Any great tradition is a long time in building; it takes the hard work of many young adults, the loyal support of parents and community, and the dedication of sponsors and coaches. As members of the Elder Grove co-curricular activity group, students have inherited a tradition that is one of the finest in the state. The district believes in excellence and the total effort must be exerted to finish well. It is the striving, not necessarily the arriving, that brings out the best in a person. Students automatically assume a leadership role when they are involved in a co-curricular activity. The student body, the community, and other communities judge the school by out conduct and attitude, both at school and away. Accepting the role of leadership allows each individual to contribute to school spirit and community pride.
Objectives of Participation...
The activities program should provide students with the opportunity to:
- Improve self-respect
- Develop an attitude of self-discipline
- Develop leadership roles
- Aid in developing pride in community and school
- Learn the importance of teamwork in working toward a specific goal
- Learn to work within a given set of rules
- Carry over those values learned during activities into classroom work
Requirements to participate...
- Sports Physical (Forms available in MS Office)
- Concussion Form Signed (Forms available in MS Office)
- Participation Fee (per sport, non-refundable)
- $150 Football
- $35 Cross Country
- $35 Girls Basketball
- $35 Boys Basketball
- $35 Volleyball
Weekly Academic Eligibility...
Grades are our first priority. Student-athletes represent our school and therefore must be in good academic standing. Any player who has a grade(s) below a “C-“ in any class will not be allowed to participate in any games that week; this includes weekend tournaments, until the grade is brought up to the appropriate level. Weeks run Sunday to Sunday, eligibility report is sent to coaches at noon on Monday.
If a student-athlete's brings up a grade throughout the week - they will be eligible to play that week, with a signed statement from the teacher. The teacher must be provided a minimum of 24 hours (longer assignments could require additional time for grading at teacher discretion) from the time the assignment is submitted to grade it. The signed statement must be presented to the activities director for the student-athlete to become eligible mid-week.
A player, who is ineligible due to grades, will practice, but will be unable to play. Students who do not attempt to regain a passing grade average may continue to participate in practices, but may at the coach's discretion be required to work on missing assignments during games and practices.
If a player is unable to bring deficient grade(s) up within (any) 3 Monday reports, over the course of the season, he/she will be dismissed from the team to focus on school. This includes weeks where grades have been brought up mid-week. *(The Superintendent may intervene and waive this policy requirement due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.)
The Academic Eligibility report will not be pulled for the first week of a new quarter and semester.
If the conduct of a student is determined by the coach and activities directory to be detrimental to the athletic/activity program, the student may be suspended from the program for a period to be determined by the coach and activities director. Denial from participating with the team for a period of time may result from the following:
- obscene gestures, swearing
- other disciplinary situations that may arise
A student must be in attendance by 5th period (11:30 a.m.) on the day of an activity to participate in that activity, unless approved in advance by the activities director. If a student must be absent for a special circumstance (i.e. doctor’s appointment) the athletic director must be informed before leaving. If a student-athlete is suspended out of school, he/she will not be allowed to practice or play during the period of the suspension.
A student-athlete will be given an excused absence if they miss school due to an Elder Grove Sponsored Activity or/ Laurel Co-op (track) event. Parents may check out students to watch a sibling compete in a activity but they will be marked as unexcused. Ineligible players may not be excused from school for activities.
Competition gives all students an opportunity to learn something rarely available in the classroom situation. It is an experience that involves preparation, dedication and hard work. The reward is measured in different ways by each individual, ranging from simply participating to making the A team, placing in a competition, or winning a championship.
It is the philosophy of the Elder Grove School Activities Department that each student should be given an opportunity to develop his/her skills to the best of his/her ability. This includes the skill of being a team player, maximizing the role assigned by the coach.
The 5th and 6th grade teams will give all students an opportunity to participate in any activity sponsored by the school system. Although students may play different roles and have different responsibilities to perform, no student at this level should be cut from an activity due to athletic ability. Playing time must be earned by the player and is determined by the coach. It’s the philosophy of the activities department to try and distribute playing time equally and focus on skill development at the 5th and 6th grade level. This philosophy is explained to the coaches at the beginning of the season.
Competition is emphasized as students move through the activities program into 7th and 8th grade. The goal for our 7th and 8th grade football, cross country, and “A” team’s (volleyball and basketball) is to field teams that are competitive within our conference and at the state level.
Sometimes the need to contact a coach occurs during the school year. The correct sequence we request you take is:
- Level 1: Each Head Coach/Sponsor will have a parents meeting at the beginning of the season to establish guidelines and expectations for their student-athletes, with parents invited to ask questions at this time.
- Level 2: During the season, please contact your son/daughter's Head Coach/sponsor if you have questions or concerns. Please wait 24 hours after a contest to contact your son/daughter’s coach.
- Teachable moment: Have your son/daughter visit with his or her head Coach first. If we are preparing students for life’s lessons, this is a critical piece of education.
- Level 3: If you have contacted the Head Coach (level 2), and wish to also have the Activities Director involved, please contact the Head Coach. (The Head Coach may also request that the A.D. sit in on a parent meeting.)
- Level 4: If you are interested, the Principal/Asst. Principal’s are also available to sit in on a parent meeting if #1, #2, and #3 do not work out. The administration also has several Parent Communication meetings during the school year and may be available either during or after one of these meetings.
- Level 5: If the above are not satisfactory, please contact the A.D. office, and I will contact the Supt. of Schools if there are still concerns.