An athletic administrator there are many student-athlete issues that will arise that athletic directors will need to be prepared for. The first issues I think that an athletic director would need to prepare to face are issues regarding the code of conduct. In conjunction with the school’s code of conduct, the athletics department code of conduct should be familiarized by all student-athletes and parents. All student-athletes should be accountable for his/her actions and should be enforced by the school principal and the athletic director. An athletics orientation will be held before the start of each academic school year stressing the importance of the school and athletics code of conduct. Athletic orientation should include the student-athlete and parents that will cover expectations, rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements, which lead me to my next issue that athletic directors may face.
Eligibility is another issue that athletic directors may face. Determining academic eligibility can also be problematic with credits transferring from private schools and different school districts, also to give consideration to age limits. In the state of South Carolina “athletes can compete as a high school players from 7th grade up to 12th grade and if you turn 20 years of age and have completed 4 years of varsity sports then you become ineligible” (G. Herbert, personal communication October 15, 2014). There is also a minimum grade point average that the state requires and in some schools have separate standards that are higher than the state required minimums mostly in private schools. Another issue of debate in South Carolina is determining whether student-athletes that transfer from schools in the same school district that becomes eligible immediately. That issue has been...
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