Requirements for Participation in Athletics
NOTE: As each season approaches, you can find information on tryout dates, times and locations on Announcements & News.
Selection of team members is subject to the discretion of the coaching staff. Obviously, time, space, facilities, equipment, coaching preference, and other factors will place limitations on maximum team size. While every attempt will be made to involve as many student-athletes as possible, the number of interested students may exceed our ability to safely and effectively accommodate them; therefore, a selection process may be necessary. Student-athletes are encouraged to refer to the coach for the selection process of a particular sport and for levels of participation offered in that sport. While the high school athletic program serves as an arena for the student-athlete to display his/her talent, student-athletes must in turn be willing to assume certain responsibilities. In addition to the regular “Rules and Regulations” for students in Simsbury High School, participants are also governed by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) policies.
A. In order to be eligible for interscholastic athletics, students must be enrolled in five (5) units of course work and passing four (4) units of course work.
B. All student-athletes must complete the pay-to-participate process and pay a participation fee of $175.00 per sport per season. The participation fee for swimming and for ice hockey includes an additional $200.00. Checks should be made payable to Simsbury High School. Students who are experiencing extraordinary financial difficulties may request, through the athletic director, a fee reduction or waiver of the participation fee.
C. All student-athletes and their parents are required to sign the Simsbury High School Sports Contract which acknowledges their awareness of the required rules and regulations for members of the Simsbury High School athletic teams at the beginning of each sports season. Each season’s start date will be the first day of practice or tryouts, as stated by the CIAC. As of this date, the Simsbury High School Athletic Contract will be in effect regardless of whether the athlete has started his/her season or signed the athletic contract. When a violation of the contract is reported and verified by the coach or the administration, a meeting will be held with the student/athlete, parent/guardian, and an administrator.
D. The school nurse must have written authorization by a physician on file for a student to participate in any interscholastic sport at Simsbury High School. Authorization must be made renewable each and every school year the student is enrolled and participating in sports.
E. No athlete may quit one sport and participate in another sport after the first playable date as established by the CIAC.
F. Athletes must travel to and from contests, away from Simsbury, in transportation provided by the school. The only exceptions are:
- injury to a participant which would require alternate transportation
- prior arrangement between the participant’s parent/guardian and coach for alternative transportation.
G. Completion of the sports season is required in order for the student to be eligible for letter or certificate awards (exception: injury which limits participation). No awards shall be given to any student suspended for the remainder of the season for rules violations.
H. Some behaviors will be considered serious violations of the Simsbury High School athletic code and school rules and could result in loss of privileges. These behaviors include but are not limited to the following.
- civil law infraction
- malicious destruction of school property or individual equipment
- misconduct by a student athlete that is potentially detrimental to the athletic program, school, or school district
- unexcused absence from practices or contests
- unexcused absence from class
- unsportsmanlike conduct toward an opponent or official
- sale, possession, and/or consumption of illicit drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and/or anabolic steroids
- possession and/or use of tobacco products
I. In conjunction with CIAC policy, any Simsbury High School student-athlete ejected from a contest for fighting/unsportsmanlike conduct will not be permitted to participate in the next scheduled contest.
J. Additional rules or regulations adopted by a head coach for a particular team or sport will be approved by the principal and athletic director. Such additions will be in writing and on file in the office of the principal and athletic director.
In all cases, the student will be verbally advised by the head coach of the alleged violation, and the student shall have an opportunity to explain or justify the action. If, after such conference, the head coach decides that a penalty is justified, the student will be notified.
Communication & Conflict Resolution
- Students must be officially present in school for the entire day to participate in any activity after school. Any unexcused absence from class or study hall, or any suspendable offense verified on the day of occurrence will result in denial of participation in the after school activity that day. Exceptions include approved college visitations, family emergency, approved medical appointment, or other reasons approved by the school administration.
- If a student is absent the last school day of the week, and the competition is on a non-school day, the student must bring to the coach a signed statement from the parent/guardian that permission is given to participate. It is recommended that the coach call the parent regarding the absence.
- A student who has been injured and has had medical treatment cannot participate again until the date indicated by the student’s doctor.
It is important for parents and student-athletes to understand that Simsbury High School does not in any way sanction, encourage, or condone pre-season “Captain’s Practice.” Participation in these types of activities will have no bearing on whether the student is selected to the high school team in that sport. Students should not participate in these pre-season activities.
Athletes’ Rights of Due Process
A copy of this information may be obtained from the Athletic Director’s office.
Student eligibility will be determined for all students on the date that report cards are distributed or on the fourteenth calendar day following the end of the marking period, whichever comes first. Scholastic incompletes must be made up within ten (10) school days following the date that student eligibility was determined for the respective marking period as defined above. Incomplete grades are not to be considered as passing grades. Final grades from the previous school year determine Fall eligibility.