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Each head coach establishes requirements for team awards and lettering requirements. Athletes will receive in writing at the start of the season the type of team awards and how they are distributed. Athletes must complete the entire season in good standing and follow all team, Galena, WCSD and NIAA policies to be eligible for awards. At the conclusion of each season, athletes who finish in good standing will be eligible and invited to an awards presentation.
Student/athletes are required to attend school at least two periods in order to be eligible to compete in an event or go to practice.
CHECKLIST FOR ATHLETES
BEFORE THE SEASON
* Athletic Packet Completely signed and filled out and cleared by athletic department prior to tryouts
* Passed two credits
* GPA of 2.0 or higher (except fall incoming 9th graders)
* Paid all fees
* Meet the zoning requirements
DURING THE SEASON
* Maintain passing grades in all classes as indicated on the three week grade checks.
* Abide by all rules and regulations.
* Maintain a high ethical and moral character.
* Attend all practices and games.
* Communicated with coaches and teammates.
* Must finish the entire season to letter.
AFTER THE SEASON
* Turn in all school issued equipment on assigned date.
* Clean out athletic locker.
Lines Of Communication
Athlete - Should talk directly with coach. This should always be the first step.
Parents - After the athlete has spoken with the coach and you feel further clarification is needed, please then contact the coach to discuss the issue.
Athletic Director - If after meeting with the coach and the issue has not been resolved, the Athletic Director should be contacted.
EXPECT COACHES TO COMMUNICATE:
* EXPECTATIONS FOR THE ATHLETE AND TEAM.
* LOCATIONS AND TIMES OF ALL PRACTICES AND CONTESTS.
* TEAM REQUIREMENTS: I.E., PRACTICES, SPECIAL EQUIPMENT, OUT OF SEASON CONDITIONING, ETC.
* PROCEDURE FOLLOWED SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE INJURED DURING PARTICIPATION
* DISCIPLINE AND/OR CONSEQUENCES THAT MAY RESULT FROM VARIOUS INCIDENTS DURING THE SEASON
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES:
* THE TREATMENT OF ATHLETES MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.
* WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD IMPROVE.
* CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S BEHAVIOR
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES:
* PLAYING TIME
* TEAM STRATEGY
* PLAY CALLING
* OTHER STUDENT-ATHLETES
* Athletes must have a 2.0 GPA and passed 2.0 credits to be eligible to tryout.
* Athletes who take extension classes are responsible for maintaining academic work and it must be verifiable by the Athletic Department on the three-week checks.
* Once an athlete makes an athletic team their grades are checked every three weeks.
* Athletes who are deemed ineligible on the three week grade check are given a ï¿½warning weekï¿½ the following Monday thru Friday to bring their grade to passing or will be declared ineligible the following Monday thru Saturday.
INELIGIBLE PLAYER May not travel with the team under any circumstance. May not be in uniform or on the bench/ sidelines with team.
RED SHIRT POLICY Students who are ineligible for reasons relating to the 2.0 or 2 credit rule may not try out for a team unless prior approval is obtained from the coach, athletic director, athletic administrator and principal.
Students who are allowed the privilege of red shirting due to grade problems:
1. Must be put on an approved agreement drawn up by the coach and Athletic Director.
A. The agreement is a one strike policy and if violated the athlete is removed for the remainder of the season.
B. An athlete at no time may travel with the team, miss class or dress out on game days Variances
Students who are ineligible to play due to being on a variance must realize:
1. The student/athlete may not participate in any interschool scrimmages or games. No game uniform will be issued.
2. The student/athlete may, with the permission of the principal and coach, practice with the team and miss class for a game.
3. Managers may travel with the team.
4. Some student/athletes may participate at the Junior Varsity and Freshman level if approved by the NIAA and WCSD Activities Office.
5. Variance athletes may not participate or practice with a varsity team.
Character was once said, "is what people say about you when your in the sports arena." Participation is a privilege, not a right and should be treated in that manner. The privilege of being involved is a unique opportunity that should be cherished. Athletes are reminded that they should always demonstrate good sportsmanship. At no time should an athlete display, inappropriate gestures, or the use of profanity.
In the event that an athlete is injured, the athletic trainer will handle all emergency procedures (if present). It is the coachï¿½s responsibility to send someone to get the athletic trainer, if the athletic trainer is not present provide assistance. Further, the coach is responsible for providing acute care to injuries until relieved by the athletic trainer or emergency medical services.
* send someone to find athletic trainer, if athletic trainer not already present
* send assistant coach or someone to call 911
* Indoor sports: telephones are located in the training room and across from the concession
* Outdoor sports: telephone is located in the announcerï¿½s booth
* The athletic trainer has a cellular phone as well
* attempt to contact athletes parents ASAP---before EMS services if not life threatening
* send assistant coach or someone to meet EMS at nearest entry point to injured athlete to direct them to location
* continue management of the athlete until EMS arrives
* inform athletic director, athletic administrator and/or principal ASAP
When Calling 911:
* speak slowly and clearly
* give dispatcher your name and your location
* tell dispatcher specifically what the emergency situation is
* what happened, what body part is injured, current status of athlete (conscious, unconscious, going into shock, etc.)
