Eligibility Dates

A student who receives, at the end of any grading period (after the first six weeks of the school year), a grade below 60 in any class may not participate in extracurricular activities for two school weeks. Ineligible students will not be allowed to participate in any contest as member of the team. They may not be on the bench with the team, dress as a member of the team or travel with the team. They will be allowed to attend the event as a non-participating GPA student. They will be allowed (and expected) to practice with the team during this period. The student regains eligibility at the conclusion of two school weeks.

Grace and Waiting Period:

A seven calendar day grace and waiting period is always applicable after grading periods and periods of ineligibility. Example: A student is failing one or more classes at the End of Term 1, Friday, September 23rd. The student becomes ineligible for competition at 3:30 on Friday, September 30th. The student will regain eligibility on Friday, October 14th at 3:30.

Holiday exception:

All students are academically eligible during a school holiday of a full calendar week or more. When the bell rings to dismiss students for the December holidays, all students are academically eligible until classes resume in January. The same is true for summer recess and fall and spring breaks provided those breaks consist of at least a full calendar week.  Ineligible students would serve their suspension at the conclusion of the holiday break (and any coinciding grace period.)

ELIGIBILITY CALENDAR 2016-17

End of Term 1                    September 23

Loss of Eligibility                September 30

Regain Eligibility                October 14

End of Term 2                    November 4

Loss of Eligibility                November 11

Regain Eligibility                December 2 (All students eligible over the Thanksgiving holiday period)

End of Term 3                    December 16 (All students eligible over the Christmas holiday period)

Loss of Eligibility                January 13

Regain Eligibility                January 27

End of Term 4                    February 17

Loss of Eligibility                February 24

Regain Eligibility                March 10

End of Term 5                    April 7

Loss of Eligibility                April 14

Regain Eligibility                April 28

The Role of Coaches

The Role of Players

The Role of Parents

Be positive.
We expect our coaches to be teachers of the game using demonstration, imitation, correction, and repetition. Along with this methodology, we expect constant feedback and encouragement toward the players.

Be valuable.
We expect our coaches to give their very best to the athletes every day. We want our players coming off the field knowing that their coaching staff worked hard to teach them the game.

Be an example.
We expect our coaches to be pace-setters with their Christian walk; if they aren’t “walking” it, they can’t “talk” it.

Be a worthy representative.
Teammates, coaches, and our GPA community should all reflect the Christ-like values of commitment, discipline, and hard work we demonstrate.

Be responsible.
Attend all practices, games, and meetings.

Be respectful.
Express your feelings and ideas intelligently and appropriately to both teammates and coaches.

Be a student first.
Be aware that your future as a responsible adult relates more to academic than athletic activities.

Be present.
Attend all orientation and informational meetings as your schedule permits.

Be committed.
Make sure your child attends all scheduled practices and games.

Be cooperative.
Be patient with other parents and school personnel if we can’t find an answer for you right away. This positive attitude ensures a wholesome and successful athletic program for the school.

Be mindful of authority.
Please remember that the coach has ultimate authority in determining both strategy and player selection.

GPA partners with parents to provide a Christ-centered, college preparatory education where students are allowed to further develop their God-given talents and virtues and become college-worthy character witnesses for Christ.