Athletic Policies Eligibility
In order for any student to be a member of an athletic team, he/she must meet the following requirements:
- A student may not participate if he/she turns fifteen (15) years of age on or before August 31st of the current school year.
- A student must be in attendance 85% of the previous semester (no more than 14 days absent).
- A student who fails two or more classes in the fall semester is ineligible for spring semester. A student who is promoted at the end of the school year to the next grade automatically meets the academic requirement for the fall semester of the school year.
- Athletes, including cheerleaders, are required to maintain academic eligibility as defined above each semester and meet the attendance requirement as stated above each semester. All sports have the same eligibility requirements.
The opportunity to be a member of all sports teams is open to all students in grades six, seven and eight (football is only open to 7th and 8th graders). By North Carolina Athletic Policy, sixth graders are eligible to participate in interscholastic sports with the exception of football, which only 7th and 8th graders are eligible.
Coaches will conduct tryouts in each sport at the beginning of each season. (Students who tryout and do not make an athletic team are encouraged to participate in outside sports activities to continue to develop athletic skills.) Continued hard work and participation may make students even better players than some of those who were selected for athletic teams.
Physical Examination - Student Athletic Packets - Insurance
Each athlete and cheerleader must have a physical examination by a doctor before he/she will be allowed to participate in tryouts. The physical examination is only valid for one year from the date of the physical.
Student Athlete Expectations
All student-athletes represent Madison County and their respective schools. Therefore, each student athlete's actions both in and out of school must reflect positively on the district and school community or the participant will not represent the school in any athletic activities.
While at school, student-athletes are expected to set positive examples for the rest of the student body. All student-athletes are expected to follow school rules at all times.