ATHLETICS TRAINING EXPECTATIONS
This procedure requires all athletes participating in any sport at Ridgefield High School to be chemical free. The following Athletic Training Expectations are in effect during an athlete’s season of play beginning with the first day of practice. Reminder to students: This is a 24-hour rule and includes beyond the school day.
An Athlete is prohibited from possessing or using the following:
- Illegal drugs (including anabolic steroids)
Violations will be reported by the coach, dean, assistant principal or athlete to the Athletic Director. The Athletic Director/grade level Principal will be responsible for the administration, enforcement, and monitoring of the policy. Coaches will be notified in writing of any offense.
All coaches, at the beginning of their seasons, will distribute to every athlete a copy of this policy and their own team expectations and will review these expectations with team members. Parents and athletes are required to sign a release stating they have read the regulations and agree to abide by them.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR VIOLATIONS
Violations are cumulative for all sports played during a school year, carrying over into subsequent seasons.
Athletes found in violation of a training rule will be suspended for the equivalent of:
- Tobacco—10% of regular season games (no suspension will be less than one (1) game)
- Alcohol and illegal drugs—20% of regular season games (no suspension will be less than two (2) games
An athlete will be suspended from the team for the entire season.
An athlete will be suspended from participating on any team for the remainder of the school year, and:
- The athlete must attend and participate in all practices.
- The athlete must attend all contests but may not participate and may not be in uniform.
- The athlete must complete a reentry interview with the Athletic Director and coach.
Note: School suspensions take precedence over both athletic practices and contests.
Athletes found guilty of violating athletic training expectations are not eligible to receive post season Athletic Awards / Scholarships and other school/community awards involving character and leadership. Captains found guilty of violating athletic training expectations will lose their position as captain and are not eligible to be named captain of a team until three seasons of play have passed from the date of the violation (including the season in which the violation occurred).