BEVERLY HIGH SCHOOL

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

PROCEDURE MANUAL

Principal: Betty Taylor

Athletic Director: Dan Keefe

Secretary: Linda Zambouras

Trainer: Charla Bouranis

978-921-6141

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ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT BEVERLY HIGH SCHOOL

RULES, REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES

Athlete & Parent Guide

The material outlined in this guide defines the interscholastic athletic policies and procedures for all students participating in our high school program. The information is intended to provide you with a better understanding of the Athletic Department’s philosophy, goals and policies.  Participation on an athletic team can be a rewarding educational experience.  It is important that students realize; the time demands, responsibility, dedication and sacrifices required when making this commitment.

Program Goals

Emphasis is on the development of basic skills, appropriate attitudes, values and team concepts. Participation at the varsity level is generally limited to the most highly skilled players and those with the ability to interact with other players for team success. Assessments will be made by the coach relative to the level of play, (V, JV, or Freshman), most beneficial to the development and progress of each player. It should be understood that playing time could be limited by the strategy of the game, coach’s discretion and certain conditions.                                                          

To allow as many students as possible to participate and share the experience and benefits derived from team membership.                                                                                    

To compete successfully with Northeast Conference & non-league opponents, and with teams or individuals of a similar division in state competition.

Games/Practice Sessions

Student athletes have made a commitment to be at all practice sessions, contests and team meetings. Any team member who must be late, or miss practice, games or meetings must confer with their coach. Absences may jeopardize retaining a position on the team. This includes extended trips during vacation.

Practices are held daily and some practices may be held on weekends. No official practice may be held without a SHS coaching staff member present.

Physicals

Athletes must have a physical examination every year in order to be eligible for sport participation. Athletic eligibility requirements of a doctor’s physical examination expire thirteen months from the date of the last physical examination.  In order for an athlete to remain eligible, proof of an updated physical examination must be submitted before the student is allowed to participate in any practice or game.

The school does not provide a physical, and athletes must have a physical by their own physician and submit the school’s medical form signed by a medical doctor, or they may submit a signed note written on the doctor’s stationary stating the athlete has had a physical within thirteen months of participation and may compete in athletics.

Any athlete not allowed to participate due to doctor’s orders because of illness or injury may not play again until a “return to participation” form is filled out by the doctor.

In accordance with student record regulations the Beverly Public Schools considers the following to be Directory Information, which will be released without the consent of eligible students or parents:  a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photograph, class degrees, honors and awards, grade level, and post-high school plans.

In addition, the Armed Forces Recruiter Access to Students and Student Recruiting Information Act requires that schools make students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers available to military recruiters and institutions of high learning.  

Parents and eligible students not wishing to have some or all of the information listed above released without their consent should notify their building principal in writing.

VARSITY COACHES DIRECTORY

Fall Season

Boys Cross Country                Sean Dunleavy

Girls Cross Country                Dave Jellerson

Field Hockey                        Tricia Murphy

Football                                Andrew Morency

Golf                                Brian Seabury

Boys Soccer                        Mark Devlin

Girls Soccer                        Kristin Simpson

Football Cheering                        Andrea Ward

M.S. Cross County                        Jill Page/AnnMarie O’Connor

Volleyball                         Pam Padovani

Winter Season

Boys Basketball                        Matt Karakoudas

Girls Basketball                             Seth Stantial

Gymnastics                        Julie Sciamanna

Boys Ice Hockey                        Justin Shairs

Girls Ice Hockey                        Brian Seabury

Boys Indoor Track                        Sean Dunleavy

Girls Indoor Track                        Dave Jellerson

Swimming                        David Swensen

Wrestling                        Paul Casey

        

Spring Season

Baseball                        Dave Wilbur

        Softball                        Meghan Sudak

        Boys Outdoor Track                Justin Garcia

        Girls Outdoor Track                Dave Jellerson

        Boys Lacrosse                        Jim Leselva

        Girls Lacrosse                        Alyson Healey        

        Boys Tennis                        Kris Melanson

Girls Tennis                        Courtney Crowley

Sailing                                Parker Manis

M.S. Track                        Eric Rothblatt/Tim Hegarty/

                  Matt Webber

        Ultimate Frisbee                Sam Stantial

                                                                                Starting Dates

Fall Season                        The second Thursday preceding Labor day.

                                Double sessions and single sessions

                                (Exception - football allowed 3 additional days)

Winter Season                The Monday after Thanksgiving

Spring Season                The third Monday in March

The coach of each sport will hold an informational meeting prior to the start of the season.  Candidates are expected to attend.

All candidates for athletic teams must meet the following requirements prior to attending any tryouts or practice sessions:

1.        Have evidence of a passed physical examination the year of participation. Examination must be performed by a duly registered physician.

