On Thursday August 4, 2016, the North Carolina State Board of Education changed the policy regarding interscholastic athletics (HRS-D-001). The new policy changes the grade level at which students may participate in interscholastic competition from grades 7 -12 to grades 6-12. As part of this change, sixth grade students may participate in all interscholastic sports with the exception of football.
For clarification, this State Board policy allows each LEA or charter school to determine whether or not sixth graders may participate in interscholastic athletics, with the exception of football. At this time, the policy of Onslow County Schools remains unchanged. Until the effects of this policy change can be more thoroughly examined, sixth grade students are not eligible to participate in middle school interscholastic athletics.
Middle School Athletic Directors
Dixon Middle - Michael Elkins
Hunters Creek Middle - LaWanda Jones
Jacksonville Commons Middle - Michael Johnson
New Bridge Middle - Joey Mahouchick
Northwoods Park Middle- Robert Hort
Southwest Middle - Andrew McLeod
Swansboro Middle - Sean Trees
Trexler Middle - Sharon Grunden
Middle School athletic eligibility requirements:
student must be legally enrolled at the school
student must reside with parent or legal custodian in that school's attendance zone or be assigned to the school by the Board of Education
student must be in the 7th or 8th grade (6th graders are not eligible to participate in athletics)
student must meet local and state standards for promotion from the previous grade
- student must have passed a minimum of 4 classes (at least 3 of those must be core courses [Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts] plus 1 Encore class) from the previous semester
When determining athletic eligibility for the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year and all subsequent semesters, any absences from the previous semester verified to be excused/lawful by the student’s school will not be considered. Students will forfeit athletic eligibility when unlawful/unexcused absences, out-of-school suspensions, or any combination of unlawful/unexcused absences and out of-school suspensions during the previous semester exceed ten (10) days. No process will exist to request a waiver of unexcused/unlawful absences or out-of-school suspensions.
- students not academically eligible at the beginning of the semester are not eligible at any time during that semester. (1) Exception: a student who receives an incomplete which causes him/her to fail to meet minimum scholastic requirements or is awaiting a final grade due to any state-mandated testing is ineligible until the course is satisfactorily completed and a final grade is recorded, and eligibility can be restored immediately. NOTE: credit-recovery programs CANNOT be used to regain athletic eligiblity during that semester in which credit-recovery is completed.
- student can only participate in middle school athletics 6 semesters after first entering the 6th grade (According to NC DPI Manual: Eligibility begins for all students with initial entry into the sixth grade regardless of: the school organization pattern and/or the decision of the LEA/Charter to allow 6th grade participation in athletics)
student cannot turn 15 years of age on or before August 31 of the current academic year
student must receive a medical examination each academic year from a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant
student and his/her parent must sign the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness form prior to participating in any tryout, practice or contest (new form must be signed each academic year)
- student cannot have been convicted of a felony, or any criminal offense that would have been a felony if committed by an adult