Athletics / Extra Curricular Information
All students in the Souderton Area High School are encouraged to become members of our various interscholastic sports or extra curricular programs. Interested individuals are to report to the appropriate coach before the beginning of the season.
- Interscholastic Sports Information at SAHS
- P.I.A.A. Bylaws
- Preliminary Requirements
- Suburban I Athletic League Code of Conduct
To be eligible to participate in activities and/or athletics, a student-athlete may not be failing any classes. All student-athletes must be taking a minimum of two classes to be eligible. Eligibility is examined weekly and will be determined on Friday at 4:00 PM. Ineligible student-athletes are not permitted to participate in any practice or contest, beginning the following Monday through the following Sunday, or until eligibility is approved by the principal. Only work evaluated and recorded by the teacher is factored into the Friday afternoon eligibility calculation. For example, if a student-athlete participates in an exam late in the day on a Thursday, it may or may not be evaluated to effect the eligibility calculation on Friday afternoon. If a student-athlete is declared ineligible at the end of a marking period or semester, then he/she is ineligible for a period of fifteen (15) school days.
Participation in a school-sponsored sport requires that the student-athlete must be in attendance at school on the day of the event. To be considered in attendance, the student-athlete cannot miss more than 90 minutes of the school day. The student-athlete must be signed in by the attendance office no later than 9:10 AM to fulfill this attendance requirement. A doctor's note will not be accepted as an exception to the 90-minute rule.
Student-athletes with appointments during the school day should plan accordingly and make every effort to miss no more than 90 minutes of the school day. School days with modified schedule (PSSA, PSAT, etc.) will follow the 90-minute rule from the beginning of the day (7:40 AM). Seniors who are allowed to report later on these days will follow the 90-minute rule from their adjusted schedule.
The student-athlete must be in attendance the day before a holiday if the event falls on a holiday or the following day. Exceptions to this procedure may be presented to the athletic director for review on a case-by- case basis. Whenever possible, pre-approval for an absence from school on a school sponsored sport day should be requested in writing and given to the athletic director. Student-athletes who owe obligations or student-athletes experiencing academic difficulty may be denied the privilege to participate in any co-curricular activity/sport.
Student-athletes are not permitted to remain in the building after school unless under the direct supervision of a teacher, coach, or "adult in charge" of an after-school activity/sport.
*Student-athletes which are deemed ineligible for either academic or attendance reasons may not participate in practice or games.
- 7 unexcused latenesses to school during a sport season = 1 week athletic suspension
- 10 unexcused latenesses to school during a sport season = 2 week athletic suspension
- 12 unexcused latenesses to school during a sport season = removal from team
Seniors graduating in January may complete the winter season but may not compete in the spring athletic season.
To be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition, a pupil must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the principal as a full-time curriculum. Where required, this curriculum or its equivalent must be approved by, and conform to, the regulations of the State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania School Code, as well as any local policies established by the local school board. The pupil must maintain an acceptable grade in such approved curriculum, and may not be failing two (2) or more full credit subject, or equivalent as certified by the principal. In addition to be eligible to participate in activities and/or athletics a student must be passing five (5) full-credit subjects, or their equivalent. With the inception of “intensive scheduling” two (2) full credit subjects per marking period is the equivalent of the P.I.A.A. regulation. Except as provided in Section 5, eligibility shall be cumulative from the beginning of a grading period, and shall be reported on a weekly basis. In cases where a student's cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period does not, as of any Friday, meet the standards provided for in this section, he shall be ineligible from the immediate following Monday through the next following Monday.
In order to be eligible for inter- scholastic athletics, a pupil cannot fail two (2) or more subjects, or the equivalent, during the previous grading period except as provided in Section 5. Back work may be made up, providing it is in accordance with the regular rules of the school.
In cases where a student's work in any preceding grading period does not meet the standard provided for in (this article) Section 2, said student shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for the first twenty (20) school days of the next grading period, except as provided in Section 5.
Pupils who are enrolled for the first time must comply with the requirements of the curriculum rules. The standing required for the preceding week, the preceding grading period or the preceding year shall be obtained from the records of the last school which the pupil attended.
At the end of the school year, the student's final grades and credits in his/her subjects rather than his/her grades and credits for the last grading period shall be used to determine his/her eligibility for the next grading period.
Prior to participation in any practice or contest, the following requirements must be met:
- The student must satisfy all P.I.A.A. age, residency, attendance and scholastic requirements.
- The student must have passed a physical exam and given to the coach the proper form, signed by the examining physician.
- The student must have given to the coach a permission card signed by the parent/guardian.
- The student must have purchased school insurance or presented a signed parental waiver of responsibility.
- The student must satisfy all rules and regulations as set forth by the Souderton Area School District, Souderton Area High School, and the Suburban I League.
The school administration may revoke the privilege of participating in athletics at any time for disciplinary reasons, flagrant misconduct or poor sportsmanship, excessive absenteeism, and the failure to meet minimum scholastic eligibility standards. P.I.A.A. eligibility rules govern all interscholastic sports and include such regulations as:
- The principal and the athletic director shall have the power to exclude any contestant who, because of improper conduct, would not represent the school in a becoming manner.
Improper conduct includes among other offenses, appropriation of athletic equipment or supplies issued by high school authorities of that or other schools which may be hosts to Souderton High School, defacing of school property, language or behavior unbecoming a school athlete.
In the interest of continued good relationships and sportsmanship in the field of athletics, the Suburban I Schools have developed the following code. All spectators are to:
- Show respect for the American Flag and the National Anthem.
- Show respect by standing for the Alma Maters of both schools.
- Conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen at all times, showing respect for visiting players and injured athletes. Booing is not recognized as positive spectator behavior.
- Show respect for the game officials and their decisions.
- Refrain from using vulgarity, indecent gestures, and inappropriate behavior. Cheer under the organized guidance of cheerleaders. Cheers to interfere with opponents cheering are unacceptable.
- Refrain from using noisemakers and signs in any gymnasium or indoor contests.
- Refrain from littering premises, throwing confetti or paper, and tossing objects onto the playing areas.