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Rye City School District 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue South Lobby
Rye, NY 10580

Phone: 914.967.6100
Fax: 914.967.6957

Please note that the Districtís current website is undergoing major construction and will be completely updated very shortly.†In the meantime, if the format of any material on the Districtís current website interferes with your ability to access information and you require an accommodation, please contact Kaitlyn Sassone, Director of Technology, at 914-967-6100 x6211.† To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.†Further, if you would like to file a complaint concerning the accessibility of the Districtís website, information and a complaint form can be found†here†or you can contact Kaitlyn Sassone, Director of Technology, at 914-967-6100 for further information.†


Rye Athletics
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Guidelines
STUDENT-ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Eligibility to Participate in Extracurricular Activities
and Interscholastic Sports
The Board of Education recognizes the educational value of student participation in extra-curricular activities and strives to provide a well-balanced program of activities (athletic and clubs/organizations/theater) which will respond to a variety of student interests and needs.
The Board requires that the following three standards for eligibility be met by students in order for them to participate in extra-curricular activities:
1. Maintain a Full Schedule
A student is expected to carry a program of five classes (or the equivalent), plus physical education. The student is expected to be in regular attendance in all of his or her classes for the marking period.
If a student has a confirmed unexcused absence from school and/or class, the student shall be declared ineligible for five days. If the school attendance or class attendance problem persists, the administration shall declare the student ineligible to participate in activities, clubs, and athletics for the remainder of the marking period
2. Maintain Standards for Academic Performance
Students who achieve a minimum of a 70% average in all subjects and pass all ' subjects are academically eligible to fully participate in all activities, clubs, and athletics.
If a student has a MINIMUM QUARTERLY G.P.A. OF 70% and is failing one course only and the student's initial failure in that course is at the end of marking periods one, two, and three, the student will be ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities (clubs, activities, athletics) for a minimum of five days from the date of report card distribution. During this period of ineligibility, the student is responsible for developing an Achievement Plan with the assistance and the approval of the teacher whose course was failed and the approval of the student's advisor/coach. At the High School, involvement in the Academic Intervention Program is a required part of maintaining eligibility once the plan is approved.
IDEA or Section 504 students who have failed can make an appeal to the Assistant Principal for Guidance. This Assistant Principal will convene the Eligibility Committee. While this process is taking place, the student will be placed on "Eligibility Probation" and continue to be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities.
If the "Eligibility Committee" decides that the disability does not affect academic performance, the student will become ineligible. If the Eligibility Committee decides that the disability interferes with academic performance, the student will be referred to the CSE and/or the 504 Committee for program review. The student will complete an Achievement Plan and remain eligible.
The goal of the Achievement Plan is to provide direction for the student in identifying what needs to be accomplished to pass the course. The Achievement Plan will contain the following information:
  • Reasons for Failure
  • A plan for addressing or overcoming those reasons.
  • Steps explaining how improvement will be achieved.
  • The period and days of the cycle that the high school student will be assigned to the Academic Intervention Center.
After the teacher and advisor/coach approve, the approved Achievement Plan must be submitted to and be endorsed by the Assistant Principal in order for a student's eligibility to be restored after the five-day period. The student is expected to obtain a weekly progress report from his/her teacher and submit that report to the Assistant Principal. The weekly report will be submitted to the Assistant Principal If the student is in an activity/club and he/she will share the report with/the student's advisor. Failure to submit an Achievement Plan within the five day ineligibility period, or lack of adherence to the elements of the Achievement Plan, or failure to obtain or make weekly reports, will cause the student to be declared ineligible for the remainder of the marking period.
All students who submit Achievement Plans will have their performance reviewed at mid-quarter. At that time, if the teacher whose course was failed indicates that the student is currently passing the course, the student will remain eligible until the next report card (but the student must continue to attend the Academic intervention Center (AlC) or X-Period assignment until the end of the quarter or beyond, or earn a minimum grade of "C" in the course that was failed). However, if at the mid-quarter review, the student continues to be failing, he/she will become ineligible for the balance of the marking period and, of course, continue to attend the A.I.C. (X-Period) for academic support.
A student who fails two or more courses in one quarter is automatically ineligible for participation in activities, clubs, and athletics for the following quarter, and the student will be required to attend the Academic Intervention Center
Fourth Quarter/Final Grades
Students who have a minimum of a 70% GP A and who fail a course in the fourth quarter but pass the course for the year shall maintain their eligibility for the following September. Students who fail one course for the year are encouraged to attend summer school to make up the failure. A student with one failure for the year who does not attend summer school, or who attends summer school and does not does not pass, is eligible for activities/athletics in September provided an achievement plan is completed according to the procedures outlined above. A student who fails two courses for the year is encouraged to attend and pass summer school.
If the two failures are remediated in summer school, eligibility is restored. If one failure is remediated, eligibility is restored provided an achievement plan is submitted within the first five (5) days of the school year. A student who fails more than two courses without a successful summer school program that meets the eligibility standard shall remain ineligible. A student carrying two or more failures into the next school year shall be ineligible
A student carrying one failure into the next school year but not continuing on in that course sequence shall be placed on probation for the first marking period. During this probationary period the student must report to the Academic intervention Center once a week and submit weekly progress reports. Any student carrying a failure from the previous year who is failing at the mid-point of the first quarter of the following year, shall be ineligible until the first quarter report card is distributed. At this point, the procedure begins again for the first, second and third quarters.
3. Maintain Standards for School Citizenship
Students who regularly follow school rules and regulations shall be eligible to fully participate in activities, clubs, and athletics. Students who do not obey school rules and regulations, as defined in the Board Policies and Student Handbook Regulations, shall be ineligible for participation in activities and/or athletics.
If a student is assigned to in-school suspension or is suspended from school, he/she shall be ineligible for a period of five days. Additional violations of school rules and regulations causing suspension shall cause students to be declared ineligible for the duration of the marking period, semester, or for the year, depending on the seriousness of the infraction.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The athletic program in the Rye City School District is an integral part of the educational program. Interscholastic athletic competition provides students with physical, mental, and emotional expression which benefit not only the individual, but also the school and the entire community. Participants have the opportunity to acquire qualities of total fitness, self discipline, loyalty, and a devotion to a cause greater than themselves.
All students are encouraged to "try out" for our teams. Participation in the athletic program is a privilege granted in return for compliance with certain rules and regulations.
STUDENT-ATHLETE TRANSFER GUIDELINES
All transfer students must see the Director of Athletics to determine their athletic eligibility prior to trying out for any interscholastic sports team.
1.†† A student in grades 9-12 who transfers, with a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) shall become eligible after starting regular attendance in the second school. A residence change must involve a move from one school district to another. Furthermore, when a student moves from one public school district to another public school district, for athletic eligibility the student must enroll in the public school district of his/her parent's residency.
2.†† A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if the student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer.
Note: A student in a foreign exchange program listed by CSIET has a one-year waiver of the Transfer Rule. If such a student elects to stay a second year he/she becomes a foreign student at the start of the school year with item (b) in effect.
Exemptions to (#2):
The student reaches the age of majority (emancipated minor) and establishes residency in the district.
If a private or parochial school ceases to operate a student may transfer to another private or parochial school of his/her choice. Otherwise, a student must enroll in the public school district of his/her parents' residency.
A student who is a ward of the court or state and is placed in a district by court order. Guardianship does not fulfill this requirement.
A student from divorced or separated parents who moves into a new school district with one of the aforementioned parents - Such a transfer is allowed once every six months.
Note: It is provided, however, that each school shall have the opportunity to petition the section involved to approve transfer without penalty based on an undue hardship for the student.
3.†† Transfer students trying out for sports before school opens in the fall shall register and be accepted by the principal of that school before the medical examination and the first practice. This shall constitute the start of the regular attendance for fall sports.
Note: After approval by the school medical officer a student may practice immediately and must satisfy the specific Sports Standard according to the number of practice sessions required.
4.†† Practices at the previous school may be counted toward the minimum number of practices required provided the principal or athletic director of the previous school submits, in writing, the number and dates of such practices to the principal or athletic director of the new school.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES
All student responsibilities described in this section apply to expected behavior at school social events and all consequences for violations of these responsibilities are in force as well.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the auditorium, gymnasium, parking lots, or anywhere on campus. Violators will be asked to leave.
  • Evidence of drugs or alcohol will be immediately reported to the faculty advisor and/or security personnel who will call the student's parents and file a report with the school administration and, if necessary, the police.
  • Students who are obviously intoxicated or under the influence of a drug will not be allowed to enter the social event. If already admitted, the chaperone will notify the parents who will then be required to come and pick up their student and escort him/her home.
  • Students exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to leave school property. In the case of any violation, the chaperone may notify not only the faculty advisor, but also the police, if necessary.
  • Remember, all school rules of conduct apply to athletic contests on or off campus. Unacceptable behavior will result in removal from the event.
While the student is on suspension, he or she may not be on campus or participate in any school-sponsored activity as a member of the activity or as a fan (spectator).

