High School Eligibilty

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  • Students interested in participating in high school athletics should familiarize themselves with the following general regulations, academic and attendance requirements, and athletic policies.

    Listed below are the sports offered.

    Fall Winter Spring
    Football - boys - V/JV
    Soccer - boys - V/JV
    Volleyball - girls - V/JV
    Cross Country
    Tennis - girls
    Cheerleading - V/JV
    Golf - girls 
    Basketball - V/JV
    Wrestling
    Gymnastics - girls
    Swimming
    Cheerleading - V/JV
    Indoor Track 
    Soccer - girls - V/JV
    Softball - girls - V/JV
    Baseball - boys - V/JV
    Tennis - boys
    Golf - boys
    Track
    Lacrosse - V/JV
    Stunt 
     

    * Unless noted, sport is offered for both boys and girls.
    ** V - Varsity &  JV - Junior Varsity

    NCHSAA First Practice Dates

    Fall (August 1), Winter (October 31) except Indoor Track (November 10), Spring (February 13)

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for tryouts, practice, or participation in interscholastic athletic contests, a player must meet all North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) eligibility requirements and policies: 

    Age

    • Must not participate if he/she becomes 19 years of age on or before August 31 of the current school year.

    Attendance

    • WCPSS requires students to be in attendance 85% of the previous semester.
    • WCPSS requires the athlete to be present the entire day in order to participate in activities or practices.

    Academics

    • A student, upon first entering grade nine (9), is academically eligible for competition on high school teams. All requirements must be met the first semester (fall) in order for this student to be eligible for athletic participation the second semester (spring).
    • Must meet promotion requirements at their school to be eligible for the fall semester.
    • Must earn passing grades in five subjects, or three for block schedule schools, or six for schools on an A/B form of scheduling, during each semester in order to be eligible for participation during the succeeding semester. Seniors must meet this requirement in order to participate in athletics during the spring sports season of their senior year.
    • WCPSS also requires a cumulative overall grade point average of 1.5 or above.

    Enrollment

    • Must participate at the school to which he or she is assigned by the local board of education based on the residence of the parent or legal custodian within the administrative unit. The athlete must live with the parents or legal custodian. According to WCPSS Board Policy 6201 a “legal custodian” is a person or agency awarded legal custody of a child by a court of law.
    • A student who transfers from one NCHSAA member school to another NCHSAA member school in a different LEA (charter schools and private schools are their own LEA) after initial enrollment or participation, must sit 365 days from the date of transfer. Hardships may be granted by NCHSAA.

    Medical Examination

    • Must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
    • Must be released by a licensed physician if absent from athletic practice for five or more days due to illness or injury.
    • Athlete and Parent/Legal Custodian must read the Concussion Information Sheet and sign the Concussion Statement.

    Other NCHSAA Requirements

    • Must not participate at the high school level for a period lasting longer than eight consecutive semesters beginning with the student’s first entry into grade nine or participation on a high school team.
    • Must not participate at the high school level for more than four seasons in that sport (one season per year).
    • Must not be convicted of a felony in this or any other state, or adjudicated as a delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult in this or any other state.
    • May not play, sit on the bench, or practice if ineligible.
    • To maintain amateur status, the athlete must not accept money or awards having utilitarian value (golf balls, clubs, tennis rackets and balls).
    • Must not have signed a professional contract, played on a junior college team or be enrolled and attending class in college.

    Other WCPSS Policy

    • May not participate in practice or play if assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS) or Out-of-school Suspension (OSS).
    • May not participate at a second school in WCPSS in the same sport season.
    • Students enrolled and attending WCPSS high schools without interscholastic athletics will have the opportunity to participate in athletics. For each school without interscholastic athletics, the Superintendent/Designee will assign a school for athletic purposes.
      • Wake Young Men's and Young Women's Leadership Academies eligible at Broughton 
      • Wake Early College eligible at Enloe
      • Wake STEM eligible at Athens Drive
      • Vernon Malone eligible at Southeast Raleigh
      • Longview and Mary Phillips eligible at the base school as determined by the WCPSS Office of Student Assignment
    • Students granted a voluntary transfer away from the base or assigned school shall not participate in athletic activities for 365 days. In order to participate in athletics, the student must fill out the “Appeal for Athletic Participation for Transferred Students Form (MS Word)”, and the appeal must be approved.