Extracurricular Activity Code Rules & Regulations: Athletics | Policy 7414

SPORTSMANSHIP/CITIZENSHIP

All student participants in athletics at FFCS commit themselves to act in a sportsmanlike/civil manner at all times, reflecting the pride and self-discipline expected in our athletics program.  These expectations as set forth below exist during the entire school year, not simply the season of the sport involved.  The rules can also be violated by the actions of student-athletes during recess periods and summer recess between school years.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY RULES

Fonda-Fultonville students commit themselves to standards of conduct consistent with the FFCS Mission Statement, and all District Policies and Rules and Regulations, including the Student Code of Conduct. Participation in extracurricular activities is considered a privilege, not a right.  For Fonda-Fultonville athletes, the following rules are in effect from August (First day of Fall Sports as set by Section 2 of the NYSPHSAA) and ends in June (FFCS Graduation).

For the purposes of the Athletic Activity Code all students entering the athletic program are deemed to be at Level “0” (having never been found in violation of the Code).

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco and Tobacco like substances – Student-athletes shall abstain from the use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes (including possessing the device and/or nicotine drops), vaping devices (including possessing the device and/or vape drops), alcohol and/or illegal drugs. In addition, student-athletes are prohibited from attending a party or gathering that involves the underage use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, alcohol and/or illegal drugs.  Failure to leave such a party or gathering immediately upon learning of the above activities taking place at the location will be considered a violation of the code by the student-athlete with consequences the same as those stated below involving student-athlete’s use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, alcohol and/or illegal drugs.  Violations of these rules shall be addressed as follows:

First Offense: After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall be suspended from the team for a period equal to 25% of the team league and non-league schedule. Where 25% or less remains in a season, any remaining league and non-league suspension from a team will be served in the next sport season played by the student-athlete. The athlete will continue to attend and participate in all practices. However, they will not be allowed to suit up for games during the suspension.

Athletes who honestly admit their involvement when first questioned will have the opportunity for a reduction in the penalty to 12.5%.  Furthermore, the Administration reserves the right to the second offense consequence if the athlete is dishonest about his/her involvement or exhibits a negative attitude.  If an athlete is a captain, he or she will lose that position for the remainder of the season.

Second Offense: A second violation involving tobacco, electronic cigarettes (including possessing the device and/or nicotine drops), vaping devices (including possessing the device and/or vape drops), alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or attending a party that involves the use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, alcohol and/or illegal drugs will result in the immediate suspension from participation in interscholastic athletics for a period equal to 50% of the team league and non-league schedule. Where 50% or less remains in a season, any remaining league and non-league suspension from the team will be served in the next sport season in which the student-athlete participates. The athlete will continue to attend and participate in all practices. However, they will not be allowed to suit up for games during the suspension.

Athletes who honestly admit their involvement when first questioned will have the opportunity for a reduction in penalty to 25%.  The student-athlete will also be required to complete an online class/seminar on the dangers of tobacco use/vaping/drinking/illegal drugs before they are eligible to participate in contests.  Furthermore, the Administration reserves the right to advance to the third offense consequence if the athlete is dishonest about his/her involvement or exhibits a negative attitude.  If an athlete is a captain, he or she will lose that position for the remainder of the season.

Third Offense: A third violation involving tobacco, electronic cigarettes (including possessing the device and/or nicotine drops), vaping devices (including possessing the device and/or vape drops), alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or attending a party that involves the use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, alcohol and/or illegal drugs will result in the immediate suspension from participation in interscholastic athletics for a period equal to 50% of the team league and non-league schedule. Where 50% or less remains in a season, any remaining league and non-league suspension from the team will be served in the next sport season in which the student-athlete participates. The athlete will continue to attend and participate in all practices. However, they will not be allowed to suit up for games during the suspension. The student-athlete is also required to complete a counseling program (approx. 6-8 weeks in duration and includes parent/guardian participation) set up by FFCS before gaining eligibility to participate in contests.  Furthermore, the Administration reserves the right to advance to the fourth offense consequence if the athlete is dishonest about his/her involvement or exhibits a negative attitude.  If an athlete is a captain, he or she will lose that position for the remainder of the season.

Fourth and Subsequent Offenses: A fourth and subsequent offenses WILL result in the athlete being suspended from participation in interscholastic athletics for one (1) calendar year from the date of notification of infraction.

Hosting Rule: If it is determined that a party with illegal drugs or alcohol was hosted by a student-athlete, it will be considered an automatic ‘second offense’ and those penalties will apply to the situation. If the student has had a previous violation, the penalty will move to the ‘third offense’ level.

