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Athletics

The primary purpose of the athletic program at the Warwick Valley Central School District is to promote our students’ physical, mental, social, emotional and moral well-being. The district believes that participation in athletics contributes to a well-rounded education and gives students experiences that help them succeed outside of school. The Warwick Wildcats compete in Section 9 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. 


SPRING SPORTS BEGIN APRIL 19TH.  SEE BELOW FOR DESIGNATED AREAS TO MEET COACHES

1st day practice schedule

Baseball:  
Varsity – meet at Varsity field 2:30 – 4:30
JV – meet at JV field 3:30 – 5:30
Modified – meet at Varsity field 2:30 – 4:15

Softball:  
Varsity/JV – meet at Varsity field 2:30 – 5:00
Modified – meet at JV field 3:30 -5:00

Track & Field: 
Varsity – meet at track 2:30 – 4:30

Golf: 
Boys & Girls Varsity – meet at Scenic Farms 525 Glenwood Rd, Pine Island 2:30 – 4:00

Boys Tennis: 
Varsity/JV – meet at Tennis courts 2:45 – 5:00

Boys Lacrosse:
Varsity/JV – meet at SES 2:50 – 5:30
Modified – meet at SES 3:00 – 5:00

Girls Lacrosse: 
All levels – meet at SES 3:30 – 5:30

ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT THE ATHLETIC OFFICE: 845-987-3050 EXT. 12881


 

Warwick Begins Fall 2 Season

Challenges Extend Beyond the Field of Play

Warwick students are thankful to be back competing on the athletic fields and in the gyms for the condensed fall season. Sports that ordinarily compete in the fall are thankful for the seven week opportunity provided for their season.  Section IX has loosened restrictions by allowing two family members of the athletes (both home and visitor) to attend outdoor contests.  Warwick will be in compliance with this but unfortunately, Section IX is still not allowing any spectators for indoor contests.

 Busing is an issue throughout New York State and specifically for games that occur during the week for multiple reasons:

  • Busing is not available until the conclusion of driver’s normal daily runs which have been extended due to later end times and limited student capacity (20 students per bus – which ordinarily transported 44 students). Our transportation department and drivers are working hard through challenging circumstances. 
  • Orange County Department of Health’s policy for a positive Covid-19 test result on a bus is to quarantine the entire ridership regardless of proximity. On an ordinary Wednesday in the fall season, the district would be utilizing 4-5 buses filled to capacity with 45 athletes traveling to different venues.  This season, we are realistically looking at the possibility of having one bus with the new maximum standard of 20 students. Transportation is hoping that Orange County Department of Health loosens the regulations regarding bus capacity.

We are creatively seeking solutions that address transportation issues (we have buses but lack drivers to fill them at 2:30 in the afternoon).  In addition, we are looking to reschedule games to   Saturday’s, Warwick is allowing private transportation to away contests. With permission, students can be transported to games by their parents or may carpool with another adult driver and additional students as long as they have parental consent. Students may drive themselves to a contest but are not permitted to transport a non-family member.

We will continue to work through any and all obstacles that may arise in an effort to make this a successful Fall 2 season.  I can be reached by email gsirico@wvcsd.org for any concerns.

Warwick football team

The Warwick Wildcats will take on the Goshen Gladiators for the Annual Spirit Trophy Game March 19th at Goshen High School.


 

Boys basketball video

Check out this replay of the WVHS boys basketball game against Marlboro. The video was produced by the WVHS Video Production classes. Special thanks to Ryan Candia and Brendan Rink for their broadcast commentary.

 


Boys swimming and diving senior day video

Check out this replay of the WVHS boys swimming and diving meet against Valley Central. The video was produced by the WVHS Video Production classes. Special thanks to Ryan Candia and Greg Voloshin for their broadcast commentary.


