•  “SPARTAN PRIDE”

    ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

    GRADES 7-12

    MISSION STATEMENT

    The mission of the Minidoka School Districts athletic programs is to promote
    academic excellence, physical fitness, and good citizenship among all
    students, and to encourage all students to participate in and appreciate
    athletic competition.

    VISION STATEMENT

    The goal of the Minidoka School District’s athletic programs is to promote
    and support student development through programs that provide training
    and instruction that will assist participants to become successful students
    and citizens. To that end, all programs recognize the need to promote
    academic excellence, ethical behavior, and personal responsibility in all
    students involved, regardless of the level of play, or the ability of the
    athlete. An ideal program is one that strives for excellence while promoting
    pride in one’s school, team and self. It is a program that does not
    discriminate based on race, color, creed, or ethnic background.
    The Minidoka School District’s schools are dedicated to the support
    and achievement of those goals.

    ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION

    Minidoka School District policy (503.61) requires that all participants shall
    comply with the Idaho High School Activities Association and Minidoka County
    Joint School District #331 regulations. They are as follows:

    1. All students, in order to take part in interscholastic athletics must have
      had an annual physical examination their freshman and junior year
      approving participation and a permit signed by the parents.
      • A physical examination is provided each year prior to the
        beginning of athletic practice for fall athletics. Students are
        encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
      • Physical examinations must be recorded on the Idaho High
        School Activities Association’s physical examination form. T
        his form includes signed permission from the parent authorizing
        student participation in interscholastic athletics.
    • All students wishing to take part in interscholastic athletics must have
      taken out athletic insurance through the school or be able to show proof
      that he or she is covered by a family policy.
      • Athletic insurance policy forms are provided to each athlete prior
        to the beginning of practice for each sport. A waiver of athletic
        insurance and a proof of insurance form must be signed by the
        parent prior to the student beginning practice.
    • All students who plan on participating in a sport and their parent/
      guardian must attend a mandatory meeting prior to the beginning of
      each sporting season. The agenda of this meeting will include
      introduction of coaching staff and administration; explanation of
      the athletic code; and expectations of students, parents, coaches
      and administration. The criteria for achieving a Varsity letter in
      Varsity level sports will be outlined at that time.
    • All students taking part in interscholastic athletics are required to
      meet the academic eligibility criteria established by the Idaho High
      School Activities Association and the Minidoka Joint School District #331.
      • The Idaho High School Activities Association requires that a
        student who wishes to participate in interscholastic athletics
        pass a minimum of four classes the grading period prior to the
        beginning of each sport season. Should the sport continue
        through another grading period, the most recent grading period’s
        marks would apply. Students enrolled in semester programs
        must pass a minimum of five classes. Released time classes
        for religious instruction do not count toward the minimum
        classes required for eligibility.
      • Students who do not meet the minimum criteria may appeal
        to the IHSAA for a waiver of eligibility due to extenuating
        circumstances. No student may participate in practice or
        competition prior to the waiver having been approved.
        The Minidoka Joint School District #331 requires that a student
        who wishes to take part in interscholastic athletics have and
        maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
        • In order to promote academic excellence, the GPA will
          be determined first by the record of grades from the most
          recent complete grading period.
        • In order to encourage students who might otherwise not
          be allowed to participate, and to provide incentive for
          improvement, students who are unable to meet the 2.0
          GPA requirement in the above circumstances may be
          allowed to practice and compete under the following
          circumstances:
          • The student is to be placed on academic probation.
            This probation requires that the student be passing
            all four credit classes, and that the student have and
            maintain a 2.0 average in the classes in which the
            student is currently enrolled.
          • The coach will inform the athletic director at the
            beginning of the sport season of all athletes who
            are to be placed on academic probation.
          • The student who is placed on probation must carry
            a weekly a report of academic progress to each teacher
            and provide that form to his/her coach each week prior
            to being allowed to participate in competition. The form
            must show that the student is maintaining a 2.0 GPA in
            his/her classes and that he/she is passing all for credit
            classes.
          • If a student does not maintain a 2.0 average in his/her
            classes, does not provide the coach with a report of
            academic progress, or is not passing all for credit classes,
            that student is ineligible to participate for the week
            following the report, and will remain ineligible each
            week thereafter until a satisfactory grade report is
            achieved.
          • A student who has unsatisfactory grade reports for
            three weeks in a sport season will be declared
            ineligible to participate in that sport for the remainder
            of the sport season. Three separate unsatisfactory
            grade reports, or three consecutive grade reports will
            result in the student being declared ineligible to
            participate.
          • A student who has an unsatisfactory grade report
            must attend all required practices and perform all
            required training activities during the period of
            ineligibility. Students who have been declared
            ineligible for the remainder of the sport season will
            not be allowed to practice or participate following the
            declaration of ineligibility.
    • All students and parents/guardians of the students participating in
      interscholastic athletics must first have provided a signed statement
      agreeing to the Minidoka Joint School District #331's code of Student
      Athletic Conduct.
    • The Code of Student Athletic Conduct is attached.
    • All students participating in interscholastic athletics may be required
      to participate in random drug testing as established by the Minidoka
      Joint School District. Should random drug testing be established and
      required by the Minidoka Joint School District #331, athletes must
      agree to participate, and parents/guardians of student athletes must
      agree to allow their student participate in random drug testing.

