Your child has expressed an interest in participating in the District interscholastic sports program. Participation in athletics provides many opportunities for enrichment in a student’s educational program. These guidelines are intended to set forth standards, rules, expectations and procedures associated with such participation. Student athletes shall be subject to the Student Code of Conduct, Student Rights and Responsibilities and all related matters as set forth in the High School Spartan Handbook hereafter referenced as “Handbook.”
Athletics are intended to have a positive effect on performance in the classroom and attitude toward all school experiences. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine whether a son/daughter will continue to participate in athletics if grades and classroom attitude are not acceptable. Parents should consult with their child’s guidance counselor, assistant principals or coach if they have questions regarding academic standing and athletic competition. Student athletes are also subject to the conditions of the “Academic Guidelines for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics.”
Student athletes who fail two or more subjects will be required to seek regularly scheduled help in those subjects. Arrangements for such assistance may include but not be limited to:
Student athletes subject to this requirement and who fail to seek the required assistance will not be allowed to participate in athletic contests. Determination of compliance with this provision shall be made cooperatively with the coach, administrators and Athletic Director. In addition, student athletes who are failing 3 or more classes will be removed from their sport (practices and contests). The Athletic Director shall make a specific recommendation for student athlete participation.
A. Student training rules shall include the Student Code of Conduct regulations set forth in the Handbook. In addition, the team coach will provide specific training rules for each team sport not otherwise covered by these guidelines. Student athletes are expected to follow healthy eating habits, habits of cleanliness, absence of alcohol, tobacco and non-prescription drug use. Diet supplements, weight loss pills, performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and other related items are strictly prohibited.
B. Substance Abuse - From the start of the
fall athletic season to the end of the
school year any student athlete is strictly prohibited from:
We hope that during the summer months parents will continue to uphold the above standards.
C. Due Process and Penalties
1. All due process requirements are specified in Article IV of these guidelines.
2. Upon determination that a student athlete has violated the substance abuse guidelines, the following penalties may be applied:
A student athlete who voluntarily admits to violation of
these guidelines or who requests assistance prior to any
verified violation will be referred for assistance. The student
athlete may be suspended from competition as determined by the
coach and Athletic Director. A one year probationary period will
go into effect from the date of admission, and any future
violation of these guidelines will be considered a second
offense as set forth in these guidelines.
Parents and student athletes must recognize that participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, certain standards of due process that apply to regular school codes of conduct may not apply in the interscholastic setting. The District is committed to providing fair and equitable treatment with respect to the enforcement of these guidelines and to provide an opportunity for parents and student athletes to discuss factual issues related to any and all rules, standards and procedures set for the in these guidelines. Due process procedures will include the following:
Any student athlete who voluntarily leaves a team during the competition season will not be permitted to join another team during that season, except with permission of the Athletic Director. Any student athlete who is dismissed from a team for violating these guidelines will not be permitted to join another team during the same sports season. In addition, any student athlete who voluntarily quits or is dismissed under this provision without permission from the Athletic Director or coach will receive the loss of 20% of their next sports season.
Any student athlete suspended from school will become (at the discretion of the District administration) ineligible to participate on any team during the season in which the infraction occurred. Repeated offenses will result in ineligibility for additional sports seasons, and as such may be determined by the Athletic Director and High School Principal. Student athletes convicted of criminal activity may be suspended from athletic team eligibility for up to six (6) consecutive athletic seasons.
Parents will be advised of the fact that there are inherent risks associated with participation in interscholastic athletics. Even with proper instruction and all available safety precautions, it is possible for injuries to occur. Students shall report any injury to his/her coach immediately. Parents’ insurance will apply first for any accident or injury. The District will maintain an insurance policy which may supplement the parents’ insurance and to assist those who do not have any health and accident insurance coverage. Questions regarding this coverage should be referred to the coach or Athletic Director.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association permits outside (non-school sponsored) competition. Student athletes must recognize that commitment to the school team is the first priority and outside participation should not be detrimental to the student athlete or to the school team. Any outside participation should only occur following notification to and approval from the coach of the school team. In circumstances where the outside activity conflicts with the school team schedule, the school team schedule shall be followed. Failure to comply with this provision will result in discipline to the student athlete, including suspension from practices, contests or continued participation with the sport program as determined by the coach and Athletic Director.
It is the responsibility of a student athlete to return all
issued equipment and clothing to the team coach. Failure to
comply with this guideline will result in the student athlete
not being allowed to participate in another sport
until equipment is either returned or paid for. The Athletic Director and/or High School Principal will notify parents and students of the missing equipment and the amount of payment due the District for replacement.
Students in grades 7 or 8 who are exceptional athletes are provided an opportunity to try out for a freshman, junior varsity and/or varsity team. Students must meet the requirements outlined in the New York State Athletic Placement Process. These requirements may be obtained from the Athletic Director.
During the course of the school year, individual teams may have the opportunity to compete with schools outside of Section II. Board of Education approval is required for all such competition. If approved, the team will provide its own transportation to the contest, and will not use School District vehicles. Parents will be required to sign a transportation authorization in order for student participation and transportation by private non-school vehicles. Authorization forms will be provided by the team coach, or obtained from the Athletic Director.
It is the intention of the District, Athletic Director and
coaches to provide a positive experience for all student
athletes in the District’s interscholastic athletic program.
These guidelines have been developed to enhance that experience
and to clearly define District, Athletic Director and coach
expectations for such participation. The Athletic Director,
coach and High School Principal shall have the general
administrative authority to implement these guidelines, and to
address those situations which may not be specifically set forth
in this document. The District, Athletic Director and High
School Principal further reserve the right to amend these
guidelines, and to provide notice of such amendments to all
parents and student athletes participating in the District’s
interscholastic athletic program.