Participation in athletics can positively enrich a student’s educational experience at South. This often translates to higher academic and personal success for these students.
All athletic competitions sanctioned by South are governed by the rules set forth by the Colorado High School Activities Association and the DPS Athletic Board of Control. In addition to CHSAA regulations, South may implement standards beyond what is required by CHSAA. Student athletes must abide by the rules set forth by the Denver Prep League and listed on the electronic DPS Athletic Consent Forms via FamilyID.
Academics are the priority at South, therefore all athletes must meet weekly and cumulative academic eligibility requirements. Simply stated, these require that athletes maintain a minimum 2.0 semester grade point average, be enrolled in at least five full-credit courses, and not receive a weekly grade of F in more than one class per week.
Students must pay the athletic participation fee per season, per sport before being cleared to participate by the official start date. During pre-season, registration is not required. Students and their families will pay athletic Pay to Play fees during online registration, which typically opens 3 weeks prior to the official start date.
All student athletes must complete online registration and obtain a physician’s clearance for participation in the sport. These 3 items (online registration, payment, physical) must be completed by the student and his or her parents/guardians and returned to the Athletic Office before the student can participate in practice or competition.
Eligibility requirements for Athletic Teams, Band, Orchestra, Speech Competition, Vocal Music, Student Senate, and Cheerleading are set by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) which governs all school activities for the state. To meet eligibility requirements:
Students who receive less than a 2.0 GPA from the previous semester will be allowed to participate, but must obtain at least a 2.0 in the mandated re-certification data.
In addition, coaches, counselors, and the Athletic Director will provide information about athletic requirements. Participation in activities such as student government, clubs, volunteer and community organizations, fine arts, and athletics is the final factor. Of importance is not how many activities you have joined, but rather how fully you participated and carried out your responsibilities.
Reach out to a Coach, come out to a game! Per CHSAA Bylaws, incoming 9th graders can start participating with High School Athletic teams on May 1st. A lot of our athletic programs offer off-season and pre-season opportunities, stay involved with Social Media & ask Coaches to get involved: