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The Cross Country Preview Packet has been prepared to assist you in the organization of your school's cross country program. The information is important in preparation for the upcoming season. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR ASSISTANT COACHES. The following items are included:
1. Introduction & Code of Ethics
2003 CROSS COUNTRY CALENDAR DATES
The following is a capsule of the CIF Southern Section calendar for the 2003 Boys' and Girls' Cross Country season:
Organized cross country practice which includes uniforms and any equipment may begin on MONDAY, AUGUST 25. NO practice or instruction of any type may be conducted on a Sunday. Practice is permissible on Labor Day.
SPECIAL NOTE: School practice MAY NOT be conducted with other schools. Beginning August 25, teams (including practice sessions) representing a high school must be composed of students under the direct supervision of one principal and attending classes on one campus. (Refer to Rule 302.)
Schools are NOT permitted to conduct interscholastic scrimmages in cross country. Any interscholastic competition must be counted as one of the allowable number of meets.
The initial date on which a school may schedule and conduct an interscholastic contest is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11.
LAST LEAGUE CONTEST
All league competition for entries must end on or before FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7. Schools may compete until November 8 for non-league contests.
Prelims - Saturday, November 15 - Mt. San Antonio
The STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS will be held at WOODWARD PARK IN FRESNO on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29.
LEAGUE ENTRIES FOR CIF-SS PRELIMS
DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE WILL BE CONDUCTING OUR DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER THE ENROLLMENT FORMAT, WE ARE REQUESTING THAT ALL LEAGUES HAVE THEIR PRELIMINARY RESULTS IN TO THE CIF-SS OFFICE NO LATER THAN 9:00 P.M., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7.
2003-2004 BOYS' AND GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY GROUPINGS
STATE CIF GROUPINGS CIF-SS GROUPINGS
2003 PLAYOFF GUIDELINES
The CBED Enrollment figures from the 2002 school year as certified by the State for public and private high schools will be used for placement.
When the computer enrollment data is received from the State Department of Education, schools will be divided into each Southern Section divisional category.
If a school incurs a gain/loss in enrollment of a minimum of 15% in the current year, the current year CBED enrollment figures shall be used in place of the prior year.
SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
LEAGUE FINALS INTO DIVISIONAL PRELIMS - Each recognized league will be entitled to enter three (3) teams into the preliminaries – two (2) for a four (4) team league. Each league may enter the top three (3) individual runners not on a qualifying team, provided they finish in the top six (6) in their league meet. After entries from each league have been received by the CIF Southern Section Office on Friday, November 7, each team and individual entry will be assigned to their apprOpriate enrollment category (Divisions I, II, III, IV, V).
DIVISIONAL FINALS -
2 heat divisions: Six teams from each heat plus one at large team determined by team time for a total of 13 team qualifiers. Individuals (on non-qualifying teams) finishing in the top 12 will qualify from each heat with a maximum of 24 individual qualifiers from the 2 heats.
4 heat divisions: Four teams will qualify for the finals from each heat for a total of 16 team qualifiers. There will be no at large qualifier from a four heat division. Individuals (on non-qualifying teams) finishing in the top 6 will qualify from each heat with a maximum of 24 individual qualifiers from the 4 heats.
DIVISIONAL FINALS TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - Team entries into the state championship cross country meet shall be based on a formula that is comprised of two factors: 1) An established baseline providing a minimum number of entries for each section; 2) Additional entries based upon the most recent four (4) year history of the section team performance in each divisional race. No section shall have more than seven (7) entries in any divisional race, plus the top five (5) individuals on non-qualifying teams who finished in the top twenty (20).
A comprehensive bulletin detailing the Southern Section
Prelims and Finals will be forwarded to all schools in mid October.
Starting with the fall of the 2003-2004 school year, only one copy of the
playoff bulletin (to the Athletic Director) and two post cards (to the
Principal and Coach) will be forwarded to member schools. Please refer to
www.cifss.org for all playoff information (including forms to be returned
to our office) and heat sheets.
BLUE BOOK RULES - SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST
A) ACCOUNTABILITY RULE -
QUESTION: What happens if unknowingly a coach or
player who was ejected the previous game participates in the next contest?
QUESTION: What is meant by attendance at a contest?
