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Academia Cotopaxi American International School Athletes Handbook 2012-2013

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Mission Statement and Activities Philosophy

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Athletics/Activities Policy

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Players Code of Conduct

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Coaches Code of Conduct

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Reciprocal Housing Agreement

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AC Athletics/Activities Mission Statement Academia Cotopaxi American International School (AC) is committed to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity as well as providing all students an equal opportunity to participate in school sports and activities. Success is not only measured by academic achievement but also by the mark each student makes on the lives of others. We believe that participation in the Athletics Program helps students, from elementary through high school, to internalize the six core values of the school: respect, leadership, friendship, positive attitude, honesty/integrity and responsible stewardship. •

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Respect: is demonstrated by treating coaches, players, teammates, opponents, and others with courtesy and patience, by abiding by the rules of the games and by using the facilities and equipment properly. Leadership: is demonstrated on the practice fields and in games by putting forth outstanding effort, taking positive initiative, cooperating with coaches and teammates, leading by example and displaying a positive attitude. Friendship is demonstrated through good sportsmanship, encouragement of teammates and a willingness to help others develop their skills and attitudes. Positive attitude is demonstrated by a willingness to listen to others, to learn new skills and methods, and to approach challenges with optimism. Honesty/integrity is demonstrated by playing by the rules, putting forth honest effort to improve and learn. Responsible stewardship is demonstrated by commitment to proper management of both one’s own physical condition and the well-being of the team.

AC Athletic/Activities Philosophy At AC we believe that a strong co-curricular sports program can, as part of a strong academic program, help prepare students to both enjoy and be successful in life. AC sports teams stress hard work, leadership, camaraderie, sportsmanship and fair play, while promoting and fostering a desire to learn about, and learn from, sports. The success of our program is dependent upon the expertise and dedication of our coaching staff, and the spirit and network of cooperation that links our coaches with the AC administration, parent community, and our AC student-athletes. . In summary, we strive to: •

To provide a diverse extra-curricular program for AC students.

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To provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the areas of activities and athletics through appropriate competition.

To promote leadership and meaningful social development through a diverse athletics programs.

To field teams that are ethical, skilled, disciplined, dedicated, and motivated.

Graham Bonar Athletic Director gbonar@cotopaxi.k12.ec 083534922

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AC Athletics/Activities Policy Eligibility Requirement For a student to be a participant on/in an AC athletics team or activity they must be registered as a full time student. All students must keep grades of C- or above in all classes to be eligible to participate in the athletic program. The Athletic Director will monitor all students’ eligibility with faculty assistance. Students put on Academic Warning or Academic Probation must review their eligibility as part of their “improvement plan”. After that if they don’t reach the minimum GPA, they will be dismissed from the team Additionally, student participants are expected to be good citizens of AC. Participation Requirements All student athletes must complete; a physical evaluation form and the permission form. Under no circumstance will a student athlete be allowed to participate without completing these requirements 1. The physical evaluation form must be completed and signed by a certified doctor prior to try-outs. This physical evaluation is valid for one school year. 2. The permission form must be signed by a parent or guardian as well as the student-athlete. A permission forms must be completed for each sport. Attendance Requirements Participation in athletics is a serious commitment. Participants are required to attend all required classes on game/activity days. If a student does not attend school he/she will not be allowed to participate in the game/activity on that day. It is the student’s responsibility to complete any missed work as a result of authorized absences because of games/activities. As a Student athlete you are making a commitment to yourself, your teammates and your coach(s). In order for a team to improve it is essential that all team members be present at all practices and events. • If you are going to miss a practice it is important to notify the coach or the Athletic director in a timely manner. • No contact or communication initiated by the student or parent with the coach is considered unexcused. • All planned appointments should be scheduled around practices and games. If not, they can be deemed as unexcused at the coaches' discretion. • Certain unforeseen or extenuating circumstances can be considered as excused absences. Three unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the team. Quitting a school team/activity after the first game/competition may result in the student athlete being ineligible to participate on another school team/activity for one academic year. Exceptions to this policy can be made if the coach/advisor and student reach mutual agreement that the departure of the student is in the best interest of all concerned.

