Consistent with New York State Education Department regulations, the district has adopted an Athletic Placement Process (APP), effective with the 2015-16 school year. This takes the place of the former Selective Classification Process and is the mechanism to provide for students in grades 7-12 to safely participate at an appropriate level of competition based upon readiness rather than age and grade. This includes certain middle school students who qualify to participate at a higher level.
Middle school students often participate in the modified sports program. Click here for more information about the philosophy of that program.
The Athletic Placement Process was designed to address concerns and research about physical fitness and maturity in a comprehensive manner and help school districts ensure that students have the physiological maturity, physical fitness, and skill level in relationship to other students at the desired level of competition.
Here is some information about how the new process works and the transition from the Selective Classification. If you have any questions, please call Director of Physical Education and Athletics Larry Gillooley at (518) 382-2511, ext. 21760.
This program is available to all students in the seventh, eighth and
ninth grades between the ages of 12 to 15. A student reaching age 16 during
a sports season many complete that season and must play freshmen, junior
varsity or varsity the next sports season. Sport activities offered are
determined by the existence of leagues, student interest, and the
relationship to the high school program. 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 healthy competition.
The modified program is designed to offer students the opportunity to engage in a more highly organized competitive experience than what is found in intramural/extramural programs but not as involved as those found in varsity and junior varsity interscholastic competition. It is expected that a competitive program such as this will not always guarantee each member equal participation in contests. At the same time, each student who is eligible to play must play in each contest.