Modified Team Sports Guidelines

  • In Rush-Henrietta, Modified B sports teams are created for students in grades 7 and 8. Funding is set aside each year to offer the same Modified B teams at both Burger and Roth junior high schools. In cases where there are not enough students to field a Modified B team at each school, one combined district-wide team or two blended teams will be created.

    Each year, a combined district-wide team is created for cross country, boys lacrosse, boys volleyball, wrestling. Combined teams will also be created when required facilities are not available at each school (i.e., football and spring track and field).

    Blended teams are created when one school has too few players to field a team and the other school has more than enough players to field a team. When this occurs, two blended teams will be created – teams with players from each school. One blended team will be hosted by Burger and the other by Roth. An example is boys Modified B soccer, which frequently has two blended teams.

    In cases where the number of junior high school students wanting to participate in a sport exceeds the number of students that can be accommodated by Modified B teams, we will consider adding Modified A Teams. Modified A teams are combined (district-wide) teams.  Modified A teams are designed for students in grades 7, 8, and 9. They are created to provide more opportunities for junior high school students to participate in modified interscholastic sports. By having students in grades 7 and 8 play on Modified A teams, more students in grades 7 and 8 can play on Modified B teams. These additional playing opportunities may not, however, provide playing opportunities to every student wanting to participate.

    Modified A teams have been created for boys basketball, girls basketball, boys baseball, girls softball, boys soccer, and girls soccer.  A request to add a Modified A team must be done one year in advance through a budget proposal to the superintendent of schools. In addition, any combining of teams must be declared a year in advance with the league for scheduling purposes. For these reasons, adding teams to accommodate an increase in student participation at one or both junior high schools cannot typically be addressed in the year that this occurs. As a result, some students wanting to participate may be denied this opportunity. When this occurs, the expectation is that a Modified A team will be proposed for this sport for the following year.

    If you have further questions, please contact Tom Stewart, director of athletics, at 359-7809.

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