New 6th Grade Sports Participation Policy

  • In May 2023, the Clarke County Board of Education approved a revision to Board Policy IDE(2) that allows sixth-grade students to compete on their middle schools' athletics teams alongside seventh- and eighth-graders. Schools will provide additional information about fall sports and academic eligibility as well as physical evaluation forms. Grade-level eligibility for competitive teams may vary from sport to sport, depending on the school. Please see on this page a listing of sports offered at Hilsman and the grade levels allowed to participate.

    HMS Basketball Schedule

Panther Athletics


    Athletic Director: Daniel Culliver:

    Assistant Athletic Director: Kimberly Willingham: 

    Fall sports include:

    • Volleyball (Grades 6-8)
    • C-Team Football (Grades 6-8, practices at Cedar Shoals)
    • Cross Country (Grades 6-8)
    • Running Club (6th grade, non-competitive)
    • Cheer for Football (Grades 6-8)

    Winter sports include:

    • Cheer for Basketball (Grades 6-8)
    • Swim & Dive (Grades 6-8, practices with Cedar Shoals)
    • Basketball (Grades 6-8)
    • Wrestling (8th grade, practices with Cedar Shoals)

    Spring sports include:

    • Soccer (Grades 6-8)
    • Track & Field (Grades 6-8)
    • Softball (8th grade, practices at Cedar Shoals)
    • Baseball (8th grade, practices at Cedar Shoals)

    To compete in any sport, student-athletes need to be academically eligible, which means that they passed at least six out of 7 classes on their most recent report card.

    All student-athletes also need to turn in a physical form (English) / physical form (Espanol) signed by a doctor. These expire after one (1) year. Physicals can be obtained at the following: 

    • primary care doctor
    • Hilsman Health Center (Free) — call 706-546-7463 to make an appointment.
    • Little Clinic at Kroger Marketplace, 700 U.S. Hwy. 29, Athens (takes insurance) — call 706-715-3746 to make an appointment.