Champlain Valley Union
the Participant & Parent
Extracurricular Policies & Procedures
To provide a stimulating atmosphere of
learning, the Champlain Valley Union
High School offers extra-curricular activities that
develop and express student interests and talents. Extra-curricular
activities enable students to enhance their effective learning skills and
abilities in a dimension beyond the core curriculum.
Chittenden South Supervisory
UnionExtra-Curricular Activities Policy Statement
Valley Union High
School recognizes the integral role extra-curricular activities
represent in a student’s total education. The District’s eligibility
criteria for participation in extra-curricular activities will involve the
following. Students should:·Refrain from using any illegal drug,
regulated substance or alcohol;·Refrain from using tobacco or any tobacco
products;·Be in good academic standing, as determined by the
principal;·Be in good disciplinary standing, as determined by the
principal;·Be in attendance on the day of the event/performance/meeting,
unless excused by the principal or designee; and·Be enrolled in the public
school sponsoring the activity.In addition to the above, students
participating in interscholastic sports should:·Be in good health;
and·Have proper medical insurance prior to participation.It is the
policy of the Board to provide an interscholastic athletic program for students
of both genders that meet the following criteria. The activities
should:·Provide athletic facilities and opportunities for participation on
an equal basis regardless of gender;·Stress educational, as well as
recreational benefits derived from participation in interscholastic sports;
and·Conform fully to the rules and regulations of the Vermont Principals’
Association.The Board will make determinations related to individual
activities in the programs based on the following considerations:·The
level of student interest and commitment;·The level of community interest in
an activity;·The impact of adding or eliminating an activity on existing
programs and facilities;·The potential of the activity to remain competitive
with other participating schools;·The availability of qualified personnel to
coach and supervise the activities; and·In relation to the total athletic
program, the impact of adding or eliminating an activity on the balance of
opportunities for students of both genders to participate.
reference to SUBSTANCES, , the participants will
be subject to the school’s Substance Abuse Policy (F9). In addition to the
consequences outlined in the school’s Substance Abuse Policy, the following
consequences will be implemented for participants in the school’s
possession, or procurement of substances in season/period of activity, at school
sponsored events –
violation of the policy –
consequences – Substance Abuse Policy followed
consequence - For athletics, the athlete will be suspended from interscholastic
play for the equivalent of 20% of contests for that season, effective
immediately after the violation. For other extra-curricular activities,
the period of suspension will be defined and communicated with participants by
the school administration.
violation of the policy -
consequence – Substance Abuse policy followed
- out for the remainder of the season/activity and all other activities for the
remainder of the school year
or procurement of substances in season/period of activity, not at school
sponsored events – (credible source as defined by the principal)
consequences – Substance Abuse policy followed
- out for the remainder of the season and all other activities for the remainder
of the school year
possession, or procurement of substances out of season/period of activity, at
school sponsored events –
consequence – none. It would be encouraged that the student work with the
advisor/coach to deal with situation.
- out of all other activities for the remainder of the school year
possession, or procurement of substances out of season, off school grounds:
(credible source as defined by the principal)
consequences – no Substance Abuse Policy violation
consequence - none. If possible the advisor/coach should work with
the student in working through restitution issues if appropriate.
consequence – no Substance Abuse Policy violation
- out of all other activities for the remainder of the school year.
distribution of substances:
Sale or distribution of substances on or off
school grounds will result in the student’s immediate removal from all
extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. If the
sale and distribution occurs in a non-school context, the credibility of the
source will be determined by the principal.
In the case where the student uses tobacco (reference F3), for the
first violation, students must enroll in a smoking/tobacco cessation
program. Students must have attended at least one session. Further
participation is dependent upon completion of the program.
If the student uses tobacco for a second time,
the student will be ineligible for participation for the remainder of the
activity and/or school year.
B. In reference to ACADEMICS, the
student must carry a minimum of (5) courses during the entire period of
participation. The participant must also maintain a "C" cumulative average
each marking period. If the student fails to maintain a "C" cumulative
average in the quarter prior to participation or falls below the "C" range
during the period of participation, the student will be allowed to
practice/rehearse but may not participate in events /contests/ performances.
C. In reference to ATTENDANCE, the student must be at all
regularly scheduled classes in order to participate in extracurricular
activity. Doctor or Dental appointments or other legitimate excuses as
determined by the school administration are the exceptions to this rule.
