Upper School Curriculum Guide
RCDS Physical Education is designed to balance personal choice at a developmentally appropriate level while maintaining standards of excellence in teaching lifelong lessons regarding health and exercise. Every student is required to take Physical Education. At Rye Country Day School, to be an eligible candidate to receive a passing grade for the year, the School requires that students successfully complete each of the three seasons by participating in the Physical Education program, by playing on an athletic team, or by fulfilling the requirements of a granted sport exemption. A student who plays on an interscholastic athletic team will receive PE credit for that season of participation.
The Athletic Program at RCDS is designed to enhance each student’s athleticism and self-esteem by emphasizing skill development, camaraderie, and a dedication to compete. The program stresses sportsmanship and strives to instill a sense of team responsibility and school spirit. The program is broad enough to prepare gifted athletes to compete at the college level while at the same time ensuring that all students are exposed to the lifelong benefits of athletics and physical fitness.
Varsity interscholastic teams compete in one or more of the following leagues: FAA, NEPSAC, WNESPA, WIHLMA, NYSAIS, MIFL, and ISFL. The varsity and JV teams are selected based on ability. Students must attend all practices and games in order to remain in good standing on a team. Eighth grade student-athletes may try out for a position on an Upper School varsity team. The student must pass the New York State classification fitness test, obtain medical and parental approval before attending tryouts. Upon passing the fitness test, the student must have the skills and tactical knowledge to earn a starting position on the varsity team.
The Junior Varsity Interscholastic Athletic Program emphasizes skill development, teamwork, team responsibility, and participation. Every effort will be made to include all interested students in the junior varsity programs. In some instances, however, space or facilities could limit the number of participants on a particular team.
Pre-season for the fall sports begins on Monday two weeks prior to Labor Day. The spring sports training trips take place during the second week of spring vacation in March.
Formation of Teams
- All students signed up to play a sport are expected to be present on the first day of pre-season.
- Varsity or junior varsity rosters, at times, are limited due to space or facilities constraints.
- New players may not be added to a team’s roster after the first contest.
- If a student has been cut from a team or has stopped participating before the end of a season, it is that student’s responsibility to report to the Athletic Director or the US Physical Education Coordinator and begin attending a Physical Education class.
Teams Offered at the Varsity & JV Interscholastic Levels
|Boys' Varsity Football
Boys’ JV Football
Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Girls’ JV Soccer
Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Boys’ JV Soccer
Girls’ V Field Hockey
Girls’ JV Field Hockey
Boys’ V Cross Country
Boys’ JV Cross Country
Girls’ V Cross Country
Girls’ JV Cross Country
Girls' JV Fencing
Girls' V Volleyball
Girls' JV Volleyball
|Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey
Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey
Boys’ JV Ice Hockey
Girls’ Varsity Basketball
Girls’ JV Basketball
Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Boys’ JV Basketball
Boys’ Varsity Fencing
Boys’ JV Fencing
Girls’ Varsity Fencing
Girls' JV Fencing
Girls’ Varsity Squash
Girls’ JV Squash
Boys’ Varsity Squash
Boys’ JV Squash
Boys' Indoor Track
Girls' Indoor Track
|Boys’ Varsity Baseball
Boys’ JV Baseball
Girls’ Varsity Softball
Girls’ JV Softball
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
Girls’ JV Lacrosse
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Boys’ JV Lacrosse
Boys’ Varsity Tennis
Boys’ JV Tennis
Girls’ Varsity Tennis
Girls’ JV Tennis
Boys’ Varsity Golf
Girls’ Varsity Golf
Boys’ Varsity Track & Field
Girls' Varsity Track & Field
Boys’ JV Track & Field
Girls’ JV Track & Field
Physical Education Policies
Students in grades 9-12 who are not playing a sport during a season will choose a physical education elective. The objective is to maximize physical activity for three days in a six-day cycle for a minimum of thirty-five minutes of workout time. The value of an elective PE program is enhanced by increased student investment through personal choice. Managers are granted a partial exemption and will be required to fulfill 2 days in the 6-day cycle in addition to their responsibilities as managers. All clothing worn must have the RCDS Logo and can be purchased online and at the Wildcat Den. Sneakers are required.
- Physical Education meets at specific times and students must confirm that the class is conducive to their schedule.
- The time requirement is three days in a six-day cycle, except for boot camp and dance.
- Students who miss more than three classes in a season will meet with the Director of Athletics and the Upper School Principal after the third miss.
FITNESS CENTER GUIDELINES
- Students will receive a fitness orientation before using the RCDS Fitness Center.
- Students in grades 9-11 will choose three periods in the six-day cycle to attend Fitness.
- Seniors will choose three days within the six-day cycle to complete their workout. The Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 5:30pm.
- Seniors who miss more than three days in a six-day cycle will be assigned set times to attend class.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXEMPTIONS
- Exemptions can only be granted for sports and activities that are not offered at RCDS during that season and must be executed at a high level in the opinion of the committee.
- Deadlines for submitting an application (found on the Family Portal) will be communicated by the Director of Physical Education. Failure to meet these deadlines may result in a denial of the application.
- Time requirements for an exemption must be a minimum of 10 hours per week (Monday-Friday).
- Applicants seeking an exemption should be prepared to discuss this request with the Director of Physical Education.
- At the end of each season, a comment by the supervisor must be completed and emailed to the Director of Physical Education on or before the published deadline. Late comments may result in a grade of incomplete or denial for future consideration for an exemption.
- Incomplete comments may result in denial for the following season
In fitness the students will learn and experience many different types of training, including but not limited to total body strength training programs, mini bands, use of machines, dumb bells and cardiovascular machines. Every trimester ends with a fitness challenge tested endurance, strength and power.
In yoga the students learn many disciplines of yoga, including yoga theory and philosophy.
Court sports is offered in the winter trimester class that gives our students a chance to return to a team sport curriculum.
Tennis is offered in both the fall and spring trimesters. There are before school and Z block offerings. All tennis strokes are taught. Tennis games and matches are a highlight of the class.
Squash is offered in both the fall and the spring trimesters. The class is taught by our Director of Squash and is a well rounded course learning and playing.
Dance is an after-school option in both the fall and spring trimesters. All genres of dance are taught and rehearsed. In the winter trimester the students are given PE credit for their participation in The Musical.