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La Jolla Country Day School

2013-2014 Athletic Handbook

Welcome to Country Day Athletics Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff: The La Jolla Country Day student-athlete embodies the spirit of interscholastic athletics by combining intellectual achievement with physical excellence. Surrounded by their intellectual equals off the field and their athletic equals on the field, student-athletes must strive to their limits to maintain their standing in both environments. The La Jolla Country Day School athletic program provides our student-athletes with an opportunity to broaden their educational experiences through an assortment of team and individual sports. The many lessons learned in athletics will complement those taught in the classroom and home, such as honor, respect, responsibility, commitment, preparation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Lifelong relationships among teammates, opponents, and coaches are all part of the athletic experience. A student who elects to participate in athletics is voluntarily making a choice of self-discipline which must be maintained both in the classroom and on the athletic fields. It is our desire to provide a program that is both fun and rewarding for our students. A well-organized athletic program includes rules that govern the spirit of competition for the school. These rules need a broad basis of community understanding which is achieved through communication to the faculty, staff, parents, and student-athletes. We hope to accomplish our objective through this athletic handbook. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please call me so that we can discuss possible solutions. We look forward to your participation in our athletic program. Go Torreys!

Jeff Hutzler Director of Athletics and Physical Education

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Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jeff Hutzler Jeff Hutzler enters his thirteenth year as La Jolla Country Day’s director of athletics and physical education and twelfth year as head football coach. Country Day’s 2012-13 athletic teams were extremely competitive capturing 11 league, conference and CIF championships in women’s basketball, men’s swimming, women’s and men’s tennis, baseball, men’s cross-country and men’s golf. 144 championship banners (85 league/conference, 47 CIF, 8 Southern Regional and 4 State) have gone up in Smith Gymnasium during Coach Hutzler’s twelve years as athletic director. 27 members of Country Day’s class of 2013 will play baseball (6), basketball (2), football (7), golf, lacrosse, tennis (2), water polo, swimming, softball, cheerleading, soccer (3) and volleyball at the college level in 2013-14 for George Washington University, Stanford, San Diego State, Idaho State, Lehigh University, Texas A&M, Nevada, Concordia College, Moorhead, Johns Hopkins, UC Irvine, Utah, Dominican, Hope College, Williams College, Georgetown University, Washington, Southwestern College, Emory University, Delaware, Wisconsin Lutheran, Grossmont College, Amherst College, University of Chicago, UC Davis, UCLA and USC. In total, 66 former Torreys will compete for the nation’s finest college athletic programs in 2013-14. La Jolla Country Day students participate in athletics at a rate that is among California’s highest; 95% of the School’s upper school and 98% of the middle school students participated on at least 1 athletic team in 2012-13 with 118 upper school students playing two sports and 37 earning three-sport recognition. Coach Hutzler’s football teams have compiled a 96-31 win-loss record over 11 years while claiming 6 league and 3 CIF championships. After playing 8-man football from 2001-2004 and returning to 11-man football in the Pacific League in 2005, the Torreys re-joined the Coastal League, California’s most competitive small school football league, in the fall of 2011. Coach Hutzler was honored as one of California’s 13 model Coaches in 2009. Prior to coming to LJCD Coach Hutzler coached football, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball in Nevada, Los Angeles and Upstate New York. He is a two-time Football State Coach of the Year, 6-time Southern Nevada Track and Field Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Southern Nevada Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. Coach Hutzler grew up in Kailua, Hawaii where he was a football, cross country, soccer and track athlete. He competed in cross country, track and boxing at the University of Nevada where he earned a degree in education in 1983. Coach Hutzler graduated from UNLV with a M.Ed. in Physical Education in 2000. He has two sons; Coleman, 29, the special teams coordinator/outside linebacker coach at the University of New Mexico, and 15 year old, Luke.

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Table of Contents Alma Mater …. ............................................................................................63 Athletic Awards - Middle School …. ...........................................................37 Athletic Awards - Upper School ........................................................... 14-16 Athletic Department .....................................................................................8 Athletic Guidelines .......................................................................................6 Athletic Membership - Middle School ........................................................37 Athletic Membership - Upper School .........................................................10 Athletics Offered - Middle School ..............................................................37 Athletic Principles ........................................................................................7 Athletic Trainer / Injuries / Concussions .............................................. 26-31 Athletic / Physical Education Requirement .......................................... 10-11 Booster Club / Team Parents ....................................................................31 CIF Pursuing Victory with Honors ..............................................................36 Club Sports .......................................................................................... 12-13 Coach Evaluation by Student Athlete ........................................................25 Coaches ............................................................................................... 25-26 Co-Curricular Policies .......................................................................... 11-12 Code of Sportsmanship .............................................................................32 Communication with Coaches ............................................................. 32-33 Dismissal of Athletes from Class ...............................................................18 Dressing for Practices and Contests .........................................................18 Dual Sport Participation Contract ..............................................................24 Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship .....................................................35 Hall of Fame ........................................................................................ 16-17 Head Coaches ............................................................................................9 Interscholastic Athletics Offered .......................................................... 12-13 Lockers, Athletic Bags and Equipment ................................................ 17-18 Multi-Sport Athletes ...................................................................................24 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility .......................23 No Cut Policy .............................................................................................19 Overlapping Athletic Seasons ...................................................................24

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Table of Contents Performance Enhancing Drugs ................................................................ 22 Playing Time Expectations .................................................................. 19-20 Practices, Contests Times and Equipment ............................................... 13 Practice and Contests During Vacations ............................................. 13-14 Proper Dress / Team Apparel ................................................................... 23 Schedules, Schedule Changes and Alerts ............................................... 13 Senior Night/Day ....................................................................................... 22 Student-Athlete Pledge ............................................................................. 21 Students Driving to Contests .................................................................... 19 Tuition Assistance ..................................................................................... 20 Weight Room, Fitness Center and Athletic Performance Program .......... 22



Athletic Guidelines 1.

Athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators are expected to abide by the Country Day Code of Sportsmanship (p. 32).


“Quitting” is an intolerable habit to acquire. Joining a team represents a commitment to that team for the entire season. Therefore, a student-athlete who quits a team may not participate in the next Country Day athletic season. Quitting is defined as leaving the team after the team’s first scheduled contest.


Because Country Day values well rounded, multi-sport athletes, the athletic department gives special consideration to multi-sport athletes when awarding its year end awards (p. 15) 1qand all 3-sport athletes are awarded a special patch for their letterman jacket.


Students must be in school no later than 11am in order to participate in after-school practices and contests.


Student-athletes must take school-provided transportation to all athletic events that take place during the school day. They are not allowed to drive themselves unless a signed parent note explaining the reason for them driving has been turned in to and approved by the athletic director. Studentathletes may drive themselves to athletic events that occur after the conclusion of the school day with the permission of their coach.


All student-athletes who are participating simultaneously on a school and club team or simultaneously on 2 school teams must complete, and have on file in the athletic director’s office, an LJCD Dual Sport Participation Contract (p. 24).


