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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.  

  o   Documents:

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

LHS Sports Health Form.pdf

Health Form


Physical Form

Clear Bag Policy for Sports and Events for 2022-2023