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By Tom McGuire, 02/22/17, 7:00AM EST


Rising 7th graders must now meet requirements for 1st semester




Rising 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                                                                                          Winter                                                                    Spring

Cheerleading                                                           Cheerleading                                                           Soccer - boys

Football                                                                   Basketball                                                                                Track

Soccer - girls                                                                                                                                                           Softball - girls

Volleyball - girls                                                                                                    


Tentative 2017-2018 Sport Season Dates

  • Fall Sports Season - The first tryout/practice day is August 29, 2017. 
  • Winter Sports Season - The first tryout/practice day is November 13, 2017. 
  • Spring Sports Season - The first tryout/practice day is February 12, 2018. 


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:

  1. Must meet all eligibility requirements prior to the first tryout/practice date.
  2. Must have a completed and signed Middle School Athletic Participation Form prior to the first tryout/practice date.
  3. Must not participate if he/she becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31, 2017.
  4. Must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a licensed medical physician, physician’s assistant or family practitioner in the United States.
  5. Parent or legal custodian must read the Concussion Information Sheet, initial and sign the Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement once each school year.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.  While WCPSS only offers athletics beginning in seventh grade, the 6 semester rule begins with initial entry into 6th grade for all public middle schools in the state.
  8. Must earn passing grades (D or better) in three core course each semester to be eligible for participating during the succeeding semester. 
  9. 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.  
  10. Must not participate (practice or play) if ineligible.
  11. 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.
  12. Must be present in school in order to participate in practices or games that day.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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.
  15. 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 readmittance to practice or play.
  16. 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.