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SCHENEVUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT








Interscholastic Athletic Handbook

2019-20


for Athletes and Parents





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     Mission Statement


We believe interscholastic athletics serve as a model of life; they provide opportunities for students to demonstrate responsibility, fair play, cooperation, concern for others, leadership, respect for authority, good citizenship, loyalty, and tolerance.  We recognize that school sports experiences can contribute greatly to the values and ethics of each student-athlete. Positive sports experiences teach important life skills, encourage teamwork, help shape character and citizenship, encourage an active lifestyle and often contribute to success in academics.  We are dedicated to making a healthy and positive sports program accessible to every eligible student in our community. Sports experiences for students in our school community are intended to; compliment, support, and add to the learning they are experiencing in their academic programs. We will help our parents and community members to understand the importance of contributing to a positive experience for everyone involved in our athletics.


   Interscholastic Objectives


  • Promote athletic and academic excellence

  • Promote a sense of good sportsmanship and fair play

  • Develop qualities of fairness, trustworthiness, self discipline, responsibility, and good citizenship.

  • Provide direction for our student athletes to reach their highest level of proficiency

  • Treat all student/athletes fairly and consistently

  • Encourage maximum participation from student body

  • Set and strive for practical goals

  • Provide the best experience possible 

  • Have fun


   Eligibility /Selective Classification:


In order for a student in grades 7-12 to be eligible for interscholastic athletics, the student must meet the eligibility requirements governing interscholastic athletics as set forth by the Schenevus Central School District and the New York Public High School Athletic Association in regards to age and level of competition.


    Philosophy Our athletes represent our school and community 365 days a year, therefore, this code of 

conduct will reflect that and will be in effect year round.


  • Modified Athletics:  The philosophy of modified athletics is to develop sport-specific skills and an understanding of rules of play, team unity, and sportsmanship.

  • Junior Varsity Athletics:  The philosophy of junior varsity athletics are to build on the development of sport-specific skills and an understanding of rules of play, team unity and sportsmanship, with an emphasis on preparing student-athletes for competitive varsity play.

  • Varsity Athletics:  The philosophy of varsity athletics are to win the season and progress to post-season competition without losing sight of development of sport-specific skills and an understanding of rules of play, team unity and sportsmanship.


     Sports Offered at Schenevus CS


Fall Winter Spring

Boys and Girls Boys and Girls Boys and Girls

Soccer: V, M Basketball: V, JV, M Track & Field: V, M

Cross Country V, M Boys Baseball: V, M

Girls Softball: V, M

     








League and Section Affiliation

Schenevus Central School participates in Section IV and is a member of The Tri Valley League Athletic Association.  The Tri Valley League consists of 11 teams (new for 2015-2016 ). 


         Cherry Valley/Springfield Patriots Morris Mustangs

Edmeston Panthers Richfield Springs Indians

Franklin Purple Devils Schenevus Dragons

GMU Raiders Sharon Springs Spartans

Laurens Leopards Worcester Wolverines

Milford Wildcats


Expectations of Student Athletes


  • Be a good student, be respectful of teachers, staff and classmates

  • Updated health physical on file cleared by school physician

  • Complete health history questionnaire prior to start of each sport season

  • Attend all practices

  • Follow all school rules and athletic training rules

  • Communicate practice and game schedules with parents.

  • Display Sportsmanship towards opponents, officials, spectators and coaches

  • Report all injuries to your coaches immediately

  • Listen to your coaches

  • Be a team player

  • Have fun and represent Schenevus Central School with pride

  • Hustle-Always give 100%


Academic Eligibility:

  • We expect all athletes to work hard in the classroom and to be respectful of their teachers.

  • Every 5 weeks a student’s academic progress is communicated to parents by an interim notice or report card.

  • Student/Athletes failing 1 or more courses will be placed on the Academic Restriction List (composed every 5 weeks)

  • The student must meet with the teacher of the courses they are failing to develop an Academic Improvement plan

  • The student may continue to participate in practices and games for a 10 school day probationary period. If the student completes the plan and the teacher signs off on the form then their name will be withdrawn from the academic restriction list. If the student fails to complete the plan and attain a teacher signature within the 10 school day probationary period then the athlete will be ineligible to participate athletically. The student will regain eligibility when the teacher (s) has signed off on their academic improvement plan.

    

  Athletic Code of Conduct:


Participation in Interscholastic Athletics is a Privilege not a right.  As an athlete, you are a representative of Schenevus Central School.  You are expected to abide by all school rules as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  You are expected to show respect to school officials, the community of Schenevus, team members and officials of other schools, referees, spectators and other interested observers of our program.  


Team Rules: All team rules and regulations relating to practices, individual conditioning, curfew hours, 

proper nutrition, and game conduct are set forth by the coach of each sport, clearly establishing expectations for that sport.


