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Cincinnati Public Schools believes that students' participation in school-sponsored athletic activities improves academic achievement and should be part of a well-rounded education. CPS offers a variety of athletic activities for grades 7-12.

Advantages of athletic participation: 

  • Supports schools' academic mission, teaching students self-discipline, self-confidence and the skills to handle competitive situations.
  • Increases academic performance and reduces dropout rates.
  • Promotes the values of a positive lifestyle and good citizenship, and helps reduce the effects of negative peer pressure.
  • Reinforces students' positive image of self and school, and minimizes disciplinary problems.

CPS Student-Athlete Code of Conduct


CPS Athletics Updates/Memos

CPS Spring Athletics Guide 2022

January 2022 Athletics Updates

CPS High School Basketball 

Follow CPS high school basketball teams through the OHSAA post-season tournament 

Winter Update

See guidance for the CPS Athletics Winter 2021-22 Season.

Fall Update

Updates include health and safety, fall sports guidance, OHSAA updates, and important information for the fall season.

COVID-19 Athletics Return to Play Waiver 

All student-athletes must complete this waiver and turn into their school's athletic department in order to participate in school-sponsored athletics for the 2020-21 school year. 

Cincinnati Public Schools COVID-19 College Athletics Eligibility Update

Important information about collegiate athletic eligibility (NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA) and how the current alternative learning impacts our student athletes.

CPS Athletics YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel will host weekly work-outs, videos from doctors and Athletic Trainers, We Care videos from our coaches and more. Our channel als has content from previous districtwide/CMAC special events, Athlete of the Month presentations and more! This channel will be updated with new videos and content/resources on a daily basis!

Elementary School (Grades K-6)

Cincinnati Public Schools offers a variety of sport programs to elementary students in grades K-6. Our programming is designed to reach all students through after-school programs, weekend camps/clinics and organized competition. In addition, some K-6 schools offer team competition for their students through outside organizations such as the Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) and the independent Southwest Ohio Basketball League. Check with your child's school for specifics on the extracurricular sports programs available.

Want to get more involved in the growth of Athletics in our elementary schools? Please contact Brent Langhorne.

Junior High (Grades 7-8)

CPS offers interscholastic competition for grades 7-8 in football, volleyball, cross country, boys' and girls' basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track and field. Annual city championship tournaments are held for basketball and track and field. Contact your child's school for information on the specific programs offered.

Physical Examination and Liability Waiver Forms

More information for middle school athletics:

Eligibility — 2021-22
Concussion Information
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Emergency Medical Authorization Form

High School (Grades 9-12)

Shroder and Hughes BaseballCPS offers a wide variety of athletic programs at high schools for both boys and girls. Programs range from traditional sports such as football and baseball to the non-traditional sports such as fencing and bowling.
View listing of sports by school.

CPS schools belong to the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC), the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) and the Miami Valley Conference (MVC). Teams compete for both team and individual honors in league-sponsored interscholastic athletic competition throughout the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.

Physical Evaluation Forms (OHSAA Preparticipation) and Liability Waiver Forms

Information about specific programs at each school is available from the school's Athletic Director.

High School Athletic Directors Contact Information — 2021-22

More information on high school athletics:

Eligibility — 2021-22
Concussion Information
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Emergency Medical Authorization Form
Transfer or Non-enrolled (home school/community school) Guide


FinalForms has partnered with CPS to provide online form and data management for Athletics. FinalForms allows parents and students to sign athletic participation forms, saves data from year-to-year, and pre-populates information.

Final Forms Parent Playbook
Final Forms Login Page

Athletics Internship Program

Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking college students interested in intern positions to assist in daily operations within CPS' Athletic Department. College students who are passionate about sports business, marketing and high school athletics and want opportunities to build and expand skills in the sports-administration field may apply online at the link below. This internship offers the unique experience of working directly with CPS' Athletics Manager and the Athletic Directors at our 14 high schools.

CPS Internship Application - for interested college students

Quick Links

Athletics page - 2 Right Col- Reds Youth Academy

Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy

The Urban Youth Academy (UYA) is a free, year-round baseball and softball training facility for boys and girls ages 5–18 who live primarily in Greater Cincinnati's and Northern Kentucky's urban neighborhoods, sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds.

Visit the academy's blog for up-to-date information, including applications.
Connect to RUYA blog


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