Athletics Overview & Eligibility Requirement

The Ash Tree Learning Center Academy has an athletic program based on the principle that participating in athletics assists a student in developing beyond the physical conditioning of general exercise.

Athletic participation teaches students the value of teamwork, the satisfaction of working toward a goal, performance under pressure, and responding to adversity. We believe that when taught properly and effectively, athletic participation develops leadership skills, work ethic, confidence and a healthy respect for the competitive spirit. These values, along with the promotion of physical well-being, will help our students find success in their life-long pursuits.

Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege to be earned, not a universal right. Involvement requires an obligation to sportsmanship and academic performance, in addition to the commitment to a particular sport.

Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege to be earned, not a universal right. Involvement requires an obligation to sportsmanship and academic performance, in addition to the commitment to a particular sport.

Financial Requirement

As a means to subsidize our financially self-sufficient athletics program, a $50.00 fee is required of each student for each school year, for general student physical education participation.

An additional fee of $175.00 is required each season for young men's student participates during the school year.  An additional fee of $190.00 is required each season for young women's student participation during the school year.  These fees will help to support the purchasing of equipment, payment for officials and coaches, uniforms which will be worn by our athletes during competition, and facilities used for competition. Please note, this fee is one that many schools implement as a means to support their athletic programs and is geared toward the overall success and achievement of our student athletes throughout their athletics seasons here at the ATLCA!

If you are interested in having your child participate in ATLCA athletics, please complete the forms found on the Athletic Eligibility page and pay all required fees! Leagues/Associations ensure your child will be competing with local and regional competitors and will be able to put their talents on display, where potential colleges and or universities may also take interest in your child!

Eligibility Requirements

General Eligibility

Students must present a birth certificate issued by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in the state in which he or she was born, or a state-certified copy of the birth certificate, as well as their Social Security number to their coach or to the Athletic Director. A photocopy of the original birth certificate is NOT acceptable. This needs to be done only once during the athlete's career at the Ash Tree Learning Center Academy, but it must be done at least 10 days prior to the first contest the athlete will participate in. The birth certificate may be turned in at the first of the school year, even if the student will not participate until the spring. If you are a transferring student, foreign exchange student or have any questions regarding your eligibility to play sports at the Academy, please contact Athletic Director, Eddie Brown.

All students must have a current physical examination as well as permission, injury waiver and travel forms on file with the Athletic Director in order to compete in any sport sanctioned by the Georgia High School Athletic Association. This means that a student/athlete must have a new physical completed each calendar year. As the ATLCA does not currently offer students physicals, students will need their own physicians to complete the physical forms. These physicals must be done on an AHSAA form available from the athletic coaches or the Athletic Director.

Academic Eligibility

Students entering grades 10-12 must have passed during the previous school year at least six new full Carnegie units. A new Carnegie unit is a course that has not been previously passed. They must have a minimum composite numerical average of 70 in those six courses. Four core curriculum courses must be included in those passed and averaged. Any students who accumulate more than four core curriculum courses per year may earn less than the four core courses the next school year providing that the student remains on track for graduation with his/her class.

To be eligible for interscholastic athletics in the current year, students in grades 8-11 must be carrying at least six new courses at the school they represent. Seniors, who are on track for graduation and have earned more units than required, must be carrying a minimum of four units of work.

Students entering grades 8 or 9 must have passed, during the previous school year, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of 70 in those five subjects. A new subject is one that has not been passed before. To be eligible for interscholastic athletics in the current year, student in grades 7 and 8 must be taking at least five new subjects.

All first-time students in grade 7 are eligible regardless of grades.

Transfer Eligibility Rules

Students transferring to the Ash Tree Learning Center Academy and entering grade 7 for the first time are eligible. This is regardless of where they transfer from or where they live. Receiving financial aid from the school would be the only factor that could rule them ineligible.

Students transferring to the ATLCE and entering grades 8-12 will be ineligible for one calendar year unless they have made a bona fide move from outside our school district. Our district is the city limits of Savannah, GA. If a transferring student has made a bona fide move into our district, the student must meet the following criteria to be eligible: (1) Must have met the course and grade requirements of the AHSAA, and (2) must not be receiving financial aid from the ATLCA.A student transferring from a nonmember school (Georgia Independent School Association) will be eligible at any grade level providing he/she lives within the city limits of Savannah, GA. and meets the above requirements.

All rules are subject to change at the discretion of the AHSAA.

If you have questions concerning the Academy's athletic programs, please contact Athletic Director Eddie Brown.

NCAA Freshmen Eligibility Standards

Students pursuing athletics at a NCAA division institution must meet eligibility requirements. We recommend student-athletes review the following information beginning their freshman year to schedule the appropriate core courses to meet NCAA standards.

Core courses: NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. This rule applies to any student entering any Division I college or university.

16 Core Courses:
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or non-doctrinal religion/philosophy).
 

NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013.

14 Core Courses:
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or non-doctrinal religion/philosophy).
 

Test Scores

Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average.

Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.

The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.

The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science.

All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.

Grade-Point Average

Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average.

Be sure to look at your high school's list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center's Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.

Division I grade-point-average requirements are listed here:

NCAA DIVISION I SLIDING SCALE CORE GRADE-POINT AVERAGE/TEST-SCORE
New Core GPA / Test Score Index
Core GPA SAT (Verbal & Math Only) ACT
3.550 & above 400 37
3.525 410 38
3.500 420 39
3.475 430 40
3.450 440 41
3.425 450 41
3.400 460 42
3.375 470 42
3.350 480 43
3.325 490 44
3.300 500 44
3.275 510 45
3.250 520 46
3.225 530 46
3.200 540 47
3.175 550 47
3.150 560 48
3.125 570 49
3.100 580 49
3.075 590 50
3.050 600 50
3.025 610 51
3.000 620 52
2.975 630 52
2.950 640 53
2.925 650 53
2.900 660 54
2.875 670 55
2.850 680 56
2.825 690 56
2.800 700 57
2.775 710 58
2.750 720 59
2.725 730 59
2.700 730 60
2.675 740 – 750 61
2.650 760 62
2.625 770 63
2.600 780 64
2.575 790 65
2.550 800 66
2.525 810 67
2.500 820 68
2.475 830 69
2.450 840 – 850 70
2.425 860 70
2.400 860 71
2.375 870 72
2.350 880 73
2.325 890 74
2.300 900 75
2.275 910 76
2.250 920 77
2.225 930 78
2.200 940 79
2.175 950 80
2.150 960 80
2.125 960 81
2.100 970 82
2.075 980 83
2.050 990 84
2.025 1000 85
2.000 1010 86

 

The Division II grade-point-average requirement is a minimum of 2.000.

 

Other Important Information

Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time need to also complete the amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center Web site. Students need to request final amateurism certification prior to enrollment.

For more information regarding the rules, please go to www.ncaa.org. Click on "Academics and Athletes" then "Eligibility and Recruiting." Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have questions: Toll-free number: (877) 262-1492.
 

Athletic Handbook
Parental Consent Form for Athletic Participation
Athletic Parent Code of Conduct
GHSA Physical Evaluation Form
Student Review of Coaching