Dear Student/Athlete and Parent/Guardian:


The following Athletic and Extracurricular handbook was created to ensure safe and competitive athletic and activity opportunities for students. The guidelines presented are provided as a communication device to outline the privileges, expectations, and rules that guide participation in athletics and extracurricular activities for students participating with Colorado River BOCES and Yampah Mountain High School.


Sections for Athletes and Extra-Curricular Activities are contained in one handbook. Please take time to read the appropriate section or sections for the activity or sport that you and your parents are considering for participation.


As part of the online registration process there is a required signature page for insurance as well as the code of conduct contract that you will be responsible for during the school year while you participate in athletics and/or activities. The signed contract is in effect for the entire school year, excluding summers, with the exception of coach-supervised summer camps. You will also be asked to complete student data information as a requirement for participation.


In order to streamline the process, you will be asked to sign only once for each school year. This signature page will be kept on file by the GSYHA/YMHS Athletic Director or Principal at Yampah Mountain High School.


Thank you for your participation in the programs at our school. We hope this time is enjoyable and memorable for you and your family.


Dr. Leigh McGownLM Signature copy.png

YMHS Principal




  1. Students participating in Yampah Mountain High School athletics or activities will be required to follow the policy & procedures for eligibility and violations of codes of conduct of their member district school or home high school, in addition to requirements of CO River BOCES/Yampah Mountain High School. Yampah students will be required to follow the policy & procedures of CO River BOCES/Yampah Mountain High School.

  1. The consequences for violations of the Code of Conduct as outlined in the handbook must be followed with no exceptions. As noted in the handbook, coaches may institute a code of conduct that exceeds the policy.  In no cases shall it be less.

  1. Loss of athletic eligibility must be initiated immediately following the incident and will pertain to consecutive games. The investigation of the incident must be completed prior to the next scheduled game or contest.

  1. Students who opt to take a drug and alcohol class to reduce their game suspensions must have registered for the class for outside courses or met with the Yampah CAC (drug & alcohol counselor). Completion of the class will be documented and kept in a file in the administrator's office. The class offered must have principal approval and should contain the same number of sessions and time commitment as the course approved through YouthZone or that of Yampah Mountain High School (30 hours).

  1. Students start with a clean slate each year unless otherwise noted in the handbook, due to the date of the violation.

  1. Students whose violation of the Code of Conduct is also in violation of other district policies will serve the required school suspensions associated with the violation in addition to their loss of eligibility.

  1. The material in the athletic and activities handbook should be reviewed in detail before the beginning of each season, especially in terms of the items around bullying and harassment as well as Code of Conduct.

  1. The signature page indicating that the student will abide by the expectations outlined in the handbook must be signed by both the student and the parent before the student begins practice.  The page will be kept on file at the school.




CO River BOCES Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy (policy AC)


CO River BOCES/YMHS Athletic Officials and Athletic Contests  


CO River BOCES/YMHS Commitment to Safe Environment      




CO River BOCES/YMHS Belief Statements      


Athletic Goals


State and District Rules


General Eligibility Rules


Age and Attendance Requirements                                                        


General Awards Rule    


Athletic Amateur Status  


Transfer Rule


Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Fighting


Attitudes, Appearance and Behavior of MT BOCES/YMHS


Athletes and Spectators


Outside Competition and Practice




Sunday, Winter Vacation Practice




Nine-Day Practice Rule    


Physical Examination/Parent Permission


Insurance Emergency Cards  


YMHS-CHSAA Athletic Fee Assessment      






Vacation Policy


Procedures for “Cutting” in Athletic Programs


Observing Practice Sessions


Parent–Coach Communication  


Communication and Conflicts




Tobacco, Drugs & Alcohol Policy


Expected Behaviors    


Bullying and Harassment    




“The Grizz” Volunteers  


Student Travel (policy JJH)  


Insurance & Handbook Signature Page




The Board of Directors is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of CO River BOCES are treated with dignity and respect.  CO River BOCES is subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment, or member of the public shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any CO River BOCES program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex (which includes marital status), sexual orientation, disability, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age is also prohibited in accordance with state and federal law.


In keeping with these statements, the following shall be objectives of CO River BOCES:


  1. To promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the state and federal constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations
  2. To encourage positive experiences in terms of human values for children and adults who have differing personal and family characteristics or who come from various socio- economic, racial, and ethnic groups
  3. To consider carefully, in all decisions made which affect Mountain BOCES, the potential benefits or adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all segments of society
  4. To utilize educational experiences to build each individual's pride in the community in which he or she lives
  5. To review all policies and practices of Mountain BOCES in order to achieve the objectives of this policy to the greatest extent  possible
  6. To investigate and appropriately discipline staff and students found to be responsible for incidents of harassment or discrimination in violation of Mountain BOCES policy


Annual Notice

CO River BOCES shall issue a written notice prior to the beginning of each school year that advises students, parents, employees, and the general public that the educational programs and activities and employment opportunities offered by CO River BOCES are offered without regard to race, color, sex (which includes marital status), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, disability, or need for special education services. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address, and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.


The notice shall be disseminated to persons with limited English language skills in the person’s own language.  It shall also be made available to persons who are visually or hearing  impaired.


The notice shall appear on a continuing basis in all CO River BOCES media containing general information, including teachers’ guides, school publications, annual letters to parents, recruitment materials, application forms, vacancy announcements, and personnel handbooks.

Harassment Is Prohibited

Harassment based on a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex (which includes marital status), sexual orientation, disability, or need for special education services is a form of discrimination prohibited by state and federal law. Preventing and remedying such harassment within CO River BOCES is essential to ensure a nondiscriminatory, safe environment in which students can learn, employees can work, and members of the public can access and receive the benefit of CO RiverBOCES facilities, programs, and services.  All such harassment by CO River BOCES employees, students, and third parties is strictly prohibited.