125.2 - FAILURE TO COMPLETE A CONTEST - When a school fails to complete a contest, due to a coach pulling his/her team from the floor, court or field, it is MANDATORY that the CIF-SS Office be notified by the Principal within 24 hours (excluding holidays and weekends). The competing schools and officials will be required to file written reports, and after review of the aforementioned material, the principal of the school involved will be required to respond to the CIF Southern Section Office concerning his/her investigation of the incident.
QUESTION: How serious is such action?
B) RULE 1716 - PLAYER CONDUCT RULE -
Any player ejected for any reason or any player who leaves the confines of the bench or team area during a fight that may break out or has broken out shall be disqualified from participating in the remainder of the game and will be ineligible for the team's next contest. The next contest may not be a forfeited, postponed or canceled game. A second ejection will constitute a two contest suspension and a third ejection will cause suspension for the remainder of the season. A player who was ejected from the previous contest who, knowingly or unknowingly, participates in or is in attendance at the next contest, will result in the forfeiture of that contest.
QUESTION: What is meant by attendance at a contest?
C) RULE 1708 - SPRING PRACTICE -
Beginning May 17, for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days, a school may hold before and after school practice but may not participate in an interscholastic scrimmage, practice or contest.
SPECIAL NOTE: Only students currently enrolled and attending a member school (grades 9-12) may participate in spring practice/tryouts. Eighth graders do not become ninth graders until after they have graduated.
D) RULE 1709 - SUMMERTIME RULES -
1710.1 From close of school in June OR June 11 (whichever is first) until the summer dead period, there shall be no restriction on high school coaches working with high school students registered and/or attending their respective high school, provided approval is received from the school principal.
QUESTION: Who may participate in high school summer
athletic programs approved by the principal?
QUESTION: What are the guidelines for sport camps?
NOTE: During the regular school year (from the start of the fall season until school is out in June) all Blue Book Rules apply, i.e., the Association Rule, etc.
1709.2 A summer dead period will be in effect from Monday, August 2, 2004, until the beginning of the first official starting date for fall sports which begins on August 23, 2004 No class could be offered in a summer school program which could circumvent the rule.
During the dead period, weight lifting ONLY would be permitted. No running or other type of conditioning would be allowed.
Special nationally recognized programs in various sports that require a national or regional championship format, such as Bobby Sox Softball, American Legion or Mickey Mantel Baseball, etc., would be allowed to continue, until completion, during the dead period.
An exception to this rule will allow WATER POLO AND CROSS COUNTRY ONLY the choice of a three-week period from June 28 to July 16, 2004, as a dead period with principal approval in lieu of the August dead period.
SPECIAL NOTE: THE SOUTHERN SECTION COMMISSIONER HAS THE
AUTHORITY TO GRANT EXCEPTIONS TO THE SUMMER DEAD PERIOD REQUESTED BY THE
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR PROGRAMS. ALTERNATE DATES
MUST BE FORWARDED WITH THE REQUEST FROM THE PRINCIPAL. THE ALTERNATE DEAD
PERIOD WILL BE APPROVED FOR ALL LEVELS, NOT JUST ONE TEAM, AND MUST BE FOR
THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE WEEKS.
No member of the school athletic staff shall organize, sponsor, or coach a cross country team outside the season of cross country, during the school year, in which students with remaining eligibility at that school are participating.
F) RULE 527 - TOBACCO PRODUCTS PROHIBITED -
The use of tobacco products in conjunction with any CIF Southern Section athletic contest is prohibited. This would include all those involved in the contest including players, coaches and officials.
G) RULE 308 - SUPERVISION OF ATHLETES -
State and Southern Section Rule 308 states:
"No CIF team or individual shall participate in interscholastic or approved competition with any other team unless the CIF team is under supervision as required by the California Administrative Code Title V and CIF Bylaw 506(B). (Additionally, refer to Rule 123.)"
It should be noted that schools representing the same district may send one credentialed or certified supervisor for three or four students. These individuals have been recognized and are to continue to be recognized for registration and participation purposes in that the district has assigned the supervisory role for all students from its member schools to this one individual.
However, the concern is for those students who are not accompanied by a faculty representative and report to the playoff site by themselves or with a parent.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS RULE WAS REVIEWED WITH BOTH THE STATE CIF OFFICE AND THE SOUTHERN SECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND REAFFIRMED THAT THE INTERPRETATION STAND AS ABOVE AND THAT ANY STUDENT REPORTING FOR COMPETITION WHO IS NOT UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND SOUTHERN SECTION RULE 308, IS TO BE "DENIED" ENTRY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION.