D. In reference to PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, the student-athlete must
have an exam, indicating physical status to participate in interscholastic
competition, prior to participation. A physical exam will be valid for (2)
E. In reference to PARENTAL PERMISSION FORM, the form must be turned
in to the school once every year before a student may participate in
athletics. The form can be obtained via coach, student activities office,
nurse or main office.
F. In reference to INSURANCE, participation in interscholastic
athletics or other physical activities is voluntary, CVUHS requires that
the student be covered by health and accident insurance. If the student is
not covered under family policy, student insurance can be purchased (minimal
cost) through the school nurse. Insurance must be purchased prior to
Vermont Principal's Association Eligibility
A. Contestants or participants must be
enrolled in their school and must meet the school's prescribed academic and
eligibility rules. Students may only compete on school teams sponsored by their
own school during the season, and may only compete for the one school in which
he or she is officially enrolled. Students may participate in meets as
individuals but may not participate as a member of another
team.B. In a sports season players who have participated in
competition as a member of a school group shall not compete as members of a
non-school organized group in the same sport. Violation of this rule will be
handled as follow:1. For the first infraction, a warning to students will be
given that the choice of participation on one or the other group must be
followed.2. For the second infraction, students will be dropped from the
school group.C. Transfer students are eligible at once provided
they were bona fide students in the school from which they transferred according
to the definition in Item A above. If the transfer is the result of any
coercion, recruiting or inducement to move in order to participate in
interscholastic activities, students will be ineligible for a period of 365
calendar days from the date of infraction. The principal of any receiving school
shall check carefully to determine the reason for transfer. Reports of suspected
violations of transfer students eligibility rules must be made to the Executive
Director immediately.D. A school shall be deemed in violation of
the rule against recruitment for directly or indirectly supporting or
sanctioning recruitment if a representative or agent of the school, or any
individual or group associated with the athletic programs of that school,
approaches a student athlete in another school, apart from a publicized meeting
for all prospective students in that school, and directly or indirectly attempts
to persuade or induce a student athlete to enroll in his/her school. A school
may also violate this rule by failing to take adequate steps to control
recruitment by third parties.E. A student who competes in any VPA
sanctioned activity must be under nineteen (19) years of age, except that a
student whose nineteenth (19th) birthday occurs on or after August 1 is eligible
for all activities in the ensuring school year. Students who have attained the
age of nineteen (19) prior to August 1 shall be ineligible for all VPA
sanctioned activities.F. Students are ineligible if they have
graduated from any course of study in a secondary school comparable to the
system. The initial determination of whether the secondary school is comparable
shall be made by the school's principal. If there is a question concerning the
eligibility of a student under this rule, the Executive Director may review the
principal's determination. Determining whether a secondary school is comparable,
the principal, Executive Director, Activity Standards Committee and the Board of
Appeals shall give consideration to the normal number of years of the primary
and secondary school program; the length of the school day and year; the
curriculum; whether graduation makes the student eligible for post secondary
education; and any other relevant information. If the total length of the normal
primary and secondary program for the school system in question is less than
twelve years, then the secondary school may be deemed less than comparable.
Waivers of this eligibility rule may also be granted in accordance with these
bylaws.G. Students have four (4) consecutive years or eight (8)
consecutive semesters of eligibility for participation in school activities.
Attendance of thirty (30) school days of any semester shall be regarded as a
semester. Attendance is defined as being included in the official roll and
attendance records of the school and not physical presence in the class. A
student that is enrolled for his/her eighth and final semester of eligibility,
during the fall-winter term, may complete the winter sports season as long as
he/she is an eligible student and has not graduated.H. No student
may participate in the same sport for more than four seasons.I.
Students are ineligible if they have lost their amateur standing, i.e., they
have accepted remuneration, gifts or donations directly or indirectly for
participation in an athletic contest, or they have participated under an assumed
name, or they have competed on a team some player of which was paid for his
participation, or they have entered into a playing contract with a professional
club or agent. Reference to "gifts or donations" is not intended to preclude the
acceptance of playing apparel and equipment that is presented by the sponsoring
organization.J. Amateur Status Rulings and Comments:1.
