Every Cadet On A Team. Every Cadet An Athlete.
The goal of the Athletic Program at VFMA is for each cadet to receive a quality experience both in the classroom and in their athletic pursuits. To ensure that each student-athlete reaches this goal, the Athletic Department is committed to the academic and financial requirements of our athletic programs by exercising well-founded institutional control.
There are Interscholastic/Varsity and Junior Varsity and Middle School sports. It is the responsibility of the institution and the Department of Athletics to adhere to all eligibility regulations set forth for the governance of interscholastic/intercollegiate athletics by the PIAA. Nowhere else can a young person learn the lifelong lessons of teamwork and sportsmanship, nor does any other activity lend itself so completely to the development of the will to win.
The Academy offers the following sports as part of the athletic program for cadets in grades 9 through 12: football, soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, lacrosse, rugby, and baseball.
Middle School Athletics
The Middle School competes in soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Cadets must be sound in both body and mind. VFMA integrates athletics, physical education classes (grades 7 through10), physical training, and a cadet’s personal fitness program to help students achieve fitness levels exceeding national norms. The program focuses on flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance, and body composition. The physical conditioning program is designed to meet the individual needs of cadets, while placing emphasis on daily fitness and wellness as an important aspect of their future well-being and ability to accomplish their goals and objectives.
Athlete Eligibility For Prospective Students
Valley Forge Military Academy is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A.) which is the governing body of high school athletics in Pennsylvania. As such VFMA is required to comply with the PIAA Constitution and its By-Laws. With this in mind, there are two PIAA By-Laws that all prospective candidates for admission to VFMA and their parents must be aware of.
The first is Article I – Age: Section 1. Maximum Age Rule which reads as follows:
“A student shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition upon attaining the age of nineteen years with the following exception: If the age of 19 is attained on or after July 1, the student shall be eligible, age-wise, to compete through the school year. “
The second is Article VIII – Period of Participation: In summary, when a student athlete first enters ninth grade, a clock begins giving the student athlete four consecutive school years (eight semesters) of eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics. For example, a student athlete repeating a grade after entering ninth grade, would be ineligible in their fifth year of high school. Under the “Period of Participation” rule, there are no “redshirt “ years, and not playing a season in a given sport one year does not give a student athlete an additional season of eligibility to play that sport. Regardless of where the student athlete begins ninth grade, in another state, country or at home (home school), the semester clock begins and carries over to enrollment in a school in Pennsylvania that is a member of the P.I.A.A.
More information regarding athletic eligibility can be found on the P.I.A.A. website
Prospective student athletes and their parents with questions concerning athletic eligibility should contact the Director of Athletics Richard Casey at 610-989-1491 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org