For New and Prospective Students
ATHLETIC INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
About RTHS Athletics
The Research Triangle Raptors compete in the 1A classification of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and are members of the Central Tar Heel Conference, consisting of us and five other schools from the surrounding area - Chatham Central (Bear Creek), Chatham Charter (Siler City), Raleigh Charter (Raleigh), River Mill Academy (Graham), and Woods Charter (Chapel Hill).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What sports do you have?
We currently sponsor boys' and girls' teams in golf, soccer, cross country, track and field, basketball, swimming, and tennis. We also sponsor girls' volleyball.
Are you adding any other sports?
Swimming was added for the 2018-19 school year, but no plans exist to add any other sports.
Will RTHS ever have football?
No. The lack of on-campus facilities and the high cost of equipment are highly prohibitive.
When are the sport seasons?
Fall sports (cross country, boys' soccer, volleyball, girls' tennis, girls' golf) run from August 1 through about the end of October. Winter sports (basketball, indoor track, swimming) start in late October and end in mid-February. Spring sports (outdoor track, girls' soccer, boys' tennis, boys' golf) start in mid-February and end in early May.
Who can participate in athletics at RTHS?
Students of all grade levels are able to participate in athletics. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and pass 5 of their 6 classes each semester in order to remain academically eligible.
I didn't see a gym or a soccer field when I toured RTHS; where do the teams play?
Our teams practice at various facilities in and around RTP; track and cross country usually practice on campus.
Are there tryouts? Does everyone make the team?
That depends on the sport. Soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis have historically held tryouts and made cuts to get their final rosters. Running sports (track, cross country) have not made cuts in the past, but participation in meets may be merit- and skill-based.
Do I have to have experience in a sport to try out?
Not necessarily, although it can't hurt. While the majority of our athletes have played a sport in middle school or as part of a club organization, many athletes at RTHS - especially in tennis and running - have never before played that sport. The only way to guarantee you won't make a team is by not trying out at all, so if you're interested in playing, you shouldn't let a lack of experience deter you! You can also ask our coaches about pointers on rec leagues, drills, etc. that can improve your skill set leading up to tryouts.
Does participating in athletics at RTHS cost anything?
RTHS charges an administrative athletic fee to participate in athletics - that fee is $75 for the first sport an athlete plays in a given year, $65 for the second sport, and $55 for the third and any subsequent sports. The fee is not charged until the roster is set, so trying out is free. The fee is due before the team's first contest.
There may also be some costs incidental to participating in a sport (running shoes, kneepads for volleyball, etc.). RTHS has an exclusive apparel agreement with Adidas, so student-athletes should purchase Adidas shoes for contests. RTHS can help secure these items at a discount through our apparel representatives.
Do I have to buy a uniform?
No. Uniforms are the property of RTHS and are issued at the beginning of the season and collected at the end. The only exception to this is golf - the student-athlete buys his/her polo shirt, and it is then theirs to keep.
How often do the teams practice?
Athletes at RTHS can generally expect either a practice or a contest Monday thru Thursday each week during their season. Practices usually do not occur on Fridays, but games - especially in soccer and basketball - can occur on Friday evenings.
What days are games played on?
Games can occur on any day of the week, but most games are played on:
Soccer, Tennis - Monday and Wednesday (soccer also has several Friday games each season)
Volleyball - Tuesday and Thursday
Basketball - Tuesday and Friday
Golf - Monday
Track and Cross Country - Varies
Outside of cross country and track, Saturday competitions are rare, but occasionally do happen (especially in the event of rainouts or snowy weather).
Is there an attendance policy?
This is up to the coach of each individual sport, but punctual attendance is expected at every practice and contest. Missing practice or a game for any reason other than an excused absence from school can result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the team.
Am I allowed to quit a sport?
If an athlete quits a team after the season has begun, that athlete is barred from trying out for any sport at RTHS for the remainder of the school year. If an athlete quits a spring sport, they are ineligible for athletics the following fall.
How do I find out about summer practices and tryouts?
Please find the coaches' email addresses on our "Staff Directory" page, and email them to let them know of your interest. Coaches will use this contact information to alert you to important dates leading up to your sport(s)' season.