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Athletic Code of Conduct

Dear Student Athlete, Parent or Guardian:

Welcome to the South Glens Falls Central School District Interscholastic Athletic Program.

Congratulations! The choice that you made to join the “Bulldog” athletic family is an excellent one.

This code of conduct is presented to you and your parents as a resource which will provide the information you will need to achieve success in our interscholastic athletic program.
Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege which supports the academic mission of the South Glens Falls Central School District. The primary goal of the Interscholastic Athletic Program is to provide high-quality experiences that are fun and promote individual growth within a safe and healthy environment. We encourage all students to participate in some phase of our program. These are memorable times that will last a lifetime.

When your daughter/son chooses to participate in our sports program, we feel that they have committed themselves to certain responsibilities and obligations. This code of conduct will acquaint you with some specific policies/rules that are necessary for a well organized program of interscholastic athletics. Our program is governed by the following: NYS Commissioner of Education Regulations; SGFCSD Policies & Procedures; Section II, Foothills Council and NYSPHSAA rules.

Please call us with any questions/concerns at the athletic department 792-9987, Ext. 4.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Regards,
Nick McPartland
Director of Athletics
Approved by the Board of Education: 7/9/18

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I: The South Glens Falls Athletic Department

A. Organizational Structure
B. Philosophy
C. Goal
D. Specific Objectives
E. Funding
F. New York State Public High School Athletic Association
G. Foothills Council
H. Foothills Council Sportsmanship Code
I. New York State Public High School Athletic Association Misconduct Policy
J. Transfer

Part II: Relationship to Other School Programs

A. Academic Program
B. Other Extra-Curricular Programs
C. Relationship to Intramural Program
D. Physical Education Program

Part III: Sports Offered at South Glens Falls

Modified, Junior Varsity & Varsity Sports

A. The Modified Interscholastic Athletic Program
B. Athletic Placement Process
C. Outside Team Rules
D. Eligibility Standards
E. Rules & Regulations
F. Academic Eligibility
G. Press Media Relations
H. Player/Coach Responsibilities
I. Officials
J. Practice Guidelines
K. Vacation Policy

Part IV: Transportation

A. Off Campus Transportation Alternative

Part V: Care of Equipment and Uniforms

A. Lost Equipment
B. Vandalism and Misuse of Equipment

Part VI: Physical/Permission/Medical Insurance

A. Requirements
B. Athletic/Parental Consent Form and Emergency Medical Authorization Form
C. Physical Examinations
D. Injuries & Accident Reports
E. Risk of Injury Statement
F. Return to Competition after Injury and/or Extended Absence
G. New York State Athletic Protection Plan

Part VII: Awards and Banquets

A. General Information
B Varsity Letter Qualifications
C. Individual Team Awards
D. League and Section IV Varsity Awards
E. Sports Banquets

Part VIII: Support Groups

A. South Glens Falls Bulldog Athletic Booster Club
B. South Glens Falls Hockey Booster Club

Part VIV: District Concussion Management Plan

A. District Concussion Management Plan

I The South Glens Falls Athletic Department

A. Organizational Structure

The athletic program is one of several extra curricular activities that the board of education directs the school administration to offer secondary students (grades 7-12) at South Glens
Falls. The superintendent of schools, with the school board’s direction, is responsible for the organization of the program. The athletic program is coordinated by the director of
athletics who has the ultimate responsibility for all phases of the program. The director of athletics is available to discuss the athletic program. Please feel free to contact the athletic
director’s office at any time, (518) 792-9987, Ext 4.

Each year the director of athletics submits recommendations to the superintendent of schools for coaching appointments. The superintendent of schools then recommends
appointments to the board of education for final approval. The head coach will structure and give direction to modified, junior varsity and varsity teams. He/she will corroborate with
the director of athletics regarding assistant coaches and organization. The head coach is responsible for the development of the particular program to insure that each athlete
achieves maximum growth and maturity, as well as, the development of basic skills in his/her sport. It is important to contact the coach for each team first with any issues. Playing time on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels is up to the coaches and they will evaluate and select their players. All questions about specific items are to be made to the coach of that program first. If someone needs further assistance they may direct their items to the director of athletics.

