We Take Play Seriously
Character is formed through competitive play. Which is why are serious about our athletics program, and why every trophy is earned.
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Athletics at Valley Forge Military Academy
A core value of Valley Forge is that cadets must be sound in both body and mind. This is why we integrate athletics, physical training, and a cadet’s personal fitness program to help students achieve fitness levels far exceeding national norms. The following sports programs are available for cadets grade 9 through 12.
- Cross Country
- Golf (Club)
- Ice Hockey (Club)
- Tennis (Club)
- Track & Field
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA)
Valley Forge Military Academy is in District 1 of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA). PIAA is a non-profit corporation and a voluntary membership organization whose mission is to develop and enforce rules regulating interscholastic athletic competition
Athlete Eligibility For Prospective Students
There are two criteria students must meet to be eligible to participate in Academy athletics.
Maximum Age Rule
“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.”
— Article I – Age: Section 1. Maximum Age Rule
Period of Participation
When a student athlete first enters ninth grade, he then is eligible for four consecutive school years (eight semesters) 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 PIAA.
More information regarding athletic eligibility can be found on the PIAA website.
For questions concerning athletic eligibility, please contact:
Director of Athletics