Athletics Student/Parent Handbook

Athletics Student/Parent Handbook

LEBANON R-III SCHOOLS

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Welcome to Lebanon Athletics and Activities…

GET INVOLVED! At Lebanon R-III Schools, teachers and administrators encourage all students to become involved in the extra-curricular activities we have to offer. We believe that a dynamic program of student activities, including athletics, is vital to the educational development of the student. We realize that through these activities personalities emerge, talents are uncovered, friendships are made and leaders are developed.

We also realize that students who get involved in activities do better overall in the classroom and attend school on a more regular basis than those students who do not participate. Young people learn a great deal from participation in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are important aspects of the athletic program. Athletic participation also helps students develop healthy self-concepts as well as healthy bodies. Athletic competition fosters school spirit and provides an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and emotional patterns learned through sports.

We hope your years in the Lebanon school system will be enhanced by your participation in one or more of our school’s activities and that these years will be some of the most enjoyable of your life. Interscholastic activities are an integral component of Lebanon R-III Schools. Contests are for the benefit of student participants and are viewed as an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic activities provide worthwhile educational and social experiences for students, resulting in positive learner outcomes that contribute to the development of good citizenship and sportsmanship. While the athletic department takes great pride in winning, it does not condone “winning at any cost” and discourages any and all pressures that might neglect good sportsmanship and good citizenship. At all times, the athletic program will be conducted in ways that justify it as an educational activity.

Every year over 300,000 students in the state of Missouri participate in interscholastic activities at the middle/junior and senior-high levels. The Missouri State High School Activities Association is comprised of member schools that establish eligibility criteria for students such as your self to be able to participate. Look at these rules carefully. We want you to enjoy these years, maximize your interscholastic experiences and continue building the spirit of citizenship in our great community. This handbook provides information about the athletic program at our school.

It is not intended to replace, but rather to supplement the guidelines and regulations pertaining to the athletic program as contained in the student handbook, the Missouri State High School Activities Association Handbook and any Lebanon R-III Board of Education policy. If you have questions, please contact your head coach or Tim

Pezzetti, Activities Director, at 532-1839. Additional school information may be found at our school website, www.lebanon.k12.mo.us.

Opportunities at Lebanon High School:

Extra-Curricular Activities

An attempt is made to make the activities of Lebanon High School a valuable part of the educational program. The purpose of these activities is not to replace regular schoolwork, but rather to make it an extension of the classroom.

Athletic Teams

Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track, Soccer and

Wrestling.

Girls: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track, Volleyball,

Soccer, and Softball.

Music: Concert Choir, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band and Winter

Guard.

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Interscholastic Athletic Objectives

As a result of your involvement in the Lebanon R-III Athletic program it is our desire that student-athletes shall learn:

 To work with others -- In a democratic society a person must develop self-discipline, respect for authority and the spirit of hard work and sacrifice. The team and its objectives must be placed higher that personal desires.

 To be successful – Our society is very competitive. We do not always win, but we succeed when we continually strive to do so. We can learn to accept defeat only by striving to win with earnest dedication and accept that losing has its place in competition. Develop a desire to succeed and do your best.

To develop sportsmanship – To accept any defeat like a true sportsman, knowing we have done our best, we must learn to treat others, as we would have others treat us. We need to develop desirable social traits, including emotional control, honesty, cooperation and dependability.

 To improve – Continual improvement is an essential component of good citizenship. As a student athlete, you must establish a goal and constantly try to achieve that goal. Try to improve in the skills and knowledge required and those personal traits that enhance the success of a team.

 To enjoy athletics – It is necessary for student athletes to enjoy participation, to acknowledge all of the personal rewards to be derived from athletics and to give sufficiently of themselves in order to preserve and improve the program.

 To develop desirable personal health habits – To be an active, contributing citizen, it is important to obtain a high degree of physical fitness through exercise and good health habits and to develop the desire to maintain this level of physical fitness after formal competition has been completed.

To be a successful student athlete – The school athletic programs provide you an opportunity to develop and improve your skills, be a healthy competitor and valuable team member. To be a successful student athlete, the opportunities to participate should never become more important or separated from the academic milestones each person must meet.