All CO River BOCES employees and students share the responsibility to ensure that harassment does not occur at any CO River BOCES school, on any Mountain BOCES property, at any CO River BOCES or school-sanctioned activity or event, or off school property when such conduct has a nexus to the school, or any CO River BOCES curricular or non-curricular activity or event.


For purposes of this policy, harassment is any unwelcome, hostile, and offensive verbal, written or physical conduct based on or directed at a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or need for special education services that: (1) results in physical, emotional, or mental harm, or damage to property; (2) is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or threatening environment; or

(3)        substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the programs and services. Board policy on sexual harassment (GBAA for employees and JBB* for students) will apply to complaints alleging sexual harassment.


Reporting Harassment

Any student who believes he or she has been a victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment as defined in this policy shall immediately report it to an administrator, coach, counselor, teacher, or compliance officer and file a formal complaint as set forth in the regulation that accompanies this policy.


Any employee, applicant for employment, or member of the public who believes he or she has been a victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment shall file a complaint with the compliance officer.


All students who witness such harassment shall immediately report it to an administrator or teacher. All employees who have such harassment reported to them shall promptly forward the report to an immediate supervisor or to the compliance officer.


All Mountain BOCES employees who witness such harassment shall take prompt and effective action to stop it, as prescribed by Mountain BOCES. Under certain circumstances, harassment may constitute child abuse that must be reported to proper authorities.

Interim CO River BOCES Action

When appropriate, CO River BOCES shall take interim measures during the investigation of a harassment report to protect the alleged subject of the harassment from further harassment or retaliation.


In cases involving potential criminal conduct, the compliance officer shall determine whether appropriate law enforcement officials should be notified.

CO River BOCES Action Following Investigation

CO River BOCES shall take appropriate action to end the unlawful harassment, to prevent its recurrence, to prevent retaliation against the individual making the report and anyone participating in the investigation, and to restore lost educational opportunities to the harassed student or employment opportunities to staff. In addition, any student or employee who engages in harassment of another student or employee shall be disciplined according to applicable CO River BOCES policies. Steps shall also be taken to ensure that victims of and witnesses to harassment are protected from retaliation. Further, students or employees who knowingly file false harassment complaints or give false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline up to and including suspension/expulsion for students and termination of employment.


No student, employee, or member of the public shall be subject to adverse treatment in retaliation for any good faith report of harassment under this policy. To the extent possible, all reports of harassment will be kept confidential. Upon determining that incidents of harassment are occurring in particular CO River BOCES settings or activities, CO River BOCES shall implement measures designed to remedy the problem in those areas or activities.

Notice And Training

To reduce harassment and ensure a respectful school or work environment, the administration is responsible for providing notice of this policy to all CO River BOCES schools and departments.

The policy and compliance process shall be incorporated into employee handbooks.


Students and CO River BOCES employees shall receive periodic training related to recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment. CO River BOCES employees shall receive additional training related to handling reports of harassment. The training will include but not be limited to:



 Adoption date:        May 20, 2010

Legal References: 20 U.S.C. § 1681 (Title VII, Education Amendments of 1972), 20 U.S.C. § 1701-1758 (Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972) 29 U.S.C. §621 et seq. (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967) 29 U.S.C. §701 et seq. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000d (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1972), 42 U.S.C. §2000e (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), 34 C.F.R. Part 100, C.R.S. 2-4-401 (13.5) (definition of sexual  orientation), C.R.S. 18-9-121 (bias-motivated crimes), C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(ll) (Board duty to adopt written policies prohibiting discrimination), C.R.S. 24-34-301 (7) (definition of sexual orientation), C.R.S. 24-34-301 et seq. (Colorado Civil Rights Division), C.R.S. 24-34-401 et seq. (discriminatory or unfair employment practices), C.R.S. 24-34-601 (unlawful discrimination in places of public accommodation), C.R.S. 24-34-602 (penalty and civil liability for unlawful discrimination)

Cross References: ACE, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; GBA, Open Hiring/Equal Employment Opportunity GBAA, Sexual Discrimination and Harassment; JB, Equal Educational  Opportunities; JBA, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex JBB*, Sexual Harassment


Athletic Officials and Athletic Contests


CO River BOCES/YMHS appreciates the work that officials do with our athletic programs. As officials, you can expect that:


As school officials, we can expect that:


For parents and spectators, we expect that:




Commitment to Safe Environment


As support to CO River BOCES/YMHS belief statements and athletic goals stated in the Athletic and Activities Handbook, coaches, YMHS Athletic Director, and activity sponsors in the CO River BOCES/YMHS are committed to providing an environment to support the “promotion of physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well being of students.” To that end, we require that:


The YMHS Athletic Director and the YMHS principal meet with coaches and sponsors at the beginning of each school year, and/or prior to the beginning of each sport or activity, to convey that we have a no tolerance policy for bullying, teasing, harassment, or hazing, not only in our schools, but in every aspect of school sponsored programs, online or via other electronic devices. This includes, but is not limited to such spaces as:

Coaches and sponsors are required to attend a clinic, to be held at each school, prior to the beginning of a season or activity that details the expectations the school and CO River BOCES/YMHS has for adults who work with students. The clinic will be conducted by the principal. Coaches and or sponsors who have not attended the clinic will not be allowed to work with students until attendance at the clinic has been verified. Following the clinic, coaches and sponsors are required to sign an agreement stating they understand the expectations outlined and will use their position to uphold the expectations of CO River BOCES/YMHS regarding student safety.


The following expectations will be included in the Coaching/Sponsor training:






 It is this school district’s philosophy that all athletic programs be an extension of the classroom and that learning is the “primary” objective for each program.



  We believe that....


