Meridian 7th-12th grade students and their parents can use the information and tools on this page to help obtain and maintain eligibility for Meridian Athletics. If after reviewing this page you have questions about your eligibility, please email Meridianemail@example.com.
General Eligibility Based on Enrollment, Grade, and Gender
Establishing & Maintaining Eligiibility
There are four considertions for establishing and maintaining eligibility in Meridian Athletics:
Please see the Parent/Student Handbook for school policies. Students responsible for an offense or offenses that resulted in two or more days of suspension while enrolled at Meridian School could be removed from the sport's roster and could have all Athletics-related privileges revoked, including but not limited to the right to participate in a team's, sport's or Athletic Department's recognition ceremonies, socials and traditions, such as the opportunity to letter. Enforcement will be at the discretion of Meridian Administration who will inform Meridian Athletics of necessary implications. Disciplinary offenses that would result in mandatory removal to an alternative placement under TEC Section 37.006 (in a traditional public school) will automatically result in suspension from all Meridian extracurricular activities for a period ranging from one month to the remainder of the school year.
A valid physical form must be on file with the Athletics Department by the sport's physical form deadline. (See your sport's general information webpage for this date.) Students cannot participate in any way while not physically eligible. This includes practices, clinics and tryouts. A scanned copy in PDF format should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already have a physical form on file from participating in another sport or another season, you may check the status of your physical form by going here. Only one physical form per student athlete is needed for participation in any of the Meridian Athletics offerings. The physical form must be valid through the sport's entire season. If a physical expires during the sport's season, the student athlete is responsible for providing an updated physical form before it expires and allowing two school days for the Athletics Department to process it.
Physical Eligibility Status: Check the status and expiration date of your physical form here.
Blank Physical Form: Find a blank physical form to complete here.
Tips for Submitting a Valid Physical Form: In order for a physical form to be approved by the Athletics Department, all of the following must be true:
Physical forms are valid for one year from the physician's examination date.
Per state law and Meridian school rules, any students who fail or receive an incomplete in at least one class for the quarter are ineligible to compete or perform in extracurricular activities (athletics, theater, Model UN, etc.). Ineligibility starts at the end of school (4:05 pm) five school days after the start of the new quarter. The reason for this one week “waiting period” prior to ineligibility is to give teachers a chance to catch any errors that might have occurred in grading or grade entry, and to give students with an incomplete a chance to clear it. Additionally, if there is a summative assessment that is still eligible for retest (still within the retest window), the retest may be completed during this 5 day waiting period. If errors are corrected or incompletes cleared prior to the end of school that Friday of the first week of the new quarter, then the student is eligible to compete. If not, then they are ineligible until at least the four week progress report period.
At the end of the 4 week progress report period, a student who is passing all classes on their progress report (and has no unresolved incompletes from the previous quarter) regains eligibility to compete and perform. Like with the end of the quarter, however, there is a one week (five school day) “waiting period” before eligibility is regained. Note that failing grades on a progress report cannot cause a previously eligible student to lose eligibility. Under “no-pass-no-play,” progress reports only will result in a student regaining eligibility, not losing it.
Though semester grades are ultimately what counts for a student receiving credit for a high school credit course, they do not count towards “no pass no play”. Only quarter grades and 4 week progress reports affect “no pass no play” eligibility to compete / perform.
DP Exception - Diploma Programme students who have failed ONLY one “IB” class may request an Academic Eligibility Waiver. Find the waiver here. The DP Academic Eligibility Waiver must be completed by the student and signed by the teacher of the DP class the student is failing as well as the principal prior to date and time by which eligibility would be lost.
Note: Students may compete over the summer or extended (week or more) breaks regardless of eligibility status, and a failing grade the previous year does not affect eligibility in the subsequent year.
Your Meridian School financial accounts must be in good standing to be considered for tryouts and participation. Log in to your MySchoolBucks account to check for outstanding invoices before registering for a sport. Check your MySchoolBucks account throughout your sport's season to ensure your Meridian School financial accounts are and remain in good standing.
To maintain financial eligibility throughout your sport's season, the students' financial accounts with the school must stay in good standing. Once an invoice or fees become 10 days past due, the student could lose eligibility in all extracurricular activities and events until the past due fees/invoices are resolved. In the case of lost financial eligibility during your sport's season, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to email the Athletics Department as soon as the past due fees have been paid to expedite restored financial eligibility status for the student athlete.
Dauphine Pauloo, Business Office: email@example.com
Robyn Tester, Athletics Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those students on a Payment Plan for their sport's Participation Fee, their Payment Plan must be paid according to the terms and schedule outlined in the agreement in order to maintain financial eligibility.
Financial assistance is available to those who need it. Please email email@example.com while registering for your sport to inquire about financial assistance.
For additional questions about eligibility for Meridian Athletics, please email Meridianfirstname.lastname@example.org.