NYSED Memo Eligibility for Interscholastic Athletics, Inclusive Athletics, and Extracurricular Activities (9/1/20)
Students cannot be excluded from participation based on the type of educational program (in-person, remote, or hybrid)
New York State Education Department Guidelines, Laws, Memos
- Regulations of the Commissioner 135 Health and Physical Education
- Memo: Athletic Trainer Scope of Practice-Clarifies the scope of practice and role of the medical director in supervising the athlete (7/5/11)
- Memo: Coaching and Athletics Update - Reviews SED policy for required courses, NFHS rule on head injury and participation (10/2010)
- Memo: Sports Physicals - Updated Information Regarding Sports Physicals (12/2000)
- Health Examination Guidelines (Updated May 2018)
- Guidelines for Coaching Requirements - Includes CPR and First Aid Requirements (1/29/18)
Mixed Competition The Department has received several questions regarding how APP guidance relates to the standards for mixed competition reviews. It is important to clarify that the regulations surrounding mixed competition for participation in interscholastic sports pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation §135.4(c)(7)(ii)(c) remain the same. However, the physical tests to be used under that regulation will be updated and will also follow the President’s Physical Fitness Test. The Mixed Competition Guidelines are currently under review at the Department and further communication will follow in the near future. Please note: In mixed competition review, the fitness scores are not intended to be qualifying or disqualifying scores. The scores that appear in the chart are not absolute requirements for the panel. The scores only provide a reference for the panel to consider. If the scores of the student differ from the standards, the panel should assess the significance of that difference. For further clarification on the New York State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulations for Physical Education and Athletics please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (518) 474-5922. For inquiries specific to competition governance you may wish to contact the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) at (518) 690-0771 and/or toll-free at (866) 598-2816.
Athletic Trainers in Secondary Schools
NYSED Office of Professions-Athletic Training - Athletic trainers work under the supervision of licensed physicians to provide services to individuals who have suffered athletic injuries. At athletic events, athletic trainers provide emergency care and first aid to individuals who have sustained an athletic injury, evaluate athletic injuries, and make referrals to appropriate medical professionals. Certified athletic trainers manage athletic injuries and illnesses such as sprains, strains, contusions, and post-surgical reconditioning. Athletic trainers may: identify factors that may contribute to athletic injury and eliminate them before an injury occurs, develop appropriate fitness and training programs. At athletic events, athletic trainers provide emergency care and first aid to individuals who have sustained an athletic injury, evaluate athletic injuries, and make referrals to appropriate medical personnel.
NYSED Office of Professions- Practice Guidelines for Athletic Trainers in Secondary Schools - Athletic training is a licensed profession regulated by statutes and regulations administered by the New York State Education Department. With the increased employment of Athletic trainers, it is valuable to review the regulations that pertain to their employment and their scope of practice on the Office of Professions website. (12/15/20)
National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) - The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Health Issues. It provides information on many health topics.
Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) - Works to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. The YSSA was spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and now includes more than 70 member organizations.
NYSED Curriculum and Instruction for Physical Education, Athletics, and Coaching - Contains NYSED PE Toolkit, health education and earning standards APE information for students with disabilities, and coaching requirements and resources.
Inclusive Athletic Activities (Formerly Known as Unified Sports) This program is organized by the NYS Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and the Special Olympics New York organized a Unified Sports program available to all NYSPHSAA member schools. provides for students with and without disabilities to participate on such teams for the purpose of training and competition. Requirements for participation are detailed in the Commissioner’s Regulation §135.4(c)(7)(ii).
Safety and Research Page with school health forms, heat and cold, and resources, and Anyone Can Save a Life emergency response program for after-school practices and events designed to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest, Guides to managing skin infections and return to play after skin infections.
- NYSPHSAA Guide for Skin Infections-Provides steps to reduce the spread of skin infections in student athletics (NYSPHSAA 12/2011)
- NYSPHSAA NYS Health Care Provider Release Form for Wrestler to Participate With Skin Infections-Medical provider release for Return to Play (NYSPHSAA)
- Permission for Special Accommodations
Provides procedures for students who need accommodations for medical prosthetics (insulin pump, colostomy appliance, prosthetics) or religious apparel during sports participation (NYSPHSAA). (This link is located under Other Safety Issues in the lower right of the NYSPHSAA webpage).
Page updated 3/22/21