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Misc Policies

School Attendance Policy

      1.  Students are required to attend all classes on a daily basis.  Students who are tardy three times to a class are given one unexcused absence.  Six unexcused absences will result in loss of credit for that class, regardless of the students grade.  Unexcused absences can be made up by going to Saturday school.
      2.  On the day of an athletic contest a student must attend all classes.  No student athlete shall sit out of a class to “conserve energy” for participation in an athletic activity.
      3.  If a student has a medical appointment on the day of a contest, field trip, etc. they may be out of school.  This student may participate in the athletic contest.
      4.  Students who are suspended from school (in-house or at home) are not allowed to participate in practice or in an athletic contest.
            5.  All Rights and Responsibilities Handbook policies and school rules apply.

POLICIES FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

(Excerpted from Athletic Department Huron High School)Athletic participation at _________________ is a privilege.  When a student chooses to participate in athletics, he/she voluntarily elects a course of self-discipline that is part of team membership.  The school can revoke, or restrict, the privilege of participation if a student fails to live up to the expectations and standards as outlined below.In all cases of suspension parents will be notified within a reasonable amount of time.  A student wishing to appeal a suspension to the Athletic Director, or subsequently to the Principal, may do so via the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ “Fair Treatment Policy”.

      1.  Regular, punctual attendance in all classes is required.  To be eligible to attend and participate in a practice or to play in a contest, an athlete must attend ALL scheduled classes on that day.  Occasional exceptions for medical appointments and similar absences must be arranged with the coach or Athletic Director in advance of the absence.  Athletes in violation of the attendance policy may be suspended for one, or more, contests.  Repeat violations may result in suspension for the remainder of the season.

NOTE

      :  Team members enrolled in a physical education class are expected to attend the class regularly, to dress for activity, and to participate fully in the course (even on game day).
      2.  Participation in both the sports scene and the street scene is impossible; you must make a choice!  Any student-athlete involved with, but not limited to, any of the following:  smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff, alcohol, street drugs, anabolic steroids, larceny physical assault, or vandalism will be immediately suspended form the squad.  Violations of the district’s Discipline Policy may also result in athletic suspension.  An athlete may appeal a suspension to the Director of Athletics.  A decision on re-instatement will be made by the Director and the coach after all aspects and circumstances regarding the case have been considered.  The usual penalty for a second violation is suspension for the remainder of the season.
      3.  Athletes assume a financial obligation for all school equipment issued to them, including losses due to theft.  To help prevent thefts all athletes are directed to procure and USE a high quality, hardened steel padlock both in the lockers at _______ and when on the road.  Leave money, jewelry, and other valuables at home.  A student’s registration in subsequent semesters may be delayed until athletic obligations have been cleared.
      4.  An athlete in unauthorized possession of an item of school equipment (our own or any other school’s) will be immediately suspended from athletics.
      5.  Athletes may not transfer from one team to another after September 10 for fall sports, December 1 for winter sports, or April 1 for spring sports.  This rule applies to switching to a sport in the same season or to one preparing for the season ahead.  In unusual circumstances, this rule may be set aside by mutual written consent of both head coaches involved and the athletic director.
      6.  Players and coaches are to travel as a team to and from all out-of-town contests except for emergency (illness, injury, or special arrangement with parents in writing).
      7.  Student-athletes are frequently involved in multiple school activities.  If a conflict in calendar occurs which requires the student to be in two places at the same time, the athlete should notify the coach and the director of the other activity as soon as possible.  The coach and director of the other activity will negotiate the shared time.  Generally, games or performances take priority over practices and rehearsals.  The student-athlete is not in jeopardy during the resolution of the conflict.
      8.  Athletes must demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times, including accepting decisions of officials without question: refraining form abusive remarks directed toward opponents or officials; exercising self-control and fair play during a contest; following both the letter and the spirit of the rules;  and condemning acts of unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of teammates or spectators.  Profanity or vulgar gestures will never be tolerated.  An athlete who commits a flagrant act of poor sportsmanship may be suspended from the squad.
      9.  There is to be no hazing activity or initiations of any kind on athletic teams.  Younger players especially are not to be victimized by hazing activities.  If hazing occurs, the student perpetrators involved will be suspended indefinitely.  If participation is wide-spread, the team may be suspended, the schedule canceled, and the coach disciplined.  Allegations of hazing should be brought immediately to the attention of the Director of Athletics.
      10.  The _______ coaches, administrators, and medical support staff make every reasonable effort to insure the physical safety of our athletes;  however, parents and students must recognize that an element of risk is inherent in sports competition and that the possibility of injury, even disabling injury, or death, cannot be entirely eliminated from the program.
      11.  Other reasonable rules for participants related to team membership regarding punctuality at practice, missing practice, dress code, criteria for earning an award, and so on, may be established by individual coaches.

