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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.

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2022-2023 Warwick Valley Wildcats Information

Health Requirements for Participation in Interscholastic Sports
2022-2023 

For your child to be eligible to participate in interscholastic sports, the WVCSD Health Department requires the following documentation to be submitted BEFORE the start of tryouts.

  • A physical completed within one year of the start of the sports season in which your child will be participating. 
    • Physicals must be completed in their entirety on the official NYS form and signed by the provider that completed the exam.
  • NYS Interval Health History must be completed before each athletic season
  • 2022-2023 Medical History Questionnaire. 
  • If your child has had COVID, COVID Cardiac Clearance is required to participate in sports.  
    • Please note that your child will need to be cleared each time they have COVID.
  • Ex. If your child has had COVID, recovered, obtained cardiac clearance, and has not had COVID since that clearance, they do not need to be cleared again to participate in sports.
  • Ex. If your child has had COVID, recovered, obtained cardiac clearance, and tests positive for COVID again after that clearance, they are required to obtain a new Cardiac clearance to be cleared to participate in sports. 

Required Documentation:

  • The 2022 Medical History Questionnaire will be available for completion in Operoo beginning August 1, for current students. 
  • All other sports forms will be available for completion in Operoo beginning mid-August.

Blank NYS physical exam form is available for download in Operoo and on the Athletics page.


 

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.


Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act 

The Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act  is a new law as of July 1, 2022. This law requires schools, students, and parents/guardians have information on sudden cardiac arrest risks, signs, and symptoms.  Please note that sudden cardiac arrest in children and youth is rare. The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) on the playing field is 0.61 in 100,000.1

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an emergency that happens when the heart suddenly stops working. SCA can cause death if not treated immediately, and even with treatment death may occur. Immediate treatment is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED).  All public schools must have a staff member trained in the use of CPR and AED in school and at all school athletic events.

Preventing SCA before it happens is the best way to save a life. Both your family health history and your child’s personal history must be told to healthcare providers to help them know if your child is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.  Ask your child if they are having any of the symptoms listed below and tell a healthcare provider. Know your family history and tell a healthcare provider of any risk factors listed below. 

The signs or symptoms are:

  • Fainting or seizure, especially during or right after exercise or with excitement or startled
  • Racing heart, palpitations, or irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or extreme fatigue with exercise
  • Chest pain or discomfort with exercise
  • Excessive shortness of breath during exercise
  • Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise

Student’s Personal Risk Factors are:

  • Use of diet pills, performance-enhancing supplements, energy drinks, or drugs such as cocaine, inhalants, or “recreational” drugs.
  • Elevated blood pressure or cholesterol 
  • History of health care provider ordered test(s) for heart related issues

Student’s Family History Risk Factors are:

  • Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before 50 years of age
  • Family members with unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning, near drowning or car accidents before 50 years of age
  • Structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired
  • Any relative diagnosed with the following conditions:
  • Enlarged Heart/ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy/Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart rhythm problems, long or short QT interval
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Marfan Syndrome- aortic rupture
  • Heart attack at 50 years or younger
  • Pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD)

SCA in students at risk can be triggered by athletic activities. To decrease any chance of SCA in a student, the  Interval Health History for Athletics form must be completed using Operoo and signed by a parent/guardian before each sports season unless a physical examination has been conducted within 30 days before the start of the season. This form has questions to help identify changes since the last physical examination or health history was completed. School personnel may require a student with health or history changes to see a healthcare provider before participating in athletics. 

Finally, the law requires any student who has signs and symptoms of pending SCA be removed from athletic activity until seen by a physician. The physician must provide written clearance to the school for the student to be able to return to athletics.

Please contact the State Education Department’s Office of Student Support Services for questions at studentsupportservices@nysed.gov or 518-486-6090.

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