Torrey student-athletes shall not participate in hazing rituals for teams. Activities that produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule have absolutely no place in LJCD’s athletic program. Any student who encounters hazing should inform his/her parent, coach, teacher, advisor, dean, and the athletic director.


All student-athletes must inform their teachers of any planned class absence due to athletics a minimum of one day in advance of the absence (p. 18).


It is a privilege to be a Torrey athlete, not a right. Student-athletes are expected to earn that privilege everyday of each athletic season.

10. Because Torrey student-athletes owe it to themselves, their teams and the LJCD school community to be at their physical and mental bests, all Torrey students must sign and adhere to the Torrey Student-Athlete Pledge (p. 21) before they may compete for the School.

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Athletic Principles The principles of athletics at La Jolla Country Day School are to offer studentathletes, through participation in competitive sports, an opportunity to experience meaningful growth, accomplishment, and success through the development of sound habits of mind, heart, and work that will allow realization of one’s fullest potential. The opportunity for participation in a wide variety of student-selected activities is a vital part of a student’s educational experience. In keeping with the School’s commitment to enhance the scholar, artist, and athlete within each student, LJCD employs a “no cut policy” (see No Cut Policy on p.19) Country Day does not exclude students from participating on a team due to lack of experience and/or ability. The School will provide a team to meet every ability level, and each team will be coached and provided competitive opportunities commensurate with the team’s experience and athleticism. County Day’s athletic program strives to provide experiences that will enable our students to develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. As such, athletics play an important part in the life of students at Country Day. Through their participation in athletics, Country Day students learn lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting, competition, overcoming adversity, and winning and losing while maintaining behavior consistent with the School’s Six Pillars of Character. In keeping with our philosophy, the athletic program must function as an integral part of the total Country Day curriculum. It strives to be in conformity with the general objectives of the School by promoting sound learning and strong character.


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Torrey Athletic Department The athletics department staff and coaches will perform as a team to insure that all responsibilities are covered in order to run a quality program. Athletic Director Athletic Admin. Assistant Assistant to the Athletic Director

Athletic Trainer

Head Coach

Head Coach

Head Coach

Head Coach

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Jeff Hutzler Director of Athletics and Physical Education

Corinne Brunn Assistant to the Athletic Director for Middle School

Kathy Dinwiddie Athletic Administrative Assistant kdinwiddie (858) 453-3440 x130, (858) 453-3099 fax David Floyd Athletic Trainer dfloyd (858) 453-3440 x138, (858) 583-5987 cell, (858) 453-3099 fax Mascot: Colors: Trim Colors: Unofficial Mascot:

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Torrey Pine Tree “Torreys” Royal Blue and White Black and Gray Big Blue


Torrey Head Coaches Sport


Basketball, Men’s

Ryan Meier


Basketball, Women’s

Terri Bamford



John Edman



Kathy Davis


Cross Country

Scott Sanders


Fencing (Club)

Tedd Padgitt



Jeff Hutzler


Golf, Men’s

Bill Cahoone


Golf, Women’s

Bill Cahoone


Lacrosse, Men’s

Rory Hyland

x 348

Lacrosse, Women’s

Maegan Cruse


Roller / Ice Hockey

Dan Wagner


Soccer, Men’s

Jerry Fleischhacker x299

Soccer, Women’s

Dave Jenkins



Corinne Brunn


Surf (Club)

Justin Compton



Nate Heppner


Tennis, Men’s

Joslynn Burkett


Tennis, Women’s

Joslynn Burkett


Track & Field

Kevin Reaume


Ultimate Frisbee (Club) Diana Valji


Volleyball, Women’s

Peter Ogle


Water Polo, Men’s

Steve Traverso


Water Polo, Women’s

Stephanie Heinrich

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Upper School Athletic Membership La Jolla Country Day School is a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division IV San Diego Section school. For most sports, Country Day competes in the Coastal League of the Coastal Conference.

Coastal Conference Army Navy Academy Calvin Christian Escondido Charter Francis Parker Horizon La Jolla Country Day

Maranatha Christian Pacific Ridge San Diego Jewish Academy Santa Fe Christian The Bishop’s School The Rock Academy Tri-City Christian

The Torreys compete in the following leagues or organizations in the following sports: Fencing — Southern California Interscholastic Fencing League Ice Hockey — Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Roller Hockey — Metro Conference, South Bay League Surfing — Scholastic Surf Series Swimming — City Conference, Eastern League Water Polo — City Conference, Central League Mission of Athletics and Physical Education: The mission of athletics and physical education at La Jolla Country Day School is to offer student-athletes, through participation in competitive sports and physical activities, an opportunity to experience meaningful growth, accomplishment, and success through the development of sound habits of mind, heart, and work that will allow realization of one’s fullest potential. The opportunity for participation in a wide variety of athletic activities is a vital part of each student’s educational experience.

Upper School Athletic/Physical Education Requirements Students may fulfill their LJCD physical education requirements by playing on athletic teams and/or taking PE classes or participating in independent PE. Students are required to complete a minimum of one trimester (season) of either team sport or PE class per year of upper school. PE classes are offered during the first and second trimesters of the school year, not during the third trimester. Students may also take the six week summer athletic performance program to fulfill their PE requirement for the following year. Independent PE is taken for the entire school year. Note: One trimester (season) of sport or PE per year is the minimum

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requirement. All upper school students are encouraged to be physically active and athletically competitive consistently during each year of upper school. A special patch is awarded every year to each student who participates in three sports and special consideration is given to multi-sport athletes when selecting Country Day’s Athletes of the Year. Physical Education: Offered the first and second (fall & winter) trimesters of the school year. Students set and work towards personal fitness goals under the direction of the director of athletic performance coach Kevin Reaume. This course may be taken to enhance over all fitness and health or be used to train for LJCD athletic competition. PE students are required to dress in the Country Day physical education uniform or any Torrey team gear for this course. LJCD PE uniforms are for sale in the Torrey Store. Summer Athletic Performance Program: Students may satisfy their PE/ athletic credit by successfully completing this course prior to the school year. Offered mid June through July. This six week 2 hour class runs Monday— Thursday each week and may be attended 8:30AM-10:30AM, 10:45AM12:45PM or 1:15PM-3:15PM. Independent PE: Independent PE is offered for students who are presently participating at a high level in a sport/athletic activity that LJCD does not offer. This course offering is for the LJCD student who is involved in his/her outside of school athletic endeavor to the extent that it precludes him/her from participating in school athletics or PE. Typically, this course is for students who have a lengthy history in their chosen sport and who train many hours per week and compete on weekends. Independent PE is not appropriate for students who are experimenting with new sports. Independent PE is not designed for students to enter and withdraw from on a trimester-by-trimester basis. Independent PE is designed for students to be enrolled in for the entire school year. Students must sign up for Independent PE at or before school registration in late August by obtaining an Independent PE Application from the athletic director’s office. All Independent PE students must have their proposals approved by the athletic director. Student Team Managers: Team managers attend practices and home and away games and perform duties as required by the head coach of each athletic program. Student team managers who successfully complete their athletic season earn the same sport credit for that season as other members of the team. Student team managers are not eligible for 3-sport athlete patches.

