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 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.

Fees and Requirements

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.

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

Eligibility for all Athletics

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. Athletes must have an up-to-date physical exam on file in the office. Physicals are acceptable for 365 days.
  3. 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.
  4. All 9th graders are eligible at the start of the school year.
  5. 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 pre-season 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!