Practice Attendance: Attendance at practice is essential to develop the greatest degree of skill     and teamwork. Athletes are expected to attend practices, scrimmages, and games. All requests to be excused from practice sessions must be submitted to the coach 24 hours before the practice for which the request is made.


School Attendance: In order for a student-athlete to attend or participate in a practice or game, it is necessary for the student to attend classes for the full school day, on the day of the activity.  If a student arrives after 8:30 am they will need a doctors note. 

    • Athletes absent from school may not participate or play the day such absence occurs.  

    • A student who misses any class period on the day of the activity, may participate in that day’s activity if a doctor’s note or a note from an appointment is presented to the attendance officer on the day of the activity.

    • If a student is absent from school on a Friday, the student-athlete will not participate in practices or games on Saturday unless the student-athlete’s coach is presented with a doctor’s note or a note from an appointment for Friday’s absence at the beginning of the practice or game.

    • Exceptions are only to be made by the Principal or Athletic Director.


Injuries: It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to inform the coach if the student-athlete is ill or injured before, during, or after any activity associated with the sport in which the student-athlete is participating.

  • Students must also report any illnesses or injuries that cause absence from athletic participation over a weekend, scheduled vacation, or holiday.

  • A student-athlete who seeks and receives treatment for an injury must provide a written statement from the emergency room or other physician before returning to athletic practice or play.

  • Student-athletes who are injured or ill may be excused from participation by their physicians; student-athletes excused from participation must have a release form or return to play date from their physicians before they will be allowed to return to competition.


Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use: It is clearly understood that the use of tobacco products, the consumption of alcoholic beverages and the use of illegal drugs is dangerous to the health and general maturation of the adolescent and impacts negatively a student-athlete’s ability to perform. Therefore:  Athletes are not to possess, or use alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs, or prescription or nonprescription drugs/inhalants on or off school grounds.


For purposes of this rule, tobacco is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe, bidi, clove cigarettes, spit/spitless tobacco and any other smoking or tobacco products (smokeless, dip, chew, snus and/or snuff) in any form. Tobacco is also defined to include a lit or unlit electronic cigarette (“e-cigarette” or “e-cig”), electronic smoking device, or similar devices, including but not limited to e-hookahs, hookah pens, vape pens, or a device designed or that is actually being used for the inhalation of a substance (tobacco or other substance). 


Tobacco First Offense:

  • The athlete will be suspended for a period of 4 games. 

  • The athlete will attend practices (but not participate in)and dress for athletic contests but may not  participate in any contests including warm-ups. For every miss an athlete has, their suspension will be extended

  • Athletes quitting the current team or season prior to the four game suspension, will have the suspension carry over to the next season they participate in


Second Offense:

  • The athlete will be suspended for the remainder of the current season and the next season the student participates in. 

  • The athlete must show proof of tobacco cessation program completion before being allowed to return to participation in any sport.


Third Offense:

  • The athlete will be suspended from all participation for one calendar year, which will include three sports season.  

  • The athlete must show proof of tobacco cessation program completion before being allowed to return to participation in any sport.


Drugs will be defined as narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, stimulants, depressants, anabolic steroids, marijuana, counterfeit caffeine pills or any paraphernalia known to be associated with or used with such drugs, unless such drugs have been prescribed to the student athlete by a licensed healthcare provider. 


Alcohol and Drug First Offense: 

  • The athlete will be suspended for a period of 4 games. 

  • The athlete will attend practices (but not participate in)and dress for athletic contests but may not  participate in any contests including warm-ups. For every miss an athlete has, their suspension will be extended. 

  • Athletes quitting the current team or season prior to the four game suspension, will have the suspension carry over to the next season they participate in.  



Second Offense: 

  • The athlete will be suspended for 1 year from interscholastic athletics.

  • The athlete will forfeit any awards they may receive for that season.

  • The athlete must participate in and complete a school provided counseling program before being reinstated.


Third Offense:

  • The athlete may be suspended from interscholastic athletics for the remainder of their high school athletic eligibility. 


Discipline and School Suspensions:

Students assigned to anytime In-School Supervision or out of school suspension during an athletic season:

I.S.S/O.S.S – Student in I.S.S will not participate in athletics practice or game that day. Nor can 

they be a spectator.

*Lunch detention is excluded from this. However at any time an administrator can re-evaluate a student’s participation.



Students assigned to Out of School Suspension during an athletic year: 

1st Suspension – The athlete will not participate in at least the next athletic contest. (TBD by Administration)

2nd Suspension – The athlete will be dismissed from the athletic team.

3rd Suspension - The athlete will be ineligible to compete on ANY athletic team for the remainder of the year.


The day of the suspension athletes may NOT attend the contest, even as a spectator. 


Hazing/Harassment: The Schenevus Central School District Board of Education, administration and staff are committed to providing educational, extra-curricular and athletic programs free from harassment, bullying, and/or hazing for all students and staff members.  Subjecting someone to acts that are humiliating, indecent, painful or unsafe will not be tolerated. Athletes who engage in any of the above mentioned behaviors will be subjected to disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and the Schenevus Central School Board of Education Policy # 7531 and 6121R.


