The New York State Education Department and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association endorsed an Athletic Placement process whereby middle school students can qualify for high school athletic programs after a screening process to determine their readiness (physical maturity, fitness and skill) to compete in interscholastic athletic competition. The intent of the Rye City School District athletic program is to provide students in grade 7-12 an opportunity to participate at an appropriate level of competition based on readiness rather than age and grade. Seventh and eighth graders (with certain restrictions) may qualify for freshman, junior varsity and varsity programs, if there is room on the team roster without cutting high school students from respective teams. If a modified, freshman or junior varsity program does not exist in a specific sport, the seventh or eighth grade student athletic who meets the athletic placement criteria can advance to the varsity level as long as it is a non-contact sport (e.g. swimming, diving, gymnastics, and golf) and as long as no high school student†is cut from the team roster. If Rye does not offer a modified program in a specific sport and the District has a junior varsity team for that sport, a seventh or eighth grade student (with certain restrictions) go through the athletic placement processs †for a freshman or JV team only†, not the varsity. If there is a modified team for a specific sport, an eighth grade student can attempt to qualify for the JV level only as long as no high school student is cut from the team roster.
Normally, a student is eligible for high school athletic competition in a sport during each of four consecutive seasons commencing with the students entry into ninth grade. An eighth grader who, after appropriate screening and classification, is placed on a high school team shall be eligible for five consecutive seasons of eligibility. A seventh grader, processed in the same summer, shall have six consecutive seasons of eligibility.
Athletic Placement Process
The Athletic Placement Process is for Middle School athletes being considered for a high school level team. This process is for those sports not offered at the modified level and occasionally for those athletes recommended by their coaches due to significant talent.
The process cannot be used to allow middle school students to qualify for club sports such as crew or squash as there are no standards set by New York State for club sports.†Middle school students are not permitted to participate in JV or Varsity club sports.††
The athletes must meet the New York State Education Department's Athletic Placement Process guidelines before they may try out. Middle School athletes may not take the place of a high school athlete.
Step One: A current health appraisal (physical exam) and completed clearance packet on file in the Middle School Health Office
Step Two: Athletic Placement Process - Parents/Guardians must obtain this from the†Athletic Director*. The form must be completed and returned to the Middle School Health Office.
Step Three: Developmental Screening- Females are screened by the School Nurse in the Middle School Health Office. †Males are screened by the School Nurse in the High School Health Office by appointment arranged with the nurse. †
Step Four:† Fitness Testing dates for the 2016-17 Winter Season will be announced shortly.†