Athletic Code

TONASKET MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL

ATHLETIC CODE 

“Athletics means more than competition between individuals or teams representing different schools.  It is rather, a means of building a way of life truly respected in our society.  It teaches understanding and appreciation of teamwork — that to participate means success, and to follow training rules means healthy living habits and establishes high team morale.  This results in a mutual trust by coaches and other team members.  Athletics exemplifies the philosophy that dedication, drive and determination bring eventual success.

The, athlete, managers, scorekeepers, statisticians, cheerleaders and mascots by reason of participation in spectator events and the light in which they are viewed  by younger students and peers, is more closely observed by home community, and school le other students.  Therefore, it is important that their behavior remain above question.  As a student leader, each must accept the responsibilities and obligations placed by those represented.

The Tonasket School District and community are proud of the academic successes that our individual athletes and teams have earned over the years.  Students/athletes must learn to plan and organize their time to best balance their athletic responsibilities with their more important academic responsibilities.

 The following rules apply to these special participants at Tonasket High School.

LOCAL PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

1.     The following local requirements must be met prior to participation in a given sports season:  Once each lega file in the Athletic Directors office it will apply for the remainder of that school year.

2.     A medical physical prior to the first practice must be on file in the Athletic  Directors office.  (Student managers, Scorekeepers and Statisticians are not required to have a physical.)

3.     Purchase of school sponsored athletic insurance or insurance waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on file in the Athletic Directors office prior to to the first practice.  A waiver must state the name of the insurance company and policy number.

4.     Purchase of a valid Tonasket High School ASB card prior to the first scheduled athletic contest.

5.     Tonasket High School Athletic Code signed by parents/guardians and student athlete prior to the first contest.

6.     An emergency treatment medical form signed by parents/legalnon file with the participants coach prior to the first scheduled practice.  These medical forms shall  be carried with the coach throughout the sports season.

DEFINITIONS OF ATHLETIC CODE TERMS

1.     Major athletic code offenses:

a.     Tobacco —smoking, chewing/use, vaping of or in possession of.

b.     Alcohol-use of, possession of or remaining in premise/location serving alcohol legal.

c.     Illegal drugs- Use of, possession of, sale of, or remaining, premise /location where legal drugs are being use.

d.     Hazing/Bullying— a ritualistic test and a task involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into an organization or other group.

e.     See Student Handbook for others

2.     Competitive season-games, meets or matches during the current season in which the athlete is participating.

3.     Off season- Anytime between the first fall practice to the last day of the school year that the student is not participating in an activity covered by this code.

4.     Sports season- Anytime from the first day of practice to the season ending awards banquet.

  

MAJOR ATHLETIC CODE OFFENSES AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES

1.     First Major Offense

a.     Offense during the off season—student athletes will be denied participation during the first 20% of the participants next competitive season.  Imposition of the legal will be when the administrator/coach is first aware of the offense.  Participants will continue to attend practices.  This legal shall carry over to the following school year for underclassmen not involved in another sport this school year. 

b.     Offense during the sports season—denied participation in 20% of the sports season meets, matches or games.  Penalties will carry over to post season play and or the next sports season, this school year or next, if not fulfilled during the present sports season.  Imposition of the legal will be when the administrator/coach is first aware of this offense.  Participants will continue to attend practices.

c.     The 20% legal for the above violations shall be reduced by one competition if the first report of the violation is voluntarily made to the administration by the athlete or his/her parents/guardians.  Students/parents who self-report may submit a plan of restitution and/or community service to be considered for a one game reduction in the consequence.  The school principal and athletic director must approve all plans.  This does not apply to any athlete who is on a second or third athletic code violation.  Restitution and/or community service must be substantial and supervised by an approved adult other than school administration.

d.     Participants visiting premise/location which constitutes an legal act and those convicted of a misdemeanor shall be penalized as per first offense punishment (20%).  Those convicted of a more serious felony offense shall be penalized as per second offense punishment.  This rule shall not apply to misdemeanor traffic violations,  except those cases involving legal drugs or alcohol use by the student/athlete.

2.     Second Major Offense

a.     Any second major offense  shall result in the student athlete being suspended from athletics 50% of the sports season from the date of the administrator/coaches awareness of the violation.

3.     Third Major Offense

a.     A third major offense shall result in loss of athletic privileges for one calendar year from the date of the of the administrator/coaches awareness of the violation .