Sportsmanship: At its core, the concept of sportsmanship is about fair play and honorable Competition.  Our athletic programs are an extension of our classrooms. It is our goal to promote core values such as discipline, fairness, responsibility, teamwork, loyalty, and citizenship.  Everyone associated with athletics including; players, coaches, parents, and spectators are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship during athletic competition.


Athletes suspended from a contest by an official may be suspended for an additional contest pending a review by the Athletic Director.  Unsportsmanlike conduct will be subject to Section IV rules.

*Should any suspension happen during the last game, the suspension will carry over into the next season of participation.

Soccer – Athletes receiving a yellow card 


First-Fourth Offense – Immediate removal from game, may return after being counseled by head coach and athlete has regained composer. Depending on the nature of card the athlete can be suspended from play at the coach’s discretion.


Fifth Offense and any additional- Immediate removal from game, player will not re-enter the game and will be suspended for the following game.  Should it happen at the last game of the season the suspension will carry over into the next season of participation.


Should an athlete receive two yellow cards in one game – Immediate removal from the game, player will not re-enter the game and will be suspended for the following game.


    Athlete receiving a red card


First Offense – Immediate removal from game, player will not re-enter the game and will be suspended for the following game.


Second Offense-Same as first offense and nature of the card will be reviewed by coach and athletic director at their discretion additional suspension can occur.


Third Offense – Same as second offense, however, at this time athlete can be suspended for the rest of season.



*Should any suspension happen during the last game, the suspension will carry over into the next season of participation.


Basketball- Athletes receiving a technical foul


First Offense – Immediate removal from game, may return after being counseled by head coach and athlete has regained composer. Depending on the nature of card the athlete can be suspended from play at the coach’s discretion.


Second Offense – Immediate removal from game, athlete is suspended for the rest of the current quarter and all of the next quarter.   Should the technical foul take place during the fourth quarter the athlete cannot play until the second quarter of the next game.


Third Offense – Same as second offense except athlete will be suspended for the next two quarters.


Fourth offense- Same as third offense except athlete will be suspended for the next three quarters.


Fifth offense – Same as fourth offense except athlete will be suspended for the next four quarters.  


*Should any suspension happen during the last game, the suspension will carry over into the next season of participation.

Baseball/Softball


Should an athlete be ejected from a game they will also be suspended from playing the following game. Should the ejection occur in the last game of the season the suspension will carry over into the next season of participation.


*Should any suspension happen during the last game, the suspension will carry over into 

the next season of participation.


Equipment and Property: All student-athletes are held personally and financially responsible for the equipment issued to them.  If school equipment is lost, returned in poor condition (given consideration for normal wear and use), or not paid for, the student-athlete will forfeit any honors/awards for that sport and 

will be ineligible to participate on an athletic team until the equipment is returned or paid for.


Transportation:

On team trips, student-athletes will ride to and from the competitions on district transportation.

With the coach’s consent, a student may leave a competition with their parents or guardians.  In this 

case, the parent/guardian must sign out the student-athlete in person. Student-athletes are prohibited from leaving off-campus competitions with anyone other than a parent or legal guardian without prior written permission from their parent submitted to the Athletic Director by 1 p.m the day of the game, weekend games by Friday 1 p.m.  Failure to adhere to these rules will result in disciplinary action. 


Varsity Awards and Honors:

Following the first year of competition of a varsity sports season in good standing, the student-athlete 

shall receive a varsity letter and a sports-specific pin.  For Subsequent years of competition of the same 

varsity sports season in good standing, the student-athlete shall receive a bar pin.

For all years of competition of any varsity sports season in good standing, the student-athlete shall 

receive a certificate of participation.

Athletes who have participated in all sports seasons (fall, winter, spring) at least once in four years 

and have competed on a minimum of 9 varsity team shall be recognized with a plaque.

All participants will be recognized at an awards banquet at the end of each season or year.



Section IV New York State Public High School Athletic Association

Sportsmanship and Citizenship


  • Remember that as a spectator you represent your school as much as any team member.

  • Remember that the good name of your school is worth much more than winning a game.

  • Learn the rules of the game so that you can be an intelligent spectator.

  • Support your team enthusiastically but with consideration and respect for the opponents whether you are winning or losing.

  • Be considerate of your fellow spectators.

  • Accept the decisions of the game officials as final and not to be questioned.

  • Applaud fine play or good sportsmanship by the visiting team – as well as your own.

  • Be considerate of an injured visiting team member.

  • Be courteous and friendly to visiting team members and spectators before, during, and after the game – in the school and in the community.  

  • Leaving the parking areas carefully – be aware of pedestrians.

  • Try to make good sportsmanship a lifelong habit. 







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