By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 6:06 pm in Uncategorized.
Some revisions have been made to the Oakland Athletic League athletic eligibility policy, but the same number of credits will still be needed to be eligible, OAL commissioner Russell White said.
The credit requirement, which became OAL policy in the spring, is 50 to become a sophomore, 110 to become a junior and 170 to become a senior, White said. He also said that the student’s grade point average which will be considered for athletic eligibility is from the student’s last semester, not his or her total GPA.
An appeal process has also been established for credit issues, White said.
Castlemont High’s football team was forced last week to cancel nonleague games against Healdsburg and Encinal because of a lack of eligible players. It also forfeited its first scheduled game of the season on Sept. 7 against Vista del Lago-Folsom because of player eligibility issues.
Last week, Castlemont coach Lloyd Johnson said he was optimistic that he would have enough eligible players to play in the team’s scheduled OAL opener at Oakland Tech on Oct. 12.
“I would think that it is going to help Castlemont,” said White, who coached the Knights in 2010 and 2011, about the changes. “I feel that they will play soon.”
Skyline also forfeited a football game scheduled for Aug. 31 because of a lack of eligible players, but has fielded a team since then.
White said the changes were made by the OAL policy committee, of which he is not a voting member. It consists entirely of principals from each high school in the Oakland Unified School District, White said.