B. Philosophy

The nature of competitive sport is such that a primary focus becomes the pursuit of excellence. This creates situations where stress, concentration, self-sacrifice, hard work, joy,
sorrow, elation and disappointment, both mentally and physically occur. Athletics is one place where a person cannot hide the results of his/her effort. Competition does reveal the extreme positive and, unfortunately, sometimes negative human attributes of the players. The sports experience contributes to the overall education of each participant through emphasis on the pursuit of excellence. The focus of our program at South Glens Falls has been, and will continue to be, the development of the will to achieve and succeed. Winning is not one tenth as important as the WILL-TO-WIN! Games and contests are no more important than the boy/girl that plays it and their commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Competitive sport does not always lend itself to complete fairness. The majority of athletes must work, sacrifice and develop their ability in order to compete. All participants do not
always get the same amount of playing time. The coach will determine the amount of playing time for each athlete. It is usually a function of the quality of practice time. The coach will tell each player how much playing time they will get and what he/she can do to improve. This is part of the self-sacrifice that is required to be a team member. Winning is important in
life and sports is a reflection of life. Winning at any cost is not a reflection of life and has no place in our Program. Play hard, play smart, play fair and be satisfied when you have played
your best. It is amazing what the “will-to-win” can bring in achievement.

C. Goal

It is the goal of the athletic program to support the district’s Mission Statement:

“Through collective partnerships develop self-motivated, confident, and competent citizens, capable of making life decisions that reflect responsibility and a respectful appreciation of a
heritage rich in cultural diversity and supportive of individual and collective opportunities for achievement.”

D. Specific Objectives

  1. To develop an understanding appreciation and sound educational attitude toward interscholastic athletics and their place in American culture.
  2. To develop an understanding and appreciation for good sportsmanship.
  3. To serve as a focal point for the development of spirit, school and community pride.
  4. To nurture the development of physical and emotional growth, mental alertness and a healthy competitive spirit for all participants while keeping athletics in the proper perspective.
  5. To provide the opportunity for participants to learn to manage winning and losing properly and to make appropriate decisions for themselves and all other members of the team.
  6. To develop a feeling of self-confidence and self-esteem through commitment, hard work and dedication to true success in all student-athletes.

E. Funding

The Athletic Budget is funded as a budget item in the overall school budget. Admission receipts from games go back into the general school budget and reflect only a small part of the entire program cost.

F. New York State Public High School Athletic Association

New York State is divided into eleven (11) sections plus New York City. The State Athletic Association has a set of rules to govern each sport offered in any school in New York State. The State organization will be referred to often as we go through this Handbook. South Glens Falls is a member of the N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A. and is in Section II with the other local schools. Section II does have tournaments for most Varsity sports and the winner of this tournament moves to a State level competition. Copies of the N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A. Handbook are available in the Athletic Office.

G. Foothills Council

The Foothills Council is comprised of ten (10) member schools that cooperate together to promote and provide athletic competition in various sports. Individual and team champions are recognized by the league and league schedules are provided within the guidelines of New York State and Section II. The Foothills Council is one of the most highly regarded leagues in New York State and has established as one of its goals the joining together of student-athletes and fans to emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play. We trust each South Glens Falls student-athlete will give 100% in these endeavors.

H. Foothills Council Sportsmanship Code

In the belief that good sportsmanship on the part of spectators at high school athletic contests is as important as good sportsmanship on the part of athletes, the following guides for conduct will be implemented as a means of continuing and strengthening the ties that exist between member schools. Basic Philosophy: Visiting team members, students and adult spectators are guests to be accorded all the courtesy and consideration that a friendly, well-mannered and well-intentioned host would normally give. The visitors, in turn, are to act as invited guests, using the home school’s facilities with care and respecting the rules and customs of the home school

Each spectator, both student and adult, be encouraged to follow this sportsmanship code:

  1. Consider my athletic opponents and the officials as my guests and treat them as such.
  2. Cheer both teams as they come on the field of play.
  3. Applaud good plays made by either team.
  4. Not applaud errors.
  5. Not “raz” the players of either team or anyone officially connected with either team.
  6. Consider the officials as the proper authorities to make decisions and accept their decisions.
  7. Recognize that the good name of the school is more important than any game won by unfair means.
  8. Advocate that any spectator who continually evidences poor sportsmanship be requested not to attend future contests.

I. New York State Public High School Athletic Association Misconduct Policy

  1. Any member of a squad ruled out of a contest for unsportsmanlike conduct or for a flagrant foul shall not participate in that sport in the next previously scheduled contest with a member school or in NYSPHSAA tournament play. Disqualification from one season will carry over to the next season of participation.
  2. Any member of the squad who strikes, shoves, kicks or makes other physical contact with the intent to do so to an official shall be expelled from the game immediately and banned from further participation in all sports for one year from the date of the offense.
  3. Hazing and harassment or any unwanted physical or verbal acts, threats or any demeaning commentary directed at any athlete is strictly prohibited. Hazing and these initiations are expressly prohibited by any student on any of our athletic teams at any level. Consequences will be according to the nature of the event, the severity of the event and the number of previous occurrences. Hazing in New York State is against the law. For students, hazing means any conduct or methods or initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, before, during or after school hours, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person, or which is reasonably likely to cause harassment, intimidation, physical, emotional or psychological harm, including embarrassment or loss of human dignity, to another person. Consent of the victim of hazing shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution of hazing under this policy.

