Wilson Middle School Athletics
Parent & Student Athletic Guide
The Purpose of Warrior Athletics
Wilson Middle School is proud of its athletic program and the contribution our student-athletes make to build a strong sense of community. We expect that all student-athletes embrace WMS’ tradition of outstanding sportsmanship, citizenship, and fair play.
This Guide provides the goals and objectives, along with the responsibilities and expectations, of parents and student-athletes while actively involved in our athletic program. Because student-athletes are held to high standards of performance, citizenship, and sportsmanship during school and non-school functions, acceptance of these responsibilities to self and to the team is required.
Students are expected to perform at a high level of physical and academic fitness in their sports activity. Each individual sport has adopted training rules to ensure that students maintain a healthy body during their season of sport. Parent support for these standards of excellence is needed to ensure that the proper values are in place for our athletes as guidelines for their participation.
EXPECTATIONS FOR WARRIOR ATHLETES
Individual and team success in sports results from commitment. Athletes who are able to make such commitments reflect their maturity to family, friends, school, and team.
As an athlete at Wilson Middle School, I commit myself …
- To be a worthy representative of my teammates and coaches, abiding by school and community expectations and reflecting my team’s values of commitment and hard work.
- To maintain my health, fitness and academic levels by following the training rules as prescribed by the Athletic Department and the coach.
- To reflect the knowledge that a commitment to victory is nothing without the commitment to hard work in practice.
- To attend every practice unless excused by my coach.
- To understand that my future as a responsible adult and citizen relates to my academic and my athletic activities.
- To accept the responsibilities of team membership: cooperation, support of my teammates, shared responsibilities, positive interaction, and mutual respect.
- To not use drugs or alcohol.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN WMS ATHLETICS, (FOLLOW THESE 3 STEPS) …
STEP 1- Pick up an Athletic Packet in the front office from Mrs. Castillo.
STEP 2- Read, understand and complete the School Student Handbook, Parent & Student Guide to Athletics and Athletic Clearance Packet. The Athletic Clearance Packet contains the following:
- Parent & Student Guide to Athletics
- Emergency Card
- Assumption of Risk
- Concussion Risk Release
- Ethics in Sports
STEP 3- Each student will be evaluated by an administrator and the athletic directors as to his/her eligibility for participation. All athletes must be academically eligible and must pay any and all debts prior to clearance.
Note: Students cannot participate on any School team until all forms are signed and a “blue clearance card” has been issued to the Head Coach.
Athletes MUST attend a FULL DAY OF SCHOOL on the days(s) of practice or games in their sport. If the athletic competition is to take place during the instructional day or some portion thereof, the student is to attend all classes up to the time of departure. If student-athletes do not fully participate in your classes on a game or practice day, they cannot participate in any after-school athletics. If athletes miss school the day before a non-school day, and there is a contest on that non-school day, athletes will not be eligible to compete (example, if an athlete arrives with an unexcused tardy on a Friday at 10:00 am, they will not be able to compete on a Saturday contest).
Note: An exception to this section will be made for the students who can verify, he/she missed school in order to keep an appointment with a medical doctor, court appearance, or any other reason for which the Athletic Director deems as qualifying for an exception.
Student-athletes are to fully exhibit the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. Students who fail to demonstrate these ideals of “Pursuing Victory with Honor” may be removed from their respective team and/or suspended from participating in any athletic activities.
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Goals and Objectives
“To develop the student-athlete in becoming a highly effective citizen”.
1) To work with others … You must learn to develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and the spirit of hard work and sacrifice. The team and its objectives must be placed above personal desires.
2) To be successful … You must learn how to compete. You do not always win, but can succeed when you continually strive to do your best. You learn to accept defeat only by striving to improve your individual and team skills. Develop a desire to be the best you can be!
3) To develop sportsmanship … To accept any defeat like a true sportsman, knowing you have done your best, you must learn to treat others as you would have them treat you. You need to develop social traits, including emotional control, honesty, cooperation, and dependability.
4) To improve … Continual improvement is essential to good citizenship. As an athlete, you must establish a goal and constantly strive to reach that goal with a strong sense of commitment and dedication.
5) To enjoy athletics … Athletes should enjoy participation in order to acknowledge all of the personal rewards to be derived from athletics and to preserve and improve the program.
6) To develop desirable personal health habits … It is important to obtain a high degree of physical and mental fitness through exercise and proper training and to develop the desire to maintain physical fitness after a formal competition has been completed.
Athletes Personal Code
The athlete is to demonstrate the proper respect and courtesy to all coaches, teachers, administrators, officials, opponents, and spectators. This expectation is for on and off the field encounters.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR EQUIPMENT
Athletes shall assume the responsibility for the proper care and return of all equipment and supplies issued. Proper use and care of the facilities are mandatory. The athlete will be expected to pay for any lost, stolen, or damaged items, regardless of blame. Athletes charged for equipment recovery will be put on the “Debt Owed List” and will be unable to practice another sport; attend any extra-curricular activity; or, receive transcripts and/or report cards until that debt is paid in full.
Warrior Athletics Participation Code
Below are lists of school and athletic rules/regulations that may affect a student’s ability to participate in athletics.
Each student will be evaluated by the Principal, Athletic Director and teacher(s), as
to their eligibility for participation. Each student is expected to…
- Complete all homework assignments with care.
- Obtain homework assignments missed due to participation in an athletic event.
- Communicate immediately with your coach, teacher, and parents if you should fall behind in your studies.
- Understand that any D’s or F’s may result in your suspension or removal from the team (Athletes must have 2.0 GPA in order to participate).
