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Athletic Placement Process

The ATHLETIC PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY, in general terms, defines what grade levels are eligible for membership on varsity, junior varsity, and modified teams. Generally, student athletes should expect to play on the team intended for their grade level. In certain situations, student athletes may be allowed to try out for a team above or below their grade level.

The Board of Education with input from the District Administration, has adopted the New York State Athletic Placement Process and has added the following to the resolution: the Eastport-South Manor Central School District Board of Education shall only permit seventh and eighth grade pupils to compete on interscholastic athletic teams organized for senior high school pupils as follows: (1) seventh and eighth grade pupils who successfully complete the Athletic Placement Process as defined by the New York State Education Department and who are determined by the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics to be elite athletes shall be permitted to compete at the varsity level in the requested sport: and (2) at the discretion of the Athletic Director and in consultation with building administration with final approval by the Superintendent of Schools, eighth grade students considered to be exceptional athletes and who have successfully completed the Athletic Placement Process as defined by the New York State Education Department, may be permitted to compete at the junior varsity level.

*All initial recommendations for placement above or below an athlete's grade level must come from the Eastport-South Manor School District athletic coaches.

  1. Step 1. District Policy: Confirm that the school district has approved a resolution to allow students to participate in the APP (and/or revise the language in existing Selection/Classification" policies to include the new process). If no such resolution exists, proper steps should be taken to ensure that this first requirement is met.(see Appendix A-Sample Resolution).
  2. Step 2. Parent/Guardian Permission: All students who are to be evaluated must first obtain written parent/guardian permission before any evaluation may begin(see Appendix B).
  3. Step 3. Administrative Approval: The athletic administrator should confirm that the student is suitable for consideration, which includes the likelihood that the student would play in at least 50% of the games. Additionally, because of the increased time demands of participation at the high school level, the student's academic performance (as determined at the local level) should be at or above grade level. Furthermore, administration should assess the student's emotional readiness to socialize with high school-aged students. If the student is not academically or socially ready, the student should not proceed through the APP.
  4. Step 4. Medical Clearance: (Must be completed BEFORE the physical fitness portion of the process-See appendix C and H). The student is assessed* by the medical director to determine whether if he/she has reached a stage of physical development that will lessen the likelihood of the student being injured by participating in the level and sport desired. If a student has attained an appropriate level of physical maturity, and has a height and weight that are comparable to those of the proposed team members as determined by the medical director, the medical director approves the student to proceed to the next step in the process. If the student is not approved by the medical director to proceed the process stops.
  5. Step 5. Sport Skill Evaluation: The sport coach will rely on past personal observations and may consider input from the student's former coaches to complete the evaluation. If the coach is unfamiliar with the student, the sport coach may wish to observe the student in a physical education class(see Appendix D).
  6. Step 6. Physical Fitness Testing: This must be done by a certified physical education teacher who is not a coach of the sport for which the student will be trying out. The President's Physical Fitness Test has been selected as the test for this process, and the student must meet the 85th percentile level for their age in 4 out of 5 test components (see Appendix E,I and J). For students trying out for swimming, see Appendix J for an alternate fitness test to the 1 mile walk/run-students trying out for swimming may choose to either do the 1 mile walk/run or the 500 yard swim.
    Exception to the physical fitness test requirement: Students who desire to try out for bowling or golf teams are not required to complete the physical fitness testing.
  7. Step 7. Qualification Determination: The results of the three evaluations will be sent to the director of physical education/athletics. Only students who pass all parts of the APP are permitted to try out.
  8. Step 8. Tryouts: The student is allowed to try out for the sport and level requested or the student must return to the modified level of competition. For students trying out for bowling or golf, see instructions for tryouts for these sports in Appendix G.
  9. Step 9. Records: The physical education director and /or athletic director must maintain all records of students who have successfully completed the APP. Items to be kept in the student's file are: Parent/Guardian Permission and Result letters; Maturity Evaluation and Medical Director Form; Physical Fitness results; and Coach's Sport Skill Evaluation.
  10. Step 10. Notifications: A Notification List (see Appendix F) of the scores of all athletes who have successfully completed the process and have been approved through the APP after the try-out period has been completed must be sent to:
    • The physical education director and /or athletic director of competitor schools
    • Athletic governing board or section office

Upcoming Athletic Placement Process Dates

FALL 2022:

  • APP information, along with the forms required, are found below and in the Athletic Office.
  • If your child needs a physical they need to call LI Urgent Care in Manorville to be seen by Dr. Melina Khwaja, our new school doctor.
  • Please drop APP permission forms and physicals with "approved" tanner scores off to the Athletic Office by July 22nd.
  • Fitness Test: All students will test together the week of August 8- 12, weather permitting. Specifics will be announced. Test could bump to the week of August 15 - 19, if necessary.
  • Fall tryouts start August 22 and must be completed in 3 days for students going through the APP process.
  • Students who make the team remain at that level for the season; those that are not selected may participate at the JH level starting September 6th.
    • A volleyball player pulled up to JV or varsity may not play at the modified level in the winter season.