Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!
April 16, 2024
Valley Stream Central High School District

Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!

April 16, 2024



The Valley Stream Central High School District has developed an interscholastic athletic program with educational value for all students. It focuses on the development of self-esteem and individual skills, as well as fostering an atmosphere of teamwork, citizenship, and sportsmanship. In addition, we believe our sports program emphasizes discipline, leadership, respect, loyalty, and cooperation. The athletic program does emphasize lifelong activities where participation by as many student-athletes as possible is a goal. It is a competitive athletic program and not a recreational program. Winning is neither the most important nor only outcome of the program but is a focus especially at the varsity and junior varsity levels. The District has set high goals and standards and all personnel and students are encouraged to strive to achieve them while maintaining a proper perspective on sports, school and life.


VSCHSD enjoys one of the largest and most diversified sports programs on Long Island, as our student athletes participate in six years of athletics. Valley Stream Memorial, South & North JHS, offers 14 different interscholastic sports programs for boys and girls during a four-season school year and an additional 4 District teams. Valley Stream Central, Valley Stream North and Valley Stream South High School enjoys an excellent athletic reputation throughout Long Island and New York State. The athletic department offers 28 different activities for boys and girls at Varsity and Junior Varsity levels.


Please Note: Sport registrations will open no earlier than 30 days before the start of EACH sport season. Registrations cannot open earlier to comply with NYSED regulations. The Department of Athletics at the Valley Stream Central High School District provides opportunities for our student-athletes to receive a quality experience both in the classroom and in interscholastic competition.

If you have questions regarding any of our athletics programs, please contact the Building Athletic Director or District Athletics Director. If you have questions regarding your child’s sports physicals, clearance, or approval status, please contact your child’s building Nurse(s).



The Athletic Placement Process (APP) is a program for evaluating students who want to participate in sports at higher or lower levels, as approved by the Board of Regents as a part of the school eligibility rules in 1980, and is aligned with Learning Standards 1 and 2. Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4(c)(7)(ii)(a)(4)states:

A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness, and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the Commissioner.

These standards state that students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, maintain personal health, and acquire both the knowledge and ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has collaborated with the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA), the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), the Statewide School Health Services Center (SSHSC), district directors of school health services (commonly referred to as medical directors and previously known as school medical officers), and directors of physical education/athletics to promote physical education and interschool athletic competition statewide.

*If you are interested in having your child participate at a high level, please have your child or yourself contact the Building Athletic Director.




2022-23 VSCHSD Athletic Handbook for Parents/Student-Athletes

Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

NCAA Educational Resources
A site designed for high school student-athletes, parents, coaches and others who help students successfully navigate the initial-eligibility process.

Section VIII Website
Gives athletes, coaches, and parents access to Section VIII sports resources.

Gives athletes, coaches, and parents access to NYSPHSAA resources.


The VSCHSD Athletic Program recognizes that concussions and head injuries are a commonly reported injury in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The District adopts the Concussion Management guidelines as per the New York State Education DepartmentDepartment of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in the proper evaluation and management of head injuries. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions occur when normal brain functioning is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head. Recovery from concussion will vary. Avoiding re-injury and over-exertion until fully recovered are the cornerstones of proper concussion management.

Any student demonstrating signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion while participating in interscholastic athletic activity will be removed from the game or activity and be evaluated immediately. They will not return to play that day. The Massapequa School District will notify the student’s parents or guardians and recommend appropriate monitoring. Final clearance to return to athletic participation must be obtained from the School District Physician.
Guidelines for Concussion Management in Schools