William Monroe High School
“Home of the Dragons”
Athletic Department Handbook
William Monroe High School
Katie Brunelle, Principal
Brian Collier, Athletic Director
Andy Kelly, Athletic Trainer
Web address: www.greenecountyschools.com
Athletics web page: www.williammonroe.rschoolteams.com
Athletic Department Phone: (434) 939-9004
Athletic Department Fax: (434) 985-1461
William Monroe Athletic Teams and Coaching Staff
Cheerleading: Stephanie Litton (Head) Boys’ Varsity Basketball: Brett Maynard
Maddie Lamb (Asst.) Girls’ Varsity Basketball: Jess Stafford
Cross Country: Chris Royer & Jason Hwerron Basketball Cheer: Stephanie Litton
Varsity Football: Jon Rocha Swimming: Katherine Taylor
Varsity Golf: Ronnie Morris Wrestling: Mike Sizemore
Varsity Volleyball: Leah Wimmer
Varsity Baseball: Mike Maynard
Boys’ Varsity Soccer: Matt Dunn
Girls’ Varsity Soccer: Jeremy Lamm
Varsity Softball: Greg Breeden
Outdoor Track: Mike Sizemore, Cassandra Jansch
A message from the AD
Welcome to William Monroe High School, home of the DRAGONS. As another school year begins I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back and encourage your participation in the many extracurricular activities here at William Monroe. It is only through your involvement that we can achieve excellence.
As a member of the Northwestern District and Region 3B, we currently compete in 23 different VHSL sponsored varsity activities. From the playing field to the stage and everywhere in between, I believe our students gain valuable, life-long experiences through involvement in such activities that help mold them into responsible, positive members of our community.
As we begin a new year, I encourage you to take part in as many extracurricular events as you can. Whether it is as a player or a fan, these moments shared with classmates and community members will form memories that will last a lifetime. Through the support of our student body, parents, faculty and staff and the community as a whole, I am confident we can provide quality opportunities for our students to perform at the highest levels.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and would like to thank you in advance for your hard work and dedication to William Monroe High School. It is these qualities that will ensure the success of our extracurricular activities. Should you have any questions now or throughout the year please fee free to contact me at 939-9004 or
T (together) E (everyone) A (achieves) M (more)
Brian Collier, Activities Director
A Message From the Coaches and Sponsors
of VHSL Activities at WMHS
It is our philosophy that not only are we here to teach students the skills and strategies needed to be successful in our activities, but that we should also to the best of our abilities prepare our students to be competitive in the game of life. We feel that rules and policies for participation in VHSL activities are an important key to achieving this. Self-discipline, responsibility, commitment, attendance in school, success in academics, (SOL), decision making, and dealing with consequences will be the results of these policies and combined, can build character and self-esteem. It is our hope that not only will this help our student participants to be successful during their years here at William Monroe, but that they will leave with a sense of pride and confidence that will carry over and contribute to their being successful, productive adults with positive memories of high school activities. As always, we appreciate your on-going support of William Monroe High School and our VHSL programs.
William Monroe High School Athletic Handbook
A Guide for William Monroe High School Student-Athletes and their Parents
Virginia High School League (VHSL)
The Virginia High School League (VHSL) is an organization of public high schools in Virginia. The league seeks to encourage student participation in desirable school activities by conducting or supporting programs of interscholastic activities. VHSL was developed in 1913 and is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It publishes annually a code of rules for all VHSL activities in the state, and this handbook is available for reference by contacting your Activities Director or by viewing their website at www.vhsl.org
VHSL INDIVIDUAL ELIGIBILITY RULES:
To be eligible to represent your school in any VHSL interscholastic contest, you:
♦Must be a regular bona fide student in good standing of the school you represent.
♦Must be enrolled in the last four years of high school (8th graders are eligible for JV).
♦Must have enrolled not later than the fifteenth day of the current semester.
♦For the first semester must be currently enrolled in no fewer than five subjects, or their equivalent,
offered for credit and which may be used for graduation and have passed five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and which may be used for graduation the immediately preceding year or the immediately preceding semester for school that certify credits on a semester basis. (Check with your principal for equivalent requirements). May not repeat courses for eligibility purposes for which credit has been previously awarded. (Note: For schools using block scheduling, three semester block courses satisfy the five subject requirements.)
♦For the second semester must be enrolled in not fewer than five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for
credit which may be used for graduation the immediately preceding year.
♦Must sit out all VHSL competition for 365 consecutive calendar days following a school transfer unless
the transfer corresponded with a family move. (Check with principal for exceptions).
