The purpose of this handbook is to serve coaches, athletes, parents and the Athletic Director as a guide for participation in sports at Leland and Gray. No handbook can be all-encompassing and anticipate all potential problems that may arise. However, it is hoped that this handbook will inform students, parents and coaches about the sports program at Leland & Gray; clarify important rules, policies and procedures; and reflect the philosophy of Leland and Gray's athletic program.
Athletics should provide a wholesome opportunity to develop physical fitness, skill, individual development and social development. It should provide opportunities that will allow the program to serve as a laboratory in which students may cope with problems and situations similar to those encountered in today's society. High quality leadership is a must. With good leadership, athletes should learn self-discipline and self-motivation, and develop good sportsmanship in both winning and losing.Just as the school expects the best from its athletes, students can expect Leland and Gray to provide quality staff and facilities to promote a valuable learning experience. Participation is encouraged. Leland and Gray acknowledges the importance of academics and athletics as partners in nurturing the physical, mental and social growth of its students. The middle school sports program is designed to be a learning opportunity. All students are provided an opportunity to excel. Participation regardless of ability is encouraged. In the middle school program, development of skills, knowledge and understanding of the game, and conditioning will be stressed while encouraging a positive, winning attitude. At the Varsity level, winning will be stressed, not on an "at any cost" basis, but rather as the natural result of a superior work ethic, positive attitude, directed teamwork, and knowledge of the game.
Eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics shall be based on the eligibility rules and athletic standards of the Vermont Principals Association, Inc., on this handbook, and on any additional standards approved by the Leland and Gray Principal or other school administration.
Students in grades 9-11 must take courses in all 4 blocks each semester (for school year 2010-2011, this may include a study period). Grade 12 students must be scheduled for 3 blocks each semester (this may not include a study period).
Students must maintain a grade point average of 70 for all courses with no more than one course failure. Students carrying 3 blocks must maintain a grade point average of 70 with no course failure.
Students entering Leland and Gray as either 7th or 9th graders are eligible to participate in all activities. Transfer students are academically eligible immediately upon the receipt of transcripts, provided their grades meet the above criteria.
Academic eligibility for any activity is established by grades earned during the previous quarter. For example, eligibility for fall sports will be based on grades earned during the previous fourth quarter marking period.
The counselors' assistant will provide to the Athletic and Activities Director a written list of all students who fall below these eligibility standards not later than one week after grades are mailed home at the conclusion of each quarter, and prior to the first VPA sanctioned high school practice for the fall sports.
Coaches will enter their team roster in the Digital Sports/ View My Schedule system, and deliver a hard copy to the Athletic and Activities Director not later than the 5th day after their first practice for each season.
Student athletes may become ineligible to participate in a sport at the close of any marking period, or at the discretion of the principals. Students who are academically ineligible may continue to practice with their team, but may not participate in any game or scrimmage until the probation requirements set forth below have been complied with.
In the event that any student athlete is determined to be academically ineligible, the Athletic and Activities Director will so advise that student, the student's parent or guardian, the student's coach, the student's teachers, and the Principal.
Students who are ineligible at the beginning of a marking period may have their eligibility reinstated following the successful completion of the probationary program set forth below.
Students who are academically ineligible at the beginning of the marking period may enter the Athletic Probation Program.
To enroll, students must understand and accept, in writing, the terms of the program as outlined in this handbook. The required form may be obtained from the Athletic and Activities Director, and must be signed by the student, the student's parent(s) or guardian(s), and the student's coach. When that form, as fully signed, is delivered to the Athletic and Activities Director, the student has entered the Athletic Probation Program.
The Probation Program will consist of a series of evaluation periods of approximately ten school days each throughout the next quarter. To regain and maintain eligibility, a student must, at the end of each two-calendarweek evaluation period ending on alternating Fridays (an "evaluation period"), have a progress report signed by all of his/her respective teachers indicating the student's numerical grade point average in each class at that time. Blank progress report forms may be obtained from the Athletic and Activities Director or the counselors' assistant. The student must deliver that form, as fully completed and signed, to their coach before their practice or game every other Friday during the quarter. If that Friday is not a school day, then the student will obtain and deliver the form to his/her coach on the next regular school day. The coach will email the Athletic and Activities Director, with a cc to the Principal, on or before the following Monday to confirm whether or not the student athlete on probation is then academically eligible. The original, signed progress report will be delivered to the counselors' assistant for the records.
Ineligible students will be allowed to practice, but will be suspended from playing in the first three games or scrimmages of that season. It is understood that after the three-game/scrimmage suspension, a student will be eligible to play and continue to play as long as he or she continues to meet the eligibility criteria for each evaluation period. Students found to be ineligible during any evaluation period may attempt to regain their eligibility in the next evaluation period. Games and scrimmages which are scheduled before the beginning of school, for fall sport athletes, will contribute to a student's three game/scrimmage suspension. Team members who are academically ineligible will not be allowed to leave school early for events when they ineligible to compete.
Students failing to meet the academic eligibility standard during any evaluation period are prohibited from participating in any games or scrimmages, but may continue to practice with their team. If the student meets the academic eligibility standards in the next succeeding evaluation period, his/her eligibility will immediately be reinstated on the last day of that evaluation period. Students who fail to meet these academic eligibility standards in two evaluation periods during any quarter (whether or not they are consecutive) while on athletic probation are not allowed to participate in games or scrimmages for the remainder of the quarter.
In order to maintain academic eligibility in grades 7 and 8, you must maintain a grade point average of 70 or above, and pass all of your classes for the quarter. If you are failing a class, you are still considered a member of the team and may continue to practice, but you are not permitted to participate in games or scrimmages. A Middle School student or parent/guardian may petition the Principal to regain full eligibility. A parent conference with the Principal is required to determine the steps to regain full eligibility. Such a plan may include progress reports and/or parent conferences on a bi-weekly basis for the remainder of the quarter.
