Athlete Eligibility: A student 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 Florida Statutes 1006.07, 1006.08, and 1006.09, is immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities. A student may not participate in a sport if the student participated in that same sport at another school during that school year, unless the student meets the criteria in Florida Statute 1006.15(3)(h). 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 Florida Statute 1006.20(2)(g). Students who participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities for, but are not enrolled in, a public school pursuant to Florida Statute 1006.15(3)(c)-(e) and (8), are subject to this Code of Conduct for the limited purpose of establishing and maintaining the student’s eligibility to participate at the school. A student who transfers to a school during the school year may seek to immediately join an existing team if the roster for the specific interscholastic or intrascholastic extracurricular activity has not reached the activity’s identified maximum size and if the coach for the activity determines that the student has the requisite skill and ability to participate.
Florida Statute 1006.15: Student Standards for Participation in Interscholastic and Intrascholastic Extracurricular Student Activities; Regulation: 1006.15(3)(h)
(h)1. A school district or charter school may not delay eligibility or otherwise prevent a student participating in controlled open enrollment, or a choice program, from being immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular activities.
2. A student may not participate in a sport if the student participated in that same sport at another school during that school year, unless the student meets one of the following criteria:
- Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders.
- Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone.
- Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent.
- Good cause authority:
- Move to a new residence: the student moves to a new home address due to a move by the student and person or person(s) with whom he/she has been previously living that makes it necessary for the student to attend a different school.
- Move to a new residence following the marriage of the student. The student immediately establishes a new residence that makes it necessary to attend a different school.
- Reassignment by District School Board or Charter School Board.
- Transfer of school within the first twenty days – i.e. acceptance into a previously applied- for magnet program, charter or private school.
- Special Assignment by the Superintendent, School Choice Office, etc.
- Undue Hardship – A condition or situation exists that implies an adverse or compelling circumstance or a state of misfortune unique to that student’s life or a family’s life situation.