♦Must not have reached your nineteenth birthday on or before the first day of August of the current school
♦Must not, after entering the ninth grade for the first time, have enrolled in or been eligible for enrollment
in high school more than eight consecutive semesters. For this student, the eight consecutive semesters shall be counted continuously beginning with his/her first semester in the ninth grade or the first semester in which he/she becomes “ungraded”, whichever comes first.
♦Must have submitted to your principal before any kind of participation, including tryouts or practice as a
member of any school athletic or cheerleading team, an athletic participation/parent consent/ physical examination form, completely filled in and properly signed attesting that you have been examined during this school year and found to be physically fit for athletic competition and that your parents consent to your participation.
♦Must not be in violation of the VHSL amateur, awards, allstar or college team rules. (Check with
principal for clarification regarding cheerleading)
Eligibility to participate in interscholastic athletics/activities is a privilege you earn by meeting not only the above listed minimum standards, but also all other standards set by your League, district and school. If you have questions regarding your eligibility or are in doubt about the effect an activity might have on your eligibility, check with your principal for interpretations and exceptions provided under League rules. Meeting the intent and spirit of League standards will prevent you, your team, school and community from being penalized. When allowing their son/daughter to join a VHSL team, parents also give their consent and approval for his/her picture and name to be printed in any high school or VHSL athletic program, publication or video. Local school divisions and VHSL districts may require additional standards to those listed above
VHSL ENERGY DRINK BAN
On September 22, 2012 the VHSL Executive Committee passed an energy drink policy which is in effect immediately for all VHSL member schools. The basics of this policy are as follows: ‐ A recommendation that athletes not consume energy drinks during participation in VHSL practices and competition. ‐ The penalty for violation of this rule is a warning to the member school. Energy Drinks are defined as drinks advertised as boosting energy. These drinks do not emphasize energy derived from the calories they contain but rather through a choice of caffeine, vitamins and herbal supplements the manufacturer has combined. Some common examples of energy drinks are Amp, Monster and Red Bull. Fluid Replacement Drinks or drinks used to replenish body fluid after exercise are defined as drinks that are designed to replace energy and electrolytes, used especially to assist the body in recovering from exercise. Some common examples of fluid replacement drinks are Gatorade and Powerade. Soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi, while not fluid replacement drinks, are not classified as energy drinks.
VHSL Participant Training Rule (Substance Abuse Policy)
Athletic training rules are in effect for all VHSL participants at William Monroe during any activity season whether they are on or off school property (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). VHSL participants who are found to have possessed and/or used alcohol or illegal drugs while as a member of a current VHSL activity will be prohibited from participating for the remainder of the activity. Return to any VHSL participation after the season will be at the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee, Principal, Athletic Director, and Coach. Information regarding an alleged violation of a training rule should be reported to the activity’s coach. After reviewing and investigating the actual and concrete facts, a decision will be determined jointly, by the coach, the Athletic Director, and the Principal.
Assumption of risk
By allowing your child to participate in a sport, you understand and assume the risk of injury. You understand that the risk of injury varies significantly from one sport to another and that contact and collision sports carry a higher risk. Injuries may range from minor to catastrophic, resulting in permanent damage or even death (rare). By allowing your child to participate you assume all financial responsibilities that may occur from an injury. If you would like more specific information about a particular sport, it will be provided on request.
Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT, earned by the student who meets eligibility requirements set by the VHSL, the District, the school board, and the school coach. Questions pertaining to the following additional requirements should be directed to the Athletic Director.
Note: For the purposes of extra-curricultar activities, students that are out-of-school suspended are ineligible to participate the day of the disciplinary action is taken.
AAU/INDEPENDENT TEAM PARTICIPATION
Any student participating on an WMHS/VHSL athletic/academic team may not be excused or permitted to miss a scheduled team practice or event to meet, practice or compete with a nonschool/independent team. Each absence or early dismissal for participation in a nonschool/independent team function may result in suspension from the next scheduled school/VHSL sanctioned competition. Consistent infractions may result in elimination from the high school team and/or loss of eligibility for district competitions in accordance with team rules and attendance policies.
A student athlete who chooses to do AAU, travel team, rec. league sport:
♦Must inform his/her in season coach of his/her decision to participate in an out of school sport. ♦Must complete ALL duties pertaining to his/her current in season sport.
♦Cannot miss practice/game(s)/meeting/etc. due to out of school sport participation. Likewise,
he/she should not arrive late or leave early from in season practice either.
♦Should view his/her participation in a school sport as more important than the out of school sport.
Hazing/Bullying/Harassing by WMHS/VHSL student athletic and activities participants is strictly prohibited! Hazing/Bullying/Harassing occurs when an act is committed against a student or a student is coerced into committing an act that creates a substantial risk of harm to the student (physical or mental) or to any third party in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with any school group, club, athletics team, grade level, activity, or organization. Hazing/Bullying/Harassing includes but is not limited to:
♦ Any activity involving risk of physical harm, including paddling, beating, whipping, branding, electric
shock, sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, placement of harmful substances on the body and participation in physically dangerous activities.
