Parent Information

TOP TEN THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN ATTENDING A WILDCAT SPORTING EVENT

  1. Your admission allows you to watch the performances of highly impressionable 11 to 18 your old student-athletes  – not a license to abuse coaches, officials, players and other spectators.
  2. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the contest.
  3. Welcomes the visiting team and their fans.
  4. Respect both participating teams.
  5. Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
  6. Cheer loud for your team, but remember banners, signs, shakers, noisemakers, towels, sirens and whistles are not permitted.
  7. Treat other fans the way you wish to be treated.
  8. Refrain from profanity and inappropriate language.
  9. Do not throw any items onto the field or court.
  10. Be a positive role model through your actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is not appropriate.

PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION

Both  parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations.  By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to children.  As parents, when your children becomes involved with our Athletic Programs, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on your child.  This begins with clear communication with your child’s coach/advisor.

As your child becomes involved with the Athletic Programs of the Mechanicsburg Area School District, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their lives.  It is important to understand that there will always be times when things do not go the way you or your child wants.  At these times, discussion with the coach/advisor in encourage.

Listed below are the guidelines and expectations that we expect all parents to follow to ensure that our student athletes have a positive athletic experience.

  1. Support your child by being a positive listener.  Avoid putting pressure on your child to start, score, or be the star of the team.
  2. Understand the ultimate purpose of athletics; it exists as an integral part of the total  educational mission of the school and participation in athletics is a privilege and not a right.  This includes the enormous time and effort provided by the coach.
  3. Serve as a good role model for the students, athletes and other fans.  Children learn by imitating a good example.  Display excellent sportsmanship at all times.  Show respect to everyone involved in the athletic programs  – the coaches, athletes, fans, other parents, officials, security and administrators.  Give positive encouragement, use cheers that support and applaud good plays by both teams.
  4. Follow the chain of command when you have a concern.  Your athlete should speak to the coach first.  The next step would be for you to contact the coach to set up a meeting.  If you are still not satisfied after  the meeting with the coach, please contact the athletic director to request a meeting to discuss your concerns.  Express your concerns and questions in a courteous and civil manner and do it at the right time and in the proper setting.  Appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach include the mental and physical treatment of your child, what the child needs to improve and aspects of your child’s behavior.  Concerns that are not appropriate for discussion and must be left to the discretion of the coach include how much playing time each athlete is getting, team strategy, play calling and any situation that deals with other athletes.
  5. Be loyal to the school and team.  Avoid constant and chronic complaining.  Put the best interests of the team above your child’s personal glory.  Understand that the goals of the team and the athletic program are more important than the hopes and dreams you may have for your child.  Support the coach in public and avoid speaking negatively about the coach in front of your child. Contribute to the booster club by volunteering to help with projects and committees.
  6. Teach your child that hard work and honest effort are more important than winning.  Teach your child to live and play with class and to be a good sport … be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity.  Keep athletics in perspective  – family, faith, fun and education are far more important.
  7. Abide by the Mechanicsburg Area School District Code of Conduct, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Eligibility requirements and all team rules.
  8. Support the concept of “being a student first”.  Commit your child to getting the best possible education.  Be honest with your child about the likelihood of getting an athletic scholarship or playing sports on the professional level.  Reinforce that colleges and universities will not recruit student athletes who do not have a serious commitment to their education.

INSURANCE INFORMATION

The Athletic Department of the Mechanicsburg Area School District provides accident insurance coverage for all students participating in interscholastic athletics (grades 7-12).  This insurance coverage is an excess plan.  This means the insurance company will pay the first $100 of a claim up to the benefit limit.  If a claim exceeds $100 and the benefit limit is above $100, the insurance company will pay a benefit only if there is no other personal insurance which may be payable covering the same accident.  All injuries must be reported and documented by the Mechanicsburg Area School District’s Athletic Trainers before a claim can be filed.

The Mechanicsburg Area School District does offer parents the opportunity to purchase Student Accident Insurance for school time or 24 hour coverage at the start of each school year.  Forms are available from the Business Office.  The Athletic Department does not assume responsibility for medical expenses due to any injury that might occur in practice or at a contest.

Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Steroid Policy

The Board of School Directors, Administration, Faculty, and Staff of the Mechanicsburg Area School District consider participation in school-sponsored organizations to be a privilege.  Students participating in school- sponsored organizations are expected to accept the responsibilities granted them by this privilege.  As school district representatives who are scrutinized by their peers and the community, students participating in school sponsored organizations are expected to accept a drug, alcohol, tobacco, and steroid-free lifestyle.  Possession of Tobacco Products, Use of Tobacco Products, Possession, Use, Transfer, Sale or Aiding in the Procurement of Drugs, Mood-Altering Substances, Alcohol, Anabolic Steroids (except for a valid medical purposes), and Controlled Substances as defined in the Mechanicsburg Area School District Code of Conduct are prohibited by any student.  Students who violate this policy shall be subject to: (a) the disciplinary action listed below (b) the specific guidelines established by the individual organizations and (c) the normal disciplinary action outlined in the Mechanicsburg Area School District Drug and Alcohol Policy (d) mandated referral to the Student Assistance Program with successful completion of the assessment and any recommended counseling and/or interventions.

First Offense:  The student will be removed for a period of 45 school days from participation as a member in any Mechanicsburg Area School District sponsored organization.  (Organizations include but are not limited to athletic teams, honor societies, student council, key club, debate team, concerts, band, music performances, musical, play, ski club, etc.).  The suspension will be in effect from the conclusion of due process until the end of the 45th consecutive school day.  The suspension will be carried into the next school year if the 45th consecutive school day does not occur within the current school year.

Second Offense:  The student will be removed for a period of one calendar year (starting with the conclusion of due process) from participation as a member in any Mechanicsburg Area School District sponsored organization.

While the administrative staff, coaching staff, advisors and faculty cannot observe students seven days a week/twenty-four hours a day, students are expected to abide by all school regulations.  Parents and guardians are obligated and expected to support and enforce these regulations.  Any violation brought to the attention of the administration, that is deemed to be within the scope of the school’s supervisory responsibility, shall be investigated.

Students have the right to due process.  During the due process proceedings, if the allegations are found to be factual, the associated penalty shall be imposed.

USE OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS

As specified in Sec. 807.3 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania statutes, the following minimum penalties are prescribed for any student athlete found in violation of the prohibited use of anabolic steroids:

1.        For a first violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the  season.

2.        For a second violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season and for the following season.

3.        For a third violation, permanent suspension from school athletics.

No student shall be eligible to resume participation in school athletics unless a medical determination has been submitted, verifying that no residual evidence of steroids exists.  The Administration may require participation in drug counseling, rehabilitation, testing, or other program as a condition of reinstatement into a school athletic program.

While the administrative staff, coaching staff, advisors and faculty cannot observe students seven days a week/twenty-four hours a day, students are expected to abide by all school regulations.  Parents and guardians are obligated and expected to support and enforce these regulations.  Any violation brought to the attention of the administration shall be investigated.

Students have the right to due process.  During the due process proceedings, if the allegations are found to be factual, the associated penalty shall be imposed.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY

Students must meet the following minimum academic requirements for participation in any extra-curricular activity:

  1. The student must be passing at least four major subjects (courses that meet everyday).  Eligibility shall be based on cumulative grades for the current grading period.
  2. Grades are monitored on a weekly basis.  If a student is not passing at least four major subjects, the student will become academically ineligible for one week (Sunday-Saturday).  At the end of one week, if the student is still not meeting the minimum standards, he/she will continue to be academically ineligible.  Academic ineligibility means the student is unable to dress or participate in any event, competition or performance that is considered an extra-curricular activity.  Ineligible students will not be dismissed from school to participate and/or travel with their respective team/organization.  The decision as to whether the student may participate in practice sessions will be at the discretion of the coach/advisor of the extra-curricular activity.
  3. A student must have passed at least four full credit subjects or the equivalent during the previous school year.  At the end of the school year, the student’s final credits, rather than the credits for the last grading period shall be used to determine his/her eligibility for the first grading period of the next school year.  A student whose work does not meet the academic eligibility standards, who attends summer school and corrects their deficiencies shall be eligible.  In cases where a student’s work in the preceding school year does not meet the standards, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for at least fifteen school days of the next school year beginning on the first day of school.
  4. A student must have passed at least four full-credit subjects, or the equivalent, during the previous grading period.  In cases where a student’s work in any preceding grading period does not meet the standards, the student shall be ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for at least fifteen school days of the next grading period beginning on the first day report cards are issued.

NCAA Academic/Athletic Eligibility

Academic eligibility to participate in Division I or Division II college athletics is determined by the NCAA Clearinghouse.  To be eligible, a student athlete must meet specific minimum requirements in regard to GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and completion of certain core academic courses as approved by the Clearinghouse.  For detailed information and the materials necessary to register with the Clearinghouse, see your guidance counselor.  It is not necessary to register until your junior year, but scheduling the appropriate courses by the student should be a consideration all four years of high school.