Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education


This research study focuses on the issue of academic eligibility policies in high school athletics. A questionnaire survey was administered to a random sample of athletic administrators (N=189) to determine the current status of eligibility standards in New York State. The results revealed that a large number of school districts (76%) have initiated athletic policies more stringent than those of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. However, a number of schools only satisfy the Association's minimal standards. Actual policies vary greatly among the school districts surveyed. The advantages and disadvantages of eligibility policies are discussed. Finally, several recommendations for further researching academic eligibility requirements in high school athletics are offered.