IMPORTANT! Before coming to the first football practice, all athletes and parents must complete the Gfeller-Waller concussion form and the athletes must have a current physical (within the past 395 days) before they can even try out or participate.
LINKS TO FORMS:Middle School Athletic Eligibility
The Wolverines football team is a combined team featuring players from all of the Watauga County K-8 schools.
Only students in grades seven through nine may participate in middle school (7th and 8th grades) or
junior high school (7th, 8th and 9th grades) interscholastic athletic competition, provided ninth grade
is housed in the same building with seventh and eighth grades. In order to qualify for public school
participation, a student must meet the following requirements:
In grades seven and eight, the student must pass at least one less course than the number of required
core courses each semester and meet promotion standards established by the LEA.
If an athlete is "academically eligible” or "academically ineligible” at the beginning of any semester,
that status is retained throughout the full semester. It is the responsibility of the school principal to
check the academic status of each student/athlete enrolled in school at the beginning and close of a
The principal must have evidence of the legal birth date of the student. A student shall not
participate on a seventh or eighth grade team if the student becomes 15 years of age on or before
August 31 of that school year.
A player must have attended school at least 85% of the previous semester. A student must, at any
time of any game in which he or she participates, be a regularly enrolled member of the school’s
student body, according to local policy. If there is no local policy, “regularly enrolled” is defined as
enrolled for at least one-half of the “minimum load.” It is recommended the student be in school the
day of the contest.
Sports Pre-participation and Medical Examination Form
In order to be eligible for practice or participation in interscholastic athletic contests, the student
must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse
practitioner, or physician assistant, subject to the provisions of G.S.90-9, 90-18.1, and 90-18.2.
Football Coaching Staff Contact Sheet
Middle School Football Staff:
Head Coach - Michael Neff Email: NeffM@wataugaschools.org
Assistant Coach - Ian Duda
Assistant Coach - Brandon Calhoun
Assistant Coach - Jordan Jackson
Assistant Coach - Ken Hayes
Assistant Coach - Dale Allred
Coach Ryan Habich Head Coach Watauga High School Football
Middle School Athletic Director