LJCD Co-Curricular Policies 

Students may participate in only one significant co-curricular activity per trimester (season).

“Significant” is equivalent to playing a team sport or being a lead in an arts production.

“Lead roles” in arts productions will be determined by the arts department; an audition may be required.

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Supporting roles in arts productions do not prohibit a student from team participation, but practices and games may not be missed due to the production’s rehearsals.

PE may be taken concurrently with any involvement in an arts production (lead or supporting), but attendance at PE is not to be affected due to the production.

Upper School Interscholastic Athletics Offered Fall Season — August - November Men Cheerleading (Co-Ed) Cross Country Football Ultimate Frisbee (Co-Ed) * Water Polo

Women Cheerleading (Co-Ed) Cross Country Golf Tennis Ultimate Frisbee (Co-Ed) * Volleyball

Winter Season — November - February Men Basketball Cheerleading (Co-Ed) Fencing * Roller Hockey / Ice Hockey * Soccer Surf (Club)*

Women Basketball Cheerleading (Co-Ed) Fencing * Soccer Surf (Club)* Water Polo

Spring Season — February - June Men Baseball Golf Lacrosse Swimming Tennis Track and Field

Women Lacrosse Softball Swimming Track and Field

* Torrey Club Sports Ice Hockey, Fencing, Ultimate Frisbee and Surfing are non-CIF Torrey club sports and are pay to play. Student-athletes who participate on Torrey club teams earn the same sport season credits as students on regular CIF teams but do not earn Country Day athletic letters. Students who participate on Torrey club teams are eligible for three-sport athletic recognition. It may be possible for students to participate on some Torrey club teams while they play on regular Country Day upper school teams. Students interested in Torrey club sports

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should contact the club coach with inquiries about club fees, schedules and requirements. Torrey club sports do not fall under the School’s “no cut” policy (see Athletic Principals on p. 7) and Torrey club coaches may limit participation.

Team Schedules, Schedule Changes and Alerts Parents and students should keep themselves current with team schedules by signing up at for Team Alerts. Team Alerts will automatically notify you by text or email as changes/cancelations are made to the LJCDS website. Directions for signing up for alerts:

go to



Teams, Schedules & Results

Select sport

Alerts (follow prompts)

Practice, Contest Times and Equipment Typically, upper school practices are conducted Monday-Friday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Due to facility availability, some teams may practice at different times. Contests are held weekday afternoons and evenings as well as on Saturdays. In addition, each upper school athletic season carries special requirements of proper dress, equipment, and time. For example, some sports may require student-athlete participation for practice and/or contests during school vacations (see Practices and Contests During Winter, Spring and Summer Vacations below ). Sports may require special equipment such as rackets, lacrosse sticks, shoes, etc. It is the responsibility of each upper school student to ascertain what these special requirements may be before going out for a sport. Each upper school student is expected to arrive at each first day of practice properly dressed, equipped, and informed. Additionally, students are expected to keep all conflicts with their practice times to an absolute minimum. Students are expected to schedule appointments (on and off campus), seek help from teachers and participate in arts either before or after practice, but not during. Any students who miss or are late to any practice for any reason may miss playing time at the discretion of the head coach.

Practices and Contests During Winter, Spring and Summer Vacations It is a general athletic department rule that varsity student-athletes will have one half of winter and spring school breaks off and are expected to practice and/or compete the other half of those breaks. Novice and JV athletes generally have more than half to all of winter and spring school breaks off. Coaches of winter and spring season sports have their school break schedules well in advance of winter and spring breaks and it is the responsibility of each upper school

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student to ascertain the head coach’s school break participation expectations before going out for a sport. Certain Torrey teams may require participation during summer vacations. Torrey coaches, especially those leading the School’s football, cross-country, baseball, basketball, and water polo programs, require their student-athletes’ participation over the summer. Torrey coaches encourage their students to vacation during the CIF mandated dead period. It is the responsibility of each upper school student to ascertain the head coach’s summer vacation participation and expectations before going out for a sport.

Upper School Athletic Awards Team Awards Letters — Varsity student-athletes will receive a varsity letter for the first varsity team on which they participate and meet the qualifications for. After receiving their first letter, pins will be awarded to recognize participation on varsity teams. Students must meet certain criteria in order to earn a varsity letter. 1.

Student-athletes may not exceed more than two unexcused absences from practice.


Student-athletes must attend all contests unless excused by their head coach. Excused absences from contests may be granted by the head coach in the event of illness, religious holidays or approved family commitments such as weddings or funerals.


Student-athletes must be a member of the team for the entire season. Students injured during the season may earn a varsity letter provided they remain with their team for the entire season.

MVP, Most Improved Player, and Coaches Award At the end of each season, each varsity, junior varsity, and novice team will recognize three of its student-athletes. Generally, these awards are given to the Most Valuable Player (MVP), the Most Improved Player, and a Coaches Award recipient. The Coaches Award is given to the player who, in the opinion of the coach, embodies the LJCD Athletic Department philosophy. The timeless principles of teamwork, character, leadership, perseverance, work ethic and a positive attitude are keys to this award.

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Department Awards Patches — Country Day awards letterman jacket patches to:

athletes selected to an all league/conference first team

league/conference team champions

athletes selected to an all CIF first team

three-sport athletes

Banners — Banners are hung in the Smith Gymnasium for teams who win:

league/conference championships

CIF championships

southern regional championships

state championships

Year-End Awards Scholar Athlete — Presented to a varsity male and female student-athlete who is outstanding both in the classroom and on the field of play. Hagey Girls’ Sports Participation Award — Presented to the varsity studentathlete for participation, desire, and enthusiasm in womens’ athletics. Jack Wigley Award — Presented to the varsity male student-athlete who demonstrates courage and determination in athletic performance. Athlete of the Year — Presented to the outstanding male and female studentathlete. Torrey Booster Club Scholarship — Presented to a graduating male and female student-athlete who, through their work ethic, team leadership, and loyalty to Country Day, have exemplified the idea of a true Torrey athlete. Iron Torrey Award — Presented to graduating male and female studentathletes who have completed 12 seasons of athletic competition for La Jolla Country Day. As stated in the athletic department’s Athletic Principals (p.7), student-athletes are expected to maintain behavior consistent with Country Day’s Six Pillars of Character. Conduct resulting in sanction by the Ethics Council, failure to honor the Student-Athletic Pledge (p.21) or any other behavior resulting in disciplinary measures by the school may result in student-athletes being ineligible for recognition as recipients of the athletic department year-end awards listed above.