Blueprints For The Successful Player

Players are ambassadors for our school, community, team and their family. Our players must exhibit leadership, sportsmanship and character at all times.

The player as a leader

 Accept playing time and positions designated by your coaches.

 Assist where possible in developing the skills of the less experienced teammates.

 Accept and respect your coaches’ decisions.

Know the rules

Obtain and read the basic and supplemental rules of your sport.

 Learn and apply the rules of the game to the best of your ability.

 Attend any pre-season rules or coordination meetings offered for players.

Know your organization and its policies

Supply your coach with accurate information at all times.

 Show respect for your team’s equipment.

 Submit all fees, physical consent forms and parental consent forms, etc. to your coach in a timely manner.

Participation and performance

 Enjoy your sport. If something is troubling you, speak to your coach.

 Be prepared. Attend practices with proper equipment.

Listen and participate fully.

 Attend and be on time for team practices and games.

 Respect your teammates.

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Hazing and Harassment

It is the policy of the MSHSAA Board of Directors and the Lebanon R-III School District that student hazing is inconsistent with the educational goals of the district and have no place in school-sponsored activity programs.

Further, hazing poses a significant risk to the physical and mental welfare of students. Coaches, directors, sponsors and administrators must take an active role in the prevention of all forms of hazing and harassment. Students directly or indirectly involved in hazing incidents, on or off school grounds, could be considered ineligible by the school administration under the MSHSAA citizenship standard.

Hazing: Willful conduct directed at a student that is intended to physically or emotionally intimidate, punish, embarrass, humiliate, ridicule, or place any student in a disconcerting position for the purpose of initiation, affiliating, inclusion or membership in any team or organization.

Harassment: Unwelcome conduct by a person that is sufficiently serious, persistent or pervasive, so that it affects another person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school program or activity by creating an intimidating, threatening or abusive environment.

Requirements Prior to Participation

“Eligibility to represent a school in interscholastic activities is a privilege students may attain by meeting the essential eligibility requirements established by member schools through this association and any additional requirements set by a member school for its own students. Eligibility is not a student’s right by law, and precedentsetting legal cases have affirmed this.”

Parental Permission

The MSHSAA requires student participants to provide information that will be documented on the MSHSAA

Participation Certificate. The following information is required before a student may participate in activities:

Prior to each year of interscholastic athletic participation, a student shall furnish a statement, signed by the student’s parents or guardians, which grants permission for the student to participate in interscholastic athletics.

Physical Exams and Insurance

Every athlete must have a current and valid physical before they are allowed to practice and compete. Physicals obtained after February 1 of the current year are valid for the next school year. It is required that you have a certificate of an issued physical exam signed and authorized by a physician, advanced nurse practitioner in written collaborative practice with a physician, or a certified physician’s assistant in collaboration with a sponsoring physician stating that you are physically able to participate in athletic practices and contests for your school. You will not be permitted to practice or compete until a complete, signed certificate is on file at the school.

No one may practice or participate for a school until there is verification that you have basic athletic health insurance coverage. Athletes are required to provide their own health insurance. Insurance may be purchased through the school. See your coach or activities director for information on this matter if needed. On the physical form, parents are asked to verify coverage.

Athletic Participation Fee

The Lebanon R-III Board of Education adopted a policy requiring a $50 fee to participate in athletics or cheerleading for grades 7-12. This is a one-time fee per student for participation in one or more sports during the school year and must be paid in the high school office prior to the start of official practice in that sport. Athletes will also receive a free activity pass with this fee. The maximum that a family will pay is $80.

If you cannot afford to pay the athletic fee, please see the Activities Director. A payment schedule can be arranged or the athlete can apply for a scholarship.

Athletic Rules Violations Form

A copy of the athletic rules violations form needs to be signed by both a parent and the athlete.

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Emergency Medical Authorization

Each athlete’s parents shall complete an Emergency Medical Authorization Form giving permission for treatment by a physician or hospital when the parent(s) are not available, and permission for their child to participate. The form is a part of the MSHSAA physical form used by Lebanon and will be kept by the school for availability at all practices and contests.

