A dynamic Athletic Program is vital to the educational and social development of students. Universal Academy’s athletic program provides an environment where students develop sports skills, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others that will prepare for success in their adult life. As team members, students are encouraged to face challenges, strive for excellence and become leaders. Considered a model for quality secondary athletic programming, the District maintains rigorous eligibility standards, requires appropriate student conduct and emphasizes safe participation for athletes.
Every effort is made to support the athletic program with the best facilities, uniforms, equipment and with the most qualified coaching staff available. Coaches provide a sound, positive philosophy taught in a safe and healthful environment.
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Eligibility Standards for UIL Athletics
Before being permitted to try out, practice or participate in any interscholastic athletic activity, students must be enrolled in a Universal Academy secondary school and fulfill each of the following requirements:
In-school practice class DOES NOT count toward the SBOE limits of eight hours per week of practice outside the school day.
School boards will establish the number of times that students may be absent to participate in extracurricular activities. TEC 33.0811 requires that the policies allow at least 10 absences for extracurricular participation but does not cap the maximum number of days that may be missed for extracurricular participation.
The 90 percent attendance required for credit remains in effect. If a student achieves a grade of 70 or above in every class but is denied credit for the semester due to the 90 percent attendance requirement, he or she is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities the next six weeks. However, the loss of credit could cause the student not to meet the UIL requirement for eligibility during the first six weeks of the following school year.