Athletic Code of Conduct

Canastota Central Schools Athletic Code of Conduct

Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right. Once a student becomes a member of an athletic group representing the Canastota Central School District, the student-athlete assumes a major responsibility. As a member of a school sponsored team it is expected that student-athletes behave in a manner that reflects favorably on themselves, their families, their teammates, and their school and community. Accordingly, it is in the principal significance of the student and the school district to hold such student-athletes to an elevated degree of conduct, both during and away from school.

The Athletic Code of Conduct will be in effect from July 1 to June 30 of each school year, and applies to all students in grades (7 – 12) at Canastota Junior-Senior High School. The goal of this policy is the protection and welfare of our student-athletes. School officials will be attentive in attempting to justly and broadly administer this code of conduct. Nevertheless, when incidents are alleged to occur outside of the school setting, it is essential for school officials to have clear substantiation of misconduct before disciplinary actions are imposed. Parents and student-athletes are to become aware with the provisions of this code and will be required to sign a statement stating that they understand and consent to all rules, standards and expectations of this athletic code.

Student-athletes will be required to meet all eligibility standards and abide by the rules set forth by the Canastota School District, the Center State Conference, Section III and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Student-athletes must be enrolled in three full-time courses and actively participate in physical education classes. Additionally, student-athletes are required to attend all practices and games during the sport season, unless the absence is approved by the head coach. In-season interscholastic sport teams will be obliged to have priority over any club or recreational type programs.

Application of this Code

The following prohibitions and penalties deal with students involved in athletics and pertain to the entire sports season; provided; however that a student-athlete may be disciplined for out-of-season conduct that (1) is a criminal offense, or (2) causes such adverse notoriety and is of such a nature that it has, in judgment of the Canastota School District, the potential to negatively impact the educational program and unless addressed, to create the impression among students that it is condoned by the Canastota School District. In either of these events, the administration may impose such penalty as it deems appropriate under the circumstances.

Prohibited Behaviors and Consequences


A. Athletic Training Regulations

Athletic Training regulations are applicable throughout the student-athlete’s enrollment in grades 7 - 12 with prior offenses deleted at the beginning of Grade 9; cumulative throughout the student-athlete’s High School career. If the consequence extends more than one sports season the duration of the suspension will be prorated to the number of games in each of the sports.

Prohibited Behaviors

1. The use, possession, sale, or gift of any controlled substance, illegal drugs or performance enhancing substances (e.g., caffeine pills, steroids), whether legal or illegal, look-alike drugs, or drug paraphernalia on school grounds, off school grounds, whether during sport season or out of sport season.
2. The use, possession, sale, or gift of any tobacco product. The smoking a cigarette, cigar or pipe, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco at any time.
3. The use, possession, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages at any time on or off campus except in a religious contest. Alcoholic beverages shall mean and include but not limited to alcohol. spirits, liquor. wine, beer, and cider having alcoholic content.
4. Hosting or attending parties, events or activities where illegal distribution of alcohol, drugs or other performance-enhancing substances are present or used.

Consequences during the Season
First Offense
The student will be suspended for 25% of the games in a regular season. The administrator will have the option of reducing the penalty by up to two (2) games in isolated circumstances. If the infraction occurs during school or at a school-sponsored function in which penalties from the School Code of Conduct are imposed, the Athletic Code penalties will begin after the school penalties are completed. The student must complete a school-approved drug/alcohol evaluation program.
Second Offense The student will be suspended for the remainder of the sports season or two (2) months, whichever is longer. If the season ends during the suspension, the suspension will resume on the date of the first contest of the athlete’s next sport season. The student-athlete must complete a school approved drug/alcohol evaluation program.
Third Offense The student-athlete will be suspended from any sport for one calendar year. The student-athlete must complete a school approved drug/alcohol evaluation program.
Fourth Offense The student-athlete will be suspended from participation in any Canastota High School athletic program for the remainder of his/her enrollment in the Canastota Central School District.


 

Consequences Off-Season

First Offense The student will be suspended for 25% of their next sports season.
Second Offense The student will be suspended for 100% of their next sports season.
Third Offense The student-athlete will be suspended from any sport for one calendar year.
Fourth Offense The student-athlete will be suspended from participation in any Canastota High School athletic program for the remainder of his/her enrollment in the Canastota Central School District.

B. Citizenship Standards

If fighting occurs during a contest, there are NYSPHAA Section III rules that govern minimum penalties. A student may be subject to NYSPHSAA, Section III and Canastota School District penalties. Penalties will run consecutively rather than concurrently.
** A coach may directly impose other penalties for minor violations as stated in his/her approved rules.

Prohibited Behaviors

1. Any act of fighting or violence, including those not covered by NYSPHSAA or Section III rules.
2. Any act of criminal or illegal behavior.
3. Engagement in threatening, hazing activities, bullying, vandalism, harassment, or other personal misconduct, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves police or court action.
4. Engagement in indecent exposure at any time or place.
5. Any engagement in illegal gambling activities.
6. The use, possession, sale, or gifting of firearms, weapons or explosive devices on school grounds or at school events.
7. The theft or damage of uniforms, money or school property related to the athletic program.

Consequences
1st Offense:
The penalty for a first offense may range from an official warning to a maximum penalty of suspension from athletics for a calendar year.
Repeat Offense: The penalty for a repeated offense may range from suspension from athletics for one game to a maximum penalty of suspension from athletics for a calendar year.

