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Purpose and Goals

The Athletic Department is committed to enriching campus life through a program of interscholastic athletics and to promoting the development of qualities in the student-athlete that will serve the individual and community. The Athletic Department offers competition for boys and girls, the goals of which are:

To instill in the student-athlete a sense of responsibility by expecting consistently high standards of behavior and by making the student-athlete aware and respectful of the needs of others;
  • To engender commitment in the student-athlete to his/her teammates;
  • To nurture unselfishness in the student-athlete by expecting that his/her actions on and off the court or field, are consistent with the goals of the team as a whole, and not directed towards individual honors;
  • To generate in the student-athlete a willingness to sacrifice his/her time and energy towards the fulfillment of the shared team goals;
  • To further a sense of personal discipline in the student athlete by demanding abstention from activities that limit his/her academic, athletic, and personal potential.

Athletic Code and Regulations

The Athletic Code and Regulations have been developed by the Athletic Department and approved by the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School administration. They are designed to help promote the Athletic Department's philosophy and purpose. Any changes to the Athletic Code and Regulations made during the academic year will be distributed in writing to parents.

In order to participate in the after school athletics program, a Permission/Medical Information form and an Interscholastic Sports Program Waiver must be on file with the athletic department.

You can sign up for any sport any time of the year.
 
Permission/Medical Information Form
The Permission/Medical online form acknowledges that both the parent and the student-athlete have read and understand the Athletic Codes and Regulations stated in the Saint Andrew's Episcopal School Handbook. By e-mailing your sign up form, with one parent’s name at the bottom you are acknowledging that:

  1. You have provided all of your child’s medical information on the Permission/Medical Information form. That you, the undersigned parent, in consideration of your child’s participation in the Saint Andrew’s After School Athletic Program, agree to indemnify and release Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School and their employees from any and all liability for any injury which may be suffered by your child while participating in the Saint Andrew’s After School Athletic Program.

  2. You and your child agree to follow the After School Athletics rules and regulations. Student-athletes and parents who do not comply with the rules and regulations are subject to suspension or removal from the Athletic Program.
Interscholastic Sports Program Waiver
The Interscholastic Sports Program Waiver is a waiver that must be signed by the parent of any student participating in the Saint Andrew’s Athletic program. The waiver is good for the whole school year including summer open gyms. This waiver must be turned in to the athletic department with a signature. Any student who does not have the waiver signed and on file with the athletic department will not be allowed to participate in any activity associated with the After School Athletic program.

No participation in PE Class = No participation in After School Athletics
A student-athlete who does not participate or attend a PE class, may not participate for his/her Saint Andrew’s team that afternoon for either practices or games. S/he should attend the practice or the game, but they may not suit up and participate in the practice or game.

School Attendance
Student-athletes will adhere to regular school attendance policies. Any violation of attendance policies may result in suspension or dismissal from the team, as determined by the Athletic Director and the Head of School.

Any student-athlete not attending class by 11:00 am will not be allowed to participate in that afternoon’s practice or contest, unless permitted by the Athletic Director.

Commitment to the Team
Signing up for a Saint Andrew’s athletic team comes with a responsibility and commitment to your teammates. Players must remember that they are apart of a team and their teammates are counting on them to take the team seriously and attend all of the practices and games.

To be a good teammate, a student-athlete should:
  1. Practice outside of practice to help improve his/her skills.
  2. Always be at practice and games on time.
  3. Always give his/her best effort at practices and games.
  4. Always be supportive of his/her teammates.
Attendance at Practices and Games
All student-athletes are expected to attend all of their Saint Andrew’s team’s practices and games. If a student-athlete cannot attend a practice or a game, s/he will be marked with an excused absence or an unexcused absence. See the proper procedure below to be excused from a practice or a game.

Excused Absence from Practice
A player is excused from practice if they are absent from school. If a student-athlete is going to be late, leave early or miss a practice for anything other than illness, the student-athlete must notify the Coach in person at least 24 hours before the missed practice.
Missing practices can affect playing time, even excused absences.

Excused Absence from a Game
A player is excused from a game if s/he is absent from school. If a student-athlete is going to be late, leave early or miss a game for anything other than illness, then the student-athlete must notify the Coach in person and his/her parent must e-mail the Athletic Director at least 7 days prior to the game in question. Missing games, even with an excused absence, can affect playing time.

Unexcused Absences
If the proper steps as explained above are not taken to excuse a player from a practice or a game, then it is an unexcused absence.

Unexcused Absence from Practice
It is at the discretion of the Coach to determine the consequence if practices are missed leading up to a game, or missed consistently during the season. Typical consequences include doing extra running at practice and being prohibited from participating in a game.

