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.
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ü Important Date Information: SCHSL rule state that in order for the sport physical to be valid for the coming athletic year, it must be dated after April 1, 2023.
ü Each student must meet the state and district attendance standards in all grades.
ü Each student must meet the district promotion standards in all courses.
ü Note: A student may not be socially promoted and participate with school athletics.
ü You may contact your pediatric doctor to schedule your sport physical.
ü All sports for 2023-2024 will require an updated sport physical.
ü Please submit completed physical forms to SMS main office.
1. Preparation Physical Evaluation-History Form (signed by student and parent)
2. Preparation Physical Evaluation-Physical Form (signed by health care professional)
3. Parent’s Permission & Acknowledgement of Risk for Son or Daughter to Participate in Athletics
(signed by student and parent)
4. Lancaster High School Sports Health Form (Emergency Contact Information)
ü If you have any questions about sport physicals, please do not hesitate to contact South Middle School at (803) 283-8416.
Physical Forms and Parent Permission Forms