STANDARDS FOR INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETES
Interscholastic sports are an important part of the total educational program of the Rye City School District. It is the overwhelming opinion of physical educators and coaches that athletes perform best when they follow intelligent training rules which include restrictions on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. To this end, the following expectations have been established for students participating in interscholastic athletics:
  • Student athletes are expected to follow all school regulations pertaining to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs as outlined in the Handbook.
  • Student athletes, under the direction of the coach and captains, will discuss the negative impact of the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs on performance. Students will agree not to use these substances.
  • Student athletes must maintain good academic standing. Any student who earns two or more failing grades or has less than a 70% will be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for the next complete marking period.
  • Student athletes must maintain the highest level of positive behavior in and out of the classroom. A student who cuts academic classes or is disruptive will not be permitted to participate until the situation is rectified with the Assistant Principal. The Assistant Principal will notify the Athletic Director and the coach when the student is reinstated.
  • A student athlete who accumulates four or more after-school detentions maybe prohibited from practice or competition until detentions are served.
  • Athletes are expected to be at all practices and competitions unless excused by the coach.
  • Any student (athlete or not) who is absent from school may not participate in any school-sponsored event on the day of absence. The student may not participate as an athlete or spectator.
  • A student athlete who arrives without authorization after 8:49 a.m. will not be allowed to participate that day unless approved by the Assistant Principal.
  • A student athlete is responsible for the care of and return of any Garnet uniform or equipment immediately after the last contest. Payment for lost articles is expected.
  • Athletes and parent/guardians must sign the interscholastic Sports Medical Clearance Card acknowledging these Standards for Interscholastic Athletics and the Consequences for Violations of Athletics Standards prior to participation.
HAZING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
Under New York State Law, hazing in the first degree is a criminal offense. The National Federation of High schools is " Any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a group, regardless of his/her willingness to† participate".†

Hazing in any form, including group/team initiation, which is degrading, is strictly†forbidden by NYS law.†No student shall participate in any intentional and/or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with or maintenance of membership in any school-sponsored activity, organization, club or athletic team.† This includes any action taken or situation created that directly embarrasses, humiliates, ridicules and/or causes harm or mental or phy sical discomfort to another.

Hazing will not be condoned or permitted in any program sponsored by the Rye City School District.†This means that hazing is not tolerated on the fields or courts, in the locker rooms, on the bus, at the team†camps, or any other actiity in which student-athletes represent the Rye City School District.†It is further understood that each student-athlete has a duty to report any act of hazing he/she sees or knows of to a coach, school counselor or school administrator and participation in or failure to report any hazing will result in a disciplinary review and suspension from the team and the athletic program.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS OF
INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETES STANDARDS
For possession or use of any tobacco products (cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco), alcohol, or illegal drugs, while on campus during the school day or at a RHS sponsored event on or off campus. The student athlete will suffer a two-week suspension from competition in his/her sport. He/she will be required to practice with the team while on suspension. A second violation will result in removal from the team for the duration of the season. A third violation (if the athlete plays another sport in the next season or in a subsequent season) will result in removal from all interscholastic sports for the year.

Philosophy of Programs
Varsity - JV - Modified -
PHILOSOPHY OF INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
Interscholastic athletics in the Rye City School District is an integral part of the district's total educational program.
  • Everyone involved in the delivery of athletics possesses a unique opportunity to teach positive life skills and values. Therefore, this educational experience demands highly qualified coaches. Desire, dedication, and self-discipline need to be developed in order to ensure the commitment and personal sacrifice required by athletes. Making such a commitment helps to nurture integrity, pride, and overall character.

