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Athletic Placement Process (APP)

The intent of the Athletic Placement Process (formerly Selection Classification) is to provide for students in grades 7 through 12 a mechanism allowing them to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based upon readiness rather than age and grade. Students do not mature at the same rate and there can be a tremendous range of developmental differences between students of the same age. The program is not to be used to fill positions on teams, provide additional experience, provide a place for junior high students when no modified program is offered, or reward a student. Instead, it is aimed at the few select students who can benefit from such placement because of their level of readiness. It will also be fairer to other students on the modified teams. This State Education program extends the high school eligibility of middle school students who are qualified.

A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the NYS Commissioner of Education – Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4 (c)(7)(ii)(a)(4). Our BOE policy states that 7th graders may not be selectively classified in any contact sport, defined by New York State Public High School Athletic Association, offered in the GCSD (Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Competitive Cheer and Ice Hockey).
To learn more about the APP, follow the links below or contact the Director of Athletics, Regan Johnson at 861-8591 x 4000.

Parent Guide to APP

APP Testing Protocol

APP Frequently Asked Questions

APP Permission Slip



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