Student Athlete Guide

How to Participate 
Code of Participation 
Responsibilities of the Student-Athlete
CIF Code of Conduct

Eligibility

SFWHS encourages all students to participate on a sports team. League policy dictates the maximum number of players for each Varsity team. When both Junior Varsity and Varsity teams exist in a sport, the coach will select varsity athletes during pre-season practices, based on a player’s experience and ability.

Academic Requirements. The Bay Area Conference stipulates that student-athletes must maintain a 2.0 GPA average during their previous grading period. Although that is a minimum requirement, SFWHS requires further that a student-athlete pass all main lesson blocks. Those in danger of not meeting this requirement will be subject to review on a case-by-case basis, and may be placed on Academic Probation and/or suspended from their team.

Academic Concerns. If, at any time, a student-athlete experiences academic difficulties in any class, he/she should notify the Athletic Director immediately. Seek help. Speak candidly with your instructor. The coach, Athletic Director, and instructor will see that you get any needed support. Remember: Eligibility depends on your maintaining good academic standards. A student-athlete is required to take responsibility for his/her own academic well being.

Academic Probation. If an athlete is deemed academically ineligible, then he/she will be placed on probation.  The athlete will be allowed to continue participating with the team (after sitting out for one week), permitting that the student makes satisfactory progress.  Weekly progress reports must be filled out by all teachers of the ineligible athlete and turned in to the Athletic Director.  Conduct Requirements.Student-athletes must remain "a student in good standing" with the high school and display good sportsmanship at all times.

Disciplinary Probation. A student placed on disciplinary probation may become ineligible to continue in their sport.

How To Participate

A student interested in participating in a particular sport must:

Step 1:  Sign up prior to each season when signup sheets are posted

Step 2:  Complete the Athletic Packet that contains the following:

  • Parent/Student Sports Handbook Agreement

  • Drug Abstinence Contract

  • Bay Area Conference Student Ejection Policy

  • Uniform Distribution and Return Form

Step 3:  Each student will be evaluated by the Athletic Director,         teacher(s), as to his/her eligibility for participation.

A complete Medical Consent Form must also be submitted to the front office before participating on a sports team.  This form can be found in your enrollment packet.

Code of Participation

A student who does not fully participate in physical education class on a game or practice day cannot participate in any after-school sport activities, unless permission has been obtained from your coach and PE instructor.

Students, including those on injury recuperation, are required to attend all practices, team meetings, and contests. This represents an essential part of their dedication and commitment to participate in their sport.

Remember: Participation in athletics is considered a privilege, not a right.

The student-athlete shall become a more effective citizen and learn:

To develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and the spirit of sacrifice and hard work. The team and its objectives must be placed above personal desires.

How to compete. A team or individual student-athlete may not always win, but will always succeed when continually striving for their best performance. Learn to accept defeat by striving to improve your individual and team skills.

To develop sportsmanship; to accept any defeat like a true sportsman, knowing you have done your best; to treat others as you would have them treat you; to develop social traits, including emotional control, honesty, cooperation, and dependability.

Continued improvement is essential to good citizenship. As an athlete, you must establish a goal and constantly strive to reach that goal with a strong sense of commitment and dedication. Always try to better yourself with the skills involved and those characteristics set forth as desirable.

To develop a balance between academic work, sports participation, and rest. As an athlete, you must develop the healthy discipline of managing your time very efficiently while you are doing your academic work. Participating on a sports team requires a great deal of time that might otherwise be devoted to school work. One must learn how to complete school assignments and team requirements and still receive ample restto remain healthy and alert.

Responsibilities of the Student-Athlete

Clearance Procedures.

Prior to participation, a student-athlete must adhere to the following procedures:

  • Read, understand, and agree to abide by the Sports Handbook.
  • Submit the signed Sports Handbook Agreement.
  • Submit the signed Student Handbook Agreement.
  • Submit Medical Consent (Physician’s Report Form) to the School Office.
  • Submit signed Bay Area Conference Student Ejection Policy for each sport.
  • Sign Uniform Distribution & Return Form for each sport.

Dedication. The athlete should be aware that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without hard work and a sincere desire to succeed. The athlete must also understand that this means making a commitment to attend all practices, contests, and team meetings. At SFWHS we do not practice 5 to 6 days per week as do other schools. We limit practices to 4 days per week, which includes game days. Consequently, it is very important that an athlete realize that this attendance commitment must be given the highest regard. No one will be excused from a practice, game, or team meeting without consultation with the coach. If an emergency or illness prohibits you from attending, you are required to notify the coach immediately. 

Language. Anyone associated with athletics shall use language that is socially sensitive and acceptable. Profanity, vulgar talk, trash talk, and ethnic or religious slurs or jokes will not be tolerated on or off the playing field at any time.

Respect. Athletes are required to demonstrate a respectful and courteous attitude and demeanor toward all coaches, teachers, staff, administrators, officials, opponents, and spectators.

Drugs. As stated in the Student Handbook, the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and performance enhancing substances is strictly prohibited. Any student who uses these substances may be required to undergo drug testing prior to any future sport participation, and during the sport season, if requested, in order to monitor abstinence from drug use.

California Interscholastic Federation Code of Conduct for Student-Athletes

Interscholastic athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote the development of good character and other important life skills. The highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor according to six core principles (the Six Pillars of Character): trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. This Code applies to all student-athletes involved in interscholastic sports in California. I understand that, in order to participate in high school athletics, I must act in accord with the following:

Trustworthiness
Trustworthiness --- be worthy of trust in all I do.
Integrity --- live up to high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor; do what’s right even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.
Honesty --- live and compete honorably; don’t lie, cheat, steal, or engage in any other dishonest or unsportsmanlike conduct.
Reliability --- fulfill commitments; do what I say I will do; be on time to practices and games.
Loyalty --- be loyal to my school and team; put the team above personal glory.

Respect
Respect --- treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other student-athletes.
Class --- live and play with class; be a good sport; be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity; give fallen opponents help, compliment extraordinary performance, show sincere respect in pre- and post-game rituals.
Disrespectful Conduct --- don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racist nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.
Respect Officials --- treat contest officials with respect; don’t complain about or argue with official calls or decisions during or after an athletic event.

Responsibility
Importance of Education --- be a student first and commit to getting the best education I can. Be honest with myself about the likelihood of getting an athletic scholarship or playing on a professional level and remember that many universities will not recruit student-athletes that do not have a serious commitment to their education, the ability to succeed academically, or the character to represent their institution honorably.
Role-Modeling --- Remember, participation in sports is a privilege, not a right and that I am expected to represent my school, coach, and teammates with honor, on and off the field. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct myself as a positive role model. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the school administration.
Self-Control --- exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
Healthy Lifestyle --- safeguard my health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Integrity of the Game --- protect the integrity of the game; don’t gamble. Play the game according to the rules.

Fairness
Be Fair --- live up to high standards of fair play; be open-minded; always be willing to listen and learn.

Caring
Concern for Others --- demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to myself or others.
Teammates --- help promote the well being of teammates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to coaches.

Citizenship
Play by the Rules --- maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all applicable game and competition rules.
Spirit of rules --- honor the spirit and the letter of rules; avoid temptations to gain competitive advantage through improper gamesmanship techniques that violate the highest traditions of sportsmanship.

All athletes are required to read and sign this CIF Code of Conduct statement.

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