To be eligible for the State Basketball Championship, all teams must first qualify at a weekend tournament or through their league. View List of Qualifier Tourneys and Leagues.
ALL teams must also meet the Eligibility Rules below and provide required player documentation before State tournament play.
*School Division Assignment Rules*
- Appeals will not be accepted/reviewed until February 1st
- Teams representing 4A high schools in Washington must register for, and compete in, the Gold (upper) Division at State. Any exceptions must be approved through a formal appeal to the State Committee.
- Teams representing 1A-3A high schools plus “B” teams of 4A high schools will compete in the Silver division at State, unless a team desires to register for the Gold Division.
PLEASE NOTE: The State Committee may also assign non 4A schools to Gold Division for competitive balance purposes.
- The deadline to submit an appeal is TBA 2020
Team Eligibility and Roster Rules
1. Team Representative. Each team must appoint a team representative, for example a coach, team manager, or team 'mom'. The team representative is responsible for submitting all player eligibility information (listed below) and tracking the team's approval status via the team's online SportsEngine account.
2. Grade Level. If a team is comprised of students in multiple grade levels, that team must play at State in the grade of the player in the highest grade level. For example, if a team is comprised of nine 6th graders and one 7th grader, then the team must play at the 7th grade level.
School Division Eligibility**
*Please note-- If you send an emailed roster prior to official qualification and registration, we may say on paper it looks 'good'. However, the Eligibility Staff does not give final approval to any roster or player until team registration and payment is received, along with the satisfactory review of all proper documentation (POE's cleared, waivers submitted).
3. Same School requirement. Teams must be comprised of players who meet one (1) of the following two tests:
(a) Live in same High School Boundary: Teams must be comprised of players who live within the same public high school boundary. To meet this test, the Team Representative must provide report cards, progress reports or online student information information that show the players' grade level and home address. Parents may make a copy of a report card/progress report and black out any of the grade performance information for privacy reasons. If the student documentation does not show the player's home address, then a copy of a utility or cable bill must accompany the documentation.
(b) Attend same Elementary or Middle School: Teams must be comprised of players who attend the same elementary or middle school. To meet this test, the Team Representative must provide either (1) a copy of each player's school ID card, OR, (2) a report card/progress report showing the player's school name and grade level. Teams representing a private high school must meet test 3(b).
4. Exceptions to Same School requirement (Rule 3a). Exceptions to the same high school boundary requirement must be done through one of the coaches of the team. Click here for Request form. Approvals are not guaranteed, and the State Eligibility Committee reviews these forms on a case by case basis.
Club Division Eligibility
5. Club Division assignment. During registration, all teams may choose to play in the Club Division. Those teams that register for the School division but are found to not meet the Same School requirement (see Rule 3 above), will be assigned to the Club Division. All Club Division teams must show proof of grade by submitting either a copy of a report card, an online student information page or middle school ID card for each player. The document must show player’s grade level. If sending a report card, you may black out class grades for privacy reasons.
6. State Eligibility Rule. The State Championship is restricted to in-state teams only, unless an out of state team that qualifies in a Washington league or tourney does not have its own State Championship (i.e ID, MT, Canada, or Oregon Club teams which do not have their own Club division in the Oregon State tournament).
7. Multi-team play. A player may play for more than one team. given that (a) the player is listed on both rosters and meets all other eligibility rules, and (b) the teams are in different grades or divisions (i.e. Club vs. School). A player cannot play for two teams in the same sub-division, i.e. School Gold division and School Silver division. As noted in paragraph 2, a player may play up a grade but not down a grade.
8. Proof of Eligibility. Immediately after registering it's team entry, an automated email will be generated and sent to the listed Team Representative. The email will include specific instructions for submitting each players' eligibility documentation, i.e. copy of report card or middle school ID card. Proof of Eligibility for each player must be submitted no later than TBA 2020.
School or Club Division - POE Report Card Example (Click)
School or Club Division - POE Desktop Student Profile Example (Click)
School or Club Division - POE Mobile Student Profile Example (Click)
Club Division or School Division only if all kids attend same school - POE School ID Card Example (Click)
9. Individual Waiver Forms. Each player must have a parent or legal guardian complete an online Release of Liability Form. Specific instructions and a link to the Waiver will be included in post-registration email to each Team Representative for distribution to parents.
10. Tracking team eligibility approval. All teams may use the Coach's Login via our online system to follow the approval status of its team. After logging in and clicking on Manage Roster, the Team Representative can view each player's approval status. When all listed players have submitted the necessary eligibility documentation, the team's displayed status will be changed from "Pending" to "Approved".
**At the discretion of the Committee, certain exceptions to the Eligibility rules may be made. Any exception would be rare and only granted if, in the Committee's view, the exception does not materially alter the talent level and competitive nature of the affected division. The State Committee also has discretion on decisions with players and team rosters who do not meet the spirit of the State Tournament.