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Athletic Placement Process

Deadlines to request that a student athlete goes through the APP:
  Physical Exam Physical Fitness Test
 Fall Season July 28, 2017 July 24, 2017   August 1, 2017
 Winter Season Oct. 20, 2017 October 17, 2017  Oct. 31, 2017
 Spring Season Feb. 16, 2018  February 26, 2018 Feb. 27, 2018

The New York State Athletic Placement Process Program is a voluntary program designed to afford the exceptional seventh or eighth grade student-athlete the opportunity to participate at the high school level on either the junior varsity or varsity team. An exceptional athlete should have specific talents and conditioning well above the level of athletes of a similar age. This program is not designed to fill positions on a team, provide additional experiences and practices, provide a place for a seventh or eighth grade student when no modified program is offered, or to reward a student.

In most instances, seventh or eighth grade students should participate in a full modified season to afford our staff an opportunity to assess skills and ability along with evaluating how the athlete can handle interscholastic athletics and academics. Parents are cautioned that even though an athlete may be physically ready, it does not mean that he/she may be emotionally or socially ready to handle the normal stress of increased competition, or have the ability to interact with older students.

There is great diversity among student athletes throughout New York State. The APP is aimed at the few, select students who are physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially ready to compete at a level higher than modified. Only seventh or eighth grade students are eligible to go through the process and may only do so if there are no cuts from the high school team.

The following steps must successfully be completed to make the student athlete eligible to try out for the team. Passing the APP does NOT guarantee a student athlete a spot on the team.

Steps to APP

1) Recommendation from a coach or physical education teacher
2) Parental Consent
3) Administrative Approval
4) Maturity Test (Tanner Scale performed by school physician only). This is solely at the medical director’s discretion, and all decisions are final.
5) Upon district medical director’s approval the student must participate in physical fitness testing and earn a rating in the 85th percentile for their age in 4 of the 5 fitness tests. If the student does not earn a qualifying score on the first try, they will have two more opportunities to earn a qualifying score. If the student does not earn the required score after the third attempt, the process is over, and they will not be offered a tryout.
6) Upon the successful completion of the items stated above, the student athlete will be granted an opportunity to try out for the team.

Sports Physicals

Students participating in school sports must have a current physical on file with the school nurse. Physicals must be current within one year of the starting date of the sport season. Please contact the school nurse to be sure your student has a current sports physical to start his/her team sport. Please note: Students must have parental permission to have a school physical by the school district's doctor. 

Schedule a Physical
EJD Nurse
Charlene Gill 
JCB Nurse
Beth Whipple
Physicals are given before each season and in May/June. Students must sign-up for school physicals otherwise, a copy of your student/athlete's physical from your personal physician must be turned in to the school nurse.
Student-athletes will not be allowed to try out or practice for a sport until the physical is recorded with the school nurse.   Please be mindful of starting dates for each sports season, your emergency is not our emergency.
Season Start Dates
Fall 2017: Varsity Football- August 14; JV and Varsity- Aug. 17; Modified-September 6
Winter 2017-18: JV and Varsity- Nov. 6; Modified Volleyball- Oct. 25, Modified Boys' Basketball- Nov. 1; Modified Wrestling and Girls' Basketball- Jan. 2, 2018
Spring 2018: JV and Varsity- March 5; Modified- April 2
Required Paperwork
>> Health certificate/appraisal form (fillable PDF)