IMPORTANT ATHLETICS INFORMATION:
Wednesday 9/15 - Due to impending weather there are several changes to today's practice/game schedule. Please click here for a detailed list.
Wednesday 9/1 - JV Tennis match home vs. Averill Park is postponed to Thursday 9/2 - no practice today
Varsity Tennis practice is cancelled
Monday 8/23 - Due to impending weather there are several changes to Monday's practice/tryout schedule. Please click here for a detailed list.
Thursday 8/12 - Due to the excessive heat warning all afternoon/evening strength & conditioning actitives at Ballston Spa High School are cancelled.
Open Gyms for Fall Sports -
Cheerleading (grades 9-12) - Mondays starting 7/26 until 8/16 from 3-5pm at the High School Track
Volleyball (grades 7-12) - 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/19 from 4:30-6pm in the High School Gym
Please Wear a Mask while on School Property - As required by New York State, masks are still required at all K-12 schools in NYS. We ask that you please wear masks at all times when on school grounds and in our buildings. While we are confident that there will be no unnecessary confrontations about this, please understand you will be asked to leave our grounds or buildings if you choose not to comply with this state directive.
Updated Spring Sports Spectator Policy - Yesterday, we were notified by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association that the number of spectators for an outdoor athletic event has been increased to 500. Based on this new information, we will be adopting this change and effective immediately, additional spectators may begin attending our athletic events to cheer on our student athletes and their coaches. Masks are still required as is 6 feet of social distancing. Our chaperones have been subjected to a great deal of criticism from spectators based on these rules this spring and we ask that you please understand that these are state rules that we are required to enforce. Please also understand that because of the increase in spectators, it will be nearly impossible to conduct timely contact tracing that would be required by the county due to a positive case. As a result, the presence of a positive case may require us to shut down a given event until such time as full tracing can occur. This is all the more reason that we ask you to please adhere to the state requirements of masking and social distancing. Our hope is that everyone will comply with these ongoing restrictions so that we all can continue to enjoy the performances of our student athletes and teams. There will be certain circumstances where we will have to use badges for entry into events, such as at Albany High School and all Unified Basketball games home and away. If there are others that come up you will be notified by your team’s coach and athletic department.
Wednesday - Modified 9 Softball practice is cancelled today
Modified Softball practice will be 6:45-7:45pm in the high school gym
Varsity Tennis is postponed today
Modified Track practice is cancelled
Varsity Girls Track meet postponed to Thursday, May 6
Spring Sports Spectators - For the Spring Sports season, Suburban Council Schools will allow two spectators per player to attend outdoor athletic events. Proper spectator badges must be visible at all times while attending events. Please be sure to follow all spectator protocols while attending events.
Transportation to athletic events for Spring Season - To further assist in transportation to athletic events parents/guardians with valid driver’s licenses and their own insured vehicle may transport other team members to athletic events. Parents who are able to transport others will need to complete the Request for Authorization to Transport Students in Private Vehicle to Athletic Event form and submit a copy with a hand written, original signature to the athletic department at least one week prior to the athletic event.
There is a separate form for parents to complete to Grant Permission to another Adult to Transport Child in a Private Vehicle to Athletic Event. A copy with a non-electronic signature must be submitted at least 2 days prior to each athletic event.
Grant Permission to be Transported
Application to Provide Tranportation
Spectators Fall 2 Sports - Please see the attached document for information on the spectator policy for the Fall 2 season (click here)
Winter Sports home games will be streamed on our You Tube channel: BSPA Athletics - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA8e9H5HXWKj9PIjv5jtoZw
Tuesday 2/16 - Due to the impending weather on Tuesday, February 16 all athletic activities are postponed. There are no practices. The swim meet will be reschedule - TBA. Girl and Boys Basketball games will be moved to Wednesday 2/17. Please see schedule galaxy for more information - https://www.schedulegalaxy.com/schools/481
COVID positive return to play information - Please see the following attachment for information regarding the return to athletics protocol following a positive diagnosis for COVID - click here
Winter Sports Season - At this time, there will be no spectators for indoor sporting events.
February 6 - Cheerleading tryouts/practice is cancelled today.
February 1 - Varsity Skiing - Stillwater Invitational moved to Monday 2/8
High School Level High Risk Winter Sports (Cheerleading, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling) - At this time we are opening Family ID for the following winter sports so as to ensure that student athletes who are interested in playing are eligible for the sport if the Saratoga County Department of Health allows for winter sports to move forward and if the Board of Education approves the recommendation from administration. Again, opening this registration does not indicate that sports for the winter season are going to take place. Please register if your child is interested in playing the following winter sports:
Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Ice Hockey, and Wrestling
To be approved to attend try-outs the following criteria must be met:
- A physical dated between September 17, 2017-current. This may be uploaded during registration or a hard copy can be submitted to the school nurse.