4.     Performance Enhancing Drugs and Steriods

a.     The 20% and 50% rule does not apply to the use of drugs/steroids.  Washington state law (RCW69.41) makes it unlawful for student athletes to use, posses or sell drugs/steroids.  Violation of the law will affect a students eligibility under WAC392183-015 and WIAA eligibility rules as follows:

b.     Student athletes will be immediately ineligible for competition in the current Interscholastic Sports program for the remainder of the season.  Ineligibility shall continue until the next sports season in which the student athlete wishes to turn out. In order to be eligible to participate in the next interscholastic sports season, the student athlete shall meet with the school eligibility board, consisting of coaches and administrators selected by the principal to request approval to participate.  The school eligibility board will recommend appropriate action to be taken in the student athletes case.  School principals shall have the final authority as to the student athletes participation in the interscholastic sports program.

c.     A student athlete who seeks and receives help for a problem with the use of drugs (RCW69.41.010 identified substances) shall be given the opportunity for assistance through the school and/or community agencies.  In no instance shall participation in a school or community approved assistance program excuse a student athlete from subsequent compliance with this regulation.  However, successful utilization of such an opportunity or compliance with the athletic code by the student athlete may allow him or her to have eligibility reinstated in the athletic program, pending recommendation by the school eligibility authority.

d.     Second violation- A student athlete will be ineligible and prohibited from   participating in any WIAA member school interscholastic sports program for a period of one calendar year from the date of the second violation.

e.     Third violation- Student athlete will permanently be prohibited from participation in any WIAA member school athletic program.

MISCELLANEOUS RULES

 

1.     Tonasket School District considers athletics as an extension of the classroom.  All school rules apply to athletics as well.  Please refer to the student handbook’s violation and consequence grid to be more informed of consequences for athletes who violate school rules.

2.     The rules and regulations become effective once an athlete first signs a Tonasket High School athletic code and shall apply to said athlete throughout his/her years of enrollment at Tonasket High School.

3.     The Tonasket School District shall honor other WIAA member schools athletic codes for those students transferring for athletic purposes in Tonasket High School after violation of their previous schools athletic code.

4.     Coaches will set team rules and expectations that will be distributed to their athletes at the start of the season.  As representatives of Tonasket High School the      athlete is expected to be a leader in promoting good citizenship and in fostering a positive image for the school and program.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the coach.

 

PRACTICE AND GAMES RULES:

1.     Any student athlete judged truant from school during the sport season shall be suspended from competition for the next scheduled interscholastic contest.  Truancy  is the absence from any class or part of a class without administrative approval.  The penalty will be imposed when the administrator/coach becomes aware of the truancy.

2.     Daily Attendance Requirements For Athletics

a.     Students who are absent from three class periods or more may not participate in any practice or game that day unless authorized by the office, principal, assistant principal or athletic director.  Absences that extend beyond two periods of the day from school must be due to a doctor or dental appointments, a death in the family, religious observances, or family conflict. The students must provide written verification from the medical or dental office, a note or phone call outlining the family conflict, or a meeting with school administration.

3.     Students returning from an athletic event after midnight are excused for the first hour of the following day. Students who have been suspended in or out of school are prohibited from practicing or playing while suspended.

4.     Due to the types of schedules of the various sports, each coach may set the specific curfew times for their teams by the participants coach.

5.     All participants shall refrain from the use of profanity and shall display good sportsmanship before, during and after contests.  Violations shall result in disciplinary action by the participants coach.

6.     WIAA EJECTION POLICY- A player, coach, or bench personnel of the team who is ejected from a contest due to fighting, violent conduct, or abusive, vulgar or profane language shall be prohibited from participating in the next scheduled contest.  There is no appeal for the first offense.  A second offense may only be appealed to the WIAA executive director.

7.     A student/athlete that fails to dress down for his/her physical education class will                  not be allowed to participate in a practice or contest that day. 

Athletic Travel Rules and Regulations

1.     All participants are expected to travel as a team and dress for travel as directed by the coach.

2.     At no time shall a students drive themselves to and from an out of district activity, and/or be released to travel home with another student, boyfriend/girlfriend, or young adult under the age of 30.

a.     Should the student inexcusably miss the scheduled district provided transportation, he/she shall not be allowed to travel to the event in private vehicle and be permitted to participate in the activity.  

3.     Students may travel home from an event in a private vehicle in the following situations:

a.     The parent/guardian is at the event site and personally asks the coach/advisor to release the athlete to him/her, and signs out.

b.     The parent/guardian is not at the event site but would like the student to ride home with another student/athletes parents, or an older family member.  The following should take place:

                                               i.     The parent/guardian contacts the coach/advisor or athletic director in person or by phone and request that

their child ride home with another parent from the activity.  

