Trying Out for a Sports Team
- Attend a pre-season information meeting with the coach. He/she will describe their expectations of team members.
- Verify that you meet the Wake County eligibility requirements.
- Turn in a completed WCPSS Middle School Athletic Participation Form (Form #2300) to the Athletic Director/coach. Make sure you keep a copy of the physical form. Please, turn it in BEFORE try outs begin! Keep a copy of your physical for further use.
- Allow the Athletic Director to check your eligibility and ensure that you are allowed to participate.
- Meet with the coach on the specified day and time for the first day of try-outs.
Sportsmanship is defined as the quality of responsible behavior characterized by a spirit of generosity and genuine concern for opponents, officials and teammates. Athletes, students, and parents should:
• Realize you represent the school as does a member of the team; therefore, you have an obligation to be a true sportsman, encourage through this behavior the practice of good sportsmanship by others.
• Recognize that good sportsmanship is more important than victory by approving and applauding good team play, individual skill, and outstanding examples of sportsmanship and fair play exhibited by either team.
• Remember that the purpose of interscholastic athletics is to promote physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being of the players through the medium of contest.
• Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat, respect the judgment and integrity of game officials.
For more information, see the WCPSS Athletics Code of Conduct.
Specific Rules for Each Sport
Football: Pre-Game (5th Quarter) is 8 minutes (4 on Offense, 4 on Defense), 8 Minute Quarters. Overtime (OT) – Each team has one offensive series from the 10 yard-line.
Volleyball: Best 3 out of 5 games wins, games are played to 25 points using rally scoring. A ball hitting the line is in. Fifth game is to 15 win by 2.
Soccer: Pre-Game (5th Quarter) is 5 minutes running time, two 30-minute halves are played. If tied, a 10-minute overtime period is played in two halves of 5 minutes each.
Basketball: Pre-Game (5th Quarter) is 6 minutes long, running time. Quarters are 6 minutes long.
Order of events: Girls’ 5th Quarter, Girls’ Game, Boys’ 5th Quarter, Boys’ Game (Unless a school specifies a change prior to the date that the game is to be played).
Softball: Fast pitch. Home plate to pitcher’s rubber = 40′. Bases are 60′ apart. Sliding, stealing, and bunting are legal. No DH. Games conclude after 1 hour and 15 minutes. All contests are conducted as double-headers.
Track: Dual Meet Scoring: 5-3-1, (relay 5-0), 1 false start per event. Each athlete can compete in a maximum of 3 events.