Protocols for the Fall II Athletics

On Monday, February 8, 2021 the Orange County Department of Health updated their guidelines for student athletes returning to play as follows: 

Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Swimming & Crew Club

All student athletes are required to have a physical on file given no earlier than September 1, 2018.   If a student has contracted COVID-19, they are required to submit a current cardiac clearance from their pediatrician in order to be eligible for participation.  For High School students, cardiac clearances can be scanned and emailed to high school nurse Erin Granata egranata@wvcsd.org.  For Middle School students, cardiac clearances can be scanned and emailed to Middle School nurse Michelle Manelis mmanelis@wvcsd.org.

Football, Volleyball & Cheer

All student athletes are required to have a physical on file given no earlier than September 1, 2018.  If a student has contracted COVID-19, they are required to submit a current cardiac clearance and a physical post Covid-19 from their pediatrician in order to be eligible for participation.  For High School students, cardiac clearances and physicals can be scanned and emailed to high school nurse Erin Granata egranata@wvcsd.org .  For Middle School students, cardiac clearances and physicals can be scanned and emailed  Middle School nurse Michelle Manelis mmanelis@wvcsd.org


Orange County Department of Health Communication Regarding Sports Deemed Higher Risk by New York State:

Parents and all athletes planning on participating in sports deemed higher risk by the State of New York under the current Covid-19 protocols need to read the following statement issued by Dr. Irina Gelman, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Health.  Please contact Athletic Director Gregory Sirico at 845-987-3050 ext. 12880, cell 845-222-1402 or gsirico@wvcsd.org  if further information is needed. 
 

HEALTH RISK COMMUNICATION

I hope that this finds you and your family healthy and safe. At the Health Department, the protection of the public’s health is our fundamental goal. Governor Cuomo has announced that schools may allow high-risk sports and recreation activities as of February 1, 2021 if permitted by local health departments. This information is provided to you at this time in order for you to make an informed choice for your child regarding the participation in these activities as you know your child and their circumstances best.

The local impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic as of January 27, 2021 has resulted in 31,137 confirmed cases as well as 674 deaths in Orange County to date. Of those cases, 46% have been in individuals 18-44 years of age, with the second largest number of confirmed cases in the 45-64 age group (32%).  The prevalence of COVID-19 in our region is higher than the statewide average. Our County 7-day percent positivity rolling average is 7.9 and we are experiencing 273.3 cases per day on average as of January 27, 2021. The CDC “Indicators and thresholds for risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools” is outlined in the document found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/indicators-thresholds-table.pdf. In addition, we are finding that there are variant strains present in our state.  Globally, we are seeing reports of a disproportionate impact of the SARS CoV-2 UK (B.1.1.7) variant in women and children.  While Orange County is using every dose of vaccine given to us by the State, we are nowhere near achieving “herd immunity” with the current rate of vaccine allocation.  

While children account for 2,165 cases or (6.9%) of the total cases, this virus is completely new and although some symptoms are common among those suffering from the illness, the complete list of symptoms, as well as long term complications remain unknown. In fact, some children seem to be at risk for developing more severe complications from COVID-19, such as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which is of great concern, especially for children who are medically fragile. For more information about MIS-C, please visit the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily -life-coping/children/mis-c.html. At present, it cannot be predicted who will become severely ill, although older people and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk.  The long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 are not known; even people with mild cases may experience long-term complications. Of additional concern is that the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that in the two- week period from 12/31/20-1/14/21, there was an 18% increase in child COVID-19 cases.  

Please understand that the State’s decision to permit higher-risk sports and recreation activities does not mean that health risk has been eliminated. In fact, as the recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found, while in-school transmission of COVID-19 was not found to be high, the resumption of in-person athletics increased risk, especially wrestling.  This study concluded that, “Even though high school athletics are highly valued by many students and parents, indoor practice or competition and school-related social gatherings with limited adherence to physical distancing and other mitigation strategies could jeopardize the safe operation of in-person education. While there are likely many factors, the pressure to continue high school athletics during the pandemic might be driven at least in part by scholarship concerns; colleges and universities recruiting athletes for the 2021/2022 academic year should consider approaches that do not penalize students for interruptions to high school sports related to the pandemic to avoid incentivizing activities posing high risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection.” Please see the study for more information: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2775875. Additionally, this article cites a recent CDC report regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 that resulted from a wrestling tournament. For more information regarding the CDC investigation, please see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004e4.htm