CO River BOCES/YMHS supports the concept that a wide variety of athletics should be made available to all students. However, participation in athletics is a privilege and not a right. Athletics shall be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines:


  1. To emphasize sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
  2. To show courtesy and establish good relationships with visiting teams and officials.
  3. To respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials as well as rights of others.
  4. To develop leadership and good judgment by the players on the team.
  5. To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well being of the individual players.
  6. To remind everyone that an athletic contest is only a game -- not a matter of life or death for a player, coach, school, official, fan, or community member.
  7.  To promote understanding of the rules essential to playing the game and emphasize the value of playing by the rules.
  8.  To improve the individual’s ability to work within the framework of a team.
  9.  To demonstrate and appreciate the values of teamwork.


Athletes should remember that the school and the coaches devote a considerable amount of effort to provide them with an interscholastic athletic program. For this reason, athletes owe YMHS, their member district school, and their teammates a great deal of loyalty. Athletes should relinquish their place on the team if they cannot be loyal to YMHS athletics, their representation of their member district school, coaches, themselves and their team.



These programs are focused towards the development of life skills and fundamentals necessary for the participation on the varsity level.  The coach of any sub-varsity program should emphasize development of areas needing improvement on an individual and team basis. The coach will be encouraged to play as many athletes as possible. However, CO River BOCES/YMHS acknowledges that once qualification for the particular team has been met, practice time is the only surety.  Coaches will then play those members that, in the coach’s opinion, are ready for actual interscholastic participation.

 n/a VARSITY PROGRAMS (future teams)

These programs are focused towards the competitive level that is required by the league and state classification. The coach will be required to place on the ice, courts or the fields the most competitive team available. The School District acknowledges that wins and losses are a part of the game; yet, the expectation of our coaches is that our teams are well-prepared and competitive.



The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) rules have the best interest of all students in mind. These rules are published in the CHSAA handbook and selected rules are summarized here.


CO River BOCES/YMHS has established rules that cannot supersede CHSAA. The rules of the school district govern behavior and in-house problems such as attendance at contests, use of drugs and/or alcohol, and unsportsmanlike conduct.



For the purpose of this handbook, a competitor is defined as an athlete in a CHSAA sanctioned program, or any sport that participates in an out-of-school competition. This would include all interscholastic athletics. To be eligible to represent YMHS in any athletics, an athlete:

  1. Must abide by all rules of the CHSAA, National Federation, USA Hockey, and District High Schools.
  2.  Must meet the member district school building Principal’s, the YMHS Principal’s and/or all YMHS Athletic Director’s standards of conduct and sportsmanship.
  3. Must be an undergraduate of a school; and have attended no more than eight (8) consecutive semesters after the start of the declaration of CHSAA 9th grade status.
  4. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 courses after the start of the declaration of CHSAA 9th grade status.






Athletes failing one (1) class at the end of a semester/trimester will be ineligible to compete for the succeeding semester/trimester. Ineligible athletes may regain eligibility in the following manner:

  1. Except for 1st semester/trimester ninth (9th) graders, an athlete who fails two (2) classes at the semester/trimester will regain eligibility according to the CHSAA eligibility dates. These dates are the sixth Thursday following Labor Day for the 1st semester/trimester, on the Tuesday following MLK Day for 2nd trimester, and on the Friday immediately prior to March 10th for the 2nd  semester or 3rd trimester.  Students, who are not currently participating, may regain eligibility according to the CHSAA regulations regarding the reinstatement of eligibility.

  1. Must complete all make-up work prior to the close of a semester/trimester for the purpose of becoming eligible.

  1. Courses taken after the close of the 2nd  semester or 3rd trimester may be used to replace any units failed. Equivalent courses taken must be accepted by the school toward graduation. The equivalent units must be completed by the Thursday prior to Labor Day. Units made up through units must be in the same curricula area and be accepted to meet graduation requirements of classes previously failed.


Additionally, during the period of participation, the high school athlete may not fail any two classes. Eligibility is checked on a weekly basis. Any athlete failing two classes at the end of the week may be required to practice, but will not be allowed to compete. Although academic eligibility must be considered on a week-to-week basis, it should be calculated on a cumulative basis for the semester/trimester (e.g. if a student has passing grades for the first four weeks of a grading period, but receives a failing grade during the fifth week, he/she would still be eligible to compete if his/her grade for the total five weeks was a passing grade.)


Non-District Student participation in Athletics and Activities

In the event that State Law requires the School District to accept out-of-district students, each student would be eligible to participate in the school offering the program that is closest to the sending school.


A high school athlete is eligible to enter interscholastic competition if his/her 19th birthday falls on or after August 1. A student will be declared a CHSAA athlete when they would have chronologically become a 9th grader, or 9 years after they enrolled in Kindergarten. Transfer students will keep their status from their previous district, or will be declared based on their starting enrollment in their Kindergarten year.

EXCEPTION:         An undergraduate who exceeds the age limit by no more than one year may become eligible to participate in all or part of the upcoming school year under the following conditions:

  1. The student experienced a delayed start or interruption in his/her educational progression through the eighth grade due to an identified profound handicap. For the purposes of this exception, handicapped shall be defined as follows:
  1. Persons, who by reason of one or more of the following conditions, are unable to receive reasonable benefit from ordinary education: long term physical impairment or illness; significant limited intellectual capacity; significant identifiable emotional disorder; identifiable perceptual or communicative disorders; or speech disorders.
  1. The Principal of the school, on behalf of the student, presents a formal request for an exception to the Commissioner.
  2. The Commissioner, upon examination of all documents, may grant approval of the exception for any part of the school year. Under no conditions may approval be granted for participation in more than four seasons (three in a 3-year high school) in a specific activity if the student requires an exception to the consecutive or total semester rule.
  3. In a CO River BOCES/YMHS school, an athlete is eligible to compete for eight (8) consecutive semesters. (Cases involving unusual circumstances must be submitted to the YMHS Athletic Director.)
  4. In a CO River BOCES/YMHS school, an athlete is eligible to compete in 4 seasons in a particular sport.