Eligibility Requirements (MSHSAA)

Bona Fide Student

 In order to represent our school, you must be a bona fide student and meet all eligibility requirements. You must be enrolled in and regularly attending classes at the member school and meet the academic requirements by MSHSAA and those of your local school.

Citizenship

 You must be a creditable citizen. Creditable citizens are those students whose conduct, both in school and out of school, will not reflect discredit upon themselves or their school.

 Conduct by the student involving law enforcement should be reported to your school administrator immediately as your conduct may affect eligibility or contest outcomes.

Academics

 You must have earned, the preceding semester of attendance, a minimum of 3.0 units of credit or have earned credit in 80 % of the maximum allowable classes in which any student can be enrolled in the semester, whichever is greater. For Lebanon HS/JH students, this means that you must have passed 7 classes.

 For your current semester, you must be enrolled in and regularly attending courses that offer 3.0 units of credit or 80% of the maximum allowable credits which may be earned, whichever is greater.

 Credits earned or completed after the close of the semester will not fulfill this requirement. Summer high school courses for academic eligibility may count provided the course is necessary for graduation or promotion (no electives), and it is placed on the school transcript. No more than one credit in summer school shall be counted toward eligibility. Correspondence courses do not count.

 If you are beginning the 9 th

grade, you must have been promoted prior to the beginning of the school year.

 You must be making satisfactory progress toward graduation as determined by our local school’s policies.

 Do not drop courses without first consulting your athletic administrator or counselor to determine whether it will affect your eligibility.

Residence Requirements

 A junior or senior high school student may be eligible at the public or nonpublic school located in the district in which the student’s parents reside. In case of a public multiple-school district, a student may be eligible at the school designated for the student to attend by the board of education (open enrollment does not count toward meeting the “designated school to attend.”)

Transferring Schools

 If you transfer schools and your parents do not have a complete move out of the current district and into the district of your new school, you will be ineligible for 365 days-unless you meet one of the exceptions listed in the MSHSAA Residence and Transfer Rules. Make an appointment with your athletic administration to review these exceptions.

 If you move with your parents to your new school district, you will be eligible at your new school provided you were eligible in all other respects at your former school. A student shall not be eligible to represent two different schools in the MSHSAA state tournament series in the same sport during the same season.

 You and your parents must move to the new residence at the same time.

 Always check with your school administrator before you transfer to determine whether it will affect your eligibility.

 Discipline follows the student to the new school. Transferring while under suspension will cause you to be ineligible for 365 days.

Participation Limits

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 You are eligible to participate in any sport for a maximum of four seasons. Any part of a contest played during a season counts as a season of participation.

Your eligibility to participate in high school activities begins when you first enter the ninth grade and lasts for the next eight consecutive semesters (four consecutive years).

Entering School

 You must enter school within the first 11 days of the semester in order to be eligible. This is not the same

as transferring.

Amateur and Awards Standards

 After entering a member school, you will become ineligible in the sport concerned if you receive cash or services for participating in an athletic contest or being an athlete. This restriction applies to all sports in which MSHSAA member schools conduct interscholastic programs. (Merchandise received shall not exceed $100 manufacturer’s suggested retail price.)

You may accept awards, which are symbolic in nature, such as medals, ribbons, trophies, plaques, etc. for participating in a school athletic program.

 You may accept awards that are merchandise and the value of such award shall not exceed a $100 manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

 Awards as described above presented by a person or group other than your school, must be approved in advance by your school principal and the suggested manufacturer’s retail price of a merchandise award shall not exceed $100.

 You may accept awards for participating in nonschool sponsored athletic competition only if the awards are symbolic in nature and the merchandise item does not exceed $100 in suggested retail value.

Age Limits

 If you reach 19 years of age prior to July 1, you will be ineligible the next school year.

Over-aged eighth graders should be moved up to the senior high team to have eight semesters of eligibility.

Playing Under A False Name

 If you compete under an assumed or false name, you immediately become ineligible for up to 365 days.

