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UIL Eligibility Guidelines

From the Club President

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"

https://www.uiltexas.org/academics/resources/eligibility

 

RRISD Student Handbook with No Pass, No Play (page 19)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_Y0f6SUnConaFhtbUk4OTgwWHM

 

What eligibility means for our Club - A student who is ineligible:

  • may practice with the team
  • may not participate in the season's games while ineligible. They may attend, but cannot sit with the team or be dressed in uniform.
  • may participate in scrimmages
  • may not participate in tournaments with a champion.

 

So using the language of our season,to determine if the ineligible student may play:

  • Scheduled games:  No
  • Aggieland:  No (tournament champion)
  • TuneUp:  Yes (this is a scrimmage, with no champion)

 

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

  1. DECEMBER 19         END OF 6 WEEKS GRADING PERIOD
  2. JANUARY 15            ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN OR LOSE
  3. JANUARY 28            IPR GRADE CHECK DATE
  4. FEBRUARY 4             ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN ONLY
  5. FEBRUARY 15          END OF 6 WEEKS GRADING PERIOD
  6. FEBRUARY 22          ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN OR LOSE
  7. MARCH 8                  IPR GRADE CHECK DATE
  8. MARCH 15               ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN ONLY
  9. APRIL 5                      END OF 6 WEEKS GRADING PERIOD
  10. APRIL 12                   ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN OR LOSE
  11. APRIL 26                   IPR GRADE CHECK DATE
  12. MAY 3                        ELIGIBILITY CHECK GAIN  ONLY

source link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yCQcrUJExjKuyfGALSFOOuDnqHv_1KiB-9nW6tAzMr0

 

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!

 

Best Regards,

Lee Wiesehuegel

WWLAX President