J. Transfer

A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if the student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer. Appeals process forms are available in the Athletic Office.

II. Relationship To Other School Programs

A. Academic Program

The academic program is primary and most important for our student-athletes. Athletics, along with other extra-curricular programs, is secondary to it. Student-athletes are students first – athletes second.

B. Other Extra-Curricular Programs

The interscholastic program is on an equal basis with other extra-curricular programs. Scheduling conflicts are avoided as much as possible. If a conflict does exist, the student involved is to resolve their conflict without pressure by the advisors of the conflicting activity.

C. Relationship To Intramural Program

Intramural sports are available for all students who desire to participate.

D. Physical Education Program

Regardless of participation in any athletic program, all students are required to participate in Physical Education class as established in Board of Education policy as required by the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents. An athlete will not be permitted to participate in a contest or practice if he/she has been illegally absent from Physical Education class the same day.

III. Sports Offered At South Glens Falls

Fall Sports

Varsity Junior Varsity Modified A Modified B
Cheerleading x x
Cross Country – Boys x x
Cross Country – Girls x x
Field Hockey x x x
Football x x x x
Golf x
Soccer – Boys x x x x
Soccer – Girls x x x
Swim – Girls* x x
Tennis – Girls x
Volleyball – Girls x x x x

Winter Sports

Varsity Junior Varsity Modified A Modified B
Basketball – Boys x x (and 9th) x x
Basketball – Girls x x x x
Bowling – Boys x
Bowling – Girls x
Cheerleading x x
Ice Hockey** x
Indoor Track and Field x x
Swim – Boys* x x
Wrestling x x x

* Merger with Hudson Falls. Practices and meets will be in Hudson Falls.
** Merger with Glens Falls and Hudson Falls. Practices and meets will be in Glens Falls.

Spring Sports

Varsity Junior Varsity Modified A Modified B
Baseball x x x x
Lacrosse – Boys x x x
Lacrosse – Girls x x x
Softball x x x x
Tennis – Boys x
Track & Field – Boys x x
Track & Field – Girls x x
Unified Basketball – B and G x

A. The Modified Interscholastic Athletic Program

Interscholastic competition in sports below the 9th grade level, and adapted to ages 12 to 15 in grades 7-8 has been modified by the N.Y.S.P.H.S.A.A. The program has been approved by the member schools and is based on twenty or more years of experimentation and implementation with safety as the major concern.

The Modified Program is designed as a means of enriching the competitive athletic program for physically gifted and talented boys and girls. The Modified Program is designed to offer the student the opportunity to engage in a more highly organized competitive experience than found in intramurals but not as involved as those found in Varsity and Junior Varsity interscholastic competition. It is to be expected that a competitive program such as this will not always guarantee each team member equal participation in contests, while at the same time, participation by as many as possible is encouraged.

B. Athletic Placement Process

South Glens Falls participates in the New York State Education Department approved program that can provide the opportunity for the 7th and 8th grade students to participate on Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. This program has been designed for the few in each school that would be served by playing on a higher level team than age and grade might indicate. It is to be expected that there will be very few participating under this program. Information must be collected and evaluated by the Director of Athletics before a student can participate under this program. Considerations that must be met include:

  1. Medical examination and approved by the School Physician with the developmental or maturity level determined by the School Nurse / Nurse Practitioner in accordance with established guidelines for the level of team.
  2. Height and weight should be in line with others on the team.
  3. Physical Fitness Achievement Test. The New York State Physical Fitness Screening Test must be administered by a Physical Education Teacher or Director of Athletics. The athlete must score at a high norm for the grade level that predominates the sport, i.e., 11th for Varsity, 10th for Junior Varsity.
  4. The individuals skills proficiency is judged on the basis of demands of the sport at the level of play in which the pupil is endeavoring to qualify.
  5. Prior successful experience in a sport is to be a consideration.

Student-athletes who may desire to participate in Bowling and Golf only have to satisfy the requirements in #1. #4 and #5 and must be one of the top 8 on the team.

C. Outside Team Rules

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association allows outside competition. South Glens Falls athletes must understand that commitment to the school team comes first and outside participation should not be detrimental to an individual or to a South Glens Falls team. There will be many circumstances where a student should not participate in an outside activity due to the possible effect on the team. Do not participate until you check with the individual coach involved with the school team.

