•  INTERSCHOLASTIC  ATHLETIC  AND  ACTIVITY  PROGRAM

     

    I.       MISSION

     

    The mission of the Richfield Public Schools co-curricular program is to promote healthy youth development through programs that encourage participation, healthy life styles, development of positive attitudes and skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

     

    II.      Value and purposes

     

    A.    Consistent with the mission of the co-curricular program, the Board of Education believes that co-curricular activities can be a vital educational experience and can contribute to healthy youth development. 

     

    B.    The Board of Education recognizes several important purposes for a co-curricular program that includes interscholastic athletics and activities: 

     

    1.     The program should provide students with the opportunity to have fun, learn through competition, learn to respect other participants, and to abide by the rules of the activity. 

     

    2.    It should provide students and the community an opportunity to develop pride in themselves and their schools. 

     

    3.    It should aid students in becoming discriminating consumers of leisure-time activities while promoting refinement and expansion of skills. 

     

    4.    It should promote and develop the physical, mental and psychological attributes of participants.

     

    5.    Finally, the program should develop the self-concept, self-discipline, cooperative spirit, leadership potential, citizenship, and character of the participants.

     

    III.          CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

     

    A.     The school athletic and activity program must build on students' desire for participation in activities. Since each person is unique, it is essential that learners be provided an environment with options and alternatives that reflect student interests. 

     

    B.     Co-curricular experiences must:

     

    1.    Help students to maintain and build understandings, skills and attitudes that contribute to their successful participation; and

     

    2.    Nurture self-respect, interests, enthusiasm, physical development, motivation and capacity for enjoyment.

     

    C.     The co-curricular program shall be reviewed and evaluated on a periodic basis and coaches shall be evaluated annually.  The review and evaluation process for the program and coaches shall include opportunities for feedback from parents and students.

     

    IV.          EXPECTATIONS REGARDING STUDENT PARTICIPATION

     

    Participation in the co-curricular program is a privilege.  A student can earn and maintain that privilege by adhering to Minnesota State High School League and school district requirements, as outlined in Administrative Guidelines 651.1.    Failure to meet MSHSL and / or local expectations may result in suspension or revocation of participation privileges.

     

    V.        EXPECTATIONS OF PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF

     

    A.   Administrators and staff designated by the superintendent to administer the athletic and fine arts programs, along with the coaches and activity advisors, are primarily responsible for attaining co-curricular program goals and maintaining program standards.  Therefore, these individuals should view themselves as teachers and as role models in the areas of character, behavior and leadership. 

     

    B.   The Superintendent is authorized to develop administrative guidelines to facilitate implementation of this policy. 

     

    C.   The policy and administrative guidelines shall be included in a Coaches/Advisors Handbook, which shall be revised regularly.

      

    ADOPTED  BY  THE  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION:     October 2, 1978

    AMENDED  BY  THE  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION:    June 18, 1990

                                                                                                 December 17, 1990

                                                                                                 February 1, 1999

                                                                                                 September 7, 2004

     

    REAFFIRMED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:  July 15, 2013                                                                                                                                             

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    ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

     

    INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

     

    The purpose of these administrative guidelines is to guide implementation of Board Policy 651, Interscholastic Athletic and Activity Program. 

     

    I.     Requirements for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics and Activities:

     

    A.   In order to participate in interscholastic activities, a student must meet all of the eligibility requirements as defined in Sections 100 and 200 of the Minnesota State High School League Bylaws. 

     

    B.   In addition, a student must earn at least five (5) credits per semester toward graduation or have the equivalent accumulated credits. 

     

    II.    CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM REVIEW AND EVALUATION

     

    A.   A review and evaluation of the co-curricular program shall be conducted in conjunction with the rotational review of Board Policy 651 and administrative guidelines 651.1.

     

    B.   The review process shall include opportunities for participation and formal written input from students and parents.

     

    C.   The Coaches / Advisors Handbook shall be revised to reflect changes in the co-curricular program, policies and guidelines resulting from the program review and evaluation.

     

    III.  evaluation of coaches / activity supervisors

     

    A formal evaluation shall be completed at the end of the athletic season or activity, and shall include the following components:

     

    A.   The head coach or activity supervisor will submit a report to the athletic/ activity administrator that includes information pertaining to student participation, accomplishments in relation to goals, an evaluation of assistant coaches / activity supervisors, and suggestions for program improvement. 

     

    B.   The designated athletic / activity administrator will complete a written evaluation of the head coach / activity supervisor, based on multiple sources of information, including the report referenced in III.A above, observation records, and feedback from students, parents, and others familiar with the program or activity.

     

    C.   The designated athletic / activity administrator shall include all necessary forms for evaluation and reporting in the Coaches / Advisors Handbook.

     

    IV.  COMMUNICATIONS

     

    A.   The athletic / activity administrator is expected to provide relevant information about the interscholastic athletic and activity program to coaches and activity supervisors, students, parents, and the public. 

     

    B.   The Superintendent authorizes the athletic administrator and coaches to develop a statement of philosophy and beliefs, provided that the statement is aligned with Board Policy 651.  A copy of a philosophy statement contained in the Coaches Handbook is appended to these administrative guidelines.

