Team Composition and Divisions

Any student choosing to participate on an athletic team in grades 5-8 will have every opportunity to do so, regardless of ability or experience. If an unusually large number of students turnout for a particular sport, efforts will be made to form additional teams to accommodate students. Head coaches, with the aid of their assistants, will assign students to teams.

Ninth – twelfth grade student athletes may participate on any Varsity or Junior Varsity (JV) team. A Varsity team will consist primarily of 11th -12th, while Junior Varsity teams will primarily consist of 9th-12th graders. In some instances 7th or 8th graders may be allowed to play on these teams.   All LREI traveling teams will play against other NYSAIS schools

The 7th/8th grade students become the Middle School Traveling Team when referring to scheduling. The traveling team will consist of 7th/8th graders and all 7th/8th graders who are interested in playing will not be denied the opportunity to be on the team. These team will play against other 7th/8th grade teams. 

The 5th/6th grade teams are considered “club” or intramural teams. These teams will compete and practice together as part of a developmental program to prepare them for our traveling teams in the 7th and 8th grades. Skill development and sportsmanship are the foundation of the program and are emphasized daily. 

Team captains are chosen by coaches to act as models of good conduct for all team members.

The head coach of each team will make every effort to find playing time for each member of the team throughout the season as well as give everyone on the team a chance to improve skills and earn more playing time. There may be circumstances in which not all team members will play in each game. Factors may include attendance, size of team, effort, skill lever of opponents, game strategy and other factors. The coaches will make all decisions regarding substitutions.
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