Conference and State Participants 
MacArthur Middle School participates in Mid-Suburban Middle School Athletic Conference with local middle schools in the area. Schools that are part of our conference are listed below. We are also members of the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) and compete at the state level in Cross Country, Wrestling and Track & Field. Our conference follows IESA rules, with minor exceptions.

Holmes Middle School, Wheeling, District 21
London Middle School, Wheeling, District 21 
Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove, District 21 
River Trails Middle School, Mt. Prospect, District 26
Lincoln Middle School, Mt Prospect, District 57
St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights

Interscholastic Athletics include the following activities:

- All interscholastic participants must have a current sports physical on file in the nurse's office before any participation in an interscholastic activity may occur, including any tryouts.

- Interscholastic athletes must meet all academic and behavioral eligibility criteria weekly, to remain eligible for participation.

Cross Country (6th, 7th, 8th grade boys and girls)
This sport generally begins on the first day of school and goes until late October. Practices are daily and most of the time after school. Some practices will be held in the mornings before school. All students who attend Cross Country practices will be considered team members. Runners should have suitable shoes and come dressed appropriately for the weather. There will be competitive selection for certain meets.

Basketball (7th & 8th grade boys and girls)
This season begins immediately after the Cross Country season, in late October and runs through January. There are competitive tryouts with only 12 to 16 students making the team. There are daily practices, either in the mornings or after school. Occasionally, practices may be conducted over winter break, at the discretion of the coach. 

Volleyball (7th & 8th grade boys and girls) 
The girls season starts in late January after basketball and will conclude sometime in late March. The boys season begins just after spring break and will conclude in late May. Volleyball also has competitive tryouts with between 12 and 18 boys/girls making the squad. There are daily practices, either in the mornings or after school.

Wrestling (boys and girls of any grade)
Wrestling is a sport that begins after Thanksgiving Break and continues until the second week in March. All grade levels are on one team, with actual meet participants being determined by ability at each individual weight class. In addition, exhibition matches may be set up at meets to allow for more participation. There are daily practices, either in the mornings or after school. Students will be provided uniforms and headgear but will be encouraged to purchase wrestling shoes. Wrestlers may be competitively selected for conference and state meets.

Track and Field (boys and girls of any grade)
Track generally begins in early spring and runs until late May. The track events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and the metric mile. In addition, there are relays, hurdles, and the four field events: shot put, discuss, long jump, and high jump. Generally, the top three individuals in each event participate in meets. The exception is the 800m and 1600m, where an unlimited number may run. Many beginning runners run these events and this should be expected. Appropriate running shoes and practice clothing are expected and are the responsibility of the athletes. There are daily practices, either in the mornings or after school. Participants in the conference and state meets will be competitively selected.


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