♦ Any activity involving consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or any other food, liquid, or
other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of physical harm.
♦ Any activity involving touching or actions of a sexual nature or the simulation of actions of a sexual
♦ Any activity that subjects a student to embarrassment, shame, or humiliation or which creates a hostile,
abusive, or intimidating environment for the student to include social media.
♦ Any activity involving any violation of federal, state, or local law, or any violation of School District
policies or regulations.
SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS
Athletes need to understand that pictures, messages, or anything that is posted on a social media network that is deemed in violation of a school or athletic policy can result in dismissal or suspension from athletic teams. Anything brought to the attention of the WMHS administration or coaching staff can be investigated. WMHS recognizes and supports its student athletic/activities participants’ and coaches’ rights to freedom of speech, expression, and association, including the use of social networks. In this context, however, each student athlete and must remember that playing and competing is a privilege, not a right. As a student athlete/activities participant or, you represent the high school and are expected to portray yourself, your team, and the high school in a positive manner at all times. Any online postings must therefore be consistent with federal and State laws, and team, department, school, WMHS and VHSL rules and policies (including the Guidelines listed below). If you participate on a social networking site, you must keep the following guidance in mind:
♦ Everything you post is public information – any text or photo placed online is completely out of your
control the moment it is placed online – even if you limit access to your site. Information (including pictures, videos, comments, and posters) may be accessible even after it is removed.
♦ Limit information about your whereabouts or plans to minimize the potential of being stalked,
assaulted, or the victim of other criminal activity.
♦ What you post may affect your future. Many employers and school admissions officers review social
networking sites as part of their overall evaluation of an applicant. Carefully consider how you want people to perceive you before you give them a chance to misinterpret your information (including pictures, videos, comments, and posters).
♦ You are representing your family, your school, and your school division. GCPS and the Department of
athletics will not tolerate:
♦ Comments made in person that are disrespectful and behavior online, such as: derogatory, defamatory, or vulgar language.
♦ Comments that create a serious danger to the safety of another person or that constitute a credible threat of serious physical or emotional injury to another person.
♦ Comments or photos that describe or depict unlawful assault, abuse, hazing, harassment, or discrimination; selling, possessing, or using controlled substances; or any other illegal or prohibited conduct, including violating the GCPS policy on prohibited harassment and discrimination.
♦ Comments or photos that do not represent Greene County Public Schools in a positive manner
William Monroe High School Sportsmanship and Code of Ethics
It is the ultimate goal of the William Monroe High School Athletic Department that our coaching staff, student-athletes, parents, and spectators exemplify positive sportsmanship behavior at all times. Developing pride in our athletic programs requires a united effort of dignity and accountability for all of our actions. This responsibility lies with each of us. However, should there be any action on the part of our student-athletes or spectators that counteract our goal, please know that the VHSL and the WMHS administrators and the WMHS coaching staff reserve the right to mandate appropriate consequences in order to insure a safe and positive athletic experience for all. As a member of the VHSL and the William Monroe Athletic community, each of us has a responsibility to encourage and insist upon the following actions at all of our athletic events.
TO OUR WMHS SUPPORTERS/SPECTATORS: We appreciate your support and POSITIVE encouragement! We ask that your behavior be for and not against our coaching staff, visiting teams, officials, and, of course, our own student-athletes. Should you have a concern, please be respectful enough to discuss that concern with the coach or Athletic Director at the appropriate time and place.
TO STUDENT-ATHLETE: As a William Monroe student-athlete, you are expected to conduct yourself with integrity, sportsmanship, honesty, pride and humility. Your conduct is closely scrutinized as you sit in the classroom, as you travel, and as you compete at home and on the road. You are looked upon as a role model, particularly by your peers and younger children, and it is important that your personal conduct be above reproach at all times. Realize that you are representing yourself, your family, your team, and William Monroe High School. Do so with class. Players will dress appropriately for away contests. Coaches are responsible for advising players of the proper attire.
The VHSL, the Northwestern District, Region 3B, and the William Monroe Athletic Department support and mandate the following consequences:
27-13-6: Players who are ejected from a contest for unsportsman like conduct are ineligible for the team’s next contest. If the ejection takes place in the final contest of the season, the penalty shall carry over to the next sports season for seniors or to the next school year for underclassmen. School administration reserves the right to add additional contest suspensions if deemed necessary.
