Athletic Department Philosophy
Athletics are an integral part of the school curriculum; they promote good health, a sound body and an alert mind. Athletics help students develop values, habits and skills which promote lifetime physical activities. A sound athletic program promotes enthusiasm, loyalty and school spirit within the student body. It becomes a great rallying point for student interest and demeanor. It is a shared commitment among students, coaches, parents, school board and community.
The success of the program shall be judged on the number of participants and spectators, the acquisition of new skills by those participating and the degree to which good citizenship, team play and sportsmanship are evident. At the elementary school level it is important to have maximum participation with very little emphasis on winning. At the junior high level it is important to continue the focus on participation, develop and strengthen fundamental skills and begin to set goals for competition. At the high school level it is important to develop the desire to achieve, compete to the best of one’s ability and develop an attitude of success.
- Baseball (Boys) - High School & Junior High
- Basketball (Boys & Girls) - High School & Junior High
- Bowling (Boys & Girls) - High School & Middle School Club Program
- Cheerleading (Boys & Girls) - High School & Junior High
- Cross-Country (Boys & Girls) - High School & Junior High
- Field Hockey (Girls) - High School and Junior High
- Football - High School & Junior High
- Golf (Co-Ed) - High School
- Swimming & Diving (Boys & Girls) High School
- Soccer (Boys & Girls) - High School and Junior High
- Softball (Girls) - High School & Junior High
- Tennis (Boys & Girls) - High School
- Track & Field (Boys & Girls) - High School & Junior High
- Volleyball (Boys & Girls) - High School and Junior High (Girls Only for JH)
- Wrestling - High School & Junior High
Academic - The purpose of athletics is to enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom. For this reason, the school district has adopted academic eligibility requirements that students must reach to be eligible to participate in athletics. Students may not fail two classes in a given week, at the end of each quarter or at the end of the year. When a student is academically ineligible for the week, he/she may not practice or play their sport the following week from Sunday through Saturday. Students who fail two or more subjects at the end of the quarter may not participate in athletics for 20 school days, beginning the day after report cards are posted/issued. Students who fail two or more subjects for the year may not participate in athletics for the first quarter of the next school year. NOTE: Work completed and grades received following the close of a weekly, quarterly or yearly eligibility period does not alter or shorten the period of ineligibility. Work completed after the close of an eligibility period affects only the next eligibility period.
Age – To be eligible for PIAA athletics, a student may not have turned 19 years of age by the date of June 30 immediately preceding the school year.
Attendance – Students must be enrolled full-time at Schuylkill Valley, Berks Vo-Tech or be home-schooled in theSchuylkill Valley School District. If a student is absent during a semester (1st and 2nd quarters or 3rd and 4thquarters combined) for a total of twenty (20) or more school days, that student will lose their athletic eligibility until he/she has returned to school for a total of forty-five (45) days of school following the twentieth (20th) day of absence.
Length of Eligibility – Athletic eligibility is valid for four (4) consecutive years beyond eighth grade. Therefore if a grade is repeated in the high school, a student is ineligible for his/her senior year. In addition, a student is only eligible to participate in six seasons of an individual sport (basketball, soccer, softball, etc.) from grades 7 -12, three seasons of a sport in grades 7 - 9 and four seasons of a sport in grades 9 – 12.
All-Star Contests – Underclassmen MAY NOT participate in any all-star contests or they will lose eligibility in that sport for one year. Graduating seniors who have completed their eligibility in a sport may participate in a maximum of two all-star competitions per sport.
Amateur Status – To maintain eligibility and amateur status in a sport neither a student nor his/her parent/s may receive money or property as compensation related to the student’s athletic ability, participation, service or training in a sport. A student may only receive awards from the school, an athletic event sponsor, the news media or a non-profit service organization (Rotary Club, Leo Club, etc.) approved by the Principal. Permissible awards include articles of clothing, watch, ring, scroll, photograph, medal, plaque or similar trophy which must bear an organizational insignia or comparable identification. The school and/or sponsor of an athletic event may pay reasonable and necessary expenses for transportation, lodging, and/or meals incurred while participating in an interscholastic athletic event. In sports like bowling, golf and tennis, a student may not accept cash prizes when participating in a tournament or the student forfeits his/her amateur status.
Football – Football players may not participate in any camps, clinics or work-outs in pads. Doing so will result in the loss of one year of eligibility.
The role of parents and educators is to develop critical thinkers capable of being independent. Therefore, if a player has a problem with a coach, the player should discuss the situation directly with the coach. If a parent has a concern with a coach, the parent should set up a meeting with him/her. Parents should never confront a coach before or after practices and games when emotions are peaked. However, there are certain concerns that should not be discussed with coaches, such as playing time, team strategy and other student-athletes on the team. Parents are welcome to discuss with coaches the treatment of their child, ways to improve their child’s success and concerns they have about their child’s behavior.
If student-athletes and/or parents are not satisfied after meeting with a coach, these individuals should make an appointment with the athletic director.
Coaches are selected by the athletic director and approved for hire by the school board. When a position becomes open, it will be advertised to district employees and posted in the sports section of the Reading Eagle newspaper. A search committee will then be formed, charged with the task of finding the best candidate for the position. The Schuylkill Valley Athletic Department is an equal opportunity employer.
All students, coaches, fans and parents are expected to act with proper decorum and respect toward teams, players and contest officials. Taunting, profanity or verbal abuse will not be tolerated. Individuals exhibiting this type of behavior will be given a verbal warning from the game manager, security officer, athletic director or other authorized district personnel. If the behavior continues after the warning, the individual will be asked to leave school property immediately. Everyone attending Schuylkill Valley athletic contests must realize that everyone involved in the competition is striving to do their best and to be successful. The expectation is that all attendees support and positively encourage all our athletic teams rather than destroy the confidence of individuals by offering negative comments. Again, the purpose of athletics is to teach life skills which can only be achieved by everyone demonstrating the highest ideals of sportsmanship.
The head coach of each sport is given the responsibility of selecting the proper level and/or team for each athlete. It is the philosophy of the Schuylkill Valley Athletic Department to provide as many participation opportunities as possible for students. However, it may be necessary to limit the number of participants on some teams in an effort to offer the most worthwhile experience for everyone involved. If there are too many players on a given team, no one will receive the individual instruction they need and deserve. Therefore, coaches at all levels are permitted to “cut” when necessary, after obtaining approval from the athletic director. Head coaches will also determine whether ninth graders should play at the high school or junior high level. If the coach wants to move a ninth grader up to the high school level, the coach will discuss the move with parents.