Denver South High School

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General Information

About South High Athletics

Participation in athletics can positively enrich a student’s educational experience at Denver 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 completed during online registration 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. Please check out “Sport Pages” for programs offered, and “Contacts” for coaching information.

Fees and Requirements

Pay to Play Fees & Doctor Physical


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 online during their 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 sports. 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. Physicals are valid for 365 days and are not accepted electronically or via email.

PHYSICAL – Blank South Form / or PHYSICAL – Blank CHSAA Form / or Physical provided by Doctor Office

Eligibility for all Athletics

Putting the student – in student athlete


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:

  1. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 25 credits each semester. This includes both the semester of play as well as the previous semester to gain eligibility. (This cannot include teacher assistant, study hall, or independent study.) Students who drop a class may be in jeopardy of falling below the required 5-credit minimum. Students withdrawing from a class with a failing grade will carry an F for each weekly grade check for the entire semester.
  2. Students who withdraw carry an F for the remainder of the semester. Any time a student becomes enrolled in less than 25 credits, the student will become academically ineligible.
  3. Students who fail two classes the previous semester are ineligible for competition until the CHSAA mandated re-certification date for their sport.

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.

  1. Students transferring schools without a bona fide family move are subject to restrictions set forth by CHSAA.
  2. Student’s grades will be certified weekly. Students who receive more than one failing grade during the certification period will be ineligible for the following week.
  3. All 9th graders are eligible at the start of the school year.
  4. Each week teachers will submit a cumulative grade to date in order to establish an athlete’s weekly eligibility.

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.

Getting Involved in South Athletics

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 preseason opportunities, stay involved with Social Media & ask Coaches to get involved!

  • Denver Public Schools Futures Football Program was developed along with the Broncos to promote the sport of football throughout DPS. “The level of competition has increased significantly. We now have expectations of seeing our teams in the State Tournament and have even had one of our teams, Denver South, reach the Finals of the State Championship. We have had well over 3 dozen student/athletes from our Broncos Futures Program accept athletic scholarships to attend college. DPS Athletics is an extremely proud district that began their league in 1903. We dedicate our resources to the betterment of our student/athletes and encourage all of the them to help us build for the FUTURE.”
  • Denver Public Schools Futures Volleyball is a league developed for 5th – 8th grade students interested in developing their skills and having fun. Tryouts are hosted at Denver South High School in May and we will put teams together to compete against other DPS schools throughout the month. This is a great time to get know coaches, and other players of your potential high school. We look forward to working with you!
  • Attend the Rebel Athletics Night each December – geared towards interested Middle School students and their families! Come learn about South Athletics, talk to Coaches, and meet current South athletes. This event is typically tied to a Home Basketball with free admission so that you have the opportunity to see Rebel Athletics in Action! 2019-20 Flyer: MS – Rebel Athletics Night (3)
  • Reach out to a Coach, come to a game, check social media! 

Lettering & Awards Guidelines

Celebrating our students athletes


A candidate for lettering in any sport must meet the following requirements:
1. Meet all requirements set forth by the Denver Public Schools Athletic League.
2. Meet the individual requirements of the sport
3. Complete the season in good standing.
4. Have the recommendation of the coach and the principal.
Forfeitures and byes are not to count toward winning an award.
The principal and coach of the school concerned may award a 4-year meritorious service letter to a senior who has never lettered.

Letter Jacket ordering can be found at the bottom of the Main Athletics Page.

BASEBALL – (BOYS)
Requirements for baseball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in baseball – a player must participate in half of the team’s innings. A pitcher must appear in 35% of the games.

BASKETBALL – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for basketball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in basketball – 20 quarters.

CROSS COUNTRY – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for cross country lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D Awards. In addition the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in cross country – competing in 5 varsity meets or placing 1st in any varsity, dual or triangular meet, or placing in the top 10 in the city meet.

FOOTBALL – (BOYS)
Requirements for football lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in football – represent the school in 10 quarters of varsity contests.

GOLF – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for golf lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in golf – representing the school in 2 league matches and winning 2, playing in 4 matches, or playing in 2 matches as a member of the championship team.

GYMNASTICS – (GIRLS)
Requirements for gymnastics lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in gymnastics – enter 75% of all scheduled meets. Place in the top 4 of 50% of all scheduled meets, or earn team points in 50% of all meets, or place in the top 6 places of the district meet.

LACROSSE – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for lacrosse lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in lacrosse – participate in 5 halves.

SOCCER – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for soccer lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in soccer – 10 halves.

SOFTBALL – (GIRLS)
Requirements for softball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in softball – a player must take part in 27 innings. The pitcher must take part in 15 innings.

SWIMMING – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for swimming lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in swimming:

  • A swimmer must earn 30 points in dual meet competition or place in the top 3 of the city varsity swimming meet or qualify for the state meet. *Note: Points scored in relays are divided equally among the 4 relay members.
  • A diver must earn 24 diving points or place in the top 3 places of the city swimming meet or qualify for the state meet.

TENNIS – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for tennis lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in tennis – representing the school in 4 league matches and winning 2 or playing in 6 matches.

TRACK – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for track lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in track:

  • Average 3 points for each league meet held during the season.
    Note: In the DPSAL Relays, only members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd relay teams for each event will score points or fractions of points for a letter award. *Scoring a point or fraction of a point in an individual event, or being a member of a placing relay team in the Denver Public Schools district meet, state meet or any meet that includes 10 or more schools.

VOLLEYBALL – (GIRLS)
Requirements for volleyball lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards. In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in volleyball – a girl must participate in 50% of all scheduled varsity league games.

WRESTLING – (BOYS/GIRLS)
Requirements for wrestling lettering – see League Standing Rules – General, II, B, C and D, Awards.  In addition, the following should serve as a guideline for receiving a letter in wrestling – wrestling in 1 league match and earning 6 points, wrestling in 2 league matches and earning 6 points, wrestling in 4 matches, or earning a fraction of a point in the city or state tournament.