The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is the governing body for the state’s high school athletic programs. Most do not have occasion to become familiar with the CIAC’s rules. But I recently came across a CIAC eligibility rule that deserves attention, and perhaps should be changed.
The rule at issue reads as follows:
Student-athlete participation at any state authorized public school of choice or any state authorized CHARTER, MAGNET, REGIONAL COOPERATIVE, INTER-DISTRICT SATELLITE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics at the sending school or school from which he/she would normally matriculate is extended to any student when the school does not provide any interscholastic athletic program.
In general, a student can only compete for the school that he or she attends. Students at magnet and charter schools that have no athletic programs can compete for the public school that they would have attended in the ordinary course – their “hometown school.”