Philosophy, guidelines and policies
PhilosophyShoreline Christian School exists alongside Christian parents/guardians and their church to help children develop their gifts and talents in responsive obedience to God. Athletics and other extracurricular activities are part of that development process. The purpose of the athletics program is to provide an opportunity for as many students as is reasonably possible to develop, through their experience in athletics, greater skills and community. This program is especially for those students who want to be challenged in their higher level of aptitude than that provided in physical education class. Emphasis is on the development of an attitude of self-discipline, self-motivation, and cooperation gained through experience in teamwork, on the ability to win and lose graciously; and favorable attitudes and feelings which will help them function better in the world God has placed them. To achieve these goals, the program places emphasis on the quality of the performance of each participant whether it is the athlete, spectator, or supporting persons. Each person should be aware of the potential God has given him or her to improve individual performance and develop better community cooperation by consistent effort and dedication.
Characteristics of SCS student-athletes
Participation in the athletics program is an earned privilege that is open to any person who meets the standards established. Since the athletics program is extra-curricular and since Shoreline Christian seeks to educate the whole person - his or her spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional dimensions. Students participating in SCS athletics should: 1. Possess or strive for higher skill level in sports, and want to have fun together .2. Show evidence of effort in the academic aspects of the school program.3. Show by their attitude and behavior evidence of spiritual and emotional development commensurate with their age level and the school standards.4. Meet the standards set by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), Northwest 1B league and the Cross Town Middle School League.5. Seek to honor Christ Jesus through their efforts, attitudes, relationships and character development.
School and State Policies:Conduct Code
1. No student participating in extracurricular athletics at Shoreline Christian is permitted to during the sport season to: A. Smoke or use tobacco products or inhalants of any kind at any time. B. Use non-prescribed drugs of any kind at any time C. Drink alcoholic beverages at any time. E. Engage in any practice that could prove detrimental to his or her own health or the health of another. F. Conduct him/herself in such a way to bring dishonor to Christ or the school.
2. Five Minute Rule: When in the presence of any of a. - d. Above, the student has five minutes to absent themselves from the premises. Failure to do so will be construed as participating in the same. NOTE: Parent/Guardian permission does not abrogate and of the rules with respect to the school.3. Students - athletes must display at all times a positive attitude toward other students and team members, school in general and schoolwork in particular. Regarding a positive attitude, failure in this area to be determined by at least 2 teachers of the student or staff members and discipline. A positive attitude shall include but not be limited to respect for authority of ALL school staff personnel, responsible care of school property and equipment, working up to ability with proper motivation in classroom work or subject matter. No student is to treat other students, coaches, or teachers in a condescending, abusive or demeaning way. 4. Each coach may establish rules and/or policies for their individual sport in addition to the above.5. Discipline procedure: A. Coach- for infraction of a., the athletes coach will enforce the code in consultation with the Director of Athletics and/or Principal. B. Committee- for infraction of b.,a three member committee consisting of the Principal, Director of Athletics, and faculty member shall decide the appropriate penalty. However, no coach may serve on this committee during the season in which they are coaching. C. The Principal may decide in all cases to pursue other avenues dealing with situations based on each case. D. Penalties for a. and/or b. above: first infraction- 10 day ineligibility. Day to mean any day school is in session plus any non-school days in which competition is held, i.e. a week of school would count for five days plus a Saturday of competition would count as the sixth day. School Eligibility:
1. School requirements for academic and attitudinal eligibility: must take at least 5 solid courses per semester unless specifically reduced by the Principal. A. Obtain passing grades (at least D-) in all subjects taken. B. If an “F” is recorded as a quarter grade, the student is ineligible for the next nine week period (even from one school year to the next). C. If an incomplete is recorded as a quarter grade, the student will be deemed ineligible. When the incomplete is satisfactorily erased and a passing grade results, the student shall become immediately eligible,and shall not lose lettering privileges unless forced to miss a match, game or meet due to incomplete. D. At the 3 week, 6 week, or quarter ending check, a student will have one week of probation and then become ineligible for the two weeks (1 week for Middle School) if any of the following are true: i. The student is failing any one course. ii. The student has one or more outstanding assignments which the teacher deems necessary for the student to be considered eligible. iii. The students attitude is as listed in the conduct code above is unacceptable. E. Erasing an incomplete or raising a grade to passing does not