School Attendance Requirements

 All athletes are expected to demonstrate regular and punctual attendance at school.

  1. If an athlete has an unauthorized absence from school he/she will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled competition for that week.
  2. When athletes are absent from school for more than one-half of the day, or any afternoon classes, they will not be allowed to participate in events for that day. Exceptions to this will be an appointment that cannot be scheduled at another time or an excused absence other than illness. If an athlete is absent because of an illness, the sponsor or school administrator may refuse the student to participate in the event. A student absence because of illness MUST inform the school of the illness by 9:00 A.M. and be in school by the start of afternoon classes to participate in competition and practices on that day.


Practice Attendance Requirements

  1. All athletes must attend regular team practices.
  2. The coach must give permission before a student may miss any practice session. The athlete is responsible for notifying the coach in person or via telephone, of his/her reason for being absent from a practice session prior to the practice time.
  3. Unexcused absences from practice will be dealt with by each specific coach. Unexcused absences from practice may result in the student being dismissed from participation.
  4.  If an athlete is injured and attending school, he/she will be required to attend and watch all practices and should be in continual contact with the team trainer and/or physician. An athlete who has seen a doctor due to an injury, must provide a written medical clearance to return to practice.
  5. An athlete will not be allowed to change to another sport between schools (e.g. from basketball to wrestling) after two weeks of that activity season unless both coaches agree to the change. Athletes must come out for a sport within the first five (5) days of practice for the sport unless an exception is granted by the coach and Principal.  Unless it is school excused, athletes must go out for their sport at the beginning of the season. There is a two-day grace period at the beginning of the season. For 3-5 days late, the athlete will miss the first contest, for more than 5 days (if allowed to go out) the athlete will miss the first two contests. Students will not be allowed to go out for a team once the cuts have been made (if applicable).
  6. When an athlete has been suspended from a sport, he/she shall not be allowed to participate in another sport during that sport season.
  7. Athletes wanting to participate in 2 sports during the same season will be strongly discouraged.
  1. Athletes and their parents will meet with both coaches and the all Athletic Directors, YMHS & member district school prior to the season.
  2. The athlete should choose a primary and a secondary sport.
  3. A practice (as defined by CHSAA) and competition schedule must be agreed upon by all parties.
  4. An athlete will not quit a primary sport to compete in the secondary sport. If the athlete quits the primary sport, he/she will not be able to practice or compete in the secondary sport until the conclusion of the primary sport season.
  5.  The athlete will pay the fees for both sports as defined by the schools.



The general awards rule applies only to those athletics sponsored by CHSAA. An athlete may not accept any award except those presented by his/her school, CHSAA, or a group approved by his/her school or CHSAA. The award may not exceed $50 in value. Do not confuse the awards rule with the amateur rule which appears below.


The amateur rule applies to those athletic activities which are recognized by the CHSAA as part of the interscholastic program. A member of a high school ice hockey team, for example, may not accept cash awards in sports not sanctioned by the CHSAA (e.g. bowling or rodeo). Students should be aware that although accepting cash in non- sanctioned sports does not endanger their high school eligibility, it could endanger their status with other amateur groups or governing bodies.


In order to retain amateur status, high school athletes must  not:

  1. Compete with professionals as a member of the same team or against a team composed all or in part of professionals.
  2. Accept money or sign a professional contract.
  3. Compete under an assumed name
  4. Accept an award in a non-school activity and convert it to cash.


NOTE:  Playing with, or against professionals in golf or tennis is excluded from Section 1. In these sports, the amateur rules of the United States Golf Association and the United States Tennis Association will be in effect from the closing date or the sports season to the time the individual reports from practice in the succeeding year.



 Residence Transfer

  1. The residence transfer rule addresses athletic eligibility only as it relates to transfer. Rules related to age, semesters, academic requirements and other CHSAA by-laws may result in a residentially eligible student being declared ineligible.
  2.  A student entering high school for the first time (9th grade - 4 yr., 10th grade - 3 yr.) shall be eligible for all interscholastic athletic competition.
  3.  A student who transfers schools with an accompanying change of domicile by the parents or legal guardians (bonafide family move) into the new school’s attendance area shall be eligible for all interscholastic competition.
  4.  Students who have not participated in an interscholastic contest or scrimmage in a specific sport at any level (varsity, junior varsity, freshman) during the 12 calendar months preceding the date of transfer shall be eligible at all levels in that sport.
  5. A student may transfer schools without an accompanying change of domicile by the parents or legal guardians provided he/she enrolls in the new school at the beginning of the school year.



ELIGIBILITY BELOW THE VARSITY LEVEL - A student declared ineligible based on Section 4(A) & (B) may be granted sub-varsity eligibility following the approval of a restricted residence waiver by the CHSAA Commissioner. The waiver must be signed by the Principals of the sending and receiving schools.


UNDUE INFLUENCE - RECRUITED STUDENTS - A student who transfers schools because of the recruiting efforts of school athletic staff members and/or school representatives of athletic interests (as defined in the by-laws) shall be declared ineligible for a period of time to be determined by the Commissioner. Such period may exceed one year.


Hardship Consideration

 The Commissioner, after receiving the recommendation of the school, the league and the sending school, may grant eligibility for transfer due to hardship. HARDSHIP DEFINED -- A hardship is an unforeseeable, unavoidable and uncorrectable act, condition or event which causes the imposition of severe and non-athletic burden upon the student or his/her family.

  1.  This is to include the case of orphans, children of overseas military transfers, foreign exchange students, children who are wards of the state or of a court and children from broken home.
  2. No considerations for waiver may be granted if doing so the action would result in a student who was ineligible in the sending school becoming eligible in the receiving school.
  3.  Hardship appeals must be processed by the Principal of the receiving school on the appropriate CHSAA form and in concert with the specific guidelines.
  4.  Waiver approval may be obtained from the league with a documented phone or fax
  5.  In the event either Principal declines to approve said waiver, the Principal must delineate in writing the reasons for denial. The student by way of the Principal of the receiving school may appeal to the Commissioner. Each case shall be reviewed on an individual basis.


