Floyd Central High School recognizes that interested students should have the opportunity to develop their potential as athletes in activities appropriate to their level of ability. In this spirit, Floyd Central provides a program of interscholastic athletics which promotes participation for qualified students within the rules and regulations of the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Floyd Central High School Athletic Department. It is the goal of our school to provide such opportunity as a further means of developing the intellectual, emotional, and social maturity of our students, while at the same time teaching the importance and worth of teamwork and sportsmanship. Floyd Central athletics also provide a unifying influence upon our student body and between our school and community. Finally, as is true in all aspects of education at Floyd Central High School, our athletic program is committed to the pursuit of excellence, acknowledging that the quest itself is the most significant aspect of achievement.
Contestants' conduct, in and out of school and season, shall be such as (a) not to reflect discredit upon their school, team, or family, and (b) not to create a disruptive influence on the discipline, order, moral or educational environment of Floyd Central High School.
This policy shall become effective for all athletes regardless of the sports season, on the first day of fall practice (IHSAA selected date) and continue until all NAHS teams are eliminated from the state tournament in the spring season.
The principal has the discretion to enforce stricter penalties for offenses deemed more serious. In cases that involve exceptional circumstances, principals may accept an appeal.
The head coach of each sport must read, understand, and distribute the FCHS athletic code and may have additional training rules which are also valid and must be followed by athletes involved in their sport.
The New Albany Floyd County School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, disability, limited English proficiency, family status, national origin or religion in employment or in the educational programs and activities which it operates, in accordance with applicable state and federal statutes and regulations.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee, coach and/or athlete of the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation to discriminate against or harass another employee, coach, and/or athlete based upon race, sex, age, color, creed, disability, limited English proficiency, family status, national origin, or religion. It shall be a violation of this Policy for any student athlete to discriminate against or harass another student athlete or an employee based upon any of the above mentioned protected characteristics.
The rules of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc., By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation will be followed. A few of the most common rules affecting athletic participation are listed below.
To participate in extra-curricular (does not apply to grade based co-curricular activities) activities at FC, a student must be enrolled in and passing five full credit courses. Eligibility for the first nine weeks is based upon the previous year's second semester grades. Summer school classes may be counted toward the five credit requirements for eligibility. Eligibility for the first nine weeks of the second semester is based upon the first semester grades of that year.
Student athletes are expected to make school attendance a priority. This means being in attendance both the entire day of and the entire day after evening activities. Student athletes must be in attendance to be eligible for athletic activities that day. Exceptions would be pre-arranged absences, school-related functions, or other exceptions approved by the principal.
Floyd Central High School athletes act as representatives of the school and community and therefore are required to exhibit a well-groomed and appropriate appearance. The same rules of appearance apply to athletics as that of school. The coach will determine guidelines as needed concerning the appropriateness of styles within the content of safety and accepted social norms.
Participation in the athletic program is a privilege which carries with it varying degrees of responsibility, recognition, and reward. Participating student athletes represent their school and other members of the student body, and it is their duty to conduct themselves in a manner that is positive for themselves, their families, their school, and their community. The following training rules shall apply to all Floyd Central students associated with the athletic program in grades 7 through 12.
Felonies, Misdemeanors, Acts of Delinquency, Expulsions Penalties: Any student/athlete arrested or detained as a juvenile on such a charge may be suspended from any participation (games and practices) pending investigation of the incident. The student/athlete may be excluded for 365 days (one calendar year) from the date of the violation. Any student who is expelled from school, regardless if this expulsion is held in abeyance, the student athlete will be excluded for 365 days (games and practices) of the date of the violation. The principal has the discretion to reduce this penalty under certain circumstances. Rationale: Rule 8, Section 1 of the IHSAA bylaws states that the conduct of an athlete in and out of school shall be such as (a) not to reflect discredit upon the school or the association, or (2) not to create a disruptive influence on the discipline, good order, or moral or educational environment of the school.
