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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1942. Department of Secondary Education.


Copyright 1942, the author. Used by permission.


The problem of this thesis is to examine the eligibility rules of the various states in order to determine current practices with a view to proposing changes in current requirements in terms of an acceptable philosophy of secondary education.

To determine the rules of high school eligibility as set up by the high school associations of the various states, the writer sent letters to the executive secretaries of all associations asking for information concerning present practices and trends in rules of eligibility governing high school competition in athletic contests.Forty-three states responded by sending letters, copies of their constitutions, by-laws, mimeograph clippings, or booklets regarding eligibility rules for interscholastic contests.

Chapter II consists mainly of an analysis of the constitutions, by-laws, and rules and regulations of the state associations.The analysis is summarized and discussed under the following headings:

  1. Enrollment and regulations for regular students.

  2. Enrollment and residence requirements for transfer students.

  3. Age rule.

  4. Physical examinations.

  5. Scholastic requirements.

  6. Amateurism.

  7. Number of semesters and sport seasons student is eligible for competition.

Chapter III contains a statement of philosophy of education based on a study of objectives of education as outlined by the Educational Policies Commission.The chapter also includes recommendations for eligibility rules for the state of Nebraska based on the findings of this study and in the light of the suggested philosophy of education.

Advisor:Galen Saylor