Mr. Gall explains, "We try to avoid dropping classes after that third week because we don't want it to impact the students transcripts negatively. If someone, for example, was in soccer or basketball, and they didn't participate or their attendance was poor, then all of a sudden they wanted to switch into something else because they didn't like it, they wouldn't allow that. If someone was in good standing and they wanted to go to another sport then they could do that."
Many students are very frustrated with this policy. After finishing their season, many students try dropping their sport, but are not allowed to because this would give them an automatic F in the class. Student Natalie Tetreault stated that, “It’s really frustrating to put in all that time during summer and your season and being told you get no credit for it when you’re done and need to focus on other things.”
Some AP students are also frustrated with the policy. Although they get an A in the class, this still lowers their overall GPA because there is another unweighted class in their schedule, thus lowering the overall GPA. This could be very frustrating in some cases because every point counts when competing for high-end schools.
Other district policies, such as Kennedy High School, state, "The athlete may, at any time during the season, with reasonable cause, request a release from the coach of the sport. The coach is under no obligation to grant this release. If granted, the athlete would be immediately eligible in his/her next sport of choice."
Newport Mesa's policy causes students to get F's if dropped after 21 days, when in other districts its seems that students get out of a sport just based on the coach's approval. Many feel the current Newport Mesa policy does not give students freedom to drop their sport after the season has ended, forcing student athletes to spend time in off-season training whether they need it or not.