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Athletics

NYSPHSAA Advanced Placement Process

The Athletic Placement Process is a testing procedure to ensure that 7th and 8th-grade students who want to try out for a junior varsity or varsity sport are at the physical, emotional and academic maturity level required of higher-level competition.  This process is meant for exceptional athletes who require a more competitive level for their growth as a student-athlete. Their academic and emotional readiness is a significant factor in this process. 

Once a student is cleared to try out by passing the fitness test, medical clearance and administrative approval, there are further criteria. In order for a student to make a high school team as a Junior High student, they must be seen as a potential starter or significant contributor of 50% or more playing time at that level. Therefore, coaches' recommendations are preferred because they most likely have a better understanding of who might make the playing time criteria. If a student passes the APP clearance but is not selected for the high school team, they will have an opportunity to try out for the modified level. That tryout will be given sometime after a team has already been selected at the modified level and the player would need to rank better in the selection criteria than the last person selected on the modified team.

The Process:

  1. Sign and return the Parent Permission Form (see link in orange side bar) stating that you would like your child to go through the advanced placement process to the athletic office. Once this has been received…
  2. You will receive a phone call from the Athletics Office to schedule an “Emotional Readiness Interview” for your child, you and the Athletic Director. If your child moves beyond this phase, then…
  3. They will need to be seen by the Districts Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Addes at his Oceanside office (2965 Long Beach Road- 516-593-8953), for the maturation screening (and for a physical if you do not have one from your own doctor). The maturation screening has to be completed by the schools Chief Medical Officer, though the physical can be by your own physician, however it must be up to date prior to the maturation screening.  If you receive medical clearance…
  4. Then your current ERHS coach, in conjunction with the Varsity and Junior Varsity coach, will submit a skill evaluation confirming that your child’s skill and athletic ability is appropriate for their desired level of competition. If the evaluation meets the state requirements for player advancement…
  5. Then you will move on to the fitness portion of the placement process. Your child must pass at least 4 out of 5 elements of the fitness test to be eligible to tryout (see link in orange side bar).   Please take notice of the fitness requirements to see if they are a realistic goal for your child before the testing process begins.  If your child has passed all phases up until this point…
  6. Then your child will report to the first day of tryouts. This does not mean your child made the team but is eligible to tryout.

 

Without the signed “Parent Permission Form” from you (located on the side bar) this process cannot legally begin.