AQ Code of Conduct

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CONDUCT AND EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

 

Code of Behavior

Because the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs prevents the normal development of a healthy mind and body, the following expectations have been established:
-No student athlete will possess or consume alcoholic beverages at any time or place.
-No student athlete may use tobacco products.
-No student athlete will possess, sell or use illegal drugs.
-No student athlete will use prescription drugs without the consent of a physician.

In order to promote a healthy life-style, students are required to honor the above rules at all times.

Consequences for breaking the alcohol and drug prohibition are as follow:
First Offense.

A. Self-report. If a student violates this code of conduct and self reports to the adviser, coach or athletic director, the student will be assigned mandatory counseling, community service. (2 hours) as well as documented attendance at2 A.A. meetings.

B. No-self-report. Ifa student violates this code of conduct, does not self report and is found in violation, the student will forfeit l0% of the sport season and will be assigned mandatory counseling, community service (4 hours) as well as documented attendance at 2 A.A. meetings.
 

Second Offense

A. Self-report. If a student violates this code of conduct a second time and self reports, the student will forfeit l0% of the sports season and will be assigned mandatory counseling, community service (4 hours) as well as documented attendance at 4 A.A. meetings.

B. No-self-report. If a student violates this code of conduct a second time, does not self report and is found in violation, the student will forfeit 25% of the sports season and will be assigned mandatory counseling, community service (8 hours) as well as documented attendance at 4 A.A.meetings.

Third Offense. If a student violates the code of conduct a third time the student will receive a permanent suspension from participation in Aquinas athletics and may receive additional disciplinary action per school policy which may include permanent expulsion from the school.

The consequences listed above shall be considered minimum rehabilitating steps.

The school reserves the right to add additional consequences any time, at its sole discretion, including in-school and out-of-school suspensions and even expulsion.

Counseling Requirements-
Students must receive a minimum of three professional counseling sessions and provide written proof of participation with 3 weeks of the violation in order to continue in the sport. Failure to receive this counseling within this time frame will result in suspension from the sport.

Participation Restrictions
During the disciplinary consequences the student is expected participate in all practices, unless the practice time interferes with a community service requirement, academic needs or an AA meeting.

Community Service Requirements
Community service must be completed with 3 weeks of the student code of conduct violation in order for the student to continue participating in the activity or sport. Failure to complete community service within this time frame will result in suspension from the sport.
Disciplinary Communication
Violations of the Athlete's Code of Conduct should be reported to the athletic director. When an administrator determines that a student is involved in a code violation, the administrator will call the student's parents to notifu them of the situation. Parents will be offered the opportunity to discuss the situation.

While we realize our drug and alcohol policy is strong, we believe it should be in order to protect the health and well-being of our student athletes. Participation in the athletic program is a privilege, not a right. Motivation to be part of Aquinas athletic program should provide motivation to lead a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

TRY-OUTS
l. All candidates will be given a minimum of 5 try-outs (cheerleading 3) sessions from the starting date of the sport.

2 Out-of-season camps and conditioning will enhance abilities but will have no bearing on the athlete making the team during the try-out period.

3. Objective tests and subjective ratings will be used in the selection process.

4. Candidates will be personally notified regarding the results of the try-out.

5. Candidates who are unable to begin try-outs due to overlapping seasons or major illness or injury may be considered for a tryout. These individual tryouts will not negatively impact the current roster for the team.

6. Student athletes must be at all tryouts. Failure to do so will greatly diminish the student's chances of making the team. Any absence must be excused by the coach. Only illness and a family emergency would be considered valid reasons to miss a tryout.

AQUINAS INTERSCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY
A good high school athletic program exists to complement a student's overall education. Encouraging participation in athletic activities makes for a well-balanced curriculum. As a result, students learn more about competition, teamwork, respect, confidence and above all, SPORTSMANSHIP. Throughout our long and proud history, Aquinas Institute has embraced a philosophy that a well rounded athletic program is an integral part of an education built on the Basilian tradition of goodness, discipline and knowledge. Prayer before and after our contests makes us aware of our Christian mission. Our efforts on the field are dedicated to  the Lord and to thanking him for the blessings that allow us to participate in interscholastic sports at Aquinas.

Aquinas is proud that a large percentage of our student body participates in athletics. These students will not only develop athletic skills by working with our outstanding coaching staff, but will also benefit from an athletic philosophy that promotes fitness for life, and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol.

As a Catholic institution, Aquinas espouses Christian values and principles, as well as promoting the development of the human spirit, mind and body. Aquinas athletics will continue to serve as a vehicle for these qualities, as well as fostering a safe, fun and friendly environment for our student athletes to develop strong character, integrity, loyalty, and a strong sense of team work and sportsmanship.

As parents of Aquinas student athletes, we bear a huge responsibility in nurturing these values. We should lead by example in acting and speaking in a positive manner about our student's team. Disparaging of the coach, teammates and other Aquinas stakeholders defeats our goals. As parents, we need to stress the importance of loyalty, effective communication and respect.

Ultimately, our parents, the school and the athletic program all share the same mission to develop Christian values in the young women and men entrusted to our care.