* ask dispatcher if they have any questions
* do not hang up until the dispatcher instructs you to do so
It is vital that all coaches have the athlete's blue card at all practices and games. Further, coaches should practice the above procedure with assistant coaches, so everyone is familiar with all emergency protocols.
All injuries must be reported to the trainer. Before athletes return to practice or a competition they must be cleared. Athletes who have a head injury must go through the proper clearance procedures and be cleared through the trainer. Athletes who see a doctor for an injury must bring the doctors release to participate. Release should be given directly to the coach who will then give a copy to the trainer.
Certain fees have been added to athletics. The Washoe County School District charges a yearly transportation fee of $25.00. Athletes are required to pay a yearly $5.00 impact fee. Individual sports may also have a fee. If at any time fees become a financial problem please meet with your coach to talk over the situation so other arrangements can be made.
Fundraising has become a necessary evil and part of high school sports. Athletes are asked to participate with their teamsï¿½ fundraisers. Fundraising or participation is not a requirement for making the team or to achieve playing time.
Hazing is any action or activity which inflicts physical or mental harm or anxiety or which demeans, degrades or disgraces a person, regardless of location, intent or consent of participants.
Hazing is a violation of WCSD and Galena High School policy and may result in removal from a team.
Athletic meetings called by the athletic department and coaches are required. The all sport pre-season meeting is required of all athletes.
NEVADA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The NIAA is the governing body for high school athletics in the state of Nevada. All athletes should be come familiar with the NIAA website and refer to the NIAA Handbook. www.NIAA.com
At no time is an athlete to feel pressured or told that they are to participate in off-season workouts. It is the belief of Galena High School that athletes should do as many different activities as they are able to handle and want to do. Coaches do run off-season activities after a dead period for those athletes who did not make a team or who choose not to tryout for that current season.
Students must have a physical at the start of their freshman and junior year. Transfer students must also show proof of a current physical. Athletes who see a doctor for an injury must bring the doctors release to the head coach before they may participate.
Practices are required and athletes are expected to attend. Communication is the key to success. In the event a practice is going to be missed the athlete must notify the head coach. If this is not possible the athlete should leave a message and make personal contact as soon as they return. Remember a missed practice is a missed practice and playing time must be earned. Each coach is expected to communicate this to the athletes and list out how athletes earn their spots back. High school practices should never be more than 2 ï¿½ hours.
At the start of every season athletes should receive a copy of the schedule. Athletes who make a team should understand that they are expected to be at all scheduled events unless the coach gives other directives. Schedules are available on the Galena High School web site, www.galenahigh.com.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ATHLETE
Each athlete must:
1. Understand that the team's goals, welfare and success must come before those of each athlete.
2. Consistently attend practice sessions. *This also includes weekend and holiday periods.
3. Maintain excellent physical condition.
4. Be receptive to coaching and follow instruction given regarding such things as diet, work ethic, and needed sleep.
5. Report all injuries to the coach and athletic trainer immediately.
6. Avoid use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
7. Care for equipment and return all equipment at the conclusion of each season. 8. Have all participation documents filed with the Athletic Director on time. 9. Follow team rules.
10. Maintain a positive attitude at all times.
Athletes must also remember that they are ambassadors and representatives not only of them, but also of their coaching staff, parents, and school officials. Furthermore, rules of the contest and of those who administer them must be respected at all times.
Students are reminded that national test dates are set up a full year in advance and student who participate in athletics should arrange to take the test during their off season. Check with counselor on testing dates for the year.
MISSING SCHOOL-NON-CONFERENCE TRIPS
Varsity athletes may be excused for only one full day per sports season to participate in a non-conference contest. Coaches can submit a justification letter to appeal for extra days for varsity trips. Junior Varsity and freshman athletes are not allowed to miss school for non-conference games.
All forms must be filled out and in 3 weeks prior to the trip. Coaches should be chaperoning the team at all times and know the whereabouts of all team members and managers every minute of the time. The coach should perform a bed check each night of the trip. Teams should eat together, with the coach as a supervisor. The team members know travel rules and stick by them. A final lights out time should always be given to the athletes and checked on by a coach.
Coaches are discouraged from transporting athletes in their private vehicles, but may be done in town only. A coach or a parent who plans on using their vehicle to transport athletes must fill out a private vehicle form must be completed 3 weeks in advance and cleared through district transportation. Athletes are allowed to drive to contests within the Reno/Sparks area, if they first return to their residence after they are released from school.
ACCOMANDATIONS FOR STATE TRAVEL
Athletes and coaches must use the travel and room accommodations arranged by the WCSD. Athletes who fail to not use district travel and accommodations may not compete at state. Per diem is paid by Galena High School. The individual program may add to the per diem but may not change the travel and room accommodations. WCSD will make arrangements to use Las Vegas school district buses for transportation. A coach my decided to use rental vans and cover the cost through their program.
It is important that all athletes be permitted a fair and equal evaluation of their athletic abilities. Thorough and written documentation of your evaluation system is highly recommended. The head coach will make the final decision of who makes the team.
The Athletic Department will make every effort to help coaches encourage athletes to participate in their programs. However, we must adhere to a deadline to ensure rosters are finalized and submitted to the NIAA. The deadline for all sports seasons will be four weeks after the official start of the season. Transfer students will be treated on an individual basis.