The use of, consumption of, or possession of controlled substances (alcohol or drugs) except as prescribed medically by a licensed physician. Penalties: First violation-Exclusion from participation in all athletic activities for a total of 20% of their teams' games once the principal, athletic director, and coach have met with the athlete concerning the violation. No participation will be permitted until a meeting is held, and the suspension will begin with the athlete's next scheduled contest. The "team's games" is defined as the number of regular season contests (i.e., Basketball, 20; Baseball, 29; Soccer, 16). Second violation-Suspension from participation in athletic events for 50% of the season, along with enrollment in a substance abuse-program of assessment, counseling, screening, and/or indicated therapy. The cost of the program shall be the responsibility of the student and/or his/her parents or guardian. Completion of this program and a written appeal to the principal may reduce this penalty. Third violation-Suspension from participation in athletic events for one calendar year. Rationale: The use or possession of controlled substances (drugs) and/or alcohol is prohibited by law. Their use reduces physical and mental performance and is injurious to one's health.
o This policy is cumulative and applies to a student-athlete’s four-year high school athletic eligibility.
o This policy will not be in conflict with the school district's drug and alcohol policy.
Use or possession of tobacco products (any form) Penalties: First violation-Exclusion from participation in athletics for a total of 10% of the team's games (minimum of one game or event) once the principal, athletic director, and coach have met with the athlete concerning the violation. An athlete shall not participate before a meeting is held, and any suspension will begin with the athlete's next scheduled contest. Second violation-Exclusion from participation in athletics for a total of 25% of the team's games (minimum of two games) once the principal, athletic director, and coach have met with the athlete. An athlete shall not participate before a meeting is held. Third violation-Suspension from athletics for one calendar year (365 days) once the principal, athletic director, and coach have met with the athlete. Rationale: The use of tobacco is injurious to one's health and is prohibited by law.
Violations of School Rules Penalties:
Student athletes may not compete, practice, or participate in any way with an athletic team during a suspension from school. Less serious violations of school rules are to be handled by the head coach.
Finally, because athletic teams represent the school and are a source of school and community pride, and because they are recognizable in the community and often serve as role models for younger students, high school students who choose to participate in the athletic program are expected to exhibit standards of character and behavior both in and out of school beyond what may normally be required of other students.This includes posting vulgar language, obscence pictures or other inhumane acts that would place in question the quality of a student's character on a social network (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Ect.). Violation of this training rule could lead to a one contest suspension up to suspension from athletics for one calendar (365 days) year.
The rules of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation will be followed. Home schooled students must be enrolled in five classes at an IHSAA school to participate in sports. A few of the most common rules affecting athletic participation are listed below:
Between May 1 and the student's first practice in preparation for interschool athletic participation, the student shall have had a physical examination by a physician holding an unlimited license to practice medicine. The proper Parent and Physician's Certificate must be on file in the athletic office (Rule C-3-10).
Students violate their amateur standing if they participate in athletic activities, tryouts, auditions, practices, and games held or sponsored by professional athletic organizations, clubs, or their representatives. This rule applies to all sports except during the contest season (Rule C-5-3).
Senior high school athletes must be passing five full-credit subjects at the conclusion of the most recent grading period. Semester grades take precedence over nine-week grades (Rule C-18-1).
Note: Eligibility for the first nine weeks is based upon the previous year's second semester grades. Summer school classes may be counted toward the five credit requirements for eligibility. Eligibility for the first nine weeks of the second semester is based upon the first semester grades of that year.
Students must be enrolled in at least five full credit subjects (Rule C-18-1).
Students absent or physically unable to practice for five or more consecutive days due to illness or injury must present a physician's note to the principal stating that the athlete is again physically fit to resume participation (Rule 3-11).
Any student transferring to Floyd Central High School from another school must have on file a signed and completed IHSAA Athletic Transfer Report (Rule 19). Students must be enrolled 365 days before a transfer is no longer necessary. Exchange students must have a Foreign Exchange Transfer Form.
A high school student who is or shall be twenty (2) years of age prior to or on the scheduled date of the IHSAA State Finals in sport shall be ineligible for interschool athletic competition in that sport (Rule C-4-1). Age limits for junior high athletes will be age 16 on or prior to the last scheduled contest of the season.
Students violate their amateur standing if they (a) play under an assumed name; (b) accept remuneration directly or indirectly for athletic participation.
After enrollment in the 9th grade, students shall be eligible for no more that eight consecutive semesters.
Students may not accept awards for "All State" or "All American" recognition from any outside organization (Rule C-6-9).
Awards, gifts, honors, etc., shall not be accepted from college or their alumni.
Awards from such local organizations as service clubs or civic groups may be accepted with approval of the principal (Rule C-6-5).
A more extensive list of athletic eligibility rules is on file in the Activities Director's office.
