Middle School Athletic Eligibility
Only students in grades sixth through eighth may participate in middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grades) interscholastic athletic competition. In order to qualify for public school participation, a student must meet the following requirements:
In grades six, seven and eight, the student must pass at least one less course than the number of required core courses each semester and meet promotion standards established by the LEA. If an athlete is "academically eligible” or "academically ineligible” at the beginning of any semester, that status is retained throughout the full semester. It is the responsibility of the school principal to check the academic status of each student/athlete enrolled in school at the beginning and close of a semester.
The principal must have evidence of the legal birth date of the student. A student shall not participate on a sixth, seventh or eighth grade team if the student becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31 of that school year.
A player must have attended school at least 85% of the previous semester. A student must, at any time of any game in which he or she participates, be a regularly enrolled member of the school’s student body, according to local policy. If there is no local policy, “regularly enrolled” is defined as enrolled for at least one-half of the “minimum load.” It is recommended the student be in school the day of the contest.
Sports Pre-participation and Medical Examination Form
In order to be eligible for practice or participation in interscholastic athletic contests, the student must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, subject to the provisions of G.S.90-9, 90-18.1, and 90-18.2.