BRITTAN SCHOOL DISTRICT

ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

BRITTAN BEARS

 

WE WANT YOU TO SUCCEED

 

We have high hopes and far-reaching goals for our players.

•Challenge yourself and work exceedingly hard, stretch your limits!

•Realize priorities, set goals and work toward them.  Use sound judgement.

•Rely on teamwork to get you through.  Be a family!  Respect yourself and others. 

Appreciate differences among people.

•Realize and work toward your potential!  Develop skills and ethics for future

success.

•Examine your values and clarify who you are and where you're headed.

•Be confident in your abilities, stand up to responsibility!

•Be a strong communicator and people-person.  Maximize your options in life.

•Learn creative approaches to decision making and problem solving.

•Be a dependable, flexible and well-rounded person with a positive attitude.

•Take pride, believe in and discipline yourself in your quest toward adulthood.

•Be a positive impact and example on your team, school, family and community.

 

  We are looking toward your future, are you?

 

 

 

 

Brittan........Where success begins for kids!

 

 

TEAM POLICY

 

Interscholastic athletics are a powerful tool for teaching youth how to succeed in today's society.  Athletics can help them learn to stretch their personal abilities, adapt to stress, have fun, function in a cooperative manner and to deal with winning or losing in a positive fashion.  If these benefits are to be realized from athletics, each participant must be fully committed to his/her team.  Commitment is the foundation for all of life's important decisions.  It is with this thought that the following guidelines have been established for our athletic program.

 

Parent information meetings will be held in the fall and winter with the athletic director and coaches. This is an important tool in understanding individual coaching styles and discipline strategies, as well as schedules and other information that will prevent conflicts. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

I. PRACTICE DAY

A.      Students must attend all team practices.

B.       Excused absences from practice may result in loss of playing time.

C.       Unexcused absences from practice will result in disciplinary action.

D.      Students must attend all classes on the day of practice in order to practice with the team.  Any exceptions must have prior approval of the coach.

E.       Students must communicate directly with the coach regarding missing practice.

 

   II.       GAME DAY

A.      Students are to dress according to team dress code.

B.       Students must attend all classes on the day of a game.  Any exceptions must have prior approval.

C.       Students are responsible for class work missed and homework due the next day.

 

III.       UNIFORMS

A.      The issuing of uniforms establishes membership on the team.

B.       The uniform needs to be clean for each game.

C.       It is the responsibility of the player to return the uniform in good condition.

D.      A financial charge will be assessed to lost or damaged uniforms.

E.       The uniform is to be turned in to the coach within one week after the final contest.

 

  IV.       PHILOSOPHY

A.      INTRAMURAL ATHLETICS: All students grades 4-8 may participate.  Emphasis is placed on participation, recreation and skill development.  Every student will play an equal amount of time in all contests. Awards will be based on sportsmanship and participation.

 

B.       SIXTH GRADE ATHLETICS: We play to win in attitude, effort and scoreboard.  Emphasis is placed on participation, skill development and teamwork.  At this level, every team member should play in every contest and the playing time should be approximately equal; however, the coach decides who plays and when.

      C.                        SEVENTH GRADE ATHLETICS: We play to win in attitude, effort and scoreboard.  Emphasis is placed on team strategies, skill development and teamwork, with an increased competition level.   At this level, every team member should play in every contest; however, the amount of playing time may not be equal; however, the coach decides who plays and when.

 

      D.                        EIGHTH GRADE ATHLETICS: We play to win in attitude, effort and scoreboard.  Emphasis is placed on complex team strategies and teamwork, with a high level of competition.  Eighth grade athletics are offered to accommodate those students willing and able to complete at an advanced level.  At this level, the coach should keep his/her best team in the game until the outcome is decidedly won or lost.  This may mean that some members of the team will not get to play in every game. The coach decides who plays and when.

 

                  V.  DISCIPLINE

                  A.   ATTENDANCE:  Previously stated

 

                           B.      DRUGS/ALCOHOL:  If the violation occurs at school or school functions, students are subject to expulsion.  If the violation occurs outside of school, the player is subject to suspension until the situation is reviewed by administration.

 

                                 C.            QUITTING THE TEAM:  Any player who quits an athletic team after the issuing of uniforms will become ineligible for the first third of the season (games) in the next sport in which they participate.

 

                  If a parent of a player believes that there are extenuating circumstances for a player quitting a team, the coach and the principal shall meet with the parent to determine whether the circumstances are justifiable.  If a parent does not notify the coach of his/her desire for such a conference within seven days after the player quits, the first paragraph of this subsection shall be enforced accordingly.