As you are aware, any time people are gathered, there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19, which can lead to serious medical conditions and even death.  Symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus and indoor, close contact practices and tournaments increase this risk. In the Spring of 2020, we witnessed the resumption of college sports activities which resulted in campus closings, conversion to remote learning, and increased community transmission. Masking, distancing, and other mitigation measures reduce, but do not eliminate risk.  The American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports warns that masks cannot be worn for all activities and described medical clearance needed for student athletes who have contracted COVID-19 in the past. Please see: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid…ns/clinical-guidance/covid-19-interim-guidance-return-to-sports/ for more information regarding the recommendations. Additionally, there is a significant risk of transmission to those in the home of an infected student-athlete. The JAMA study also noted that, “Outbreaks among athletes participating in high contact sports can impact in-person learning for all students and increase risk for secondary in-school and community transmission with potentially severe outcomes, including death.” The CDC conducted a study entitled, “Implementation and Evolution of Mitigation Measures, Testing, and Contact Tracing in the National Football League, August 9–November 21, 2020” which concluded that, “To date, the ability to define a close contact has been limited. [This study] confirmed that cumulative brief interactions exceeding 15 minutes in total could lead to transmission.” For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004e2.htm.

Parents should understand that other social interactions outside of an actual practice or competition including but not limited to interactions in locker rooms and buses are also potential places of transmission among student-athletes. Many counties have had experience with positive athletes presenting to sports tournaments which have resulted in athletes isolated and quarantined as well as exposure to others.

Decisions made by parents and guardians today can help contribute to the safest possible in-person operation of schools. These are often not easy decisions and require a balancing of the public health best practices to limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the community and other societal factors. As we collectively learn more about this ongoing pandemic, new health information will be shared with you. With two vaccines now being distributed and more vaccine options anticipated for the near future, there is every reason to hope for a much safer environment for schools and school- related activities as time progresses. However, there are no SARS CoV-2 vaccines that have been authorized for use in individuals under 16 years of age, at this time.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Orange County Department of Health at (845) 291-2330

The Orange County Department of Health takes the health and safety of our children very seriously, even more so during the worst public health crisis in a century. While infection rates are increasing daily, we need to proceed with caution and take every step possible in resuming in-person activities safely and responsibly.

Best regards, 

Dr. Irina Gelman, Commissioner
Orange County Department of Health


Athletics return to Wildcat Country as Section IX sports begin Jan. 19th

Basketball and wrestling to start Jan. 31/Feb. 1

Section IX scholastic athletics returned on January 19, following a pause in New York State that began in March 2020.  Section IX is composed of over 40 schools from the Orange County League and the Mid-Hudson Athletic League. The leagues voted 16 -1 in favor of a plan that will re-order the seasons.

The winter sports seasons for indoor track, skiing and boys swimming started on January 19. The winter sports seasons for Varsity and JV basketball (boys and girls) and wrestling will start on Sunday, Jan. 31 or Monday Feb. 1. The following dates posted below are official for all interested students.  Students on the hybrid schedule or fully remote are eligible. All students must have a physical on file with the nurses office (physicals dated from 2018 to present meet the 2021 standards). Remember to bring your own water bottle as all COVID 19 precautions are in place.

Boys Varsity Basketball tryouts will be held in the new gym on Wednesday, Feb 3rd 3-5:00.
Boys JV Basketball tryouts will be held in the new gym on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 5-7:00 
Girls Varsity Basketball tryouts will be held in the new gym on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 2:30-5:00
Girls JV Basketball tryouts will be held in the new gym on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 5-7:00
Varsity/JV Wrestling will be held in the Fran Higgins gym on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 2:30-4:30 

Please enter the school from the Hall of Champions entrance.

Competition Cheer will hold an informational meeting for returning Varsity and JV Cheerleaders ONLY. WVMS cafeteria, Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 2:30-3:00. Enter through the gym entrance.
The fall season will start on March 1st (Football, Spirit Cheer, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Girls Swim) then spring sports on April 19th (Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track, Lacrosse, Golf, Boys Tennis and Crew Club).  There will be no overlap of the seasons.  As a result of these changes there will be many firsts occurring, including Warwick celebrating its first homecoming during the spring of 2021 (it is usually in the fall).

