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Replaces Selective Classification, beginning in 2015-16

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 on 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. 

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, Stu Dean at (607)533-3020 ext. 3129.

The Athletic Placement Process

Beginning in the fall season of 2015, the Athletic Placement Process (APP) will be used to advance students to the high school athletic program.

Students in 7th grade will be evaluated through the APP.

Students in 8th grade who have not been Selectively Classified for a sport in the previous year will be processed through the APP.

Students in 8th grade who had been advanced to a higher level through the Selection Classification process in the previous year will not need to be re-evaluated if they remain at the same level of athletic competition in the same sport. If a student changes levels of the sport, the APP will be followed.

There are no waivers. If a student does not meet the maturation or physical fitness test, the process stops; the student cannot go any further.

The athletic administrator should confirm that the student would participate in at least 50% of the games, is performing at or above grade level academically, and has the emotional readiness to socialize with high school-aged students. If the student is not academically or socially ready, the student should not proceed through APP.

The district medical director will determine a student’s physical maturity level and compare the physical size of the student in relation to that of the students against whom the student wishes to compete. If the student is determined to have attained the appropriate physical maturity level and comparable physical size for the desired sport and level, the student may proceed to the next step.