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Code of Conduct for Athletes

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Statement of Philosophy

It is the intent of the Schoharie Central School District to provide a well-rounded, educational experience for its students. Interscholastic athletics are a major part of the educational process. The combination of academics and athletics enhances the quality of our students’ daily lives. However, the District’s primary focus will always remain academics.

Opening Statement

Students who are representing the Schoharie Central School District in interscholastic athletics should realize that they have an obligation to themselves, their teammates, and the school community to strive for excellence. It is hoped that participation in our interscholastic athletic program will enable these students to value their learning experience, to develop self-control, to exercise mature behavior and judgment, and establish a sense of pride in themselves, their school, and their community.

Participation in our interscholastic athletic program demands a commitment that involves sacrifice and dedication. Respect for one’s health and physical development must be an integral part of daily living.

The following expectations are set forth to help all participants properly condition themselves mentally and physically in order to perform well in the classroom and in athletics.

The Code of Conduct is in effect during the athletic season in which the athlete is participating. The season is defined as beginning with the first day of practice set by Section 2 and the Western Athletic Conference and ending with the last contest, which includes post-season play. An athlete and his/her parent/guardian will sign the Code of Conduct at the beginning of the athlete’s sports season. The code is in effect whether it is signed and returned or not during the athletic season. The consequences set forth in this Athletic Code of Conduct are in addition to any consequence that may be imposed by the School’s Code of Conduct or administration.

Athletic / Academic Eligibility

Academic Achievement is the primary focus of the Schoharie Central School District. Students are not only expected to maintain, but will be encouraged to improve academic performance during the entire school year.

Being academically ineligible means the student will not be able to participate in athletic contests, matches or games. These students will still be allowed to participate in athletic scrimmages and practices while on the ineligibility list.

- After the first interim reports go home with students, the high school office issues an Academic Ineligibility List.

- If a student fails a class on the five-week report or the report card they are placed on this list and will have one week to show Good Faith Effort (GFE) in order to become eligible. The GFE is defined as a weekly goal determined by the teacher and the student that represents progress toward academic success.

- Athletes will continue to follow this process until the next 5 week marking period, even if there grade moves into the passing range

- They show GFE in the classes they are failing by meeting the GFE goal they created at the beginning of the week with the teachers of the failing classes, ultimately leading to the student working sufficiently to try to pass the class.

- Students who are on the Academic Ineligibility List will be required to fill out the Academic Success Plan, have it signed by the teacher(s) of class(es) they are failing, and turn it in to the In School Suspension room by Friday at 2:45 pm. If a student/teacher is absent on Friday, the form may be turned in on Monday by 9:45.

• Each teacher of the classes that the student is failing must sign the form indicating whether:
1) The student is passing or failing
2) The student worked toward progress and met the GFE goal created by the student and agreed to by the teacher at the beginning of each week.

• If a student does not get the sheet signed, or if any teacher indicates that the GFE goal was not met, the student is ineligible to participate in athletic contest, matches, or games for the following week.

• The students can still try again the following week to show their GFE in order to work their way back to eligibility status.

- If a student is marked as ineligible on the Academic Ineligibility List, they will not have pass privileges from study halls.

- This process is to be followed until the next five week reporting period.

- The process continues throughout the school year. A new Academic Ineligibility List will be generated after each interim report and report card.

- In June, the counseling department will generate a list of student who are in ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities based on final averages of classes. If the final average for a class in June is failing, a student must show “Good Faith Effort” (GFE) via a summer Academic Success Plan created with their school counselor in order to be eligible to participate in the fall. This plan can include summer school, summer reading project completion, tutoring, etc. If the student shows GFE, they are on a probation list and will need to have their Academic Success Plan signed for the first five weeks. If the student does not successfully complete the summer Academic Success Plan, the student will have one week to show GFE.

- Students who have incomplete grades (INC) at report card time will be given ten days to complete the work necessary to rectify the incomplete. At that time, if they are failing, they will be placed on the Academic Ineligibility List accordingly.

- Ineligible students will be allowed to participate in scrimmages and practices.

- Ineligible students will not be allowed on the team bus during school hours (Including 10th period) for away contest. Non-school days and non-school hours is discretion of coach and administration. If any athlete shows up to the contest, they must be seated and remain with the team throughout the contest.

Attendance

School attendance impacts interscholastic activities as well. Therefore, to participate either directly or as a spectator in these events:
1. Students must attend school on the day of an evening athletic contest, match or game.
2. Students must attend school on the day preceding a weekend athletic contest, match or game (subject to the coach’s, or principal’s review).
3. If a student’s absence has been the result of an appointment which was not possible to schedule at another time, the student’s parent should provide a note to this effect upon the student’s arrival at school. In such cases, the student may be allowed to participate in the contest, match, or game with the authorization of the principal.
4. Tardy Threshold Rule- Student must arrive at school by 8:20 a.m. in order to be considered on time. Each month, student athletes will be allowed one (1) tardy. Their second (2nd) tardy that month will result in the student athlete being ineligible for that day. This includes all matches, contests, games, scrimmages and practices.
5. Any requests for variance on these stipulations must be directed to the principal before the activity.

Use of Alcohol / Drugs / Tobacco Products

Respect for one’s health and physical development must be an integral part of daily living. Health research clearly indicates the harmful effects of using alcohol, drugs and tobacco products. It is the intention of the Schoharie Central School District to offer athletes the opportunity to make responsible, well-informed choices based on honesty and integrity as well as to offer help to those students who exhibit a substance abuse problem.

If the consequence cannot be fulfilled because of an occurrence late in the season or due to the fact that the athlete does not complete the season, it will be carried over the next sports season in which the athlete competes. The number of games suspended in the new sports season will be based upon the percent served in the original offense season subtracted from the total percent to be served.

