Revisions have been made to the Oakland Athletic League athletic eligibility policy, but the same number of credits still will be needed to be eligible, OAL commissioner Russell White said.
The credit requirement, which became OAL policy in the spring, is 50 to become a sophomore, 110 to become a junior and 170 to become a senior, White said. He also said that the student's grade-point average which will be considered for athletic eligibility is from the student's last semester, not his or her total GPA, as was the case with the previous policy.
An appeal process has also been established for credit issues, White said.
Castlemont High was forced to cancel nonleague games against Healdsburg and Encinal because of a lack of eligible players. It also forfeited its first scheduled game of the season on Sept. 7 against Vista del Lago-Folsom because of player eligibility issues.
Last week, Castlemont coach Lloyd Johnson said he was optimistic that he would have enough eligible players to play in the team's scheduled OAL opener at Oakland Tech on Oct. 12.
"I would think that it is going to help Castlemont," said White, who coached the Knights in 2010 and 2011, about the changes. "I feel that they will play soon."
Skyline forfeited its Aug. 31 game against Acalanes scheduled for because of a lack of eligible players, but has fielded a team in two games since.
White said the changes were made by the OAL policy committee, of which he is not a voting member. It consists entirely of principals from each high school in the Oakland Unified School District, White said.
NEAR RECORD: One statistic about the Castro Valley football team's 40-14 victory over Liberty last Friday definitely stands out.
Trojans junior Robert Taylor had four interceptions, a mark that appears to be at least tied for second all-time in East Bay history, according to Mark Tennis, editor of CalHiSports Football.
Ross Roman of John F. Kennedy-Fremont had five interceptions in a game against Soquel in 2003. The state record is six, set by Weston Borba of Chowchilla in 1998.
"It was a great individual effort by him. One of the interceptions he had pursued to the opposite side of the field," Castro Valley coach Nic McMaster said about Taylor.
The Trojans evened their record at 2-2 with the victory. That includes an eight-point loss to California and a 13-point loss to Monte Vista.
Castro Valley hosts Freedom on Friday at 7 p.m.
"They are extremely athletic, that's probably one word that sticks out. They are extremely athletic across the board," said McMaster about Freedom.
Balance beam: Concord coach Brian Hamilton might not care about having a balanced offense, but that's exactly what he has this season.
Washington State-bound running back Olito Thompson has been predictably good, rushing for 721 yards at a clip of 7.75 yards per carry in four games.
But he's been joined by an equally dangerous passing attack, led by quarterback Wyatt Morrow. Only a junior, Morrow has completed 48 of 70 passes for 584 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. Former Minutemen quarterback Jacob Daynes has been Morrow's favorite target, with 14 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Staff writer Ben Enos contributed to this notebook. Follow Phil Jensen on Twitter at @JensenPhil.