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A 4-5 5th Grader Starts For A Florida High School Varsity Basketball Team


The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body of Florida high school sports. We’ve discussed them governing before, as you might remember. But they don’t quite apply here, because their jurisdiction doesn’t extend to Downey Christian High School in Orlando, Florida, where a 4-foot, 5-inch fifth grader is the starting point guard for the varsity basketball team.

Admittedly, the small private school isn’t exactly a basketball powerhouse and Jamie Newman, father standout 5th grader Julian, coaches the team. Still, this:

According to FHSAA rules, Julian’s participation in high school sports is completely legal. As long as he doesn’t repeat a grade, or exceed four years of high school participation, he’s free to play:

“A student’s four-year limit of high school eligibility is not affected by the student’s participation in interscholastic athletics before beginning the ninth grade for the first time.”

We’re not exactly sure how Julian’s GPA is calculated, because he needs a 2.0/4.0 to remain eligible. Something with the right mix of paints and fractions and ancient Egypt, we think.

Oh and also this:

[MaxPreps]



  • E.G.

    So he’s already down to only three more years of high school eligibility and he hasn’t hit puberty. Good plan, dad.

  • Anonymous

    hes good and hes a team player

  • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 rob b

    That’s what I thought. He’ll burn up his high school eligibility at the end of the 8th grade, just as he’s getting ready to start high school.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertRhoton Bob Rhoton

    Hey E.G….didn’t you read. Eligibility doesn’t start until the 9th grade

  • placeido

    Now does he study in school? Multiplication, English and division or is he going to be on the “dole” if he never makes the NBA?


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