Sixth graders have been prohibited to play middle school sports for decades, but recently that has changed. The Board of Education recently changed the rule that left the school systems with the power to decide if 6th graders play sports or not. Although 6th graders can play non-contact sports, football and wrestling aren't an option in school leagues. Asheville City Schools decided to continue the rule that was put in place about 10 years ago, and prohibit 6th graders from playing any sports. Even with 6th graders prohibited from playing sports, they aren't completely banned from participating. If you are a 6th grader you can be a manager, which allows you to participate in practice, travel with the team, and attend all the games.
The Board of Education originally changed the rule when they started to receive phone calls complaining about private and charter schools allowing 6th graders to play on their teams. Soon after the calls, the North Carolina Board of Education had a meeting which would declare whether or not 6th graders would be allowed to play sports. As we know, they voted for 6th graders to play non-contact sports. My opinion is that 6th graders should be allowed to play sports, because it provides a good thing to do instead of being bored or getting in trouble all afternoon. Others say that it is too dangerous for 6th graders, which is also understandable. I talked to one of my friends about it, and he agreed that 6th graders should be allowed to play sports because it gets them up and active. I got some of my information here if you'd like to learn more!
Story by Stephen Koeschner