The High School Athletic Departments believe that a properly managed sports program helps meet students’ need for self-expression, mental alertness and physical growth. Our obligation is to maintain sound programs to further students’ emotional and physical maturity.
Students who enlist in one of our sports programs make choices and commitments to certain responsibilities: self-discipline, self-denial and prescribed training habits. To remain on the squad, all students are expected to comply with the rules of training and conduct, to discipline their minds and bodies for rigorous competition and to recognize the rights of other team members.
We encourage students to become involved in their school's athletic program.
National studies and research indicate that:
- Participation in athletics and activities promotes citizenship
- Students involved in activities have higher grade point averages than do non-participants
- Students involved in activities have better attendance records than do non-participants
- Of all students who drop out of school, 96 percent are NOT involved in school activities
- Participation in school activities is one of the most accurate predictors of success after college
We look forward to working with your student athletes.
FAQ's on Virginia HS League (VHSL) Transfer Rule1. If I am a currently enrolled high school student and I voluntarily choose to attend a high school under the special permission provision of School Board Policy 8-20 (School Assignment) different from my home school, will I remain eligible for VHSL athletics?ANSWER: No. The VHSL Transfer Rule (28-6-1) prohibits a current high school student from transferring without a corresponding change in his/her parents’ residence. This period of ineligibility lasts for 365 consecutive calendar days.
2. I heard that the school system can grant a “waiver” so I can remain eligible for VHSL athletics?
ANSWER: A waiver may be considered for transfers that are required or mandated by the school system or are for the welfare of the student or school system but not for athletic/activity reasons.
3. I am a rising 9th-grade student and I would like to apply for special permission to transfer to a high school other than my home high school for next year. If I file during the period for filing applications as provided by School Board Policy 8-20, will I be eligible for VHSL athletics at the other high school?
ANSWER: Yes. A student’s eligibility for VHSL athletics/activities begins when they enter the 9th grade for the first time. A student remains eligible at the high school they enter as a 9th grader for 8 consecutive semesters as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the high school. If you did not like your transfer high school and wanted to return to your home high school the following year, then you would be ineligible for 365 consecutive days. If, however, you were prevented from attending the transfer high school the following year because the high school no longer had the capacity, then a waiver may be considered.
4. What happens if a student is mistakenly allowed to play in VHSL athletics even though he or she is actually ineligible due to the Transfer Rule?
ANSWER: The high school that allowed the student to play when he or she was ineligible will forfeit all of the games in which the student played. Other sanctions are possible against the school depending upon the situation.***PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SCHOOLS ATHLETIC DEPT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS. ***
Athletic Forms Required for ParticipationThe VHSL physical form is the only paper form that you will need to turn into the athletic office at your school prior to participating in try-outs. All remaining forms must be filled out online through the activity registration link on each of the school's athletic websites.PLEASE NOTE: These forms are available only for viewing below.Athletic Training Rules and RegulationsPhysical Form (VHSL) - Physical must be dated May 1, 2018, or after, in order to be valid for the 2018-2019 school year.
Athletic Training Program
The LCPS ATP is dedicated to the well-being of student-athletes and alliance with parents, coaches, LCPS staff, medical professionals and the community.For specific information, click here.
High School Athletic WebsitesClick on individual links to connect to each school's athletic webpage.
Important Dates* SPORTS PHYSICALS *Many schools will be offering sports physicals this spring for a nominal fee for all student-athletes. Please check with each individual school for details and to schedule an appointment.Designated non-practice/play dates for 2019-2019 - (This includes off-season practices, conditioning or weight lifting) - November 21 and 22, December 24, 25 and January 1, April 17, 18 and 19.Designated non-play dates for 2018-2019: (Practices may be held) - September 10 and 19th.Spring Break Special Exception Rule: LCPS varsity athletic teams may participate in tournaments and invitationals through the entirety of spring break week. The tournaments and invitationals must be held outside of Loudoun County. Athlete attendance Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is voluntary.No Sunday practices will be held.
Athletes should be prepared to practice/play on all other holidays/teacher workdays. An athlete always consult his/her coach before missing a practice or game.
Postponements & CancellationsPlease check individual school websites for rescheduled dates and any further information.
Sports Season Tryout Start DatesStarting dates may vary – check with your individual school for specific dates
Student Accident & Insurance BrochureThe Voluntary Student Accident and Football Accident Insurances offer various options on benefit plans of coverage from which you may choose. If you already have insurance coverage through another policy, these accident plans pay benefits for those eligible expenses in excess of and not paid by your primary insurance. Student Accident & Insurance Brochure
Eligibility and Student Athletic HandbookELIGIBILITY OF ATHLETESIn order for a student to participate on a Loudoun County Public School athletic team, each athlete must have satisfied all of the scholastic eligibility requirements prior to participation. These regulation state that ll athletes:
- Cannot receive money or awards for playing
- Cannot sign a contract to play professional sports while they still maintain high school eligibility
- Cannot be 19 on or before August 1st of the current year
- Must pass five courses the previous semester and be currently taking five courses
- Must not repeat courses for eligibility purposes for which credit has been previously awarded
- Must attend school the day of the game, and
- Must be in school by 9:15 a.m. unless he/she has an administrative excuse or doctor's appointment and provides the school with a doctor's note
Any student that is academically ineligible for the winter sport tryouts will remain ineligible for the entire winter season.Students must complete and turn in the following forms before trying out for a sport team:* Virginia High School League Physical Form* Emergency Medical Form* Acknowledgement of Risk/Parent Consent Form/Insurance Notification*LCPS Athletic Training Rules/Acknowledgement of Athletic Handbook Rules and Regulations*Concussion Protocol/ImPAct Testing Signature Page
- Eighth grade students who become 14 years of age by September 1 are eligible for sub-varsity athletics at the high school they would attend.