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  • NJ A1795
  • Prohibits school districts from joining associations which oversee Statewide interscholastic sports unless association limits certain student-athletes who repeat middle school grade to only six consecutive semesters of interscholastic eligibility after entering ninth grade.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill prohibits school districts from joining voluntary associations which oversee Statewide interscholastic sports programs under certain circumstances. Under the bill, school districts are prohibited from joining any such association unless the association requires that when a "hold-back repeat student" enters the ninth grade for the first time, the student will be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for only the next ensuing six consecutive semesters. The bill defines a "hold-back repeat student" as a student who has successfully completed the academic requirements that have been established for the sixth, seventh, or eighth grades and who repeats one or more of these grades prior to entering the ninth grade for purposes of gaining athletic advantage. Under the current rules of the association which oversees interscholastic sports programs in the State, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, a student-athlete is eligible to compete as a high school senior provided that he does not turn 19 prior to September 1 of that school year. These rules also provide that an athlete may only play interscholastic high school sports for eight consecutive semesters. This bill is designed to help curtail the practice whereby student-athletes seek to gain athletic advantage at the high school level by repeating sixth, seventh, or eighth grade despite having met the academic requirements for those grades.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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