Physical Education and Athletics

New York State Education Department Guidelines, Laws, Memos Related to Physical Education


American Academy of Pediatrics:Physical Fitness and Activity in Schools


Links to complete listing of NYS guidelines and laws relating to athletic participation in schools. Includes sub-page for NYSPHSAA, and includes information on Inclusive Athletic Activites (Formerly Known as Unified Sports) 

CDC Resources 

Fitness assessment and reporting program for youth, developed in 1982 by The Cooper Institute which includes physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity; muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility; and body composition. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement.

Healthy Schools NY
Network of 18 local agencies providing technical assistance and resources to schools and school districts in New York to develop, implement and support adherence to comprehensive school health policies for physical activity, nutrition and tobacco prevention.

Let's Move in School-provides an overview of a comprehensive school physical activity program with resources and tools for educators.

National Standards for K-12 physical education

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)-
is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality PE and sport. NASPE is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Members include:K-12 physical education teachers,coaches,athletic directors,athletic trainers,sport management professionals, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals.

Physical Activity - Healthy Youth! - CDC 

Physical Activity and Health Fact Sheet

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity - CDC - September 16, 2011 -Developed in collaboration with nutrition and physical activity experts across the nation, the Guidelines identify the most effective policies and practices schools can implement to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle.

Page updated 12/23/19