Athletic Policies


In order for any student to be a member of an athletic team, he/she must meet the following minimum requirements:
A student may not participate on a 7th or 8th grade team if he or she turns 15 years old on or before August 31st of the
current school year.
A student must be in attendance at least 85% (77 of 90 days) of the previous semester.
Upon entering the 7th grade, students are automatically eligible for the fall sports season. A student who fails 2 or more
core classes (ELA, SS, Science, and Math) on a nine week report card is not eligible for the next sport season.
Athletes, including cheerleaders, are required to maintain academic eligibility as defined above each nine weeks grading
period and meet the attendance requirement as stated above each semester. All sports have the same minimum eligibility
All Buncombe County middle schools are members of the French Broad Middle School Athletic Conference. This conference
includes the following middle schools: Reynolds, Cane Creek, Enka, Erwin, Asheville, North Buncombe, Owen, and
Valley Springs. The opportunity to be a member of all sports teams is open to all students in grades seven and eight.
By North Carolina Athletic Policy, sixth graders are not eligible to participate in interscholastic sports.
Sixth grade students who would like to be involved in athletics should speak to a coach concerning the possibility of
becoming a manager of a team.
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 valid for 395 days from the date of the physical. Each student athlete must also
have a completed Gfeller-Waller Concussion Statement form on file with the athletic department before trying out for a

Transportation Fee
A $40.00 fee is charged to all student athletes one time during the school year to help cover the cost of transportation to
athletic events. This fee is paid only once, so students who participate in two or more sports pay the transportation fee
at the time they first participate in a school sport.

Student Athlete Expectations
All student-athletes represent Buncombe 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.