D. Eligibility Standards

Interschool activities play an important role in our educational system. Students who participate have an opportunity to gain recognition and sometimes educational opportunities. Therefore, we believe that athletes should be able to live up to a set of standards that make them a credit to their school, team and fellow teammates.

Our league and our school operate under the rules of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The rules are as follows:

  1. A contestant must be a bonafide student enrolled in at least four (4) subjects, including Physical Education. Students who have less than 90% attendance in school without a legal excuse starting in September of each year will not be eligible until his or her weekly attendance improves.
  2. A student-athlete shall be eligible for interschool athletic competition during eight (8) consecutive semesters upon entry into the 9th grade. A student-athlete shall be eligible for only four (4) years in any one interschool sport unless advanced by the Selective Classification process.
  3. A student-athlete who attains the age of 19 prior to July 1st will not be eligible to participate in the Interscholastic Sports Program.
  4. Seventh- and eighth-grade students between the ages of 12-15 may participate in the “Modified Program.” A student reaching the age of 16 during a sports season may complete that season and must play Varsity or Junior Varsity the next sport season.
  5. In order to participate in interschool competition, a student must show proof of a valid physical examination. A student may receive a physical examination by the South Glens Falls Central School District. Students may receive a physical examination from their own physician using district forms.

E. South Glens Falls Central School District Rules and Regulations

  1. When a student-athlete and parent/guardian sign the consent form, they agree to abide by all rules on that form and in this code of conduct and the student code of conduct as well including the new DASA policy.
  2. A student-athlete will not be allowed to participate in any athletic contest or practice unless the student-athlete has been in attendance by 9:35 a.m. or presents a valid excuse to the main office or Athletic office. A student-athlete with a legitimate excuse must be in attendance before 12:00 noon in order to practice or play in a contest.
  3. In case of a Saturday game or a game on a holiday, the student-athlete must have been in regular attendance by 9:35 a.m. on the last day of school before the game.
    EXCEPTION: A student-athlete not in attendance the day before may be certified to play with a valid excuse from the parent/guardian to the coach.
  4. Legal excuses to school accepted by the district are:
    1. Sickness
    2. Sickness or death in family
    3. Impassable roads or weather
    4. Religious observance
    5. Quarantine
    6. Required to be in court
    7. Music lessons
    8. Attendance at doctor/dental appointment
    9. Approved cooperative work program
    10. Approved college visits
    11. Military obligations
    12. Documented paperwork for an appointment
  5. Any athlete who is proven to have intentionally committed an act of vandalism or theft, either at a South Glens Falls School or at an opponent school while representing a South Glens Falls team, will be suspended from that team for the remainder of that sport season.
  6. A student-athlete placed on In-School Suspension for the entire day for improper conduct will be penalized per sport season in the following manner:
    A. First Offense: Will not be allowed to practice or play the day of the suspension.
    B. Second Offense: Will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled contest.
    C. Third Offense: Will not be allowed to participate in the next two scheduled contests.
    D. Fourth Offense: Will be removed from the team for that season.
  7. A student-athlete placed on Out of School Suspension will not be allowed on school grounds to practice or participate in contests during the suspension. In cases where athletic contests are not scheduled during the suspension period, the student-athlete will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled contest. If a student-athlete is placed on Out of School Suspension for the second time during a season, that student athlete will be removed from the team.
  8. A student-athlete who uses “practice” as an excuse for failure to do school work or attend required remediation will be subject to the school discipline code.
  9. When a coach drops an athlete from a sport team for disciplinary reasons, he/she will notify the Director of Athletics immediately. Student-athletes are entitled to a hearing with the Director of Athletics and the Principal, if so desired.
  10. Only uniforms issued or approved by the Director of Athletics will be permitted to be worn for contests.
  11. The conduct of a student-athlete on a trip must be that of a good citizen. Any display of misconduct may result in suspension to away contests for the remainder of the current sports season.
  12. The following will be deemed a violation of training rules: using or has on his/her person tobacco, any form of alcoholic beverage or drugs in any form unless prescribed by a physician. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the following penalties:
    1. 1st Infraction: Two calendar weeks suspension (excluding practice time) and completion of a prescribed program as detailed by the Director of Athletics and the Senior High Student Assistance Counselor. (Failure to complete the prescribed program shall result in the that athlete being dropped from the team)
    2. 2nd Infraction: Dismissal from the team and further participation in that sport during the season, plus completion of a prescribed program prior to participating in any sport during the next sport season.
      A participant will be considered a member of a team to whom all rules shall apply at all times unless he/she withdraws or is dismissed. This shall include periods when the participant is temporarily unable to engage in active practice or competition due to illness, injury, short-term suspension, absence, and/or other conditions.
      Team member will be expected to attend all scheduled events, meetings, and practices unless excused by the coach or absent from school.
  13. A Coach of a sport team may set forth rules in writing which may be more stringent than those set forth in the Parent- Athlete Handbook.
  14. No student may quit one sport and then participate in another once the teams have been selected. If he/she has been cut from one team, it is legitimate to try-out for another. All legitimate requests for changing sports must be made through the Director of Athletics and will be allowed only if there is a mutual agreement between the coaches and players. If a student quits a sport once the season begins that student must sit out the first 20% of that student’s next playing season. That student may practice but will not be allowed to participate in any contests/scrimmages during this time. The suspension may be waived if the head coach & Director of Athletics agree.
  15. Finally, an athlete shall also observe the following rules:
    1. To follow the instructions of the Coach.
    2. To be present & on time for all practices and/or games.
    3. To participate in Physical Education.

