Participation on a Team
To be a member on a team is a priviledge, not a right. Players are expected to accept responsibilities in order to stay on a team. No athlete is guaranteed playing time. The coach of each team is responsible for the determination of playing time. The player has the right to discuss with the coach, his/her opportunities to play.
Practice Sessions and Game Events
Practice sessions (indoor and outdoor) are closed to parents/fans, unless prior arrangements have been made with the respective head coach and/or athletic department. The gym or field of play is the athletic classroom and should be free of distractions. Positive support is encouraged at all practice sessions and games. Lateness and absence policies will be addressedby each head coach. Any extended absence should be cleared in advance with the coach. An athlete makes a commitment to participate in that sport and any absence affects the team. This includes family vacations. An athlete will ot be permitted to practice or play if he/se is absent from school unless the absence has been cleared by the principal or vice principal in charge of attendance and the athletic office. Student-athletes shall be in attendance for 2 full blocks the day of the practice or game event scheduled for that day (or if Saturday, the day prior). An athlete may not practice, attend or play in a contest while on suspension (in or out of school), or on the discipline points listing.
Post Game Procedures
Players will shake hands and demonstrate proper sportsmanship - win OR lose. The locker rooms and coaches office areas are off limis to parents. We ask that all parents respect the 24 hour rule. Do not approach a coach after a game. Players must make arrangements for getting home. Student-athletes will be supervised until all players have left. Parents should not enter the locker rooms. At away games, players will ride the bus unless special arrangements are requested and approved and the player leaves with his/her parents. These circumstances shoud be rare and will only be granted with parental request in email or in writing to the coach and approved by the athletic office in advance.
All athletes are expected to travel on the team bus. Athletes and managers may not drive to games, tournaments orscrimmages. Travel behavior on the bus should be no different that what is expected in the classroom. Failure to act in a responsible manner can result in disciplinary action. Eating and drinking on the bus is prohibited by the bus company. On longer trips, the coach may plan to stop and eat. This should be communicated to the players and parents.
Transfer students shall be subject to the above guidelines based on their transcript which is used to determine NJSIAA eligibility and should have returned required state transfer form.
This is the most important relationship. Parents can sometimes effect this relationship by criticizing the coach or program to their son/daughter. Parents should always remember the athlete has to return to practice or a game the next day. Parental coaching may impede the athlete's progress. We encourage all parents to be supportive and positive of the player/coach relationship.
Coaches instruct and coach the entire team. It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you hope. Coaches make judement decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all student-athletes involved. Any questions or inquiries with the coach will not occur after practice or games. We ask that you respect the following procedure:
- Only if a coach of a particular sport chooses to, will playing time be discussed with the parent. It is the schools athletic philosophy that athletes have the right t discuss their position with their coach, but involvement of parents may compromise any decisions. Concerns of this nature should be hadled by the player and coach.
- To discuss other concerns, contat the coach/athletic office and schedule an appointment. The situation should be discussed in a calm, courteous and logical manner.
- If the meeting with the coach did not provide satisfactory resolution, call the athletic office to set up an appointment to discuss the situation. Again, this does not include playing time.
- Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature usually do not promote positive resolutions.
Parenting and coaching are both extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide a greater benefit to children. As parents, when your children become involved in our programs, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach which are shared at the coaches meeting at the start of the season. Communiciations you should expect from your child's coach:
- Philosophy of the coach
- Expectations and goals the coach has for your child as well as for the team/season
- Team requirements; special equipment, strength and conditioning programs
- Procedures for injuries during participation
- Team rules and guidelines and consequences for infractions
- Lettering criteria
Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches:
- Playing time
- Team strategy
- Play calling
- Other student-athletes
Officials are necessary to the game and are bound by a code of ethics that makes them rigidly impartial. Fans, and particularly parents, should never harrass or taunt officials. Spectators can be removed from a game and this can also result in further suspension by the school administration. This applies to both home and away events.
- Parents/coaches have to demonstrate good sportsmanship and serve as role models
- No vulgar or inappropriate language
- Taunting and trash talking will not be tolerated
- Cheers should be for our team and not against an opponent during competition
Fundrasing/Booster Club Involvement
All fundraising should be brought to the attention of the head coach. There are necessary Booster Club forms that must be completed and submitted for approval. ALL monies must be properly counted and deposited in the Booster Club treasury accounts.