Interscholastic athletics are an integral part of the educational curriculum and experience. High school athletics promote the character development of the participants, enhance the educational mission of schools, and promote civility in society. Therefore, student-athletes, coaches, spectators, and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty, and responsibility. These values should be established as a priority among all GHSA members schools.
Students competing in competitive interscholastic activities by the Georgia High School Association must comply with all eligibility requirements including passing five subjects in the semester immediately preceding participation and be on track to graduate. These subjects must carry credit toward graduation or grade promotion. Summer school is an extension of the second semester. Students not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for one semester. Ineligibility will continue until the student passes five subjects in the semester prior to participation and meet on track requirements. GHSA requires that all student athletes have a physical every year to be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. The physical form that is required to be filled out by GHSA is linked here.
Students must be present three full periods to be counted present and to participate in extra-curricular activities, including practice. Students who have been assigned ISS or OSS may not participate in practice or games/matches until all ISS/OSS days have been served. OSS officially ends at the beginning of the next school day after the OSS term is complete. Approval in advance of an absence by the Principal may be an exception. Students owing dues/fees for participation in one extracurricular activity will not be eligible to participate in another activity until the financial obligations are met.