Please check the Team Schedules page for your specific team practice times. RCDS follows NY State heat guidelines, which require constant monitoring of the temperature of the practice environment. Please be aware that the weather may cause practice times to be altered unexpectedly. If you have any questions regarding preseason practices and/or schedules, please contact the Director of Physical Education and Athletics.
- First Day: On the first day, please arrive at the athletic fields a few minutes before practice begins. Coaches will be in contact with students with specific information regarding check-in policies and locations. Athletes should arrive wearing RCDS team practice attire (see below) and should bring their sport-specific equipment. In the meantime, you are encouraged to reach out to your student’s coach should you have any questions.
Team Practice Attire
Upper School JV and Varsity players are required to wear RCDS apparel during practices and game warm-up. Please visit the Athletic Teamwear section of the online school store to order. Additionally, each athletic team will have the option to choose sport-specific team items. The coach will communicate this information and request permission and size to be ordered. Items received will be charged to the student’s account. Families who receive financial aid will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office for assistance with purchasing required athletic team items.
Students may also be asked to provide personal equipment for participation (sneakers, cleats, gloves, stick, shin guards, helmet, ice skates, etc.)
The Magnus Health Portal will notify you via email when your student’s Interval Health History Form and other health requirements need to be completed. New York State requires that all parents/guardians of students in Grades 9 – 12 complete the Interval Health History. If your student is attending preseason, this form must be completed via Magnus by August 1. Students will not be permitted to participate in preseason, athletics, or P.E. without a completed form. Please contact Nancy Gordon, RN, at email@example.com, with any questions.
Athletics Schedule Website
For regular season schedules, please visit the Team Schedules page, which is updated as schedule changes, cancellations, and additions occur. Please be sure to sign up for schedule alerts by clicking on the yellow bell icon next to the team (parents/guardians may select to be updated with an email or text message). On days with inclement weather, please visit the website to confirm the status of the interscholastic athletic contest. We strive to make decisions on cancellations and postponements as early as possible.
Head Athletic Trainer Heidi Southard and Assistant Athletic Trainer Giovanni D’Onza are N.A.T.A. Certified Athletic Trainers and will be available for all RCDS student-athletes beginning August 23.
Impact Concussion Assessment Program
All current students entering Grades 7, 9, and 11 and all NEW students entering Grades 8, 10, and 12: Please read this information regarding the ImPACT Test from Head Athletic Trainer Heidi Southard. If you would like to opt out of the ImPACT Test, please complete the form mentioned at the bottom of Ms. Southard’s letter by the first day of school .
PHYSICAL EDUCATION INFORMATION
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.
Upper School students participating in P.E. are required to wear appropriate athletic clothing including shorts/t-shirt, sweatpants/sweatshirt, and sneakers. RCDS-branded physical education clothing is optional in 2021-22. Those interested may purchase RCDS-branded attire online anytime at the Amerasport Online Store.
Students may be asked to provide personal equipment for participation (sneakers, cleats, gloves, stick, shin guards, helmet, ice skates, etc.).
Exemptions may be granted for participation in sports that are not offered at RCDS and must be executed at a high level in the opinion of the Exemption Committee. You may complete the online exemption application here. Fall exemption applications are due on September 7, 2021.
Have a wonderful summer!
Wendy Jo Haft
Director of Athletics & Physical Education
Phone: (914) 925-4539