Athletic Placement Process (FLMS Students Playing Up)
Athletic Placement Process for Participation in Athletics as a 7th and/or 8th Grader
The State Education Department of New York permits 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to participate in certain senior high school athletic teams. Any 7th or 8th grade student wishing to try-out for a team must first complete and successfully pass the Athletic Placement Process. The APP is not to be used to fill positions on teams, provide additional experience, provide an opportunity for middle school or junior high students when no modified program is offered, or to reward a student. Instead, it is aimed at the few, select students who can benefit from such placement because of their level of readiness.
The Bedford Central School District Board of Education designates ALL sports as Athletic Placement Sports with the following three conditions:
Students in 7th or 8th grade are only eligible for APP consideration if NO cuts are being made on the Junior Varsity or Varsity program they wish to join. Sports that have freshman teams may allow students to engage in the Advanced Placement Process.
Students in 7th or 8th grade are only permitted to compete at the Junior Varsity or Varsity level if the Modified program will have enough participants to field a team.
Students in 7th or 8th grade will only be considered for Junior Varsity or Varsity level if at the time of a skills assessment by the varsity head coach there is determination made that the FLMS student is likely to start or play in at least 50% of every game on either the Junior Varsity or Varsity team.
Athletic Placement Process Procedure
Below is a description of the process by which 7th or 8th graders can become eligible to take part in a Fox Lane High School team. This process in meant for the rare athlete that has both the physical and emotional tools to play with older athletes. This process is a state requirement, including the physical fitness test component.
Step 1: Parent or student athlete contacts Varsity Head Coach regarding student’s interest in playing up no later than two months prior to the start of the season. The coach will then submit the student’s name to the Athletic Director via email with the school nurse CC’d on the email.
Step 2: Parent of the athlete registers their child for the appropriate FLHS program grades 9-12 on Family ID during the open registration period. Please note registering an athlete does not mean they have passed the Advanced Placement Process and have made the team.
Step 3: The Varsity Head Coach performs a skill assessment of the interested athlete. The varsity coach has the authority after the skill evaluation to deem the athlete unprepared for high school level athletics. The evaluation is returned to the AD’s office.
Step 4: District Medical Director meets with students recommended to approve physical maturity level for sport desired according to the Tanner Scale. He will be at FLMS on November 6, 2019 for the Winter 2019-2020 season.
Step 5: The coach contacts the FLMS assistant principals to verify that the student is in good standing both academically and behaviorally. The coach will then contact the student’s physical education teacher of record to verify that they student is in good standing. Poor academic achievement or behavior issues will be prohibitive factors from a student continuing with the APP.
Step 6: The NYSPHAA Physical Fitness test comprised of five components is administered by a Certified BCSD physical education teacher. Students must pass ALL FIVE in order to move on in the process. The timed mile potion of the test will only be administered on thetrack at FLHS. Students may be granted ONE re-test for any portion that they fail. APP Exam dates for the 2019- 2020 Winter season will be held on 11.6 and 11.7.19 at the FLMS Large Gym at 2:30pm.
Step 7: The Athletic Director will notify the Head Varsity Coach whether the student has passed the Advanced Placement Process. The coach will then contact the family.