Graduated Students

 You will be ineligible to participate after graduation from a senior high school. Students who are granted an early release after their junior year are ineligible for further participation. You are eligible to participate

in state-level events, which extend beyond the date of your school’s graduation at the end of the spring semester of your senior year.

Non-school Competition

You may not practice for or participate with a non-school team or in any organized nonschool athletic competition and for your school team in the same sport during the same season of the school team. Tennis and golf have exception to this in that they may participate in two non-school competitive events during the season with permission from their school coach and athletic administrator. Contact your school’s athletic director for specific details.

 You may participate on a school team and a nonschool team in different sports during the same season;

however, you may not practice for the nonschool team or participate in organized nonschool athletic

competition on the same day that you practice with or participate for the school team without prior

approval of your school administrator.

 You must receive approval in advance from your school administrator in order to miss school time to practice for, travel to or compete in organized nonschool athletic competition.

 You will become ineligible in any sport in which you play as a member of a junior college, college or university team.

 You may participate in international competition during the school year, however, the competition must meet the established criteria published in the MSHSAA Official Handbook and must be approved in advance by the MSHSAA Board of Directors.

 Before you join a nonschool team or enter any nonschool competitive athletic event, your athletic administrator should be consulted to make certain these standards are met.

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College Auditions and Tryouts

 You may participate in a college tryout, audition or evaluation event for a specific sport outside the school season of the sport concerned.

 You may not miss school time to travel or participate in the event unless the school administrator approves your absence in advance.

 You may not miss a MSHSAA-sponsored postseason athletic event to participate in or travel to and from the event.

 You may only attend one evaluation event by invitation per sport per year. You may attend any number of

“open” evaluations (anyone may register) with no limit on college-sponsored tryouts.

All-Star Games

 An all-star event is one in which an individual is invited to participate due to his or her high school achievements.

 You may not compete in an all-star game or contest before you complete your eligibility in each high school sport. Participation in an all-star game or contest before ending your high school eligibility will result in you becoming ineligible to participate in any high school sport.

 A senior with no high school eligibility remaining in a specific sport may participate in one All-Star game for that sport during the school year. See your administrator before agreeing to play.

Recruiting of Athletes

 You will be ineligible for your career at a school if you are influenced by a person or persons to attend upon promotion or transfer schools for athletic or activities purposes. You may, however, return to your original school and be ineligible for no more than 365 days.

Transfer For Athletic Reasons

 You shall become ineligible for 365 days if you transfer to another school for athletic reasons.

Sports Camps and Clinics

 You may attend a specialized summer athletic camp(s)/clinic(s) where you receive instruction or coaching

from a member of your school’s coaching staff for a maximum of two calendar weeks in any one sport.

 You may attend a nonschool sponsored summer specialized sports camp(s) or group instruction for as long as you wish where you do not receive instruction or coaching from a member of your school’s coaching staff.

 During the school year outside of the school sport season, you may attend a nonschool-sponsored specialized sports camp(s) or group instruction, provided: it does not result in any loss of school time, attendance does not occur within 14 days of the start of the school sport season for the sport concerned, it is not a team camp, no competition occurs other than limited scrimmaging, and no member of the coaching staff of the school you attend (or will attend) is involved in any way.

During the school sport season, you may attend a nonschool-sponsored specialized sport camp(s) or group instruction provided a school coach attends with you, camp attendance does not result in any loss of school time, it is not a team camp, there is no competition other than limited scrimmaging, and a school administrator approves your participation.

 If an individual sport skills camp is sponsored by a school, you may attend any camp of your choice up to and including the summer preceding your entry into the 8 th

grade. After you enter the 8 th

grade, you may only attend a school-sponsored sports camp at the school you are enrolled to attend (for graduation) in grades 9-12 (unless a transfer in grades 9-12 occurs).

 You or your parents must pay all camp/clinic fees, tuition and other related expenses. A scholarship, waiver of fees or a payment of travel expenses shall result in the loss of your eligibility.

 You may attend one sport camp per sport per year by special invitation. You may attend any number of

“open” sport camps where anyone may register.

