Code of Conduct for Athletes

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 definitely involves sacrifice and dedication. Respect for one’s health and physical development must be an integral part of daily living.

The following rules 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 in that sport, 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.

If the athlete signed an athletic code in a previous season, but failed to sign one for the current season, the code is still in effect.  An administrative oversight does not void the code.  It is assumed that the athlete understands and agrees to the terms of the code even though the athlete did not sign a new one.

Athletic / Academic Eligibility

Academic Achievement is the primary focus of the Schoharie Central School District. Students will be encouraged to maintain and improve academic performance during the entire school year. Being ineligible means the student will not be able to participate in school-related extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, athletic games, plays, field trips, county festivals, contests, clubs, dances, after-school activities and any other extracurricular activities not mentioned.

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

– If a student fails one class on the five-week report or the report card, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting with their school counselor to come up with a plan to improve their grade. A letter will also be sent home indicating that the student is failing one course at this time. Students failing one course remain eligible for the entire five week period.

– If a student fails two classes on the five-week report or the report card, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting with their school counselor to discuss strategies for success in the impacted courses. These students are placed on the ineligibility list (probation) and will have one week to show Good Faith Effort (a weekly goal determined by teacher and student that represents progress toward academic success- SEE BELOW). Ineligible students may not participate in extracurricular events (except for practices).

Students who fail two courses can show Good Faith Effort (GFE) by:
Staying for 10th period once each week for both failed classes.

– Showing sufficient GFE in the classes as demonstrated 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 teachers of classes they are failing, and turn it in to the In School Suspension Room by Friday at 2:45 p.m. a student/or teacher is absent on Friday, the form may be turned in on Monday by 9:45 a.m.
– Both teachers of the classes that students are failing must sign the form, indicating that the student is passing or failing, and if failing, whether the student worked toward progress and met the GFE goal created by the student and agreed to by the teacher at the beginning of the week.
– If a student does not get the sheet signed, or if either teacher indicates that their GFE goal was not met, they are ineligible to fully participate in extracurricular activities for the following week (but may still practice with their club or team).
– Students will try for the following week to show their GFE to work their way back to probationary status.
– If a student fails three or more classes on the five-week report or the report card, they will be referred by their school counselor for an Instructional Support Team (IST) meeting. This meeting will include the student, the family, administration, school counselor, school psychologist, and teachers to determine what supports are needed for the student to be successful. This team will meet every few weeks until the student is no longer failing three courses. The student will be ineligible for all extracurricular activities (including practices) until the next five week or report card is issued.
– If a student is on the Academic Ineligibility List as ineligible, they will not have pass privileges from study halls.
– This process is to be followed until the next reporting period, even if the student has a passing grade before the next reporting period.
– The process continues throughout the school year. new Academic Ineligibility List will be generated after each interim report and quarterly grade reports are issued.
– In June of each school year, the high school office will generate a list of students who are ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities based on final averages of classes. The same policies and procedures followed during the school year will apply at the beginning of the new fall athletic season and/or school year. If the student is failing two courses at the end of the year, they will be required to follow the GFE procedures as outlined. Students who are failing three courses at the end of the year are ineligible for the fall sports season and/or new school year until the first five week report comes out. Students will be allowed to tryout for sports and other extracurricular activities during this time period.
– Students who have incomplete grades at report card time will be given ten school days to complete their missing work. they are failing at that time, they will be placed on the Academic Ineligibility List accordingly.

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 8:10 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. If late unexcused after 10:29 a.m. (even if the first time): cannot participate (game or practice) that day.

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. Any offense that takes place in the school environment counts as an offense even if it is in between seasons with no game suspension.

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 50% 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 25% (minimum penalty for first offense is one game).  For determining the number of games, if % 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 Coordinator, and athlete before returning to competition is mandatory.

Furthermore, the Athletic Coordinator reserves the right to push to the next tier (100% of the scheduled season) if the athlete is dishonest or maintains a negative attitude.

B) Second Offense (within 12 months of last offense) – Suspension from competition in games for 100% 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 50%.

Mandatory meeting between the Principal, Athletic Coordinator, parent, and athlete before returning is mandatory.

Furthermore, the Athletic Coordinator reserves the right to push to the next tier (suspension from all participation for 12 months) if the athlete is dishonest or maintains a negative attitude.

C) Third Offense (within 12 months of last offense) – 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

Team rules reviewed and approved by the Athletic Coordinator will be given to the athletes by their coaches.

Practice / Contest Policy

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 contests. 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 contact the high school office for a form.

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.

Selection Classification vs. Athletic Placement Process

Selection Classification (current)
Athletic Placement Process (new fall 2015)

Waivers:
Waivers of maturation permitted by school medical director. Waivers of physical fitness test permitted by NYSED. If a student does not meet the maturation or physical fitness test, the student could apply for a waiver.

Waivers:
There are no waivers. A student must meet the appropriate standards of physical and emotional maturity, size, fitness, and skills, in order to qualify. If a student does not meet the maturation or physical fitness test, the process stops; the student cannot go any further.

Approval:
Students were not required to receive administrative approval to selectively classify.

Approval:
The athletic administrator should confirm that the student is suitable for consideration, which includes the likelihood that the student would play in at least 50% of the games. Additionally, because of the increased time demands of participation at the high school level, the student’s academic performance (as determined at the local level) should be at or above grade level. Further more, administration should assess the student’s emotional readiness to socialize with high school aged students. If the student is not academically or socially ready, the student should not proceed through the APP.

Medical Clearance:
The district medical director will determine a student’s physical maturity level, and compare the physical size of the student in relation to that of the student against whom the student wishes to compete. If the student is determined to have attained the appropriate physical maturity level and comparable physical size for the desired sport and level, the student may proceed with the APP.

Medical Clearance:
The district medical director determines a student’s physical maturity level.

Physical Fitness Test:
The President’s Physical Fitness Test has been selected as the test for this process (there is no longer sport specific components), and the student must meet the 85th percentile level for the age in 4 out of the 5 test components. If the student does not meet 4 of 5, the student cannot apply for a waiver.

Physical Fitness Test:
Student had to meet 5 of 5 sport specific test components. If the student did not meet 5 of 5, the student could not apply for a waiver.

Note: This chart merely highlights four of the most important revisions for the Selective Classification Process, not all the changes. Developed by NYSPHSAA.

Important Sport Dates for 2018-2019

Kyle Sharp September 29 and October 6
Homecoming Weekend October 6
Parade October 4 and Dance October 5 (no bonfire)
Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament November 23/24
Schoburgh Basketball Games January 11
Kossmann Wrestling Tournament January 19
Hick Stick Game (Baseball) tentative May 2019
Jug Game (Softball) tentative May 2019
Lifetouch Picture Dates
Fall Sports September 12—2:45 p.m.
Winter Sports  December 6 – 2:45 p.m.
Spring Sports March 26 – 2:45 p.m.

SCHOHARIE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Complete this section and return to the Schoharie Central School . We acknowledge we have read the Athletic Code of Conduct for the Schoharie Central School District.
We are aware of the expectations of students, parents/guardians, and visitors while they are on and around the school buildings and grounds for all sporting events.
We agree to abide by this Athletic Code of Conduct, which has been set forth by the Schoharie Central School District.

(Student Name (please print):

Student Signature & Date:

Parent/Guardian Name (please print):

Parent/Guardian Signature & Date:

Please complete one form for each student and return this form to the main office. If more than one form is needed please copy or contact the Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School.

 

Thank you very much for your support of Schoharie Central Athletics