High School Athletic Eligibility Requirements

    Students interested in participating in high school athletics in the 2022-23 school year should familiarize themselves with the following general regulations, academic and attendance requirements, and athletic policies from the NCHSAA (NC High School Athletic Association). 

    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 Currituck County School System (CCS) eligibility requirements and policies:


    No student may be approved for any athletic contest if his or her 19th birthday comes on or before August 31, 2020. 


    A student-athlete must meet the LEA attendance policy during the previous semester at an approved high school. regularly enrolled member of the school’s student body, according to local policy. If there is no local policy, “regularly enrolled” is defined as enrolled for at least one half of the “minimum load.” It is recommended the student be in school the day of the contest.  CCS requires the athlete to be present half the day in order to participate in activities or practices.


    A student, upon first entering grade nine (9), is academically eligible for competition 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).

    Must meet promotion requirements at their school to be eligible for the fall semester.

    Must earn passing grades in three of four courses the previous semester.


    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.

    Must be a properly enrolled student in a member school of the CCS district, must be enrolled no later than the 15th day of the present semester, and must be in regular attendance at that school.

    Medical Examination

    Must receive a medical examination once every 365 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant.

    Must be released by a licensed physician if absent from athletic practice for five or more days due to illness or injury.

    Other NCHSAA Requirements

    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.

    Must not participate at the high school level for more than four seasons in that sport (one season per year).

    Must not be convicted of a felony in this or any other state, or adjudicated as a delinquent for an offense that would

    be a felony if committed by an adult in this or any other state.

    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).

    Must not have signed a professional contract, played on a junior college team or be enrolled and attending class in college.

Last Modified on May 17, 2022