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Descriptor Code: IDE(3)
Competitive Interscholastic Activities, Grades 6-12  
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The Board of Education (“the Board”) hereby adopts this policy regulating competitive interscholastic activities.

  1. Each middle and high school principal shall regulate competitive interscholastic activities in his or her school and shall ensure that all staff members adhere to this policy and related rules of the State Board of Education as well as the Forsyth County School System Athletic Guidelines.  The principal may delegate responsibility for supervising one or more student activities and clubs to a member or members of the professional staff, provided such individuals must act under the principal’s direction.
  2. A student wishing to participate in interscholastic competitive activities must be enrolled full-time in a public school during the semester of participation.
  3. Retention of students for athletic purposes is prohibited.
  4. Each principal of a school covered by this policy shall maintain documentation of     adherence to the requirements of the policy.


The Board endorses and adopts the requirements set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), including any amendments thereto, for determining the eligibility of students in grades 9-12 to participate in competitive interscholastic activities.  The Superintendent shall require all schools in the system that sponsor competitive interscholastic activities to access and ensure compliance with the GHSA Constitution and By-Laws.


The Board is responsible for regulating competitive interscholastic activities in grades 6-8, and therefore adopts the middle grades requirements set forth in State Board Rule 160-5-1-.18 Competitive Interscholastic Activities in Grades 6-12, as to student eligibility, physical examinations, and special provisions.  To be eligible for participation, a student must be enrolled full time in grades 7-8 in the Forsyth County school that sponsors the competitive interscholastic activity. 



Forsyth County Schools
Date Adopted:  2/11/2010

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Reference Description
O.C.G.A 19-09-0127 Violations
O.C.G.A 20-02-0086 Operation of school councils; training; membership; management; roles and responsibilities
O.C.G.A 20-02-0159.5 Dual credit courses; requirements
O.C.G.A 20-02-0160 Determination of enrollment; determination of funding
O.C.G.A 20-02-0315 Gender equity in sports
O.C.G.A 20-02-0316 Athletic association defined; high school athletics
O.C.G.A 20-02-0324.1 Concussion management and return to play policies for youth athletes
O.C.G.A 20-02-0411 School fund kept separate; use of funds; separation of school taxes; investments
O.C.G.A 20-02-0775 Automated external defibrillator
O.C.G.A 20-17-0002 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Rule 160-5-1-.18 Competitive Interscholastic Activities in Grades 6-12
Rule 160-5-1-.28 Student Enrollment and Withdrawal
Rule 160-8-1-.01 Georgia Virtual School Program
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