Welcome to the Averill Park Central School District Athletic Department. We provide students with a wide variety of interscholastic athletic programs to choose from.
Varsity - The varsity level of interscholastic athletics is the culmination of the high school athletic program. Normally juniors and seniors occupy the majority of the roster positions, however gifted freshman and sophomores may be considered. Also, 7th and 8th graders who have satisfied the requirements of the Athletic Placement Process may be included. It should be noted that once a student participates at the junior varsity or varsity level all NYSPHSAA transfer regulations apply, regardless of grade level. Team play, sportsmanship, individual physical ability, motivation, and mental attitude are all very important aspects of competition at this level. While contest participation over the course of the season is desirable, a specified amount of playing time is not guaranteed. Preparing to win and striving for victory in each contest are worthy goals of a varsity level team. The varsity coach is the leader of his/her program and is responsible for communication and system development at each level. At this level there may be limitations on the number of student-athletes on one team.
Junior Varsity (JV) - This program is intended for those who display the potential for continued development into productive varsity level performers. Team membership varies according to the structure of each sport, but freshman and sophomores occupy the majority of the roster positions. Juniors may be eligible for the junior varsity program in certain instances. Also, 7th and 8th graders who have satisfied the requirements of the Athletic Placement Process may be included. It should be noted that once a student participates at the junior varsity or varsity level all NYSPHSAA transfer regulations apply, regardless of grade level. At this level increased emphasis is placed upon elements and strategies of team play, physical conditioning, refinement of fundamental skills, and social and emotional development. The junior varsity program works towards achieving a balance between continued team and player development and team success. The outcome of a contest becomes a consideration at this level. An attempt will be made to give all team members meaningful contest participation over the course of a season, however equal playing time is neither required nor expected. With the goal of becoming a varsity student-athlete clearly in sight, a high level of dedication and commitment is expected at the junior varsity level. At this level there may by limitations on the number of student-athletes on one team.
Modified - This program is available to all students in the 7th and 8th grade. A student reaching the age of 16 during a sport season may complete that season and must play junior varsity or varsity the following season. Sports activities offered are determined by existence of leagues, student interest, and relationship to the high school program. At this level the focus is on learning athletic skills and game rules, fundamentals of team play, social and emotional growth, physiologically appropriate demands on the adolescent body, and healthy competition. This program is designed to offer students the opportunity to engage in a more highly organized competitive experience than what is found in intramural or recreational programs, but not as involved as those found on junior varsity or varsity teams. An attempt will be made to give all team members meaningful contest participation over the course of a season. At this level there may be limitations on the number of student-athletes on one team.
Athletic Placement Process (APP)
The Athletic Placement Process is a program for evaluating student-athletes who want to participate in sports at higher or lower levels, as approved by the Board of Regents as a part of the school eligibility rules in 1980, and is aligned with Learning Standards 1 and 2. Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4(c)(7)(ii)(a)(4) states: A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness, and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the Commissioner.
This program is intended for the exceptional few in each school who would be better served playing on a higher level than age or grade might indicate. It is based on readiness, rather than grade level. It should be noted that once a student participates at the junior varsity or varsity level all NYSPHSAA transfer regulations apply, regardless of grade level. Student-athletes who wish to be considered for this program should notify their physical education teacher during sports sign-ups. The student-athlete must progress through the following steps before being allowed to try out for a team:
1. Parent/Guardian Permission – All students who are to be evaluated must first obtain written parent/guardian permission before any evaluation may begin.
2. 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 APP.
3. Medical Clearance – 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 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 maybe proceed to the next step. If the student is determined to not have attained an appropriate physical maturity level for the desired sport and level, the process stops.
4. 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.
5. Physical Fitness Testing – This test 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. Students who desire to try out for bowling or golf teams are not required to complete the physical fitness testing.