F. Academic Eligibility

Introduction
The South Glens Falls Central School District Athletic Eligibility Standards abide by the minimum eligibility rules adopted by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (August 1, 1994).

To be eligible, a student/athlete must be a bonafide student of the district and must be taking at least four subjects including Physical Education.

Participation in athletic activities offers the opportunity to learn self-discipline, recognition of capabilities , dealing with failure and adversity, teamwork and cooperation, hard work, group problem solving, competitive spirit, self-esteem, self-confidence and pride in accomplishment. The development of meaningful relationships with adults and teammates is vital to success. Good sports programs become an alternative for the idle time that could otherwise lead to patterns of drug and alcohol abuse.

Student/athletes must accept responsibility for their academic endeavors. Every student/athlete, in all sports, will receive equitable and fair treatment. High academic standards for student/athletes are an achievable goal. Parents, coaches, administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff must provide student/athletes with a realistic view of the future and support a solid academic foundation.

POLICY: (Please refer to the end of the document for detailed information regarding students with disabilities.)

Procedures

  1. 1. At the conclusion of each marking period, designated officials from the Athletic Office and the Main Office will review grades of all students who participate in extracurricular programs. Please note, at the beginning of the school year, officials will monitor students’ grades for the fourth marking period (from the previous year) in combination with summer school classes.
  2. If a student is failing two or more classes, he/she will be placed “on watch.” During this period, the student will still be allowed to participate in the extracurricular program. For the student-athlete, he/she will be allowed to continue to practice and participate in competitions. However, the student will need to demonstrate evidence of academic improvement. At the end of two weeks, the student will submit a Student Academic Progress Report to the Athletic Office or Main Office. If the student is no longer failing two or more classes, he/she will be removed from the “on watch” list.
  3. If the student, who is “on watch,” does not return the Student Academic Progress Report to the designated official, or if the student submits a report that shows no academic improvement, he/ she will be placed on academic probation.
  4. During academic probation, the student athlete will be allowed to practice, but not compete during the first scheduled sporting event for the following week. For the student who participates in clubs or extra-class activities, he/she may be denied the privilege of attending club/activity events if they don’t show academic progress, as monitored by the administrator, school counselor, or club adviser. Extra help sessions will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the student can select which days he/she will attend. At the end of one week, the student must submit his/her Student Academic Progress Report to the designated official. If the student is no longer failing two or more classes, he/she will be removed from academic probation.
  5. If a student who is on academic probation does not return his/her Student Academic Progress Report or if the student submits a report that does not demonstrate academic improvement, he/she will remain on academic probation. The student will be required to submit a new Academic Progress Report every week until they show adequate improvement.

G. Press-Media Relations

Student-athletes will follow the guidelines of the individual sport coaches. Always be very careful of your statements and if there is any doubt about talking with reporters, consult your coach first. Leave the boasting to others and do not criticize officials, other schools, players, coaches or our school.

H. Player/Coach Relationships

The Head Coach is responsible for all phases of the program and is responsible to aid Assistant Coaches at all levels to coordinate a sequentially and consistent program from the Modified to Varsity levels. Players are to understand that the coach will work to the best of his/her ability and is the authority in any matters between player and coach. Appeals may be made to the Director of Athletics on any decisions made by the Coach after a player has talked to the Coach first.

I. Officials

All officials are certified by New York State and are deemed to be competent. An official is to be treated with respect at all times whether we are home or away, and whether you are a participant or spectator. If a parent, spectator, coach or player verbally or physically assaults an official they will be removed from the site and further action may be taken by the Director of Athletics.

