Ohio High School
Athletic Association (OHSAA) Bylaws for students, grades 7-12
Please familiarize yourself with the following OHSAA Bylaws:
• All Students in grades 7-12 must submit a completed student
participation form and pass a physical examination before they may
practice for a school sport. Physical examinations are valid for one
• GRADES 7-8: All beginning seventh graders are eligible insofar
as the scholarship bylaw. If a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 attains
the age of 15 before August 1, the student shall be ineligible to
participate in 7-8th grade interscholastic athletics for the school year
commencing in that calendar year.
• GRADES 9-12: To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in
a member school and have received passing grades in a minimum of five,
one credit courses, or the equivalent, in the immediately preceding
grading period. If a student enrolled in high school attains the age of
19 before August 1, the student shall be ineligible to participate in
high school interscholastic athletics for the school year commencing in
that calendar year.
• When you enroll in grade 9 for the first time, you have eight
semesters of athletic eligibility taken in order of attendance, whether
you participate or do not participate.
• For eligibility purposes, summer school grades may not be used to
substitute for failing grades, received in the final grading period
of the regular school year, or for lack of enough courses taken the
preceding grading period.
• At the beginning of the school year, you may enroll in and attend
any member school that accepts you, if you are entering grades 9,
10, 11, or 12. Your eligibility shall be established by one of two
situations: 1) participating in a contest (scrimmage, preview or regular
season contest) prior to the opening day of a school, or 2) attending
the first day of school at any member school.
• Once eligibility has been established at a member school, you
will be ineligible for athletic purposes for one year should you
transfer to another school, unless one of the exceptions to the transfer
bylaw is met.
• Always check with your school principal or athletic administrator
before you change schools to determine whether it will affect your