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Richmond coaches to school board: delay GPA requirement

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A group of Richmond high school coaches asked the school board Tuesday to delay the GPA requirement for student athletes. They said, their teams and students are suffering.

The school board passed the 2.0 GPA requirement for student athletes last Fall. The coaches say, kids are now being pulled off their sports teams abruptly because they weren't given time to get their grades up.

"We have baseball coaches who can't fill their teams," said Thomas Jefferson Assistant Football Coach Eric Harris. "We've got soccer coaches who can't put kids on the field. We were not given the appropriate time to implement this."

School board members passed the grade requirement in November and it took effect in January.

Sophomore Aly Hawash didn't have the grades so he couldn't play the last two games with the Thomas Jefferson Basketball team.

"Sports is my life," said Aly. "I was upset because my coach said I couldn't play anymore." 

The Henrico school board also passed the same GPA requirement. Except next school year is a pilot program year. The requirement will officially take effect in 2014.

Coach Harris wants the same in Richmond so his players have a chance to get their grades up.

"None of us are against a 2.0 grade point average," said Harris. "We have a problem with the way this was enacted."

NBC12 spoke to several members of the Richmond School Board. They said the issue isn't on their schedule for the foreseeable future. Those members also said, sports is a privilege and not a right: students must study, before they play.

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