J. Practice and Guidelines

Athletes are expected to attend all practice sessions. If you are absent from school for illness you may not practice. When an athlete is in school but cannot practice for a legitimate reason, the coach must be informed prior to practice time. Practice time is critical. Tardiness to practice will not be tolerated. An athlete must practice at full speed in order to make improvement. “Practice does not make perfect”, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” Practices often are scheduled on Saturdays, holidays and vacation days. Student-athletes should be aware that postponed athletic contests are rescheduled and played the next day.

K. Vacation Policy

A. In the event of an absence due to a vacation an athlete must:

  1. Contact the head coach two weeks prior to the vacation.
  2. Be willing to assume the consequences related to their status on that squad as a starter, 2nd string, 3rd string, etc…
  3. Accept the specific program rules and regulations

Students who do not abide by these rules may be dismissed from the team.

IV. Transportation

When the district has provided transportation to students to a school sponsored field trip/extracurricular activity involving the use of school district transportation services, the school district shall return all students to the point of departure unless the parent or legal guardian of the student has provided the coach with written notice authorizing an alternative form of return. Written notice must be provided prior to the event. If intervening circumstances make school district transportation of any one student impractical, then a coach shall remain with that student until the parent (s) or legal guardians has been contacted and informed of the intervening circumstances which make such transportation impractical and such student and the parent (s) or legal guardians are together in the same location.

A. Off-Campus Transportation Alternative

Applicable sports offered by the South Glens Falls Central School District require travel to an off-campus location such as Moreau Recreation, Spare Time Family Fun Center, Vernon Rink, Weibel Rink, Glens Falls Civic Center, etc., to practice and/or play games. Although the district provides school buses to such locations, some students elect to walk, drive or ride with other parents or students to the off campus site(s).

The district is concerned with safety and it desires that all parents and guardians be informed of what the district provides as well as to understand the district assumes NO responsibility once the student leaves campus if he/she walks, drives, or rides with another student or adult to an off-campus practice or game site. The district is responsible once the student reaches the practice/game site and is under the supervision of the applicable coach(es).

V. Care of Equipment and Uniforms

A. Lost Equipment

All equipment issued by the school will be the responsibility of the individual athlete. Any equipment not returned at the end of the season must be paid for or replaced by the student. A student-athlete may not try out for another sport until all equipment has been returned or paid for.

B. Vandalism and Misuse of Equipment

All equipment should be cared for as if it were the athlete’s personal property. The cost of replacement is quite high and we do want our teams to have the best possible equipment. Please be aware of the concern for care of equipment.

VI. Physical/Permission/Medical Insurance

A. Requirements

  1. All student-athletes who desire to participate in athletics must show proof of a valid physical exam, or be examined by the South Glens Falls Physician.
  2. NO student-athlete may practice or participate in athletics without the South Glens Falls Physician or designee’s approval.

B. Athletic/Parental Consent Form and Emergency Medical Authorization Form

  1. The forms will be available in the Athletic Office and Health Office of both Middle and Senior High Schools.
  2. The athlete & parent will completely fill out both sides of the form, sign & return to the South Glens Falls School Nurse at the time of the physical examination.

C. Physical Examinations

  1. Appointments for a physical examination are arranged by the student-athlete contacting the South Glens Falls School Nurse.
  2. Please be on time for the physical examination.
  3. To change an appointment, please let the School Nurse know as soon as possible.
  4. Fall Sport Physicals – Physical examinations will be given in JUNE & AUGUST. Specific dates will be advertised.

Winter Sport Physicals – Physical examinations will be given in OCTOBER. Specific dates will be announced in the Junior & Senior High Schools.

Spring Sport Physicals – Physical examinations will be given in FEBRUARY. Specific dates will be announced in both Junior & Senior High Schools.

D. Injuries and Accident Reports

It is extremely important to report any injury to your coach immediately. Medical expense resulting from any injury must first be submitted to your own insurance carrier. Note: The school accident insurance provides only excess coverage according to a fee schedule. All injuries must be reported to the nurse’s office within thirty (30) days of the injury in order to receive consideration from our school accident insurance carrier. Also, see “District Concussion Management Plan” on page 15.

E. Risk of Injury Statement

I am aware that competing or practicing in any athletic activity can be a dangerous activity involving risk of injury. I understand that the dangers and risks of competing and practicing in the activity include, but are not limited to death, neck and spinal injury, which may result in complete and partial paralysis, brain damage, injury to virtually all bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other aspects of the muscular-skeletal system and injury or impairment of future abilities to earn a living, engage in business, social and recreational activities, and generally to enjoy life.

