Health Requirements for Athletic Participation
All students in grades 7-12 who desire to participate in interscholastic athletics must be cleared through the school Nurse’s Office. No student will be allowed to try out, practice or participate with any team without a current physical examination on file and the completed athletic gray card. There are no exceptions.
Sports Physicals Offered at School
A current physical is one that has been completed within one year of the month in which the sport starts. The district offers sports physicals with the Board-appointed school physician primarily during the summer. These physicals are free of charge. Prospective student-athletes are encouraged to complete their physical during this time, as this will provide eligibility for the entire year.
This means that if you are a fall, winter or spring athlete you should complete a sports physical on one of the dates provided. Additionally, if you are a middle school student seeking the APP (athletic placement process) in order to play at the high school level, these physicals will meet that requirement also. These physicals will take place in the nurse’s office at the high school.
Student-athletes who do not complete a physical with the school physician will need to obtain one from their family doctor. In this event, the Physical Form must be completed and returned directly to the school nurse.
Required Health Forms for Each Season
Gray Card – Required for each new sports season. The Gray Card cannot be dated earlier than one month prior to the start of the season. If a student hands in a Gray Card dated earlier than one month prior to the season, it will be returned and they will not be able to participate until a valid Gray Card is submitted.
Physical Form – A current physical must be on file with the nurse’s office. A current physical is one that has been completed within 12 months of the month that the sport starts. Physicals may be submitted to the nurse’s office at any time.
*Important note: During the summer, paperwork for all student-athletes in grades 7-12 should be submitted to the Niskayuna HS Nurse’s Office, either in-person or via U.S. Mail (1626 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309). During the school year, paperwork for middle school students should be submitted to the nurse at their respective school.