No school-owned uniforms or player equipment shall be used in any camp, clinic or group sport lesson other than team camps where the school coach is present as one of the two weeks of school camp. Member schools may not rent, sell, lease or loan their uniforms or player equipment for use in non-school sponsored camps, clinics or contests.

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Conditioning Requirements

 Each squad must have 14 days of conditioning practice and each individual must have participated in 14 school conditioning practices on 14 different days prior to the date of the first interscholastic contest.

 This pertains to all sports except for fall baseball, golf, fall softball, and tennis where each squad must have a minimum of 10 days of conditioning practice and each individual must have participated in 10 different school conditioning practices on 10 different days prior to the date of the first interscholastic contest.

 This requirement shall be waived if a student has been a member of another school sports squad immediately preceding the sport season and has had 14 days of conditioning. (The student may not have been out of practice for more than seven (7) days).

Attendance/Suspensions

 If a student misses class(es) without being excused by the principal, the student shall not be considered eligible on that date.

 The student cannot be eligible to participate on any subsequent date until the student attends a full day of classes without an unexcused absence.

 You will not be considered eligible while under suspension.

 If you are expelled or withdraw from school because of disciplinary measures or while under suspension, you will not be considered eligible for 365 days from the date of expulsion or withdrawal.

Foreign Student Eligibility

 You are eligible for varsity competition for one year only, provided you are participating in an exchange program listed by CSIET.

 No person associated with the school may be involved in your selection.

 No member of the school’s coaching staff shall serve as a host family.

 You must meet the age requirement of not reaching age 19 prior to July 1.

 You must possess a current and valid visa.

You must have enrolled within the first 11 days of the semester.

 You must meet all other general student-eligibility requirements.

 If you meet all standards of eligibility except a CSIET program, you are eligible only for sub-varsity competition.

Scheduling Conflicts With Other Activities

Every effort is made to avoid scheduling more than one activity on the same day. Conflicts do occur because students are involved in more than one activity. The following guidelines apply when conflicts occur:

 District and State events take precedent over the other scheduled activities.

 Events scheduled on the school calendar take precedent over rescheduled events.

Citizenship Requirements For Extra-Curricular Activities

A student shall not be considered eligible while suspended from school or with an unexcused absence. A student must be in attendance for a full day to be considered eligible to participate in an activity on that specific date unless it is a prearranged absence due to a family emergency. For contests on Saturday, the student must have been in school for a full day on Friday.

Transportation to Extra-Curricular Activities

The school provides transportation to extra-curricular activities. Students are required to ride the bus to events on school transportation unless the building administrators approve alternate transportation. Any student riding to an activity on school transportation must return on school transportation unless a parent or guardian requests in person with the sponsor or administrator to assume the responsibility for the student’s return after the activity is complete.

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A parent may also request in writing that the student may ride home with another parent. The request must be made in advance of the trip and receive approval of the principal or assistant principal prior to the trip. A copy of the request will be kept on file in the high school office.

Failure to follow proper procedure could result in loss of participation privileges.

Directions to sporting events are available in print form in the Activities Office and also available from our web site. www.lebanon.k12.mo.us

Care Of Equipment

In order to give the student a sense of responsibility and an appreciation of his/her equipment, each student athlete will be held accountable for the abuse or loss of it. ALL EQUIPMENT MUST BE TURNED IN OR PAID FOR

BEFORE THE ATHLETE PLAYS ANOTHER SPORT.

The following guidelines, if adhered to, will reduce the chances for lost or stolen equipment:

 Do not exchange or loan any of the equipment checked out to you to another teammate. If exchange is warranted, go to the coach and have him/her make the adjustment.

 Any loss of equipment should be reported immediately to the head coach, rather than waiting until the end of the season.

 Any protective equipment that does not fit properly or that has any defective parts should be reported to a coach immediately. Do not wear the equipment until the necessary adjustments have been made. This is for your protection.

 It is against the MSHSAA regulations to sell or rent any equipment to individuals. The Lebanon Athletic

Department strictly adheres to these regulations. Please report any such violation(s) to a coach or the athletic administrator.

