Athletic Forms & Eligibility Information
- Eligibility Requirements
- AHSAA Requirements
- Guidelines for Honoring the Game
- Required Forms
- About AHSAA
- Athletic Handbook
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 Montgomery 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 Interim Athletic Director Gary Nelson.
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 Alabama High School Athletic Association. This means that a student/athlete must have a new physical completed each calendar year. Physicals are available to all athletes through the school late each spring. Students are encouraged to take their physicals at this time even if they do not plan to participate until the winter or spring. Students may have their own physicians complete the physical forms. These physicals must be done on an AHSAA form available from the athletic coaches or the Athletic Director.
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
Students transferring to The Montgomery 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 Montgomery Academy 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 Montgomery, Ala. 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 Montgomery Academy. A student transferring from a nonmember school (Alabama Independent School Association) will be eligible at any grade level providing he/she lives within the city limits of Montgomery, Ala. 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 Interim Athletic Director Anthony McCall.
- A copy of the athlete's birth certificate must be kept on file in the Athletic Director's office. This will be due once your son/daughter makes a team.
- Each student-athlete must complete the NFHS Sportsmanship Course
- Students and coaches will visit www.NFHSlearn.com and register an account if they have not done so before. (Keep record of username and password. The AHSAA does not have access to these.)
- Under courses, type in sportsmanship and The “Sportsmanship” Elective Course should appear.
- Click on the course. Then the “View” button.
- Next, a blue tab should appear that says “Order Course.” (The course is free.)
- A box will appear for the student/coach to identify who will be completing the course.
- Next, a shopping cart appears. Select the state of Alabama, and checkout.
- Order status appears and an agreement statement. After checking the agreement statement choose continue. Last, at the Order Receipt box, “click here”
- Next, begin taking the course.
- A student can come back and finish at any time. When finished, a student can print the certificate from that screen or save and print later.
- Each athlete must have a current Physical Form on file in the Athletic Director's office, along with the Release Form, the Travel Form and the Medical Disclosure Form.
- We strongly recommend all athletes and cheerleaders attend the free physicals so everyone will be on the same cycle for renewal for physicals. Physicals are good for one calendar year.
- All forms are due once your son/daughter makes a team.
Guidelines for Honoring the Game
The key to preventing adult misbehavior in youth sports is a youth sports culture in which all involved "Honor the Game." Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of the matter and involves respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one's Self. You don't bend the rules to win. You understand that a worthy opponent is a gift that forces you to play to your highest potential. You show respect for officials even when you disagree. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your team. You live up to your own standards even if others don't. Here are ways that parents can create a positive youth sports culture so that children will have fun and learn positive character traits to last a lifetime.
Before the Game:
- Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.
- Tell your child before each game that you are proud of him or her regardless of how well he or she plays.
During the Game:
- Fill your children's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.
- Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.
- Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)
- Mention good calls by the official to other parents.
- If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game—BE SILENT!
- If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.
- Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?"
- Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.
After the Game:
- Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.
- Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.
- Don't give advice. Instead ask your child what he or she thought about the game and then LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.
- Tell your child again that you are proud of him or her, whether the team won or lost.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. Currently, there are 401 senior high members and 287 junior high and middle school members with more than 75,000 students participating in the program. Major aims of the AHSAA are to serve the needs of its member schools in conducting their interscholastic athletic programs and to assist member schools in reaching the educational objectives as established by their school systems.
The AHSAA, providing a vehicle which member schools may write their own rules and regulations, determines that schools are abiding by those standards in such areas as student eligibility, contests and championship programs. Another basic function of the AHSAA is the registration, training and regulation of officials. Only officials registered with the Association are used for contests involving member schools.
The rules-making body of the AHSAA is the Legislative Council, composed of eight district boards made up of four members each elected by member schools in each district. The 32-member Council has the authority to make changes in the Constitution and By-Laws. The executive board with the final authority in AHSAA matters is the Central Board of Control, consisting of one member of each district board, one board member from each of the four bi-districts, and one representative from the State Department of Education. The operation of the AHSAA is the responsibility of Steve Savarese and his staff. Savarese became only the fourth full-time executive director August 1, 2007, after the retirement of Dan Washburn, who had served since 1991. He was preceded by Herman L. (Bubba) Scott, who has served since 1966. The late Cliff Harper was the first AHSAA head in 1948 with the establishment of a State Office in Montgomery. Prior to that, Sellers Stough of Birmingham had served as director on a part-time basis.
The AHSAA joined the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1924. The National Federation, both a service and regulatory organization controlling interstate athletic events, helps the 50 state association members secure the benefits of cooperative action through the pooling and coordinating of ideals of all who are engaged in the administration of high school athletes. The AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968, forming one high school athletic association for the State of Alabama in accordance with a court order relating to athletics. The AHSAA sponsors state championships programs in 11 boys and 11 girls sports.