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Requirements For Participation Academic Eligibility 

To be eligible to compete in athletics, the student-athlete must be in compliance with the student handbook governing academic standards and conduct. A student-athlete who is academically ineligible at the start of any sport season MAY BE allowed to join any sport team once the team has been selected and the season has begun at the discretion of the head coach of that sport and the approval of the Athletic Director. A student-athlete who becomes academically ineligible during the sport season he/she is participating on immediately becomes ineligible for the remainder of that sport season. A student-athlete academically ineligible after fourth quarter grades is ineligible to participate in athletics during the following Fall sport season. 

Tryouts

To be eligible for consideration the student-athlete must be academically eligible, be in good standing in regards to school policy, have a current physical on file, and must attend the required tryout sessions as determined by the coach of that specific sport. All students will be afforded a fair opportunity to demonstrate their skills during the tryout phase. Coaches will determine the number of players comprising the team. Students who do not make a team are encouraged to participate in other areas specific to the sport, such as equipment manager, statistician, etc.

Team Participation 

There will be no movement of any athlete from one sport team to another sport team once tryouts have been completed and the team roster has been submitted to the Athletic Department unless otherwise approved by the coach whose team the athlete is leaving and the Athletic Director.

Physicals 

A current physical [13 months or less] must be on file with the Athletic Department prior to participation in any athletic activity. Physicals need to be renewed every 13 months and must be valid at the start of each sport season. Student-athletes who meet this criterion at the start of the season will remain eligible for that entire sport season even if their physical expires during the season.

Penalty 

A student-athlete in violation shall be suspended for the number of contests in which he/she participated without a proper physical.

Attendance

All team members will attend all scheduled practices and meetings. If circumstances arise whereby the player cannot attend a practice or meeting, the coach must be notified by personal contact, phone call, or written statement. Any athlete, who fails to attend a practice, game, team or individual meeting, is subject to action by the coach. Any athlete who does not attend school on a given day cannot participate in any team-related activity on that day, unless the absence was an excused absence. This would include a weekend game if you were absent from class on Friday. Excessive absence from team activities may be cause for removal from the team. Athletes who are planning a vacation, college visits or other activities that would require a prolonged absence should discuss this with the coach. It is expected that any athlete injured during his/her sport season continue to attend practices and games unless otherwise instructed by their coach.

Equipment and Uniforms 

Uniforms will not be issued to any student until that student has submitted a valid physical, all required Athletic Department paperwork, is academically eligible, and is in compliance with the standards of Saint Bernard’s C.C.H.S and the M.I.A.A. The Athletic Department loans athletic equipment to team members. Athletes are responsible for equipment that is issued to them. The athlete prior to their participation in another school sport or activity must return, or if lost, must pay for all school issued equipment/uniforms.

Injury 

All injuries and illness must be reported to the coach immediately. In the event of an injury, a report must be filed with the school health department within twenty four hours. Athletes must provide a signed medical release from their physician if the injury they sustained required medical attention. The athlete will not be allowed to return to the team for practice or games until a written release from the physician is presented. It is expected that any athlete injured during his/her sport season continue to attend practices and games unless otherwise instructed by their coach.

Insurance Coverage 

Athletic insurance is provided all athletes. This coverage is intended to supplement existing family coverage.

Transportation 

Only team members [players, coaches, medical personal, equipment managers, etc] will be allowed on the van / bus unless otherwise authorized by the Director of Athletics or the coach of that particular team. All vans / bus transportation must have adult supervision on board [coach, school faculty, parent or other responsible adult as determined by the Director of Athletics or the coach of that particular sport. All team members must take the van / bus to and from games unless authorized by their coach to leave with a parent. Players will not be allowed to go or return from any game with any parent other than their own unless written authorization is obtained beforehand from the parent of the player.

Security of Personal and Team Belongings 

All personal and/or team issued belongings should be locked up in a locker, team room, or personal equipment bag while the student/athlete is trying out, practicing or playing. All students should have their own lock and should never leave their locker or personal bag unlocked or open. Saint Bernard’s C.C.H.S. cannot be held responsible for loss of personal or team issued belongings.

 Locker Rooms and School Facilities 

Student/athletes are expected to respect the locker facilities, showers, and all general areas within the Activity Center. We expect the student/athlete to maintain the facility by picking up after themselves, using trash barrels, and in general keeping the facility in good condition. Any type of vandalism will not be tolerated.

Game Cancellations

Game cancellations during the week will be made no earlier than 2 hours prior to the scheduled event. Cancellations will be noted on the school web page, under the calendar section of the main page. An announcement will also be made over the school PA system. Although a particular game may be cancelled the coach may still wish to practice, especially at the varsity level. That information will also be provided on the school calendar when made available. Game cancellations on the weekend will be made as soon as possible. Communication will be made in the same fashion as noted [except for the school announcement]. Coaches may also initiate a phone chain for weekend cancellations and subsequent practice plans, if any.

Web Page 

Game and practice schedules, scores, field/gym locations directions, special announcements and other pertinent information can be found on the ‘Athletic Page’ of the school web site. Student-athletes and their parents are encouraged to utilize the web page for the most current information regarding sports.

Violation of Athletic Rules 

[Smoking, Alcoholic Beverages, Controlled Substances, Narcotics and Weapons possession.] Any Student-Athlete in possession or using tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, controlled substance, narcotics or weapons will be immediately removed from the team and will be denied the privilege of participating in all extracurricular activities in accordance with the student handbook and M.I.A.A. rules. Penalty: When the Headmaster confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the remainder of that sport season. If the season is more than 50% completed, the student will be ineligible for three weeks of the following sport season he/she participates in. During the season of practice or play, a student shall not be present at a student gathering where drugs and/or alcohol are present. Penalty: When the Headmaster confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for three games. During the season of practice or play, a student shall not host a gathering where drugs and/or alcohol are present with or without the parent’s knowledge or consent. Penalty: When the Headmaster confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for one calendar year. Second offense for possession of drugs and/or alcohol will be a one year suspension from all extracurricular activity. Second offense for being present where drugs and/or alcohol are present will result in a one season or ten game suspension, whichever is greater. Second offense of hosting a gathering where drugs and/or alcohol are present will result in a suspension hearing and removal from the school.

Personal Conduct 

All participants shall conduct themselves at all times in such a way as to reflect positively on themselves, their family, the community, and the school. Denial from participating with the team for a period of time, to be determined by the coach, athletic director, principal and headmaster may result from the following: > Use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, controlled substance, narcotics > Sexual harassment > Hazing > Insubordination > Obscene gestures and / or swearing > Provocation and fighting > Physical / verbal abuse of teammates, classmates, school personnel > Stealing > Abuse of school property, equipment, facilities or vans / bus > Other disciplinary situations which may arise.