C. Sportsmanship Standards

Prohibited Behaviors
Failure to adhere to the Universal Sportsmanship Standards, which include, but are not limited to:
1.Showing respect for the opponent at all times. Accept the responsibility and privilege of representing your school and community as a student athlete.

2. Showing respect for the officials at all time s. Sportsmanship implies the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.
3. Showing respect for the coaches at all times. Sportsmanship implies the willingness to comply with the reasonable directions of the coach.
4. Knowing, understanding and appreciating the rules of the contest.
Sportsmanship suggests the importance of conforming to the spirit as well
as the letter of the rules.
5. Maintaining self-control at all times. Play fair; accept defeat without complaint and victory without boasting.

Consequences
1st Offense: The penalty for a first offense may range from an official warning to a maximum penalty of suspension from athletics for a calendar year.
Repeat Offense: The penalty for a repeated offense may range from suspension from athletics for one game to a maximum penalty of suspension from athletics for a calendar year.

D. Academic Standards

The primary mission of all students is to learn and pursue their education. The District believes academics must be a priority. All standards for academic eligibility are found in the Canastota Junior-Senior High School 2011-2012 Student Handbook (pages 31-32). (Policy #7033)

Quitting a Team


A student who takes advantage of the opportunity to participate in interscholastic competition is expected to show commitment to that sport.
1. A player may not quit a team once an official roster has been submitted to the Director of Athletics, including signed copies of the Canastota Athletic Code by both student and parent/guardian without a release. A release from the athletic team must be completed in writing by the student-athlete and signed by the parent or guardian. Release from the team will not be allowed without the signed approval from the coach and Athletic Director.
2. Penalty: A student who quits a team without the approval of the coach and Director of Athletics will be declared ineligible to participate in the next two (2) sports seasons
3. A student may appeal their ineligibility by requesting a hearing in writing to the Director of Athletics within five (5) school days since quitting that team. A committee consisting of the Director of Athletics, a high school administrator and coach will listen to the appeal and render a determination.

Procedure and Due Process

1. Suspected violations will be reported to the Director of Athletics, who will investigate the report and make a determination.
2. The student and person(s) in parental relationship to the student will be informed in writing of the violation and proposed penalty.
3. The student and/or person(s) in parental relationship may request a meeting with the Director of Athletics, principal and/or coach to clarify and discuss the basis on which the violation was found and the penalty which is being considered.
4. If unsatisfied, the student and/or person(s) in parental relationship may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools.
5. If unsatisfied the student and/or person in parental relationship may appeal to the Canastota Board of Education

Team Rules
Each coach can formulate additional rules governing participation in the particular sport, and penalties for failure to comply with those rules, or with the coach's directions. These rules may not address the same areas already addressed by the Canastota Athletic Code, but may be additional sensible rules. Student athletes will adhere to individual team rules, which are established in writing by coaches and on file in the athletic office, and which shall not be inconsistent with the Code of Conduct. The Director of Athletics will approve these rules by prior to distribution to students.

24 Hour Contact Rule

If the concern or complaint regarding a coach arises out of a particular game situation or specific incident, a "24 hour cooling off period" will be required before any meeting will be held. This requirement will help ensure that the meeting be more beneficial and help avoid emotional responses that might otherwise occur if such a meeting were held immediately after a contest or incident. A parent should simply inform the coach that they wish to set up such a meeting, and no further discussion should take place at that time between the coach and the parent. The coach is to immediately notify the Director of Athletics of this request. The Director of Athletics will arrange a time and place convenient to both parties after the 24 hour cooling off period has elapsed. The coach and Director of Athletics will attend the meeting with the parent and student-athlete. If the incident in question occurs on a Friday, the meeting shall be scheduled on the next school day agreeable to all parties.

The Procedural Process
The following procedures shall apply when a parent or student has a concern that does not arise out of a particular game or specific incident:
1. The student-athlete must initially speak with the head coach. The parent may attend this meeting.
2. If the result of the above meeting is not satisfactory, the student or parent must complete and file a written complaint form with the Director of Athletics within five business days. (A copy of the form is annexed). The Director of Athletics will make an initial assessment of the problem and take steps that he or she deems appropriate to try and resolve the situation. This could include calling the parent and coach together or any other method of resolution that may be suitable. Meetings with the Director of Athletics will not be conducted without the parent, student-athlete, and the coach in attendance.
3. In the event the issue is not resolved by the Director of Athletics, the concern will be referred to the High School principal who is to also assess the problem and take steps that he or she deems appropriate in resolving the situation.
4. In the event the issue is not resolved at the High School Principal level, the parent or coach may appeal, in writing, within five days to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent will review the case and will make the final determination. All parties will be informed of the determination in writing.
5. As a last resort, any participant may appeal in writing to the Board of Education. The Board may or may not review the case and will inform all participants if it does decide to do so. The Board may decide the case with or without meeting with the participants, and all participants may be present at the any meeting called by the Board. A written summary will be given to all participants upon the Board’s final determination of the case.

Parent- Student Affidavit
I have read the notice regarding eligibility and training rules and will cooperate with the school authorities in their enforcement. I am aware that violation of training rules may result in loss of the privilege to participate as set forth in these rules.


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Parent or Guardian 


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Student-Athlete 

 

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