Academics and Athletic Participation
The Athletic Department supports the concept that students should work to their potential in the classroom and be committed to achieving maximum academic success. The student can practice academic and athletic success every day by setting goals and through discipline, carry out the goals to completion. The coaching staff encourages all faculty and parents to contact the Athletic Office or coach directly if the student is having difficulty and needs time without penalty to fulfill his/her obligations.
Research has shown that academic achievement usually increases when a student is involved in an extra curricular activity. Time management is critical when a student engages in a sport and each minute becomes very important during the day, especially with away contests during the week. The extracurricular advisors and coaching staff encourage all faculty and parents to contact the school administration or guidance office if a student is having difficulty in either the classroom and/or managing the commitment to all functions.
Learning takes place in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in school organizations. There must be a proper balance between the time requirements for all student pursuits. In order to avoid a student being caught in the middle between the coach’s requirement to begin practice and the student’s need for extra academic help, or obligations to a school organization, the following guidelines will be adhered to from the beginning of the school year:
- Practice officially begins at 2:35 p.m. at the high school and approximately 2:45 p.m. at the middle school
- It is the responsibility of the student to inform the coach of his/her intended lateness one day in advance, or, if a problem arises that day, after the obligation has been met. This includes detention and he/she will be taken out of practice to serve the detention.
- If a student misses a bus for practice or contest for a valid reason, he/she may practice or compete in a game if transported by his/her parent. The Athletic Director/Administrator must approve this request in advance.
- A student must meet academic obligations to be eligible to participate in practice or the contest for that day. There are NO excuses for missing class – an athlete improves by attending practice, a student improves by attending class. This means a student must be on time for starting his/her school day. Extenuating circumstances may prevent a student from adhering to this school regulation. Review of the circumstances must be done as soon as possible with the Athletic Director/Administrator. (Note: If you are too sick to make school on time, then you are probably too sick to practice effectively).
- If a student leaves school because of illness, that student cannot practice or attend the practice session.