    CODE OF STUDENT ATHLETIC CONDUCT

    The Minidoka School District’s student athletes are expected to consent and
    conform to standards which encourage good citizenship and assure the
    establishment and continuation of a favorable school reputation. Participation
    in athletics is a privilege, not a right. Student athletes are held to the highest
    standards of personal, moral and ethical behavior. Failure to meet those
    standards may result in the student being declared ineligible for competition
    and being removed from the team. Any student participating in athletics in the
    Minidoka School District will abide by the following Code of Student Athletic
    Conduct. The Code of Student Athletic Conduct will be enforced at school, at
    school functions, and in the community at large as an example to the rest of
    the student body.

    Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco

    The Minidoka School District will not condone the possession or use of alcohol,
    tobacco, or any other illegal substances by any student athlete. Should any
    member of the school administration, coaching staff, or faculty witness or have
    evidence of a student athlete making use of, being in possession of, or being
    under the influence of any of the previously mentioned substances, that student
    will be suspended from participation in athletics.

    Any student under the influence of, or in possession of, any of the above
    substances at school or engaged in a school sponsored activity falls under the
    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Policy of Minidoka Joint School District #331
    (policy #502.30). Suspension from school and from school sponsored activities
    will be administered in accordance with the above policy.

    A student is determined to be under the influence of, or in possession of, any
    of the above substances during the sport season but outside of school time or
    school sponsored activities will be dealt with in the following manner.

     

    • A first offense will result in a two week suspension from play. The athlete
      will be required to attend all practice sessions, and may be required by the
      coach to accompany the team to competition and sit with the team on the
      bench. The athlete will not be allowed to dress in team uniform at
      competition. The athlete will be placed on probation for one calendar year
      from the date of the first day of suspension.

     

    • A second offense during the probationary period will result in dismissal
      from the team. The athlete will be ineligible to participate in athletics for
      the remainder of the school year.

    An athlete who does not violate the terms of the probation will have their
    record cleared upon completion of the probation.

    Sportsmanship

    Any student athlete who is ejected from a game or competition for
    unsportsmanlike conduct falls under the IHSAA policy governing ejection:

    The athlete is ejected from the game and is ineligible to participate in the
    next regularly scheduled competition. A second ejection during the season
    will result in that athlete being declared ineligible to participate for two
    regularly scheduled competitions. A third ejection during the season will
    result in the athlete being removed from the team for the remainder of the
    season. If penalties are imposed at the end of the sport season and no
    contest remains, the penalty is carried over to that particular sport until
    the next school year. In the case of a senior student, the penalty will
    continue to the next IHSAA sponsored sport.

    School Discipline

    Any student athlete charged with insubordination or having violated the
    attendance policy, violates the Code of Conduct and shall be subject to
    disciplinary action.

    A student athlete who is suspended from school will be ineligible to practice
    or play during the suspension. Further disciplinary action may be administered
    at the discretion of the coach. Coaches will notify the administration of any
    further disciplinary action taken at the time the action is administered.

    A student athlete placed in in-school suspension may be ineligible to practice
    or play during the in-school suspension. Further disciplinary action may be
    administered at the discretion of the coach. Coaches will notify the
    administration of any further disciplinary action taken at the time the
    action is administered.