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Union-Tribune All-Academic Teams At the conclusion of each sport season the San Diego Union-Tribune selects an all-academic team consisting of student-athletes maintaining a 3.0 and above cumulative GPA. The newspaper then publishes all the student-athletes and their GPAs for each sport per season. Please notify athletic administrative assistant Kathy Dinwiddie at extension 130 if you DO NOT wish your child’s GPA to be reported to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Torrey Athletic Hall of Fame La Jolla Country Day School athletic programs have been a part of the school’s history for many years. As a tribute to the athletes, coaches, and individuals who have contributed so significantly to La Jolla Country Day School athletics, an Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2006. Along with athletic accomplishments, the virtues of being a scholar, artist, and athlete of character are celebrated in the Athletic Hall of Fame. The purpose of the La Jolla Country Day School Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize athletes, coaches, and individuals/administrators who have made a significant contribution to Torrey athletics. The Hall of Fame Committee will consist of eight (8) members. 1.

La Jolla Country Day School Athletic Director.


A current member of the coaching staff to be appointed by the Athletic Director.


A retired member of the coaching staff to be appointed by the Athletic Director.


Booster Club President or their appointed representative.


Parents’ Association President or their appointed representative.


Alumni Director.


Head of School or their appointed representative.


A La Jolla Country Day School graduate to be appointed by the Alumni Director.

Qualifications for the Hall of Fame A person can qualify for the Hall of Fame by falling into one of the following categories: 1.

A graduate from La Jolla Country Day School who participated in LJCDS athletics and earned a letter in a particular sport. All nominees must have been out of high school for a minimum of ten (10) years.

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Coaches/athletic administrators at La Jolla Country Day School are eligible after they retire from Country Day.


Those who have been given meritorious service or are a loyal friend to the athletic program.


A La Jolla Country Day School team that has distinguished itself through extraordinary efforts and accomplishments and has been out of school ten (10) years.

Selection Process 1.

Names for nomination can be submitted to the committee at anytime by anyone.


Nomination forms can be downloaded on-line at or obtained from the athletic office.


To become a member of the Hall of Fame, the nomination must be seconded by a member of the committee.


To qualify for the Hall of Fame a nominee must receive a minimum of 5 votes from the committee members present.


A maximum of three (3) candidates in each category; individual, team, coach, can be enrolled in any one year. It is not necessary that the award be given each year.


A nomination made will be carried over for three (3) two year cycles. If they have not been voted into the Hall of Fame after three (3) cycles their nomination will automatically be withdrawn.

Recognition 1.

The LJCDS Hall of Fame Committee will present the inductee with a 7 x 9 citation that will include a photo from school (if available and text about the person and their accomplishments.


The citation will be presented at an appropriate event such as the Hall of Fame dinner. They may also be recognized at an event in which the person participated.


A duplicate citation will be placed in the Smith Gymnasium Foyer.

Physical Education Dress Code Physical education students are required to wear a Country Day PE uniform or Torrey gear. PE uniforms are available for sale in the Torrey Store. During cold weather, sweat suits are recommended. No black-soled shoes that leave marks are permitted on the gym floor or tennis courts.

Lockers, Athletic Bags and Equipment Student-athletes and PE students are issued athletic locks and lockers. All athletes and PE students must use their assigned lockers. No Country Day athletic bags, tennis bags, baseball bags, lacrosse bags (whether school

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or personally owned) or lacrosse sticks are allowed to be left in the School’s hallways, classrooms, restrooms or offices. Bags and lacrosse sticks left anywhere other than the athletic locker rooms will be held in the athletic office for 24 hours. Athletic uniforms and equipment are the property of LJCD and should be cared for in a reasonable manner by student-athletes and their parents. Athletic uniforms and equipment shall be distributed by the coach at the beginning of the season and should be returned immediately following the season. Students will be charged for uniforms or equipment that is lost, stolen or damaged. Care should be used to avoid fading and/or shrinking uniforms while laundering. A good rule is to always wash in cold water and to hang dry.

Dressing for Practices and Contests Student-athletes must use the athletic locker rooms to change for practices and contests. Students are to never change in their cars or in the School’s restrooms.

Dismissal of Athletes from Class Student-athletes scheduled to leave class early because of athletics will be dismissed only at the precise time listed in that day’s Rolling Memo announcements. While the majority of Torrey athletic contests are scheduled during non-class time, there are times when student-athletes must miss class to compete. At these times it is the responsibility of the student to inform his/her teacher of the planned class absence as far in advance as possible. Students who fail to inform their teachers about missed class time a minimum of one day in advance of the planned class absence will not be excused from that class (see Athletic Guideline #8 on p. 6).

Torrey Team Travel Torrey athletic teams will travel by school van and bus as well as charter buses and commercial airlines. Whether traveling locally in the San Diego area or out of the state or country, all Torrey student-athletes are expected to: 1.

Conduct themselves as Country Day gentlemen and ladies in a manner that will reflect positively on themselves, their families, their team, and La Jolla Country Day School.


Follow all school rules just as if they were on campus.


Realize that every choice they make has an effect on themselves, their families, their team, the Torrey athletic department and on La Jolla Country Day School. Every choice a player makes while traveling should be one that helps his/her team play at a championship level.


Enjoy their teammates and the trip while maintaining a competitive focus.

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Students Driving to Contests Number five of LJCD’s Athletic Guidelines states that student-athletes must take school-provided transportation to all athletic events that take place during the school day and are not allowed to drive themselves unless a signed parent note explaining the reason for him/her driving has been turned in to and approved by the athletic director (see Athletic Guidelines on p. 6). Please note that written permission is also required for:

a student to drive another student

a student to ride with another student

Verbal and/or emailed permission will not be accepted. Notes signed by a parent may be faxed to the athletic director at (858) 453-3099. Students may drive or ride with other students without a parent note but with the coach’s permission if the team does not depart for the contest until after the conclusion of the school day.

No Cut Policy La Jolla Country Day School employs a “no cut” policy (see paragraph 2 of Athletic Principles on p. 7). This policy states that no student-athlete will be excluded from participating in any of the School’s athletic programs due to a lack of experience and/or ability. However, all students should understand that:

Not all student-athletes will make the varsity team. Each student will be placed on the appropriate team (varsity, JV or novice) commensurate with his/her experience and athleticism. The head coach of each of the School’s athletic programs will make the final determination as to which team each student plays on.

Student-athletes may be dismissed from the School’s athletic programs. Head coaches may dismiss students from their programs for breaking such team rules as repeated absences and/or tardies, failure to dress in proper game and/or practice uniform, failure to be properly prepared for practices and/or games (see Practice, Contest Times, and Equipment on p. 13), etc. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain and follow each coach’s set of team rules.

For facility reasons the sports of tennis and golf may limit their number of participants.

Playing Time Expectations Junior Varsity Teams The goal of the JV team is to prepare the student-athlete to compete at the varsity level. It is the goal of the JV team to play every student in good standings in every game. The amount of playing time each student receives will be determined by his/her ability to help his/her team compete.

