Athletic Placement Process (APP) for Grades 7 & 8
The Athletic Placement Process (APP) is a testing procedure to ensure that 7th- and 8th-grade students who want to try out for a junior varsity or varsity sport are at the physical, emotional and academic maturity level required of higher-level competition. This process is not required for Bowling (winter) or Golf (fall). This process is meant for exceptional athletes who require a more competitive level for their growth as a student-athlete. Their academic and emotional readiness is a significant factor in this process.
Once a student is cleared to try out by passing the fitness test, medical clearance and administrative approval, there are further criteria. In order for a student to make a high school team as a middle schooler, they must be seen as a potential starter or significant contributor of 50% or more playing time at that level. Therefore, coaches' recommendations are required because they most likely have a better understanding of who might make the playing time criteria. If a student passes the APP clearance but is not selected for the high school team, they will have an opportunity to try out for the modified level. That tryout will be given sometime after a team has already been selected at the modified level and the player would need to rank better in the selection criteria than the last person selected on the modified team.