Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA)
The PIAA is a non-profit corporation and a voluntary membership organization. VFMA is among members made up of nearly all public junior high/middle and senior high
schools, some Charter and Private junior high/middle Schools, and many Charter and Private senior high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PIAA’s mission is to develop and enforce rules regulating interscholastic athletic competition, which are authorized or adopted by the member schools.
For Prospective Students
Valley Forge Military Academy is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A.) which is the governing body of high school athletics in Pennsylvania. As such VFMA is required to comply with the PIAA Constitution and its By-Laws. With this in mind, there are two PIAA By-Laws that all prospective candidates for admission to VFMA and their parents must be aware of.
The first is Article I – Age: Section 1. Maximum Age Rule which reads as follows:
“A student shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition upon attaining the age of nineteen years with the following exception: If the age of 19 is attained on or after July 1, the student shall be eligible, age-wise, to compete through the school year.”
The second is Article VIII – Period of Participation: In summary, when a student athlete first enters ninth grade, a clock begins giving the student athlete four consecutive school years (eight semesters) of eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics. For example, a student athlete repeating a grade after entering ninth grade, would be ineligible in their fifth year of high school. Under the “Period of Participation” rule, there are no “redshirt “ years, and not playing a season in a given sport one year does not give a student athlete an additional season of eligibility to play that sport. Regardless of where the student athlete begins ninth grade, in another state, country or at home (home school), the semester clock begins and carries over to enrollment in a school in Pennsylvania that is a member of the P.I.A.A.
More information regarding athletic eligibility can be found on the P.I.A.A. website
Prospective student athletes and their parents with questions concerning athletic eligibility should contact the Director of Athletics Richard Casey at 610-989-1491 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org