schools and high schools that comprise the Beaufort County School
District secondary schools all belong to the South Carolina High School
League (SCHSL). This is the governing body for interscholastic athletics
among the public schools of the state. The District is proud of the
comprehensive array of athletic opportunities offered to students and of
the long history of athletic success that is part of the District’s
In addition to the
eligibility regulations of the SCHSL, Beaufort County middle and high
schools also must abide by the Guidelines for Extracurricular
Participation which outlines the roles and expectations for coaches,
student-athletes and parents as well as the responsibilities of the
schools in providing athletic and other extracurricular activities.
Most prominent in this set of guidelines is the Contract for
Participation which is reviewed each year and must be signed by the
student participant, parent/guardian, and the coach or advisor. The Contract sets the tone for the behavior for those who represent the
schools of the District. Additionally, the recently adopted Board Policy
and Administrative Regulations Academic Eligibility for
Extracurricular Participation establishes a higher level of academic
performance for those who wish to participate in the District’s
extracurricular programs. A key component of this administrative
practice is the establishment of regular study halls and academic
tutoring to help support students. The component goal is two-fold. First, to make sure that participating students are also successful academically, and second, to ensure that students who may have exceptional
athletic or artistic abilities that qualify them for college
scholarships are not disqualified because of poor academics. For specific questions about individual school, please contact the school's athletic director.
The athletic opportunities offered at the schools of the District are:
- High schools:
baseball, basketball, competitive cheerleading, cross country, golf,
lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, track, and
- Middle schools: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, track, and wrestling
- Middle school
students in the 7th and 8th grade are also eligible to play at the high
school level as determined by the SCHSL and local regulations.
RANDOM DRUG TESTING OF STUDENTS
BCSD strongly believes that drug
use and substance abuse can be detrimental to the physical and emotional
health and the academic performance of its students. It is from this
belief and out of concern for students’ well-being that the BCSD
initiates a random drug-testing program. The purpose of this drug
testing program is to help students and not to be punitive.
Click here for the latest policy information and forms.
The purpose of this
set of guidelines is to provide students, parents, coaches/advisors and
the community with a resource for answering questions about the Athletic
programs of the BCSD.
It is the philosophy of the BCSD that a well-administered and comprehensive
program of athletics is essential to the overall development of young
people. A well-designed program features a wide variety of
opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population,
well-prepared and student-oriented coaches and advisors and clearly
articulated expectations and regulations regarding participation.
Well-defined roles for coaches, students and parents are essential to
assuring that programs are operated for the benefit of students and
serve as a source of pride for the schools and community.
Click here for the Athletics Brochure
Click here for the Spanish version of the Athletics Brochure
Click here for the Beaufort County School District Athletic Guidelines.
2.0 GPA Policy
BCSD's 2.0 GPA Policy clearly states that in order for
any student to participate in any athletic team or competition, a GPA
of 2.0 must exist. All classes are counted in the overall GPA.
semester eligibility for participation in athletics will be determined
by the student's GPA earned during the preceding school year's final semester, including grades earned during the intervening summer school session. Athletes not meeting the 2.0
GPA requirement will not be allowed to participate in any athletic
Spring semester eligibility for
participation in athletics will be determined by the student's GPA earned during the first semester of the same school year. Athletes not meeting the 2.0 GPA requirement will not be
allowed to participate in any athletic activities.
Click here for the frequently asked questions regarding the District 2.0 GPA policy for athletics.
Click here for the Spanish frequently asked questions regarding the District 2.0 GPA policy for athletics.
Charter School, Home School and Governor's School Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Two new laws
concerning participation in District activities were recently passed and
signed into law by the Governor that allow charter school, home school, and governor's school students to try out for and, if selected,
participate in extracurricular activities at their residence-zoned
school. Our efforts are to support this new law and in doing so, we want
to ensure a seamless transition into our programs at our schools.
Extracurricular activities in our
schools are defined as those activities sponsored solely by the resident
school, carry no academic credit, do not fall within the scope of the
regular curriculum, and have no requirement for enrollment in a class
during the regular academic day at the resident school. To participate
in an activity, students will be asked to complete the application
packet (see below). Although the application is self-explanatory we
will be glad to assist with any questions that you may have.
Click here for the Amended Charter School Act Provision
Click here for the Athletics Brochure for Governor's School/ Charter/Homeschool students
Off-Campus Student Pick-Up and Student Driver Permission Form
Students who have traveled to a school
district-sponsored event with the team, squad, club, or organization
involved in the event, must have prior written permission to pick up the
child from the event site. The parent/guardian must acknowledge that
the child will not be transported back with the team, squad, club, or
organization involved in the event and accept full, complete, and sole
responsibility for the supervision, protection, care and custody of the
Click here for the Off Campus Student Pick- Up Form
Click here for the Student Driver Permission Form
Click here for the South Carolina High School League Suggested Guidelines for Concussion Management in Sports
Click here for the South Carolina High School League Concussion Return to Play Form
Click here for the Beaufort County School District Concussion Protocol
Click here for the Beaufort County School District Concussion Protocol in Spanish
Click here for the Beaufort County School District Concussion Management Information
Click here for the Athletes Fact Sheet for Concussion
NCAA Division I Academic Requirements for High School Athletes
Students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school this fall
must graduate high school and meet ALL the following 16 core course requirements:
- Four years of English
- Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
- One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
- Two years of social science
- Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science,
social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
- Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or
natural/physical science, before the start of the seventh semester. Once
students begin their seventh semester, they must have more than 10 core
courses completed to be able to repeat or replace any of the 10 courses
used in the preliminary academic certification.
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
- Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their
core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their
test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they
will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low
core-course GPA, they will need a higher test score to be eligible.
For more resources regarding these changes, visit NCAA.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.
TEST SCORE SUBMISSIONS
In order for a student's academic certification to be processed, the
student must have ACT or SAT scores submitted to the NCAA Eligibility
Center directly from the testing agency. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how they can request to have their test scores sent.
Test scores on a high school transcript will not be used.
Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior
to full-time collegiate enrollment, and the best score will be used in
the final academic certification. Test scores are matched to the
student's NCAA Eligibility Center account by name, date of birth and
Note: If a student takes the current SAT before March 2016 and then
takes the redesigned SAT, which will be offered beginning March 2016,
the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the
current and redesigned SAT when determining a student's initial
eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section
scores from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT
varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the
current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent
to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.
UPDATE YOUR CORE-COURSE LIST
The start of a new semester is always a great time to update your
school's list of NCAA courses. A list that has not been updated recently
could delay your graduating seniors' academic certification or prevent
them from meeting the academic requirements.
You may add courses, archive those no longer taught and change titles quickly and easily on the High School Portal. Click here for additional information on updating your course list and a step-by-step tutorial.
If your list is accurate, please log in to the High School Portal to verify you have no updates; this will confirm your list is accurate for your school in our system.
Updated August 2016