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Varsity Teams Varsity teams are competing for championships. All/any varsity playing time will be earned during preseason preparation, practice and on the playing field, court or in the pool.

Tuition Assistance In keeping with LJCD’s policy, no Torrey student-athletes receive scholarships to attend the School. As with all LJCD students, Torrey student-athletes may qualify for and receive tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is only available to qualified LJCD students (students who have been enrolled on their academic merit) who prove financial need. Any questions regarding LJCD’s tuition assistance policy should be directed to chief financial officer, Bruce Nelson, at school 858.453.3440 x309.

How to Tell a Winner from a Loser 1.

When a winner makes a mistake, he says “my fault”; when a loser makes a mistake , he throws the blame on someone else. 2. A winner credits his “good luck” for winning on being fundamentally prepared; a loser blames his “bad luck” for losing on bad breaks even though he is not fundamentally prepared. 3. A winner works harder than a loser and always finds time to do what is expected of him; a loser never finds the time when he does, he works on the wrong things. 4. A winner makes commitments and sets goals with his heart and sets out to accomplish them; a loser makes “promises” with his mouth and never sincerely means to keep them. 5. A winner shows he is sorry by making up for his mistakes; a loser says, “I’m sorry” but does the same thing next time. 6. A winner thinks, “I’m good, but not as good as I should or could be.” A loser thinks, “I’m not as bad as some of the others.” 7. A winner would rather be admired for his ability than liked, although he would prefer both; A loser would rather be liked than admired because he knows he hasn’t worked hard enough to be admired. 8. A winner hates to lose; a loser could care less although he may put up a good front. 9. A winner is fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game; a loser is not. 10. A winner knows that strength, agility and quickness are the keys to success in athletics and works hard to attain those things; a loser may know but never attains. 11. A winner takes constructive criticism from the coach, realizing that it will help him and the team; a loser pouts and thinks he’s being picked on.

12. A winner thinks of the team first and never wants to let the team down; a loser thinks of himself first and the team last.

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Your coach will give you a copy of the Torrey Student-Athlete Pledge to complete. This form must be on record in the athletic office before you may compete for the Torreys.


I understand that the use of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs/ controlled substances has a detrimental effect on my physical and mental fitness, abilities and development.

I believe that, as a LJCD student-athlete, I owe it to myself, my team and my school community to be at my physical and mental best.

I understand that it is a privilege to be a Torrey athlete, not a right, and that LJCD student-athletes are expected to earn that privilege every day of each athletic season (see Athletic Guideline #9 on p. 6 of LJCD Athletic Handbook).

I acknowledge that it is illegal for minors to drink alcoholic beverages and that it is also illegal to use recreational drugs/controlled substances.

I am aware that there have been several alcohol related driving deaths of high school students in San Diego County during the past few years.

Understanding the above, I______________________________________ pledge to abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs/ controlled substances during my LJCD athletic season. Additionally, I understand that if I am found to have used tobacco, alcohol and/or recreational drugs/controlled substances during my athletic season, I will be suspended from my team and season for a minimum of one week (7 days). My second offense, during any given school year, will result in my removal from my team for the remainder of the season. If removed from my team for the season, I will enroll in the upper school PE program for the remainder of that athletic season.* Student-Athlete’s Name: ___________________________________________ Sport :__________________________________________________________ Student-Athlete’s Signature: ________________________________________ Date: __________________________________________________________ Parent’s Signature: _______________________________________________ *Incidents that would be punishable under the LJCD Student Handbook in the absence of this pledge will continue to be handled in a manner consistent with past school practices and will merit consequences in addition to the consequences stated herein. Please fill out, sign and date above and return to your coach. This form must be on record in the athletic office before you may compete for the Torreys. GO TORREYS!

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Weight Room, Fitness Center and Athletic Performance Program Country Day’s modern weight room and fitness center are staffed by full-time athletic performance coach, Kevin Reaume, who is experienced in the proper techniques for the training of student-athletes. Proper and safe strength and conditioning is taught year round and is geared for both male and female athletes of all Country Day sports. Three two-hour per day, four days per week summer athletic performance courses are offered during the summer session. For more information on how to Train the Torrey Way contact Coach Kevin Reaume at

Performance Enhancing Drugs and Supplements Country Day does not condone the use of performance-enhancing drugs or supplements which may endanger the health of any student-athlete. Country Day follows the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Football League (NFL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Athletic Trainers Association. LJCD does not promote or advocate the use of any performance-enhancing substance including, but not limited to:

anabolic androgenic steroids

creatine (in any form)

human growth hormones

non-approved FDA medications

blood doping

The student-athlete at Country Day is educated on these topics by the athletic trainer and coaching staff. LJCD coaches believe that hard work, commitment, proper diet and rest allow students to achieve their physical goals. They teach that the use of any performance-enhancing drug is a short cut that, in the long run, could cause damage or death to the student.

Senior Night/Day Senior student-athletes and their parents are honored during a ceremony at each senior’s last regular season (non playoff) home contest of each athletic season. The Torrey Booster Club provides a small gift for each senior student and a flower for his/her mother. Each Team’s senior night/day is organized by the team’s parent group (see team parents, p. 31).

Earn titles, don’t act entitled. LJCD Athletic Handbook


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility All Students who plan to compete athletically at the collegiate level must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of his/her junior year. The Upper School Office will send transcripts to the NCAA at the end of the 1st and 2nd semester of the junior and senior year of those students that have registered. Students should contact their college counselor with any questions they may have.

Proper Dress for Practices, Contests, and Team Photos The head coach will determine the proper dress for team practices. All Country Day student-athletes will dress exactly alike in their complete school issued game uniform and warm-ups for all contests. No other athletic club’s, other school’s, or any non-Country Day uniforms, t-shirts, jackets, sweats, or socks will be worn during contests either on the field or on the sidelines. For team photos, students will be dressed exactly like they would for a contest, this includes socks and shoes. Students without their complete game uniform will be withheld from the team photo.

Torrey Time The Country Day athletic department operates on Torrey Time. If you are on time, you are late. Arrive early and be prepared. In other words, for a practice scheduled at 3:30 you should arrive no later than 3:15. At 3:30 you will be completely dressed, loosened up and ready to work.

Team T-shirts and Sweats All team t-shirts, sweats, shooting shirts, or any other team apparel containing the school’s name and/or logo worn by student-athletes at school or off campus must be approved by the athletic director, whether it has been purchased by the school or donated by a student or parent.

How badly do you want it and what are you willing to sacrifice to get it?

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Multi-Sport Athletes In accordance with the Athletic Principles (p. 7) and Torrey coach description #6 (p. 26), it is the goal of the Country Day Athletic Department to develop as many multi-sport athletes as possible. All Country Day coaches believe that studentathletes gain valuable educational experiences and, in fact, become stronger, more competitive athletes by playing a variety of sports under the guidance of a variety of coaches, competing in a variety of situations, and by overcoming a variety of obstacles. The development of specialized one-sport athletes is counterproductive to the athletic principles of Country Day (see Athletic Guideline #3, p. 6).