The athletics model for the year includes all levels from the middle school up through high school and is contingent on the Warwick Valley Central School District being in session.

Middle School Basketball

The schedule for Middle School boys and girls basketball this week Feb. 8 – Feb. 12 will be as follows:

  • Monday, February 8th: Girls
  • Tuesday, February 9th: Boys M-Z
  • Wednesday, February 10th: Girls
  • Thursday, February 11th: Boys A_L
  • Friday, February 12th: Girls

Practices begin at 2:30 PM and students need to be picked up at 4:30 PM.  Please enter through the middle school gym entrance. If students are on campus the day of their program, they should report to the middle school gym from 1:50 – 2:30 PM to wait for the start of intramurals. Please email or call the athletics director’s office at 987-3050, ext. 12880 or gsirico@wvcsd.org for additional information.

The fall season will start on March 1st (Football, Spirit Cheer, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Girls Swim) then spring sports on April 19th (Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track, Lacrosse, Golf, Boys Tennis and Crew Club).  There will be no overlap of the seasons.  As a result of these changes there will be many firsts occurring, including Warwick celebrating its first homecoming during the spring of 2021 (it is usually in the fall).
The athletics model for the year includes all levels from the middle school up through high school and is contingent on the Warwick Valley Central School District being in session.

Athletic Schedule

Section IX has created a Warwick Valley Central School District schedule page that provides teams schedules and important information. As an added bonus, parents have the option of signing up to receive automatic notifications related to date, time or facility changes, as well as game cancellations via email or text. View the Warwick schedule on the Section IX website here.

Additionally, all athletic meetings, events and physical dates are listed on the Athletic Department’s Google Calendar. The Warwick Athletic Hotline is also a great resource for cancellations and daily contests. To access the hotline, call (845) 987–3050 and select option 8.

Interscholastic Athletics Offerings

Fall

  • Football (Varsity, JV, Freshman, Modified)
  • Boys/Girls Soccer (Varsity, JV, Modified)
  • Girls Tennis (Varsity, JV)
  • Girls/Boys Cross Country (Varsity, Modified)
  • Girls Volleyball (Varsity, JV and Modified)
  • Girls Swimming (Varsity)
  • Cheerleading (Varsity, JV)
  • Crew Club

Winter

  • Boys/Girls Basketball (Varsity, JV, Freshman, Modified)
  • Boys/Girls Indoor Track (Varsity)
  • Competition Cheerleading (Varsity)
  • Boys Swimming (Varsity)
  • Boys/Girls Skiing (Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Varsity, JV, Modified)

Spring

  • Boys/Girls Golf (Varsity)
  • Girls Softball (Varsity, JV, Modified)
  • Boys Baseball (Varsity, JV, Modified)
  • Boys/Girls Track and Field (Varsity, Modified)
  • Boys Tennis (Varsity, JV)
  • Boys/Girls Lacrosse (Varsity, JV, Modified)
  • Crew Club

All student-athletes must have a signed permission form and an updated physical in order to practice/tryout. No exceptions. Student athletes are responsible for completing the required health forms, including his or her 30-day health history, interval health history form and the annual sports and new student form. These forms are available on the Health and Wellness page.

Concussion Management and Awareness Act

A concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Most people who suffer a concussion do recover quickly. However, in more severe cases, a concussion can be fatal. Unlike a broken bone or a laceration, outward signs of a concussion can’t be seen. By learning to identify the symptoms and danger signs of concussions coaches, teachers and parents can help keep children safe.

The state’s Concussion Management and Awareness Act requires that students with a possible concussion or brain injury are removed from athletic activities, including physical education classes, interscholastic sports and other extracurricular activities. Students will not be allowed to resume athletic activity until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, and have been evaluated by and received written and signed authorization from a licensed physician. For interscholastic athletics, clearance must come from the school’s medical director.