                                              ii.     The parent also sends a note indicating with whom their child should ride home.  The designated adult/older relative contacts the coach/advisor at the activity and requests to take the student/athlete home.

4.     Students who are academically ineligible may not dress down or warm-up for home events and may not be allowed to travel with the team on away trips.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

1.     A participant  shall maintain acceptable academic progress.  Each participant shall have passed a minimum of seven out of eight classes, exclusive of any aide assignment, in the semester or trimester preceding the sport or during the sports season to be eligible to compete during that sports season. If a participant is ineligible under this rule, he or she shall have their situation reviewed at the end of five weeks of the new semester. If the participant is passing all classes at that time competitive eligibility shall be reinstated.

2.     Athletic Practice and Event Academic Eligibility

a.     Participants shall maintain acceptable academic progress. Each participant may fail no more than one class in the semester or trimester preceding the season to be eligible to compete during that program’s season. Any participant ineligible under this rule shall have the opportunity for a review at the end of five weeks of the new semester. If the participant is passing all classes at that time, eligibility shall be reinstated. Reinstated participants shall maintain passing grades during the semester of the program’s season in which they compete.

b.     If a student is noted as not passing on a weekly eligibility check, he/she has one week to bring the semester grade(s) up to passing. Students noted as not passing for two grade checks in the same class(s) shall be ineligible for the next week (Monday through Saturday) and each succeeding week until achieving passing grade(s).  These rules are in effect from the first day of of the season through the final post-season event. Students may be excused from the weekly eligibility check requirements if placed on an academic contract that is approved by the athletic director and respective teachers.  Extenuating circumstances are a key factor in this decision.  

EQUIPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

1.     School equipment checked out to the participant is his/her responsibility.  He/she                  is expected to keep it clean and in good condition.  Loss or damage to issued equipment will be the participants financial obligation.

2.     No participant will be allowed to participate in another sport until all previously issued equipment has been returned or proper restitution has been made.

3.     Issued equipment and uniforms are to be worn only when participating with the team or during a scheduled contest, or in the situations where permission is given by the head coach.

PARTICIPANTS DROPPED OR RESIGNED FROM A TEAM

1.     Participants who voluntarily remove themselves from a team must previously talk with his/her coach.  Failure to do so shall make that athlete ineligible for another sport that sport season.  The rule may be waived after an appeal to the Athletic Director and consultation with the coaches involved.

2.     Any participant who is dropped from the squad for disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to become a member of any other sport squad during that season.

APPEARANCE

1.     Appearance will be governed by Tonasket School Districts "Dress and Physical Appearance" policy 3000 series except: Hair will be cut so as to be out of the eyes, trimmed neatly in accordance with standards established by the rules of a particular sport and/or the coach involved.  Haircuts, styles, and appearance in general which  detract from the team image may result in temporary loss of the privilege to participate.  This will be at the coaches discretion. 

ATHLETIC REVIEW BOARD APPEALS PROCESS

 

2.     The Athletic Review Board shall consist of seven voting members, six of the members shall be appointed at the beginning of the school year and shall consist of the following individuals:

 

a.     The high school principal as board chairman.

b.     Two students appointed by the student council.

c.     Two staff members appointed by the AD/Principal-one coach not involved with the athlete in question.

d.     One adult from the community.  (A pool of five community members to be appointed by the board of directors to be available to sit in on scheduled  meetings.)

e.     The student/athlete appealing may ask the appointment of one staff member of his/her choice as the seventh voting member.

3.     Once notified of his/her athletic code violation, the student /parent/guardian has three school days in which to appeal.  The appeal must be submitted in writing, signed by the parent/guardian and student to the high school principal.  If an appeal is received, a fair hearing will be held within two days of receipt of the appeal.

4.     This process is applicable to only "Major Athletic Code" suspensions and is limited to the guilt or innocence of the student/athlete.  Discipline commences upon the notification of the athletic code violation.

5.     The non-student members of the athletic review board will hear appeals on major violations of the athletic code that have lead to a conviction or guilty plea in the juvenile justice system to determine possible alternate consequences.

  

MISCONDUCT AND SANCTIONS

ALL MITIGATING FACTORS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:  NO PRIOR SANCTIONS ON FILE, MINIMAL DAMAGES, AND SELF-REPORTING

ALL AGGRAVATING FACTORS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:  PRIOR SANCTIONS ON FILE, SIGNIFICANT DAMAGES, STUDENT DID NOT SELF-REPORT, AND CONDUCT IS MOTIVATED BY PERCEIVED RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER EXPRESSION, DISABILITY, OR ANY SIMILAR ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED CHARACTERISTIC

Exceptional Misconduct

Presumptive Standard

(this is the likely sanction for first time offense)

Mitigating Factors (Student age is a factor in all cells)

Aggravating Factors

Standard Range

(this is what is allowed for first time offense)

Athletic Code Violations


Assault: Fighting and Physical Violence

Short-term suspension of 5 days

Law enforcement notified upon victim request.

