We here at PACE, have a rule that players must pass all of their core classes . I know the PSAL raised the standards this year but I'm curious if any other programs use a different academic criteria in regards to eligibility ...

I never fully kick the kids off as I try to keep them away from the NYC nonsense the goes on outside of the gym . Right now if they're failing any classes they must attend a lunch study hall . In one week they can't step foot on the court if they're failing and at report card time we make our final concrete decision ...

Please respond if you have any feedback . I'm very interested as I constantly suspend players

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Comment by Derrik Riullano on December 18, 2013 at 1:11pm

You really make some good points, and I respect where you're coming from. But from my experience, I have 3 sons in HS playing ball right now; 2 adopted and 1 biological. Jordan Riullano, Jonathan Nwankwo, & Emmanuel Chukwu. The 2 boys from Nigeria Grades were so bad, I had a hard time finding a HS school willing to take them. And they're both 6'9. So I decided to set a new standard in my house; 1st...no TV. I disconnected the cable service and took the tvs out of the room. We're either training or studying, that's it. And honestly, that was harder on me than them. The next thing is, if their grades dropped below a 85 avg, basketball was out. The end result; Jonathan made the National Honors Society with a 91 overall average, Emmanuel is eligible this year and easily qualifies with a 94 avg. and Jordan got accepted into Loyola HS where he spent his freshman year. And anyone who knows that school knows that's one of the toughest academic schools in the nation. They are also being recruited by many Ivy League and Patriot League schools. Teachers mean a lot, but it's the family structure that will determines what kind of students they will be, regardless of the level of intelligence. Just my opinion though.

Comment by Cheez Ezenekwe on December 18, 2013 at 12:52pm

I HEAR YOU BUT, THE TRUE REALITY IS TEH SOLUTION IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS TRY HARDER, STUDY MORE FOR MANY KIDS BASKETBALL IS THE PILL. THE MOTIVATION TO COME TO SCHOOL. FOR SOME ADULTS THAT IS DIFFICULT FOR MANY TO UNDERSTAND. NOT EVERY SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL WAS AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT/ATHLETE. THAT IS JUST A FACT. I AM A TEACHER AND I HAVE TAUGHT MANY STUDENTS WHO WHERE NOT THE SMARTEST KIDS BUT GOT THRU SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY USE SPORTS TO MOTIVATE THEM. MANY IF NOT ALL GRADUATED FROM H.S. SOME WENT TO COLLEGE, SOME DID NOT, MANY ARE COPS,C.O'S, NYCTA WORKERS, CIVIL SERVICE WORKERS AND A FEW BECAME TEACHERS LIKE ME. HAVING HIGH STANDARDS IS GOOD BUT THE WAY NYCDOE IS GOING THERE IS TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON TESTING AND SCHOOLS ARE RATED BASED ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. SO SPORTS IS JUST A PAWN IN THE GAME. FOR ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF KIDS ACTUALLY PLAY SPORTS IN H.S.ANYWAY, WHY PUNISH THE FEW?

Comment by Derrik Riullano on December 18, 2013 at 12:02pm

@Cheez...here's the problem with your argument; kids who are "average" students will be able to maintain a 70%GPA because that would be below average. And like you said, most kids will not play college ball, so if they're struggling to maintain a 70, then the last thing they should be doing is spending time practicing basketball. They should be studying. And if all the studying in the world won't help them maintain a 70, then they have a learning disability (not taking shots, just pointing out reality) and should receive the proper methods of teaching. You don't have to play for your high school team, you could play rec ball. There's a YMCA and/or B&G club in practically every neighborhood. The student/athlete should be just that; a student and an athlete...not one or the other. It isn't easy nor should it be. But if there's any question where the lion's share of their time should be spent, the Library or the basketball court. Just ask yourself how many NBA owners excelled in the classroom and how many excelled on the court. They're the ones that make the real money. You wrote "not every kid is a scholar, most are just average". Go find some of those kids who are now in their 20's and 30's and ask them if they wish someone had convinced them to spend more time in the classroom and I bet 99% would say yes.

