Code of Conduct

For Participants, Parents, and Fans

 

INTRODUCTION

Athletes can have only one coach, and allowing the coach to instruct and guide the team is crucial.  Coaches should not be approached immediately following the conclusion of a contest.  They have other responsibilities, and it may be an emotional time.  If there’s something you want to discuss with the coach, call and make an appointment for a later time.  Please approach this meeting in a calm, courteous, and logical manner.

Athletes also should not pause to talk to parents or friends immediately after games.  Coaches traditionally have brief meetings with players immediately following a contest that are essential to the learning process involved in athletics.

Please keep in mind a fact that has been supported through numerous national studies – most athletes participate for enjoyment and fun.  Excessive pressure and expectations can alter this most fundamental reason for playing.

 

OFFICIALS

Officials are assigned by the administrators of their particular sport, and neither team has control of which officials are assigned to games. Officials agree to and follow a code of ethics and do not have a vested interest in which team emerges as the victor.  They are a very necessary part of the game – a contest cannot be played without them – so while you may not agree with all of their calls, please do not harass and/or taunt them.  They are in charge of the contest and have complete authority to remove unruly spectators.  NOTE WELL – any spectator removed from a game will be banned from any future contest involving St. Elizabeth High School.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP

Athletics should be educational in nature, and it is important that all parents and fans demonstrate good sportsmanship and serve as role models for our athletes and students. Sportsmanship is an overt display of respect for the rules of sport and for all others involved – players, coaches, officials, and fans. It also involves a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity. This means:

  • There can be no vulgar or inappropriate language from fans or spectators.
  • Taunting or trash talking of our opponents and their cheerleaders will not be tolerated.
  • Spectators cannot enter the playing surface during a contest.
  • Fans should be supportive and positive for all involved. Cheering should be done for our team and not against our opponent.

 

PARTICIPATION

Being a member of an athletic team is a privilege, not a right, and maintaining one's membership on the team means accepting all the responsibilities of an athlete.  Equal or guaranteed playing time does not exist. In an effort to win, coaches will use players best suited to the conditions or demands of the contest at that time.

Every coach has the responsibility and authority for selecting his or her team, and the criteria for selecting the team is developed by the coach. There are no guarantees that players from the previous year's team will automatically make the squad the following year, and being a senior does not ensure that an athlete will make the squad.

Parents should expect that every candidate is treated fairly and given every consideration. Coaches are sensitive to feelings of disappointment, will handle the task as positively as possible,and will be available to answer athletes' questions.

Anyone cut from a team is welcome to try out again next season or to try another sport. The school is committed to providing everyone a fair chance to participate. The decision of the coach, in conjunction with the athletic director or the decision of the moderator, in consultation with the principal, is final. Ordinarily, the principal will not intervene in non-selection decisions, unless the decision is arbitrary and capricious. Parents are encouraged to help their children understand that not everyone will be selected.


ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, including practices, a student must pursue a regular course of study or its equivalent as approved by the local governing body and must be passing at least five (5) credits. Two (2) of those credits must be in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.

In the case of a student in the twelfth grade, he/she must be passing all courses necessary for graduation from high school in order to be eligible for participation.

A student whose work in any regular marking period does not meet the above standards shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics, including practices, for the next marking period.

A student forfeits or regains his/her eligibility, in accordance with the provisions of this rule, on the day report cards are issued.


PRACTICE SESSIONS

Athletes will be given practice times on a weekly basis so that parents can plan for transportation. If a practice must be changed for some reason, athletes will be advised in enough time to make arrangements.

Once the season begins, the coaches are required to have one day a week without practice. This can be any day that the coach chooses. Only under special circumstances and with the permission of the athletic director will teams be permitted to practice and play contests 7 days a week.

If athletes are scheduled for late practices, there is a study hall until 4:00 p.m. in the main school building where students may study and do homework until practice starts.


HAZING

St. Elizabeth High School will not tolerate hazing or initiation of student athletes in any form. Any student found in violation of this policy may face the following:

  • Dismissal from school
  • Dismissal from the team
  • Arrest and conviction
  • All of the above

 

LOCKERS

Every athlete is issued a locker with a lock. All personal items should be kept in the locker while the athlete is performing. Lockers should be kept locked at all times. St. Elizabeth High School will not be responsible for any stolen items if the locker was not locked.


TRANSPORTATION

St. Elizabeth High School will provide transportation to all after school contests and will also provide transportation to any contest that is a far distance from the school. This usually means out of the county or out of state. Athletes are required to use the transportation provided by the school.  Student athletes may go home with a parent after the contest, however, they may only go with their parent.  Thus, the only acceptable means of transportation for returning from a contest is school-provided or the student’s parent.

On week nights and weekends, athletes are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from contests. Again, the exception would be if the game is a distance from the school.


CONCLUSION

The list of positive benefits derived from athletic participation is fairly extensive. Athletes learn teamwork, perseverance, goal setting, and the value of a solid work ethic, just to name a few. If these  lessons are internalized and used wisely, they can be of immense value throughout life.

Parents should:

  • Be supportive of your child, and attend as many games as possible.
  • Be supportive of the coach. You don't have to agree with every decision the coach makes, but remember, like you, he/she is doing their best.
  • Remember that hard work, effort, determination, and desire are the important ingredients. Wins will take care of themselves. Don't be obsessed with a team's record.
  • Be realistic about the athletic ability of your child. Not everyone is good enough to start, to move on to a college team, or to get a scholarship. Don't allow your love for your child to control logic and reason.
  • Be a positive role model. Sportsmanship is important, and young people will follow your lead. Show respect for our opponents and officials and exhibit class.

 

Athletics are not just important for athletes. They also can be important for parents, fans, and the community if everything is kept in the right perspective!