Ninth Grade Participation

Ninth grade students in the Souderton Area School District are eligible to compete in the Varsity and Junior Varsity programs at Souderton Area High School where we do not sponsor a freshman program. In sports, where Souderton has a freshman team, the following criteria must be followed:

  1. A coach has made the decision to allow ninth graders to play up and that you qualify for Junior Varsity or Varsity status.

  2. The parents/guardian of the student-athlete must give written permission to the coach of their approval for their son/daughter to be on the Varsity or Junior Varsity team. This must be done before the student-athlete is allowed to play in the first official Non-league or league game.

  3. Once a ninth grader plays in a league or non-league game at the Varsity or Junior Varsity level, he/she is committed to that level of competition in that involved sport for the entire year. If a ninth grader plays in a contest at the freshman level, he/she is committed to that level of competition in that involved sport for the entire year unless permission is granted by the Athletic Director based on unusual circumstances. (A player may scrimmage with a Varsity or JV team without affecting their freshman status and vice of versa.)