Athletic Eligibility Requirements 2017-2018: NCDPI has made updates to the requirements for athletic eligibility for middle school students. Please see the attached file with updated eligibility information for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note the change in requirement for all rising 7th graders. All rising 7th graders must now meet all eligibility requirements. Prior to this change rising 7th graders did not have to meet eligibility requirements for the first semester of 7th grade. In addition, the course requirement has been updated and simplified. Students must now meet the requirement of earning passing grades in three core courses during the previous semester.