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SHEN SOFTBALL 

**IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING LOWER LEVEL SOCCER AND SOFTBALL**

The Suburban Council Athletic Association recently voted to restructure the modified- and freshman-level athletic teams for girls and boys soccer and softball beginning with the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The Council’s intention was to help preserve lower-level athletic programs across the 16-school, athletic conference. Many area schools have experienced difficulty fielding freshman teams which has resulted in Shenendehowa facing opponents with teams comprised of primarily middle school students. While the decision to make these changes was not a Shenendehowa decision, we are part of Suburban Council and we comply with the decisions.


Beginning in 2015-2016, the former freshman level soccer and softball will now be called modified 9 soccer and softball. Tryouts for this level will be open to 8th and 9th graders and a select group of 7th graders that have been recommended by the coaching staff in the respective sports.


Please be assured that the decision by the Suburban Council will not impact the opportunities for Shenendehowa students to participate in these sports, but will instead result in what is essentially a name change for freshman level teams in these sports. Shenendehowa will continue to field three team levels in both soccer and softball. This new approach to boys and girls soccer and softball will result in more balanced competition, as well as more complete game schedules for our student athletes at this level.


Please contact the athletic office at 881-0396 for any questions that you may arise. This only effects the sports of boys and girls soccer and softball

Robert Swider 

Freshman Head Coach

​Contact:swidrobe@shenet.org

With the start of the 2015 softball season, this will be my 13th year coaching freshmen softball.  My coaching career started in the mid 1970’s.  2015 will be my 33rd coaching season. My first year of coaching was noteworthy in many ways.  I returned to my high school, Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam, N.Y., to coach the varsity softball team.  Title 9 legislation was mandated (equal sports opportunities for females) and the inaugural softball sectionals wereheld.  I had the honor to coach in the Class B Sectional Finals in the first two years.  My professional educational career as a high school counselor at Shenendehowa began in the mid 1980’s. I had the opportunity to step into the softball program as the JV softball coach. The following year and for 12 seasons, I was the varsity softball coach.  The 1989 team won the school’s second sectional championship. I stepped away from coaching in the late 90’s but returned as the freshmen coach in 2003 by invitation of Coach Dan D’Amboise.  As of July 2014, I have retired from my counseling position at Shenendehowa.  I’m privileged to still have the opportunity to coach at Shen.