Purpose: The following bylaws are intended to provide a uniform body of rules from which school administrators will certify a student’s eligibility.
2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
A. Transfer eligibility for foreign exchange students and international students is not appealable.
B. FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS — Cross Reference: Bylaw 106 (Graduates of Secondary Schools).
Foreign exchange students shall be limited to one calendar year of high school participation commencing with their first day of attendance. A foreign exchange student who is enrolled in and attending a Minnesota high school will be eligible to participate in varsity competition provided that the student meets all of the foreign exchange student blind placement conditions listed below.
(i) The student must be under the auspices of, and be placed with, a host family by an international student exchange program that has been approved for listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and be recognized by the U.S. Department of State.
(a) The foreign exchange program must assign students to host families by a method that ensures that no student, student’s parents, school, or other interested party may influence the assignment for athletic or other purposes (blind placement).
(b) The foreign exchange student may not be selected or placed on any basis related to their athletic interests or abilities.
(ii) A foreign exchange student is considered to be placed with a host family when written notice of placement is provided by the exchange organization to the student and the student’s parents, and to the host family.
(a) Neither the school the student attends nor any person associated with the host school shall have input into the selection of the student.
(b) No member of the school’s coaching staff, from any sport, paid or voluntary, shall serve as the host family. If a member of the school’s coaching staff does serve as the host family, then the student is only eligible for competition at the junior varsity or lower level. (See Other International Students below)
(iii) The foreign exchange student must possess a current J-1 visa issued by the U.S. Department of State. The foreign exchange student must comply with all League eligibility requirements. A completed Foreign Exchange Student Registration Form must be provided to the high school principal and then kept on file at the high school. The electronic transfer document must be submitted and then and approved by the League office before the student is eligible for varsity competition.
- Foreign Exchange Students who have completed the terminal or final grade of high school are not eligible for participation in League-sponsored athletic programs at any level.
C. OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.
International students shall be limited to one calendar year of high school participation commencing with their first day of attendance. An international student who is enrolled in and attending a Minnesota high school and who is not under the auspices of and placed by a Council on the Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) listed exchange program is ineligible for varsity competition. An international student will be eligible for junior varsity or lower level competition provided that the student meets all of the conditions listed below:
(i) The student must possess a current F-1 visa issued by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(ii) The student must provide the principal of the school the student attends an official untranslated transcript, as well as a transcript that is translated into English by an acceptable agent or agency, that indicates work taken in all grades in which the student was enrolled.
(iii) The international student must pay tuition to the high school the student attends as prescribed in Section 625 of U.S. Public Law 104-208.
(iv) The international student must comply with all League eligibility requirements, and a completed International Student Registration Form must be provided to the high school principal and approved by the League office before the student is eligible for junior varsity or lower level competition.