Penalty for Player Unsportmamlike Conduct- Ejection

Any player who has been disqualified from a game or contest for committing any unsportsmanlike act shall be disqualified for the remainder of that game or contest.


In addition, the player shall be ineligible for the next game or contest of the same level (junior varsity, or varsity). If such ejection occurs in the final match or contest of the season, then that player shall be ineligible for the first game or contest of the next season of sport that player elects to play.


Any player ejected from a second game or contest during the same season shall be ineligible for the next two games or contests of the same level.


Any player ejected from a third game or contest during the same season shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by the Commissioner. He/she may not take part in any other games or contests at any level during this time.


Any player leaving the bench area when a fight occurs during a game or contest will be ejected for the remainder of the game or contest. Player ejection will carry over to the next game or contest.


Taunting is considered as any action(s) or comment(s) by coaches, players or spectators which are intended to bait, anger, embarrass, ridicule or demean others, whether or not the deeds or works are vulgar or racist. Game officials shall, in all sports, follow the rules set forth by the National Federation for each sport. Penalties under these rules may include ejection or other penalties for flagrant unsportsmanlike offenses. Taunting in all sports and/or activities is an unsportsmanlike offense which may result in a game ejection with penalties as outlined in the student ejection policy.



Coach Ejection

A coach ejected from a game is automatically placed on probation according to policies established by the Executive Committee (for necessary action by the school administration, see CHSAA by-law 2420.11).








At School:

At Practice:

At Games/Contests:



Players certified to participate as members of any high school sport team may compete on any other team, in any non-school activity or event in that sport during that sports season with the express written permission of the YMHS Principal or YMHS Athletic Director.

Permission shall be granted if:


NOTE: A student becomes a member of his/her high school team when he/she reports out for practice and is in contention for a berth on the team: when he/she has been issued the necessary equipment for game competition; or when he/she has been certified to another school as eligible to participate.





 No practices for YMHS athletics are permitted on Sundays during the school year, or during the period from December 24 to December 27th  and January 1, inclusive.  Practice includes any gathering of team members as the YMHS Grizzly team. Athletes are advised not to jeopardize their team’s eligibility for district and state competition by practicing on Sunday or during Winter Vacation.  Any scheduled practices from December 28th through December 31st are voluntary.


Note: No coach may have contact with any of his/her school’s Athletes from December 24 to December 27 and January 1 or in Sundays.


 It is the philosophy of the CHSAA that the summer belongs to the student. Coaches who have claimed the student's time and loyalty throughout the school year should not force him/her to continue training during the vacation period. Specialized sports camps are permissible under the provisions, listed below; but NO STUDENT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CAMP, WEIGHT-TRAINING PROGRAM, OR COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY as a condition of competing during the regular season. Students who attend camps or weight training programs are expected to adhere to school policy and athletic expectations that are required during the regular school year. It is violation of these rules for a coach to tell an athlete that he/she must appear at any such sessions (or for the coach to imply that he/she will not participate during the following year if he/she does not attend.) Athletes should report any such violations to their Principal or GSYHA/YMHS Athletic Director.



  1. An athlete may not attend a specialized camp or clinic in which his/her coach or any faculty member of his/her school is involved during the period from December 24 to January 1.
  2.  Violations of the rules involving specialized sports camps could result in the loss of an athlete’s eligibility and his/her team’s disqualification from district and/or state playoffs.
  3.  Coaches shall not require participation in a specialized sport camp as a precondition to participation in high school athletics.
  4.  Students who attend camps or weight training programs are expected to adhere to school policy and athletic expectations that are required during the regular school year.



 A scrimmage is the meeting of any number of individuals or teams from two or more high schools on a single date for participating under the conditions enumerated below:


A school in each sanctioned sport will be permitted two scrimmage dates.


ATHLETES IN SCRIMMAGES -- All athletes in interscholastic scrimmages must have completed nine days of practice in the sport they are representing. (See Nine-Day Practice Rule).


Scrimmages may not be held with non-high school teams or individuals. All athletes in interscholastic scrimmages must be eligible in accordance with “General Eligibility” of the Administrative and General By-laws, and must be eligible in all other ways.


No score may be kept as instruction is the primary reason for a scrimmage. The scrimmage may not be advertised and no admission may be charged. No officials may be paid.


Before competing in an interscholastic game, contest or scrimmage, each competitor must have a minimum of five (5) days (excluding Sundays) of supervised practice in that sport. Practice days with double sessions are counted as one day at practice. Practice must be with the rest of the team -- not one coach and one athlete working out together.


EXCEPTION: Athletes in state playoff games completed less than five (5) days before the start of the next competitive season are exempted from this requirement.


In order to participate in athletics, each athlete must file with the Principal, or his/her designee, a statement signed by the athlete’s parents (or legal guardian) and a practicing physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant certifying that the athlete has passed an adequate athletic examination within the past year, and has his/her parent’s permission to participate.


If at any time during participation, a doctor removes an athlete from participation because of illness or injury, the athlete must have a written release from a doctor before participating again. NOTE: The release may be satisfied if upon removal the doctor specifies the duration of the student’s restriction from participation.


Prior to participating a student must be insured either through school authorized insurance, be insured by a private insurance company or wave rights and liability of insurance. Prior to participation the insurance company name and policy number must be filed with school (online registration). Parents/Guardians are responsible for making certain that their child(ren) is/are adequately insured.


An emergency card containing all pertinent emergency information about each athlete MUST be on file. This card will be in possession of the head coach during contests and/or the athletic trainer during practices and games. Please ensure all registration information is up to date as emergency cards will be printed from the online registration.



