RULES AND REGULATIONS
- The ASA Program will follow the ACS Calvert school calendar. On days when school is not in session, there will be no activities
- All payments must be made at the beginning of the season and there will be no rescheduling of classes.
- Students must be picked up promptly from their activities. Supervision is not available after scheduled activity hours.
- The ASA Program adheres to the Second Step Program that is used at ACS Calvert for class management and discipline issues.
- Coaches and instructors will refer any problem with students to the ACS Extracurricular Coordinator or the ACS Athletic Director.
- Coaches receive SFA/CPR/AED training from the ACS Coordinator and are given instruction to follow in the case of an emergency.
Code of Conduct for Athletics at ACS
ACS conducts our athletics program for the benefit of all our students. It is simply one phase in our overall program of training for good citizenship. Excellence in team or individual event does not entitle a student to more special privileges than excellence in mathematics or any other subject. When a student puts on an ACS uniform, he/she becomes a special representative of our school. Thus, much more is expected of him/her.
Participation in athletics may lead to the following benefits:
1. Development of muscular coordination, strength, and a healthy body.
2. Development of an appreciation for team play.
3. Development of self-discipline that will carry into later life.
4. Development of an appreciation of competitive fair play.
5. Development of a special camaraderie and socialization.
These benefits will not be yours if you are part of a team that is improperly supervised and irresponsible in attitude.
Participation in any sport at American Cooperative School is a privilege, not an absolute right of students. With this privilege go certain responsibilities. The rules set forth are for all American Cooperative School students who participate on the athletic teams.
Athletics offer experiences for encouraging desirable habits of discipline, for developing qualities of self-sacrifice and dedication for common goals, and for promoting an atmosphere of acceptable ethical and moral attitudes.
To accomplish these goals for any sport, it is necessary to develop and maintain attitudes that are based on rational regulations and standards for personal appearance, public image and training rules that help to promote excellence in performance.
The nature of competitive athletics makes it possible for individual development of character, personality, and discipline in a matter that is difficult to obtain by other means.
Sports being an elective part of the school curriculum may not be for everyone. It is available for those who desire to abide by conditions established for the program and who desire to obtain the qualities available in the program.
American Cooperative School athletes are expected to be well behaved and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Remember, on a court, field, on a bus or anywhere you find yourself, you are ambassadors for our school. Be proud of that and always conduct yourself accordingly.
GENERAL TRAINING RULES
Training rules are established so that everyone knows what is expected of them. The coaches and athletic department establish the following rules. ACS permits coaches of any sport to establish additional special training rules for that particular sport.
1. Athletes are encouraged to be neat in appearance on game day and on traveling days.
2. No use of tobacco, alcohol, or any illicit drug in any form. Violation of this rule in any way may result in dismissal from the team and all extra-curricular activities including athletic and non- athletic events. Violations will be dealt with by the school administration.
3. No disrespect in any manner will be shown to any coach, teacher, official, faculty, fans, and players on his/her team or on the opposing team.
4. No jewelry of any type is to be worn during practices or games, or if it must be worn for religious purposes the jewelry must be securely taped to the athlete’s body.
5. No profanity will be tolerated during practices or games. Use of inappropriate language may result in dismissal from the team.
6. Student participants are expected to attend every practice and game. Promptness is also imperative if a person is to succeed as an athlete.
7. There will be “zero tolerance” for theft of equipment or possession of stolen equipment.
Violation of this rule in any way may result in dismissal from the team and all extra-curricular activities including athletic and non-athletic events. Violations will be deal with by the school administration.
8. Vandalism of our school facilities or vandalism while a guest at another school is unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated. Vandalism of any kind may result in dismissal from the team and all extra-curricular activities including athletic and non-athletic events. Violations will be dealt with by the school administration.
*All training rules, except # 4, are based on ACS Board Policy*
High School - All ACS students participating in any school sport or activity must maintain a high academic standing. According to ACS’s Board Policy students with two D’s or an F are ineligible to participate in a team contest. Ineligible players may not participate in team practices until they become eligible. There will be weekly checks for grades Wednesdays at 12 noon to ensure that athletes are in good academic standing. The ACS athletic program believes that academics are the primary focus of all excellent educational institutions, therefore players, with one D grade unit, will be advised to attend the athletic study table after school. Their D grade will have a negative affect on their playing time. Players not adhering to the concept of respect as stated in #3 will also have their playing time reduced or will not be permitted to participate.
ELIGIBILITY FOR TEAM/ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION
Further to the required academic eligibility standards, students hoping to participate on ACS athletic teams must fulfill the following conditions:
1. Return a signed, student and parents, copy of agreement understanding.
CAUSE FOR DISMISSAL
Cause for dismissal from a team includes, but is not limited to:
1. Smoking, drinking, fighting in a sports-related situation, and drug use.
2. Unbecoming conduct, including inappropriate language, fighting, and unsportsmanlike conduct.
3. Violation of the school rules, athletic department rules and ACS regulations.
4. Failure to meet academic standards/eligibility.
5. The guidelines and expectations for attendance at games and practices set by the coach.
6. Three unexcused missed practices. Two unexcused “lates” equal one unexcused missed practice.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ON DAY OF PRACTICE, COMPETITION/CONTEST
Student-athletes must be in attendance for the full day – in each of their classes –in order to participate in an after-school activity. Students marked as absent will not be permitted to participate in their after-school activity, whether it is a game, practice, or any team function. If the scheduled game is to be played on a Saturday or a Sunday, the student must be in attendance at school on the Friday preceding the game. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the Director of Instruction, Athletic Director and coach.
An athlete serving an in-school or out-of-school suspension will not be allowed to participate in practices, games or team functions during the suspension period.