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How to Participate

Trying Out?

If your child plans to try out for a sport, they must follow the following process:
1. Complete the Middle School Athletic Participation Form (includes a sports physical from a doctor). The form is attached to this page. 
2. Athletic Director will follow proper procedures to determine eligibility and notify the coach.

Be Eligible (see Bottom of page for requirements)

      a.  Must be in 7th or 8th grade.  6th graders are not eligible for sanctioned Wake County Middle School Sports
 
 

WCPSS Middle School Athletic Participation Form

Below is the form you will need to fill out, in it's entirety, and turn in to the Athletic Office prior to participation.

How to determine if you are eligible:

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for any athletic activity, the athlete:

1. Must be currently enrolled in seventh or eighth grade in WCPSS.

2. Must meet all eligibility requirements prior to the first tryout/practice date.

3. Must have a completed and signed Middle School Athletic Participation Form prior to the first tryout/practice date.

4. Must not participate if he/she becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31, 2017.

5. Must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a licensed medical physician, physician’s assistant or family practitioner in the United States.

6. Must read the Concussion Information Sheet, initial and sign the Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement each year.

7. 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.

8. 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 6 th grade.

9. Must earn passing grades (D or better) in a minimum of three core courses each semester to be eligible for participating during the succeeding semester.

10. 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, students who participate in interscholastic athletics must meet all requirements of the State Board of Education.

11. Must not participate (practice or play) if ineligible.

12. 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.

13. Must be present in school the entire day in order to participate in practices or games.

14. 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.)

15. 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.

16. 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 (# 15). 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 readmittance to practice or play.

17. 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.

Need Insurance??

WCPSS provides some insurance to our Student/Athletes, but will not supplement some of the major medical bills if your child has an injury while playing a sport. Check out the website below to add insurance if you don't already have a good plan.

Guidelines and Expectations

Please view the power point presentation below to see what is expected of the Student/Athlete in the classroom, at practice and at game time. There are also guidelines for parents and others who come to enjoy watching a loved one play. We hope that by viewing this, you will help us foster a positive learning experience for not only your child, but for all players, coaches and game officials.

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