Athletic Lettering

All of the Lebanon Athletic Programs offer an athletic letter. Each sport offers criteria and qualifications for lettering set forth by the individual sport coaching staff. Generally speaking, criteria include participation, attitude and work habits. Your coach will be able to answer specific questions regarding his/her lettering policy. Students that quit or are dismissed before the conclusion of the season are ineligible to letter.

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Sportsmanship

Lebanon High School is a member of the Ozark Conference. As a member of MSHSAA and the Ozark Conference,

Lebanon High School follows all policies and guidelines of the association.

Member schools of the Ozark Conference include:

Camdenton

Glendale

Hillcrest

Joplin

Kickapoo

Lebanon

Parkview

Rolla

West Plains

Waynesville

Ozark Conference Creed

The Ozark Conference is proud of the behavior and sportsmanship displayed by its players, coaches, and spectators who:

 Value healthy rivalry, encourage spirited and fair play and appreciate positive support.

 Represent themselves, their teams and their school with pride and poise.

 Treat visiting teams and officials as guests, extending to them every courtesy.

 Are modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

The primary purpose of Ozark Conference interscholastic athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, and emotional well-being and development of all involved through the medium of contests.

Ozark Conference Sportsmanship Standards

Ozark Conference players, coaches and spectators will:

 Regard game officials as fair, accept their decisions as final and treat officials with respect.

 Respect the property of our school and other schools.

 Cheer for their team.

 Treat the opponent’s coaches, players and spectators with respect.

 Show appreciation of good play by both teams.

Accept the decisions and judgments of the coaches.

 Wear t-shirts/clothing that displays positive language.

 Remain off the playing field/court before, during and after events.

 Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

 Maintain an atmosphere of good sportsmanship at all times.

Ozark Conference players, coaches, and spectators will refrain from:

 Actions that will offend, embarrass, or intimidate any individual athlete.

 Actions that will call attention to yourself.

 Taunts, chants, noises, cheers, jeers, songs, profanity or motions directed at the opposing team, coach, or school.

 Using noisemakers.

 Throwing objects

 Displaying signs of any type other than official school banners.

Failure to comply with the Ozark Conference Sportsmanship Standards may result in your removal from the site of competition and may result in further disciplinary action.

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The Roles in the Relationship Between Coach, Parent, and Athlete

Being a part of an athletic program is not easy; the athlete’s must have a great amount of self discipline. We believe that when a teenage player grows into adulthood, he/she will use what he/she learns here to meet the expectations and responsibilities placed on them.. Living up to these high standards, we feel, will better prepare our athletes for life ahead of them. Knowing the roles of the three main elements in an athletic program, coach, parent, and athlete, is vital in the success of the athlete.

Coaches Role

 Set a good example for players and fans to follow.

 Be positive, fair, and consistent with the players.

 Making playing time and strategy decisions with thought and care.

 Establish and organize practice for the team on a daily basis.

Be a good communicator with parents and players.

 Protect the safety of all athletes.

 Know and employ injury prevention procedures.

 Make sure all players know the expectations, procedures and rules for the program.

 Make sure everyone has practice and game schedules.

 Be a professional practitioner in dealing with situations in the sport and stay current with the X’s and O’s.

 Keep inventory of equipment.

 Work to help assistants improve.

 Keep track of academic progress of athletes.

 Be available to talk with players and parents.

Parent’s Role

Be a fan of everyone on the team.

 Respect the decision of officials.

 Respect other fans, coaches, and athletes.

 Talk to their child if they have any questions and, if they still have questions, contact the coach through athletic department procedures.

 Don’t put your child in the middle by talking bad about the coach, program or teammates through conversation.

 Don’t talk to coaches on game day about a complaint. Make an appointment at the convenient time for both parties.

 Understand the coach’s responsibility is to make sure the students are safe and become better people and athletes, not to win every game.

 Be supportive of the child and of the program.

Player’s Role

 Be positive and have a good attitude.

 Support your teammates.

 Always work hard!

 If they have any questions, asks the coach – “The only dumb question is the one that you do not ask.”

 Know and follow school and team rules.

 Challenge themselves as a student, person and athlete.