Any humiliating, degrading, or dangerous activity required of someone seeking to join a group, regardless of the individual's willingness to participate. Hazing can be fairly harmless (i.e. pouring liquid on someone) to serious physically abusive acts (i.e. sexual touching).
According to a national survey of high school students, hazing/initiations have become a widespread practice among high school age students. Almost half of high school students belonging to groups were subjected to some form of hazing.
Almost 75 percent of these students reported negative consequences following the hazing--depression, vengefulness, and shame. Surprisingly some of those hazed described it as a positive experience-"It is better to be disgraced and humiliated than to be an outsider."
The Indiana Code defines criminal hazing as forcing or requiring another person to with or without consent of the other person, and as a condition of association with a group or organization, to perform an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury.
A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally performs an act of hazing commits criminal recklessness, a Class B misdemeanor. However, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the conduct includes the use of a vehicle, and a Class D felony if armed with a deadly weapon (which could be a baseball bat or golf club or other piece of athletic or band equipment.)
A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally performs hazing that results in serious bodily injury to a person commits criminal recklessness, a Class D felony, and a Class C felony if deadly weapon is involved.
A teacher or coach who knows hazing is occurring and either encourages or does nothing to stop it runs a risk of being charged criminally, and obviously a great risk of liability for money damages resulting from an injury caused by hazing. Insurance would not cover this situation because the school employee would not be acting within the scope of his or her employment.
A person who makes a report of hazing or participates in court, in good faith (even with less than probably cause) is granted immunity for any civil damages or criminal penalties that might otherwise be imposed because of the report.
Almost by definition, hazing incidents involve reckless behavior. Common hazing tactics involve physical touching which could lead to (recklessly caused) bodily injury. Often, the student who is the target of hazing will physically resist, which also could increase the chances of serious risk of bodily injury. The Indiana law on hazing does cover secondary school hazing, as well as college hazing.
The New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation has established a Human Dignity policy that prohibits harassment and discrimination of students. The district's Safety Policy also prohibits aggressive acts towards persons or property. Initiations to join groups or organizations may also fall under these policies as well.
Students who are in violation of any hazing and initiation practice are subject to school discipline. Students who are members of a school organization or team who participate in such activities are subject to a minor two game activity suspension. Students who participate in more serious activities may also be subject to removal from that team/organization.
As always, the Principal and head coach have the discretion to strengthen penalties under certain circumstances.
Good sportsmanship is the attitude and behavior that exemplifies positive support for the interscholastic athletic programs of the New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation school system, as well as for the individuals who participate. People involved in all facets of the interscholastic athletic programs are expected to demonstrate respect for others and display good sportsmanship. It is essential that student-athletes, coaches, parents, student groups, and fans in general be constantly reminded of the importance of sportsmanship.
The member school’s responsibility for the conduct of its athletic program includes the responsibility of instituting full and complete team and crowd control measures at all contests in which such member school participates, assuring all participants, staff and boosters of the member school conduct themselves at all times in a proper and sportsmanship-like manner.
Accordingly, an event supervisor may request any person involved in misconduct at a school-sponsored activity to leave the premises if deemed necessary. School spirit dress should support Floyd Central High School, not degrade the opponents.
Although we try our best to avoid scheduling performances at the same time as other school related events, occasionally conflicts do arise which cannot be remedied. The following policies govern these situations in all FCHS activities:
When a practice or rehearsal and an event (game, contest, concert) are scheduled simultaneously, the event takes precedent.
When two events are scheduled simultaneously, a conference competition takes precedence over a regular event, a regional event takes precedence over a conference event, a state event takes precedence over a regional event and a national event takes precedence over a regional event.
When a student is participating in a sport and a co-curricular program during the same season, practicing for both groups can sometimes conflict. FCHS supports students wanting to participate in both programs. Once the student realizes there will be conflicts, he/she must discuss the conflict with the sponsors, teachers or coaches who are affected by the conflict immediately. A decision on when the student participates in practice must be mutually agreed upon by the sponsor, student and coach. Under no circumstances will the student be penalized for the decision: that is, class grades are not to be lowered or unreasonable make-up work required. The student’s playing time will not be drastically reduced, nor will the student’s ability to earn a letter be impaired because of the decision.
In case of a disagreement among the parties concerned, the matter should be referred to the administrator or administrators in charge for a solution.