Football, volleyball, and basketball are open to students who are in the seventh and eighth grades and who will not reach their fifteenth birthday before September 1. A student may complete a season that is already in progress. A seventh or eighth-grade student must have been promoted the previous year in order to participate in athletics. The S.C. High School League does not allow students below the seventh-grade level to play on interscholastic teams. Sixth-grade teams may continue to play on the teams provided by the Lancaster County Recreation Department. Policies and/or regulations governing the interscholastic athletic program are set forth by the S.C. High School League, the school district, and South Middle School.