Minimal injury; little harm; student’s acting in defense; self-reported

Serious injury; use of object or weapon; multiple students; prior sanctions of this nature

0-10 day suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of the school suspension.

Assault: Physical or Verbal Assault on Staff or Threatening any Staff Member (RCW 28A.635.090)

Short-term suspension of 5 days

Law enforcement notified upon victim request.  

• Student was primarily acting defensively, but facts do not support a conclusion that the student’s conduct was clearly reasonable self-defense as set forth below

• Serious actual or potential injury

• Use of an object or weapon

• Premeditated conduct

• Multiple students assaulting a single student

• Prior assault(s), threat(s), harassment, or bullying by the student against the same victim

0-10 day suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of the school suspension.

Defacing or Destruction of School Property.  RCW 28A.635.060

Short-term suspension of 3 days

• Minimal damage

• Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

• Property defaced with:

• Lewd or obscene words or imagery

• Gang words or imagery

0-10 day suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of the school suspension.

Defiance of School Authority

Discipline other than Suspension

• Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct with school personnel

• Substantial disruption to learning of others caused by student’s defiance

• Student attempts to solicit or incite others to engage in defiant behavior

• Use of lewd, obscene, or profane language directed towards supervising school personnel

0-10 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of the school suspension.

Drugs and Alcohol: Distribution of Drugs, Alcohol and Controlled Substances; Possession, Use or Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol, and Paraphernalia

 

See athletic code for steroid or other performance enhancing drug possession, use or under the influence of.

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION FOR POSSESSION OR USE: Short-Term Suspension of 10 Days

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION FOR DISTRIBUTION:

Long-Term Suspension of 20 Days

Law enforcement notified

• A significantly small amount of substance

• Momentary or transient handling of the item

• Student believed that he or she was authorized to possess a lawfully-prescribed drug on campus

• Evidence that there was no intent to use, consume, or distribute the substance on

school grounds, district provided transportation, or at school activities.

• A relatively large amount of substance that would reasonably exceed anticipated single use

• Evidence of sophistication or pre-planning

• Evidence of distribution or intent to distribute prohibited substances

• Distribution has been to multiple students

• Conduct is related to gang affiliation.

3-20 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.  The participant shall be suspended no less than 20% of the regular activity season for the first violation.  A second offense is 50% event suspension.

A third violation shall result in a one-year suspension from all activities.

Participants/Parents who self-report will be allowed a reduction of one game if a restorative plan is agreed upon.

 

 

Gambling

Warning issued  for first offense

Office detention for second offense

Short-term suspension for third offense

No gambling, including card playing, is permitted on school property.

 

Warning issued  for first offense

Office detention for second offense

Short-term suspension for third offense

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Gang Conduct

Discipline other than Suspension

 

• Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution for property damaged or defaced with gang imagery, symbols, or language

• Concerted action with other students or non-students

• Gang conduct in connection with other misconduct prohibited elsewhere by this procedure, including but not limited to assault, harassment, intimidation, bullying, theft, and the possession of weapons

0-10 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Harassment, Intimidation, bullying, and hazing

3 Day Suspension

• Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct with the victim

• Threat of serious injury

• Use of an object or weapon

• Premeditated conduct

• Part of a pattern of similar misconduct against the same victim

• Exceptional severity or cruelty

3-20 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.  The participant shall be suspended no less than 20% of the regular activity season for the first violation.  A second offense is 50% event suspension.

A third violation shall result in a one-year suspension from all activities.

Participants/Parents who self-report will be allowed a reduction of one game if a restorative plan is agreed upon.

 

 

Lewd, Obscene, or Profane Language, Gestures, and Materials (e.g., sexually explicit, use of racial or religious slurs, drug or alcohol symbols).

Discipline other than Suspension

• Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct

• Substantial disruption to learning of others caused by student’s defiance

• Student attempts to solicit or incite others to engage in behavior

0-10 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Theft/Stealing/Extortion

Short-Term Suspension of 2 Days

• Property returned to victim

• Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

• Significant damage in extent or cost

• Conduct is motivated by gang affiliation

0-10 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.  

 

At an event or practice.: The participant shall be suspended no less than 20% of the regular activity season for the first violation.  A second offense is 50% event suspension.

A third violation shall result in a one-year suspension from all activities.