Overlapping Athletic Seasons Some multi-sport student-athletes will face overlapping athletic seasons. For example, the student’s fall season team is in the playoffs while his/her winter team has begun practices. Students who experience this overlap must always give priority to the team that is finishing their season, the team that is in the playoffs. Torrey coaches have both, each student’s and the playoff team’s best interest at heart and, as such, will do all that they can to enable students to successfully end one season while transitioning into their next season (attending some limited basketball practices while completing football or volleyball practices and playoff games, for example). It is always the coach whose team is in the playoffs who makes the final determination as to the limits that athletes may begin participation in their new sport season.

Dual Sport Participation Contract All LJCD student-athletes who are participating simultaneously on a school and club team or two school teams must complete, and have on file in the athletic director’s office, a LJCD Dual Sport Participation Contract (see Athletic Guideline # 6 on p. 6). Dual Sport Participation Contracts are available in the athletic office. The purpose of this contract is to ensure that: 1.

All adults working with the young student-athlete are fully aware of the amount of time and effort he/she is spending on athletics.


The two-sport participation is physically sound and safe for the young student-athlete.


The two-sport participation fits into the young student-athlete’s life in a manner that is educationally and socially sound.


Any scheduling conflicts are resolved as far in advance as possible.

This contract must be signed by the head coaches of both of the student’s teams, the student’s parent, the School’s athletic trainer, and the athletic director. In addition, the student must submit (attach) practice and competition schedules for both his/her teams as well as a written plan for resolving any conflicts. The head coaches of both teams should approve this plan.

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No student-athlete may compete for Country Day simultaneously with another team until his/her Dual Sport Participation Contract is complete and on file in the athletic director’s office.

Team Fundraising As a general rule, Torrey athletic teams do not fundraise. All fundraising at La Jolla Country Day School must be approved by the School’s director of development. Torrey club teams are pay to play and may fundraise.

Coach Evaluation by Student-Athlete Each varsity, JV, and novice team athlete will evaluate their head coach, assistant coaches and athletic program using an anonymous evaluation form provided by the athletic director at the end of each season. These evaluations will aid Country Day’s coaches and the athletic director as they strive to consistently build and improve the school’s athletic program.

Torrey Coaches In almost every case, Country Day coaching is done by teachers who have themselves competed with distinction in their sports. These coaches personify the manner in which mind, body and spirit can enhance and reinforce each other. Our coaches aim to challenge Country Day’s student-athletes to help them learn to reach beyond themselves and to teach them a life-long love of their sport. 1.

Lead by example keeping in mind that they are teachers at all times while coaching for LJCD. Torrey coaches carry themselves, behave and dress like professional athletic teachers.


Teach through sport. Torrey coaches are fair and firm with their studentathletes, teaching the following sound timeless athletic principals everyday of their seasons:


strong work ethic at practice and effort during contests

loyalty to team and school

punctuality. i.e. Torrey Time (if you are on time you are late!)

being prepared with uniform and equipment

being physically and mentally prepared

respect for teammates

respect for opponents

respect for the game

respect for officials

being humble in victory and gracious in defeat

Remind their student-athletes that it is a privilege to be on a Country Day team, not a right, and expect them to earn that privilege every day of their season.

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Strive to make being a member of their team special and exclusive for each student-athlete. Torrey coaches require their students earn that team membership each day of their season.


Remind their student-athletes that, while they view each of them as an important part of the program, none of them are as important as the team. Torrey coaches ask their students to put the needs of the team before their own needs everyday of the season. “The Team, The Team, The Team.”


Encourage their student-athletes to be multi-sport athletes. Country Day does not believe in specialized, one-sport athletes at the middle or upper school levels. It is the goal of the athletic department to develop as many multi-sport athletes as possible.

Torrey Coaches are Double Goal Coaches 1) Compete and win 2) Build character and teach life lessons

The ABC’s of being a Torrey Athlete: Ability. Work hard to be the best player you can be Books. Get it done in the classroom. Transfer your work ethic from the field to your academics. Character. Be a quality young man/woman. Be a quality teammate. Do the right thing.

Athletic Trainer LJCD employs a full-time, certified athletic trainer to care for injuries incurred during athletic participation. The athletic trainer has experience dealing with emergency situations and is versed in the protocols associated with these situations. Training Room Hours Monday - Friday 11:00am – 6:30pm Training Room Rules: All athletes MUST sign in for every treatment, including ice.

No treatment (with exception of ice) is to be self administered.

No cleats in the training room.

No foul language.

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No horseplay.

No supplies (including tape) or equipment are to be removed from the training room without permission.

Communication with Parents and Doctors Regarding Injuries: 1.

Coaches send any injured or hurting student-athlete to the LJCD athletic trainer.


The athletic trainer will assess the student’s injury and begin any needed treatment.


The athletic trainer (not the coach) will administer pain reliever/anti-inflammatory such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, etc.


The athletic trainer will communicate the student’s injury to the parent by phone or note.


The athletic trainer will communicate the student’s need to see a doctor to both the student and his/her parent.


The athletic trainer will prescribe for the student any limited practice time.


The athletic trainer will communicate to the coach any required missed or limited practice/game time.


The athletic trainer (not the coach) has the final word as to when a student returns to activity (practice or contest) after an injury.

Hurt or Hurting? It is important that all LJCD student-athletes and their parents understand the difference between HURT and HURTING. Sore muscles, bumps, and bruises are a part of athletics. Coaches will communicate with their students that they are not injured until the athletic trainer has seen them and assessed them as such.

Athletic Removal from Practice and/or Contests Due to Injury The athletic trainer is responsible for the care and treatment of athletic injuries incurred through participation in athletics at LJCD. The athletic trainer cares for the student-athlete from the initial injury to return of play. With such responsibility comes the knowledge of when the student may safely return to athletic activity. The athletic trainer is responsible for keeping the coach, parents, and athletic director informed of the student’s condition throughout the rehabilitation process. The only way the athletic trainer may be contradicted with regard to releasing a student back to activity is by a doctor’s note. If the athlete can produce such a note, the athletic trainer will release the student to play with the understanding that any further injury that occurs due to this unadvised return to play is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents.

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Athletic Injury Protocol for Parents and Other Non-Sport Related Persons In order to maintain an efficient condition of service related to the athletic trainer, parents and other non-sport related persons will remain off the field/court sidelines throughout an athletic event (practice/contest). This condition is stipulated for the safety of both the parent or supporter and the student-athletes on the field/court. The athletic trainer must be able to control the environment in which an emergency situation may occur. If an emergency should arise with a student whose parents are present, the athletic trainer must be able to perform his/her duties in a swift and efficient manner. To do so with a parent on the field/ court is many times unproductive and a source of greater confusion and anxiety to the student. As is the athletic trainer’s responsibility, the parent will be kept informed of an emergency involving his/her child, and, as soon as possible, the student will be removed from the field and the parent will be able to see him/her. Other non-sport related persons at the athletic event will be asked to remain in the stands or away from the sideline if an emergency situation occurs. This is required for both the safety and security of the student. As with any medical situation, all information concerning a student is confidential and will not be made available to the public by anyone other than the involved student. Concussion Testing Country Day’s athletic trainer uses a software tool called IMPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) in evaluating and treating head injuries. A computerized exam utilized in many professional, colligate and high school sports programs across the country, IMPACT assists our trainer and team doctors in successfully diagnosing and managing concussions. Student-athletes who participate in sports with a higher risk for concussions take a baseline test and then are tested again with IMPACT only if a possible concussion has occurred. Student-athletes are given an informational letter and consent form that must be signed and returned to the athletic trainer prior to baseline testing.