If I am a participant in baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, cheerleading, tennis, softball, football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, track or wrestling, I specifically acknowledge that it is a contact sport involving even greater risk or injury than other sports.

Due to the possible dangers of participating in these activities, I recognize the importance of following the coaches’ instructions regarding playing techniques, training and other team rules and agree to obey such instructions.

In consideration of the school district’s permitting me to try out for and engage in all activities related to the team, including but not limited to, trying out, practicing and participating in that activity, I hereby assume all risks associated with participation.

The parent or guardian of the individual who has signed the Risk of Injury Statement hereby acknowledges receipt of the Risk of Injury Statement and acknowledges awareness of the various risks set forth in the statement and considering such risk, give permission for the student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity. If I withdraw my permission, I understand that the withdrawal must be in writing and given to the Principal, Director of Athletics as well as to the coach of the particular athletic activity.

F. Return to Competition After Injury and/or Extended Absence

Any student-athlete whose safe participation is in question as a result of injury or prolonged absence due to illness must be reevaluated by the School Nurse Practitioner and/or School Nurse prior to participation. The student-athlete and/or coach will make arrangements with the School Nurse for the reevaluation. DO NOT practice before you have received clearance. Also, see “District Concussion Management Plan.”

G. New York State Athletic Protection Plan

New York State High School Athletic Association does sponsor an insurance plan with the company Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. This Plan is designed as a supplemental Plan and is not complete coverage. The Plan will assist in coverage for the balance of what is not covered and is not liable for medical or hospital fees.

VII. Awards and Banquets

A. General Information

  1. All student-athletes will receive an award certificate indicating participation on a sport team and a pin.
  2. The Letter Award will be given to anyone who fulfills the requirements for Varsity, JV or Freshman. Each athlete may only qualify for one letter for each level.

B. Varsity Letter Qualifications
The earning of a Varsity Letter is not the right of each individual on a team, but rather an honor that must be earned by the individual athlete.

  1. The coach will determine who will receive a letter.
  2. The coach will set forth specific criteria outlining performance as a means of achieving a letter. The criteria set forth will give meaning to the recipients of the letter awards.

C. Individual Team Awards

Any SPECIAL AWARD a Varsity coach would like to present his/her team or team members may be requested to the Director of Athletics.

D. League and Section II Varsity Awards

Individual medals & certificates are awarded to league champions & certificates are awarded by the league when the coaches group elects them. Section II does present medals, ribbons and team trophies at their championship events.

E. Sports Banquets

  1. A banquet will be held at the conclusion of the school year.
  2. Each individual team/program will coordinate and organize their banquets after each season.

VIII. Support Groups

A. South Glens Falls Bulldog Athletic Booster Club

The Athletic Booster Club is organized to boost and encourage interest in all athletic activities at the South Glens Falls Central School District. The members strive to promote understanding and support the athletic activities at South Glens Falls among the membership, students, faculty, with the general public and especially among the athletes, parents and coaches. They seek to assist the program by cooperating with the Director of Athletics and the coaching staff in the formation of good teams, student-athletes and goodwill in the school and community. Therefore, it is important for ALL sport teams to have representation in this Club.

B. Hockey Booster Club

The Hockey Booster Club is organized by a loyal group of volunteers that help to support and promote the hockey program. The Athletic Department encourages participation by parents and community members for the positive support of all our athletic teams.

VIV. District Concussion Management Plan

  1. Basic Concussion Information: Though most severe head/brain injuries can be recognized at the time of the incident, the signs and symptoms of others may be delayed. It is, therefore, extremely important that any student who has sustained a symptom bearing concussive blow to the head or body be observed closely for at least twenty-four hours. Call your family physician or take your child to the emergency room if any of the following occur:
    1. Headache continues to worsen
    2. Nausea or vomiting
    3. Impaired memory
    4. Confusion or unable to concentrate
    5. Changes in level of consciousness or alertness
    6. Pupils become dilated or unequal in size/shape
    7. Blood other fluids draining from ears or nose
    8. Weakness or numbness of arms or legs
    9. Convulsions or seizures
    10. Fever and stiff neck
    11. Dizziness, loss or coordination or balance
    12. Sleep disturbance
    13. Disturbances in vision, hearing or speech
    14. Anxious or irritable

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)

As an added layer of injury management and treatment for any student-athletes that experience concussion like symptoms, the South Glens Falls CSD will utilize the ImPACT program to assist in concussion management and return to play protocol. Every two years, student-athletes will be required to complete cognitive testing for a baseline score. South Glens Falls CSD may release the test results to the child’s primary care physician, neurologist, other treating physician, or any other licensed healthcare professional. Testing data may also be utilized by school counselors for the purpose of providing temporary academic modifications, if necessary.