Comment by Cheez Ezenekwe on December 18, 2013 at 10:07am

THIS IS ALL NICE. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE KID WHO JUST CAN NOT GET THE 7O PLUS AVERAGE. THIS IS NOT THE KID WHO DOES NOT COME TO SCHOOL, CUTS CLASSES, IS LATE ALL THE TIME EVERYDAY. THOSE KIDS WILL NOT PLAY SPORTS ANY WAY, I AM TALKING ABOUT THE KID WHO IS JUST AN AVERAGE STUDENT THEY HAVE THEIR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS ACADEMICALLY, THE KID WHO IS WEAK IN ENGLISH OR MATH? THEY DO WELL IN OTHER CLASSES, BUT CAN'T PASS ONE OR TWO OTHER SUBJECTS. IS IT FAIR TO SAY HE OR HER CAN NOT PLAY BALL?

-NOT EVERY KID THAT PLAYS SPORTS IN HS IS GOING TO COLLEGE. IT IS A NOBLE IDEA, BUT NOT A REALISTIC  THING. MANY KIDS PLAYING SPORTS PLAY IT FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME, FOR THE SENSE OF FAMILY OR BE A PART OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. MOST KIDS THAT PLAY SPORTS GRADUATE AT A HIGHER RATE THAN THE AVERAGE STUDENT THAT DOES NOT PLAY ANYTHING.

-WHEN THESE PRICIPALS MAKE UP THERE OWN ATHLETIC GRADING STANDARDS, THEY DO IT TO MAKE THEIR SCHOOLS LOOK GOOD, NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE KIDS THAT WILL BE LOCKED OUT OF THE SPORT, AND SENT TO THE STREETS TO LESS THAN POSITIVE ENDEVORS.

-NOT EVERY KID IS A SCHOLAR, MOST ARE JUST AVERAGE. MOST OF THE KIDS IN THE DOE IN SOME SCHOOL  COMMUNITIES SPORTS SAVES LIVES. TO LOCK OUT A KID WOULD BE DANGEROUS.

Comment by Nicholas Lee on December 17, 2013 at 9:05pm
Thanks for the feedback . This help cure any insecurities I had with my decision making
Comment by ChariotMan on December 15, 2013 at 8:27pm

This is what all PSAL HS's needs. this new rule will be able to push the students to work much harder for what they want. And at my school at Jane Addams Campus. I'm hearing you need a 90% Average attendance just to play sports now. It wasn't like that when I was there in 02. Things have really changed,

Comment by Ken "Gucc" Robinson on December 15, 2013 at 4:23pm

The 80 avg requirement is great. 

Comment by Richard Gibbs on December 15, 2013 at 2:27pm
And forgot to mention by the time they are seniors most of their core curriculum have been satisfied ... taking only Electives ...
Comment by Richard Gibbs on December 15, 2013 at 2:18pm
Bedford must maintain an 80 avg attend mandatory tutoring ... got to saturday classes and 3 weeks before regents must attend 3 9am-9pm sat regents preps classes ....
Comment by Craig Persiani on December 15, 2013 at 12:19pm

We have at Columbus Campus that all players must maintain a 75 average from one marking period/semester to another.  This is for all sports across the campus.  Its been that way for about 8-9 years now.  It hurts the basketball team and winter sports more because of where the marking period/semester dates are.  However, it does allow us as a program to target scholar athletes who are academically focused early in 9th grade and develop them as basketball players.  That does require a lot of patience and hard work and sacrifice  (I am starting 2 10th graders and 3 11th graders tomorrow ) More importantly, we have great kids who I brag about as being one of the top academic basketball teams in all the city in all divisions.  Top 3 in Bronx. Only 1 student in last 5 years that was on active roster did not graduate.  Our scholar athletes take various AP and college level/prep courses and electives.   This can make it challenging to maintain a 75 average so we need to have players ready to step up and support each other.    

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