Middle School Athletics

We have decided to pause middle school athletics at this time with the goal of hopefully offering a modified season for all ten sports after the holiday break beginning in early January. This decision follows weighted discussion over the needs of student-athletes, logistics of the middle school sports program, pandemic-related health recommendations and careful review of CHSAA, State of Colorado and Larimer County guidance. Our district will continue to monitor public health reports for guidance in assessing future sports activities during the upcoming academic year.

While we are deeply saddened by the pause of interscholastic athletics during this time, we know that the number one priority for everyone is the health and safety of our students and staff. Sports is a vital outlet for many of our students which encourages them to make positive choices and provides an avenue for a brighter future. In this regard, we appreciate the ongoing efforts of student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and all stakeholders across our program to embrace and champion physical distancing and safe practices. We are inspired by your acts of generosity, kindness and compassion and continue to be inspired by your messages of hope.

The PSD athletic department is committed to supporting and reimagining the experience for student-athletes during these unprecedented times. We will continue our efforts moving forward to be champions of health and safety in our schools and communities, while strategically and safely preparing a return to in-person operations. When the time comes for us to return to action, we will do what we do best-provide meaningful opportunities for our students to excel and bring our community together. We will be providing potential future plans soon and I want to thank all of you and especially our student-athletes for your resiliency.  

Russ McKinstry

Director of Athletics

Poudre School District




Poudre School District offers a comprehensive athletic program for students at the middle school level.  All middle school athletic programs are open to any student in 7th-8th grade who have completed the check-out process outlined below.   

Athletic registration is easier and quicker for families with online forms and registration. 

  • Fees for PSD Non-Charter Students:
    • $120  per sport for 6-8th graders   
      • $ 70 for unified basketball 6-8th graders
  • Home-based, charter, and private school students 6th-8th grade:
    • $132  per sport
      • $105  for unified basketball 6-8th graders
  • No family maximum

Student athletes must complete the athletic registration online or have the following forms completed and turned into their school prior to participation:

*Home school students or students who attend a school that does not offer middle school athletics will be placed upon request per the PSD Placement Guidelines.  Interested parents must contact the PSD Athletic office at 970-490-3332 to request formal athletic placement.


Middle School sports offered

  • Fall Sports: Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Tennis, Volleyball

  • Winter Sports: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling

  • Spring Sports: Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Track & Field, Unified Basketball  (at most schools)

Sixth-grade students may participate in cross country, golf and track and field at their schools.  For all other sports at the 6th grade level, programming is offered through Fort Collins Recreation.


Sports physicals

The Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School offers sports physicals/well child exams June - August. The Center can bill insurance and no child is ever turned away for inability to pay. For more information visit  www.hwcenter.org or call their office at 970-488-4950.


Athletic schedules

 Visit the District Athletics website for all athletic schedules and standings.


PSD ejection policy for spectators:

 Any spectator affiliated with PSD schools that is ejected or removed from an athletic venue due to poor sportsmanship will be placed on probation and not allowed to return to further PSD athletic events until the following have occurred:

  1. The individual meets with the building administration to discuss future expectations for behavior.
  2. The individual completes an approved NFHS Sportsmanship course. The course is free and is available online. A certificate of completion must be presented to the District Athletic Director as proof of meeting this requirement.  

Repeated minor offenses or egregious acts of unsportsmanlike conduct including contact with an official, coach, staff member, opposing team members, throwing items onto court or floor, etc. will be grounds for law enforcement involvement and may be grounds for spectator to be permanently banned from all future PSD contests.

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