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SCS District Interscholastic Athletic Rules

1. RULES A. CHEMICAL FREE RULES There will be no use or possession of any tobacco products. There will be no use or possession of alcoholic beverages. There will be no use or possession of drugs (except by physician’s prescription). There will be no attendance at any bar or party where drugs are being illegally used. There will be no attendance at any bar or party where alcohol is being consumed by individuals under the age of 21. Athletes who go to a party and notice alcohol or drugs being illegally used, are required to leave immediately.

B. CITIZENSHIP Athletes are expected to exemplify good citizenship in both school and the community at large. Athletes will display good behavior both in practices and games. These rules apply on and off school property. Conduct unbecoming an athlete can result in suspension or dismissal from the team. Such conduct would include but would not be limited to: dishonesty, profanity, fighting, vandalism, stealing, poor sportsmanship and insubordination. An athlete convicted of a criminal misdemeanor will be subject to a contract violation. An athlete convicted of a felony will result in loss of eligibility from athletics for one (1) calendar year from the date of conviction.

C. INDIVIDUAL TEAM RULES Upon review and approval by the Director of Athletics, a coach may establish individual team rules that the athlete must follow. An athlete who does not follow the team rules will be subject to disciplinary action by the coach.

D. INITIATION/HAZING Hazing in any form, including initiation, which is degrading, is strictly forbidden by NYS law. No student shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace, resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or other person. It is understood that hazing of any kind is not allowed in the athletic program. It is further understood that athletes have a duty to report to a coach or administrator any acts of hazing known of or seen. Participation in or failure to report any hazing will result in a disciplinary review and possible suspension and dismissal from the athletic program.

2. REGULATIONS The signing of this contract requires the athlete to adhere to the rules stated for his/her entire 7th-8th grade career or senior high school career (grades 9-12). The contract is binding from the day it is signed until the end of the athlete’s middle school or senior high school career. Once the contract is signed, it is in effect even when the athlete is not participating in a sport. The contract is binding throughout the summer vacation.

One contract will be signed for a 7th and 8th grade school athlete at the beginning of his/her first sport season. All violations will be cumulative within the time frame of the athlete being enrolled in the Saranac Central Middle School. One contract will be signed for a senior high school athlete at the beginning of his/her first sport season. All violations will be cumulative within the time frame of the athlete being enrolled in the Saranac Central Senior High School. Any violations acquired during the middle school contract will not carry over to the high school contract, although suspensions will be served. Each additional time an athlete participates in a sport, he/she will sign a declaration affirming that he/she still understands the contract commitment. Sport season definition: A sport season at Saranac Central is defined as commencing from the first day of practice until the end of the season award ceremony.

3. VIOLATIONS, PENALTIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS First Violation: After confirmation of the first violation: The athlete shall lose eligibility to participate in interscholastic events. The length of suspension will be based on one third (1/3) of the inter-scholastic league season. Reduction of the suspension: The Principal and Athletic Director may consider the student’s honesty, cooperation and willingness to enroll in a school approved counseling program when assessing the above consequence. All league, non-league, sectional, regional, or state playoff events will count toward the fulfillment of the suspension.

The athlete must still practice with the team during his/her loss of eligibility. Any athlete who does not fulfill the suspension requirements will complete the remainder of the suspension during the next sport season in which the athlete is a participant.

The athlete will not be eligible for any coach’s special award at the end of that sport season, although the athlete will receive a letter and pin if eligible and any other team award. The athlete may participate in the end of the year awards ceremonies. If the athlete is a captain of a team, he/she will lose this privilege for the remainder of the season. While serving a suspension, an athlete cannot be in full uniform for games, nor participate in any part of the pre-game warm-up. Second Violation: After confirmation of the second violation: The athlete shall lose eligibility to participate in interscholastic events.

The length of suspension will be based on two thirds (2/3) of the interscholastic league season. Reduction of the suspension: The Principal and Athletic Director may consider the honesty and cooperation of the student when assessing the above consequence. All league, non-league, sectional, regional, or state playoff events will count toward the fulfillment of the suspension. The athlete must still practice with the team during his/her loss of eligibility. The athlete must elect to become a participant in a school approved substance abuse program. The program must be approved by the Athletic Director prior to participation. Verification from the supervisor of the program will be required.

Successful participation in or completion of the program is required before full reinstatement to the athletic program will occur.

Any athlete who does not fulfill the suspension requirements will complete the remainder of the suspension during the next sport season in which the athlete is a participant. While serving a suspension, an athlete cannot be in full uniform for games, nor participate in any part of the pre-game warm-up. Third Violation: After confirmation of the third violation: The student will lose eligibility from athletics for one calendar year to the day of suspension. The athlete must elect to become a participant in a school approved substance abuse program. The program must be approved by the Athletic Director prior to participation. Verification from the supervisor of the program will be required.

Successful completion of the program is required before full reinstatement to the athletic program will occur. If the violation occurs during a sport season, the student will not be eligible for any award at the end of that sport season. The athlete will not be eligible to be captain of a team for the remainder of his/her high school career.
Fourth Violation: After confirmation of the fourth violation: The student will lose eligibility from athletics for the remainder of his/her middle school or senior high school career. If the violation occurs during a sport season, the student will not be eligible for any award at the end of that sport season.

4. VIOLATION PROCEDURE Any alleged violation reported to the Director of Athletics will be investigated. The Director of Athletics will meet with the athlete who will be given an opportunity to explain his/her involvement in the alleged violation. The Director of Athletics may choose to have others present at this meeting. If the Athletic Director believes that a violation did occur, the athlete will immediately be given the appropriate penalty in accordance with the wording of this contract. The Director of Athletics will contact the athlete’s parent/guardian and the coach of the team within a reasonable amount of time after the meeting. The Director of Athletics will notify in writing the student, parent/ guardian of the athlete, and the building principal of the outcome of the meeting.

5. APPEAL OF VIOLATION
An athlete who wishes to appeal the decision of the Director of Athletics must notify the Director of Athletics, in writing, within two (2) school days after the meeting. The letter must indicate reasons why the student feels he/she did not violate the contract. Signatures of athlete and parent/guardian must also be included in the letter. An athlete who appeals may not participate in athletics during the appeal process. The entire hearing Board will convene to hear the appeal or, if this is not possible, a majority of the Board will hear the appeal. The hearing will take place no later than two (2) school days after the written appeal is received.