necessarily make one immediately eligible: this is determined at the end of the probationary week and again at the end of the two weeks (1 week for Middle School) of suspension, following the probationary period. In this probationary period, a student may be allowed to participate in practices or contests. They may not participate in practices or contests in the two weeks following the probationary period if still deemed ineligible at that time. F. Once a student is deemed ineligible, he/she remains so until declared eligible and informed of the same by the Director of Athletics. G. A student must have attended class by or be involved in school activity by at least 11:00 am on any given school day in which extracurricular activities will be participated. H. Athletic packet must be completed and submitted to the athletic department the Monday before the first day of practice for each season. The Athletic Packet includes: i. Athletic Participation Fee - must be turned in and paid or arrangements made with the Director of Athletics regarding fee payment or waiver. ii. Risk Form iii. Concussion form iv. Transportation form v. Insurance form vi. Medical emergency form vii. Physical form
2. Appeal Process: When students are denied eligibility by the school for a violation of the school conduct policy or due to academic and attitudinal eligibility, they may appeal to the Principal who may establish a rules committee for that purpose. Some appeals are made directly to the education committee (i.e. quarterly failure ineligibility). 3. Eligibility when participating at other schools: If a sport is not offered at SCS and the student is competing at the school designated by the WIAA eligibility process, the student will still have to meet all SCS eligibility requirements. 4. Non -School participation - During any sport season after joining a school squad, students may participate in a non-school athletics activity provided they do not miss a team practice or scheduled contest. Exceptions may be allowed if such an activity does not adversely affect the performance of the athlete in practice and/or competition, in the judgment of the coach and/or school principal. A. A student is not to be given special treatment or privileges on a regular basis to enable him/her to participate in non-school athletic activities, such as reduced practice times, special workouts, late arrivals, or early dismissals. B. Students shall not be permitted to participate on any college, junior college,or university athletics team. Students shall not compete in the uniform of their school at non-school events. 5. WIAA Appeals process (High School only): When students are denied eligibility by the school, NWIAA eligibility committee, or Northwest 1B league for violations of any of the WIAA rules, they may appeal under a procedure identified in the WIAA handbook available on the WIAA website. NOTE: Crosstown Middle School League is not a member of the WIAA. 6. Students must abide by the WIAA code of Ethics which states that students need: A. To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play. B. To eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best value of the game. C. To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly. D. To show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials. E. To establish a happy relationship between visitors and hosts. F. To respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials. G. To achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game and the standards of eligibility. H. To encourage leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment by the players on the team. I. To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the individual players. J. To remember that an athletics contest is only a game - not a matter of life or death for a player, coach , school, official, fan, community, state or nation.
1. Transportation: A. School transportation is to be used by all participants when provided, by all athletes and support personnel unless excused by the Director of Athletics, coach or Principal. Such excuses must be with written parental approval and/or request. B. Infraction and penalties - For any infraction of posted bus rules or rules instructed by drivers or those in authority, the student will be given only one warning. Further infractions could result in the student being refused bus transportation and possible restriction from school athletic activities. Such refusal and/or restriction shall be in consultation and agreement among bus driver, Director of athletics and principal. C. Middles school athletics do not receive provided transportation from the school. Carpools with parents are arranged for away competitions. Students are expected to follow all rules as on the bus. Students are to return with their designated driver unless excused by the Coach, Athletic director or Principal. Such excuses must be with written parental approval and/or request. 2. Awards: are given for the participation in the various programs. Letter awards (high school only) are earned by meeting the following criteria: A. Student-athletes must: i. Abide by all training rules ii. Be eligible both academically and by team rules to participate throughout the course of the season (probationary periods do not automatically disqualify a student from earning a letter). iii. The coach shall decide the amount of playing time and/or practice time and/or attendance at team meetings and/or participation level and/or level of effort in order for a student to earn a letter award. B. Student support personnel must: i. Be eligible for managerial duty at all times during the sport season. ii. Perform all duties as outlined by the coach and/or for that sport.
Athletic Participation fees
High school - $200.00
Middle school - 100.00