 Meet everyday classroom expectations.

 Notify the coach of any scheduling conflicts in advance.

 Talk to the coach about any special concerns.

Questions for the Coach

 If appropriate talk with your child about the question.

 Set up a meeting with the coach if you still have questions.

 Follow the Lebanon Athletics Eight Step Parent Protocol.

Things not to ask about

 Playing time.

 Game strategies.

 Other players.

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The main purpose is to open the lines of communication and to assist in understanding expectations of the shareholders within the program. Discussion of these roles takes place every year for every sport. The consistency of these rules in everyprogram is vital for the overall acceptance by the parties involved in the education of our students.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

-Herm Albright

Lebanon Athletics - Eight Step Parent Protocol

All concerns regarding your student in the sport which your student is involved in can be addressed by following the eight steps:

Step 1 – Contact the Head Coach via phone, e-mail, or in person to arrange a meeting time. Please do not

make this initial contact immediately after a game or contest.

Step 2 – Attend meeting on set date and discuss concern and come to a resolution. Concerns are limited to your student-athlete only. Discussion of any other student-athletes is means for meeting termination. Playing time is not an appropriate discussion topic, but discussion about how your athlete can improve is appropriate. The athlete should be present at this meeting.

Step 3 – Contact the Activities Director, Tim Pezzetti, via phone, e-mail, or in person to arrange a meeting time if a satisfactory resolution to the concern is not reached through Step 2. Head coach will be invited to this meeting.

Step 4 – Attend meeting on set date and discuss the concern and the proposed resolution to the concern by the Head Coach.

Step 5 – Contact the Principal, Kevin Lowery, via phone, e-mail, or in person to arrange a meeting time if a satisfactory resolution(s) to the concern is not reached through Step 4. Head Coach and Activities

Director will be invited to this meeting.

Step 6 – Attend meeting on set date and discuss the concern and the proposed resolution to the concern by the Head Coach and Activities Director.

Step 7 – Contact Asst. Superintendent, Dr. Brad Armstrong, via phone, e-mail, or in person to arrange a meeting time if a satisfactory resolution to the concern is not reached through Step 6. Head

Coach, Activities Director, and Secondary Principal will be invited to this meeting.

Step 8 – Attend meeting on set date and discuss the concern and the proposed resolution(s) to the concern by the Head Coach, Activities Director, and Principal.

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College-Bound Athletes

NCAA Clearinghouse Information www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

Who must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

Any student wishing to participate in Division I or Division II athletics must register with the clearinghouse.

Why is there an initial eligibility clearinghouse?

The clearinghouse reviews student information to assure that student-athletes have met the minimum academic standards needed to participate in collegiate athletics.

What does the clearinghouse look at when evaluating a student?

The clearinghouse evaluates student course work, grades and test scores to determine whether students meet minimum academic requirements. Specifically, they will be looking at the GPA of your core courses and your ACT or SAT score. They use a sliding scale to determine eligibility.

How many core courses are required?

Beginning in 2008, 16 core courses are required. This is 4 yrs of English, 3 of math, 2 of science, 2 of social sciences, 1 extra year of English, Math or Science, and 4 years of extra core courses from areas such as foreign language, philosophy, religion or any of the above core areas. Those students attending a Division II school will be required to complete 14 core courses.

Does it help me if I complete more than the required number of core courses?

Yes. The clearinghouse will take the 14 courses with the best grades in calculating your course GPA.

Does the clearinghouse also determine admission into an NCAA college or university?

No. Each institution decides which students they will admit. The clearinghouse just determines whether or not the student meets minimum academic requirements to participate in NCAA athletics on the Division I or II level.

How and when do I register for the NCAA Clearinghouse?

Our guidance office will have the necessary forms to fill out when you are ready to register or you may register online. It is best to register right after your junior year.

 You will need to fill out a student release form and submit $50.00 when sending the form into the clearinghouse.

You will need to authorize the high school to send your transcripts, test scores, etc

 You will need to authorize the clearinghouse to send your academic information to colleges that request it.

