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Junior High Sports Structure

Junior High Structure and Competitive Seasons

Football (Fall)

  • The first practice date is the same as the PIAA fall sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • Composed of students from grades 7-9.  Schools may elect to move some 9th grade students to JV/Varsity according to PIAA guidelines. 
  • One or Two Jr. High games will be played on Thursday afternoon/evening.
  • A game for better players and a B game for developing players.
  • The schedule will follow the Varsity Schedule. 

Cross Country (Fall)

  • The first practice date is the same as the PIAA fall sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • The 7/8 team schedule will be the same date and opponent as the varsity opponent. 
  • The Jr. High Cross Country Course will be 3000m (1.86 miles) in length.
  • Season will end the Saturday prior to the second Monday in October.

Softball (Fall)

  • The first practice date is the same as the PIAA fall sport starting date. 
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • Each school will play all divisional opponents once.
  • Season will end the 1st Saturday in October

Girls Basketball (Winter)

  • The first practice will be the 2nd Monday in October.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • The participating teams will be divided geographically into four divisions.  All teams will play each team in their division twice.
  • Order of play 7 – 8 – 9th for those who have 9th
  • Season will end the 1st Friday in January.

Wrestling (Winter)

  • The first practice is the same as the PIAA winter sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • Junior high wrestling meets will be held before the varsity meets against the same opponent as the varsity.
  • Season will end the 1st Saturday in February

Boys Basketball (Winter)

  • The first practice date is the 1st Monday in December except for freshman who may start the 1st day of the winter season.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice
  • The participating schools will be divided geographically into four divisions.  All teams will play each team in their division twice.
  • Order of play 7th, 8th, and 9th.  9th may not start games until 7th & 8th start
  • Season will end the 1st Friday in March.

Field Hockey (Spring)

  • The first practice date is the 3rd Monday from the PIAA spring sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • Each team in the division will compete against each member in the division. (1 division) Seventh and Eighth Grade Field Hockey
  • The field hockey chair will generate a Conference schedule. 
  • The contests will consist of an 8th grade contest played first followed by a 7th grade contest. 
  • Each 8th grade contest will consist of two twenty-five (25) minutes halves
  • Each 7th grade contest will consist of two twenty (20) minute halves.
  • Game times will be 4:30 on weekdays and 10:00 on Saturdays.

Boys & Girls Soccer (Spring)

  • The first practice date is the 3rd Monday from the PIAA spring sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • The participating teams will be divided geographically into two divisions north and south.  All teams in the division will play once.  Each game will be 2 – 30 minute halves

Track & Field (Spring)

  • The first practice date is the Monday after the PIAA spring sport starting date.
  • Three weeks of pre-season practice is required.
  • Each team in the division will compete against each member in the division. (1 division)
  • Order of Events:

Track

  • 100m Hurdles
  • Girls – 100m 10 hurdles @ 33’
  • Boys – 100m 10 hurdles @ 36’
  • 100 Dash
  • 1600 Run
  • 400m Dash
  • 400m Relay
  • 800 m Run
  • 200m Dash
  • 1600 m Relay

Field

  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump will follow Long Jump
  • Shot Put will follow Javelin
  • Discus will follow Shot Put
  • Shot Put:          Girls:  6 lbs. (2.744kg) Boys:  8 lbs. 13 oz. (4kg)
  • Discus:             Girls/Boys: 2 lbs. 3.27.0z (1kg)
  • Javelin:             Girls/Boys:  1 lb 4.16oz (girl’s IAAF Javelin)

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