When questioning athletes regarding code violations, whenever possible, a third party will be present. This third party will be an administrator or teaching staff member.

A) First Offense – Suspension from competing in games for 25% of the scheduled season. (The schedule given by the Western Athletic Conference and the athletic office will be used to determine the number of games) Suspension will take effect with the first game after the offense and will include non-league games. Athletes are expected to practice with their team during this time but cannot compete in contests.
Athletes who are honest and admit their involvement when first questioned will have a reduction in the penalty to 12.5% (minimum penalty for first offense is one game). For determining the number of games, if 25% or 12.5% does not figure out to a whole number (i.e. 1, 2, 4, etc.), then the number of games will be determined by the following method: Up to and including .5 will be rounded down (i.e. 1.4 will be a one game suspension); .51 and up will be rounded up (i.e. 1.6 will be a two game suspension).
If the athlete is a captain, they will lose that position for the remainder of the season.
A meeting between the Principal, Athletic Director, and athlete before returning to competition is mandatory.
Furthermore, the Athletic Director reserves the right to push to the next tier (50% of the scheduled season) if the athlete is dishonest or maintains a negative attitude.

B) Second Offense (same school year) - Suspension from competition in games for 50% of scheduled games. (See first offense for determining number of games and what constitutes a game). Athletes are expected to practice with the team during this time but cannot compete in games. Athletes who are honest and admit their involvement when first questioned will have a reduction in the penalty to 25%.
Mandatory meeting between the Principal, Athletic Director, parent, and athlete before returning is mandatory.
Furthermore, the Athletic Director reserves the right to push to the next tier (suspension from participation for 12 months) if the athlete is dishonest or maintains a negative attitude.

C) Third Offense (same school year) – Suspension from participation (practice and competition) for 12 months from the date of the offense.
For reinstatement to occur, the athlete must become a participant in a chemical dependency program, treatment program, and/or education/instruction program – whichever is deemed necessary.
A formal substance abuse evaluation by the school’s counselor or equivalent, agreed to by parent and school, and a follow-up to evaluation as recommended by the initial evaluation is mandatory.

A mandatory meeting between the Principal, Athletic Director, parent, substance abuse counselor, and coach before returning to participation is mandatory.
Athletes will not be eligible for any school sport award at the end of the season. This includes school letter, WAC All-Star recognition in that sport, and any Booster Club sponsored awards.

Conduct

Athletes are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects positively on their team, school and themselves. If a student has in-school suspension (ISS), then he/she is ineligible for that day. They may attend a practice or contest at the coach’s discretion. If a student is out-of-school suspended (OSS), then he/she is ineligible and may not attend a practice or contest during the term of the suspension.

Team Rules

If a coach has specific team rules, they must be reviewed and approved by the Athletic Director before given to the athletes.

Practice / Contest Policy

The following guidelines will be in effect starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

If the athlete misses a practice for an unexcused reason and did not inform the coach, they will be required to miss one contest, match, or game. If the athlete misses a contest for an unexcused reason and did not inform the coach, they will be required to miss 2 contests, matches, or games. All other types of absences from practices and contests will be at the discretion of the coach. Excused absences include but are not limited to personal illness or death in family, religious observance, medical visits, approved college visits, military obligations, and academically related obligations.

Equipment and Uniforms

Equipment and uniforms issued to each athlete must be properly cared for and not abused. It is the responsibility of the athlete to return all equipment and uniforms in good condition to their coach at the end of the season. The athlete must pay for all items not returned in good condition.

Hazing / Initiation

Hazing or initiation by athletes is prohibited by the Schoharie Central School District. Violation of this section will result in suspension and/or removal from the team.

Medical Exam

The school’s physician will administer athletic physical exams yearly. The physical exam is required before an athlete will be allowed in practices, scrimmages, or contests. The school physician has the absolute authority to determine the capability of the athlete to participate in a particular sport. The athlete must fill out the Health History form and return it to the school nurse before participating in any practices, scrimmages, or contests.

Insurance and Accidents

Interscholastic athletics involve the risk of injury to the participants. In case of an injury, coaches and qualified school personnel are authorized to provide first-aid and arrange for emergency treatment they deem necessary. Schoharie Central School District carries a secondary insurance policy for injuries.

The parent/guardian’s insurance will be billed first. The school’s insurance may not completely pay all bills. The parent/guardian will be responsible for bills not paid by insurance. It is the responsibility of the athlete to report all injuries to their coach immediately. The coach will then complete appropriate accident reports and file the report with the school nurse.

Transportation of Athletes to Away Contests

The Athletic Director will arrange all transportation to away contest. All athletes are expected to ride to and from away contests with their teams. A coach will accompany the team on all trips and have a complete travel list. An athlete with a written request signed by their parent may travel from an away contest with a parent. Please see the form at the back of this booklet.

The School Principal or Athletic Director must sign this request before being given to the coach. Athletes are expected to follow all bus rules. Any violations will result in disciplinary actions. Parents are expected to pick up their children after all practices, scrimmages or games in a timely manner.

Sportsmanship

In order to promote the fundamentals of good sportsmanship, student-athletes, coaches, and parents will respect each other and the opposing school at all times. This includes all off campus and internet communications. Spectators and/or parents will not interfere with play during practices, scrimmages, or games. Violations of good sportsmanship will result in the issuing of a yellow (warning) card or a red (vacate) card.

The Consequences set forth in this Athletic Code of Conduct are in addition to any consequences that may be imposed by the School’s Code of Conduct OR ADMINISTRATION.

 

Thank you very much for your support of Schoharie Central Athletics

 

[8/2017]

 

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