and their relationship with their teachers, to be proactive in their outcomes. Yes, sometimes this means good communication from the student with the teacher to be sure grades are up to date.
Third, the rules are set not to ostracize the player from their activity completely but rather disallow the "good stuff" - the competition, or travel -- until eligibility is regained. It does not prevent them from attending practice or scrimmages that do not result in a specific winner. Now of course there could be occasion where it is essential to miss practice in order to catch-up or focus on the studies, and these instances would be handled with Coach. For reference, here are the UIL guidelines regarding "no pass no play" - scroll down half-way for the section starting "No pass, No play"
RRISD Student Handbook with No Pass, No Play (page 19)
What eligibility means for our Club - A student who is ineligible:
So using the language of our season,to determine if the ineligible student may play:
The dates where eligibility can be gained or lost correspond with the middle and end of the six weeks grading period, PLUS some administrative time. Specifically, here is the calendar for the rest of 2019
In plain language, while the progress check date is January 28th, eligibility gain will not be notified until February 4th.
For those who are taking advanced courses (IB, AP), if you receive below a 70 - but above a 60 - and in one course only - you can appeal the eligibility loss only once per semester, per class.
I hope this has helped to better explain the club's position on UIL eligibility, and to explain some of the mechanics on how it works. If you have any questions, we will certainly do our best to help you!