This program is available to all students in the seventh and eighth grades. At this level, the focus is on learning athletic skills and game rules, fundamentals of team play, socio-emotional growth, physiologically appropriate demands on the adolescent body, and sportsmanship.
At the Middle School level, we attempt to keep the maximum of teams and size of squad in every sport, based on
1. financial resources
2. qualified coaches
3. suitable indoor or outdoor facilities
4. a safe environment
In order for the desired development of the adolescent athlete and team to occur, practice sessions are vital. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association publishes regulations by which practice sessions are governed. Occasionally, practice or contests will be scheduled for Saturdays. Opportunities for meaningful contest participation for each team member will exist over the course of a season.
Exceptional seventh and eighth graders may be permitted to try out for the varsity girls gymnastics, boys golf, boys/girls swimming/diving winter track and field teams under the State Education Department Program called Advance Placement Process. Criteria that must be met in order to play at an advanced level include a coach’s recommendation, parental approval, medical approval, appropriate developmental rating, passing athletic performance test scores, and a skills evaluation. Additionally, students must display an advance degree of socio-emotional maturity before being permitted to tryout for the team.