2.        Have submitted a signed parental form.

3.        Be under 19 years of age.

4.        Be academically eligible.

5.        Transfer students must notify Athletic Director.

  1.  Must have fulfilled all financial obligations for equipment issued the previous season.        
  2.   User fee paid in full prior to first tryout.

User’s Fee Policy

The Beverly School Committee has adopted a user’s fee policy for interscholastic athletics at Beverly High School. The policy states that every athlete will pay a user’s fee based on a per sport scale.

Some of the general guidelines are as follows:

-        checks are to be made out to Beverly Public Schools

-        payment is due before tryouts begin

-        payment will be made to the athletic director

-        the payment of user’s fee does not ensure playing time.

-        no refund after the first practice, unless player does not make the team

Team Tryout/Selection

During the tryout period, each coach will provide an explanation of his/her expectations.  It is the duty of the student to demonstrate to the coach that he/she can fulfill these expectations.

Students not selected are encouraged to explore other sport opportunities.

The coaching staff of each sport has the sole responsibility for selecting the members of the team, determining the level of play most beneficial to the development of each player and the amount of playing time.  Player concerns should be addressed first between the player and the coach.  If a significant resolution is not reached, parents should plan a meeting with the coach.

 

Class Attendance Policy

Students who are tardy to school after 11:10 a.m. without a valid excuse will be ineligible for extracurricular activities that day.  Students who are dismissed from school after 11:10 a.m. without a valid excuse will be ineligible for extracurricular activities that day.

School Equipment Responsibilities

Students are responsible for and are expected to maintain proper care of all equipment issued to them.  Students are responsible for payment of any items lost or stolen and for damaged equipment.

Each item not returned will be assessed at a rate comparable to the current replacement costs.  All equipment is to be returned within three days of the

Pre-season Responsibilities

The conclusion of the season is defined to include participation through the last MIAA sponsored tournament or event in which Beverly High is a participant.

Student/athletes are not to wear uniforms (practice or game) at any time other than those allowed by the specified team regulations.

Athletes who do not return equipment during one season will not be allowed to participate in any manner during the next season.

The following rules are established by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) which governs all high school competitions.

Academic Eligibility

Beverly High has a stricter policy than the MIAA policy.

In order to qualify for participation, a student may have no

F's and no more than two D's in the relevant quarter or semester.  Eligibility for first quarter is determined by final grades for the second semester preceding the activities.  All other eligibility is determined by quarterly grades in the last marking period preceding the activities (e.g., Second Quarter grades and not semester grades determine third quarter eligibility).  Eligibility will be removed or re-sorted in a manner consistent with MIAA policy; that is, on the date on which report cards are issued.  In all other matters concerning this policy, unless otherwise stated, the district will follow MIAA policy.  In extreme situations due to a student’s health (documented by medical personnel) or family circumstances (e.g., death of an immediate family member), the principal may grant a waiver of the “no F’s” for one marking period.

TRANSPORTATION

Students are required to ride the bus to and from all away games.

Any exceptions to this rule must receive prior approval of the athletic director, principal, or coach.

At no time will a student be allowed to drive themselves to a game or meet.

TEAM CAPTAINS

The following rule was adopted by the Northeastern Conference on August 27, 1998.

        Once a student is elected a team captain and he/she violates the MIAA or their own school drug and alcohol policy at any time during the year, they will lose the privilege of being a team captain.

The position of captain is one of honor, leadership and responsibility.  As a result, student athletes serving in that capacity are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner in and out of school.  Any captain involved in any violation of the discipline code that results in a school or athletic suspension may lose their captainship.

ATHLETIC AWARDS

1. One letter will be awarded to each contestant in each sport that he/she successfully participates in during a school year.  After receiving this letter, a player will receive a certificate with team picture testifying to subsequent athletic achievement.  Band members will also qualify under this category.

2.  No additional awards shall be given except under extraordinary circumstances.  Recommendations for these awards shall come from the principal, the athletic director and the coach of the particular sport.

3.  All candidates for any award shall be recommended by the head coach of the sport.

4.  To be eligible for an award, a player must finish the playing season as a bona fide member of the playing squad.

5.  A player injured in participation during the season thus preventing him/her from fulfilling award requirements may be recommended for an award.

6.  Seniors may receive an award for conscientious attendance at practices and games even though failing to meet playing requirements provided they have been squad members for three years.

7.  Any manager of a varsity team is eligible for the team’s athletic award in his/her senior year provided he/she has served a minimum of two years in that particular sport.

PLAYER’S AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE AND PARENTAL CONSENT

High school sports are designed to provide participants with hours of enjoyable activity.  The rules are written to promote competition in a fair and safe environment.  If players are to realize the benefits of selflessness, striving for a common cause, and the development of skills, knowledge, fitness and other sport-related outcomes, they must assume many personal  responsibilities.

