FILE:  IDFA

Cf:  IDE

 

INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

 

 

The Grant Parish School Board believes that the competitive athletic program is a part of the overall educational program of the school system.  It also believes that the athletic program should be closely coordinated with the general instructional program of the school, and that the aims achieved through athletics should justify its inclusion in the overall educational program.  The athletic program shall also be based on a spirit of non-professionalism so that participation is regarded as a privileged opportunity.

 

All parish school personnel involved in the athletic programs shall plan and conduct all athletic activities based upon sound educational principles.  The welfare of the participants and the student body shall be placed before other aspects of the athletic programs.

 

Interscholastic athletic programs should exist mainly for the value which they have for students, and not for the benefit of the sponsoring institutions.  The activities and contests involved shall be psychologically sound by being tailored to the physical, mental, and emotional maturity levels of the youth participating in them.  Athletics are for all students who are physically able to participate, who qualify under eligibility requirements, and who adhere to the rules set forth by the state and local school officials.  Participation will contribute to the following:

 

  1. The improvement of health, fitness, and general welfare of all individuals taking part in a safe well supervised program.

  2. The involvement of a maximum number of students in both supportive and active areas of the program.

  3. The stimulation of all participants to achieve academic progress as their primary school objectives.

 

ATHLETIC PROGRAM

 

Interscholastic athletics may be made available for students in the schools of the school district.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop and maintain an athletic program in the school district that emphasizes participation of all students.  The conduction of all athletic programs within the school district shall comply fully with regulations of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) and policies of the School Board.  The Board shall allow students to participate in as many sports activities and academic activities as he/she is capable of participating in without fear of reprisal.  

 

All athletic contests shall be conducted in accordance with the following:

 

  1. The local school principal shall coordinate and control all aspects of the athletic programs at the school in which he/she is principal.

  2. The local school principal or his/her designated representative shall attend all athletic events held at home to observe and give general supervision as the circumstances may require.  The principal's designated representative shall be someone other than the coach or coaches.

  3. The local school principal and members of the professional staff shall develop acceptable codes of conduct designed to influence, and guide the behavior of students, professional staff members, and spectators at athletic events.

  4. The local school principal shall be responsible for operating a financially sound athletic program.

  5. The local school principal shall be responsible for qualifying students for participating in athletic contests in accordance with the provisions of the State Athletic Association.

  6. The local school principals shall submit schedules of all athletic events (to include tournaments, etc.) to the Superintendent of Schools at least two (2) weeks prior to the season of play.

  7. The local school principals shall approve all schedules for athletic contests prior to finalizing contractual agreements between schools.

  8. The local school principal shall require written parental permission before a student can participate in athletic programs offered by the school. The permission slip shall be filed with the principal prior to engaging in practice.

  9. All students must show written proof of adequate insurance coverage prior to engaging in practice or participation in any athletic program sponsored by the school.

  10. All students must submit to a physical examination prior to engaging in practice or participation in any athletic program sponsored by school.

  11. Private vehicles shall not be used to transport athletic participants except when said vehicle is owned and/or operated by a member of the professional staff of the parish or an adult member of the community, and then only with permission of the Superintendent.

  12. The local school principal shall ensure that adequate security precautions are observed at all athletic events. He/she shall request police protection from the local law enforcement authorities. In the event that more security personnel are required than can be furnished by these agencies, he/she shall engage the services of a reputable and licensed private security agency. The costs of such services shall be paid from the athletic fund.

 

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

 

No student shall be permitted to practice or participate in any interscholastic athletic program in any public school of the Grant Parish School Board until such student shall have furnished to the principal of the school documentation that he/she has met the following requirements:

 

  1. Evidence of having had a physical examination by a licensed physician who shall have completed documentation as required by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

  2. Properly complete a School Entrance and General Health Exam Form/LHSAA Medical History and pass a medical examination by a licensed physician prior to the first time he/she participates in a sport in a LHSAA school.  Physicians may continue to use the original LHSAA Sports Physical Form in performing sports physicals.  In addition, parents shall be required to complete the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information.

  3. Once a student passes the initial medical examination and completes an LHSAA Medical History Form prior to the sports season in which he/she participates, he/she shall annually pass any medical screening or medical examination required by a licensed physician and shall update his/her LHSAA Medical History Form as required.

  4. A copy of all completed and signed medical examination and participation/release of information forms (and any others required by the School Board) must be on file at the school for every student before he/she practices or participates in interscholastic athletics during that school year.

  5. An agreement signed by the student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to hold the School Board and its members, employees, agents, assigns and insurers harmless from and against any liability for any accidents involving the student while participating in such athletic activities and any injuries suffered by the student during, or as a result of, such participation.  The agreement shall also authorize team physicians to treat the student in the event of an injury requiring emergency treatment.

  6. Students shall sign a form consenting to random drug screening and must obtain the written consent of their parent(s) or guardian(s) for said tests in order to be eligible to participate in any athletic or extracurricular activity. (See policy IDE, Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities)

 

RULES VIOLATION

 

Adherence to the rules of athletic representation and participation shall be strictly enforced by the Board.  Any violations of athletic rules shall be immediately reported to the Superintendent by the principal.  In the event that a member school, member school principal, or member school coach is penalized or cited by the LHSAA due to a violation, the athletic director, principal, and coach involved shall provide a full report to the Superintendent.  If found warranted, the Superintendent in turn shall make a report to the School Board with pertinent recommendations for disciplinary action.

 

SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS

 

The School Board endorses the scholastic eligibility requirements as a condition for participation in high school extracurricular activities as stipulated by the LHSAA.  Scholastic requirements shall be as follow:

 

  1. To be eligible for the first semester of the school year, a student shall have earned at least six (6) units from the previous school year, which shall be listed on the student’s transcript, and shall have at least a "C" average as determined by the School Board when considering all "graded" subjects.

  2. To be eligible for the second semester of the school year, a student shall pass at least six (6) subjects from the first semester.  A senior attempting four (4) units in the first semester must pass all four (4) units to be eligible in the second semester.  Likewise, a senior attempting five (5) units in the first semester must pass all five (5) units, and a senior taking six (6) or more units in the first semester must pass six (6) units for second semester eligibility.

  3. The LHSAA includes specific eligibility rules for special education students which must be met for their participation.

 

Individual schools or the School Board may set higher, but not lower scholastic requirements for interscholastic athletic participation.

 

INSURANCE COVERAGE

 

Athletes shall have either school student insurance or a signed statement from the parent showing that the student is otherwise covered for any accident or injuries that may occur during any athletic participation.   No students shall be allowed to practice or participate in interscholastic athletics until this requirement has been met.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

All student participants in extracurricular activities must ride the activity bus to the event, except that students traveling in groups of less than ten (10) may be allowed to carpool to school-sponsored activities.  A student will be permitted to ride home with his/her parent or legal guardian only after the parent personally tells the Head Coach he or she is taking his or her child with them.  This notification must be made on an occasion-by-occasion basis.  The Head Coach will be responsible for accounting for all students before the bus leaves the event.

 

Revised:  February, 1996

Revised:  August, 2011

Revised:  March, 1999

Revised:  August, 2013

Revised:  August, 2010

 

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:169, 17:176

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Official Handbook, Louisiana High School Athletic Association

Board Minutes, 3-2-95, 1-4-96, 10-7-10, 10-10-11, 10-1-13

 

Grant Parish School Board