As pointed out by the Southern Section and State CIF Attorney, there are also inherent liability problems when an individual competes in violation of said rule. Please review this rule with your staff in that it will be strictly enforced as per the above application.
H) RULE 313 - CONDITIONING -
A high school may conduct physical conditioning before and after school outside the season of sport. This conditioning may include weight training, aerobics, jogging or other related conditioning activities, but specific skills or equipment related to that particular sport MAY NOT be used in such conditioning activity.
QUESTION: What would constitute a violation of the
QUESTION: May an athlete participate in conditioning
programs before and after school outside the season of sport without an
annual physical examination?
QUESTION: With regard to conditioning, in the sports
of cross country and track and field, what are athletes permitted to do?
QUESTION: Is interval training and/or road runs
during the track and field preseason considered a violation of the
I) RULE 600 - OUTSIDE COMPETITION -
A student on a high school team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an "outside" team, in the same sport, during the student's high school season of sport. If the outside team has half or more of the team members as stated in the National Federation rule book for that sport, it shall be considered the same sport. *Examples: three on three basketball -- outside team competition prohibited; two on two volleyball -- outside team competition permitted. For purposes of this rule, touch football and flag football are considered to be a different sport than tackle football. In the sport of soccer only, it is permissible for a student on a high school team to compete in a contest on an "outside" soccer team except during the period of November 15 through March 15. During the period of November 15 through March 15, a student on a high school soccer team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an "outside" soccer team during the student's high school season for soccer. This rule shall not be in effect for those sports conducted outside the state adopted season of sport.
QUESTION: What is the definition of the student's
high school season for soccer in the Southern Section?
QUESTION: May a student who competes at the freshman
or junior varsity level compete on an outside team during his or her high
school season of sport?
J) RULE 601 BYLAW 600 PENALTY
(1) FIRST OFFENSE IN HIGH SCHOOL CAREER IN ANY SPORT - The student becomes immediately ineligible for participation with his/her high school team for a number of contests equal to twice the number of contests of outside competition in which the student participated.
(2) ANY SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE IN HIGH SCHOOL CAREER IN ANY SPORT - The student becomes immediately ineligible for one year (365 days) from the second infraction in all sports.
(3) APPEALS - Upon written appeal to the Section Commissioner, the student may petition his/her section for reinstatement of his/her eligibility status.
(1) GAMES FORFEITED - Games in which a student participated on his/her high school team after violation of CIF Bylaw 600 shall be forfeited.
(2) APPEALS - Sections may establish rules and procedures to consider requests for waivers of game forfeitures.
K) OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST -
1. MAXIMUM CONTEST - An individual of a cross country team will be permitted to enter and participate in no more than a total of 11 dual, triangular or invitational (sanctioned) meets during the season, not including all-league or CIF Southern Section Championships.
2. COMPETITION IN ONE DAY - An individual may compete in only one (1) cross country race in any one (1) day.
3. OUTSIDE COMPETITION - (Unattached) competition is permissible for a student in other than school contests during the season of sport. Please refer to Blue Book Rule 606 regarding unattached competition which will highlight specific regulations in reference to athletes who compete unattached.
4. PROPER UNIFORM - All Athletes competing in cross country must be in proper team uniform and wear running shoes. Spikes are not permitted.
5. DISTANCE OF RACES - The maximum distance in all non-league, league and invitational cross country competition shall be 5,000 meters (3.1 miles)(Adopted Southern Section Council March 22, 2001). A shorter distance may be adopted by a league or by mutual agreement by schools for non-league competition.
6. TEAM COMPOSITION - Coaches are urged to become familiar with CIF Rule 200 in reference to Boys and Girls team competition. Major emphasis would be the area of your school fielding only one team and its makeup consisting of both Boys and Girls. If a Girl is a member of this student team, she - at the conclusion of the regular season - WOULD NOT be permitted to compete in the Girls' cross country championships, but must take part in the boys' championships, if she so qualifies.
In order for a Girl to compete in the CIF-SS Girls' post-team cross country championships, she must have been a member of a Girls' team for the regular season or have run as a freelance entry all season due to the fact that her school fielded only a Boys' team or did not field any team in this sport.
7. RULES - Cross Country competition in the CIF Southern Section is conducted under National Federation Rules, which are contained in the 2003 edition of the National Federation Track and Field Rule Books.
8. No interscholastic contests or practices of any kind are to be held on Sunday.
L) CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITION OUTSIDE THE SEASON OF SPORT - IMPORTANT!!