Participants/Parents who self-report will be allowed a reduction of one game if a restorative plan is agreed upon.

 

 

 

Tobacco / Nicotine in any form/Any Nicotine delivery device (i.e., vapor pens, e-cigerettes, ect.)  All devices that may deliver liquid nicotine, THC, and marijuana will be considered a violation.

Short-Term Suspension of 2 Days and

Complete Tobacco Intervention Packet.[Refusal or failure to complete Tobacco Intervention Packet shall be considered to be a tobacco related offense for which students may receive school discipline sanctions as set forth in Defiance of School Authorities]

• Student offers credible evidence that he or she had the tobacco/nicotine  unintentionally

• Large quantity; distributed to others; openly used tobacco and nicotine with others; denied use or possession

0-10 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.  The participant shall be suspended no less than 20% of the regular activity season for the first violation.  A second offense is 50% event suspension.

A third violation shall result in a one-year suspension from all activities.

Participants/Parents who self-report will be allowed a reduction of one game if a restorative plan is agreed upon.

 

 

WEAPONS:

RCW 9.41.250, 270, 280

RCW 9.41.280

Long-Term Suspension of 11 days

SANCTION FOR FIREARM AT SCHOOL: Emergency Expulsion

Possible law enforcement notified

• No injury or damage caused

• No evidence that student intended to display or use the weapon

• The weapon is a small pocketknife with a blade 3 inches or less

• Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences

• Student offers credible evidence that he or she had the weapon for legitimate purposes

away from school and unintentionally brought the object to school

• Student used the weapon in furtherance of an assault, to intimidate another, cause injury, and/or to cause physical damage to property

• Student displayed, activated or discharged the weapon in a reckless manner

• Evidence of premeditation

• The weapon is an airgun or firearm.

• The object appears to be a firearm and the student displaying or using the object does so with malice

0-20 Day Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

 

DISRUPTIVE and OTHER

MISCONDUCT

Presumptive Standard

(this is the likely sanction for a first time offense)

Mitigating Circumstances

Aggravating Circumstances

Standard Range

(this is what is allowed for a first time offense)

Athletic Code Violations

Inappropriate Dress and

Appearance

Verbal warning from teacher or administrator, change of clothing or appearance

• No previous infractions

• Student’s intent or purpose was not intentional

• Previous infractions

• Student’s intent or purpose was to disrupt learning environment

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Inappropriate Display of Physical Affection

Student counseled, warned

• No Previous Infractions

• Previous infractions

• Student’s intent or purpose was to disrupt learning environment

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

 

Failure to Pursue Course of Study

Teacher-parent conference. Referral to counselor and administrator. Possible ASD

• No Previous Infractions

• Previous infractions

• Current grades are below standard

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

 

Cell Phone Use

In Class

Warning; teacher may confiscate phone for the period; referral to the office

• No Previous Infractions

• Parent emergency

• Previous infractions

• Use was sly or devious

• Disrupted the learning of others

Warning – Cell phone not allowed on campus

 

Truancy

ASD. Conference with student, parent, administrator. Possible behavior contract.  Possible Community Truancy Board contract.

• No Previous Infractions

• Parent, not student, was responsible for reporting status to school in a timely manner

• Previous infractions

• Forged a note

• Dishonest about whereabouts

• Multiple attempts to clear absence were ignored

ASD – Long Term Suspension –Alternative Placement

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

 

No practice or competitive events on day of truancy or when administration is aware of truancy.

Tardiness

Warning -ASD

• No Previous Infractions

• Previous infractions

ASD – Escort to Class

Closed Campus

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Abusing or Insulting Staff (RCW 28A.635.010)

ASD. Possible short- or long-term suspension. Possible referral to law enforcement

• No Previous Infractions

• Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

• Previous infractions

• Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of the victim

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Other Illegal Acts

Committed on School Grounds or at School Activities

ASD, short- or long-term suspension

Possible law enforcement notification

• No Previous Infractions

• Previous infractions

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

Failure to Return School Property

Payment of fine, restitution plan

• No Previous Infractions

• Student or family can not financially pay the fine or provide restitution

• Previous infractions

• Item is no longer in the possession of the student

Repayment  - See Theft

No participation until property is returned and/or restitution is paid.

Motor Vehicle Infractions

Law enforcement notified. Possible ASD, possible short-term suspension

• No Previous Infractions

• Victim has some responsibility in the cause of the infraction

• Previous infractions

• Driver is reckless

• Multiple people are impacted

Warning -ASD – Long-Term Suspension

Driving / Parking Privileges Revoked

Suspension from practice and/or competitive events during length of school suspension.

 

 

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