Athletic Code of Conduct

Athletic Eligibility

The following rules for eligibility shall govern participants in the Interscholastic Athletic and Cheerleading Program:

  1. Each coach shall ascertain that each player meets eligibility rules as adopted by the N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A
  2. Each coach shall see that the team meets the eligibility requirements and game standards as enumerated by the N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Philosophy

It is known that certain substances (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, ie., including performance enhancing drugs) have a significant impact on many aspects of one’s health, and subsequently, on one’s athletic abilities. Therefore, it is the philosophy of the Schalmont Central School District to absolutely forbid the use or possession of these substances by athletic program participants.

Rules

A student shall not;

  1. use a beverage containing alcohol;
  2. use tobacco and/or tobacco substitutes;
  3. use steroids;
  4. use a controlled substance (as defined by law and/or in the student handbook);
  5. be in a setting where any of the above listed items are being used or distributed for use.

Penalties and Recommendations

All penalties will be served immediately upon the discovery of a violation. Should the violation occur at the end of a season, the penalty will be enacted at the start of the next extra-curricular activity in which the student is involved.

First Violation (Unconfirmed Use)

If an individual was reported to be in a setting where tobacco, alcohol, or drugs were available and being used by others, but it cannot be determined if that individual was using any of the aforementioned substances, that individual will be required to attend one session of after school drug and alcohol counseling, to be conducted by school approved personnel. Additional violations of this type by an athlete will follow the same penalties as are incurred for use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

First Violation (Confirmed use)

The athlete will be suspended from participating in all athletic contests for two (2) weeks (14 days). The athlete must practice with the team during their loss of eligibility. The student will be suspended from participation in co-curricular activities for two (2) weeks (14 days). If a violation occurs on or off school grounds and the student is suspended from school, team suspension (14 days) will not start until the athlete officially returns to school.

If a violation occurs during a holiday period or non-school day, the team suspension will go into effect immediately.

The student, of their own volition, becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program, treatment program, and/or an education instruction program, whichever is deemed necessary. This will be at his/her own expense.

Second Violation

The athlete will be suspended from participating in all athletics for the remainder of the season or four (4) weeks (28 Days) whichever is longer. The student will be suspended from participation in co-curricular activities for four (4) weeks.

Third Violation

The athlete will be suspended from participation in all athletes for the remainder of the school year.

Reporting Violations

Violations of the Athletic Training Code may be reported to the High School Principal, Assistant Principal or Athletic Director and will be deemed to be authentic when reported by an or all of the following:

  1. Any Schalmont District employee (ie.,school administrators, teachers, coaches, custodial staff, school bus drivers)
  2. Local or State Police
  3. A student’s own parent
  4. Reports by other parents will be investigated, but will not be considered to be authentic unless confirmed by at least one source listed.

Hazing

Schalmont High School interprets hazing as any act whether physical, mental, emotional, or psychological, which subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass or intimidate the person, or which may in any fashion compromise the inherent dignity of the person. In addition, any requirements by a member which compels another member to participate in any activity which is against school policy or state/federal law will be defined as hazing.

All reports of hazing will be thoroughly investigated. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Eligibility

(A) All students involved in interscholastic and co-curricular activities are expected to be doing satisfactory work in all subjects. Course grades will be reviewed every five (5) weeks.

(B) If a student is failing two (2) subjects in any five (5) week marking period, he/she has two (2) weeks to bring at least one of the grades up to passing. If this does not occur, the student will be suspended from activity until the required improvement is made.

(C)If a student is failing more than two (2) subjects, he/she will be declared ineligible to participate in the activity until the excess failing grades are brought up to only two (2) failures. Then we will follow B above.

Citizenship

(A) Every athlete must be a good community and school citizen. Athletes who violate the Schalmont Code of Conduct, civil and/or criminal law and are suspended externally or internally from school for a violation of school rules may not participate in any activity while under suspension.

(B) Any student absent from school legally (illness) or illegally (truant) may not participate or be a spectator in any activity that day.

(C) A student illegally absent (truant) Friday may not participate in any weekend activity or be a spectator. A student legally absent on a Friday may participate in the weekend activity with a signed note from parents.

(D) An athlete must be in school by 7:40 AM or be ineligible to participate or be a spectator in any athletic event on that day, unless excused by school personnel.

(E) Any athlete who does not follow the Code of Conduct on buses transporting teams, and/or violates rules of good conduct at the host school will lose eligibility for the remainder of the sport season.

(F) All athletes must ride to and from the game with the team. Only in usual circumstances will this procedure be altered. This should be done with a written note or verbally from the parents to the coach and/or the Athletic Director.

(G) Once a coach announces the final cut has been made, an athlete will be expected to continue on the team for the rest of the season. If an athlete “quits” without permission from the coach, the athlete loses eligibility for the remainder of the season. An athlete can withdraw and change sports in a season following proper withdrawal procedures. This decision will be made by the coaches involved and the Director of Athletics.

(H) Any student in possession of unauthorized school uniforms or equipment will be suspended from athletics for one calendar year.

Code of Conduct Interscholastic and Other Co-Curricular Activities

Students will receive a copy of the code of conduct from their coaches or advisors.

Scholastic Eligibility

Statement: All students involved in interscholastic and co-curricular activities must be encouraged to do their best in every subject in which they are scheduled. High scholastic achievement is, and should be, the number one goal of all students.

Rules: All students involved in interscholastic and co-curricular activities are expected to be doing satisfactory work in all subjects. Course grades will be reviewed every five weeks. It is the responsibility of the Principal, and/or his/her designee to assume that timely notice is given to the student and his/her coach/advisor/director when the student is not fulfilling eligibility requirements as outlined in this policy.

Penalty: A student is failing two or more subjects in any five week marking period, he/she has two weeks to bring at least one of the grades up to passing. If this does not occur, the student will be suspended from the activity until the required improvement is made.

If a student is failing more than two subjects, he/she will be declared ineligible to participate in the activity until the excess failing grades are brought up to only two failures, then eligible for two weeks during which he/she has to bring at least one of the grades up to passing. If this does not occur, the student will be suspended from the activity until the required improvement is made.