Middle School Programs

Middle School Programs

A. Eighth grade students will be allowed to participate in high school athletics if it is in the best interest of the athlete, the program, and has parent approval. The Athletic Director will approve all requests. The Head Varsity Coach will make requests in writing. NMAA Bylaw 6.4.1

B. Middle School Sports have been established in the Los Lunas School District because LLS is vitally interested in the welfare and development of seventh and eighth grade students. A properly administered athletic program can enhance their overall education.

C. Consideration should be given to the fact that there is a substantial range in individual differences between seventh and eighth grade students and high school students, i.e., age, body build, interests, ability, experience, health, and stages of physiological, emotional, and social maturity. Compensation for these differences should be taken into consideration in practice and in games.

D. The Los Lunas Schools have established programs in volleyball, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, track, and football at the middle schools. High school sports not offered at the middle school level are golf, soccer, cross-country, and swimming.

E. Seventh graders may not participate on eighth grade athletic teams. Exception: There is no seventh grade school team and or not enough eighth graders to field a team. Principal, Athletic Coordinator and Athletic Director’s permission is required.

F. Middle school students may participate simultaneously on a school team and on a youth team or club, in the same sport, during the regular school program’s season. They must have prior approval from the school team Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator.

G. Transportation to all practices will be the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.  Transportation to practices will not be provided to eighth grade students participating in high school athletics. Transportation to games will be provided for by the district upon receiving the necessary information from the coach. This includes a student list given to the attendance secretary at the respective school sites, Transportation Department, and the Athletic Office.

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