ATHLETIC PLACEMENT PROCESS
APP (Athletic Placement Process) is required in NYS State when Middle School students are interested in trying out for a JV or Varsity sport.
This process allows the student athlete to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based upon physical and emotional readiness and athletic ability. All three components are important, not just athletic ability.
There are two steps in APP and they must be successfully completed (in this order) before the JV or Varsity tryout:
1) Physical maturity: This is done to ensure that the student has attained a level of physical development at which the chances of growth plate (of the bones) or overuse injury is minimized. The growth plate is the weakest area of the growing skeleton, weaker than the nearby ligaments and tendons that connect bones to other bones and muscles. Injury to a growth plate can lead to a serious and potentially permanent injury to a joint of long bone. Physical maturity is documented by the student's medical provider at the time of their physical, look for the Tanner score. It is a score from one to five. Information on what each of the scores represent is available from your doctor. This must be done for all JV and Varsity sports.
2) Physical Fitness Testing: This must be done by a certified physical education teacher. The President's Physical Fitness Test is used for this step. The student must meet the 85th percentile level for their age in 4 out of the 5 test components. That information is available in Appendix E, I, and J of the NYS Athletic Placement Process for Interschool Athletic Programs. A copy is available on the Athletic page of the District website. The only sports exempt from the Physical Fitness portion are Bowling and Golf, however the student's physical maturity must still be reviewed and must meet the tanner guidelines for these sports.
A NYS Education Department (NYSED) program that permits physically and emotionally appropriate students to try out for an athletic team that is outside of their grade placement. It is called the Athletic Placement Process (APP). Your child may be eligible to participate in a Junior Varsity or Varsity Sport which is outside of his or her normal grade level. In order to establish the appropriate eligibility, we must have your permission to begin the APP.
A comprehensive evaluation of your child’s emotional and physical maturity (including height and weight); as well as athletic abilities, physical fitness, and sport-specific athletic skill in relationship to other student athletes at that level.
Physical maturity is determined by the district medical director, using the Tanner Scale. The district medical director will use the Tanner rating from your child's private medical provider. Upon passing clearance by our district medical director, the student may proceed to the physical fitness and skill assessments. Students must pass all levels in order to meet the requirements of the APP.
If your child successfully meets APP requirements, he/she will be allowed to try out for competitive high school athletics during 7th and/or 8th grade(s), or compete at the modified level if in grades 9-12. Under normal circumstances, a student is eligible for senior high school athletic competition in a sport for only four consecutive seasons, beginning with the student’s entry into the ninth grade. However, by meeting the APP requirements established by NYSED, your child’s eligibility can be extended to permit:
a) participation during five consecutive seasons in the approved sport after entry into the eighth grade; or
b) participation during six consecutive seasons in the approved sport after entry into the seventh grade.
It is important for you and your child to understand that, once the requirements are met; and if he/she is accepted; as a member of the team, he/she cannot return to a lower-level team (modified) in that sport in that season. Remember, at the higher level of play your child will be exposed to the social atmosphere that is common among older students in a high school environment. Therefore, it is important to take into account your child’s ability to handle the additional demands.
Please feel free to contact me regarding this program or to discuss any aspect of your child’s athletic placement. If you agree to allow your child’s participation in this program, please complete the information and the parental permission form (below).