In FL middle school kids are allowed to participate in varsity athletics but ONLY if they actually attend the school they represent. That leaves out most public school kids in our area.
I don't see the problem with middle school kids participating in varsity athletics. Basketball and football are quite different from wrestling, which is weight controlled. My son played JV lacrosse in 7th grade and will probably get in a varsity lacrosse game this year (in 8th). He also participated on the varsity wrestling team at 103. Our 103s were competitive. We had 3 kids wrestle off every week for that spot and my son won.....What is the problem with that?