If your international exchange student participated in athletics at home, they may want to continue to play their favorite sport when staying in your home. But the question is, can they?
It all depends on the rules regulating the school athletics in your area. Some high schools colleges will allow international students to temporarily join a baseball team, football squad, or some other team sport. But others may require students to live in the district for a specified period of time before they qualify to play.
The rules may be a little less strict when it comes to individual sports, such as tennis, golf or fencing, however. So if your international student prefers one of these sports, they may be more likely to be able to play.
Asking for an Exception
If your international student is told he or she cannot participate in team sports because of the district’s rules, you can always ask for an exception. The worst thing that can happen is that it is denied.
Ask the coach at your school about the process for appealing for an exception to the rule. Typically, you will be required to plead your case — either in person or in writing — in front of the governing body or school board. After deliberation, a decision usually will be made one way or the other.
If your student is a particularly gifted athlete, you probably will be able to recruit the assistance of your school’s coach in the appeals process. After all, they want the best possible athletes on their squad.
If your international student is not allowed to play in organized sports through the school, you still have some options.
The rules regulating club sports are usually a lot less stringent than NCAA or high school athletic association rules. Or you can look into intramural or pick-up games your student can participate in to stay active to keep their skills honed.