Students who lose amateur status in one sport do not lose it in other
sports.2. Students will lose their amateur status in the sport involved
if they accept any money whether for participation or as a prize for being
outstanding players.3. Students who become members of a ski patrol will
not jeopardize their amateur standing.4. Amateurs or a team of amateurs
may participate against a team of professionals. Amateurs may not participate on
a professional team, or on a team where members of the team are receiving
remuneration for their athletic services.5. High School students should
be advised to exercise great caution in participating in any athletic activity
where there are cash prizes. Youngsters should be extremely careful in
participating in adult bowling leagues where there are cash prizes. These
rulings are made with two thoughts in mind:(a) Maintaining an amateur
status while participating in interscholastic activities.(b) Protecting
future athletic eligibility for activities after completion of high
school.K. All-Star Contests1. For purposes of this policy, an
All-Star contest is defined to be one in which the participants are selected
based upon their performance as a member of VPA sanctioned school athletic
activity. This definition does not include Babe Ruth, American Legion, summer
soccer or basketball, CYO or DeMolay Activities, etc.2. The VPA does not
sanction or approve of All-Star contests. Students who participate in an
All-Star contest will lose their VPA eligibility to participate in that same
sport at their high school for the succeeding season. The only exception to this
policy is when the All-Star contest is directly related to the activities of the
U.S. Olympic Committee.L. Students who, during the regular school
day, attend specialized schools or programs where the primary purpose of this
instruction or program is to enhance skills in specific sports and/or
activities, during the time of established VPA seasons in that particular
activity, will not be permitted to participate with their home school in that
activity.M. Students who have matriculated in a post-secondary
academic program that grants degrees, certificates or diplomas shall be
For more information go to: http://www.vpaonline.org/bylaws/bylaws4.html#standards
CVUHS PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Academic Performance is your
B. You represent yourself, your
community, your school and your team - adhere to appropriate behavior
C. You should practice good
D. Extracurricular activities are
not an excuse for being tardy or absent from school on the day following
E. Participation rules established
by your school and coach/advisor must be observed
F. Employment should not interfere
with academics or extracurricular activity (choices have to be made)
G. Equipment and uniforms issued to
the participant must be returned in the same condition at the end of the
activity. Equipment that is lost, damaged or stolen is the responsibility
of the participant, to make financial restitution to the school.
H. If a participant is involved in
malicious damage to the school or public property, he/she will be required to
make restitution to the owner and will be dismissed from the activity.
I. Any injury should be reported to
the advisor/coach no matter how slight the injury may appear. If the
injury requires a physicians care, the participant msut have written permission
from the doctor before returning to that activity.
J. There are times during the season
when it is necessary for the student to leave for competitions during the school
day. Its is the participants responsibility to make up any work missed and
to make proper arrangements with the instructor prior to the absence.
K. If the participant must go
on a family vacation during the activity season, the participant msut give the
advisor/coach written notice as soon as the plans are known. The
interruption of practice and conditioning is not recommended.
L. When transportation is provided
by the school for "away" competitions, participants are expected to use the
school transportation. Students may ride home after competitions with
their parents. Students are not allowed to ride with other students.
M. Participants are to arrange for
their own transportation home, at the appropriate time, after the activity or
after a "home" competition.
N. Students should make every effort
to participate in the activity in which they are genuinely interested.
Students will not, except in exceptional cases, be allowed to compete on two
teams during the same sport season.
CVUHS BEHAVIORAL / SPORTSMANSHIP CRITERIA
The participant is required to:
1. Treat advisors, opponents and coaches
2. Establish a hard work ethic, but play
within the rules.
3. Exercise self control at all times,
setting and example for others to follow.
4. Respect officials and accept decisions
without gesture or argument.
5. Win without boasting, lose without
excuses, and never quit.
6. Always remember that it is a privilege
to represent the school and community.
Important: Failure by the CVUHS participant to
follow the philosophy and behavioral responsibilities, will result in
disciplinary action. The action implemented by an advisor or coach, may
result in suspension or dismissal of the participant from the
The awards system at CVUHS is
designed to reward the responsible and committed student participant.
Specific requirements for earning an award shall be explained by the advisor or
coach prior to the beginning of the activity.
The general requirements are as follows:
A. Regular attendance at practices and
B. Completion of the sport season.
C. Be a contributing member of the team in
effort and enthusiasm.
D. Appropriate conduct at all times.
The progression of athletic awards is as
A. Freshman and Junior Varsity Level
- Certificate of participation
B. Varsity Level - Varsity letter
/Pin for that particular sport / Certificate of participation. Successive
Awards in a varsity sport include certificate and service bar (pin).