YMHS athletic programs are participant fee funded programs. Athletic fees, gate receipts and fund raising are an essential source of revenue for athletic programs, therefore:


  1. For the Ice Hockey program, YMHS-CHSAA fees will be collected by the school by the team manager. THE YMHS Principal will establish the portion of the fee designated at YMHS-CHSAA fee and identify this fee distinctly. The office will provide each family an email confirmation receipt once the YMHS-CHSAA fee has been provided for their athlete from GSYHA.
  2. Other YMHS-CHSAA activity fees will be paid directly to the school
  3. YMHS-CHSAA fee is to be paid or waived prior to an athlete participating in practice in any athletic program.
  4. Students with financial need may request a waiver of the fee through the Principal or YMHS-CHSAA Athletic Director of YMHS. In order to qualify for a waiver, the student must qualify for the free or reduced lunch program through their member district school district and provide verification to YMHS. Those students on reduced lunches will pay half YMHS-CHSAA fee and those on free lunch program will have the YMHS-CHSAA fee  waived.
  5. After the initial tryout period, the YMHS-CHSAA fee is non-refundable.

EXCEPTION: Extenuating circumstances may be appealed to the Principal, YMHS Athletic Director and coach (appeal committee).



  1. Any athlete that has not returned equipment/uniforms from the previous sport will not be issued equipment for the current sport.
  2. Ice Hockey equipment is provided by the participant (equipment waiver must be completed in registration)
  3. Athletes are not to wear school issued uniforms (jerseys, warm-ups, etc.) except for practice and games. They are not to be worn in school or out of school except on days set by the coach.


 All injuries are to be reported to the coach/athletic trainer regardless of how minor they may seem to be. The coach will administer first aid and/or arrange for emergency medical care. The coach is responsible for contacting the parents/guardians of the student when, in his/her judgment, the injury may require medical treatment.


Vacations during an athletic/activity season are disruptive to the team and thus discouraged. Parents/students wishing to do so may wish to reassess their commitment to athletics. In the event an absence due to a vacation is unavoidable, a student must:

  1. Contact the head coach prior to the vacation.
  2. Practice one day for each day missed prior to resuming competition.
  3. Be willing to assume the consequences related to their status on that  team.


PROCEDURES FOR “CUTTING” IN ATHLETIC PROGRAMS          Our general philosophy at MT BOCES/YMHS is to encourage all students to be involved in activities and to try to provide adequate programs and coaching for all students who want to participate. In the event that the number of students trying to make a team exceeds the safety and comfort level of the coaching staff and/or the number of spots available for participation with the maximum number of coaches employed, the following procedure will be followed in establishing a priority for “cutting”.


Criteria will include but not be limited to the following:

  1.  Knowledge of the sport
  2. Game skills
  3. Attitude and Sportsmanship


Specific criteria will be developed by the coaches for each athletic or other activity subject to review and approval by the YMHS Principal and/or GSYHA/YMHS Athletic Director at the start of each season.


After a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 practice days, a team roster will be determined by the coach and submitted to the Athletic  Director.


In order of priority for being “cut” first:

  1. Senior students trying out for a team and not making the varsity level, where they will be used regularly during the season.  

NOTE: Seniors will not be allowed to participate at the sub varsity level, unless no varsity team is available (with the exception that the need to fill a team roster to avoid cancellation of games).

  1. Any student of any level whose attitude, work ethic, training ethic or behavior is judged to be of a potentially negative nature to the team or to other individual team members.
  2. After determining the maximum number of spots on J.V. and Varsity teams, junior students whose abilities are rated lower than the abilities of those listed in the maximum number of spots taken on the squads.
  3. After determining the maximum number of spots on J.V. and Varsity teams, sophomore students whose abilities are rated lower than the abilities of those listed in the maximum number of spots taken on the teams.
  4. After dividing the freshman team into the maximum number of “sub- teams” to allow for an equal participation by all students, freshman students whose abilities are rated lower than the abilities of those listed in the maximum number of spots on the freshman team.


If cuts are necessary the coach of that team is expected to discuss the action with each athlete, providing feedback in strengths, skill level, and specific reasons for the decision.


In all cases of cuts made prior to the beginning of the regular season, a full refund of the YMHS-CHSAA athletic fee will be made to the family of the student. Any refund or proration of YMHS-CHSAA fees after the start of the regular season will be made according to these guidelines and at the discretion of the Principal or GSYHA/YMHS Athletic Director.


Individuals wanting to try-out after the original starting date may not be guaranteed a try- out. The final decision will be made by the Principal and GSYHA/YMHS Athletic Director.




It is CO River BOCES/Yampah Mountain High School procedure that parents/guardians* are welcome to observe practice sessions. Observing practice is discouraged until after the cuts have been made (when applicable).


A successful team, in large part, is the result of the development of the relationship between the coach and his/her athletes and their parents. It is recognized that there is the need for a parent to be a part of the program, and it is important to define a way to meet the needs of both the parent and the team in a way that is mutually beneficial. Practice time is limited and very valuable. With concentrated effort and attention, a team can achieve a great deal.


Athletics are an extension of the classroom, therefore, the observers need to be as unobtrusive as possible. Because any break in routine is a distraction, the coach will designate an area he/she feels will be the least disruptive. The observer will be asked to remain in that area. Any interaction or distraction of the student athletes and/or coach will not be permitted before, during or after practice. Any parent wanting to speak with the coach about a concern, is expected to call and/or make an appointment for a meeting at a mutually convenient time to both coach and parent.


*NOTE: To prevent scouting, individuals wanting to observe practice will be limited to parents/guardians, unless otherwise approved by the head coach.


 Parents and coaches are two of the most important role models in a student’s life, and clear communication between these individuals is essential. The guidelines listed below are intended to clarify school expectations for this relationship.


