Allow JV Sports for 7th & 8th Grades at Webster Public Schools
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Traditionally in our town of Webster, MA, Webster Public Schools included JV sports that were available for 7th & 8th graders. This year, 7th graders were no longer allowed to play JV sports, and next year 8th graders will not be allowed to play JV sports. Parents have been told that this is due to the reconfiguration of the schools, keeping 5-8th graders separate from 9-12th graders.
Although Middle School Athletics were present this 2017-18 school year, we as parents do not feel they should take the place of JV sports for 7th and 8th graders who are skilled enough to make the JV team. Without the participation of 7th and 8th graders, many JV teams may not have enough players to field a team (which was the case for both JV Girls & Boys Soccer this fall). The lack of JV program puts our Varsity programs in jeopardy. Without a JV program, teams do not have the ability to build their players skills at a higher level. Without a JV program, it is possible that students will play Middle School sports as an 8th grader, and then in 9th grade, either be cut from the Varsity try outs, or sit the bench on a Varsity team. The presence of a JV program that includes 7th & 8th graders will help the Webster Public Schools athletic programs be as successful as possible.
Developmentally - physically as well as emotionally - we parents feel strongly that our 7th and 8th grade students are well equipped to play at the JV level.
We are petitioning Webster Public Schools to have three levels of play:
* Varsity - for any student skilled enough grades 9-12
* Junior Varsity - for any student skilled enough grades 7 to 10
* Middle School - for any student grades 5-8
Please allow 7th & 8th graders to play JV sports for Webster Public Schools.
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