Your coach will give you a copy of the La Jolla Country Day School Concussion Information Sheet to sign. This form must be on record in the athletic office before you may compete for the Torreys.

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La Jolla Country Day School Concussion Information Sheet A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms may include one or more of the following: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Headaches “Pressure in head” Nausea or vomiting Neck pain Balance problems or dizziness Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision Sensitivity to light or noise Feeling sluggish or slowed down Feeling foggy or groggy Drowsiness Change in sleep patterns

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Amnesia “Don’t feel right” Fatigue or low energy Sadness Nervousness or anxiety Irritability More emotional Confusion Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays) Repeating the same question/ comment

Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Appears dazed Vacant facial expression Confused about assignment Forgets plays Is unsure of game, score, or opponent Moves clumsily or displays incoordination Answers questions slowly Slurred speech Shows behavior or personality changes Can’t recall events prior to hit Can’t recall events after hit Seizures or convulsions Any change in typical behavior or personality Loses consciousness Adapted from the CDC and the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport Document created 5/20/2012

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La Jolla Country Day School Concussion Information Sheet What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns to soon? Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athlete will often under report symptoms of injuries. And concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and students is the key for student-athlete’s safety. If you think your child has suffered a concussion Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. The new CIF Bylaw 313 now requires implementation of long and well-established return to play concussion guidelines that have been recommended for several years: “A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time and for the remainder of the day.” and “A student-athlete who has been removed may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed heath care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and received written clearance to return to play from that health care provider”. You should also inform your child’s coach if you think that your child may have a concussion. Remember its better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out. For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to: ________________________ Student-athlete Name Printed

____________________ Student-athlete Signature

_____________ Date




Parent or Legal Guardian Printed Parent or Legal Guardian Signature Date Adapted from the CDC and the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport Document created 5/20/2010

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Athletic Trainer Contest Coverage Priority Country Day’s athletic trainer cannot be at every school contest. The athletic trainer will cover contests in the following order: 1.

All varsity football home and away contests will be covered.


All JV football home and away contests take priority over other teams’ practices.


Priority coverage is usually given to home contests, however exceptions may be made by the athletic trainer or athletic director.


If there is no home contest, varsity away contests will be covered. This coverage will rotate through all programs participating in each season. If there is an onsite athletic trainer present at a contest location, the LJCD athletic trainer may not cover that event.


The athletic trainer will cover major events such as Coastal Conference Championships, CIF play-off games, etc. when hosted by LJCD.


Championships (state, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon the athletic trainer coverage by CIF, host school, etc.


Rehabilitation will be scheduled around coverage of contest with the responsibility of scheduling placed on the injured student-athlete.

Booster Club The LJCD Booster Club is an organization of school parents who are devoted to the enhancement of Torrey athletics. The goals of the Booster Club are to:

 promote school spirit  raise the awareness level throughout the school and the community with regard to the Country Day athletic program

 encourage support for all athletic programs from the parents, alumni, students, faculty and staff

 sponsor fundraising activities that support the athletes, coaches, equipment and athletic facilities of La Jolla Country Day School. Torrey Booster Club President Tammy Rooke can be contacted at or 858.945.5754.

Team Parents Team parents can do much to enhance each Torrey athletic program by providing team lunches, refreshments at games, fostering communication between the team’s coaches and parents, organizing end of the season parties/ banquets, organize and implement senior nights/days and participate as members of the Torrey Booster Club. Positive, supportive and energetic team parents are an important part of the Torrey athletic program.

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Gifts from Parents, Vendors and Others We recognize that parents, vendors and others sometimes desire to express a wide variety of appreciation for our staff and faculty members, including thank you notes or cards, words of encouragement, gift cards, money, trips, tickets, faculty/staff luncheons, holiday remembrances and other gifts. The school appreciates the genuine spirit of generosity and appreciation for the exceptional work provided by our outstanding faculty and staff. While flattering and well deserved, such gifts unfortunately may also create issues for our faculty, staff and school, such as the potential for a real or perceived conflict of interest, or the creation of inequities among departments, faculty and staff. As a result, faculty and staff may not encourage gifts of any kind, nor may they receive gifts valued at over $100, from parents, vendors and others related to school activity. Should parents, vendors and others generously wish to provide gifts valued at over $100, they may do so by working with the Development Office to make a gift to the Country Day Fund or a temporarily restricted fund in honor of a particular faculty, staff or department.

Code of Sportsmanship Athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators are expected to represent Country Day in a manner that is consistent with good sportsmanship and strong character. Country Day will not tolerate any behavior by athletes, coaches, or spectators, either student or adult, whose behavior is disrespectful to players, officials, coaches, or other spectators or detracts from the proper conduct of the contest.

Parent/Student Communication with Coaches When parents/students have concerns regarding a coach or his/her program it is imperative that the parent/student follow the steps of resolution listed below: 1.

Student-athlete contacts his/her coach.


Student-athlete contacts his/her head coach if not the same as #1.


Student-athlete contacts the athletic director.


Parent contacts student’s coach.


Parent contacts student’s head coach if not the same as #4.


Parent contacts athletic director.


Parent contacts head of school.


Parents should never contact the coach about their child’s issue or concern until after their child has met with his/her coach first.

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Make an Appointment Productive communication can be made when parents make an appointment to speak with the coach at a time other than scheduled practice and/or contest time. Parents are never to approach a coach during or just before/after a practice or contest to discuss an issue of concern. Issues of Concern Parents are encouraged to discuss with their child’s coach:

the treatment of the student-athlete

ways to help their child improve

concerns over the student’s behavior

the coach’s philosophy

the coach’s expectations of the student and the team

team philosophy and rules

team discipline


college participation

Parents are not to discuss with the coach:

placement on teams (varsity, junior varsity, or novice)

playing time

strategies used by the coach during contests

other students

Parent Coaching During Contests Country Day’s coaches are professionals who endeavor to provide an opportunity for the School’s student-athletes to experience meaningful growth, accomplishment, and success through the development of sound habits of mind, heart, and work that will allow each student to realize his/her fullest potential through participation in competitive sports (see Athletic Principles on p. 7). As they coach during contests, they do so while teaching lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting, competition, overcoming adversity, and winning and losing while maintaining behavior consistent with the School’s Six Pillars of Character. Parents are to respect the position and mission of the coach and should never coach students (their child or others) from the sidelines or the stands during contests.

