Athletic Placement ProcessThe Athletic Placement Process is a process for screening students to determine their readiness to compete in high school level interscholastic athletic competition by evaluating their physical maturity, fitness and skill. The student may be placed at the appropriate level of competition which should result in increased opportunity, a fairer competitive environment, reduced injury and greater personal satisfaction. Students going out for modified teams DO NOT need to go through this process.
The Hornell City School District encourages students to participate in interscholastic athletics for which they are suited, appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness, and skills in relationship to other members on those teams, as well as their psychological and emotional maturity. In the vast majority of circumstances, a high school student-athlete shall be placed on a high school team (varsity or junior varsity) and a 7th and 8th grade student-athlete shall be placed on a (modified) interscholastic team.
In exceptional circumstances, a 7th and 8th grade student-athlete may be so physically, athletically, socially and emotionally advanced that he or she would most appropriately be placed on a high school interscholastic team. Only in such circumstances shall a 7th and 8th grade student-athlete be permitted to "play up" to a high school interscholastic team. Each student-athlete shall be considered individually for this option, and a student-athlete shall not be considered for "playing up" for the purpose of ensuring a sufficient number of members of a high school team or because of the desires of a member of the coaching staff that the student be added to a high school team.
High School Assistant Principal
John Cardamone is the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal for grades 7-12. Prior to coming back to Hornell, he taught 11 years of 9th and 10th Grade Physical Education Health and 10th Grade Driver's Education in Virginia. He also served as Physical Education Department Chair, Assistant Athletic Director, and Middle School Athletic Director. He then taught Physical Education for 3 years for Baltimore City Schools and one year in Harford County. He resides in Hornell with his wife and two sons.