Adoption Date: 8/24/1972, Revised: 1/23/1974; 5/11/76; 5/78; 7/19/94; 6/20/00; 4/06/04; 1/5/16; 12/18/18 


The Board of Education believes that all students should have the opportunity to participate in some form of interscholastic or intramural athletic competition.
The Board believes that athletic competition provides opportunities for students to grow physically and intellectually through their experience in self-discipline and their contributions to a team effort. The actual competition is believed to be the culmination of many aspects of athletic instruction.

The teaching of basic fundamentals, rules and conditioning as well as the fostering of a healthy attitude toward competition are felt to be the primary and essential goals in athletic instruction.

It is recognized that a well-organized and well-conducted athletic program is a potent factor in the morale of a high school student body and an important phase of good community-school relations. Too great an emphasis on winning contests is harmful to the development of good attitudes among students and the public. The Board believes that students should develop a positive attitude toward both winning and losing. A gracious winner and a good loser are both important goals to the educational aspect of athletics. To this end the Board recognizes that the various athletic levels have differing goals. The following deals with each tier of the District's total athletic program:

Intramurals will be operated as a recreational program with maximum participation a desired outcome. 

Modified B
This program of competitive sports focuses on the fundamentals of the game, rules, training and basic skills. No emphasis is placed on winning and maximum participation is desired. Participants will play an equal amount of time. 

Freshman/Modified A
This program is similar to the modified program in that basic skill development is stressed. The participant should become versed in the rules of the game. It is recognized that every effort will be made to play participants equally in all contests. 

Junior Varsity
The junior varsity level of competition is the program where increased emphasis is placed upon team play, physical conditioning and refinement of basic skills. Winning at the junior varsity level is considered important and participants should be taught how to cope with losing and crowd influence during contests. An attempt will be made to play all participants. It is recognized, however, that they may not all play equally. 

The varsity level of athletic competition is the culmination of the high school athletic program. Team play, sportsmanship, individual physical ability, motivation and mental attitude are very important aspects of competition at the varsity level. The team definitely plays to win the contest but varsity contestants should accept the fact that important lessons are to be learned from losing. It is recognized that not all participants play in every contest. 

Athletic Placement Process for Interschool Athletic Programs (APP)
The APP is a method for evaluating students who want to participate in sports at higher or lower levels, consistent with their physical and emotional maturity, size, fitness level, and skills. The Board approves the use of the APP for all secondary school interscholastic team members. The Superintendent will implement procedures for the APP, and will direct the athletic director to maintain records of students who have successfully completed the APP.

Student Athletic Injuries

No student should be allowed to practice or play in an athletic contest if he/she is suffering from an injury. The diagnosis of and prescription of treatment for injuries is strictly a medical matter and should under no circumstances be considered within the province of the coach. A coach's responsibility is to see that injured players are given prompt and competent medical attention, and that all details of the Athletic Trainer or a doctor's instructions concerning the student's functioning as a team member are carried out. No student will be allowed to practice or compete if there is a question whether he/she is in adequate physical condition.

A physician's certificate is required before an athlete is permitted to return to practice or competition. Student athletes who suffer a concussion must complete the Return to Play concussion protocol before they are allowed to compete.

Athletic Program - Safety
The District will take reasonable steps to see that physical risks to students participating in the interscholastic athletic program shall be kept at a minimum by:
1. Requiring medical examinations of participants; 
2. Obtaining certificated officials to coach all varsity, junior varsity, and modified games; 
3. Ensuring that equipment is both safe and operative within approved guidelines; 
4. Scheduling a reasonable number of interscholastic contests at appropriate times and locations. 

Overnight Athletic Trips
Overnight Athletic Trips include local or out-of-state trips which require that students obtain overnight accommodations. All overnight trips will require the approval of the Board prior to the commencement of any fundraising. Final approval for overnight trips will require: (a) an itinerary, (b) a statement of how the trip is funded, (c) a list of the Board approved chaperones at least three (3) weeks prior to the trip.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the operation of overnight athletic trips. Regardless of the fiscal support for field trips, the rules of the District for approval and conduct of such trips shall apply.

Policy References:

8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations

(NYCRR) Section 135

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