Athletic Guidelines

  • ATHLETIC and EXTRA-CURRICULAR GUIDELINES

    ELIGIBILITY POLICY

    I.    Academic

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association regulations determine the minimum academic standards which a student must meet in order to participate in athletic contests with students of other schools.  These regulations require a student, at the time of participating in such a contest, to have been passing in the previous nine-week period, a minimum of five (5) full credit courses.  During the first nine weeks of each semester, the eligibility is based on the previous semester.  All students representing Bellmont High School in extra-curricular athletic activities are subject to these same standards.

    II.   Attendance

    To be eligible to participate in any athletic extra-curricular school activity, including practice sessions, a student must have been in school the last one-half (in by 11:30 AM) day school was in session prior to the activity. On days when school is canceled, if school policy permits conduct of an activity, everyone is considered present as pertaining to this regulation.  Any student serving a suspension will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activities on that day.  In addition to any other applicable penalties, during an out-of-school suspension period, which will include weekends and holidays if suspensions extend beyond such periods, a student will not be allowed to actively participate in practices or contests.  Coaches, sponsors, and/or directors of activities are responsible for enforcement.

    III.  Code

    The North Adams Community Schools encourages participation in extra-curricular and inter-scholastic activities because they provide students the opportunity to cultivate good habits and to develop their mental and physical abilities. The following are rules of conduct for students participating in these activities.  These rules shall apply throughout the calendar year, beginning from the time the student is enrolled until the time the student’s senior season is completed.  BE WARNED: THESE RULES APPLY EVEN WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION.

        

    RULES OF CONDUCT

    General

    -       All rules prescribed by the Student Code of Conduct and Attendance Policy listed in the Student Handbook currently in effect shall apply to participants at all times.

    -       Athletes shall conduct themselves at all times to promote knowledge and learning generally and to maintain an orderly and efficient educational system.

    -       Athletes shall follow any additional rules and regulations established by the individual sponsor or coach responsible for the field of activity in which the athlete is engaged.  These rules will be established by the sponsor or coach prior to the beginning of said activity, in writing and distributed to the athlete.

    -       When a rule violation occurs and an athlete is to serve a suspension for that violation then he/she must finish that sport season in good standing with the team/coach.  Failure to comply will result in revocation of said penalties and must be served prior to participation in contests in any other sport.

    -       If the total punishment cannot be fulfilled during that sport season, the remaining percent of the penalty will be carried over into the next sport season in which the athlete had previously participated during the prior year.

     

    Category A Rules

    Athletes shall not possess, use, consume, buy, sell or transfer any tobacco products at any time.

     

    B.  Penalties for violation of Category A Rules

          1st Offense - The athlete will be suspended for 20% of the scheduled contests during that sport season. 

          2nd Offense - The athlete will be suspended for 50% of the scheduled contests during that sport season.

          3rd and any Subsequent Offense - The athlete shall be prohibited from participation in any activity for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of the determination of the commission of said violation.

    When the basis for assessment of penalties is a violation of the BHS student code of conduct and attendance policy the extra-curricular penalty only applies if the curricular penalty involves an out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

    Jamborees and IHSAA controlled scrimmages do not count toward suspensions.  The athlete will be allowed to participate in these contests.  If a disciplined athlete tries out for a sport that he/she has previously participated and is cut or dismissed the penalty carries over to the next sport of previous participation.  Athletes who have completed the term of their out-of-school suspension, but have not yet fulfilled these penalties will be permitted to practice with the team.

     

    Category B Rules refer to North Adams Substance Abuse Policy which is applicable to all enrolled students.

    D.  Penalties for Violation of Category B Rules

    All athletes will be subject to the following penalties for possession, use, consumption, distribution or transportation of any “controlled substance” as that term is defined under the North Adams Community Schools Substance Abuse Policy (which definition includes, without limitation, alcohol or any alcoholic beverage), even if the violation occurs off school premises and/or at a non-school sponsored activity, at any time while enrolled at North Adams Community Schools.

