GCS to Allow Sixth-Grade Students to Participate in Sports

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, sixth-grade students will be allowed to play on Guilford County Schools’ middle school sports teams, with the exception of football. 

Last year, the state board of education changed the policy, giving school districts the option of offering sixth-graders the opportunity to participate in team sports, except for football. GCS used the 2016-17 school year to analyze the potential impact of the change on teams and school budgets. 

“After careful consideration, we determined allowing sixth-grade students to try out for teams will allow some of our schools to become more competitive, with a minimal impact to school budget,” explains Leigh Hebbard, Athletic Director for Guilford County Schools.

Eligibility requirements remain the same, and sixth-grade students will need to submit a medical examination and required concussion awareness form before they can join a team.