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St. Francis de Sales High School

Mary Reid Director of Student Services

Physicals Athletes may NOT PARTICIPATE without a current physical on file. Coaches may require athletes without physicals to attend and observe practices. Completed physicals must be on file with the Director of Student Services by the first day of practice. Athletic Injuries While St. Francis de Sales has no “team physician�, the services of a trainer are available at some games. Even when a trainer is provided at games, St. Francis de Sales bears no responsibility for medical follow-up. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to seek further medical assistance through their family physician. When an injury has occurred requiring the athlete to seek medical attention resulting in the missing of practice or game, a written note from the doctor needs to be submitted to the Coach giving permission for the student to return to athletic activity. The high school will bear no financial responsibility for medical expenses. Whenever an athlete is injured and requires transportation to the hospital, ordinarily a coach or St. Francis de Sales representative would accompany the injured athlete to the hospital. One exception to this directive is if doing so, it causes the rest of the team to be without coaching supervision. In this case, the supervising coach or St. Francis de Sales representative must go to the hospital as soon as possible after supervisory responsibilities to the team are over. The coach who goes to the hospital with the injured athlete must stay with that athlete until a parent or guardian arrives. Entrance/Exit to Facilities Athletes arriving for practices and/or games must enter Door B and report immediately to their supervising coach. Door B is to remain closed at all times. Propping the door open is prohibited by anyone. When accessing the locker rooms, athletes are to avoid interfering with practices/games in the gym. After School Practices Athletes must report on time for practice. Athletes waiting for practice and are remaining in the building must report to the Cafeteria or to Academic Intervention in the assigned classrooms. Athletes must comply with all rules in both Academic Intervention and the Cafeteria. Please note that supervision in the cafeteria is until 5PM or two (2) hours after dismissal time. 2

Failure to comply with this policy may jeopardize the athlete’s privilege to participate in the scheduled game or practice for that day. A repeated violation of this policy places the athlete at risk for removal from the team. Gym And Locker Room Regulations Gym Regulations 1. Street shoes are not permitted on the gym floor. 2. Discretion should be shown in regards to throwing, hitting or kicking balls. 3. Food and drink may not be taken into the gym. 4. Athletes practicing outside should remove athletic shoes before entering the building. 5. Gym mats should be laid across the stage front. Locker Room Regulations 1. Lockers are to be assigned by the head coach and documentation to the Director of Student Services. 2. Only athletes in season may use a locker. Those working out, etc. are welcome to use the P.E. lockers on a daily basis but must remove locks each day. 3. Only the Blue SFDS locks are to be used in the locker rooms. 4. If a locker is malfunctioning, report the problem to the Director of Student Services. 5. Make sure your belongings are locked at all times. 6. Food and drink are not allowed in the locker rooms, P.E. area or showers. 7. Debris should be disposed of properly. 8. Horseplay is not permitted in the locker room. Coaches’ Office Athletes are not allowed in the Coaches Office. Weight Room General Rules for Student Use of Weight Room 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Students must have a supervisor present. Students must wear a minimum of shorts, T-Shirt and athletic shoes. Food and drink are never permitted inside. Radios will be allowed with the permission of the supervisor. Horseplay is never allowed. Students are to rack all weights.

Athlete’s Dress The manner of dress should be appropriate to the serious nature of the athletic endeavor. The school expects the full support of parents and guardians in implementing all aspects of the dress code. Therefore, St. Francis de Sales student-athletes are required to adhere to the dress regulation on and around the 3

school grounds. While representing St. Francis de Sales, student-athletes must dress in accordance with the coaches directives. Specific requirements are:  No visible tattoos at anytime  No earrings for boys at anytime  Uniforms should be worn in accordance with the expectations of the coach.  All hats are to be removed upon entering the building and remain off while in the building. Equipment All team equipment provided by St. Francis de Sales is issued by the Director of Student Services to the Coach of the sport for distribution to the athletes. At the end of the season, the Coach must collect all clean uniforms and return them to the Director of Student Services. The names of the participants who have not turned in their uniform must be given to the Director of Student Services immediately at the end of the season. Grades will not be distributed until all uniforms are returned or funding has been reimbursed for the equipment. Transportation When using a bus, athletic teams should clean the bus upon exiting. Coaches may not permit non-athletes to ride a bus unless the Athletic Director grants prior approval. Following a contest, an athlete may be given permission to ride home with his/her parents only. Permission may only be granted by the head coach. Trips Athletes must comply with school procedures/rules regarding overnight trips. If attending an overnight trip, permission slips need to be filled out by each athlete attending the trip. Each permission slip will have a detailed description of the trip, the hotel location, phone number, times and dates of departure and arrival, and emergency contact numbers. Parent/Coach Communication As your children become involved in the St. Francis de Sales athletic programs, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. Communication parents should expect from their child: 1. Philosophy of Coach. 4

2. Expectations Coach has for your child and the team. 3. Locations and times of practices and games. 4. Team Requirements – Fees, Equipment, Off Season Program, Summer Program. 5. Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation. 6. Procedures should your child be injured during participation. Communication coaches expect from parents: 1. Parental concerns should be expressed directly to the Head Coach. 2. Parents should notify the Head Coach of schedule conflicts in advance. Appropriate issues to discuss with coaches: 1. Treatment of your child, mentally and physically. 2. Ways to help your child improve. 3. Concerns about your child’s behavior. Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things, such as the next items to be mentioned, must be left to the discretion of the Head Coach. These rules apply to the Assistant Coaches as well. Issues inappropriate to discuss with the coach 1. 2. 3. 4.

Playing Time. Team Strategy. Play Calling. Other Student-Athletes.

If a parent has a problem or concern to discuss with the Head Coach 1. Call the coach’s school phone (not home) to set up an appointment. Anonymous voicemails will be disregarded. Do not attempt to confront a Coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be both emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote the resolution. 2. If your call or meeting with the coach leaves you unsatisfied, you then can schedule a meeting with Director of Student Services. 3. The principal or president will only be involved in athletic issues after the proper channels have been followed 4. The appropriate channel of appeal is: 1. Coach 2. Director of Student Services 3. Principal 4. President IHSA PHILOSOPHY #1 – Participation is a Privilege, Not a Right. 5

St. Francis de Sales High School 10155 Ewing Avenue Chicago, Il 60617 Phone: 773-731-7272

Sign and Return this page to the Director of Student Services Parent / Student Contract We have received the Athlete-Parent Handbook and have familiarized ourselves with the contents. We understand that the policies listed in the handbook are applicable for the 2013-2014 school year. We agree to abide by and to support the policies and procedures found in the Handbook.

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Athlete and Parent Handbook 2013-14  

Athlete and Parent Handbook 2013-14

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