Student-athletes must be in attendance all periods of the school day in order to practice or play in a game unless excused by the Athletic Director. If a student oversleeps, for example, and misses 20 minutes of the first period, that student is ineligible for that day. Verification will be required (i.e. a doctor’s note) for student-athletes to be eligible if they miss class. Further, student-athletes must be in all periods on Friday before a Saturday contest to be eligible to compete.
Students who do not attend all periods during the school day, but attend practice or play in a game, will be ruled ineligible for the next five school days.
All student-athletes are expected to display exemplary citizenship and behavior during their season of sport, on or off campus. Every incident will be treated as an individual case and judged on its own merit. The seriousness of the offense, conditions under which it occurred, as well as the student’s past record will be considered.
Situations that involve administrative intervention in compliance with the Exeter Student Handbook, Behavior Contract, or Fight Contract may result in suspension from participation in the athletic activities.
In order to promote a team culture, student-athletes are expected to travel to and from athletic contests with their team in district provided vehicles. In extenuating circumstances, a student-athlete may request to leave an event with parents, however, a Release of Liability form must be completed and returned to the Athletic Director 24 hours before the event for verification. Athletes may NOT drive home from away games with anyone other than their parent or a person identified on their school Emergency Card. Athletes may NOT drive their own vehicles to school athletic events under any circumstances. When necessary, district-cleared approved drivers will transport students.
Commitment is necessary for a team to function together. Therefore, quitting should be a student’s last resort. An athlete who quits during a season of sport shall be ruled ineligible for the current season AND the next subsequent season. If the athlete quits during the Spring season, they will be ruled ineligible for the Fall season of the following academic year. Athletes removed from a team for disciplinary reasons shall constitute quitting.
EXAMPLE: Student quits Fall sport. He or She is ineligible for the remainder of the Fall season AND the next sports season (Winter). They will be eligible to play in the Spring season. (There are 3 sports seasons in a year)
Students new to the sport are allowed a two-week grace period to determine if he or she wishes to continue in a sport. If the athlete quits during this grace period, he or she may collect their blue card from their current coach and are free to join another sport.
Any athlete cut from a squad is immediately eligible to join another sport.
Appeals of a suspension or expulsion from participation in athletic activities may be made through an APPEALS BOARD within two weeks of the suspension date. The athlete or parent must write a letter to the Principal requesting an appeals hearing. The Appeals Board will convene to hear the appeal and make a recommendation to the Principal. The Appeals Board shall consist of (2) WMS Administrators, Athletic Director, and a faculty representative. The Board will make a recommendation to the Principal, who makes the final determination.
Warrior Athletics Information for Parents
A coalition among coaches, athletes, parents, and school personnel is essential if students are to realize the values of athletic participation. Like coaches and athletes, parents must make commitments to the athletic program to assure such a coalition. Please read the following and, as needed, discuss your reactions with your child, your child’s coach or the Athletic Director. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS …
- To accompany my child to as many orientations and informational meetings offered by the athletic department or the coach as my schedule will permit.
- To work closely with all school personnel to assure an appropriate academic as well as athletic experience for my child while he or she is in high school.
- To assure that my child will attend all scheduled practices and athletic contests. I understand that this will require self-sacrifice.
- To require my child to abide by the athletic department’s and coaches’ training rules.
- To acknowledge the ultimate authority of the coach to determine strategy and player selection and playing time of each player.
- To promote mature behavior from students and parents during athletic contests.
- To work cooperatively with other parents and school personnel to identify a reasonable and realistic future for my child as a student-athlete, both in school and in college.
The importance of parents behaving as model spectators cannot be overstated. Parents who support the rules of conduct as defined on the inside back cover of this guide provide a role model for other parents and students alike. Of particular concern are parents who harass officials or make comments in the stands regarding judgment decisions made by the coach or officials. This is counterproductive and tends to destroy the values of good sportsmanship and the game.
ISSUES OF CONCERN … What are appropriate issues to discuss with the coach?
This is often the question many parents have when their children are participating in sports.
PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DISCUSS …
- The treatment of their child
- Ways to help their child improve
- Concerns about their child’s behavior
- Coaches’ expectations for their child and the team
- Team rules and requirements
- Sanctions incurred by their child
- Scheduling of practices (holidays, summer programs, etc.)
- College participation
PARENTS ARE NOT ENCOURAGED TO DISCUSS …
- Placement on teams
- Playing time
- Strategies used by the coach during contests
- Other student-athletes
SPECIAL NOTE: It is very difficult to accept that your child is not playing as much as you hoped he or she would like. Coaches are professionals. They make judgments and the prospective decisions based on what they believe to be in the best interest of the team. The coach must take into account ALL members of the team, not just your son or daughter.
COACH OR PROGRAM COMPLAINTS …
It is imperative that parents respect the position of the coach and direct any concerns to the coach first. If you wish to discuss a problem or issue concerning your child; begin by contacting his/her coach. Often the problem or issue is resolved at this level. If the issue persists, please adhere to the following chain of command:
STEPS FOR RESOLUTION
- First, contact the coach
- Contact the athletic director
- Lastly, contact the Principal
Make an appointment to speak with the coach/AD/Principal prior to or after games/practices. Please do not approach the coach during a game.
Spectator conduct is an instrumental component of forging athletic events. Therefore, fan sportsmanship should reflect the CIF’s values and ethics illustrated in the ideal of “Pursuing Victory with Honor”. Spectator priorities are to advance the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
At athletic events, it is inappropriate for spectators to engage in:
- Harassment of officials, coaches, players or fans (verbal or nonverbal)
- Obscenity or obscene gestures
- Vandalism or throwing objects
- Violent acts
- Game disruption (i.e., coming on to the field of play)
- Possession of and/or under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances
Spectators who demonstrate inappropriate behavior before, during, or after an event, shall be cause for immediate removal from the event and may result in banishment from attending any future Wilson Middle School home event and/or any League event for up to one (1) calendar year.