It is the overwhelming opinion of health educators and coaches that athletes perform best when they follow intelligent training rules. These rules include restrictions on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. The coaches of Leland and Gray Union High School are concerned with the health habits of our student athletes, and are convinced that athletics/activities and the use of these substances are not compatible. Participation in athletics at Leland and Gray is a privilege and not a right, and all students, parents/guardians, and coaches must be aware of the applicable rules and regulations as set forth in detail in the 2010-2011 Student Handbook. By participating in any sport on any team at Leland and Gray, every student athlete and their parent(s) or guardians(s) acknowledge and accept those rules and regulations, and agree to comply with and be bound by them.
As a member of any team, students are representing not only themselves, but their team and school as well. It is a responsibility to be taken seriously. As representatives of Leland and Gray, student athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Any student engaged in inappropriate behavior directed at opponents, officials, coaches or members of the public will be immediately suspended for the duration of that game or activity. Further disciplinary consequences which may include suspension or removal from the team will be determined by the Principal in consultation with the Athletic and Activities Director and the Coach. Frequency, attitude and severity of the offense will be considered in determining the nature and duration of any such suspension. Further, all members of sports teams are expected to be members in good standing not only as team members, but as citizens of the school as well. Failure to do so will result in sanctions and/or suspension from teams.
Prior to participation in any practice sessions or games for any sport, the following documents must be completed, signed and submitted to the coach. All of these forms may be found at the bottom of the page.
Following any injury, no matter how insignificant, the student athlete must report to the school nurse within 48 hours or as soon as the nurse is available, and the coach must complete and submitted the required form.
Regulations and Procedures in Receiving Athletic Awards Recognition
The criteria for end of season athletic awards will be explained at the first team practice of each season by the coach of each sport. The criteria are outlined below:
A certificate of participation will be awarded to each athlete who finishes an athletic sport season in good standing and is on the final athletic award program roster.
The varsity letter will be given when: a) The athlete earns the letter by satisfactory participation at the varsity level for the first time during a particular year. b) After an athlete letters in a varsity sport or band, he or she will be awarded an additional pin to designate the sport, but not an additional letter. Varsity letters in all varsity sports shall be awarded upon the recommendation of the coach who will consider the following award criteria:
In order to participate in any game or scrimmage, student athletes must be in attendance in school by 9:30 AM. Rare exceptions will be considered by the Principal after consultation with the Athletic and Activities Director and/or the Coach.
Students shall return their uniforms to their coach immediately following the last game of the season. As with other school property loaned to a student, any loss or damage must be paid for by the student or his/her parent/guardian. Future participation in co-curricular activities may be denied for failing to return uniforms or to reimburse the school for lost or damaged articles.
Mouthguards are mandatory for participation in soccer and basketball games and scrimmages. In addition, Leland and Gray requires you to wear mouthguards during practice for these sports. You may see your dentist and get one fitted. Properly fitted mouthguards are more comfortable.
In addition to those noted above, each coach will establish specific written team rules. These rules may include expectations regarding conditioning, behavior at practices and games, and any other guidelines. These rules may be subject to the approval of or revision by the Athletic Director and/or the Principal, and will be discussed with students at the commencement of each season. By signing the Sports Contract, the student and his/her parent/guardian acknowledges that he or she understands and agrees to be bound by all guidelines and rules pertaining to participation and eligibility.
As your children become involved in the programs at Leland and Gray, they will experience some of the most rewarding times of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child might hope. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.
It is very difficult to accept your child's not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for the entire team. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child's coach. Other things, such as those listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent or guardian. Parent conferences are encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other's position. When these conferences are necessary or appropriate, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution of the issue or concern.
Call to set up an appointment. The Leland and Gray telephone number
is 365- 7355, and the coaches will give you their contact information at
the beginning of the season. If the coach can not be reached, you may
call the Athletic and Activities Director (Ext 205) who will help set up
an appointment between you and the coach.
Call to set up an appointment with the Athletic and Activities Director (365-7355 EXT 205) and discuss the situation.
Equipment will be provided to the team members at the start of a practice season. The coach is responsible for all equipment and uniforms he/ she signs out to players.
At the end of the season it is the coach's responsibility to get all the equipment and uniforms back from the players immediately after the last game, and to complete an inventory check. Coaches must return all equipment and uniforms, together with that inventory check, as signed and dated by the coach, within seven days after the last game of the season.
All fundraising projects must have prior approval from the Athletic and Activities Director or from one of the Principals.
Leland and Gray is committed to providing a challenging, comprehensive education which will foster a lifetime of curiosity, learning, productivity and good citizenship. While academics are our primary concern, we recognize that athletics provide additional opportunities and challenges for personal growth and development. Through competition, students learn the importance of discipline, skill development, fitness, and respect for rules. Athletics becomes a model for good citizenship, good sportsmanship, and a lesson in the value of teamwork.It is important that students, parents, and interested individuals be aware of necessary rules and regulations. As a member of the Vermont Principals' Association (VPA), Leland and Gray requires its athletes to conform to all rules and regulations of the VPA, as well as those adopted by Leland and Gray. Questions regarding rules and regulations should be directed to the Athletic and Activities Director.
Complete by-laws and policies can be found at: www.vpaonline.org Participants in all interscholastic athletic activities must have a minimum of ten (10) practice sessions before competing in interscholastic contests. No student may participate in any VPA-sanctioned activity without providing evidence to the student's school administration or designee prior to participation in an activity showing that the participant is covered under some private or public health insurance program for the medical care for injuries that may be suffered on account of participation in an activity.