 

VI.       ELIGIBILITY POLICY

A student is eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities if he or she has above a 2.0 GPA and no "F" grades at the end of each five-week eligibility period. Students whose grades fall below that standard will be placed on probationary status for the next five-week period. If, at that time, their grades have improved above 2.0 and there are no F's, the student is again eligible. If not, the student is ineligible until the next five-week eligibility grade check and thereafter until their grades are above 2.0 and there are no F's. Those who participate in "fall" sports programs must meet the above requirements, based upon the previous year's fourth quarter GPA. If a student is participating in an extra-curricular activity while on probationary status, he/she must present a grade check to the office at the end of the school day each Thursday, and the parent will receive this grade check to keep them informed. The Thursday grade check will be used to determine eligibility to participate for the following week. While on probation, an ineligible student must attend all practices (or activities connected with that extra-curricular activity) and games. Any unexcused absence during the time the student may not participate will result in removal from that sport (or activity). A student must be on an athletic team for the entire season to be eligible for team awards. Students who are suspended from school will forfeit their participation in extra-curricular activities for a specified period of time pursuant to the school disciplinary policy.

 

VII.  INSURANCE 

            All students participating in athletics, cheerleading or extra-curricular activities must have insurance coverage against accidental injury and hospitalization. 

 

VIII.  AWARDS

            Awards are given out at the Sports Awards Banquet in the Spring.  Students are advised that in order to receive recognition or awards for athletics, they must be present at the awards ceremony, unless prior approval is given by the coach.  This ceremony is the culmination of the sports and cheerleading activities and students are expected to attend.

   

IX.   TRANSPORTATION

            Transportation is provided through school vehicles and private transportation.  Students are to return to school in the vehicle in which they came. A student riding home with his or her parent must be signed out with the coach by that parent. A student needing to ride home with an adult other than his or her parent must notify the coach and the school office 24 hours before the game with a note, signed by his or her parent or guardian, stating the name of the adult with whom the student is to ride and a phone number where this information can be verified, should the need arise. The student may only be signed out with the coach by the adult named in the note.

 

 

 

ATHLETE'S CODE OF CONDUCT

 

A.   All students participating in athletic events, on or off campus, are governed by the policies stated in the Brittan School Parent/Student Handbook and the Brittan School Athletic Handbook. Students are expected to uphold the same standards that are required of them while at school, regardless of whether they are at home or away games.

 

B.   All students should realize that they represent both Brittan School and their family. Attitude and action should reflect results that would make both proud.

 

C.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities are expected to adhere to the dress code, as set by their coach or advisor.  The dress code will be in effect for home and away events, as well as award ceremonies.

 

D.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities away from Brittan School are required to be seated together at the event. They are expected to represent Brittan School, the community of Sutter and parents with pride.  Your behavior should always reflect positively on our school, our community and your parents.

 

E.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities should strive to play as hard as they can while maintaining self-control and poise.  Respect will be given to opposing players, coaches and official at all times.

 

F.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities need to maintain a cooperative and compliant spirit in their classes.  Detentions and improper behavior in class have no place in an athlete's daily life and will affect eligibility to participate.

 

G.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities should be encouraging and uplifting to one another.  Building teamwork, helping the other players to be their best and giving 100% are essential elements to a winning program.

 

H.   Students participating in athletic competition and activities are responsible for communicating to parents their practice schedules, game schedules and return times from games.  Game schedules are available in the school office; changes in the schedule will be issued by the coach to his or her athletes as needed. Coaches will issue practice schedules in a timely manner.

 

These guidelines have been established as Athletic Policy for Brittan School to ensure the best possible communication. Please read these guidelines and return this form to the appropriate coach.

 

 

 

I have received and agree to the rules and regulations as set forth in the Brittan School Athletic Handbook.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                           Student's Signature                                                                                              Parent's Signature                              

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION:

 

I will be able to drive to games if needed:

 

                                    yes                               no

 

      If yes, please list a phone number where you can be reached:                                            

 

 

Number of players I can take:                                                  .

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                     Parent's Signature                                                                 Date

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                      Insurance Carrier                                                              Policy #

 

 

Please note:  Verification of insurance coverage must be on file with the school office.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY CONTRACT

 

A student is eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities if he or she has above a 2.0 GPA and no "F" grades at the end of each five-week eligibility period. Students whose grades fall below that standard will be placed on probationary status for the next five-week period. If at that time their grades have improved above 2.0, and there are no F's, the student is again eligible. If not, the student is ineligible until the next five-week eligibility grade check and thereafter until their grades are above 2.0 and there are no F's. Those who participate in "fall" sports programs must meet the above requirements, based upon the previous year's fourth quarter GPA.

 

If a student is participating in an extra curricular activity while on probationary status, he/she must present a grade check to the office at the end of the school day each Thursday, and the parent will receive this grade check to keep them informed. The Thursday grade check will be used to determine eligibility to participate for the following week. While on probation, an ineligible student must attend all practices (or activities connected with that extra-curricular activity) and games. Any unexcused absence, during the time the student may not participate, will result in removal from that sport (or activity).

 

A student must be on an athletic team for the entire season to be eligible for team awards.

 

Students who are suspended from school will forfeit their participation in extra-curricular activities for a specified period of time pursuant to the school disciplinary policy.

 

 

 

 

I understand and accept these guidelines to become eligible.

 

 

                                                                                                                             

                           Student                                                                             Date

 

 

 

As the parent of a Brittan student, I agree that I will respect all players, coaches, officials and school personnel, and that my behavior will demonstrate self-control and poise as an observer of Brittan's activities.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                           Parent/Guardian                                                                             Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

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