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Dutchess County Homeschool Sports Team Eligibility

Dutchess County Homeschool Sports Team

Age & Academic Eligibility Requirements

Effective for 2017-18 Sports Season

Maximum age eligibility:

High School Teams: A player must NOT turn 19 before the beginning of the current sports season

Elementary Teams (when applicable): A player must NOT turn 14 before the beginning of the current sports season

Minimum age eligibility:

High School Teams: A player must be 13 by the beginning of the current sports season

Elementary Teams (when applicable) : A player must be 9 by the beginning of the current sports season

Academic eligibility:

An eligible player must be a homeschooled student whose education is managed by his or her parent(s) or legal guardian(s). An eligible player's education may include the use of tutors, video courses, internet courses, dual-credit classes, homeschool co-op, or other non-local high school-level correspondence program.

Academic Ineligibility:

  • A player is ineligible if enrolled in college* full time
  • A player is ineligible if matriculated into a college degree program
  • A player is ineligible if earning more than 11 college credits.
  • A player is ineligible if that player has gone through a homeschool, public school, or private school high school graduation ceremony and/or received a verification letter of completion from their superintendent of schools prior to that season's first game.
  • A player must be passing all courses in order to participate in a game or tournament. In performing the role of administrator for the homeschool, the parent is solely responsible for enforcing this rule.

[*college = online, community/junior, university, trade, etc.]

Players must meet BOTH age eligibility AND academic eligibility.

Dual Eligibility

Dual eligibility is a term used to describe a situation in which an elementary player who is 13yrs old by the beginning of the current sports season is permitted to be on the rosters of both the elementary and high school teams.

How does it work? When a situation comes about as the result of a lack of sufficient high school players to field a full complement team and/or in the situation that a coach knows in advance that there will be a shortage of players for a particular game.

Two examples:

1. An elementary team might have plenty of players but the high school team only has 5 players. Using dual eligibility, elementary players who meet the dual eligibility age requirement may be called up to play on the high school team to help field an effective team.

2. The high school team as enough players to field an effective team but has advanced notice that they will be short players to field a particular game, elementary players who meet the dual eligibility age requirement may be called up to play on the high school team to help field an effective team for that particular game. These players may be asked to attend a high school practice when shortage of players is known in advanced.

[Please note] that the age requirements for each team remain in force and it is not permissible to play players 'down'. That is to say, it is not permitted to play a high school player down on the elementary team if he or she does not meet the age requirements for elementary.

Dual Eligibility needs parental permission.

Academic & Age Exceptions

Exceptions to the academic & age eligibility requirement will be considered on a case-by-case family circumstance and only with the express approval of the DCH Sports Board.

**These policies may be revised and updated when / if an unforeseen or special circumstance arises