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SMS Athletics Eligibility Requirements




Athletic Policies & Eligibility

Southern Middle School

*Revised 6/8/18*


These requirements will be enforced each semester.  In order to play sports, each athlete must meet these requirements.  Your education comes first.





·        Must be present 85% (no more than 13.5 absences) of the previous semester. This includes all excused and unexcused absences.


·        You must be in school by 11:30 a.m. in order to participate in an after school activity.


Enrollment/ Residence

·        Must be a regularly enrolled member of the student body.


·        Must participate at the school to which he/she is assigned by ABSS.


·        Must live with parents or legal guardian.


·        A student may not have two (2) residences for eligibility purposes.



·        Cannot turn 15 before August 31 of that school year


·        A sixth grader is allowed to all play sports, except football.  May serve as a manager.


Medical Requirements

·      Must have a physical exam from a doctor in order to try-out for a team. This physical is good for 395 days. A form is available at the school.


·        Must have a concussion awareness form, signed by both student and parent, on file with school.


·      Any student absent from practice for five (5) or more days due to illness or injury must submit a medical release from a licensed medical physician before re-admittance to practice or play.



·        Must pass all core classes and 1 elective the previous semester. 


·        Must meet local promotion standards as established by ABSS.


·        Students entering the 6thgrade for the first time are automatically eligible for first semester.


·        No student may be eligible to participate at the middle school level for a period lasting longer than six (6) consecutive semesters, beginning with the student’s first entry into the 6th grade.