Jonathan MacKerchar, Athletic Director
Melissa Emery, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director
The Athletic Department is supervised by Jonathan MacKerchar. Mr. MacKerchar oversees all of the coaches, athletic fields, scheduling and athletes.
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The Athletic Program
The Penn Yan Central School District recognizes the importance of the interscholastic athletic experience in the total development of the student. We believe our interscholastic programs provide unique experiences where the student/athlete can develop: Good Character, Self-Discipline, Leadership, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Goal Setting and Social Skills.
The athletic program is an integral part of the overall educational program in the Penn Yan Central School District. The program promotes a desire in our student body and community to take an active part in our sports program either as participants or spectators.
The aim of the Penn Yan Athletic Program is to develop highly competitive student/athletes, but not to lose sight of educational values such as Good Character, Self-Discipline, Leadership, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Goal Setting and Social Skills. It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory, but the number of victories is only one criterion when determining the success of a season. Guiding the team and each individual to attain their maximum potential is the ultimate goal. 2 Individual skills, team strategies and participation time also vary with the level of competition
Levels of Participation
The Modified level is designed for students in grades 7 & 8 or 7, 8 & 9. This level of competition gives students their first opportunity to participate in our district’s athletic program and prepares them as student/athletes by emphasizing personal enjoyment, sportsmanship and healthy competition, the fundamentals of team play and responsibilities of being on a team, development of individual athletic skills, learning of game rules, and physical conditioning.
Junior Varsity Level
The Junior Varsity level is designed for student/athletes in grades 9 and 10, but student/athletes in grades 7 and 8 who are recommended for and pass Selection Classification are also eligible. At this level of competition emphasis continues to be placed on personal enjoyment, sportsmanship and healthy competition.
The Varsity level is designed for student/athletes in grades 10, 11 and 12, but students in grades 9 are eligible, as are those in grades 7 and 8 who are recommended for and pass Selection Classification. This level of competition is the culmination of our district’s athletic program and along with continued individual physical, social-emotional and mental development, the goal is to prepare to win and to strive for victory in every contest while continuing to emphasize personal enjoyment, team play, sportsmanship and healthy competition.