    It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory. However, the number of victories is only one criterion when determining a season's success. Guiding the team to attain maximum potential is the ultimate goal to this end. The coaching staff must teach student/athletes to prepare their minds and bodies in order to reach maximum potential, and then to be modest in victory and steadfast in defeat.
VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
Varsity competition is the culmination of each Athletic program. Occasionally, a sophomore and infrequently a freshman may be included on the team providing that evidence of advanced levels of physical development, athletic skill and appropriate emotional development is demonstrated.
Squad size at the varsity level is limited. The number of participants on any given team is a function of those needed to conduct an effective and meaningful practice and to play the contest. It is vital that each team member have a role and be informed of its individual roles in pursuit of the team's goals. While contest participation over the course of a season is desirable, a specified amount of playing time at the varsity level is never guaranteed.
A sound attitude and advanced level of skill are prerequisites for a position on a varsity team, as is the realization that a varsity sport requires a six-day-a-week commitment. This commitment is often extended into vacation periods for all sport seasons. While contests and practices are rarely held on holidays and Sundays, the dedication and commitment needed to conduct successful varsity program should be taken seriously.
  • The varsity coach is the leader of that sport's program and determines the system of instruction and strategy for that program. The communication among the modified, junior varsity and varsity programs is the responsibility of the varsity coach. Preparing to win, striving for victory in each contest and working to reach the group's and individual's maximum potential are worthy goals of a varsity level team.
JUNIOR VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
The junior varsity level is intended for those who display the potential of continued development into productive varsity level performers. Although team membership varies according to the structure of each program, sophomores occupy the majority of roster positions. In certain situations, juniors who are expected to make contributions at the varsity level will be considered for junior varsity participation. Also, freshmen may be included on a junior varsity roster.
At this level, athletes are expected to have visibly committed themselves to the program, team and continued self development. To this end, increased emphasis is placed on physical conditioning, refinement of fundamental skills, elements and strategies of team play in addition to emotional development. Junior varsity programs work towards achieving a balance between continued team and player development and striving for victory. The outcome of the contest becomes a consideration at this level.
  • The realization that practice sessions are important is a premise that is vital to a successful junior varsity team and player. For all team members, meaningful contest participation will exist over the course of a season, however, a specified amount of playing time is never guaranteed. Participants at this level are preparing themselves for the six-day-a-week commitment that is expected at the varsity level. While contests and practices are rarely held on holidays and Sundays, practice sessions are sometimes scheduled during school vacation periods. With the goal of becoming a varsity athlete clearly in sight, a high level of dedication and commitment is expected at the junior varsity level. It is recommended that each student athlete take a close look at the time commitment required prior to trying out for a particular sport.
MODIFIED PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY (Middle School)
This program is available to all students in the seventh and eighth grades. Sport activities offered are determined by the existence of student interest, and the relationship to the high school program. At this level, the focus is on learning athletic skills and game rules, fundamentals of team play, emotional growth, physiologically appropriate demands on the adolescent body, and healthy competition.
At the modified level, we will make a concerted effort not to make cuts. However, if the number of students trying out for a team creates a situation that is difficult to manage, poses a safety problem or is problematic because of facility considerations, reducing team size maybe necessary. Ultimately, the number of teams and size of the squad in any sport will be determined by the availability of 1) financial resources, 2) qualified and certified coaches, 3) suitable indoor or outdoor facilities, and 4) a safe environment.
In order for the desired development of the adolescent athlete and team to occur, practice sessions are vital. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association publishes regulations by which practice sessions are governed. The Modified program requires a 5-day a week commitment with practices and/or contents occasionally scheduled for Saturdays. Opportunities for meaningful contest participation for each team member will exist over the course of a season.
  • Exceptional eighth graders may be permitted to try out for a junior varsity or varsity team under the State Education Department Program called Selection Classification. Criteria that must be met in order to play at an advanced level include coach's recommendation, parental approval, medical approval, appropriate developmental rating, passing athletic performance test scores, and the coach's skill evaluation. Additionally, students must display an advanced degree of emotional maturity before team membership is granted. The Selection Classification process is very time-consuming. The process must be initiated by the Head Coach in that respective sport, not by the student athlete or the parent.
INTRAMURAL PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
Intramural sports are available to any Rye Middle School student (grades 6-8) who wishes to participate in some form of physical activity. Intramurals are held exclusively within the Rye Middle School, and the schedule is much less time consuming than interscholastic sports.
There are no practices in the intramural sports program. Games are scheduled during the week immediately after school.
Middle School students, who do not participate in the interscholastic athletic program, are encouraged to become involved with intramural sports. The program stresses physical activity, fun, personal wellness, and sportsmanship. It is a great opportunity to explore some new activities and have a great time in the process.
Intramural Offerings
  • Activities and dates are subject to change without notice based on participation numbers, weather and availability of facilities.

    Fall (mid Sept. to mid Nov.) Winter (mid Dec. to end of Feb.) Spring (early April to mid June)
Travel to and from Events
Studentís athletes must travel to and from athletic contests and practices on the team bus provided.†An athlete may travel home with his or her own parents provided the following guidelines are followed:
††††††† The parent(s) must pick up the student in the presence of the coach.
††††††† A parent can only transport his/her own child.†
††††††† Under no condition can another athlete be transported by anyone other than their own parent, unless written permission is given to the coach and the RHS Athletic Office prior to the event.†
Note:†ONLY TEAM MEMBERS AND COACHES MAY RIDE ON THE TEAM BUS.
Uniform and Equipment Return
Uniform Equipment issued to a player is to be used only for the purpose for which it is intended in practice or in contests. No part of any uniform is to be used in physical education classes or in any other way unless specific permission has been granted in advance.

A Student is responsible for the care of and return of any Garnet uniform or equipment.†Athletes are encouraged to make every attempt to return a clean uniform.† Payment for lost articles is expected.

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