- ImPACT baseline scores completed in the last 2 years. If your ImPACT is expired you will receive a message from Family ID and instructions on how to complete a baseline test at home.
- Completion of registration information below. All answers will be reviewed by the sports medicine team. If additional information is required for clearance your registration status will show "NOT APPROVED".
- Bona Fide Ballston Spa student
No APP applications will be accepted this season.
Please review the COVID guidelines found under the links section in Family ID. Registration will closed on Feb. 3.
January 26 - Due to the forecasted intensity of snowfall rates for late afternoon/early evening, all afterschool activities are canceled for today.
Open Gyms Grades 9-12 - Open gyms are being offered to high school student athletes through Feb. 11. Students may sign up through Family Id - https://www.familyid.com/programs/winter-open-gym-2020-21. Groups will be limited in size to no more than 25*. Open gyms are not available during your remote weeks.
January 18 - Winter Sports (skiing; bowling; boys swimming) and Open Gym for Basketball and Strength & Conditioning will proceed as scheduled the week of January 18-22. Please note Monday, January 18 is a holiday, there are no practices or open gyms.
January 11 - Winter Sports (skiing; bowling; boys swimming) and Open Gym for Basketball will proceed as scheduled the week of January 11-15. Open gyms for strength and conditioning are cancelled.
January 4 - Athletics and Open Gyms will proceed as scheduled the week of January 4-8.
Six foot distancing will be followed throughout the session. Masks must be worn the entire time. No locker rooms will be available. Please bring your own water bottle. Students attending the 4:00pm or 4:30pm session must go home after school and will not be permitted to stay on campus.
*Groups and space limitations are subject to change.
December 21-23 - The high school will go fully remote the week of December 21. All athletic activities are postponed/cancelled.
Thursday 12/17 - Due to the snow day all athletics are cancelled today
Winter Sports Opportunities –
- Low-risk sports – At the November 18 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved our recommendation to allow low-risk sports which includes bowling, Alpine skiing, and boys swimming and diving for varsity and modified levels. However, this week, Section 2 made the decision to move Modified Swimming to the “Fall 2” season which is scheduled to start on March 1st.
- Moderate-risk sports – As noted in previous Updates and in Board of Education presentations, there is still no decision on Indoor Track and there is still no location at which to hold events nor is there a schedule in place for the season.
- High-risk sports – Today, the NYS Public High School Athletic Association announced that high-risk winter sports which were slated to start on January 4 have been postponed until such time as the NYS Department of Health provides authorization for these sports to begin.
For news on our fall sports season and the fantastic accomplishments of our student athletes, please see the story HERE.
Open Gyms Grades 9-12 - Open gyms are being offered to high school student athletes from January 4-15. Students may sign up through Family Id - https://www.familyid.com/programs/winter-open-gym-2020-21. Groups will be limited in size to no more than 25*. Open gyms are not available during your remote weeks.
Six foot distancing will be followed throughout the session. Masks must be worn the entire time. No locker rooms will be available. Students attending the 4:15pm-5:15pm session must go home after school and will not be permitted to stay on campus.
*Groups and space limitations are subject to change. No decision has been made by the State as to whether high risks sports will be held this winter. Section 2 will be making a determination on Indoor Track by 12/4/20.
Winter Athletics Program DRAFT Plan - For more information on the return to athletics, please review this Winter 2020-2021 Interscholastic Athletics Program DRAFT Plan
Ballston Spa Return to Athletics Winter Season plan - click here
Winter Sports Start date moved to 12/14 - Please click here for more information.
Attending Outdoor Athletic Contest at Ballston Spa
Spectators will be directed to designated areas.
Only 2 spectators per student-athlete allowed.
All spectators must have a Suburban Council badge to enter.
All spectators must complete our contact tracing form prior to entering.
As per NYSDOH guidance, spectators must maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals and/or family/household units at all times and all spectators must wear face coverings when they are in common areas and situations where six feet of distancing is not able to be maintained, so long as they are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate such covering.
Good luck to the girls varsity swim and dive team this weekend as they participate in championships
Registration for students in grades 9-12 for winter sports will open on Monday, November 2. At this time we do not have specific information as to which sports/levels will be offered. Family Id will have one option, “Winter Sports”, available for registration. Once we have more information about which sports/levels will be offered you will be able to change your registration to your sport/level of choice, if available. We ask that if you anticipate participating in winter sports please register now. All students must have a current physical (physicals are good for 1 calendar year) and register on Family ID to participate