The most important of the participant’s responsibilities relates to what must be done to avoid injuries to self, teammates, and opponents.  In spite of rules to prevent injuries and equipment to protect vulnerable body parts, participation does include risk of injury.  Injuries may be very slight or severe, such as bruises, lacerations, broken bones, injuries  to eyes and teeth,  and those with long-term catastrophic consequences, including  permanent paralysis or even death do occur in supervised programs. It is possible only to minimize, and not completely eliminate, the risk.  Participants have the responsibility to help reduce the chance of injury through following the rules of instruction from the leadership and proper conditioning specifically:

Conflict Resolution Process

Athletic involvement, while fun and rewarding, can be very time consuming and emotional. Due to the level of effort and emotion invested, conflicts between players and coaches will inevitably arise. All conflicts should be addressed professionally and as soon as possible. To accomplish this, please follow these guidelines.

FIRST STEP: STUDENT ATHLETE AND COACH CONTACT

The student athlete should meet individually with the coach to share concerns and/or discuss any issue or conflict. It is the student athlete’s responsibility to make an attempt to meet with the coach before involving others, if at all possible.

Times to be avoided when initiating contact:

•    Immediately prior to and/or right after a contest.

•    During an active practice session.

•    During a time when students are present and/or when the discussion is visible to others.

•    When it is apparent that there is not sufficient time to allow for a complete discussion.

SECOND STEP: PARENT/GUARDIAN AND COACH CONTACT

If a conflict between a student athlete and a coach remains unresolved or becomes a chronic issue, the parent/guardian and student athlete should schedule a meeting with the coach.  The student athlete should be involved and present at this meeting. 

THIRD STEP: PARENT/GUARDIAN AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR CONTACT

If a satisfactory resolution is not reached through direct contact with the coach, the student athlete and parent/guardian should inform the coach that they intend to contact the athletic director.  A meeting with the Athletic Director should be scheduled through the Athletic Office.  

FOURTH STEP: PARENT/GUARDIAN AND PRINCIPAL CONTACT

If existing concerns remain following a meeting with the athletic director, the student athlete and parent/guardian should acknowledge such, and initiate contact with the high school principal.

Please note:  If you believe that due to the seriousness and/or nature of your concerns and/or complaint, you are unable or unwilling to follow these procedures, you may express your concerns directly to the athletic director and/or building principal.

MIAA Rule 59 Bonafide Team Member

A bonafide member of the school team is a student who is regularly present for and actively participates in, all team practices and competitions.

ATHLETES ON ALL TEAMS MUST COMPLY WITH THE BONAFIDE TEAM RULE.  BONAFIDE MEMBERS OF A SCHOOL TEAM ARE PRECLUDED FROM MISSING A HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICE OR COMPETITION IN ORDER TO PRACTICE OR COMPETE WITH AN OUT-OF-SCHOOL TEAM.

Violations of the above rules will result in ineligibility for 25% of the season.  A second offense will result in an additional 25% and the athlete will not be able to participate in the state tournament.

CHEMICAL HEALTH

Chemical Health Policy

During the season of practice or play, a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product; marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance.  It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. (Chemical Health -MIAA)

        Student athletes are expected to use good judgment and not place themselves in harm’s way.  Drinking alcohol or using a controlled substance or in the presence of  (alcohol or a controlled substance) at a social gathering, outside of school, may serve as grounds for disqualification if evidence is presented and confirmed by the police and/or school administration.

Minimum Penalties for Athletic Activities

        First Violation:  When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next  consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.  It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation.  All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e.  All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 25% of the season.

        Second and Subsequent Violation(s):  When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that second or subsequent violations have occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next  consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.  All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e.  All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 60% of the season.

        If, after the second or subsequent violations the student of his/her own volition becomes a participant in an approved chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in MIAA activities after a minimum of 40% of events provided the student was fully engaged in the program throughout that penalty period.  The high school principal in collaboration with a chemical dependency program or treatment program must certify that student is attending or issue a certificate of completion.  If student does not complete

program, penalty reverts back to 60% of the season.  All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e.  All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 40% of the season.

        

Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, but a

penalty period will extend into the next academic year (e.g. if the penalty period is not completed during the season of the violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year).        

HAZING RULE

Section 17.  Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one hundred days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

The term “hazing,” as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.  Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, or branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or any substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Section 18.  Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable.  Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.

Section 19.  Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall issue to every group or organization under its authority or operating on or in conjunction with its campus or school, and to every member, plebe, pledgee, or applicant for membership in such a group or organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen. An officer of each such group or organization, and each individual receiving a copy of said sections seventeen and eighteen shall sign an acknowledgment stating that such group, organization or individual has received a copy of said sections seventeen and eighteen.

                                                                                                                                        

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