Communication that Parents Expect from Coaches:

  1. Philosophy of the coach.

  2. Expectations the coach has for the student and the team.

  3.  Location and times of all practices and games.

  4. Team requirement: i.e. practices, special equipment, out-of-season training.

  5. Procedures to follow should the student be injured during participation.

  6. Disciplinary action that may result in the student being denied the right to participate.

Communication that Coaches Expect from Parents:

  1. Concerns regarding a coach’s decision, philosophy and/or expectations.
  2. Notification of any illness or injuries or missed practices.
  3. Other information regarding the health, wellness and safety of the student/athlete.

 Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches:

  1. Treatment of the student, emotionally and physically.
  2. Ways to help the student improve.
  3. Concerns about the student’s behavior.


It can be very difficult for a parent/guardian to accept that their student is not playing as much as the parent/guardian hopes. Coaches understand this concern. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all students involved. The amount of participation time is at the discretion of the coach. As you have seen from the above list, certain things can and should be discussed with your coach. Other things, such as those listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.


Issues NOT Appropriate to Discuss with Coaches:

  1. Other student athletes regarding participation or skills.
  2. Team strategy.
  3. Play calling.
  4. Personnel Decisions – Personnel decisions regarding hiring or retention of

coaches are made by the YMHS Athletic Director and the Principal. While parents’ views of the coach’s ability or conduct may differ from that of those responsible for evaluation and hiring, the final decision rests with YMHS Principal, the YMHS Athletic Director and ultimately, CO River  BOCES.



It is inevitable, because of the nature of high school athletics, that student athletes or their parents and coaches are going to have disagreements. CO River BOCES/YMHS would encourage parents to resolve conflicts in a respectful manner. Our goal would be to resolve any and all conflicts at the immediate school/athletic activity level, therefore the following conflict resolution plan must be followed in sequence. Please do not attempt to confront a coach immediately before, during or after a contest. These can be emotional times for both parents and coaches.  Meetings of this nature do not promote conflict resolution.


It is important that problems and concerns be addressed as soon as possible. At times coaches may be difficult to contact, however, YMHS has an YMHS Athletic Director who is available when coaches are not.  We encourage student athletes to contact the appropriate coach or YMHS Athletic Director immediately when problems arise. If satisfaction is not found at this level, the Principal or YMHS Athletic Director will work with parents and coaches to meet and present their concerns and problems to the CO River BOCES Executive Director


The following sequence is the preferred way when dealing with conflicts:

  1. Student athlete and coach/head coach.
  2. Student athlete and YMHS Athletic Director.
  3. Student athlete, parent, coach and YMHS Athletic Director.
  4. Student athlete, parent and YMHS Athletic Director.
  5. Coach and MHS Athletic Director.
  6.  Student athlete, parent, Principal, YMHS Athletic Director, coach.
  7. Student athlete, parent, Principal, YMHS Athletic Director, coach and  Executive Director.



Participation in athletics as a part of a school’s educational program is a privilege and not a right. Students wishing to participate are required to meet standards of personal behavior and academic performance, which are related to school purposes.  In this regard, CHSAA and its member schools may exercise the fullest discretion permitted by law. Athletes in extra-curricular activities must respect the school’s ideals in matters of citizenship, conduct, and sportsmanship. Therefore, any individual athlete or team that participates in competition is subject to the following code of conduct requirements.


The school endorses and supports choices for healthy lifestyles that do not include the use of tobacco products, illegal drugs, underage and illegal alcohol consumption, or other unlawful behavior. MT BOCES/YMHS promotes healthy living through instruction of the CO State Standards Health Education as well as by modeling healthy living through our athletic programs.


The school encourages the coaching staff to regularly discuss and promote these healthy lifestyle choices for the benefit of our students. Additionally, opportunities for discussion and clarification of current practice and policy regarding these issues must be provided. At the very minimum, these discussions shall take place at the beginning of each season* for athletes.


These policies will be enforced from the date of the first practice through the end of that season the following year, excluding summers, with the exception of coach-supervised summer camps. Handbooks will be discussed at the first organizational meeting and contracts will be signed before the first practice.


Individual coaches may institute a code of conduct that exceeds policy requirement through a written agreement between the athlete, parent and the YMHS Athletic Director.







*Season is defined: From the first practice until completion of state playoffs in that sport.





The use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed to the student or administered by a physician, parent or guardian or illegal drugs is strictly forbidden. The intention is that students take the initiative to remove themselves from potentially dangerous situations.  Therefore, students need to find ways to get themselves out of these situations.  Athletes involved in situations in which drugs or alcohol are present must excuse themselves and leave immediately, or they will be considered in violation of this contract. It is expected that athletes who find themselves in a situation in which they are unable to leave safely must notify parents, school officials, or police immediately.


While the school understands that students feel obligated to give aid to others who have participated in illegal consumption of illegal substances, there is the possibility that serving as a designated driver could result in an unintended consequence of danger or liability for students. At all times, CO River BOCES/YMHS encourages students to rely on responsible adults for assistance.



For Athletes:

All students are permitted an out of season opportunity to self-report a violation of the drug and alcohol policy.  This will result in a “no consequence” outcome. This opportunity exists only once in a 4 year period of CHSAA eligibility. Students utilizing this opportunity, must report this incident to the YMHS Athletic Director, YMHS Principal or member district school Principal at the first available opportunity during the next school day. The school official will contact the parent/guardian to inform them of this opportunity being utilized.

Students who violate this policy during a season in which they are participating are not eligible to letter, nor will they be eligible for postseason awards in that sport season. Additionally, with this option all consequences are considered completed at the end of the season with no carry-over into the next season. Out-of-season athletes choosing this option will serve their suspension during the next season of participation. Students who do wish to complete their suspension during the current school-year are encouraged to join and complete another sport during the current school year.


