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Middle School Athletics Policies

 
  1. Students must be in good academic standing in order to participate in athletics.

  2. Athletes must submit the required medical and athletic forms prior to the first practice.  Athletes who do not submit the required paperwork will not be allowed to practice or compete until the forms are completed.

  3. Athletes must be present at school in order to practice and compete.  Athletes with an unexcused absence from school will not be eligible to practice or compete on the day of their absence.

  4. Team membership is a commitment. Middle school athletes must be present at practices in order to compete in games.  Academic achievement is a priority, but athletes and parents are encouraged to be mindful of team practices when scheduling tutoring, homework help, or other after school activities.  It is detrimental to the team and to the athlete’s development when practices are missed.

  5. Although Middle School Athletics is a developmental program, playing time is at the discretion of the coach and is based on the skill level, participation, and preparation of each individual athlete. In some cases, 5th grade students on middle school teams may not be eligible to compete in athletic contests. This decision is made at the discretion of the coach and the Athletic Director.

  6. Parental support is crucial to the self-esteem, progress, and performance of the student athlete. Please let the coach be the coach and avoid making negative comments about the team, players, or coach to your son or daughter.  If a meeting with a coach becomes necessary, please call the school to set up an appointment with the coach. Please avoid speaking to a coach just before or just after a contest or practice, as this can be a difficult time for both parent and coach. Appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach include ways to help your child improve and grow, concerns about your child’s behavior, and the coaching philosophy.  Our coaches are professionals and make decisions based on what they believe to be best for the team.  Some issues can and should be discussed with the coach; however, other issues must be left to the coach’s discretion and judgement. These issues include playing time, team strategy, play calling, and other student-athletes. If meeting with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, please call to set up an appointment with the Athletic Director.

  7. Parental involvement is necessary and encouraged for this age group. Please be mindful of pick up and drop off times for practices and games.  For outdoor sports, weather can influence the time and location of practices and games, so please plan for last-minute changes to the schedule. Many parents offer to bring snacks and refreshments to games; please remember to adhere to the school’s nut-free and allergy policies when bringing in food items.

  8. Although one goal of middle school athletics is to prepare athletes for varsity-level competition, student-athletes who aspire to compete at this level may benefit from participation in additional clinics and leagues offered locally. Information regarding these opportunities will be supplied by the coach.