 When you register to take the ACT or SAT, mark code 9999 so that they will send your scores to the clearinghouse.

The clearinghouse is going to look at the sum of the different parts of the ACT; these being math, science, English and reading. For example, if you take the test three times they are going to take your best score from each of these areas in calculating you sum score. The higher your sum score, the better.

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are pleased to inform you that Lebanon High School is making CoreCourseGPA.com, a web-based software program, available to all Lebanon High School student-athletes and their parents/guardians free of charge.

If your child has aspirations of competing athletically as a freshman at an NCAA Division I or Division II school, they must meet NCAA Initial-Eligibility minimum standards, including minimum core course GPA and SAT/ACT test score requirements. CoreCourseGPA.com is an innovative tool that allows you to easily track your son or daughter’s progress towards meeting these requirements, beginning as soon as the first semester of their freshman year.

To activate your child’s CoreCourseGPA.com membership, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to www.CoreCourseGPA.com

2. Enter School ID and School Code in the New Member Account Creation box:

Students/Parents:

School ID: 261890

School Code: 729388822

3.

4.

Click “Continue.”

Fill in the appropriate fields in the Create New Student Account form.

**Remember to write down the new Member Name and Password you have created**

5. Click “Submit.”

Congratulations! You have successfully created your CoreCourseGPA.com member account.

To login to your member account and begin using the CoreCourseGPA.com software, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to www.CoreCourseGPA.com

2. Enter your Member Name and Password in the Existing Member Login box.

**Use the Member Name and Password you created during the account activation process**

3. Click “Login.”

Begin using your CoreCourseGPA.com account!

CoreCourseGPA.com incorporates the NCAA recognized core courses for Lebanon High School into the online course entry forms, calculates BOTH Division I and Division II core course GPA, automatically factors weighted grades into calculations and tracks course requirements for BOTH Division I and Division II. Your son or daughter’s core course information is saved for the duration of their high school career.

Lebanon High School is proud to make this innovative software available to you free of charge. We believe

CoreCourseGPA.com will be a very useful academic tool for you and your student-athlete.

Sincerely,

Tim Pezzetti

Lebanon AD

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT YOUR USE OF CORECOURSEGPA.COM IS NOT A

SUBSTITUTE FOR REGISTERING WITH THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER AFTER THE

COMPLETION OF SIX HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTERS.

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Lebanon R-III School District - Activity/Athletic Commitment Form

PARTICIPANTS NAME (PRINT)____________________________SCHOOL YEAR_____

Prior to participating in any practice or tryout sessions for any interscholastic sport, each athlete must:

 Successfully pass a physical examination by a registered physician and the copy of such examination must be on file in the office of the activities director. A physical exam is valid if issued on or after Feb. 1 of previous school year.

 Provide proof of personal health insurance (by stating the name of your insurance company and policy number on the parent permission form).

 Have parent and student signature on your parent permission form.

 Pay athletic fee.

Have parent and athlete signature on the athletic rule violation form.

 Return the Activity/Athletic Commitment Form properly signed

As a student-athlete in The Lebanon R-III School District participating voluntarily in interscholastic athletics

I verify that:

 I have read this booklet and understand that the Lebanon R-III School District and Missouri State High

School Activities Association have various rules and policies pertaining to sportsmanship, citizenship and scholastics. I understand there may be consequences for breaking school policy or MSHSAA rules which could include suspension from extracurricular activities for up to 365 days.

 I will be responsible for all equipment issued to me throughout the season and will return such equipment at the conclusion of the season. I agree to pay the current replacement cost for any of the equipment not accounted for by me at the end of the season.

 I, along with my parents, certify that I have read, understand, and will follow all of the district and MSHSAA policies regarding extracurricular activities. I understand in order to be eligible, and to maintain my eligibility, I must comply with all requirements listed.

Student Signature____________________________________________Date_____________________

As the parent/guardian of a student participating voluntarily in interscholastic athletics/activities, I have read this handbook, discussed it with my son/daughter, and will support the school district and MSHSAA in their efforts to promote good citizenship and adhere to MSHSAA policies.

Parent Signature______________________________________________Date____________________

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