  1. First Violation
  1. Will result in a loss of athletic eligibility accordingly: Ice Hockey– 3 games/consecutive contests** and participate in the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study or other approved course to remain on the team. Students may be required to continue to practice with the team during this time. Students who violate this policy while in season are not eligible to letter nor will they be eligible for postseason awards. Students may also be required to follow procedures at their member district school. An athlete under first violation may exercise the following option:
  2. Another option for the first violation the athlete chooses to complete an outside school approved drug and alcohol class paid for by parent or guardian and provides proof of registration to the YMHS Athletic Director or YMHS Principal and/or meets with the YMHS Drug and Alcohol Counselor to enroll in the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study prior to the 2nd game after the incident, the loss of eligibility will be as follows: Ice Hockey– 1 game/contest.

  1. Second Violation
  1. Will result in termination of athletic eligibility for the remainder of the current season AND again enroll and participate in the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study or other approved course to remain on the team. Students who do not complete either the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study or other approved course for a second violation will no longer be eligible to play for YMHS Grizzlies any season. Students will also be required to follow rules of violation at their member district school regarding sports at the member district school.
  2. Another option for an athlete with a second violation is to choose to provide to the school a drug and alcohol evaluation, paid for by the parent or guardian as well as enroll AND again enroll and participate in the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study or other approved course (i.e. YouthZone) to remain on the team prior to the 2nd game after the incident. An athlete choosing this option will serve the following consequences: Ice Hockey – 3 consecutive games/contests.

  1. Third Violation
  1. Will result in termination of athletic eligibility for the remainder of the current sport season plus the next three sport seasons and any policies and procedures at the member district school.***
  2. Another option for an athlete with a third violation is to choose to provide to

the school a drug and alcohol evaluation, paid for by the parent or guardian, participate in UA weekly testing during the activity season prior to first or next  practice, paid for by the parent or guardian with results provided to YMHS AND again enroll and participate in the YMHS Drug & Alcohol study or other approved course (i.e. YouthZone) to remain on the team prior to the end of the season after the incident, plus the athlete will serve the following consequences in the next season of participation.An athlete choosing this option will serve the following consequences: Ice Hockey– 3 consecutive games/contests, if more than 3 consecutive games/contests were served in the pervious season, 2 consecutive games/contest in the new season of the sport.

NOTE: Options adhere with YMHS Restorative Justice practices to discipline issues.

**Games/Contest is defined: Scrimmages are not considered contest

***Sport Season is defined:  Fall, Winter, Spring.



  1. ALL athletes participating in YMHS athletics or activities are expected to follow the codes of conduct at all member district schools. Member district school behavior consequences will be followed and may be in addition to any outline by the YMHS Principal.

  1. Student athletes are important representatives of our schools and the community and have a responsibility to behave in a manner consistent with their role as positive role models for others. Students charged with violations of the law other than traffic offenses that result in confirmed involvement in misdemeanor or felony activities will fall under the code of conduct.

  1. In season athletes suspended for behavioral or attendance problems will result in the loss of eligibility for all games/contests during the suspension served (designated by the member district school or YMHS Principal for student not enrolled in another member district school) and directly after the suspension is served. The YMHS Principal or YMHS Athletic Director may also suspend eligibility for conduct which violates CHSAA citizenship standards.

  1.  All athletes traveling on a YMHS bus or van to an athletic event must return home with the team. An athlete may be released to his/her parents or legal guardians upon signing the parent release form that the coach has at the site. Athletes may not be released to anyone other than their parents even if a note is given, unless the student did not travel to the game/contest with the team (requires coach permission).



To support the policies of the CO River  BOCES/YMHS, athletes are expected to agree to the following behavior that promotes physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well- being of all students:




 The Board of Education recognizes the importance of parent and community involvement in all aspects of our educational and extracurricular programming. Volunteers contribute to the success of our schools and allow schools to expand many programs and activities.


A volunteer is defined as someone who is not employed by the school district, and who, for no compensation, wishes to be involved in school activities or programs four (4) or more times during the school year, or who wishes to participate in overnight school activities. School activities or programs include but are not limited to such activities as instructional support in the school, academic programs outside the school day such as before and after school programs, office support, field trips, music or drama productions, academic or extracurricular teams, athletic practices or events.


Our goal as a district is to encourage volunteerism on every level, while taking all possible precautions to ensure that volunteers with whom students come in contact have met the safety and compliance standards required of all employees of CO River BOCES/YMHS. Adults in schools with whom students become familiar take on the role of being a person in a position of trust. To ensure that trust is merited, CO River BOCES/YMHS feels a responsibility to our students and parents to use the most effective means at our disposal to guard our students’ safety.


To that end we require that:

  1. Any volunteer who will be in schools, or associated with any school program in any capacity four or more times during the year, or who plans to participate in overnight activities, will submit fingerprints to allow for a background check at the expense of the volunteer or as designated by the program or activity. Overnight events or overnight trips that occur on an infrequent basis and include all parents and their children do not apply for the purpose of this policy.
  2. Administrators of each school will maintain records of volunteers and their number of visits to the school, program or activity.
  3. All volunteers comply with all policies and regulations set forth by Mt BOCES/YMHS that involve the safety of students.
  4. All volunteers sign in at the office when entering a school.
  5. All volunteers work under the direction and supervision of a school employee.

CO River BOCES                                                                                                                                                  File: JJH

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Specific guidelines and appropriate administrative procedures shall be developed to screen, approve, and evaluate student activity trips and to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken for the safety of the participants. These guidelines and procedures shall ensure that all student activity trips have the approval of the Executive Director and the principal.

Adoption date:        November 18, 2010

Legal  References:   C.R.S. 13-22-107 (parental liability waivers), C.R.S. 40-10-116 (1)(b)

Cross References:     EEAG, Student Transportation in Private Vehicles, IJOA, Field Trips