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INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC RULES

This section describes the rules that athletes must follow and parents should understand. Please keep this contract for reference, and if there is a question about any rule, contact the Athletic Director for clarification.

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Athletic participation at Saranac Central is a privilege, not a requirement for High School Graduation. This is why we, as a school district, are looking for athletes who are willing to make a commitment to the athletic program. We want our athletes to be able to follow the rules regarding alcohol, drugs and tobacco. We also want our athletes to conduct themselves, at all times, in an honorable and respectful manner.

 

Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs do not in any way enhance the performance of an athlete. In fact, these substances inhibit the athlete's ability to perform at higher levels. Therefore, we are requiring our athletes to avoid these substances. We want the best for the student athlete. We feel that there is a real advantage for the athlete in avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

 

Saranac Central encourages role modeling in order to set positive examples for younger students to follow. This is best accomplished by strict adherence to the athletic contract, whether it be avoidance of drugs and alcohol or displaying proper conduct and respect at all times.

 

In preparation for signing the athletic contract, it is necessary to consider the responsibility of abstaining from drugs, tobacco and alcohol throughout your middle/high school career. Signing the athletic contract requires you to make that commitment, if you want to be involved in athletics. In order to be a winner, you must be willing to pay the price and make a commitment to yourself, your team, and your school.

 

Saranac Central School wishes all athletes the best of luck during your middle/high school athletic career. We hope it is an enjoyable and rewarding one as you strive for success.

 

1. 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.

 

VIOLATION PROCEDURE

Any alleged violation reported to the Athletic Director will be investigated.

The investigation may consist of the following steps:

a) Interviewing the student in question.

b) Interviewing the parent(s) / guardian(s) of the student in question.

c) Interviewing fellow classmates of the student in question.

d) Using technology: such websites as MySpace, Facebook, and other social media web sites.

 

VIOLATIONS, PENALTIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

a. 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 interscholastic league season.

 

Reduction of the suspension:

The Principal and Athlete Director may consider the honesty, cooperation and willingness to enroll in a school approved counseling program 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.

 

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.

 

b. 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 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.

 

c. Third Violation:

After confirmation of the third violation.

The student will lose eligibility from athletics for the remainder of the current interscholastic league season and the entire interscholastic league season to follow.

 

In addition, the student must elect to participant in a school approved substance abuse program.

 

The program must be approved by the athletic director prior to enrollment and the athlete must participate fully throughout the duration of the suspension. Successful completion of the program is required before full reinstatement to the athletic program will be considered.

 

Failure to attend, participate and/or complete the program will result in a suspension of one full calendar year from the date of infraction.

 

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 school career.

 

d. Fourth Violation:

After confirmation of the fourth violation:

 

The student will lose eligibility from athletics for a minimum of one full calendar year from the date of infraction.

 

In addition, the student must participate in a school approved substance abuse program. The program must be approved by the athletic director prior to enrollment and the athlete must participate for the duration of the suspension.

 

Successful completion of the program is required before reinstatement to the athletic program will be considered. The final decision to reinstate will be made by the athletic director.

 

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 school career.

 

APPEAL OF VIOLATION

An athlete who wishes to appeal the decision of the Athletic Director must notify the Athletic Director, 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.

 

The Athletic Hearing Board will be chaired by the building principal of the athlete involved.  All questions will be directed by the principal.

 

The Director of Athletics will also be in attendance to present the findings of their investigation.

 

The athlete may have his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) or a parent appointed designee at the hearing. Also, witnesses may give statements on the athlete’s behalf.

 

The Athletic Hearing Board, after hearing all information, will meet privately and render a decision.

 

The athlete will be informed, in writing, by the Chairman of the Athletic Hearing Board within two (2) school days of the decision. The athlete may then appeal the Hearing Board’s decision to the Superintendent of Schools, then to the Board of Education, and then to the Commissioner of Education.

 

ATHLETIC HEARING BOARD MEMBERS: (To be appointed by Athletic Director)

 

Chairman:     Building Principal (or designee)

Teachers:      2 High/Middle School Teachers

SCS Coach:  1 Member of the SCS Coaching Staff

Nurse:           Either the High School or Middle School Nurse