It has come to the attention of this Office that some schools in this Section may be violating Section and State rules relative to coaches and/or school involvement with athletes in the sport of cross country OUTSIDE THE SEASON OF SPORT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.
We would ask that coaches review the outside competition rule in that association with athletes is allowed outside the season of sport IN ONE REGULARLY SCHEDULED PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS ONLY and that schools and coaches may not be involved in outside meets with their athletes, such as the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships which are conducted after the Southern Section and State Final. These meets are not sanctioned or sponsored by the CIF Southern Section. High school athletes participating in these meets do so as unattached individuals. The school cannot provide or be involved with the furnishing of uniforms, transportation, lodging, coaching and/or before and after school practice.
THE INSTITUTE REPORT
Preparing Your Athletes For
Competition In Hot Weather
Specific steps must be taken to prepare athletes for
training and competing in hot weather. Proper preparation can improve
athletic performance and reduce the potential for thermal injury.
How the Body Handles Excess Heat During Exercise
When the rate at which heat is produced during exercise equals the rate at which heat is lost from the body, the body temperature will plateau at an elevated level. However, when more heat is produced during exercise than the body can lose, body temperature will rise to a potentially dangerous level. High environmental temperatures and humidity contribute to the risks of thermal injury because they reduce the body’s ability to remove heat. Athletes who are untrained and unacclimatezed (not accustomed to the heat) can maintain an elevated, but safe, body temperature during moderate exercise in temperatures ranging from 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. With proper training and heat acclimatization, athletes can safely increase the intensity and duration of exercise in even hotter environments.
There is little chance that under hot, humid weather conditions thermal injury will occur in competitive events lasting up to 10 minutes (the vast majority of track events). But, body temperature could rise to dangerous levels (e.g., 106 degrees Fahrenheit) under these conditions during exercise lasting 12-to-15 minutes or longer, especially if the competition is preceded by a vigorous warm-up that elevates the body temperature.
How To Acclimate Your Athletes
Endurance training, even in a cool environment, produces physiological adjustments similar to those caused by heat acclimatization. Training and acclimatization enable athletes to exercise at considerably greater exercise intensities while maintaining safe acclimatization are required for an optimal ability to exercise in the heat.
How To Prevent Thermal Injuries
?Rest in the shade between competitive events. Exposure to the sun can cause blood to accumulate in the skin. This makes less blood available to muscles during subsequent exercise.
?Wear minimal, loose-fitting clothing to help promote heat loss
?During prolonged exercise in the heat, body fluids lost as sweat must be replaced as frequently as possible to avoid dehydration and subsequent thermal injury. Drinking 12-to-20 ounces (1 ½ to 2 ½ cups) of fluid 10-20 minutes prior to competition is a good idea, but can not substitute for ingesting fluids during exercise. Running through a shower or being hosed with water also will not prevent the rise in body temperature during exercise.
?Fluids (e.g., sports drinks) ingested during exercise should contain 5-8 percent carbohydrate and a small amount of electrolytes. Such beverages will provide a source of fuel for the working muscles and will facilitate the absorption of water and glucose from the intestines.
?Throughout heavy work or prolonged exercise, at least eight ounces (1 cup) of fluid should be consumed very 15-to-20 minutes.
?The pre-season regimen for competitive football, long distance running and other sports under hot and/or humid conditions should be preceded by one-to-two weeks of conditioning. This means working one-to-two hours per day in the heat, while earing minimal clothing and drinking liberally. This will help athletes gradually achieve heat-acclimatization.
?Practice sessions under hot, humid conditions should be limited to very moderate workouts or be canceled.
?Athletes who typically train and compete in cool
weather but are scheduled to compete in the heat can markedly improve
their heat tolerance by training in excess clothing. Carefully supervised
use of this practice will stimulate a warm environment and improve the
heat-acclimatization process. Similar to exercise in warm weather,
frequent fluid consumption is a must during this type of exercise.
Dr. Gisolfi is a professor of
Exercise Science, Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa,
Iowa City. He is past president of the American College of Sports Medicine
and a member of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. The Institute
Report is a service of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. For more
The coach is in a better position to have a positive
influence on the youth of a community than any other member of the
faculty. He/She has an obligation to develop a personality and character
which are above reproach. The example set by the coach is of extreme
importance. The character-building potential of athletics is closely
related to the character of the coach.
