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Athletics Policies


NCSSM offers an interscholastic athletic program in the following sports: for both men and women, soccer, basketball, tennis, cross-country, swimming, track, cheerleading, diving, and golf; baseball and wrestling for men; and softball and volleyball for women. Student athletes are reviewed for NCSSM eligibility for interscholastic competition at the end of each of the three trimester grading periods, with the following criteria used to determine eligibility.


Students who represent NCSSM on athletic teams must be academically eligible, medically cleared by a physician, have parental permission to participate, comply with state association standards, and be a member in good standing in the NCSSM residential community.

Any trimester grade of D or U or any two grades below C will place the student on academic probation for the following trimester. Note that junior students earning these grades in the 3rd trimester, who are otherwise eligible to return for the senior year, will be on academic probation for the 1st trimester of the senior year. Students on academic probation will be ineligible for interscholastic competition, practice and tryouts for the trimester following the above grading period. This applies without regard to whether the student remains enrolled in the course with the C-, D or U grade. In cases where a student received a revised schedule due to a failing or low grade, the student will remain ineligible for the next trimester. The effective date of ineligibility or resumption of the ineligibility will be the day that report cards are distributed to the students.

Students who receive an SL101/201 or a work service grade of U will be ineligible for athletics, just as they would be for academic classes. Students who receive a supplemental in work service and are nine hours or more in debt to the work service program will be temporarily ineligible until they make up the hours with the work service supervisor.

Students who believe their grade of D, U, or C- was an error are advised to consult and follow the “Procedures for Requesting Review of Grade” in this Handbook. Please note that the first step in this process is for the student to discuss the grade with the subject teacher. Under exceptional circumstances beyond what is covered in the Procedures for Requesting a Review of Grade, a student may initiate a review of their athletic ineligibility with the Vice Chancellor for Student Life.

In addition to the academic requirements described in the previous paragraph, a student athlete must be in compliance with the eligibility requirements of the NCHSAA. A copy of these requirements is available in the offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and the NCSSM Director of Physical Activities and Wellness. Student athletes must have a current physical examination on file in the NCSSM Clinic, written parental permission to participate, and no current disciplinary sanctions in effect during the sport season.

On a daily basis, student athletes who are medically excused for one or more classes are medically excused from varsity practice and competition that day. A violation of this rule automatically changes the medical excuse to an unexcused absence.


NCSSM is a member of the NCHSAA State Athletic Association, and the Mid-State 2A Conference. The conference includes Bartlett Yancey High School, Carrboro High School, Cummings High School, Durham School of the Arts, Graham High School, Reidsville High School.   Along with our conference foes, NCSSM also plays a variety of public and private schools in the Triangle area including rival Raleigh Charter.

Regular season and conference games are scheduled two and sometimes three times per week. Decisions to postpone games due to inclement weather or poor field conditions are usually made around 1 pm on game day by the host school. All conference schools participate in the conference playoffs/tournament in cross country, diving, golf, swimming, track, volleyball, basketball, men’s and women’s tennis (regional qualifiers only) and women’s softball at the end of the season. Depending on our season record, and success in the conference playoffs, NCSSM may qualify for the NCHSAA state playoffs which are held at various locations around the state.For varsity team roster information, season schedule information and updates on re-scheduled games, please consult the NCSSM website.