Boards of education are required to adopt a board policy requiring students in grades seven through 12 to attain a minimum grade point average, established by the board, as a condition of participation in interscholastic extracurricular activities. Boards also are required to adopt a policy either prohibiting or allowing student participation when a student has received a failing grade for any class during the previous grading period. In addition to board policy and administrative guidelines regarding student eligibility and participation in interscholastic extracurricular activities, districts also must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).

Ohio Sports Law Handbook (available for purchase)
OSBA Journal article, August 2023, Support organizations can bolster district resources
OHSAA Eligibility Resources
ODE Credit Flexibility Guidance: Athletic Eligibility
OSBA Journal article, May 2008,Title IX  and athletics: separate...but equal?
OSBA Journal article, April 2011, OHSAA’s new competitive balancing proposal
OSBA Journal article, August 2013, Concussions – what schools need to know
OSBA Journal article, April 2014, Extracurricular activities law significantly changes

For more information, please contact Lenore Winfrey, senior administrative assistant of legal services, at (614) 540-4000.