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Modified Sports Grades 7 – 8

Welcome to Schuylerville Athletics! We believe that participation in athletics is an integral part of the total educational program and provides opportunities for students to develop lifetime skills with regard to responsibility, team work, cooperation, concern for others, leadership, respect for authority, good citizenship, and loyalty, which will help our students in becoming well-rounded individuals.

Modified sports are open to all 7th and 8th grade students. At the Modified level, the emphasis is on participation, safety, social/emotional growth and teaching fundamental skills to young athletes.

What does “Modified” mean?

The term “modified” simply means that rules have been tailored to meet the needs of our middle school students. Rules are “modified” to allow for maximum participation in a safe environment.

What sports are offered and when?

Fall Season:

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer (Boys)
Soccer (Girls)

Winter Season:

Basketball (Boys)
Basketball (Girls)

Spring Season:

Lacrosse (Boys)
Lacrosse (Girls)
Track (B/G)

Are there tryouts in Modified Sports?

The goal of Modified Athletics is maximum participation. However, there are times that the number of students trying out exceeds our coaching staff’s ability to safely supervise and instruct. In this situation, reducing team size may be necessary.

When does each season begin?

The 2024-25 Modified Sports start dates will be determined by the Foothills Council athletic administrators. These dates may differ from the dates set forth by Section 2 or NYSPHSAA. Watch the district website homepage for announcements or follow the Schuylerville CSD on Facebook.

What steps need to be taken in order to be eligible to participate?

To participate in a Schuylerville Athletics team at the Modified, Junior Varsity or Varsity level, students must sign-up on FamilyID prior to the start of the each season. In addition, every student must have a physical exam within the last 12 months on file in the Health Office. The following documents are required:

These forms are also available on our Requirements & Forms page.

Each team will have an interest meeting for prospective athletes prior to the start of the season. It is important for students to stay up to date on the daily information communicated via middle school announcements. Should your child make the team, a parent meeting will be held and sport specific information will be shared by the coaches.

What is Selection Classification (APP)?

The Advanced Placement Process is used to determine a student-athlete’s readiness to compete at a higher level of competition. The purpose of this program is to permit the accelerated student-athlete the opportunity to participate safely at a higher level of competition (high school team). In order for a 7th or 8th grader to try out for a high school team at Schuylerville, the student must first be recommended by the head coach of the program. In making this recommendation, we not only assess the athlete’s skill development but his/her social-emotional maturity level as well. If approved for the APP process, the student will undergo a maturity screening and a physical fitness test to determine if he/she is eligible to try out.

Where can I find more information about Modified Sports at Schuylerville?

Questions can be directed to the Athletic Director John Bowen, (518) 695-3255, ext. 2173.