# of Regular Season Scheduled Contests Contest Penalty LEVEL 1 Contest Penalty LEVEL 2
8 2 4
9 2 4
10 2 5
11 2 6
12 3 6
13 3 6
14 3 7
15 3 7
16 4 8
17 4 8
18 4 9
19 4 9
20 5 10
21 5 10
22 5 11
23/24 6 12

The above level of offenses and consequences can be adjusted based on any aggravating factors involved in the situation such as health and safety, injuries to students or other persons, the ages of children involved, and the behavior or the student-athlete.  In other words, the situation, even if the first offense, may be addressed by the District in its complete discretion as a more serious offense based on any aggravating factors.  The aforementioned criteria may also be used as a guideline for other violations of the student code of conduct by a student-athlete but the school administration has ultimate authority in assessing any disciplinary action for other violations of the code.

Daily Arrival Time: Students must be present in school by 8:05 a.m. in order to be eligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity that day. Students are expected to remain in school for the entire day. The building principal must receive and approve any excuse in order for an exception to be made to this requirement.

In-Season Attendance Rule:  All students including athletes are expected to attend school daily throughout the entire school year.  Student-athletes are not permitted to have more than FIVE unexcused absences in a single season (Fall, Winter, Spring).  On the sixth unexcused absence of the season (and every absence that follows) there will be a one game suspension.

Cumulative Attendance Rule:  After the 15th unexcused absence of the year (16+), the student-athlete will be ineligible to attend and participate in any activities/practices/contests/games/trips that would result in the student-athlete missing any part of the regularly scheduled school day (8:00am-2:29pm).  If this level of absenteeism is reached by a student, the specific consequence as it relates to cumulative attendance (16+ unexcused absences), will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year.

Violations of the FFCS Student Code of Conduct may be subject to a disciplinary response that could include suspension from athletics if it is deemed appropriate by the school administration. In addition, actions that exhibit behaviors that are contrary to the ideals of good citizenship, sportsmanship and the positive examples that are emphasized in the FFCS Mission Statement will be subject to a disciplinary response to be determined by the coach and or school administration.

Violations of the Penal Law: Any student involved with a violation of local, state, federal laws during the season will be subject to a disciplinary response. This includes violations, misdemeanors, and/or felonies.

Hazing and Initiation Ceremonies are specifically prohibited. FFCS coaches will not permit, nor will FFCS athletes engage in, any type of initiation or hazing of athletes.  Please refer to The Dignity for All Students Act (§§10-18 of Education Law) outlined in the FFCSD Student Code of Conduct.

Specific Expectations for FFCS Athletes:

A student-athlete is expected to attend every practice and contest unless she/he has discussed the situation with his/her coach in advance, and received permission to miss the practice or contest. All students are expected to travel to and from away activities on district transportation. Parents may sign their own child out from an activity. Under extenuating circumstances, if a parent wishes to have a child released following an away activity to another adult, a written request must be given to the athletic director a minimum of one day in advance. The athletic director will then inform the coach of the arrangement.

A squad member is expected to remain a member of the squad until the season is completed and players are released by the coaches. Any player (participant) who leaves or quits the squad after the first scheduled contest without written permission of the coach will forfeit 20% of his/her next season’s regularly scheduled contests.

A student-athlete is only permitted to participate in more than one sport per season with the approval of both coaches, the athletic director, and the building principal.

APPEALS PROCESS: Alleged violations of the code will be investigated by the appropriate coach, advisor, athletic coordinator and building principal who shall determine and impose penalties for violations of the code.  Appeals from these decisions shall be made to the Superintendent’s Committee, which will meet upon receipt of an appeal or referral and render a decision in writing. Any meeting taking place involving the appeals process will include the Superintendent, the Committee, the parents, and the student-athlete.  Appeals must be made in writing within five school days of the receipt by the student and parent of the decision by the principal, athletic coordinator, and coach.

Accumulation of Penalties: Penalties shall be cumulative throughout the student’s participation in FFCSD interscholastic athletics (grades 7th-12th).  Any student-athlete that has violated the rules defined within this Code, has an opportunity to return to Level “0” by remaining violation free for a period of three years.  Upon completion of the third violation free year, their consequence level will be reset to “0.”

Selling Drugs Penalty: Any student-athlete who sells drugs will be suspended from all athletic participation for one (1) calendar year.  If a student is on level “4” at the time of infraction, and/or the infraction results in a level “4” offense, an additional calendar year suspension will be added to the end of the level 4 consequence.

DISSEMINATION: A copy of this policy shall be made available annually to each participating student.

Adopted 05/27/97
Revised 07/06/99
Revised 08/19/02
Revised 09/27/04
Revised 08/22/05
Revised 07/02/07
Revised 07/13/09
Revised: 04/27/2015
Revised: 08/26/2019