Athletics Department

Welcome to AASD Mountain Lion and
Lady Lion Secondary Athletics
Honoring the 2020 Spring Sports Senior Athletes 
Resocialization of Sports: 

June 12, 2020


Beginning Monday, June 15, AASD will begin Resocialization of Athletics following the guidance provided by federal, state, and local governments, Centers for Disease and Control, Pennsylvania Department of Health as well as the National Federation of State High School Associations and the PIAA. 


Our coaches and staff are excited to begin open gyms, workouts and strength training with our student athletes.  Parents are encouraged to review the guidelines and remind athletes to follow the safety protocols and maintain healthy habits.


All students who participate in any athletic activity are required to read and sign the AASD Extracurricular Participation Waiver for Communicable Diseases including COVID-19. Completed waivers should be submitted to the athlete's coach.  

Click on the link below to review the plan and complete the waiver form. 


Thank you for your continued support as we strive to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, coaches and community.  Remember, it’s not where you start, but where you finish!  And WE will all finish strong!   


Be safe.   



Phil Riccio, M. Ed., CAA

AASD Athletic Director

Mission Statement

The Altoona School District's Department of Athletics (Grades 7-12), strives to provide an environment that will compliment and enrich the overall quality of all students educational experiences. The emphasis of the program is to provide opportunities that encourage the pursuit of lifetime activities, a sense of commitment and teamwork, and the development of personal character while maintaining an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among its student athletes and athletic department staff.

The Athletics' program purpose is to provide competitive experiences that are consistent with the mission of the Altoona School District and which contribute to the growth and development of student athletes, as well as, integrate members of the Altoona Athletic Family (students, faculty, staff, administration) through participation in a broad based program that includes PIAA Interscholastic sports, intramurals, club sports and recreational activities. The athletic program has a firm belief that all participants are students first and athletes second as is reflected by the District's athletic eligibility policy. As a member, in good standing, of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, we are committed to the values inherent in PIAA high school athletics philosophy and place preserving the integrity of the programs as the highest priority.


The Athletic Department strives to achieve the same standards of excellence in its athletic program as exist within the District's academic programs. The Athletic Department recognizes a multiple commitment to serve the District, student athletes, alumni and friends. Further, it embraces the concept that the student athlete is first and foremost a student possessing individual rights, academic abilities, personal interests and ambitions comparable to those of other members of the student body.
Altoona Area School District
Athletic Office
Office Hours: 7:30am-4:00pm
Summer Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm

1415 Sixth Avenue    
Altoona, PA    16602
Phone (814) 946-8289    
Fax (814) 946-8578
Phil Riccio
Athletic Director
Nanette Cummings
Athletic Office