NCC STUDENT ATHLETE HANDBOOK
This handbook has been compiled for the benefit of both athletes and parents. It contains major expectations for NCC Student Athletes.
Both Parent and Student Athlete must read and sign this handbook before an athlete will be allowed to begin team activities.
In order that you may become informed, please go over each part carefully, discuss it, and stress the importance of abiding by the standards.
**Signature box's can be found at the end of the handbook**
Niagara Christian Collegiate, in association with NRHSAA and OFSSA, support a strong wholesome interscholastic program as an integral part of the education process for students. Each student athlete is required to adhere to the rules and regulations of OFSSA and Niagara Christian Collegiate.
Prior to participation, each athlete must fully complete the clearance package and be certified by NCC Athletics and the NRHSAA and or OFSAA if required.
Athletics Info Sheet
OFSSAA Ethics in Sports Form
NCC Student Athlete Code
2. Scholastic Eligibility:
To be eligible for practice or competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a
minimum full-time program of studies
A student must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 2 semester units.
A student must have passed 6 courses at the completion of the previous academic year.
No student is eligible if he or she has 2 F’s at Midterms.
Students who have 1 F or has an average of less than 60% at Midterms must have written permission from their parent in order to participate. They will be placed on probation until the following grading period.
Regular class attendance is required of all student-athletes. You should be aware that class attendance is a necessity due to the probability of missing some classes due to athletic competition during your season. Unexcused absences will be dealt with at each coach’s discretion. Be proactive in obtaining assignments and turning in assignments or tests prior to a known absence. If an athlete is absent from classes (2 or more periods) the day of a game or practice he/she will not be eligible for that days contest or practice. Exceptions are emergency conditions and school activities.
4. Drop or Removal:
ALL ATHLETES, AFTER THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE SEASON, ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ON THE TEAM UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON.
If an athlete quits or is removed from the team for academic or disciplinary reasons he or she;
Cannot participate on any other NCC sports team in that calendar year. (Ex. Fall sport quits. Not eligible to participate until spring sports. Would miss winter sports season)
Must return all equipment to the Athletic Director within 48 hours of roster removal.
Must meet with the Athletic Director within 48 hours of roster removal.
Should an athlete not meet with the AD, or return equipment, they will not be able to participate in any NCC athletics program for one full calendar year.
A coach may drop athletes after the deadline if he or she feels justified to do so. This decision must get the approval of the Athletic Director and the Student Athlete would not be subject to the above conditions so long as the removal was not for academic or disciplinary reasons.
5. Academic Dishonesty:
Dishonesty of any kind is not an expected value of an NCC student-athlete. Any student who assists or partakes in any form of dishonesty, including any academic dishonesty, shall become immediately in-eligible for practice or competition until said student meets with the NCC Administration and Athletic Director. Further suspensions may be possible as a result.
6. Equipment & Uniforms:
Athletes shall assume responsibility for all athletic uniforms and equipment issued to them and are expected to maintain the quality of the equipment in their possession. Any lost or damaged equipment/uniforms will result in the athlete becoming in-eligible to participate in other sports until the items are returned or financially reimbursed. Proper care of the equipment is in keeping with the scriptural guideline to be good stewards of that which God has provided.
All participants must ride to and from all school related athletic events in transportation provided by NCC. Students may be released to their parents only if the coach has a signed transportation approval form from the AD. Transportation requests can be submitted to the Athletic Director for approval 24 hours prior to the event date. Requests may or may not be approved. Transportation Approval Forms can be picked up in the Athletic Directors office anytime. All school vehicles must remain clean. Your stewardship is to ensure that you help maintain a clean environment for the next group using the vehicle. Riding home with your parents does not relieve you from your team responsibility.
8. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Performance Enhancing Substances:
The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or performance enhancing substances are a threat to the physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of student athletes and an impediment to the learning process and are strictly prohibited. If a Student Athlete has been found in use or possession, of any of the above, he/she will be immediately suspended from participation for a minimum of four competitive weeks. Further sanctions will be imposed following the NCC Athletics Disciplinary Board decision.
9. Emergency Treatment Procedures:
If a student-athlete sustains any injury (dental injuries included) as a result of participation in a supervised NCC practice or contest, he or she should report it immediately to the Coach and Athletic Director.
It will be the student-athlete’s responsibility to notify the parents regarding their injury unless he/she requires either hospitalization or surgery. The Athletic Director will contact the parents and inform them of the injury should the student athlete be hospitalized or seriously injured.
10. Anti-Hazing Policy:
Niagara Christian Collegiate Athletics prohibits bullying, hazing, intimidation or threats. Hazing includes, but is not limited to humiliation tactics, forced social isolation, verbal or emotional abuse, forced or excessive consumption of food or liquids, or any activity that requires a student athlete to engage in illegal activity. I understand that hazing of any type is not permitted in any NCC Athletics sanctioned activity. I will not engage in any of the prohibited conduct. I further understand that it is my responsibility to immediately report any acts of hazing that I become aware of to a coach, the athletic director, a teacher, or any administrator. By signing I affirm my responsibility to prevent and report hazing. I also understand that any violation of this could result in team and school consequences that could include dismissal from the activity or further disciplinary consequences.