1. Watch your language. Obscenity and profanity have no
place in an educational setting. Additionally, racial or ethnic comments
will never be condoned.
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, ETHICS AND
HEAD COACH - JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
I. REPORTS TO: Athletic Director
2. During Season
SEPTEMBER 9: GENERAL MEETING - M.L. KING HIGH
From the 60/Pomona-LA County - Take 60 East to 215 South. Exit the 215 at Van Buren. Turn Right. Go approximately 3 miles to Wood Road, turn Left. School will be on the Right.
From the Deserts - Take 10 West or 60 West to 215 South. Exit 215 at Van Buren. Turn Right. Go Approximately 3 miles to Wood Road, turn Left. School will be on the Right.
SEPTEMBER 30: INLAND EMPIRE - CANYON SPRINGS
From the East - Take 60 West to Pigeon Pass Road. Exit and turn Right on Pigeon Pass Road. Go to Cougar Way and turn Right into parking lot.
OCTOBER 14: ORANGE COUNTY - ASICS VENUE, IRVINE CA
DECEMBER 12: GENERAL MEETING - M.L. KING HIGH
PRE-SEASON ATHLETE ORIENTATION MEETING
Pre-season orientation meeting is an absolute MUST prior to the beginning of your season. In order to assist you in meeting your OBLIGATION OF INFORMING YOUR ATHLETES, I have included a sample agenda for a starting point. If you should need any additional information or assistance, don't hesitate to call me at the CIF-SS Office.
EXAMPLE - ATHLETE ORIENTATION MEETING
I. SEASON OVERVIEW
II. RULES AND REGULATIONS
III. COACHES' RULES AND REGULATIONS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness
Human Immunodeficiency virus [Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus] in the Athletic Setting
Because athletes may bleed following trauma, they represent a theoretical risk to others if they are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus [HIV, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) virus]. Two questions have concerned coaches, athletic trainers, and school administrators: Should an athlete known to be infected with HIV be allowed to participate in competitive sports, and should the universal precautions recommended for health care worker1 be used when handling athletes’ blood and body fluids?
The risk of infection from skin exposure to the blood of a child or adolescent infected with HIV is unknown, but it is apparently minute and is much less than the risk of HIV infection by needle sticks from infected patients of approximately 1:250. 2 Although it is theoretically possible that transmission of HIV could occur in sports such as wrestling and football in which bleeding and skin abrasions are common, no such transmission has been reported in these sports. There is one report of possible transmission of HIV involving a collision between soccer players.3 However, this report from Italy remains undocumented.
If an HIV-infected athlete would choose to pursue
another sport, this possible risk to others would be avoided; but, in the
absence of any proven risk, involuntary restriction of an infected athlete
is not justified. Informing others of the athlete’s status would
probably lead to his or her exclusion due to inappropriate fear and
prejudice and therefore should also be avoided. This advice must be
reconsidered if transmission of HIV is found to occur in the sports
setting. Athletes should also be made aware of the hazards of needle
sharing for illicit drug use, including steroids.
1. Athletes infected with HIV should be allowed to
participate in all competitive sports. This advice must be reconsidered if
transmission of HIV is found to occur in the sports setting.
This statement has been approved by the Council on child and Adolescent Health. The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate. PEDIATRICS (ISSN 0031 4005). Copyright © 1991 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
COMMITTEE ON SPORTS MEDICINE AND FITNESS, 1990-1992
AAP Section Liaison
By John Mahr and George Payan
The following guidelines are a list of concerns and caution that athletic administrators and coaches should be aware of and implement at all times for the safety and success of their programs’ athletes and staff. Guidelines to Protect Against Abuse/Harassment Allegations...Every year coaches in the normal performance of their duties unknowingly put themselves at risk for allegations of abuse or harassment from athletes. Strict adherence to the following guidelines will minimize your chances of having accusations made against you.
1. Avoid touching athletes. If necessary, touch athletes only out of coaching (teaching) reasons and only in ways that are clearly non-sexual. Be especially sensitive to athletes who react in even the slightest negative degree to being touched.
2. Never touch an athlete in anger.
3. Never arrange to meet an athlete away from school without parent permission.
4. Avoid meeting with a student in a closed classroom or other meeting room.
5. Never, except in a true emergency, transport a student in your vehicle without parent consent.
6. Never ask an athlete not to tell his/her parents about an incident which has occurred.
7. Never write or say anything to a student that you would not be comfortable sharing with the student’s parents or the administration.
