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APP & Sports Physicals

4 Skaneateles indoor track and field athletes celebrate section championships

The New York State Athletic Placement Process Program is a voluntary program designed to afford the exceptional middle school student-athlete the opportunity to participate at the high school level on either the junior varsity or varsity team. An exceptional athlete should have specific talents and conditioning well above the level of athletes of a similar age. This program is not designed to fill positions on a team, provide additional experiences and practices, provide a place for a seventh or eighth grade student when no modified program is offered, or to reward a student.


In most instances, middle school students should participate in a full modified season to afford our staff an opportunity to assess skills and ability along with evaluating how the athlete can handle interscholastic athletics and academics. Parents are cautioned that even though an athlete may be physically ready, it does not mean that he/she may be emotionally or socially ready to handle the normal stress of increased competition, or have the ability to interact with older students.

There is great diversity among student athletes throughout New York State. The APP is aimed at the few, select students who are physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially ready to compete at a level higher than modified. 

The following steps must successfully be completed to make the student athlete eligible to try out for the team. Passing the APP does NOT guarantee a student athlete a spot on the team.

 *Please refer to the SCS Adopted Board Policy below.

Steps to APP

1) Recommendation from a coach or physical education teacher
2) Administrative Approval
3) Parental Consent
4) Maturity Test. This is solely at the medical director’s discretion, and all decisions are final.
5) Upon district medical director’s approval the student must participate in physical fitness testing and earn a rating in the 85th percentile for their age in 4 of the 5 fitness tests. If the student does not earn a qualifying score on the first try, they will have two more opportunities to earn a qualifying score. If the student does not earn the required score after the third attempt, the process is over, and they will not be offered a tryout.
6) Upon the successful completion of the items stated above, the student athlete will be granted an opportunity to try out for the team.

Season Coaches Recommendation Due Fitness Test Date Completed
Fall 2023 June 23 July 31-August 11
Winter 2023-24 October 6 October 30-November 9
Spring 2024 January 19 February 12-March 1

Sports Physicals

Students participating in school sports must have a current physical on file with the school nurse. Physicals must be current within one year of the starting date of the sport season. Please contact the school nurse to be sure your student has a current sports physical to start his/her team sport. Please note: Students must have parental permission to have a school physical by the school district's doctor. 

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Eric Knuth
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152