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Playing Time Policy All youth sport program athletes will be given an opportunity to play according to rules and regulations set forth by the “Liga De Colegio Particulares� All JV athletes will be given an opportunity to play, however, the first priority will be given to those athletes who are faithful to the adherence of the AC athletic program as well as any team rules set forth by the coach. All Varsity level athletes playing time is earned and not given. Athletes playing time is at the individual coach’s discretion and can vary considerably among players. There may times when some players will not play in a varsity competition. Substance Abuse Policy The possession and/ or use of alcohol, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or illegal drugs during the season will not be tolerated. If a student is reported and found to be guilty for such an offense by an administrator, faculty member, coach or other responsible adult the following penalty will apply: The student athlete will be dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season.

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PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT All participants involved with extra-curricular activities at AC accept responsibility To honor the school’s six core values: respect, leadership, positive attitude, honesty & integrity and responsibility. In accordance with this all student athletes will; • Emphasize sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play; • Show courtesy to all teams, officials and spectators; • Respect the integrity and judgment of officials; • Understand and uphold the rules of the activity; • Recognize school policy regarding eligibility and conduct; • Demonstrate leadership and show skill development; • Establish and maintain a relationship of mutual respect with hosts and visitors. • Work to perform your best during practices and game play. Failure to adhere to the school’s core values may result in disciplinary action at the coach’s discretion. In addition, players are expected to follow all AC discipline policies as outlined in the student handbook. All school rules apply for practices and contests as well as consequences for inappropriate behavior. Any behavior resulting in suspension from school CAN result in dismissal from the team.

AC STUDENT PARTICIPANT BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO… 1. To take part in the activities of their choice, free from the pressure or ridicule of those who would have them choose another. 2. To be coached/advised by persons who are professional in their conduct 3. To be provided the equipment and protection necessary to enable them to participate safely. 4. To be coached/advised by persons who have more interest in the students, their well-being, and their development than they do in winning or personal goals. 5. To engage in competition at a level they can enjoy. 6. To have an atmosphere free from alcohol, drugs, and foul language. 7. To be free of pressures from coaches/advisors to participate or practice outside of school or league policies. 8. To be free of pressure to participate in camps, clinics, or outside teams in order to be a part of the school team/activity.

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9. To team membership, school pride, fair participation and crowd sportsmanship.

ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES‌ 1. Treat all opponents with respect 2. Shake hands prior to and after the game. 3. Respect the judgment of contest officials and do not question an official’s call. 4. Abide by all the rules and do not display behavior that could incite spectators. 5. Accept the responsibility and the privilege of representing AC and the community. Display positive behavior at all times 6. Live up to the standards of established by the coach/advisor and school. 7. Use appropriate language at all times. 8. Treat the AC Athletics/Activities Program and the opportunity to participate in this program as a privilege. 9. To maintain grades and schoolwork to high standard identified in the ExtraCurricular Activities Policy (ECA Policy). 10. Once a COMMITMENT to a school team/activity has been made, all student participants must see their commitment through to the end of the season or activity season.

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COACH CODE OF CONDUCT Our Athletic program provides and opportunity to instill our school core values. Coaches’ behavior and speech should reflect our core values Responsibility-­‐  Leadership  –Friendship  –  integrity/Honesty  –  Positive  attitude     1. Develop a supportive relationship with students and parents. 2. Provide a positive learning environment for all involved by never putting winning ahead of an individual. 3. Teach all players the skills of the game, value of teamwork and the meaning of good sportsmanship. 4. Respect the other coaches and the official’s authority during the game. 5. Communicate with the players and parents about your team rules and expectations 6. Never use profanity, abusive language or threatening behavior towards players, parents, coaches, or officials. 7. Know the rules and play by the rules 8. Lead by example

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Reciprocal Housing Any student accepting membership on an athletic/academic/arts team at AC must be aware of the hosting responsibilities that AC accepts as members of CAISSA. When AC hosts a tournament or weekend event when an overnight stay is required, accommodation must be provided for the students visiting AC. By accepting membership on an extra-curricular activity, the student also accepts responsibility for providing accommodation for visiting teams/groups. The school recognizes that there are occasions when unusual circumstances or family situations exist that may prevent someone from upholding the reciprocal housing agreement. Please contact the Athletic Director in such a case so that continued extra-curricular participation will not be adversely affected. Every attempt should be made by the participating student’s family to make suitable alternative arrangements with an AC community member.

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