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New Athletic Handbook/Updated Code of Conduct

Student-athletes and their families will want to take a look at the new Athletic Handbook for 2017-18. It includes an updated Code of Conduct and lots of important information about policies, procedures, and details regarding interscholastic participation as part of the Bethlehem Central School District and the Suburban Council.

General Information

Bethlehem Central believes that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist students in their education. Accordingly, the district offers students opportunities to participate in more than 20 sports across three seasons. The district is a member of the New York State Athletic Association, competing as a Class A school in Section II. BC’s league affiliation is with the Suburban Scholastic Council, competing in the Council’s south division.

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Team Websites

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Directions to Suburban Council Schools

Check out these links to schools within the Suburban Council for directions and information:

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Athletic Placement Process

The intent of the Athletic Placement Process (formerly Selection Classification) is to provide for students in grades 7 through 12 a mechanism allowing them to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based upon readiness rather than age and grade. Students do not mature at the same rate and there can be a tremendous range of developmental differences between students of the same age. The program is not to be used to fill positions on teams, provide additional experience, provide a place for junior high students when no modified program is offered, or reward a student. Instead, it is aimed at the few select students who can benefit from such placement because of their level of readiness. It will also be fairer to other students on the modified teams. This State Education program extends the high school eligibility of middle school students who are qualified.

A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the NYS Commissioner of Education – Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4 (c)(7)(ii)(a)(4). To learn more about the APP, follow the links below or contact the Director of Athletics, Len Kies, at (518) 439-4921 ext. 22113.

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Athletics Awards System


  • 1st Year – Certificate, 7” letter “B” and appropriate sport emblem
  • 2nd to 5th Year (same sport) – Certificate and 1 bar

Junior Varsity

  • 1st Year – Certificate and 5” letter “B”
  • Additional Participation – Certificate


  • 1st Year – Certificate and numerals for grad year
  • Additional Participation – Certificate


  • 1st Year – Certificate (numerals for 9th graders only)
  • Additional Participation – Certificate

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Sports Sign-Up for Secondary Students

Interested students must sign up to participate in the athletics program through the health offices at the middle and high schools. The following forms are required to play a sport:

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If parents or students have any questions, (ie. deadlines, etc), please contact your school nurse.

Concussion Management Policies, Protocols and Resources

Visit the Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education’s policies page for concussion policies and protocols.

Concussion Management and Awareness Information:

On July 1, 2012, New York State enacted the Concussion Management and Awareness Act. The Commissioner of Education worked with the Commissioner of Health to produce guidelines for school districts to follow in protecting the health and well-being of concussed students. The Bethlehem Central School District has responded to the New York State Concussion Management and Awareness Act by developing a district-wide Concussion Management Protocol. This Protocol outlines procedures for district staff, parents, and students to follow in managing head injuries; as well as guidance in returning to activities following a concussion. The goals of Bethlehem’s concussion management include:

  • Education regarding head injuries and concussion
  • Prompt emergency response to head injuries
  • Appropriate medical follow-up
  • Return to play/activities guidance

The law specifies that coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers and school nurses receive state approved biennial training regarding concussion awareness and management. Bethlehem Central also believes that it is important for parents and students to also have access to head injury and concussion materials.

Online Resources:

Below are some resources to obtain additional information about concussions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

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