Who is eligible to participate?
Middle school sports are open to all students in grades 7 and 8.
What sports are offered at Ardsley Schools?
FALL: Football, Soccer (B/G), Volleyball (G), Cross Country (B/G).
WINTER: Basketball (B/G), Swim (B/G), Wrestling (B).
SPRING: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse (B/G) Track (B/G).
When do modified sports begin in the fall?
Sports will begin with a meeting on the second day of school. Over the summer further information will be posted on the athletic website. Note: Once students are eligible to play a JV or Varsity sport (grades 9- 12) tryouts and practices will begin in late August.
What do I need to do in order for my son or daughter to be eligible to participate?
Several steps are necessary in order for your child to be eligible to participate:
1) You must obtain an adequate health examination by either the school physician or your own private physician. Sports physicals are valid for a 12 month period. Sports physicals are also offered by the school physician at the start of each season.
2) You must create an account on FamilyID, our online athletic registration platform, and complete the registration process for your child. Registration opens 30 days prior to the start of each season. The registration link can be found on the Ardsley Athletic Webpage prior to the start of each season.
3) The Middle School nurse must review and approve all information submitted. Contact the MS nurse, Mrs. Reid, at 914.295.5692 with any questions regarding medical clearance.
Are there tryouts? Is there a selection process? Are there cuts?
Many sports have tryouts and a selection process during the first week of the season. Each student will be given a fair opportunity to try out for the sport of their choice. Coaches will utilize specific criteria to evaluate athletes, conduct a fair selection process, and make cuts. No student is guaranteed a spot on a team regardless of the number of camps, clinics, or travel teams they participate in.
How many days per week do MS sports meet?
In general, MS sports meet every day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, during the season from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is the expectation that students attend every practice. Typically there is no practice when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends and school recess). We do not hold practice on Wednesday’s due to the adjusted school day schedule. Coaches do have the option to hold practice at 2:00 pm if they are available to do so.
Be aware that there is a certain number of practices required for each sport before a student is eligible to play in a game. This is a NYS Public High School Athletic Association requirement.
Are all practices and games held at Ardsley Middle School?
No, not necessarily. While the majority of teams practice at the MS, a few sports practice either at the HS (wrestling) or other off-site locations such as McDowell Park (baseball).
If not, is transportation provided?
Yes, a shuttle bus runs between the high school and middle school on a daily basis for those students who need to be transported to other practice locations. The athletes load the shuttle bus outside the gymnasium entrance.
Is transportation provided to and from away games by the school district?
Yes, for away games and contests the school district provides transportation to and from these events. It is the expectation that students use the transportation provided. If there is a need to pick-up your child from an away event, you will be required to sign a release form that the coach will have on hand at the end of the game.
If my child gets injured, is there certified medical staff available to attend to him/her?
Absolutely, the safety of your child is our number one priority. All coaches are CPR and First Aid certified and are equipped with a medical kit. Furthermore, we have a full-time athletic trainer, Amanda Rivera, who oversees the prevention and care of all athletic injuries. Amanda’s office is located at the high school.
Where can I find further information about the Ardsley Athletic Department?
You can access the Ardsley School District Athletic website at any time. Many updates, forms, schedules, and contact information can be found on this site. For varsity game results and announcements you can follow Ardsley Athletics (@ArdsleyPanthers) on Twitter. Feel free to contact the Athletic Director, Mike Ramponi, via email - firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone - 914.295.5870.