Dear Parents/Guardians and Student Athletes:
Welcome to the Middletown Middies Interscholastic Athletic Program. This handbook has been prepared to be used as a reference by our student-athletes and their parents/guardians in an effort to define responsibilities as they pertain to the rules and regulations, as well as the guidelines for participation in our interscholastic athletics program.
Upon entering secondary school, students are exposed to many new opportunities and challenges. An important part of the educational experience at this level are the extra-curricular programs available to all students, in particular, the interscholastic athletic program. Nationwide, studies have shown that students involved in extracurricular programs such as interscholastic sports, achieve better grades, manage their time more efficiently, have less discipline problems and stay in school.
I am very pleased that you have shown an interest in this phase of our school program. It is my belief that participation in athletics is a privilege and honor that provides an opportunity for developing lifelong skills not always available in the academic classroom. Our goal is to provide a first class experience that promotes team and individual growth in a safe and healthy environment.
When a student chooses to participate in our athletic program, he/she has committed him/herself to certain responsibilities and obligations. This handbook will acquaint you with some of the specific policies/rules that are necessary for a well organized program of interscholastic athletics.
The Middletown Athletic Program is governed by the regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education’s basic code for extra class athletic activities. In addition, Middletown is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), Section IX and competes in the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA).
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Middletown Athletic Program. I look forward to working with you to ensure that you take advantage of the tremendous opportunities athletics can provide. GO MIDDIES!
David Coates, CAA
Director for Physical Education, Health and Athletics 845-326-1533