• Participating in Athletics as a 7th or 8th Grader and Mixed Participation for Interscholastic Athletics


    Athletic Placement Process for Participation in Athletics as a 7th and/or 8th Grader

    The State Education Department of New York permits 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to participate in certain senior high school athletic teams provided the maximum number of athletes trying out for these teams is not reached.  Any 7th or 8th grade student wishing to try-out for a team must first complete and successfully pass the Athletic Placement Process test.  The intent of this testing is to provide students a mechanism allowing them to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based upon biological readiness rather than age and grade.  The Clarkstown Central School District Board of Education designates ALL sports as Athletic Placement Sports with the following two conditions:

    1) Students in 7th or 8th grade are only eligible for APP consideration if NO cuts are being made on the Junior Varsity or Varsity program they wish to join. 
    2) Students in 7th or 8th grade are only permitted to compete at the Junior Varsity or Varsity level if the Modified program will have enough participants to field a team. 
    ** Participation on a JV or Varsity Team may require regular early dissmissal from Felix Festa in order to attend games or practices at the High School level.  Parents are encouraged to consider this factor when making the decision for their child to pursue Advanced Placement. 

    For more detailed information view School Board Policy #5280 or NYS Commissioner's Regulations   


    The Athletic Placement Process includes:

    Step 1.  Schedule a meeting with the District Director of Physical Education, Dr. Christopher Serra, 624-3970 x5565 or cserra@ccsd.edu, to gain approval to be considered for testing.  If approved, the student will be given a signed Athletic Placement Process Packet.  Entire New York State Education Department Athletic Placement Process Policy can be found on the link at the bottom of this page. 

    Step 2.  Parent/Guardian reviews Packet and grants permission for son/daughter to participate in testing by signing Permission Letter (pages 3 and 4 of packet).

    Step 3.  Schedule a meeting with District Director of Health Services, Ms. Sue Sherlock, 639-5580 or ssherlock@ccsd.edu, to obtain Tanner Scale and medical clearance using Tanner Scale Score (pages 5 and 6 of packet).   

    Step 4.  Sport Skill Evaluation conducted by Varsity Coach and endorsement granted (pages 7 and 8 of packet).

    Step 5.  Schedule an appointment with the District Director of Physical Education, Dr. Christopher Serra, 624-3970 x5565 or cserra@ccsd.edu, to undergo Physical Fitness Testing.  Student should wear appropriate athletic attire when performing fitness testing.

    Step 6.  Qualification Determination.  Student will be informed at the completion of the Fitness Testing if they have reached State Qualifications for that sport, or not (pages 9-12 of the packet).  If student has passed the Fitness Test they are permitted to undergo next step.

    Step 7.  Student cleared to try out for the team.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to trying out for the team, the student is required to sign-up for the sport via our online registration system.  The online registration link can be found on the school website. Once medical clearance has been obtained and approved by the school nurse, the student may show-up and try-out on the first day of practice.

    **It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to meet with the District Director of Physical Education before the start of the desired athletic season to coordinate fitness testing dates and District Health Provider dates.  Failure to be timely in this process (request after the start of the season) may result in an inability to participate or limited participation on the desired team **

    Mixed Competition on Interscholastic Athletic Teams

    Similar State Education policies and procedures are in place for students interested in participating on athletic teams not offered for their particular sex (Ex., Female athlete wishing to participate on mens wrestling or mens ice hockey team).  The below link provides information regarding Mixed Competition.  Students wishing to pursue this opportunity should download the packet included in the below link and contact the District Director of Physical Education to begin the process. 

    Click here for detailed Mixed Competition Information and the Application needed for Mixed Competition