• Jr High Sports


    Schuylkill Valley Athletic Department

     

    Frequently Asked Questions about

    Junior High School Sports

     1.  What sports are offered for Junior High School students?

     The Schuylkill Valley School District currently offers the following organized sports for 7th and 8th graders:

    Sport

    Season

    Approximate time-line

     Boys’ Soccer
     Fall
     August 18 – October 24
     Girls’ Field Hockey
     Fall
     August 18 – October 24
     Girls’ Volleyball
     Fall
     August 18 – October 24

     Football

     Fall

     August 18 – October 31

     Cross Country

     Fall

     August 18 – October 16

     Cheerleading

     Fall

     August 18 – Early November

     Boys’ Basketball

     Winter

     November 24 – February 7

     Girls’ Basketball

     Winter

     November 24 – February 7

     Wrestling

     Winter

     November 24 – February 14

     Cheerleading

     Winter

     November 24 – Mid to Late February

     Girls’ Softball

     Spring

     March 9 – May 22

     Boys’ Baseball

     Spring

     March 9 – May 22

     Girls’ Soccer

      Fall

     March 9 – May 22

     Track

     Spring

     March 9 – May 12

    2.  When are practices?  What is the duration of each practice session?

    Typically, practices are held every day (Monday-Friday) and occasionally on Saturdays in some sports.  The practice sessions are usually 2 hours in duration.  Most practices start at 3:00 PM depending on the coaching staff and facility availability.  Upon dismissal, athletes are expected to report to the locker room area to prepare for the start of practice.  They are not allowed to roam the halls while they wait.  All practices are mandatory unless students have emergencies or doctor appointments, although we appreciate if appointments can be scheduled after practices.  We consider athletics another classroom period and treat attendance the same as classroom attendance.

    3.  Are there any special requirements prior to participation?

    Prior to athletic participation, all students must receive medical clearance from a physician, who must sign the PIAA Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form.  Prior to participating in a sport for the first time during a school year, a student must receive a medical exam which the district provides free of charge.  This exam must occur after June 1 to be valid for the following school year.  The school district offers free physicals for this purpose.  The date and time of the free physicals are posted on the district website at www.schuylkillvalley.org/athletics/.  Parents may also elect to take their child to a private physician if they so desire.  If a student participates in one or more additional sports during the school year, a blue Recertification Form must be completed by the parent or guardian and the student.  Schuylkill Valley’s team physician is Dr. Thomas Kohl of Comprehensive Athletic Treatment Center (CATC) and he is responsible for overseeing our sports medicine program along with our full-time athletic trainer, Matthew Blimline.

    4.  How do we get the required physical forms?

    Physical forms are available in the athletic office at the high school or in the middle school office prior to each season during a “sign-up” period.  Typically, sign-ups take place approximately four (4) weeks prior to the physical date.  Students must listen to the announcements for specific sign-up dates.  Sign-ups for the fall sports season will start during the third week of May.  When sign-ups begin, students should take the required Preparticipation Form home for parents to complete and then it should be returned promptly to school.  Once it is returned, the child is registered for a sport and placed on a team roster.  The white Preparticipation Form is taken to the school physicals for the examining doctor to complete and sign.  If students are not participating in the free school physicals, it is still important to return the PIAA forms to the athletic office so that the student’s name can be put on the roster.  This will enable the student-athlete to receive any mailings the coach may send during the summer. 

    5.  Does an athlete need more than one physical if he/she plays multiple sports in a school year?

    The PIAA, which is the organization that governs state athletics, recently passed a rule which only requires student-athletes to have one physical exam per year unless they have an injury or illness which causes them to miss an extended amount of practice or game time.  After an initial physical exam for the year, athletes must be recertified for each subsequent season that they participate in a sport.  Recertification Forms will be available in the athletic office and middle school office prior to the winter and spring seasons.  Our team physician will recertify students and make a determination about whether an individual athlete may need a subsequent physical. If that is the case, our team physician or trainer will contact the parents directly after reviewing the blue Recertification Forms.

    6.  Are there special rules that an athlete must adhere to?

    All student-athletes must adhere to the Schuylkill Valley Athletic Activity Code, the rules of the middle school building, which are contained in the student handbook, and all rules established by the coaches of the sport. Copies of the Athletic Activity Code and the team rules will be given out at a parents’ meeting at the beginning of the season.  During the fall and the spring seasons, the athletic department holds an Athletic Night for all parents.  During this evening, all district rules are reviewed with parents and individual coaches’ meetings are held for each team.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these valuable nights.  Dates are posted on the school district website. 

    7.  Does my child need any special equipment to participate?

    Generally, your child should have appropriate footwear (running shoes, cleats, etc.), workout clothing, and a water bottle.  Fall/spring athletes should always be prepared for cold or hot weather.  In addition, the following items are also recommended:

    Sport

    Equipment needed

    What’s provided

    Soccer

    Shinguards, protective cup (males)

    Uniform

    Field Hockey

    Shinguards

    Uniform, mouth guard, sticks

    Girls’ Volleyball

    Kneepads (if needed)

    Uniform

    Football

    Cleats, protective cup

    Uniform, protective pads, helmet

    Cheerleading

    Bodysuits, bloomers, socks**

    Uniform

    Basketball
    Protective cup
    Uniform

    Wrestling

    Wrestling shoes

    Uniform, headgear, protective cup

    Softball

    Glove

    Uniform

    Baseball

    Glove, protective cup

    Uniform

    Track/X-Country

    Running shoes

    Uniform

    ** Details concerning the specific items and the prices will be available prior to tryouts.

    Students are responsible for all school issued equipment.  Any equipment that is lost or damaged must be paid for by the student.  A bill will be sent home at the end of the season.

    8.  Where else can I get information regarding the athletic program at Schuylkill Valley?

    The Schuylkill Valley website offers a variety of information regarding the athletic program. On the athletic pages, parents and students are able to access game schedules, away game directions, athletic department information, and copies of required paperwork.  Parents can also sign up to receive text and e-mail notices when games are changed or cancelled.  In addition, important notices will be posted on the website.  This site is located at www.schuylkillvalley.org/athletics.  There is also a link to the league website (www.bciaa.org) which contains specific game sites for all away contest sites.

    9.  Can my child participate in club sports if he/she is also on a junior high sports team (i.e.  Schuylkill Valley Youth Soccer)?

    Students at Schuylkill Valley are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities.  There is no school policy that forbids participation in both club and junior high sports.  However, students that make a commitment to the junior high sports program are expected to attend all practices and games.  Absences due to a conflict with a club sport are not considered excused.  Before committing to any activity, parents and students should consider the impact that participation may have on the child’s ability to complete schoolwork and on the child’s physical well being. 

    Last Modified on March 6, 2013