SRHS Athletics Player/Parent/Coach Code of Ethics

Scripps Ranch High School Athletics Player/Parent/Coach Code of Ethics

The CIFSDS Rules and Regulations, and the Scripps Ranch High School Athletic Code shall govern athletics at Scripps Ranch High School. Students are not obligated to participate and participation is not required for graduation. Thus, competition in high school athletics is a privilege, not a right. Accompanying that privilege is the responsibility to conform to the standards established for high school athletic teams. This privilege may be revoked if the athlete fails or refuses to comply with the rules and regulations governing athletics at Scripps Ranch High School.

Our mission is to enrich the mental, physical, and emotional well being of all students by providing competitive opportunities through which the lifelong values of sportsmanship, individual effort, teamwork, dedication, integrity, and total commitment are emphasized.

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 the six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). These principles apply 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 accordance with the following:

Trustworthiness: be worthy of trust in all you 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 you say you will do; be on time to practice and games.
Loyalty: be loyal to your school and team; put the team above personal glory.

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: do not engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity,
obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.
Respect Officials: treat contest officials with respect; do not complain about or argue with official calls
or decisions during or after an athletic event.

Importance of Education: be a student first and commit to getting the best education you can. Be honest with yourself 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; you are expected to
represent your school, coach and teammates with honor, on and off the field. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself 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 your health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and performance-enhancing supplements 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

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

Concern for Others: demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to yourself or others.

Play by the Rules: maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all applicable game and competition rules.
Spirit of the 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.

At the high school level, the importance of parents behaving as model spectators cannot be overstated. The following is expected of all parents:

Support the rules of conduct defined in the Code of Conduct for Student-Athletes.
No coaching your child during a practice or game. Let our coaches coach.
Playing time for your child and game strategy are not to be discussed with coaches.
Be positive.
Encourage our student-athletes to perform their best.
Enjoy watching your child compete and participate in athletics.

Above all else, athletics at the high school level is an educational endeavor. Athletes learn lessons that serve them for their entire lives. Among these are sportsmanship, perseverance, teamwork, and appropriate responses to winning and to losing. For these lessons, the coach is the teacher. The coach sets the tone, and the coach’s behavior serves as a model to the crowd and, most of all, the athletes. Athletic coaches at Scripps Ranch High School are expected to reflect a positive attitude in all their approaches and interactions with officials and opponents. There can never be justification for physical or verbal abuse of an athlete. Coaches are expected always to treat every athlete with dignity and respect. In the Scripps Ranch High School athletic programs, swearing and the use of obscenities are always inappropriate, whether at practice or during an event.
Spectators, both students and adults, are an important and integral part of all athletic events. Spectators serve to validate the positive values learned through athletic experiences and to support the personal efforts and
successes of individual athletes. Occasionally, the excesses of spectator behavior can unnecessarily taint the activities at an athletic event. What follows is an effort to provide clarity about inappropriate behavior and about the consequences of such behavior.

To reduce the potential for conflict among spectator groups at athletic events, it is appropriate to sit on the team side or team seating area, if so designated.

At athletic events, it is inappropriate for spectators to engage in:

verbal abuse
throwing objects
obscenity or obscene gestures
harassment of officials
possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.

Each of these inappropriate spectator behaviors, whether by students or adults, shall be cause for immediate removal from the event. A pattern of these behaviors shall result in being barred from future events.

This is the process to follow for all conflict issues regarding student-athletes:

1. Student-athlete goes to coach directly.
2. Student-athlete goes to athletic director.
3. Student-athlete and parent(s) go to athletic director and coach.
4. Student-athlete and parent(s) go to vice principal, athletic director, and coach.

  • Steps must be completed in order to resolve athletic conflicts. Skipping steps will not be allowed.

Athletes are expected to follow all school rules and regulations. The SRHS athletic eligibility rule states that all athletes must have a 2.0 GPA and 2.0 Citizenship at the end of the previous semester for his/her first sport. If the student’s GPA or Citizenship falls below a 2.0, the following will apply:
• Student-athlete will be ineligible to compete in contests until the next six week grading period.
• Student-athlete will be eligible to attend team practices and events.
• If the student-athletes GPA and/or Citizenship grades improve to 2.0 or greater on the next grading period, then they are eligible to return to competitions.

Students who miss more than 1/3 of a school day for any reason other than a previously scheduled appointment (doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc.) will not be allowed to attend or participate in ANY extracurricular activity for that day; clearance from the attendance office or a note from the provider must be submitted to the school before the student can participate.
Athletes are financially responsible for all equipment and uniforms checked out. You will receive credit on items checked in only if they are the same items checked out to you. Be sure to meet the deadlines set for turning in equipment and uniforms or you will lose points toward earning a letter. You may not try out for another sport until all equipment and uniforms have been turned in or lost equipment/uniforms have been paid for. Uniforms and equipment should be clean when turned in.

Student-athletes and parents are responsible for coordinating transportation to SRHS athletic events. Football is the only sport that uses busses to transport athletes to contests. With permission from the coach, an athlete may leave a contest with his/her parent or with another adult if the coach has written permission from the athlete’s parent/guardian.

Always consult your coach if you must miss a practice. Missing a practice/game without good reason may affect your status on the team. Employment or detention is not valid reasons for missing a game or practice.

Attend all team practices and games.
Be on time for all team functions. Call your coach if you will be late.
All planned absences should be communicated and approved at least one (1) week in advance with the
coach, except for illness.
Injured players are expected to attend all practices and games unless otherwise communicated and approved by the coach.
Playing time is not guaranteed. Playing time is determined by the coaches and is not negotiable. It is
the decision of the coach to determine what’s best for the TEAM.
Respect your coach and the decisions that are made, even if you don’t always agree with them. If you have questions or concerns about any team or individual issue, go speak to your head coach directly. All issues in regards to the team are to be sorted out between the coach and student-athlete.
Academics should not be a distraction to athletics. Prioritize your time and be a great student- athlete.
Sports are a privilege, not a right. Sports are a commitment above and beyond the normal school day.
You will have to make sacrifices with your time.
Be a good representative of Scripps Ranch High School and the athletic department.
Have fun.

Participation in competitive athletics may result in severe injury, including paralysis and death. Changes in rules, improved conditioning programs, better medical coverage, and improvements in equipment have reduced these risks, however, it is impossible to totally eliminate such incidents from occurring. A player may reduce the chance of injury by:
obeying all safety rules in his/her sport.
reporting all physical problems to his/her coach.
following a proper conditioning program.
inspecting his/her equipment daily; damaged equipment must be reported to the athletic office.

Even if all of these requirements are met, and even if the athlete is using excellent protective equipment, a serious accident may still occur.

California Education Code Section 32221 requires each member of an athletic team to have insurance coverage for medical and hospital expenses resulting from accidental bodily injuries in one of the following amounts: (a) a group or individual medical plan with accidental benefits of at least two hundred dollars ($200.00) for each occurrence and major medical coverage of at least ten thousand dollars ($10000.00) with no more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) deductible and no less than eighty percent (80%) payable for each occurrence (b) at least one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500.00) for all such medical and hospital expenses.

Supervision is not available once practices and/or games are over; at that time a student is responsible for himself/herself.