RCSD ATHLETIC PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY BY LEVEL
Varsity competition is the culmination of every sports program. Usually, seniors and juniors make up the majority of a varsity team’s roster. At a varsity coach’s discretion, sophomores and freshmen may be included on the team providing that students demonstrate advanced levels of physical development; athletic skill, and appropriate socio-emotional development. On some occasions, a 7th or 8th grader may participate on the varsity team if they have fulfilled the requirements for the Advanced Placement Process. In sports that do have JV teams, 7th and 8th graders are not permitted to participate on the varsity team per RCSD Board of Education Policy.
Team size at the varsity level is limited. The number of participants on any given team is a function of the ability of coaches to conduct effective and meaningful practices and for the team to compete in contests.
While contest participation over the course of a season is desirable, a specified amount of playing time at the varsity level is never guaranteed. A sound attitude and advanced level of skill are prerequisites for a position on a varsity team, as is the realization that a varsity sport requires a six-day-a-week commitment. This commitment often extends into school vacation days for all sport seasons. Depending on the sport, contests and practices are scheduled during vacations, on Sundays (rarely), and in some cases, on holiday days.
The dedication and commitment needed to conduct a successful varsity program must be taken seriously by all student athletes and by coaches. These efforts must be supported by parents. The varsity coach is the leader of the sports program and determines the system of instruction and strategy for that program. The communication between the Modified, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams is the responsibility of the varsity team coach.
Preparing to win, striving for victory in each contest and working to reach the groups’ and each individual’s maximum potential are worthy goals of a varsity-level team.
At the junior varsity level, freshman and sophomores usually comprise the majority of the team roster. In certain situations, juniors who may not be varsity-ready, but are expected to make a contribution at the varsity level the subsequent year, will be considered for junior varsity participation.
In some cases, exceptional 7th or 8th graders may also make the team through the Advanced Placement Process.
Athletes are expected to commit themselves to the program. To this end, increased emphasis is placed on physical conditioning, refinement of fundamental skills, elements, and strategies of team play, in addition to socio-emotional development.
The junior varsity program works toward achieving a balance between continued team and player development and striving to win. The outcome of contests becomes a consideration at this level. The understanding that practice sessions are important is a premise that is vital to a successful junior varsity team and player.
A specified amount of playing time is never guaranteed. Participants at this level are preparing themselves for the six-day-a-week commitment that is expected at the varsity level. Practice sessions are sometimes scheduled during school vacation days/weeks. Because the goal of becoming a varsity athlete is clearly in sight, a high level of dedication and commitment is expected at the junior varsity level.
The philosophy of middle school athletics is to maximize participation, have fun, and learn the fundamentals of the sport in a developmental setting.Coaches will do their best to provide equal opportunity to participate in both practices and games to develop the skills necessary for the sport. Equal participation is also contingent upon attendance, behavior, and effort during practice sessions and games.Making team selections is not desirable at this level. However, if the number of students trying out for a team creates a situation that is difficult to manage, poses a safety issue, or is problematic because of staff or facility considerations, reducing team size may be necessary.
*Modified athletic teams are reserved for students in 7th & 8th grade.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROCESS (APP)
Exceptional 7th and 8th graders may be permitted to try out for a junior varsity or varsity team under the New York State Education Department Program called the Advanced Placement Process (APP). Student athletes must be recommended by a member of the coaching staff or PE teacher to go through the APP process for a particular sport. The Director of Athletics will contact students if they are selected for the APP process. The Rye City School District has a policy regarding the APP process. View the policy.
For sports that do not have a modified team (i.e., tennis, swimming, golf), parents are permitted to ask the Director of Athletics about the APP process.