8. Avoid good-natured “joking” that could be misconstrued by any of your students.
9. Avoid giving athletes repeated compliments that focus on physical attributes.
10. Coaches of athletes with special needs who may occasionally require physical intervention should make sure that such intervention is necessary and that all school personnel and parents understand the nature of the intervention before it occurs.
1. Athletic Policy (Awareness of the Problem)
a) Statement of Philosophy (include inappropriate behavior and filing a complaint)
b) Parent Verification of Athletic Policy
c) Student Verification of Athletic Policy
2. Coaches workshop each year – Beginning of the year
a) Signed by Coach 3. Head coach leads a pre-season meeting with all athletes and staff together to discuss what is appropriate and not appropriate (CROSSING THE LINE).
a) Steps - filing a complaint
1. Head Coach
The bottom line is to use good judgment and common sense.
1. Hire experienced coaches...experience should include tenure as an assistant coach; First Aid/CPR Certification; Coaching Certification (i.e., AAF/CIF)...experience should include education in the areas of coaching the female athletes.
2. Hire certificated and/or classified professionals who are closely related to the institution/school.
3. Do not place the coach or cause the coach(es) to be put into positions that may be potentially compromising. Help them to become better educated and prudent professionals; provide assistance with athletic training, locker room supervision, chaperone needs, etc.
4. Athletic Directors must communicate with their coaches.
1. Try to avoid awkward situations. Your relationship with your athletes is a professional one.
2. Limit physical contact to group situations where it won’t be misunderstood by the athlete or anyone else.
3. Keep one-on-one situations to a minimum.
4. Be aware of the fact that there are two issues: actually crossing the line and the appearance of crossing the line.
5. Male head coaches should have at least one female assistant coach or vice versa.
6. Coaches must communicate with one another on the daily and weekly plan of action...who will cover what assignments...what problems might arise and how should a coach go about dealing with or remedying such situations.
7. Coaches must be made aware, in advance of potential situations that might compromise their situation professionally, morally and legally...
a) Being put into a situation where a coach is alone with an athlete of the opposite gender.
b) Having to transport an athlete home after a
practice...especially doing so alone with no one else in the car. Coaches
should not transport any athlete home except in extreme emergencies.
8. Locker room supervision problems need to be addressed by the athletic and PE administration. A male coach should not be expected to supervise a female locker room at any time. Care should be taken to have some adult female in attendance during regular locker room use.
9. Coaches must be consistent with the use of proper language and ways to professionally convey their message...demeaning, degrading, and profane language have no part in a coach’s vocabulary.
10. The coach must be careful in regard to making close/intimate contact or what might be construed as such forms of contact with any athlete.
11. The coach must be careful to watch for athletes dressing in an inappropriate manner prior to competitions and practice. Modesty/decency in regard to dress is a “must.”
12. Coaches must be aware of the warning signs of eating disorders, what to look for and even ask if they suspect a problem occurring. With the help of school counselors and parents, they can treat such a situation with privacy and understanding of the athlete’s well being.
13. The coach must be conscientious with the use of his/her language and phrases so as not to convey a message to athletes that they are hopelessly “obese, fat, overweight,” etc., to gain approval. The psycho-physiological effects can be devastating and lead to many self-degradation disorders. Be wise and positive in your choice of words!
14. It is paramount for coaches to remember that they are working with young adults. Competitive expectations should not outweigh our concern for their overall well-being. Training and competition schedules as well as the overall time and commitment expectations should be developed around a need for the athletes to be well-rounded individuals. Any program that dominates or directs the athlete’s time away from family, school, work, church, friends is a detriment and danger to their welfare.
Careful attention should be paid by head coaches to remind themselves and assistants, continually, of the concerns and dangers of the failure of not acting responsibly and within professional guidelines. Once a season (pre-season meeting) may not be enough...being “ever-vigilant” and aware is a key.
If accused by anyone of abuse or harassment, contact your Association immediately. Do not provide a statement to the police or others without securing legal representation through your Association. (Only Association members are afforded this protection.)
Enclosed are the CBED enrollments for the 2003-2004 school year, which have been certified by the State Department of Education for public and private schools from the 2002-2003 year. The enclosed divisional breakdowns are tentative. Final adjustments will be made when this year’s CBED enrollments as of October 1, 2003 are known. Reminder: By action of the CIF-SS Council at the March 23, 2000 meeting, no schools will be allowed to compete outside of their enrollment based division.
Division I (1775 and Above)
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