     

    C.   Feedback and ideas from parents, students, and interested community members will be obtained in conjunction with the co-curricular program review described in Section I above, with opportunities for additional feedback via student surveys, written correspondence, telephone calls and conferences.

     

     

    Dated:            September 7, 2004

    Reviewed:

    Revised:

    Reaffirmed: July 15, 2013

    Reference:  Minnesota State High School League Official Handbook


     

     

    APPENDIX

    ATHLETIC PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

     

    The following statement was developed by coaches and is included in the Coaches Handbook:

     

    We believe that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of student-selected activities is a vital part of the student’s educational experiences.  This participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, other participants and the community.  The purpose of the athletic program is to provide experiences that help young people to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

     

    Activities should be available to all students who develop an interest in participating, regardless of their individual abilities.  Accordingly, whenever feasible, appropriate skill levels should be established within activities, so students may become involved regardless of their level of skills.

     

    Leadership should be of the highest quality and exemplify the type of behavior, which the program attempts to develop.  Leadership success is measured in terms of the goals of the athletic / activity program rather than the victories or defeats.  Coaches, advisors or sponsors will provide guidance in the development of good sportsmanship, cooperation, leadership and self-actualization.

     

    It is intended that the athletic / activities programs be conducted in accordance with existing Board of Education policies and guidelines.  Winning is considered a worthy goal, but good sportsmanship and the wellbeing of participants are considered more important.  The programs are, at all times, to be conducted in such a manner as to justify it as an educational activity.

     

     

    Dated: September 7, 2004


     ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

     

    INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

     

     

    The purpose of these administrative guidelines is to guide implementation of Board Policy 651, Interscholastic Athletic and Activity Program. 

     

    I.     Requirements for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics and Activities:

     

    A.   In order to participate in interscholastic activities, a student must meet all of the eligibility requirements as defined in Sections 100 and 200 of the Minnesota State High School League Bylaws. 

     

    B.   In addition, a student must earn at least five (5) credits per semester toward graduation or have the equivalent accumulated credits. 

     

    II.    CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM REVIEW AND EVALUATION

     

    A.   A review and evaluation of the co-curricular program shall be conducted in conjunction with the rotational review of Board Policy 651 and administrative guidelines 651.1.

     

    B.   The review process shall include opportunities for participation and formal written input from students and parents.

     

    C.   The Coaches / Advisors Handbook shall be revised to reflect changes in the co-curricular program, policies and guidelines resulting from the program review and evaluation.

     

    III.  evaluation of coaches / activity supervisors

     

    A formal evaluation shall be completed at the end of the athletic season or activity, and shall include the following components:

     

    A.   The head coach or activity supervisor will submit a report to the athletic/ activity administrator that includes information pertaining to student participation, accomplishments in relation to goals, an evaluation of assistant coaches / activity supervisors, and suggestions for program improvement. 

     

    B.   The designated athletic / activity administrator will complete a written evaluation of the head coach / activity supervisor, based on multiple sources of information, including the report referenced in III.A above, observation records, and feedback from students, parents, and others familiar with the program or activity.

     

    C.   The designated athletic / activity administrator shall include all necessary forms for evaluation and reporting in the Coaches / Advisors Handbook.

     

    IV.  COMMUNICATIONS

     

    A.   The athletic / activity administrator is expected to provide relevant information about the interscholastic athletic and activity program to coaches and activity supervisors, students, parents, and the public. 

     

    B.   The Superintendent authorizes the athletic administrator and coaches to develop a statement of philosophy and beliefs, provided that the statement is aligned with Board Policy 651.  A copy of a philosophy statement contained in the Coaches Handbook is appended to these administrative guidelines.

     

    C.   Feedback and ideas from parents, students, and interested community members will be obtained in conjunction with the co-curricular program review described in Section I above, with opportunities for additional feedback via student surveys, written correspondence, telephone calls and conferences.

     

     

    Dated:            September 7, 2004

    Reviewed:     July 15, 2013

    Revised:

     

    Reference:  Minnesota State High School League Official Handbook


     

     

    APPENDIX

    ATHLETIC PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

     

    The following statement was developed by coaches and is included in the Coaches Handbook:

     

    We believe that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of student-selected activities is a vital part of the student’s educational experiences.  This participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, other participants and the community.  The purpose of the athletic program is to provide experiences that help young people to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

     

    Activities should be available to all students who develop an interest in participating, regardless of their individual abilities.  Accordingly, whenever feasible, appropriate skill levels should be established within activities, so students may become involved regardless of their level of skills.

     

    Leadership should be of the highest quality and exemplify the type of behavior, which the program attempts to develop.  Leadership success is measured in terms of the goals of the athletic / activity program rather than the victories or defeats.  Coaches, advisors or sponsors will provide guidance in the development of good sportsmanship, cooperation, leadership and self-actualization.

     

    It is intended that the athletic / activities programs be conducted in accordance with existing Board of Education policies and guidelines.  Winning is considered a worthy goal, but good sportsmanship and the wellbeing of participants are considered more important.  The programs are, at all times, to be conducted in such a manner as to justify it as an educational activity.

     

     

    Dated: September 7, 2004