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AHSA Parent/Player Codes of Conduct and Drug Testing Consent Form
PART I: Parents Code of Conduct
As a parent, you play a special role in the development of your child, and of his teammates. Your encouragement and good example will do more to ensure good sportsmanship and self-discipline than any other influence. The other team is the opponent, not the enemy, and should be treated with respect. While winning is important, playing well and fairly is the essence of the game.
Support your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in his/her team. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory.
Always be positive. Children learn more by example than by criticism. Work to be a positive role model, and reinforce positive behavior in others. Applaud good plays by others on your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team. Do not criticize any child’s performance from the sidelines. Accept the results of each game. Teach your child to be gracious in victory and to turn defeat into victory by learning and working toward improvement.
Don't be a sideline coach or referee. Refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. Parents who shout or scream from the sidelines often give inappropriate advice at the wrong time. The coach should be the only sideline voice. Remain well back from the sidelines and within the spectator area. You and your child will both enjoy the game more if you put some emotional distance between yourself and the field or play. Officials are symbols of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship - Do not openly question their judgment or honesty.
Demonstrate a positive attitude toward your opponents and their families Opponents are not enemies. Take care to show good hospitality at home and to represent AHSA in a positive way when visiting other clubs. Never allow yourself to be drawn into a verbal disagreement with opposing parents or coaches. No one has ever regretted letting “cooler heads prevail.”
Remember that your child wants to have fun Your child is the one playing sports, not you. The athlete must establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Play for themselves. Take care not to impose unreasonable demands on your child. Let your children experience the fun of playing as well as the challenge of excelling. I/we will set a good example to my child in his/her development by adhering at all times to the following:
We will not criticize the referee openly or directly, during or after games. Any criticism shall be done in writing, sent to the coaches or AHSA board, not verbally.
We will give only positive feedback to players.
We will cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play and shall do our best to cheer the effort regardless of the outcome. We will be mindful in “lopsided” games where cheering our own “winning” team might be misunderstood.
We shall do our best to teach our players to become students of the game.
We shall show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each game and help our child to remember to thank the referee after the match without regard to the result
We shall do our very best to have our child prepared for every game.
We shall support the learning efforts of the players, the coaches, and the referees by demonstrating our patience
We understand that improper behavior at a game may result in a parent being asked to leave the field by the referee, the coach, or other official so the team does not receive a penalty or ejection due to the action of the parent spectator.
We shall leave the coaching to the coach during the game. We shall not give our child instructions during the game.
We understand that the leagues can, and will if necessary, suspend our individual privilege to watch our child play should we behave in a manner that is rude or otherwise offensive.
We agree to do our best to have as much fun watching the game as the players should have playing the game.
PART II: Players Code
Players must always adhere to the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the game rules, behavior contrary to the spirit of the rules of the game, or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
Players must consistently display high standards of behavior.
Players must appreciate the importance of striving to win, not winning itself.
Players will not use any form of profanity
Players must respect the rights, dignity, and worth of each and every person involved in the sport.
Players must accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance, and not argue with the game officials.
Players will not refuse to abide by an official’s decision, or perform a verbal, forceful or disrespectful demonstration of dissent to an official’s decision.
Players will not engage in an abusive verbal attack, including “trash talking” or taunting, to any official, participant, coach, team representative, or spectator.
Players will not engage in a physical attack, including but not limited to, the laying of a hand upon, pushing, shoving, striking, or kicking of any official, participant, coach, team representative, or spectator.
Players will not use deliberately rough tactics during a game against an opponent.
Each player must participate in a minimum number of practices before first game.
Attend every practice unless excused by a coach in advance.
Excused absence: The coaches must be notified prior to the practice that will be missed.
After the first game: 1. First unexcused practice during the week = reduced playing time by 1 quarter of play, apology to the team and coaches.
Two unexcused practices during the week = NO playing time.
First Excused practice: No consequence.
Second Excused practice: Reduced playing time at coach discretion.
The coaches of each team will determine the amount of playing time.
No player shall act in an unsportsmanlike manner before, during or after practices or games.
Examples include, but not limited to:
Taunting, baiting, profanity, insulting / vulgar language or gestures.
"Show-boating", dancing, spiking, kicking or throwing the ball, throwing of equipment.
Refusing to comply with a coach or official's request.
No chewing or smoking of tobacco, use of drugs or alcohol during practices or games.
There will be no verbal or physical abuse of players. This includes your child, even if you are their coach.
There will be no verbal or physical abuse of other coaches, parents, players or officials.
The coaching staff will have the final authority and will determine the degree of punishment depending on the unsportsmanlike act.
We have a "3 Strikes & You're Out" policy for misbehavior detrimental to our Sports or sporting events program. Bad behavior consists of, but not limited to: 1). Talking back to Coaches or game officials. 2). Direct Defiance (Not doing what you are told to do) 3). Behavior that disrupts or affects teammates at practice or games.
Punishment will be issued at practice or the next practice & parents will be notified.
Athlete will not be allowed to practice for one week and one game suspension
You will be asked to turn in your equipment and your season will be over.
No fighting, striking, kicking or kneeing will be tolerated.
First Offense: 1 Game Suspension Second Offense: Season is over.
Part III: Drug Testing Consent
I understand that using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs (including performance enhancing drugs), or unauthorized prescription drugs during any sports organization activity is prohibited.
I hereby give consent for my student to participate in the drug testing program at AHSA. I also understand that this consent form is good for the duration of the student’s attendance at Acadiana Home School Athletics (AHSA) system and must be on file in order for the student to be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.
I understand that my student will be placed in the pool for random drug testing and that the AHSA will pay for all random drug tests if my student is selected. I understand that if my student tests positive for drugs during a random drug test, I will have to pay for drug testing for him/her to be reinstated into extra-curricular activities.
AHSA may conduct both a drug test and an alcohol test after an accident, or incident on each athlete whose actions either contributed to the accident or cannot be completely discounted as a contributing factor to the accident. The decision whether to test or not to test an athlete shall be based on the organization’s determination, using the best available information immediately following the accident, that the athlete’s performance could or could not have contributed to the accident. The organization will explain to each athlete to be tested there is reason to believe their performance either contributed to the accident or cannot be completely discounted as a contributing factor to the accident. The organization will document the decisions that support the determination to conduct a post-accident test. A post-accident drug test shall be conducted on each athlete as soon as possible but no later than 32 hours after the accident.
The organization may also conduct reasonable suspicion testing, also known as reasonable cause testing, based on the representatives observation of "signs and symptoms" of specific, contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors of the student athlete. At least two representatives shall substantiate and concur in the decision to test an athlete.
The representative making the determination to test shall document, in writing, the behavioral signs and symptoms that support the determination to conduct a reasonable suspicion/cause test.
Concussion Impact Understanding
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A concussion is a brain injury, which I am responsible for reporting to my coach, trainer or team doctor.
A concussion can affect my ability to perform everyday activities, and affect reaction time, balance, sleep, and classroom performance.
You cannot see a concussion, but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up hours or days after the injury.
If I suspect a teammate has a concussion, I am responsible for reporting the injury to my coach, trainer or team doctor.
I will not return to play in a game or practice if I have received a blow to the head or body that results in concussion-related symptoms.
Follow a concussion the brain needs time to heal. You are much more likely to have a repeat concussion if you return to play before your symptoms resolve.
In rare cases, repeat concussions can cause permanent brain damage, and even death.