- 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.
Currently NYSPHSAA is not extending expiration dates for sports physicals during the winter season. Physical are valid for 12 months from the date of the exam. If a student’s physical is dated prior to December 1, 2019, they will need to have an updated physical by their family physician before they can be cleared to participate.
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
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.
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 4:00 or 4:30 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.
*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.
Check the calendar for important dates -
Winter Sports Registration dates:
Unified Bowling - TBA
High School Level - Nov. 19 - Dec, 7
Varsity Girls/Boys Bowling, Varsity Boys Swim & Dive, Varsity Girls/Boys Alpine Skiing. If you registered prior to November 19, please be sure to edit your Family Id registration to your choosen sport, if available.
Modified Sports - Nov. 19 - Dec. 7
Any student who desires to participate in an interscholastic sport at Ballston Spa must first:
Be enrolled as a bona fide student in the BSCSD in grades 7-12.
Complete Registration Process on FAMILY ID including submission of a record of a physical examination, conducted by the school or your personal physician. Physicals are good for 1 calendar year. In addition, the school physician must approve the student for participation.
Family ID Registration Directions - click here
APP Process - Students in 7th & 8th grade who wish to participate on a freshman, junior varsity, or varsity level team must be approved through the Athletic Placement Process - click here
Winter Sports Start Dates -
High School Level - Mon. 12/14/202*
Sports Offered - Varsity Boys/Girls Bowling
Varsity Boys/Girls Alpine Ski
Varsity Boys Swim & Dive
Modified Sports - Modified Swimming - MOVED TO FALL 2 - starting March 1
*Dates due to change. Please check back for updates on specific sports
First Day Tryout/practice schedule - click here - updated 12/14 (Varsity Swim Friday practice)
Winter Coaches Contact List - click here
Winter Athlete Recognition
Winter Playing Sites - click here
NCAA Eligibility Center - http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future