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Athletic Practices & Latest News

Upcoming Dates for BFS Athletics Just Around the Corner

Upper School Fall Athletes (Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Girls Volleyball) begin practicing Monday 8/27/12 @ BFS at 3:00pm.

Middle School Fall Athletes (Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Girls Volleyball) begin practicing Tuesday 9/4/12 @ BFS at 2:30pm (There was a typographical error on the BFS printed calendar mailed home – the correct date is September 4th, not the 5th.)

Saturday 9/8/12 will be our annual “Blue Pride Day” for Fall Athletes

10:00am MS Soccer & Volleyball Athletes arrive 

11:00am US Soccer & Volleyball Athletes arrive

Please have your student hand in all athletic paperwork and $100 uniform deposit check on the first day of practice. Go to the athletics section of the website for required forms and latest news, and read about the role of our new Athletic Trainer, Mr. Don Hovey.

Important News about New York State’s “Concussion Management Awareness Act” and BFS ImPact Testing

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the “Concussion Management Awareness Act” last September, which took effect July 1, 2012. The law contains several key provisions:

1. Parents of student-athletes must sign a permission slip before their children can participate in practice or games.

2. Any student-athlete suspected of a concussion must immediately be removed from play.

3. Any student-athlete with a concussion must obtain medical clearance before returning to the sport.

4. Coaches, physical education teachers, school nurses and athletic trainers must undergo concussion training.

In line with the new law, BFS is offering all student-athletes the option to complete a computer-based exam known as ImPact (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Administered by Athletic Trainer Don Hovey in the BFS computer lab, this test has a “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is easy to take, and many athletes enjoy the challenge of the test, which tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. The initial reactions to the test are recorded as the baseline. If an injury occurs in the course of the season, the student-athlete may be tested again, and their responses will be measured to see if there is any likelihood of concussion. The goal of the testing is to help guide the BFS Athletic Trainer and the School Nurse as to when the student should return to activity, athletic play, or class as well as when to contact the parent to have the child see a physician or specialist. This test is not designed to diagnose or treat a concussion. ImPact is just one more tool BFS uses to keep our students safe.

Please complete the Information and Consent Form to have your child participate in the ImPact Testing program, and return the form to the Athletic Office by the first day of school, Sept. 6.  We will begin to schedule the test as consent forms are received. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Athletic Trainer Don Hovey, ext 603; Athletic Director David Gardella, ext 234, or School Nurse Mary Ellen Ostrander, ext. 241.

We look forward to seeing you at BFS athletic events this fall.