11. Behavior Standards:
The Bible tells us that we are known by our actions (Prov. 20:11). The testimony we communicate far surpasses the win/loss record in importance. Our desire is that others recognize a distinct difference in our athletes, coaches, and spectators -- a difference that points them to Jesus Christ. In conjunction with academics, every athlete is expected to maintain a high standard regarding his/her classroom behavior. Excessive detentions (more than three) could be reason to suspend an athlete from competition. Students are responsible for scheduling detentions and serving them in the time frame given.
All Athletes are expected to display Christ-like character. Negative, disrespectful or non Christ-like attitudes or actions will not be accepted including;
a) Use of foul or vulgar language.
b) Using the Lord’s name in vain.
c) Disrespect to a game/match referee, like arguing or obvious disregard for the referee’s authority.
d) Willful actions that endanger an opponent.
As student-athletes at NCC, students and coaches must understand their important role in the community. Each student-athlete will be required to participate in a community service project that benefits the community during the course of the school year.
Communication with the Head Coach is paramount to the success of the program and displays behavioral maturity. If an athlete must miss a game or a practice, they must adhere to the communication policies of their respective sport and coach. Failure to adequately communicate with the Head Coach can result in removal from the team.
12. School Attire and Game Day Clothing:
All Athletes are expected to be in full school uniform the day of games before and after contests unless prior permission has been obtained from the Director of Athletics or Principals office. Shirts and ties are allowed on game days based on a team decision. No track suits or jumpers will be allowed as a uniform replacement.
13. Playing-Time Philosophy:
High School athletics is about foundationally using the players in the role that they best fit for the good of the team as determined the coaching staff. It is not expected that every athlete will play in a game or match.
In some cases, a coach may choose to keep additional athletes as practice players as opposed to cutting them from the team. That will be done at the discretion of the coaches and players kept as practice participants should have no expectation of playing in games. It is important to remember that playing on a team is privilege, not a right. The head coach is in charge of weighing the team needs and then using the best combination of players to meet those needs.
14. Parental Support and Guidelines:
NCC Athletics strives to partner with parents in using the vehicle of athletics for the training of life lessons in their son/daughter. Parents are asked to pray for their son/daughter; his/her team, and the team coaches. Parents are also encouraged to honor the school and Jesus Christ in their verbal and non-verbal actions during their support of NCC at athletic contests home or away. Parents are welcome to conference with the coach on their son or daughter’s individual development and progress. However, as coaches, athletes, and parents each have a special role in the development of student-athletes. Coaches must be able to do their jobs, and vice versa. To that end, parents are asked to not communicate with any of the programs coaches within or after 24 hours of a game, especially regarding playing time, game strategy, or any issue regarding the competition. Any coaching complaints, positive feedback, suggestions or worries can be brought to the Director of Athletics at anytime by contacting him via email or phone.
15. Chain of Events for Athletic Dilemmas
During a season it is not uncommon for issues to arise within teams or amongst players and coaches. In the event that this does occur, the communication should take place as follows.
1. The athlete should discuss the issue with the head coach and try to come to an understanding. If the above discussion does not provide an adequate conclusion to the issue, the parent should meet with the coach to discuss the issue.
2. If the above discussion does not provide an adequate conclusion to the issue, the athlete and parent should discuss the matter with the athletic director.
3. If the above discussion does not provide an adequate conclusion to the issue, the athlete and parent should discuss the matter with the principal and athletic director.
16. Athletic/Activity Conflict Policy
In the event of a conflict between two teams or a team and an activity that a student-athlete is participating in, the coaches and athletic director will meet upon being informed of said conflict by the student athlete.
The purpose of this meeting will be to determine possible resolutions by using the following criteria;
1. League, Playoffs, Zone, Regional or Provincial competitions or games should have priority. If two similar events occur on the same date, the participant will perform in the event which has the greatest importance toward the team, group, or individual event or outcome. If both events are of equal importance to both parties then the decision will be left up to the student.
2. Consideration should be given as to how the loss of the individual will affect the group or team concept and the total function of the program before a decision is made. Regularly scheduled contests or performances over any type of practice session or exhibitions will always take precedent.
3 It is expected all school-related activities take precedent over non-school activities.
4. The student may not be penalized in the event a conflict still exists after all options have been exhausted or for missing out on a conflicted game or practice.
CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
Athletics plays a significant role in the holistic education of student-athletes. It is a powerful tool to develop leadership skills and godly character. Therefore every effort should be made to demonstrate the highest standard of excellence and commitment.
Therefore, relying on God, with the help of my coaches and teammates, I will strive to:
1. Follow all guidelines of the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Associations letter and spirit, and place myself in compliance with the association and its members.
2. Treat coaches, administrators and officials with respect as the authority figures placed over me as I represent NCC and OFSAA
3. Treat fellow students and athletes with respect and celebrate diversity regardless of gender, ethnicity or cultural background.
4. Instill godly character in my teammates by demonstrating high standards of personal honestly and integrity
5. Accept responsibility for my behavior and performances in the academic and athletic arena.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
I/WE HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE NCC ATHLETIC CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT. I/WE AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE NCC STUDENT ATHLETE HANDBOOK IN ALL CASES.