Eligibility and Participation
In order to be eligible for participation in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities, such as athletics, a student must satisfy any applicable Florida Statutory requirements, and meet and fulfill the eligibility requirements adopted by School Board Policy, which includes, but is not limited to the FHSAA eligibility criteria, and the criteria set forth in Student Code of Conduct.

A student, who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria, and who is not currently suspended from interscholastic or intrascholastic extracurricular activities, or suspended or expelled from school, pursuant to a district school board's suspension or expulsion powers provided in law, including ss. 1006.07, 1006.08, and 1006.09, is eligible to participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities.

School Districts, the FHSAA, and Charter Schools may NOT delay eligibility due to student’s school transfer, if the student changes schools in accordance with controlled open enrollment or choice.

“Eligible to participate” is defined as including participation in try-outs, off-season conditioning and workouts, in-season practices, and contests. It does not mean the student must be placed on a team.

High school students will be “immediately eligible to participate” when first enrolling in school or transferring schools, with certain limiting conditions, set forth below.

  • Mid-season transfers may seek to immediately join an existing team roster, so long as:
    • The designated roster for the sport has not reached maximum size; and
    • The coach determines that the student has the requisite skill and ability to participate.
  • A student may not participate in a sport if that student already participated in the same sport at another school during that same school year, unless the student is a:
    • Dependent child of active-duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders;
    • Child who has been relocated due to foster care placement in a different school zone;
    • Child who moved due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent; or
    • Is otherwise authorized to participate for good cause, as determined by Board policy or charter school policy

A student’s eligibility to participate in any interscholastic or intrascholastic extracurricular activity may not be affected by any alleged recruiting violation until final disposition of the allegation pursuant to s. 1006.20 (2) (b).

Non-member, small private schools (125 students or less) may participate at zoned public school in whatever sport(s) their private school does not offer.

Home Education
An individual home education student, who has fulfilled the eligibility requirements adopted by School Board Policy, as well as those criteria set forth by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1006.15, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such), is eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities at the public school to which the student would be assigned according to School Board attendance area policies or which the student could choose to attend pursuant to the district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment provisions required by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1002.33, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such).

Charter School
An individual charter school student, who has fulfilled the eligibility requirements adopted by School Board Policy, as well as those criteria set forth by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1006.15, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such), is eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities at the public school to which the student would be assigned according to School Board attendance area policies or which the student could choose to attend pursuant to the district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment provisions required by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1002.33, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such).  However, to the extent that such an extracurricular activity is provided by the individual student’s charter school, the student has no rights of eligibility under this provision.

Florida Virtual School
A student of the Florida Virtual School full-time program, who has fulfilled the eligibility requirements adopted by School Board Policy, as well as those criteria set forth by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1006.15, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such), is eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities at the public school to which the student would be assigned according to School Board attendance area policies or which the student could choose to attend pursuant to the district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment provisions required by Florida Law, including, but not limited to Section 1002.33, Florida Statutes (2016) (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such). 

Non-Traditional Students and Non-Enrolled Participants
Non-Traditional Students and Non-Enrolled Participants who participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities for, but who are not enrolled in a public school pursuant Florida Law as set forth in Section 1006.15(3)(c)-(e) and (8), Florida Statutes (or any subsequent law repealing and replacing such), are subject to the District School Board’s Code of Student Conduct for the limited purpose of establishing and maintaining the student’s eligibility to participate in such activities at the school.

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