Participation Code For Athletics
The boy or girl who participates in
interscholastic athletics occupies an enviable position. To fellow
students, he or she is a leader; one whose example and actions are
often followed and approved. To the adult community and to all who
observe the athletic events, he or she typifies the student
leadership of the school. The athlete’s personal conduct is a
reflection on the school and the students. This is a great
responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
This participation code is intended to serve the best interest of
each athlete, the team, and the school. The intent is not to punish
or limit involvement. It is intended as a tool that the
student-athlete can use for growth toward responsible young
Students participating in any interscholastic activity shall be made
aware of, and agree to abide by the following:
A. Participants will abstain from the use of
tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and/or illegal drugs. Athletes may not
remain present in locations where underage drinking and/or illegal
drugs are being used.
The athlete in violation of this provision
will be suspended from participation for at least 20% of the
season, but must attend all practice sessions.
For the second violation, the athlete will be
dismissed from the team.
In the case of the egregious use, sale, or provisioning of other
students with tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and/or illegal
drugs, athletes may be summarily dismissed from the team.
B. Athletes failing more than
one subject must correct all failures following the issuance of
report cards or five-week progress reports. (An incomplete for other
than medical reasons will be considered a failure.)
C. Any middle school student who
participates in the interscholastic athletic program must maintain a
passing average (70%) in all subjects.
The middle school athlete who does not
maintain a passing average shall attend noon assistance to
receive additional help. If the student is still in academic
difficulty, limitations will be made in his or her participation
in the athletic program based on the recommendation of his or
her academic team.
D. The student-athlete is
expected to be in regular school and class attendance at all times,
except for legitimate and legal reasons for absence. All high school
student athletes must attend school no later than the start of
period 2 in order to participate in sports practice or competition
unless approval is given by the high school principal.
E. Student athletes must report
to every practice session, unless absent from school for a legal
reason, or unless excused by his or her coach. Any planned absence
during a school vacation period should be brought to the attention
of the coach through personal contact.
For the first violation of this provision,
the athlete will be suspended from participation in some or all
of the NEXT SCHEDULED CONTEST but will be expected to attend all
practice sessions and that contest.
For the second violation, the athlete may be
dismissed from the team.
F. A player may withdraw from a
team without penalty providing he/she has discussed the matter with
the coach, the Athletic Director, or the high school principal
before leaving. Any player quitting by walking off the field,
attempting to make a “statement” by his/her departure from a team,
will be ineligible for any sport during that season and for the next
sport’s season OR the season where the student has previously been a
participant. This includes a carryover from Spring to Fall and year
G. If a student is allowed to participate in two
sports during a single season, that student must declare to both
coaches which sport will be his/her “major” sport. By this
declaration, the athlete will determine at the start of the season
the sport in which she/he will compete in the event of conflicting
schedules during the regular season, tournaments, and post-season
H. Hazing, bullying, fighting, use of profanity or
obscene behavior, harassment, conduct unbecoming an athlete, or
insubordination to the coach could result in one or more of the
Removal from the team
Suspension for one or more contests, at the
discretion of the coach and principal
In-school suspension or out-of-school
I. Any student convicted of a
misdemeanor or felony during the season will be subject to a
disciplinary response, including possible: