Interscholastic Athletic Guide
Parents and Student Athletes:
Welcome to the Starpoint Central School District athletics program. This handbook is to provide for student-athletes and their parents/guardians, a guide to the interscholastic athletic programs in the Starpoint Central School District. In addition to the information provided in this handbook, coaches will provide specific team policies for each sport at their preseason meetings. All student-athletes are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Commissioner of Education, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and the Starpoint Central School District’s Board of Education.
It should be understood by all student athletes and their parents/guardians that it is a privilege to participate on an interscholastic team. With this privilege comes the responsibility of making a commitment to all rules and regulations.
The Starpoint Central School District athletics program is governed by the rules and regulations established by the Commissioner of Education’s Educational Framework for Interscholastic Athletic Programs, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), Section VI, the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC) and the policies and regulations of the Starpoint Central School District Board of Education.
To each student-athlete and all teams, we wish you the best of luck and much personal satisfaction. Work hard and always strive for excellence in your efforts. To all parents/guardians, we appreciate your loyal support, enthusiasm, dedication, patience, and sportsmanship to your child’s athletic endeavors.
With Spartan Pride,
Vincent P. Dell’Oso, CAA
Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics
The Starpoint Central School District’s interscholastic athletic program is built upon the positive qualities of pride, commitment and performance with an emphasis on academics, sportsmanship, safety and chemical free participation. Our athletic program emphasizes teaching the fundamental aspects of the sporting events (rules, concepts and strategies) and developing athletic skills, as well as the personal responsibility of being a member of a team. The District has a high rate of participation in a well-rounded program of team and individual sports. Starpoint offers a variety of sports at the Varsity, JV and Modified levels. Our teams and students participate in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC), Section VI and New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). Many teams have also been recognized for their team grade point average in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Team Scholar-Athlete program. Athletic participation is one part of a comprehensive physical education program and is not intended to provide similar outcomes of a quality physical education class.
All students have rights as citizens of the United States not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex. Under a special law, you are protected against being treated unfairly simply because you are a man or woman. In 1972, to ensure that all educational programs and activities were open to all students and that students were not treated differently on the basis of their sex, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 was passed.
Title IX states, No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
PRINCIPLES OF THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
It is our belief that athletics play an important role in the total education of children. Winning games has often been considered the measure of success. We here at Starpoint do not believe in this. This is not to imply that the will to win is not important. It is very much a part of the total development of an athlete. The greater importance is the development of the person and affording each student the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential. Thus, the athletic program, which is centered on the welfare of the students, is a vital part of the total Starpoint Central School District curriculum.
It is important to note that interscholastic athletics are not mandatory and those who elect to participate will be obligated to follow the training rules and regulations in this pamphlet.
To fully use the potential of athletics for educational enrichment, the interscholastic program:
Is regarded as an integral part of the total educational program and conducted so that it is worthy of such regard.
Supplements rather than serves as a substitute for basic physical education programs and intramural athletic programs.
Is subject to the same administrative control as the total educational program.
Is conducted by persons with required training either in physical education or through coaching certification programs.
Is conducted so the physical welfare and safety of participants is protected and fostered.
Is conducted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the rules and regulations of the league, state, and national athletic associations.
PHILOSOPHY BY SPORT LEVEL
The modified level is designed for 7th and 8th graders to introduce them to the athletic program. The program is aimed at teaching students about teamwork, fundamentals of the various games and team play. It focuses on athletic development, skill development, and teaching game rules. It is also designed to help students develop a sense of healthy athletic competition, as well as social-emotional growth. The modified level activities will be aimed at providing as many opportunities as possible for students. Ideally, the intent is to not “cut” students who are really interested in participating. However, cuts are likely in the number of registrants in certain sports (soccer, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, baseball and softball) are more than we can safely and effectively accommodate. Students participating in modified athletics need to accept the responsibility of team membership and dedication to practice sessions. Developing skills and understanding will be the focal points of modified athletics. Students will have opportunities to participate in meaningful events throughout the course of the season. The sense of winning may be tempered by the goal of developing students.
Junior Varsity (JV) Level
The junior varsity level is intended to develop and prepare students to participate and compete at the varsity level. Junior varsity participation emphasizes physical conditioning, refinement of physical skills, as well as the understanding of the elements of play and team strategy. At this level, there is a balance among the goals of continued player development, team development, and striving to win. Winning at the JV level is considered important and participants will be taught how to cope with game situations, and how to win and lose properly. Students who participate at the JV level need to understand and accept responsibility for practicing and working as a team. A high level of commitment and dedication is expected from all participants. Students can expect to be involved in meaningful contest participation during the course of the season. However, the amount of playing time will vary and is not guaranteed.
The varsity teams represent the Starpoint Central School District in the highest level of interscholastic competition. Varsity teams serve as the culmination of our athletic program. At the varsity level, students are selected to represent the district based on a number of characteristics. These include (but are not limited to) level of physical ability, level of skill development, and strong personal traits that allow the student to be a strong contributing member of the team. Participating in varsity level sports requires a strong commitment to the rigors of numerous practices, some of which may take place during “vacation periods”. The squad size at the varsity level may be limited. Students may be cut based on the number of participants that are needed to make the team function effectively in practices and during competition. Team members need to be willing to understand and accept their role within the team. Although providing playing time for each of the members of the squad is a goal, there is no guarantee as to the amount of playing time.
TRAVEL/YOUTH TEAM EXPECTATIONS
The increase in accessibility and exposure to travel, youth and non-interscholastic sport activities have increased greatly in the last 10-15 years. It is important to note that while we support and encourage these activities, each level and each team will have a slightly different approach to managing conflicts. In general, the belief system held throughout high school athletics is that interscholastic sports come first. Any house, travel teams or elite showcase opportunities are not considered legal excuses from school, therefore the flexibility to miss school sports contests/practices for these events is not required by the coaches. There may be more flexibility at the modified level and JV levels, but at the varsity level it should be assumed that choosing a travel contest over an interscholastic one will have some type of consequence associated with it.
The Starpoint Central School District athletic department will host a pre-season informational meeting all student-athletes and their parents/guardians are mandated to attend. Athletes will not be able to participate in a practice, scrimmage, or game until both they and their parent/guardian have attended this meeting or a meeting with the Athletic Director and coach. During this meeting your child’s coach will communicate the rules, expectations, team requirements, and their coaching philosophy. The coach will also provide a game and practice schedule. Parents are encouraged to contact the coach if they have any questions or concerns.
To be eligible to participate, the parent and athlete must sign the affidavit which states they have read, understand, and pledge to abide by all of the contents in the Athletic Handbook. The coaches may have their own sport specific set of rules that will also need to be signed by the parent and athlete.
Parents need to be aware of all the appropriate paperwork regarding sports physicals, Athletic Placement Process (APP) test, drug and alcohol forms, and permission slips.
It is expected that parents will make arrangements for their child to attend all practices and games.
Practices are closed to spectators/parents.
We expect the parents to assist the school district in enforcement of all the rules of the NYSPHSAA, Section VI, the Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC), participating schools, and Starpoint Central School District.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE COACH
Any student-athlete who feels they have a problem or concern should first meet with the coach. Student-athletes are encouraged to communicate honestly, politely, and openly with the coach in a private setting. If a problem gets to a parent level or possibly begins there, the parent/guardian should request a meeting either by phone or face to face with that coach. The coach will provide a written report to the Athletic Director after the meeting. Communication needs to be centered on your child and the conversation needs to be a private matter between the parent/guardian and coach. It may be difficult for parents to accept that their child is not playing as much as they had hoped. Coaches are professional. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. Below you will find listings of what is appropriate to discuss with the coach and what is not appropriate.
Issues that are appropriate to discuss with a coach include, but are not limited to:
The mental and/or physical treatment of your child
Ways to help your child improve
Concerns about your child’s behavior
Issues not appropriate to discuss with a coach include but are not limited to:
Procedure to discuss a concern with a coach:
The athlete should first speak with the coach to resolve the situation.
If a resolution is not reached or if the conversation is better suited to be between the parent and the coach, a parent/guardian should contact the coach to set up an appointment with him/her.
If you need assistance in contacting the coach, call the Athletic Director at (716) 210-2307 to arrange a meeting.
Please do not attempt to meet with a coach before or after a practice or a contest. Meetings at those times seldom result in a resolution.
If there are still concerns after the student-athlete and parents have met with the coach, they would then follow the ladder of communication listed below:
Superintendent of Schools
Board of Education
We encourage family members to share in our athletes’ education by attending games, and showing positive, constructive support. It is the responsibility of the parent/spectator to:
Keep cheering in a positive, supportive manner.
Avoid actions, language, and gestures that may offend visiting teams, coaches, individual players, or officials.
Show appreciation for good play by both teams.
Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the contest in order to become a better informed spectator.
Treat all visiting teams the way you would want your child’s team treated.
Accept and respect the judgment of coaches and officials.
Encourage all spectators to participate in proper behavior.
Be a positive role model through their own actions to make sure that their child has the best possible athletic experience.
Weigh what their children say; they tend to slant the truth to their advantage.
Parents should not instruct their children before, during or after a game. It may conflict with the coach’s plans and strategies.
Talk with coaches in an appropriate manner, at the proper time and place. Realize that immediately before and after a contest (when emotions are running high) is not the appropriate time to discuss concerns with a coach. Follow the chain of command – speak with a coach before speaking to the athletic director or any other administrator.
Please reinforce our alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free policy by refraining from the use of any such substance before and during athletic contests. Use of tobacco products is forbidden on school grounds.
Remember that attending a school athletic event is a privilege to observe the contest.
Understand that if you are asked by a referee/official or a member of Starpoint event staff you must vacate the campus immediately
At the start of each season, you will be asked to sign consent forms during the registration process on FamilyID before your child may participate. This includes important information and acknowledges you understand Starpoint’s athletic policies and that your child will abide by these rules. This will include our concussion management policy.
Athletics is an outgrowth of the Physical Education program. All students are encouraged to participate in athletics. The wide range of activities in physical education gives the students an excellent background in physical fitness, lifetime sports, and team sports. Because of the importance of physical education, all student-athletes are required to to participate in physical education throughout the school year.
Athletes who are illegally absent or do not participate in physical education classes will not be permitted to attend practices or contests on the of the absence/offense.
Athletes who have been medically excused from physical education may not participate in a contest/practice on the day they are excused.
The Erie County Interscholastic Conference (ECIC) and New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) requires that a participating student must be a bona fide student at the school he/she intends to compete for and reside within New York State boundaries.
Must have an athletic physical. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:
Physical performed by school medical personnel.
Physical performed by your family physician using the district’s physical form, and returned to the school nurse prior to practice.
Physicals are valid for a 12 consecutive month period.
Health History for Sports Participation.
Code of Conduct form must be completed, signed by the athlete and parent, and on file before the athlete can participate on any athletic team.
New York State Advanced Placement Process (APP) Test (7th and 8th grade only): Students in 7th and 8th grade who choose to try out for a junior varsity or varsity level team are permitted to participate provided they pass the Advanced Placement Process (APP) Test.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
A student shall be eligible for middle school athletic competition in a sport commencing with the student’s entry into seventh grade. Students may be eligible for high school teams beginning in the 7th grade if they have passed the State Education Department’s Athletic Placement Process (APP) test. The Athletic Placement Process (APP) is a testing procedure to ensure that 7th and 8th-grade students who want to try out for a junior varsity or varsity sport are at the physical, emotional and academic maturity level required of higher-level competition. This process is not required for Bowling or Golf. Only the most highly skilled and talented student athlete(s) will be considered. In order for a student to make a high school team as a middle schooler, they must be seen as a potential starter or significant contributor of 50% or more playing time at that level. Students should be recommended by the middle school physical education staff, or by a coach. If a student passes the APP clearance but is not selected for the high school team, they will have an opportunity to try out for the modified level. All criteria of the New York State Education Department and the Starpoint Central School District Board of Education must be met.
DURATION OF COMPETITION
Students are eligible for participation for four (4) consecutive years from the time they enter the 9th grade. The only exception is if a student passes the Athletic Placement Testing in which they would have five (5) consecutive years from the 8th grade, or six (6) consecutive years from the 7th grade. Students can participate at the Varsity level until their 19th birthday.
NYSPHSAA CODE OF ETHICS
It is the duty of all concerned with school athletics:
To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
To eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.
To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.
To show courtesy to visiting teams and officials.
To respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials.
To achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game and the standards of eligibility.
To encourage leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment by the players on the team.
To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, social, and emotional well being of the individual players.
To be able to accept victory with grace and defeat with dignity. Poor winners or losers do a disservice to themselves and their community.
The use of crude or abusive language or gestures in dealing with opponents, officials, or spectators will NOT be permitted at any time.
HAZING/BULLYING—in any form by an athlete prior to, during school, or in any setting outside regular team activities is unacceptable and prohibited.
CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
Student-athletes are expected to commit themselves to the team, attendance at school, and all practices and games for the duration of the season. When this commitment is not fulfilled, the membership and position on the team may be reviewed by the coach with the student and appropriate consequences may be applied.
Student-athletes are expected to attend all activities, practices and contests unless excused by the coach. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the coach in advance or any circumstances which would prohibit attendance at an activity(s), practice(s) or contest(s) other than absence from school
Student-athletes who are absent from will not be eligible for participation in any event, practice or competition on the day they are absent. The administration may permit participation when the absence is unavoidable and supporting documentation signed by a parent or guardian is provided. Students are therefore required to make requests for absence(s) in advance.
Student-athletes who are members of teams are expected to be in school on time on a daily basis. Students who report to school late must present a legitimate written excuse signed by a parent or guardian in order to be eligible for participation (i.e. doctor’s visit, college visit, funeral, etc.)
Coaches will establish rules for attendance and participation. All team members are expected to comply with and abide by the rules and regulations established for their team.
Family vacations and outside organization conflicts are significant events for team members and their families. However, particularly at the varsity level, student-athletes are expected to be at all practices, contests or games. It must be understood that athletes who miss practice or competitions for any reason may have playing time adjusted at the coach’s discretion.
While a student is participating in the interscholastic athletics program for the Starpoint Central School District, they are expected to abide by the following rules and regulations:
Anti-social behavior on school property, in classrooms, and on school athletic fields is UNACCEPTABLE and will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the District’s Code of Conduct.
A student athlete whose misbehavior leads to an out-of-school suspension will not be permitted to practice, participate in, or attend a game/contest until reinstated by the principal and/or the results of a superintendent hearing, if necessary. Such actions may result in permanent removal from athletic participation.
Any student athlete who violates the school discipline code regarding use of alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco may be summarily removed, and such actions may result in permanent removal from athletic participation. (see Student Handbook)
Any student athlete who is ejected from a game or contest because of misconduct will automatically serve an at least one game suspension according to the rules of ECIC and Section VI Interscholastic Athletics.
Remember, participation in Interscholastic Athletics is a privilege - not a right. A student athlete is a representative of his/her school, team, and family. Their actions and activities should be held in high regard on the field/court, in the classroom, on campus, and in the community as they are “always” representing Starpoint.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Since participation in our athletic program is a privilege, living by the training rules is a responsibility that each athlete accepts when he/she becomes a member of an interscholastic team. The price one pays for participation in athletics is high. Not only is more added of your time and energy but also of your conduct. Starpoint is judged by the athletes who represent her. This is a tradition that each athlete carries on the field or court. Be proud of your school, your team, and yourself. Situations requiring a decision or discipline will be handled on an individual basis and after thorough examination warranted action will be taken.
A genuine interest in and enjoyment of interscholastic competition requires conduct that reflects the understanding that contests are part of an overall school program and are intended to be enjoyed. Behavior that reflects a winning at all cost attitude violates this standard.
Interscholastic competition provides valuable lessons and learning experiences that compliment the regular classroom setting. All involved must support the need to develop the ability to compete with enthusiasm and to accept winning with grace and losing with dignity.
Coaches, players, and fans should know that participation is an honor and privilege which requires them to conduct themselves in a manner that brings honor and pride to their school and community.
Respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity of one’s opponents, their school, and community is a fundamental tenet of wholesome athletic competition. This standard suggests that planned activity is needed to demonstrate a warm and friendly welcome, mutual respect, and a genuine readiness to participate in a sportsmanlike manner.
Players should demonstrate both knowledge of the rules and respect for game officials and their decisions. Coaches and school officials have the responsibility to teach and encourage these attributes.
ATHLETIC RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
All student-athletes will meet academic eligibility requirements.
Each student-athlete will conform to the specific training rules of his/her sport.
The use of alcohol and tobacco, as well as the use of illegal or non-prescription drugs by team members on or off campus is prohibited.
Possession by Association: Student-athletes should not attend social functions where alcohol and/or tobacco are being used by minors or where controlled substances are being used unlawfully by anyone. The athlete must leave the site immediately upon the knowledge of alcohol and/or tobacco being used by persons under the age of 21 or unlawful use of controlled substances by anyone.
All team members must attend all scheduled practices of the team and must be present at all games. If a player finds it necessary to be late or absent from practice or a game, they must report this fact prior to the practice or game to the coach in charge. The coach will determine the validity of the excuse and whether it will be accepted or not.
Each student-athlete will practice rules of good citizenship at all times.
The student-athlete will be courteous and respect the rights of others and will exhibit a high degree of self-discipline.
The student-athlete will not berate coaches, teammates, or fans.
The student-athlete will be on time for school and all classes.
The student-athlete will not engage in disruptive behavior, including angry outbursts or fighting.
Appropriate Behavior On or Off the Field/Court
Once in uniform, the player shall remain with the team at all times. No mingling with the fans will be allowed.
Students are expected to wear a clean, pre-assigned uniform to all games.
At the beginning of each season the coach will provide athletes with school issued uniforms and equipment. To be compliant with all of the rules and regulations, the Athletic Director must approve any piece of uniform or equipment that was purchased by the student-athlete.
The use of obscenities is inappropriate for players on the bench or field/court.
Should a player disagree with the decision of a referee or official, he/she will make their feelings known to their coach only. Do not argue with the officials.
Instigating a fight with players, coaches, fans, or officials will be classified as a most serious infraction.
Verbal harassment between teams, team members, officials, or fans before, during, or after a game is inappropriate.
Disagreements with the coach will not be conducted in public or in front of teammates.
Student-athlete’s dress for away contests must meet the requirements of the Athletic Department.
Student-athletes are representing Starpoint Central School District and therefore must set a good example by using appropriate behavior on all away trips and home competitions.
Hazing of a student by another student or group of students is strictly prohibited on or off school property. If observed, one or more of these actions will be taken:
Administrative school action
Dismissal from team
Student-athletes who are found to have violated the above rules and regulations shall be subject to disciplinary action. Students may be required to meet with the coach, their parent/guardian, the Director of Athletics, and an administrator. The Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics following the District Code of Conduct will determine the appropriate disciplinary action. Every effort will be made to ensure that penalties imposed are fair and uniform and in the best interest of the student and his/her fellow athletes.
The disciplinary action may include, but not be limited to:
Disciplinary action taken by the coach - May result in loss of playing time for part of a contest or an entire contest.
Short/long term suspension from competition as directed by the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics.
Dismissal from the team.
If a student-athlete is dismissed from a team for disciplinary reasons, he/she cannot join another team during the same season.
(The entire approved Board of Education policy can found on the District’s web-site)
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, productive, and positive learning environment within its schools. Hazing activities are demeaning, abusive and/or illegal behaviors that harm victims, and are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District by negatively impacting the school environment. Hazing of a student by another student or group of students is strictly prohibited on school property; in school buildings; on school buses; by school sponsored groups, clubs or teams; and at school sponsored events and/or activities whether occurring on or off-campus. Hazing of a student refers to soliciting, encouraging, aiding, or engaging in “hazing” behavior as defined pursuant to District policy, regulation and/or law. The Board of Education shall require the prohibition of hazing – along with the range of possible intervention activities and/or sanctions for such misconduct – to be included in the District Code of Conduct for all grade levels.
STARPOINT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Starpoint Central School District extends the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities to students who recognize their obligation to themselves, their teammates and their school community while striving for academic excellence. Students must adhere to the District's policy regarding academic eligibility, attendance, and good citizenship in and out of the classroom. Extracurricular activities are defined as any school function NOT grade dependent (e.g. athletics, intramurals, school musicals, and all clubs/group meetings, activities, tryouts and performances held before or after school). The Academic Eligibility Policy will affect participation in all extracurricular programs and activities.
The eligibility standard will apply to students in grades 7-12.
Students are considered eligible when they have a passing average in all subjects at each time that eligibility is determined (typically every 5 weeks). Students transferring into the district at any time shall have a clean slate for eligibility purposes.
Students who are failing one course (exclusive of Physical Education - for athletics only) at each 5-week marking period will be placed on probation, but will retain eligibility. This includes being able to practice and compete in contests.
Students who are failing two or more courses, or Physical Education (for Athletics) at each 5-week marking period will automatically be ineligible to participate in any interscholastic contests, intramurals, or any extracurricular activities during the next 5-week period. Incomplete grades that are not changed to a passing grade within ten school days in the high school or 14 school days in the middle school after the report cards and/or progress reports are issued will be considered failing grades for eligibility purposes. Ineligible students may have the opportunity to attend and participate in practices but not in contests. Ineligible students will not be able to sit on the bench for contests and will not be able to travel with the team to away contests or attend any extracurricular sponsored activities.
Terms of Probation
Probation is the 5-week time period where a student must seek remediation with the teacher of his/her failed/INC course(s).
Each student on probation will be issued a Starpoint Eligibility Evaluation Form from Student Services.
Students on probation or ineligible students must seek remediation with the teacher/teachers of his/her failed/INC course(s) during the teacher’s office hours.
Teachers must sign-off on the eligibility form each time verifying that the student sought remediation that day(s).
Students must present their signed form to his/her coach and/or advisor prior to the start of practice, game, or meeting/activity to be eligible to participate on that day. Failure to do so will result in the student not being able to participate in practice or play in their game (if there is a game scheduled on that day) or attend any extracurricular sponsored activities.
At the end of the second full week of remediation, an ineligible student may have their eligibility reinstated by submitting proof of successful remediation using the Starpoint Academic Eligibility Evaluation Form.
In order for this to occur the student must show the proper motivation and work ethic/effort to be successful in class, and/or elevate his/her grade to a passing grade of 65 or higher.
An ineligible student may re-establish eligibility at any time after the second full week of remediation. All students on probation will remain on probation for the entire five week period until a new eligibility list has been issued.
Students forging his/her teachers’ initials/signature will lose his/her privileges to participate in the extra-curricular activity for the remainder of the current sports season/semester.
In case of academic difficulties, extra help is available in all subject areas in each building. Practices or games do not begin until after the extra help period has been completed. Academic success and athletic achievement can be realized together making for a more well-rounded individual, a “student athlete”.
Academic Study Period (Sports Study Hall) - 2:25 pm-3:10 pm - Student athletes must be in a supervised place by 2:25 pm everyday. Sports study hall is provided in both buildings. Athletes will receive a pass from the study hall that must be presented to their coach in order to practice that day. If a student/athlete is meeting with an individual instructor, they must get a pass from that teacher at the end of the extra period to be admitted to practice.
ISSUING OF SCHOOL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
It is the responsibility of the student athlete to return to the coach ALL clothing and equipment issued. Failure to do this will result in the student athlete paying for the missing articles. Student athletes not paying for the missing articles will forfeit their right to receive any school equipment or clothing in the next sport season or be eligible for any award. A list of violators will be sent to the Athletic Department and further action will be taken.
The coaching staff of the Starpoint Central School District is an extremely hard-working and dedicated group of professionals. Although individual coaching styles are varied, the coaching staff believes that responsibility, dedication, commitment, sacrifice, and pride are necessary ingredients for successful seasons. With that in mind, ALL STUDENT ATHLETES are expected to attend each and every practice and contest. This is extremely important for the development of individual and team skills. If there are extenuating circumstances regarding the need to be absent, the student athlete should discuss them with his/her coach as soon as possible. If a student athlete is sick, he/she should contact his/her coach, especially the day of a game.
At the high school and modified levels, most athletic teams DO practice or play games over the various vacations and holidays during the school year. The coach will give each student athlete a practice/game schedule at the start of the season specifically noting the days of practice/game(s) over vacation/holiday periods.
Please note: In order for a student athlete to participate in practice(s) or a game(s), he/she must be in school for a minimum of 5 class periods during the day. Parental notes will be honored to excuse lateness to school, but the rule stated above will still apply. College interviews or visitations may apply, and school-sponsored trips are considered school attendance as long as they are approved by the Attendance Office. Student athletes who are unprepared for or do not participate in physical education classes may not practice or play in a scheduled contest that day.
RISK FACTORS IN SPORTS
Participation in athletics involves a certain degree of risk. Injuries can occur. In order to minimize risk of injury, student athletes can prepare themselves before going out for a team by taking part in preseason conditioning programs. The chances of a healthy, injury-free season can only be enhanced by proper preparation — a basic conditioning program, knowledge of skills and techniques, as well as the rules and safety factors concerning the sport of participation. All protective gear required for games should be used at all times, in practices and games, to reduce the risk of injury.
Insurance - In the event of an injury or if medical attention is required, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide coverage for any medical charges.
Injuries - The student athlete must report to his/her coach or the school trainer at the time of an injury. School district coaches have been trained to handle a variety of situations as they occur. If medical treatment is required, a trainer and/or the coach will provide assistance, and the school nurse should be notified by the trainer as soon as possible. An accident report will be filed immediately after the incident occurs.
All student athletes who are injured and visit a doctor must be released (signed statement) by that doctor prior to resuming athletic participation. The release should be brought to the athletic office where copies will be sent to the school nurse as well as the coach. No student athlete will be allowed to participate without such a release.
Starpoint provides a full-time trainer on our athletic staff. The athletic trainer is responsible for the medical needs of all student-athletes prior to or after an injury or illness occurs. The athletic trainer will be available on practice and game days from approximately 1:45 pm until the end of practices or games for that day. The athletic training room is in the High School Physical Education wing. Information on our athletic trainer and important contact information will be available on our website.
Athletic training services include sports-related injury evaluation, emergency care (i.e. head/neck injury, wound care, fracture/dislocation management), therapeutic intervention (i.e., therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, activity modifications, fitting of braces/DME, prophylactic taping), evaluation and treatment of sports-related concussions, determination of readiness to return to play, and expedition of care to the appropriate medical healthcare provider when needed.
All injuries will be communicated by the athletic trainer to the parent/guardian via in-person discussion, phone, or email within 24 hours of the incident. This communication will include the findings of the athletic trainer’s evaluation, what level of care/appropriate provider is needed to best treat the injury/illness, at-home care instructions, and contact information for the athletic trainer.
Starpoint will schedule physical examinations by the school’s doctor prior to the start of each sport season. A student athlete must have a sports physical on record in order to practice or participate in a game/contest. If you choose to use a personal physician, the Sports Candidate Questionnaire form is available in all High School and Middle School offices. The school physician is required to review and sign the form in addition to your own doctor. All athletic physicals are valid for a period of 12 months through the last day of the month the physical was conducted. However, if the 12-month period for the physical elapses during a sports season, participants can complete the season as long as a health history was conducted prior to the season. If a student has not participated in a sport for 30 days, an Interval Health History Form needs to be completed. The student athlete must see the school nurse to update his/her medical records to ensure that no injuries or medical problems have occurred since the last physical examination—any injury needs medical clearance.
Prior to the beginning of each sport season, coaches will meet their prospective student athletes and reinforce that all student athletes MUST have their parents complete all necessary paperwork before they can begin the season. Forms are also available online on the Starpoint website under athletics.
Fax numbers: Athletics (716)210-2380, HS Nurse (716)210-2361, MS Nurse (716)210-2231
(The entire approved Board of Education policy can found on the District’s web-site)
The Board of Education recognizes that concussions and head injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The physical and mental well-being of District students is a primary concern. As such, the District supports the proper evaluation and management of concussion injuries.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that occurs when normal brain functioning is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Recovery from concussion and its symptoms will vary. Avoiding re-injury and over-exertion until fully recovered are the cornerstones of proper concussion management.
Concussion Management Team (CMT)
The District is authorized, at its discretion, to establish a Concussion Management Team (CMT) which may be composed of the certified athletic director, a school nurse, the school physician, a coach of an interscholastic team, a certified athletic trainer or such other appropriate personnel as designated by the District. The CMT will oversee and implement the District's concussion policy, including the requirement that all school coaches, physical education teachers, nurses, and certified athletic trainers who work with and/or provide instruction to pupils engaged in school-sponsored athletic activities complete training relating to MTBIs. Furthermore, every CMT may establish and implement a program which provides information on MTBIs to parents and persons in parental relation throughout each school year.
Staff Training/Course of Instruction
Each school coach, physical education teacher, school nurse, and certified athletic trainer who works with and/or provides instruction to students in school-sponsored athletic activities will complete a course of instruction every two years relating to recognizing the symptoms of concussions or MTBIs and monitoring and seeking proper medical treatment for students who suffer from a concussion or MTBI.
Components of the training will include:
The definition of MTBI;
Signs and symptoms of MTBI;
How MTBIs may occur;
Practices regarding prevention; and
Guidelines for the return to school and school activities for a student who has suffered an MTBI, even if the injury occurred outside of school.
The course can be completed by means of instruction approved by State Education Department (SED) which include, but are not limited to, courses provided online and by teleconference. The CMT will utilize a system to document all required training for District staff. Because concussion symptoms may manifest themselves in any setting, all school staff will be encouraged to take the online training and be alert for students who may display or report concussion symptoms.
Information to Parents
The District will include the following information on MTBIs or concussions in any permission or consent form or similar document that may be required from a parent or person in parental relation for a student's participation in interscholastic sports. Information will include:
The definition of MTBI;
Signs and symptoms of MTBI;
How MTBIs may occur;
Practices regarding prevention; and
Guidelines for the return to school and school activities for a student who has suffered an MTBI, even if the injury occurred outside of school.
The District will provide a link on its website to this list of information from the SED's and Department of Health's websites.
Identification of Concussion and Removal from Athletic Activities
The District requires the immediate removal from all athletic activities of any student who has sustained, or is believed to have sustained, a MTBI or concussion. Any student demonstrating signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion while participating in a class, extracurricular activity, or interscholastic athletic activity will be removed from the class, game, or activity and must be evaluated as soon as possible by an appropriate health care professional. This removal must occur based on display of symptoms regardless of whether the injury occurred inside or outside of school. If there is any doubt as to whether the student has sustained a concussion, it will be presumed that the student has been injured until proven otherwise. The District will notify the student's parents or guardians and recommend appropriate evaluation and monitoring.
The District may allow credentialed District staff to use validated neurocognitive computerized testing as a concussion assessment tool to obtain baseline and post-concussion performance data. These tools are not a replacement for a medical evaluation to diagnose and treat a concussion.
Return to School Activities and Athletics
The student will not return to physical activity (including athletics, physical education class, and recess) until he or she has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours, and has been evaluated and received written authorization from a licensed physician. In accordance with Commissioner's regulations, the District's Medical Director will give final clearance on a return to activity for extra-class athletics. All authorizations will be kept on file in the student's permanent health record. The standards for return to athletic activity will also apply to injuries that occur outside of school. School staff should be aware that students may exhibit concussion symptoms caused by injuries from outside activities and that these visible symptoms also indicate a removal from play.
The District will follow any directives issued by the student's treating physician with regard to limitations and restrictions on school and athletic activities for the student. The District's Medical Director may also formulate a standard protocol for treatment of students with concussions during the school day.
In accordance with SED guidelines, this policy will be reviewed periodically and updated as necessary in accordance with SED guidelines. The Superintendent, in consultation with the District's Medical Director and other appropriate staff, may develop regulations and protocols for strategies to prevent concussions, the identification of concussions, and procedures for removal from and return to activities or academics.
DOMINIC MURRAY SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION ACT
The Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act is a new law as of July 1, 2022. This law requires schools, students, and parents/guardians to have information on sudden cardiac arrest risks, signs, and symptoms. Please note that sudden cardiac arrest in children and youth is rare. The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) on the playing field is 0.61 in 100,000.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an emergency that happens when the heart suddenly stops working. SCA can cause death if not treated immediately, and even with treatment death may occur. Immediate treatment is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED). All public schools must have a staff member trained in the use of CPR and AED in school and at all school athletic events
Preventing SCA before it happens is the best way to save a life. Both your family health history and your child’s personal history must be told to healthcare providers to help them know if your child is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Ask your child if they are having any of the symptoms listed below and tell a healthcare provider. Know your family history and tell a healthcare provider of any risk factors listed below.
The signs or symptoms are:
Fainting or seizure, especially during or right after exercise or with excitement or startled
Racing heart, palpitations, or irregular heartbeat
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or extreme fatigue with exercise
Chest pain or discomfort with exercise
Excessive shortness of breath during exercise
Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise
Student’s Personal Risk Factors are:
Use of diet pills, performance-enhancing supplements, energy drinks, or drugs such as cocaine, inhalants, or “recreational” drugs. 
Elevated blood pressure or cholesterol
History of health care provider ordered test(s) for heart related issues
Student’s Family History Risk Factors are:
Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before 50 years of age
Family members with unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning, near drowning or car accidents before 50 years of age
Structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired
Any relative diagnosed with the following conditions:
Enlarged Heart/ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy/Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
Heart rhythm problems, long or short QT interval
Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia
Marfan Syndrome- aortic rupture
Heart attack at 50 years or younger
Pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD)
SCA in students at risk can be triggered by athletic activities. To decrease any chance of SCA in a student, the Interval Health History for Athletics must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian before each sports season unless a physical examination has been conducted within 30 days before the start of the season. This form has questions to help identify changes since the last physical examination or health history was completed. School personnel may require a student with health or history changes to see a healthcare provider before participating in athletics.
Finally, the law requires any student who has signs and symptoms of pending SCA be removed from athletic activity until seen by the student-athlete’s primary care physician or a cardiologist. The physician must provide written clearance to the school for the student to be able to return to athletics.
What is the district doing to comply with the new law?
Starpoint Central School District currently has a variety of ways that ensure compliance with this new state requirement. Many of these actions are already in place as part of our standard operating procedures, such as:
Requiring student-athletes to obtain an annual physical with their pediatrician prior to engaging in any interscholastic athletic practices and/or games
District nursing staff and the athletic trainer review all health histories for potential risk factors of SCA and may require clearance from the student-athletes pediatrician or a cardiologist prior to full, unrestricted participation
The district contracts an athletic trainer to be on-site for home events and some away contests. The athletic trainer is CPR/AED certified and has additional training to provide care to an athlete or spectator experiencing a cardiac episode
Requirement of all coaching staff to obtain CPR/AED training
AEDs readily available for all on-site events, portable AEDs are provided to coaches when an off-site location does not have an AED readily accessible and available
Please contact the State Education Department’s Office of Student Support Services for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-486-6090.
NYSPHSAA TRANSFER RULE
This rule was established by the New York State Public High School Association (NYSPHSAA) to control athletic recruitment and athletic shopping by families. It should be clear that a petition to Section VI is solely within the discretion of the Starpoint Central District and not the student-athlete or their parent/guardian. For further information, contact the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at (716)210-2307 or visit www. nysphsaa.org.
Student-athletes will be transported to away contests by school authorized vehicles ONLY. Students wishing to return home from away games will be allowed to leave only with their own parents. You must notify your coach of this choice. *Exception—A parent may give written permission for their child to return with another parent or adult if a signed note is presented to the athletic office prior to the contest. The office will give a signed approval to the athlete to be given to their coach after the contest. Under NO circumstances is a student to arrange his/her own transportation to or from a game.
The Board of Education of the Starpoint Central School District and New York State Law prohibits smoking/vaping or the use of tobacco products on any school property including all indoor and outdoor athletic activities. Also, dogs are not allowed on campus.
Parking should be done only in designated lots when picking up and dropping off athletes. Please observe “No Parking/No Standing” areas.
It is the responsibility of all coaches, staff, athletes, parents, spectators, and community members to exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship and fair-play at all times. We ALL assume the responsibility of teaching our children at all levels about the positive aspects of respect, fair-play, and ethical conduct under all circumstances. The values to be derived from playing the game fairly should be stressed, and any action which tends to destroy these values must be discouraged. Courtesy should be shown towards coaches, opponents, officials, supervisors, spectators, and administrators.
Most of all it is the duty of all involved in athletics at all levels to remember that an athletic contest is a game and should be kept in that perspective by all concerned. The lessons and values taught will leave lasting impressions; therefore, we need to make every effort to have these experiences be POSITIVE.
Sportsmanship is a goal for everyone — athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, and community.
CODE OF ETHICS/BEHAVIOR FOR SPECTATORS
These are kids, this is a game and referees are human.
Spectators shall respect and obey all school officials and supervisors at athletic contests.
Profanity, racial or sexual comments and intimidating language or actions towards others is strictly prohibited.
Do not distract, taunt or speak negatively about or to the players, coaches or officials.
Unsportsmanlike signs or use of artificial noisemakers are not permitted.
Entering the playing surface before, during or after the contest is prohibited.
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are prohibited on school grounds.
Cross Country (V,JV,M)
Cross Country (V,M)
Field Hockey (V,JV,M)
Indoor Track and Field
Indoor Track and Field (V)
Unified Bowling (V)
Unified Bowling (V)
Track and Field (V,M)
Track and Field (V,M)
Unified Basketball (V)
Unified Basketball (V)
JV: Junior Varsity