Middle School Athletic Code of Conduct

ARCANUM BUTLER MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT

Dress Code

  • Must comply with school regulations during off-season and with athletic regulations during the season.
  • No beards, mustaches or sideburns below bottom of ears.
  • Boys’ hair must be above the eyebrows, off the collar and not below the bottom of the ears.
  • Girls’ hair must be neat and fixed according to what sport indicates.
  • Head Coach will determine the type of dress on athletic trips.
  • It is the coaches’ responsibility to enforce this dress code on their squads.
  • It is the Athletic Director’s responsibility to remind the coaches if the dress code is not being enforced.
  • A cheerleader may also participate in a sport in season by mutual consent of the cheerleading advisor, athletic team coach and athletic director, with the understanding that any practice and contest schedule conflicts must be resolved in advance with all parties. However, girls participating in basketball will not be permitted to participate in cheerleading.

Code of Conduct

  • Athletes are expected to set the example both in school and out.
  • Any athlete that has conduct problems in school or out is subject to additional discipline. The type and degree of punishment will be decided by the Athletic Director, Principal and coaches involved.
  • Any athlete missing practice time or any event for disciplinary reasons can be given extra discipline by the coach.

Attendance

  • It is to all our advantages as coaches to stress good attendance from athletes both at practice and school.
  • An athlete must be in attendance at school from 11:00 A.M. through the end of the school day (2:30 P.M.) in order to participate in practice or contest that day unless O.K.’d by the athletic director and/or principal first. Work days, doctor’s appointments or similar (non-illness) excused absences do not count unless O.K.’d by the office in advance.
  • It is the responsibility of each coach to make sure his team understands these regulations.

Eligibility

  • All eligibility regulations are in accordance with the OHSAA Scholarship By-law 4-4, which is based on a nine-week grading period. A student may not fail more than one subject in a nine-week grading period to be eligible for the following nine-week grading period.
  • Interim grades will determine in-season eligibility status. If at interim time a student-athlete is failing two or more classes, they will not be allowed to participate in any athletic contest for that week. If this student-athlete continues to be ineligible for three consecutive weeks, the student-athlete will be dismissed from the team.
  • An ineligible athlete is not permitted to practice, participate or accompany the team.
  • Ineligible athletes or athletes on academic watch MUST attend Homework Club to improve their grades.
  • The Athletic Director and Coach will notify the athlete concerning his/her placement of on academic watch and ineligibility. This way we are sure that everyone is aware of the situation.
  • Any student suspended from school is ineligible to practice, participate or accompany the team during that suspension.
  • Students may participate in only one sport per season.

Team Cut Rule (Quitting, Dismissal)

  • Varsity head coaches have final say as to who is cut from teams at all levels.
  • During a season in which two sports are held, a student cut from one team may try out for the other team providing that the student reports to the other coach on the next school day.
  • During a season in which two sports are held, a student that quits one team before the first contest may try out for the other team if it is by mutual consent of both coaches involved and the Athletic Director.
  • Any student that quits a sport during or after the first contest may not participate in any other sport or conditioning program during that sport’s season.
  • Any student dismissed from a squad may not participate in any other sport or conditioning program during that season.

Physical Cards, Athletic Fees

Each athlete must have a completed OHSAA physical card, emergency medical card, and awareness form prior to the first organized and mandatory practice. A    $40.00 athletic fee must be turned into the coach prior to the first athletic contest.  Failure to do so would result in non-participation. Students need to pay only one $40.00 athletic fee per school year.

Insurance

  • All athletes in grades 7-12 must be covered by some type of accident or injury insurance that covers the athlete.
  • All athletes must turn in to the Athletic Director an insurance card that is properly filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. This card is needed before the athlete starts practice.  If the insurance of an athlete should change during the school year, the athlete should notify the Athletic Director immediately.
  • Any athlete that does not have an insurance policy covering athletics must purchase school insurance. Football players not having a policy covering athletics must purchase school insurance plus football coverage.
  • All athletes needing school insurance or school insurance with football coverage should be reported to the Athletic Director immediately. An athlete WILL NOT practice without insurance. It is the responsibility of each coach to make sure all athletes have turned in a completed insurance card before allowing him/her to practice.

Training Rules

  • Training rules apply to all Arcanum-Butler athletes in grades 7-12, including cheerleaders.
  • Any athlete attending a party or gathering of students and/or adults, where alcoholic beverages and mind-altering substances (drugs) are used, is in violation of training rules.
  • All athletes will start with a clean slate as freshmen.
  • Enforcement of training rules is the responsibility of all coaches.
  • Guilt of an athlete will be determined by the Coach(es) involved, Athletic Director and Principal.
  • All offenses must be reported to the Athletic Director who will keep records for grades 7-12.
  • Coaches may add rules for their teams that are stricter than those set by the Board of Education. However, it is vitally important that the coach explain his/her rules to all players within the first two days of practice.

Student Substance Abuse Policy

Since athletics is a privilege for each participating student, it is important that students, parents and interested persons be aware of pertinent rules and regulations.

Each coach must have a meeting at the beginning of each season with both parents and athletes so that rules and regulations and procedures of conduct are understood.  A completed Awareness Form with the students’ and parents’ signatures is to be turned in to the Athletic Director before the student can participate in organized practice.  The Athletic Director may hold the meeting.

Rules and Regulations

No sale, distribution, possession, or consumption of any alcohol, beer, drugs or any other mood altering chemicals.  Attendance at a party/gathering where alcohol beer, drugs, or any other mood altering chemicals are used in an illegal manner.

  • First Offense: immediate dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season. The student has the opportunity to earn back 50% of the season (based on maximum allowable regular season games permitted by the OHSAA) by completing the following requirements: completing twenty hours of service to the Arcanum Athletic Department and participating in a substance abuse assessment and subsequent counseling or treatment as determined by the assessment results.  Students will not be able to return to participation until the twenty service hours are complete and the student has participated in the substance abuse assessment.  Any costs for the substance abuse assessment and counseling/treatment will be paid for by the student. The substance abuse assessment will be arranged through the Principal.
  • Second Offense: denial of participation for one year from the date of determined guilt. The athlete will be required to participate in a substance abuse assessment and subsequent counseling or treatment as determined by the assessment results. Failure to meet these requirements prohibits the athlete from participation on any other athletic team until the obligation is met. Any costs for the substance abuse assessment and counseling/treatment will be paid for by the student.  The substance abuse assessment will be arranged through the Principal. If the student completes the 50% suspension and the team is still competing in postseason play, the student is eligible to return.  If less than 50% of the season remains, the student will be dismissed for the remained of the season.  The student may practice and travel with the team to competitions, but may not be dressed or participate as an athlete in any way.
  • Third Offense: (Anytime during student’s middle school career) student is no longer allowed to participate in athletics at Arcanum Middle School

The use of tobacco in any form or any criminally related activity is prohibited.

  • First Offense: Two-week suspension from all athletic competition. The student may practice and travel with the team to competitions, but may not be dressed or participate as an athlete in any way.
  • Second Offense: immediate dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season.
  • Athletes represent the team, school and community and thus, their conduct and appearance must reflect this

responsibility.  It is clearly understood that each coach will enforce conduct and appearance rules respective of the philosophy. All discipline problems on any team should be handled by the head coach. Reports should be made to the Athletic Director and Principal if suspension or removal from a team is contemplated or required by the rules.

Every athlete will meet the rules and regulations set by the Arcanum-Butler Local Board of Education, as well as the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

If additional rules and/or responsibilities are initiated by a respective coach, then those rules should be communicated to the athlete and parents in the preseason meeting.