    Minor violations of the student code of conduct will be dealt with by the
    individual coach. Should there be sufficient violations to warrant a student
    athlete being assigned Saturday School for disciplinary reasons, coaches will
    be informed of disciplinary referrals and will inform the administration of the
    consequences

    Citizenship

    Participation in any activity that violates Federal, State, or local laws, other
    than minor traffic offenses, constitutes a violation of the Code of Student
    Athletic Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.

    Any activity which would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult will
    result in a two week suspension from competition. A second such offense
    will result in the student athlete being removed from the team for the
    remainder of the sport season. The possession of alcohol or tobacco is an
    exception to this rule and is dealt with under the policy dealing with Drugs,
    Alcohol, or Tobacco. Any activity which would be a felony if committed by an
    adult will result in the student athlete being removed from the team for the
    remainder of the sport season.

    Under certain circumstances, an activity which would be a felony if committed
    by an adult, and which constitutes a violent crime or a threat to the well-
    being of others may result in the student being declared ineligible for all
    athletics for a period of 365 days from the date of suspension. The
    determination of year-long ineligibility in this case would be made by a
    Disciplinary Board.

    General

    The Code of Athletic Conduct will be in effect as soon as any student athlete
    signs up for and participates in the first practice for that sport and will
    continue in effect throughout that sport season. All activities by student
    athletes, whether in school, on a school sponsored activity, or outside of
    school hours and jurisdiction are subject to this code of conduct.

    The standard of proof for all allegations of wrongdoing will be that of
    “reasonable belief”. The coach or administration will be required to have
    a reasonable belief that the alleged action did take place. No conviction or
    court action is required, and the principle of reasonable doubt will not apply.

    RIGHT OF APPEAL/DUE PROCESS

    Any student athlete who feels that the penalty imposed for violation of the
    Code of Student Athletic Conduct is unfair or unwarranted has the right of
    appeal. Any student athlete who feels that they have a grievance has the
    right to have that grievance heard. The procedure for complaints as
    established by the Minidoka Joint School District #331 policy (#1003.32)
    will be followed.

    It is the practice of the Board of Trustees of the Minidoka County Joint School
    District #331 that complaints regarding school district employees by patrons
    be resolved at the level closest to the source of the complaint. This is done
    in an effort to take immediate action at the source of the complaint.

    The following guidelines apply:

    1. If an individual has a complaint with a school employee, he/she should
    seek resolution by discussing it with that employee.

    2. Complaints against school district employees should be referred to the
    immediate supervisor of the employee against whom the complaint is lodged.

    3. If the complaint is not resolved in step two (#2) above, then the
    complaint may be referred by either or both parties to the superintendent
    for a settlement.

    4. When a complaint against a school employee is not resolved by the
    immediate supervisor of the employee or by the superintendent, the
    complaint may be brought before the Board of Trustees under the following
    conditions:

    a) The complaint shall be in writing and signed by the individual or individual
    s registering the complaint.

    b) The individual employee involved shall be advised of the nature of the
    complaint and shall be given every opportunity for explanation, comment,
    and presentation of facts, as he/she understands them.

    c) During the executive session to hear a complaint, the Board of Trustees
    shall observe the following:

    1) All individuals concerned may present facts, make explanations and
    clarify issues.

    2) The Board of Trustees will be the final authority on determining if any
    situation or information is to be introduced into a public meeting.

     

    Minidoka Joint School District #331

    Student Name _______________________School/Grade___________________

    Acknowledgement/Consent Form

     

    I hereby consent to the above student participating in the interscholastic
    athletic program in the Minidoka County School District. I acknowledge the
    receipt of the Athletic Handbook and Athletic Code of Conduct. I understand
    the conditions set forth in the Handbook and Code of Conduct and agree to
    abide by those conditions.


    _____________________________________________________
    Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

     


    I understand that my participation in interscholastic athletics at The Minidoka
    County School District entirely voluntary on my part. I have received a copy
    of the Athletic Handbook and Code of Conduct. I understand the conditions
    set forth in the Handbook and Code of Conduct and agree to abide by those
    conditions.


    _____________________________________________________
    Signature of Student Date