2017-2018 Middle School Athletic Eligibility Information
Seventh and eighth grade students interested in participating in athletics in the 2017-2018 school year should familiarize themselves with the following eligibility requirements and athletic policies. Listed below are the sports seasons and the athletic programs during that season.
Fall – Cheerleading, Football, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball
Winter – Basketball, Cheerleading
Spring – Boys' Soccer, Girls' Softball, Track
2017-2018 Sport Season Dates
- Fall Sports Season – The first tryout/practice day is August 29, 2017. The first regular season playing date is the week of September 18, 2017
- Winter Sports Season – The first tryout/practice day is November 13, 2017. The first regular season playing date is the week of December 4, 2017
- Spring Sports Season – The first tryout/practice day is February 12, 2018. The first regular season playing date is the week of March 5, 2018
All students must fill out this Examination, Participation, and Concussion Form.
**Beginning with the fall of 2017 all requirements must be met by all seventh and eighth grade students.**
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for any athletic activity, the athlete:
- Must meet all eligibility requirements prior to the first tryout/practice date.
- Must have a completed and signed Middle School Athletic Participation Form prior to the first tryout/practice date.
- Must not participate if he/she becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31, 2017.
- Must receive a medical examination once every 395 days (see form link above) by a licensed medical physician, physician’s assistant or family practitioner in the United States.
- Parent or legal custodian must read the Concussion Information Sheet (see form link above), initial and sign the Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement once each school year.
- Must meet promotion requirements to be eligible for fall semester. The State Board of Education defines promotion as “progressing to the next grade.” Students retained either by the school or the parents will be ineligible for the fall semester.
- 6 Semester Rule – No student may be eligible to participate at the Middle School level for a period lasting longer than 6 consecutive semesters beginning with the students’ first entry into 6th grade. The principal shall have evidence of the date of each player’s entry into the 7th grade.
- Must earn passing grades (D or better) in a minimum of three core courses each semester to be eligible for participation during the succeeding semester.
- Must not have more than 14 total absences (85% attendance requirement) in the semester prior to athletic participation. This is a State Board of Education requirement. According to Board Policy 6860, students who participate in interscholastic athletics must meet all requirements of the State Board of Education.
- Must not participate (practice or play) if ineligible.
- Must not participate (practice or play) in any athletic event if suspended or is actively serving in the in-school suspension program for that day or days.
- Must be present in school the entire day in order to participate in practices or games.
- Must live with a parent or legal custodian within the Wake County Public School System administrative unit. (Must notify the athletic director if not living with a parent or legal custodian.)
- A player must practice a total of six (6) days before playing in a game in all sports except football, where a player must practice nine (9) days.
- A player injured requiring medical attention and/or absent due to illness must meet eligibility requirements and must have practiced the required number of days above (# 14). This player may not participate in practice or a contest without a doctor’s note. Students absent from athletic practice 5 or more days due to illness or injury shall receive a medical release by a licensed physician before re-admittance to practice or play.
- If school is not in session or school closes early, no practice or game will take place. There will be no practice on Saturdays (this includes year round schools), holidays, or vacation days.