Academic Support System
The William Monroe Athletic Department stresses the importance of a well balanced athletic and academic program for student athletes and realizes that many hours are given for practice, study and total participation in any athletic activity or endeavor.
Our purpose is to monitor student academic progress during the course of the sports season. All head coaches and their staffs will be responsible for monitoring the grades of students each nine weeks. If your athlete is in need of help, please let us know.
Athletes should receive only those awards sanctioned by the VHSL or approved by the school administration. Awards which are symbols of achievement, tradition, and school spirit shall be made to members of athletic teams, team managers, and cheerleaders as well as student trainers. The coach shall consider the fulfillment of the following requirements in recommending a student for an award:
Transportation is provided via school buses for all athletic teams for all away trips.
Away Contests: Departure times are determined by the Head Coach and Athletic Director with final approval by the Principal. Departure times are set so that it does not interfere with the regular school day, unless absolutely necessary. Student participants are responsible for work missed or assigned.
Expected return times should be provided by the accompanying coach prior to the trip. Please note that these times are estimated. Several factors can cause the times to change. (Overtime, weather, injuries, etc.)
All members of the team are required to depart and return with their team. This includes team members, bona fide scorekeepers, managers and trainers. Team members, score keepers, managers, and trainers may be signed out after away games at the coach’s discretion by the student’s parent, ONLY. If there are special circumstances you must contact the Athletic Department prior to the trip to make arrangements.
After Event Transportation
Participants must provide their own transportation home once they return to William Monroe High School. Each participant should make arrangements for his transportation home so that this participant can leave the high school property within 30 minutes after arrival.
Pick up: Each coach will establish a pick up area. We expect all athletes to remain in this designated are until picked up.
Overnight Stay Supervision Notification
Due to the location and/or schedule of some events, it may be necessary for participants to stay overnight. During this time there will be a clearly defined time of “lights out” when all students will be expected to be in, and stay in, their designated room. Room checks will be made at this time to assure all students are in their designated room. A morning expectation time of awakening will also be given to the students. Between these times, students are expected to remain in their designated room. Students are reminded they are to conduct themselves as leaders and role models of our team, our school and our community. The location of the supervisor’s rooms will be made clear to all students so they may make contact in the event of an emergency or if other needs arise during the night time hours.
BEHAVIOR AND ACCOUNTABLITY:
Participant Discipline Policy Disclaimer: Any areas or situations not listed or overlooked in this handbook or the WMHS Student Handbook will be addressed by a meeting with player, parents, coach, Athletic Director, and administration. Consequences will be established and an addendum may be made to the handbook.
Our coaching staff will provide feedback to each participant individually upon request about being selected or not selected on that particular team. The tryout period will be 3 days and may vary depending on the sport and the number of participants, etc.
Two Sport Athletes
Any athlete that wishes to participate in two sports during the same season should follow the procedures listed below:
William Monroe High School Athletic Boosters
The William Monroe High School Boosters is an organization designed to provide an additional source of financial support for all student-athletes. The William Monroe High School Booster Club is governed by its constitution/by laws in order to become a more efficient organization.
The Athletic Boosters club at William Monroe High School is a volunteer group of dedicated parents and community members that works to support all our Athletic programs. All the monies raised go directly back to the programs here at WMHS. We need all the parents support. If every family volunteers for two events throughout the year, everything will be covered. Please join and support the Athletic Boosters.
COLLEGE ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION
Any student athlete that is interested in participating in college athletics needs to meet specifically with the school guidance counselor and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the following web address: www.eligibilitycenter.org
Department of Athletics and Sports Medicine
Injured Athlete Return to Play Protocol and Expectations
In the event an athlete becomes injured while participating as a William Monroe athlete the following process will take place:
Injured Athlete Expectations:
Media Consent: Throughout the sports seasons there are opportunities for our student-athletes to be videoed, have their pictures taken, etc. by local media, coaches, and other school personnel. These products can be used to promote our schools programs by being published by the local media or used on school based publications and websites. A Media Consent form is sent home with your student at the beginning of the school year. Please verify you’re approval on the consent page at the back of this handbook.
WE ASK THAT THE PARTICIPANT AND THEIR PARENT(S) CAREFULLY READ THESE POLICIES BEFORE INITIALING AND SIGNING BELOW. EVEN IF PARTICIPANT/PARENTS CHOOSE NOT TO SIGN, THE PARTICIPANT STILL REMAINS SUBJECT TO THESE RULES.
____ Handbook acknowledgement
____ Assumption of Risk
____ Media Consent (If opting out, do not initial)
____ Concussion awareness (Meaning you have viewed the video and understand the risks)
Student Signature Printed name
**PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR COACH OR SPONSOR**
EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO SIGN IT.
|Contact: Brian Collier|