The Director of Athletics is responsible for all facets of the Lawrence Academy interscholastic sports program. In that position he/she must recognize and implement all policies, regulations, and expectations of Lawrence Academy, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA), the Tarheel Independent Conference (TIC), the Colonial Carolina Conference (CCC), and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).
Student athletes are required to meet academic standards set by Lawrence Academy. Below are the standards that are upheld by Lawrence Academy. Student athletes are also required to meet the requirements set forth by the NCISAA regarding eligibility.
All students wanting to participate in interscholastic athletics program must:
- Be enrolled in the sixth grade or higher;
- No player shall have reached his/her 19th birthday on or before August 1 of the current school year. (NCISAA Rule and Regulations, Section III, Item E);
- Students may participate in athletics in no more than six consecutive semesters or nine trimesters after enrolling in the 10th grade of any NCISAA member school, no more than four consecutive semesters after enrolling in the 11th grade of any NCISAA member school, and no more than two consecutive semesters after enrolling in the 12th grade at any NCISAA member school, regardless of whether he/she remains continuously enrolled. A student transferring from one NCISAA school to another at mid-year would be considered to have used up one semester of athletic eligibility for that school year; (NCISAA Rule and Regulations, Section III, Item H);
- Have passed a medical physical examination and have the signed form on file with the Director of Athletics stating that the student athlete may participate in the athletics program;
- Meet the eligibility rules of Lawrence Academy, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA), the Tarheel Independent Conference (TIC) and the Colonial Carolina Conference (CCC);
- Specific to Lawrence Academy, student athletes must maintain a grade of C (70) or better in 4 of their 6 courses for which they are enrolled for every grading period; and,
- Be in good standing in the school’s behavioral expectations.
Students in grade 6 are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics on non-varsity sports teams.
The Athletic Director receives all in-season student athletes’ grades every six week grading period and every three weeks for progress reports.
- Student athletes who do not maintain a grade of C (70) or better in 4 of their 6 courses will be placed on academic probation. The probation will consist of a two (2) week period where the student athlete is allowed to practice with the team but cannot play in games. If the student raises his/her grade(s) to a 70 or above during the probation period, the student athlete may resume normal participation activity.
- If a student should have 3 (THREE) course grades below a 70 at the end of a grading period, they are declared ineligible. The loss of team membership will occur at the end of a marking period if the student athlete has not met academic eligibility (Passing 4 of 6 courses) All other eligibility issues will be governed by the NCISAA.
In addition to the above academic standards, a student athlete will lose eligibility to be on the team for the following:
- Receives a behavioral notice with severe consequences.
- Student has missed more than 20 classes.
Discipline will play an important role in athletic eligibility. Student athletes are role models for younger students in the school community. Student athletes should understand that extracurricular activities, such as the interscholastic sports program, are a privilege and not a right. Therefore, they should conduct themselves in a well-behaved manner.
Suspensions of student athletes will be determined by the Athletic Director and Head of School. Student athletes may be suspended from participating in the team’s next scheduled contest for the following reasons:
- Serving an In-School Suspension for any reason;
- Being ejected from an athletic contest (as an athlete or spectator) for any reason;
- Receiving more than two misconduct reports during the team season; and,
- Failing to comply with team rules. This decision is at the discretion of the head coach with the approval of the Director of Athletics and the Head of School.
Student athletes may be dismissed from a team during a given season for the following reasons:
- Serving an Out-of-School Suspension;
- Serving an In-School Suspension more than twice during a given season
- Being ejected from more than one athletic contest (as an athlete or spectator) in any given season; and,
- Failing to comply with team rules, which is at the discretion of the head coach with the approval of the Director of Athletics and the Head of School.