Tutoring
Free tutoring is available to all students at Pioneer and each coach should mention this to all his/her athletes.  Students from any grade may attend and all school subjects are covered.  Please stop by the Athletic Department for names and phone numbers of tutors available and also for more general information about the tutoring services provided.

Two-Sport Policy

Athletes are not encouraged to play two sports in the same season.  If an athlete chooses to do so their participation in two sports will be governed by the following guidelines:

      1.  The coach in each sport must give his/her permission.
      2.  The athlete will designate a “primary” and “secondary” sport.
      A.  The athlete will attend practices for the secondary sport only when they do not conflict with the primary sport.
      B.  A primary sport contest takes precedence over a secondary sport contest.
      C.  A secondary sport contest takes precedence over a primary sport practice.

3.  The athletes parents must indicate their approval of the playing of two sports and the guidelines.

Community Service
Many coaches are getting involved in community service and outreach projects with their teams.  Please let the athletic office know of your efforts ahead of time.  Please make sure the community service is reputable and done in good taste.  Pioneer student athletes deserve recognition for this type of service, please let us know so that we may facilitate this for you.

Conditioning of Athletes

Pre-season conditioning cannot be made mandatory before the official start of the season.  Coaches are allowed at pre-season conditioning under the M.H.S.A.A. guidelines.  There is to be no coaching, instruction, division into teams, use of sporting equipment used during a game.  Pick up games are OK, as long as they are in no way coached.

Team Rules
Team rules are designed by each individual coach. It is the coaches responsibility to give every athlete a copy of the rules, and explain the team rules a parent meeting.

Practice Attendance Policy

Attendance at practice sessions is necessary to prepare both mentally and physically for contests. Coaches dictate practice times and attendance policy. Unexcused absences may be cause for discipline or dismissal from a team, as deemed by the coach. In the event of illness students may call 994-2151 and leave a message. This message may not be received until the following day. Students/parents should look at the school calendar prior to making a commitment to a team, in the event of conflicts. Some teams have practices or games on Sundays (boys lacrosse). Prompt pick up of students after practice is appreciated.

Parking
Students and parents must park in the student lot or risk being ticketed/towed. Parking on the grass or in the fire lane is not allowed.

Ticketes For Games

Students may buy tickets for all HOME games for half price during the day in the athletic office. Ticket prices range from $2 – $5 at the gate. There are family, and individual passes available at the athletic office, for a significant cost savings.

Out of Season Programs
All out-of-season programs are voluntary and athletes are not required to participate as a condition of team membership. We encourage athletes to participate in as many sports and activities as possible.

School Closings Due To Weather

Coaches will be contacted by noon to determine if a game/practice will be played on days when the school is closed due to inclement weather.

Fund Raising 
Fund raising is necessary in many activities. Coaches determine the need for such fund raising. All groups are to follow the Board of Education policy on fund raising.

Banquet & Post-Season

The team banquet is an opportunity for all athletes to come together for one last time and share in the season’s accomplishments. Parents are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Equipment
Just like academic equipment or books, student athletes are to be held accountable for the abuse or loss of athletic equipment. To help prevent thefts all athletes are directed to procure and USE a high quality, hardened steel padlock both in the lockers at PIONEER and when on the road. Leave money, jewelry, and other valuables at home. A student’s registration in subsequent semesters may be delayed until athletic obligations have been cleared. An athlete in unauthorized possession of an item of school equipment (our own or any other school’s) will be immediately suspended from athletics. In some instance athletes may need to provide their own equipment, i.e. baseball glove, hockey stick. Nobody will be excluded for not having their own equipment.

Transferring From One Sport To Another

Athletes may not transfer from one team to another after the first three weeks of a sport season. This rule applies to switching to a sport in the same season or to one preparing for the season ahead. In unusual circumstances, this rule may be set aside by mutual written consent of both head coaches involved and the athletic director.

The Street Scene Vs. Athletics
Participation in both the sports scene and the street scene is impossible; you must make a choice! Any student-athlete involved with, but not limited to, any of the following: smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff, alcohol, street drugs, anabolic steroids, larceny physical assault, or vandalism will be immediately referred fpr disciplinary action. Violations of the district’s Discipline Policy may also result in athletic suspension.

Transportation

The athletic department will provide school sponsored transportation to all athletic events. All athletes are expected to travel to and from athletic events with the team. You may return from a contest with your parents if prior written permission is obtained from the athletic department. Coaches are not allowed to drive athletes home in their own personal cars. Prompt pick up of students after practice/game is appreciated.