The team has a few basic rules:
Athletes will attend all scheduled practices and meets.
Athletes will arrive at all practices/meets on time and ready to train, and participate in the entire practice or meet
Athletes will follow all orders and directions of the coaches.
Athletes will treat all team members (and all fellow students/athletes) with dignity and respect.
Lettering will be determined by the coaches.
Athletes are expected to attend all scheduled practices and meets, and be present for the entire practice or meet. Athletes are expected to make a commitment to being a part of the team, and must attend all practices to achieve the maximum training benefit. They are also expected to attend all meets in which they are eligible to compete, since competing is the goal of the training program.
The coaching staff should not start any practice wondering why some athletes are absent. Athletes who must miss practice or a meet are required to let Coach Sandy know of the absence prior to the absence (including absences due to illness). This notification should be done through a Remind text. Hand-written or verbal notification is not sufficient for notifying Coach Sandy. Any absence for which Coach Sandy is not notified prior to the absence will be counted as an unexcused absence, regardless of the reason for the absence. Athletes should also let their event area coach know of any planned absences prior to that absence; the event area coach will designate how he/she prefers to be notified of planned absences.
The following is a list of excused absences:
- Medical Reasons. Illness, medical appointments, etc.
- Academic Reasons. Class field trips, test make-ups, band/choir trips/competitions/performances, etc., directly related to a class. This also includes athletes taking in-car driver’s education.
- Co-Curricular Club Field Trips for Competitive Events or Conferences. Athletes are encouraged to participate in regional-, state-, and/or national-level competitions or conferences. This does not include regular club meetings unless the athlete is a club officer or is otherwise required to attend.
- Emergencies or Other Required Events. Required events for which the athlete has no control (i.e. court appearances to get their license, family emergencies, etc.) will be considered excused on a case-by-case basis by Coach Sandy. A parent/guardian must notify Coach Sandy and seek approval. This does not include being scheduled for work.
The following is a list of unexcused absences:
- Any absence for which Coach Sandy was not notified ahead of time, even if it would otherwise be considered excused. Notify Coach Sandy as soon as you are aware of the absence (Remind only).
- Attendance at Club Meetings. Unless the athlete is a club officer serving in a leadership capacity for that club, athletes should attend practice instead of the club meeting. Athletes should check with the club adviser to find out what they are missing. This includes participating in local club activities that may not take place at the school.
- Work. Athletes should ensure that their work schedule does not interfere with the team’s practice & competition schedule. Exceptions may be approved by Coach Sandy on a case-by-case basis.
- Family Vacations. Athletes & their parents/guardians should make every effort to schedule vacations around the team schedule. Special consideration will be given to athletes new to the team and unaware of this policy.
- Inability to train due to lack of appropriate training attire. If an athlete does not have proper training attire, it will count as a missed practice for discipline purposes.
- Skipping Practice. Any athlete who skips practice will be immediately dismissed from the team.
Consequences (other than skipping practice)
- 1st Unexcused Absence: Athlete will be ineligible to participate in the next eligible meet.
- 2nd Unexcused Absence: Athlete will be ineligible to participate in the next eligible meet.
- 3rd Unexcused Absence: Athlete will be considered for dismissal from the team. Factors to be taken into consideration include athlete’s work ethic in practice and coachability.
Practice and Meet Participation Policy
Athletes are expected to arrive to practice on time. Every minute of practice is planned for by the event area coach, and every event planned for practice has a specific training purpose. Late arrivals and early dismissals negatively impact the event area coach’s ability to effectively train the athletes. Late arrivals and/or early dismissals should be avoided if at all possible. If you know you will be late to practice, you must let Coach Sandy know via Remind text (preferred) that you will be late, including the reason. If the late arrival is pre-planned, you should also inform your event area coach ahead of time.
Excused Late Arrivals
The following are considered excused arrivals:
- Academic Reasons. Athletes needing to make up tests or other classwork may arrive late. You must notify Coach Sandy prior to the late arrival.
- Medical Appointments. Athletes may arrive late due to medical or dental appointments. The athlete must have notified Coach Sandy of the appointment prior to the appointment.
- Mentoring. If you are involved in a mentoring program at one of the elementary schools, you are allowed to arrive late if the mentoring extends into practice time. You should, however, quickly arrive at the field house and immediately report to your event area (you should change prior to going to mentoring).
- Required Club Meeting Attendance. If club attendance is mandatory (i.e. NHS) and will only require the athlete to miss a small portion of practice, the athlete may attend it.
- Other. Other reasons for late arrival (court dates, etc.) are permitted as long as Coach Sandy is informed ahead of time and has approved the late arrival.
Athletes should change prior to the reason above so they can arrive ready to practice (unless different attire is required). If at a meeting, the athlete should leave early from the meeting in time to arrive at practice, ready to train, by the time their event area warm-up is completed.
Unexcused Late Arrivals
The following are considered unexcused late arrivals:
- Any late arrival for which Coach Sandy and, if required, the event area coach were not notified of ahead of time in the prescribed manner (who, how). No exceptions.
- Attending a non-required club meeting.
- Late arrival for which student has no valid reason. Moving slow in the building, getting caught in traffic (early dismissal athletes), etc.
Excused Early Departures
The only excusable early departure is one that has been pre-arranged with Coach Sandy, and he has approved it. Possibilities are too varied to list.
Unexcused Early Departures
The following are considered unexcused early departures:
- Any early departure that has not been approved by Coach Sandy.
- Work. Athletes should ensure their employer is aware of their participation in and commitment to the team, and they should ensure their employer adjusts their work schedule so it does not interfere with practice. Exceptions to this rule may be approved by Coach Sandy on a case-by-case basis.
Same as those for unexcused absences.
Athletes will attend the entire meet unless otherwise approved by Coach Sandy. Athletes may not be required to attend a meet in which they are not participating due to bus limitations; those athletes will be informed ahead of time. Athletes not riding the bus home from a meet must get approval from Mr. Woshner prior to the meet. Mr. Woshner will only grant this permission once per season.