• High School Eligibility

     

    Students interested in participating in high school athletics should familiarize themselves with the following general regulations, academic and attendance requirements, and athletic policies. Here are the sports offered:

    Fall Winter Spring

    Football - Men's
    Soccer - Men's
    Volleyball - Women's
    Cross Country
    Tennis - Women's
    Cheerleading
    Golf - Women's

    Basketball
    Wrestling
    Gymnastics
    Swimming
    Cheerleading
    Indoor Track
    Flag Football - Women's

    Soccer - Women's
    Softball - Women's
    Baseball - Men's
    Tennis - Men's
    Golf - Men's
    Track
    Lacrosse
    Stunt

    * Unless noted, sport is offered for both men's and women's

    NCHSAA Season Dates

    NCHSAA Calendar

    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

    Students must not participate if they turn 19 years of age on or before Aug. 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 during the first semester 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).
    • Students must be on track to advance to the next grade level by meeting promotion requirements at their school to be eligible for the Fall semester.
    • Students must earn passing grades in 70% of the number of courses taken in the previous 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

    Students 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 4100, a “legal custodian is a person or agency that has been awarded legal custody of the student by a court." 

    Non-WCPSS Transfers

    Please see the NCHSAA Handbook

    Transfers or Reassignments

    After initial enrollment: Students granted a voluntary transfer or reassignment away from their base or assigned school (including Magnet and Application schools) to another WCPSS 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, and the appeal must be approved.

    Medical Examination

    • Students must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
    • Students 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

    • Students 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.
    • Students not participate at the high school level for more than four seasons in that sport (one season per year).
    • Students not participate after pleading guilty or “no contest” to, or be finally convicted of, a felony in this or any other state. 
    • Students 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).
    • Students must not have signed a professional contract, played on a junior college team, or be enrolled in and attending class in college.
    • Please see the NCHSAA Handbook for a complete list of requirements

    Other WCPSS Policies

    • Students assigned to In-School Suspension (ISS), Out-of-School Suspension (OSS), or an alternative program in lieu of suspension shall not participate in co-curricular activities or athletics during the assigned time and may regain eligibility the next calendar day following completion of ISS, OSS, or an alternative program with principal's approval.
    • Students 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. See below.