Student Athletes and Reclassification
What you need to know
COVID 19 has presented unique challenges to students athletes like you who want to go to college and who desire to use their academic prowess and athletic ability to help pay for college.
Not everyone is thriving with online learning.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here’s What College Coaches Want to Know
- What is your GPA?
- Have you taken honors/AP courses?
- What are your ACT/SAT test scores?
Grades matter more than athletic ability
Are you a visual learner?
In-class participation and interaction is critical to learning
States cancelling and rescheduling high school
sports seasons puts athletes in those states
at significant disadvantages when other states
have not cancelled or moved sports seasons.
It is not fair to student athletes like you.
What can a student athlete like you do to survive and thrive during these COVID-19 cancellations?
If You are a rising 10th–12th grade student,
You should consider reclassification.
Reclassification can only be done in the private school sector where a student athlete can play 5 varsity seasons or have 10 semesters of eligibility.
By contrast, the public high school system in Virginia allows only 4 varsity seasons or 8 semesters of eligibility from the student’s first day as a freshman.
What exactly is reclassification?
You are eligible to repeat a grade prior to the beginning of your 12th grade year, taking additional courses to bolster your transcript. Reclassification helps you improve your GPA and take of additional classes to better position you for college acceptance.
In the private school sector this means you also gain a year of eligibility for athletic competition and improve your opportunities.
Am I eligible?
A student wishing to repeat a grade (reclassify) must do so for non-athletic reasons and in compliance with all conference requirements, as applicable. The change in grade status must be reflected in all school records and publications as soon as practicable following the date of reclassification. A student may not complete the graduation requirements of a school for any diploma category and receive athletic eligibility in the following year. The student may not be a high school senior. The student shall not have reached the age of 19 on or before August 1 of the school year in which he or she wishes to compete.
Not all private schools allow reclassification. Some private school athletic conferences have specific rules governing reclass.
HOW DOES RECLASSIFICATION BENEFIT ME?
You have the option in your extra year of high school to take honors classes and dual enrollment classes, improve your GPA, bolster your transcripts, and if needed, retake the SAT and/or ACT to improve your chance of
getting accepted into college.
Get back the year/season you lost.
Take control of your future.
Find a school and a program that will believe in you!
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Catholic High School
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