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 McGown
A SCHOOL OF COLORADO RIVER BOCES
“THE GRIZZ” ATHLETIC/ACTIVITIES HANDBOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY
CO River BOCES/YMHS Belief Statements
State and District Rules
General Eligibility Rules
Age and Attendance Requirements
General Awards Rule
Athletic Amateur Status
Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Fighting
Attitudes, Appearance and Behavior of MT BOCES/YMHS
Athletes and Spectators
Outside Competition and Practice
ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Sunday, Winter Vacation Practice
Nine-Day Practice Rule
Physical Examination/Parent Permission
Insurance Emergency Cards
YMHS-CHSAA Athletic Fee Assessment
Procedures for “Cutting” in Athletic Programs
Observing Practice Sessions
Communication and Conflicts
ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
Tobacco, Drugs & Alcohol Policy
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:
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.
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
CO River BOCES/YMHS
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:
CO River BOCES/YMHS
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:
CO River BOCES/YMHS ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY
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.
CO River BOCES/YMHS BELIEF STATEMENTS
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:
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.
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.
STATE AND DISTRICT RULES
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.
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY RULES
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:
ATHLETES WILL BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SET FOR BY THEIR MEMBER DISTRICT SCHOOLS. YMHS COACHES WILL CHECK ELIGIBILITY WITH MEMBER DISTRICT SCHOOLS ON A WEEKLY BASIS.
FOR PURPOSE OF ATHLETES ENROLLED AT YMHS, MEMBER DISTRICT SCHOOLED OR OTHER SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS:
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:
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.
AGE AND ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
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:
School Attendance Requirements
All athletes are expected to demonstrate regular and punctual attendance at school.
Practice Attendance Requirements
GENERAL AWARDS RULE
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.
ATHLETIC AMATEUR STATUS
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: ANY PLAYER EJECTED FROM A CONTEST FOR AN UNSPORTSMAN- LIKE ACT WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ALL CONFERENCE HONORS.
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).
POLICY ON FIGHTING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION
Fighting in any contest shall be construed to consist of: AN INVITATION TO FIGHT -- CLOSELY FOLLOWING AN OPPONENT DURING A DISTURBANCE AND MAKING ANY TAUNTING GESTURES OR SOUNDS -- PUNCHING OR SLUGGING WITH FISTS WHETHER OR NOT A PUNCH IS LANDED -WRESTLING OR TACKLING AN OPPONENT OUTSIDE A LEGAL PLAY SITUATION.
CO River BOCES/YMHS
ATTITUDES, APPEARANCE & BEHAVIOR
OF ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS
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.
ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
SPECIALIZED SPORTS CAMPS
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.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION/PARENT PERMISSION
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:
EXCEPTION: Extenuating circumstances may be appealed to the Principal, YMHS Athletic Director and coach (appeal committee).
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:
Criteria will include but not be limited to the following:
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:
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).
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.
OBSERVING PRACTICE SESSIONS
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.
PARENT – COACH COMMUNICATION
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:
Communication that Coaches Expect from Parents:
Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches:
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:
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.
COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICTS
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:
ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
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.
CO RIVER BOCES/YMHS
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ATHLETIC ACTIVITY POLICY
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.
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.
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.
EXPECTED BEHAVIORS OF ATHLETES
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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:
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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