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.

For the 2023-24 school year, Hilsman Middle School sixth-graders will be able to participate in all sports offered at the school except for wrestling, softball, and baseball because those Hilsman sports are part of programs that do not allow participation below eighth grade.

Sports Hilsman sixth-graders will be allowed to participate in this school year include:

  • Volleyball (fall)
  • C-Team Football (fall)
  • Cross Country (fall)
  • Running Club (6th grade, non-competitive, fall)
  • Cheer for Football (fall)
  • Cheer for Basketball (winter)
  • Swim & Dive (winter)
  • Basketball (winter)
  • Soccer (spring)
  • Track & Field (spring).

Click here for more information on Hilsman athletics.