Unexcused Absence from a Game
The athletic director will determine the consequence for a student-athlete who has an unexcused absence from a game. Consequences for an unexcused absence from a game will involve losing playing time. Additionally, the player could be dismissed from the team if s/he is absent unexcused more than once.

Playing Time
Every player at every level will be given some playing time each game. At the 5th and 6th grade levels, players can earn extra playing time by attending every practice, having good behavior, and giving their best effort. At the 7th and 8th grade levels, players will compete for a starting position and for extra playing time. Attending practice, working hard at practice, being a team player and working on their game outside of practice will help players earn extra playing time.

Student-Athlete Conduct/Appearance
The conduct of student-athletes is closely observed in many areas of their lives. Athletes are representatives of the school and are easily recognizable, as is their behavior. Athletes should think of themselves as leaders, having certain obligations and responsibilities. In the classroom and while on campus during school, a student athlete must be even more aware of the school's and the instructors’ rules. The student-athlete shows respect for everyone and everything. As a participant in the after school athletic program, a student-athlete should consider practice and games as another class period. Student- athletes should act as if they are in a class, learning athletic skills, instead of academics. Respect should be given to the Coaches. Student-athletes should pay attention and give Coaches the same consideration as they would any teacher.

Taunting, trash-talking, swearing, abusive language or any other forms of derisive behavior are unacceptable and will be dealt with accordingly. Enforcement of these rules will be the responsibility of the Coaches and Athletic Director. Coaches of individual teams will determine sanctions for such misbehavior; repeated offenses make a student-athlete subject to dismissal from the program.

Student-athletes who are in possession of, or use illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol are subject to expulsion. Student-athletes must dress in keeping with the community’s standards while representing Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School. Hair shall be neat, clean and groomed in keeping with the community’s standards. No extreme styles, lengths, or colors will be allowed. No facial hair is allowed.

Additionally, when attending an athletic contest or participating in a game, a student-athlete will:
  • respect the rules and decisions of the officials
  • be modest in victory and gracious in defeat
  • control his/her temper at all times
  • know that profanity and illegal tactics are signs of poor
  • sportsmanship
  • show respect for visiting teams and their equipment.
On trips and during away games, a student-athlete will:
  • act in such a matter that is a good representation of the team, the
  • Athletic Department, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School and the
  • community
  • help take care of the team equipment
  • respect the regulations and property of the host school.
Grades
During the course of a school year, students must have no lower than a 2.00 grade point (C) average and no "F" grades. These requirements must be maintained if the student wishes to remain on the team.

Citizenship
Student-athletes will maintain appropriate citizenship points, as described by the Middle School Advisory system, to remain eligible for games and practices. Consultation will be made with the student-athlete’s advisor.

Continued Behavioral Problems
Any continued behavior problems during the season whether at practices or in the classroom, may result in suspension or removal of the individual from the team and any further participation in the After School Athletic program. It is the duty of the Athletic Director, in consultation with the school administration, to enforce all eligibility requirements.

General Policies

Many rules and infractions cannot be foreseen and might not be listed in the handbook. If a student-athlete breaks any major rule, listed or not, it is at the discretion of the Athletic Director, in consultation with the Saint Andrew’s administration, to enforce discipline for the infraction. Possible repercussions may include: extra conditioning, suspension or dismissal from the team and omission from future participation in the Saint Andrew’s Athletic Program.

Parent Conduct
Coaches have sole responsibility for their teams. Parents are expected to respect the Coaches’ decisions and requests. Since it is distracting for the players and spectators, we ask that parents not attempt to “coach” or interfere with the team, the Coaches, or the officials before, during, or after practices, games and tournaments. Likewise, please refrain from abusive language directed at officials, players or Coaches. Parents should be supportive of their children and maintain a positive attitude encouraging them to work hard and put forth consistent effort. We request that parents not criticize their children’s performance or that of any other player or Coach from the sidelines. Parents are asked to model respect for the school, the Coaches, the team parents, the opponents, and the officials throughout the season.

Making disruptive or negative comments or noises (whether towards officials, team members, Coaches or opponents) is inappropriate and unproductive. Games are exciting events and so we ask parents to model emotional maturity, good judgment and a balanced perspective at all athletic contests. Since we would like the practices and games to be pleasant experiences for all participants and spectators, parents who repeatedly are disruptive and/or abusive in their behavior may be asked to leave the game.

In order to provide an enjoyable experience for all in attendance at practices or games, we ask that if parents have concerns or problems with a Coach, the Athletic Director or an official, that they refrain from discussing these issues at such venues. Instead, we ask that the parent contact the Athletic Director by e-mail 48 hours after the practice or game to express these concerns. Helpful information includes: parent’s name, child’s name, the team that the child plays on and a description of the problem. The Athletic Director will investigate thoroughly any complaints and respond to the parent in a timely manner.

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