Welcome to Athletics
At Sarasota County Schools, we know
that character, courage and confidence are developed on the field as well as in
the classroom. That’s why our high schools provide a wide range of athletic
programs for young men and women who want to become outstanding citizens as
well as celebrated champions.
Options for participation in sports
vary by school. The emphasis is on good sportsmanship and team building. Students
and parents can explore the choices for participation in athletic programs from
the links on this page.
We wish every student who plays high
school sports a winning season — and more importantly, lasting memories and
friendships with teammates.
Parent and Student Notice:
If your child plans to participate in High School Sports and is a Home School Student, Full Time Virtual, or Charter Student:
If you home school, participate full time in virtual school, private school, or are charter school students wishing to participate in sports at the public high school they are zoned for, the parents must notify the Principal and/or the Athletic Director BEFORE the first day of practice for that sport in order to be eligible to participate in that sport. All FHSAA paperwork and eligibility requirements must also be completed before the students can begin any activities associated with that team. Paperwork is available at your zoned high school Athletic Office.
Private School Students:
If private school students, who attend a private school that is not a member of the FHSAA and the school has 125 or less students in grades 6-12, wish to participate in sports at the public high school they are zoned for the parents must notify the Principal and/or Athletic Director BEFORE the first day of practice for that sport in order to be eligible to participate in that sport. All FHSAA paperwork and eligibility requirements must also be completed before the students can begin any activities associated with that team. View the Practice Start Dates below.
The following forms are necessary for participation and are available at your zoned high school.
The following forms are required by the FHSAA before a student-athlete may participate in any type of conditioning, workout, practices or contests and there may be additional forms required to particpate. Please check with your districted high school athletic office for any additional forms. All forms must be turned in directly to the Athletic Director.
These forms contain additional statements which are specific to the School District of Sarasota County and each individual school. These forms require the signatures of the parent/guardian and student-athlete.
For that reason, please do not download any forms (EL2, EL3, or the EL3CH) from the FHSAA website.
Sarasota County Schools offers a variety of opportunities for students to participate in athletic endeavors, including competitive sports. The School Board of Sarasota County has adopted a resolution promoting good sportsmanship among student athletes and the adults who guide them. The resolution calls for the promotion of the highest standards of sportsmanship at all times and calls on coaches to convey the values of sportsmanship and good conduct, including fair play, respect, and graciousness in winning or losing. The document also cites the responsibility of high school principals to ensure that school athletes adhere to the high standards set forth by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).