Reputation is what others think of you. Honor is what you know of yourself. LJCD Athletic Handbook


Parent Guide for Dressing for Country Day Athletic Contests When the Torreys playing...

They will wear...

Army Navy Academy Bishop’s Calipatria Calvin Christian Canyon Crest Christian Coronado Escondido Charter Francis Parker Horizon Pacific Ridge San Diego Jewish Academy San Dieguito Academy Santa Fe Christian Tri City Christian

Black & Gold Maroon & Gold Navy Blue & Gold Columbia Blue & Black Black & Red Red, White & Blue Green & White Maroon, White & Black Brown, Gold & White Navy Blue, White & Cardinal Columbia Blue, Black & White Royal Blue & Gold Blue & White Red & Gold Cardinal Red & Navy Blue


The above should be followed for home and away games.

Away Game Ticket Prices Families may be charged at away league and non-league baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball games. League fees are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/seniors at football games and are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students/seniors for all other sports.

Parent Conduct The importance of parents behaving as model spectators cannot be overstated. Parents who support the LJCD Code of Sportsmanship (p. 32) provide a role model for other parents and students alike. Parents who harass officials, make comments to others regarding the judgment decisions made by coaches, and/or coach from the sidelines or stands are counterproductive and destroy the values of good sportsmanship and the games themselves. The athletic director reserves the right to remove such parents from school contests either on the LJCD campus or away.

Strong minds suffer without complaining. Weak minds complain without suffering. LJCD Athletic Handbook


Doing what is right is not always popular and doing what is popular is not always right. LJCD’s Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship 

Show respect for the opponent at all times. When opponents visit our school, they should be treated as guests, greeted cordially on arriving, given appropriate accommodations, and accorded the tolerance, honesty, and generosity which all human beings deserve. When visiting another school, we should be cordial and appreciative of our host. Good sportsmanship is the Golden Rule in action.

Show respect for the officials. The officials should be recognized as impartial arbitrators who are trained to do their jobs and who can be expected to do them to the best of their abilities. Good sportsmanship implies the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.

Know, understand, and uphold the rules of the contest. A familiarity with the current rules of the game and the recognition of their necessity for a fair contest is essential. Good sportsmanship suggests the importance of conforming to the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.

Maintain self-control at all times. A prerequisite of good sportsmanship requires one to understand his/her own bias or prejudice and the ability to prevent the desire to win from overcoming rational behavior. A proper perspective must be maintained if the potential educational values of athletic competition are to be realized. Good sportsmanship means proper behavior by all involved in the game.

Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of affiliation. Applause for an opponents’ good performance is demonstration of generosity and good will. The ability to recognize quality in performance and the willingness to acknowledge it without regard to team membership is one of the most commendable gestures of good sportsmanship.



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CIF Pursuing Victory with Honors Policies Crowd Behavior and School’s Responsibilities 1.

It is the responsibility of school administrators, ASB Council Officers, ASB Advisors, Cheer Advisors and Cheerleaders to assist in the appropriate behavior of members of their respective schools at various athletic events and extra-curricular activities both at home and at away matches.


There can be no posters, chants, or cheers directed toward the opposing school or specific players on opposing school teams. Posters, cheers, or chants of such nature will be removed or stopped immediately at the athletic contest. For example – cheerleaders chanting “miss it” during a free throw attempt or a negative poster such as “Beat the ______.”


No noisemakers of any kind are allowed to be directed toward the opposing teams. Cheer squads cannot direct megaphones toward the field of play, at a specific player and cannot use megaphones as a noise maker directed at the opposing teams or players – for example banging megaphones on the floor during a free throw shot attempt. Fans cannot use noisemakers, megaphones directed toward another team, or player at any time.


Cheerleaders are to cheer positively for their school and players to assist in controlling crowd cheers and directing the crowd in a positive way to support their schools.


Fans, students, and parents who behave inappropriately and are determined by the school administration to be not behaving in the best interests of the school and players are to be removed from the premises and their attendance at the school events will be based on the determination of the school administration.


School ASB Advisors and ASB Council Officers present at the various athletic contests or other extra-curricular events are to reflect a positive attitude about their schools and refrain from any negative behavior directed at the opposing schools. They are to assist in crowd behavior by setting positive examples and assist, if called upon, with crowd control.


Music played over the PA systems must be school-appropriate and not contain songs that refer to drug/alcohol use; use racial, cursing, inappropriate slang; are demeaning or inciting against any group. School officials are to immediately stop this music if it is heard or reported.

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Middle School Athletics and Physical Education Middle School Athletic Membership La Jolla Country Day School is a member of the South Coast Middle School League (SCMSL).

SCMSL Army Navy Academy Christian Junior High Coronado Middle School Francis Parker Horizon La Jolla Country Day School Pacific Ridge

Rancho Santa Fe School San Diego Jewish Academy Santa Fe Christian The Bishop’s School Tri-City Christian Warren-Walker

Middle School Interscholastic Athletics Offered Each trimester grade 7 and 8 students may choose to participate in physical education class, yoga class, or participate on an interscholastic team. Athletic teams practices are held during the regular school PE period. Contests are held after school and occasionally on weekends. Students are required to dress in the LJCD physical education uniform available for sale in the Torrey Store. PE students without their PE clothes will be sent to the Torrey Store to purchase them. Students without money will receive their PE clothes and their parents’ school account will be charged. Fall Season — August-November

Boys Cross Country Flag Football

Girls Cross Country Volleyball

Winter Season — November-February

Boys Basketball Fencing * Soccer

Girls Fencing * Soccer Softball

Spring Season — February-June

Boys Baseball Lacrosse * Tennis Track and Field

Girls Basketball Cheerleading Tennis Track and Field

*See paragraph on club sports on p 11.

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Playing Time Expectations Middle School Teams An attempt will be made to play all student-athletes in good standing every game. A student with unexcused absences, behavior issues or, for other reasons, is not in good standings will be informed by his/her coach that his/her playing time will be affected.

Middle School Athletic Awards End of Season Awards

At the end of each season each middle school team will recognize three of its student-athletes. Middle school athletes are generally awarded in recognition of strong team building skills such as effort, “coachability”, and improvement. Year-End Awards

Donald Pringle Memorial Award — Awarded at the end of the school year to the 8th grade boy and girl who best demonstrate ability, desire, determination, and sacrifice in the field of athletics. Middle School Athletes Being Picked up by Parents After Home and Away Contests 1.

MS student–athletes should bring everything they will need that night with them to their game. If they don’t want to haul it to the game they may leave belongings in the coaches office or locker room.


Parents should pick up their students only from the athletic parking lot, not the Genesee lot.

Upon returning to campus after away games, no middle school student should return to the middle school. If students have forgotten something, they may have their parents drive them around to the Genesee lot and they can run in to get what they need.


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