          1st Offense - Suspension for 50% of scheduled contests during that sport season.  Suspension may be reduced to 25% if a Drug/Alcohol Needs Assessment is done and its recommendations completed.

          2nd Offense - Suspension for 80% of scheduled contests during that sport season.  Suspension may be reduced to 40% if a Drug/Alcohol Needs Assessment is done and its recommendations completed.

          3rd and any Subsequent Offense - Athlete shall be prohibited from participation in any athletic extra-curricular activity for a period of one (1) year from the date of determination of the commission of the violation.  Athlete could be reinstated after completion of a documented program of alcohol/drug abuse rehabilitation.

    Violations will not transfer from the elementary school level to the middle or from the middle school to the high school level.

         

    Eligibility for penalty reduction following completion of Drug/Alcohol Needs Assessment and its recommendations is subject to a strict requirement that such program be commenced with fifteen (15) calendar days of notice of the violation and to the delivery of due documentation of completion it such assessment and its recommendations.  If the recommendations require a continuing compliance program, due documentation of such compliance will also be required for penalty reduction eligibility.  Failure to comply will result in revocation of penalty reductions and reinstatement of original penalties.  All information will be kept confidential and shared only with involve faculty/administration, counseling staff and student parents/guardians.

    Jamborees and IHSAA controlled scrimmages do not count toward suspensions.  The athlete will be allowed to participate in these contests.  If a disciplined athlete tries out for a sport that he/she has previously participated and is cut or dismissed the penalty carries over to the next sport of previous participation.  Athletes who have completed the term of their out-of-school suspension, but have not yet fulfilled these penalties will be permitted to practice with the team.

    Any penalty reductions/revocations are subject to reversal, in discretion of the school administrator and/or Athletic Director, upon consideration of the following behaviors with respect to the affected athlete:

    •     Repeated truancy

    •     Belligerent and disrespectful of staff and other students

    •     Disruptive in classes

    •     Use of threat or violence on school grounds

    •     Vandalism

    •     Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of the State of Indiana

    •     Other activities or behaviors that the administrator deems relevant in his/her discretion

     

    Voluntary Referral:  Students who have never been subject to the penalties of this policy may voluntarily refer themselves to school for help in solving an alcohol/drug abuse problem.  No penalties will be assessed for previous use if the student undergoes a Drug/Alcohol Assessment and the recommendations are followed. Subsequent voluntary referrals or violations will cause the student to be subject to the penalty schedules at the next higher level.

     

    E.  Category C Rule

    Any participant who is determined by the school to have committed an act which meets the definition of a crime under city, state or federal law shall be deemed to have violated a Category C Rule.

    F.   Penalties for Violating Category C

        1.   If the act which constitutes a Category C Rule violation is classified as a misdemeanor, extra-curricular penalties will be assessed as a Category A violation.

        2.   If the act which constitutes a Category C Rule violation is classified as a felony, the participant shall be removed from extra-curricular participation for a period of one (1) year from the date the school makes its determination of a violation.

    G.  Conduct Constituting a Violation of Multiple Rule

    Any conduct which could be found to be a violation of more than one category of these rules shall be dealt with in the manner which results in the maximum penalty here under for such violation.

     

    IV. Appeal Process

    Any athlete who is penalized, or his/her parent(s), may request an appeals hearing by notifying the Principal in writing:  within five (5) days after the receipt of written notification of the athletic suspension.  A review committee consisting of Principal, Athletic Director, and coach shall hear such appeal and decide its outcome.  The determination of the committee is final and binding.

     

    EMERGENCY PRACTICES and PARTICIPATION (due to weather conditions)

    When school has been cancelled due to inclement weather athletic practices may be conducted if weather conditions have improved later in the day.  Under these circumstances practices will be held only on a voluntary basis and must conclude before dark.