Recognition and Return to Play Protocol Relating to a Concussion: The following protocol has been established in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Associations and the International Conference on Concussion in Sports, Zurich 2008 Guidelines. In addition, it has been fabricated in a collaborative effort with concussion experts in upstate New York, in accordance to the NYSED regulations, the South Glens Falls Central School District, School District Physician and the Concussion Management Team. As such, it is imperative to remember the safety of the student is the primary concern of the South Glens Falls Central School District and its medical personnel. The information contained below is to be used as mere guidelines that are to be implemented in the time following a concussion event.

When a student shows signs or symptoms of a concussion or is suspected to have sustained a brain injury after an evaluation by coaching staff or medical personnel the following must take place:

  1. The student will not be allowed to return to play/activity in the current game or practice.
  2.  The student should not be left alone and regular monitoring for deterioration is essential over the next 24 hours following injury.
  3. Following the initial injury, the student must follow up with their Primary Care Physician, School District Physician or with an urgent care/emergency care facility within the first 24 hours. It is recommended that a student see a healthcare professional who has had proper training in evaluation and management of sports concussions.
  4. The student must have the “Student Concussion Checklist” completed by the School Nurse and a Physician Evaluation form signed by the School District Physician. These forms must be returned to the School Nurse.
  5. Return to play must follow a medical clearance and successful completion of the “Return to Play Protocol.”
  6. The School Nurse will supervise and document the Zurich Guidelines. The school district appointed School District Physician has final determination for the students return to play status.

The cornerstone of proper concussion management is rest until all symptoms resolve and then a graded program of exertion before return to a sport/activity. The program is broken down into six steps in which only one step is covered per one 24-hour period. The next six steps involved with the Return to Play Protocol are:

  1. No activity until asymptomatic.
  2. Light aerobic exercise such as brisk walking or stationary bike, etc. No resistance training.
  3. Sport/activity specific exercise such as skating, running, etc. Progressive addition of light resistance training.
  4. Non-contact training/skill drills.
  5. Full contact training in practice setting (if a contact/collision sport).
  6. Return to competition.

If any concussion symptoms recur, the athlete should drop back to the previous level and try to progress after 24 hours of rest. In addition, the student should also be monitored for recurrence of symptoms due to mental exertion, such as reading, working on a computer, or taking a test.

The School District Physician will have the final decision regarding the return to play. The Concussion Management Team may also be used to evaluate each individual situation as well.

Academic Eligibility
Students with Disabilities

If a student is identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEIA”) or 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“504”), the Director of Athletics will notify the Committee on Special Education (“CSE”) or 504 coordinator, as applicable, if such student is placed on probation pursuant to the policy herein. Upon receipt of such notice the CSE chairperson or 504 coordinator shall schedule a meeting of the CSE of the 504 Committee (the “Team”) upon notice to the parents which shall include the student’s teachers to determine whether (1) the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) or 504 Accommodation Plan (“504 Plan”) is appropriate; and (3) whether the student’s grades resulting in academic probation are related to the student’s disability.

In the event the Team should conclude that the IEP/504 Plan was not appropriate, or not fully implemented, then the Team will recommend a change of placement or program and the student shall be permitted to participate in athletic activities an the academic probation policy suspended, unless otherwise agreed to between the parties, until such time as the recommended change in the IEP/504 Plan or the existing IEP/504 Plan is fully implemented.

If the CSE or 504 Team should conclude that the student’s placement is appropriate and the IEP/504 Plan has been fully implemented and that the student’s grades do not reflect unmet special education needs, the policy will be applied to the student to the same extent as applied to nondisabled students.

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TEAR OFF AND RETURN TO YOUR COACH

PARENT AND STUDENT’S PERMISSION STATEMENT

I HAVE READ, ACCEPT AND UNDERSTAND THE GUIDELINES, PROCEDURES, AND TRAINING RULES INCLUDED IN THIS CODE OF CONDUCT ESPECIALLY THE RISK OF INJURY STATEMENT, OFF-CAMPUS TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE AND THE DISTRICT CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PLAN.

Name of Athlete _______________________________________

Signature of Athlete _____________________________________

Sport/Level ____________________________

Date _______________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian ______________________________

Has your daughter/son had an injury or surgery since their last sports physical?

YES _______ NO _______

If yes, please provide an explanation below: