ATHLETIC & CO-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY:
The Board of Education recognizes that the primary responsibility of the school system is to educate all students to the maximum levels possible. Although the academic program has first priority, student activities are an important part of the total learning experience. The Board of Education, therefore, has an obligation to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a full range of activities, while ensuring that the student's academic progress is sufficient to support this participation.Any student who wishes to compete in interscholastic sports must meet the minimum credit requirements established by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the HCRHS Board of Education. Eligibility for activities will be determined on a semester-by-semester basis. All incoming freshmen are automatically eligible to participate in athletics. Currently enrolled students at HCRHS must have accumulated 30 credits at the end of the previous school year to be eligible for a fall or winter sport. For Spring eligibility, all students must be passing the equivalent of 15 credits at the end of the first semester. A mid-year report will be generated at the end of semester 1 to determine eligibility. Students can schedule a minimum of 30 credits; however, counselors encourage any student who wants to participate in athletics to schedule 40 credits. Students should check with counselors if they have any questions about eligibility.
PARTICIPATION IN COLLEGE ATHLETICS:
College-bound athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school are required to register at the beginning of their sophomore year with the NCAA Eligibility Center at: http://eligibilitycenter.org. Registering will ensure that students have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. The NCAA requires that athletes complete sixteen (16) core courses prior to graduation from high school. For Division I, ten (10) core courses must be completed before the seventh semester; seven (7) of the 10 must be in English, math or natural/physical science.These courses/grades are "locked in" at start of the seventh semester (cannot be repeated for grade-point average [GPA] improvement to meet initial-eligibility requirements for competition). Counselors can help determine whether or not initial eligibility standards apply.For more information on course, GPA, and testing requirements please refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide. Meeting minimum NCAA eligibility requirements will not guarantee admission into the college of choice. It is recommended that coaches and parents work with Counseling Services on strategies for college admission.