Athletic Code of Conduct

The Hillsdale Academy Athletic Program shall provide a variety of meaningful experiences to enhance the development of healthy habits and attitudes that will prepare students for adult life in a democratic society.

The athletic program shall be conducted in accordance with existing Hillsdale Academy policies, rules and regulations. While the school takes pride in winning, it does not condone winning at all costs. The school discourages any and all pressures that might lead to neglecting good sportsmanship and good health. At all times, the athletic program must be conducted in such a way that it is an educational activity. Success, school unity and pride are greatly enhanced by student participation in school-sponsored activities.

Once the parent and student have read the following regulations, they must sign and date the Athletic Code of Conduct Agreement form and turn it in to the Academy main office.

Requirements for Participation:

  1. Physical Examination: A yearly physical examination is required. The physical card must be completed by the physician and submitted to the athletic department. The examination covers all sports for the entire school year provided it was administered after May 1. The form will be kept on file at Hillsdale Academy.

  2. Emergency Medical Authorization: Each athlete’s parent/guardian shall complete an Emergency Medical Authorization Card giving permission for the treatment by a physician or hospital when a parent is not available. The card will be kept with the head coach for availability at all practices and contests.

  3. Insurance: Hillsdale Academy does not carry insurance to cover student athletic injuries. Parents will need to complete the school’s insurance form acknowledging that they possess a family insurance plan.

  4. Parental Acknowledgement of Athletic Policies: At the time a student begins practice for an athletic team, he or she will be presented with this Athletic Code of Conduct. Each parent or guardian and athlete shall read the material and certify that they understand the athletic eligibility rules and policies of Hillsdale Academy. This signed document will be kept on file at Hillsdale Academy.

  5. Scholastic Eligibility: In order to participate on a Hillsdale Academy athletic team, each athlete must have satisfied all of the scholastic eligibility requirements prior to participation.

  6. Equipment Responsibilities: All athletes are responsible for the proper care and security of equipment issued to them. School furnished equipment is to be worn only for contests and practice. All equipment not returned in good condition at the end of the season will be subject to a financial penalty.

Objectives of the Hillsdale Academy Athletic Program

  1. The athlete learns the value of teamwork, self-discipline, development of a strong work ethic and personal sacrifice. Contribution to the team is more important than personal goals or individual achievement.

  2. The athlete learns to be a good sport while developing self-control, honesty and a spirit of cooperation.

  3. The athlete learns to be a good winner as well as a gracious loser in defeat. Sportsmanship is an important value that will be a major objective for all Hillsdale Academy Athletes.

  4. The athlete learns to appreciate the skills and abilities of his/her opponent.

  5. The athlete learns an appreciation of playing by given rules.

  6. The athlete learns the value of physical fitness that leads to a sound body, healthy mind, and life-long health habits.

  7. The athlete learns, in a positive manner, to cope with the competitive nature of athletics and society.

Philosophy of Winning and Participation

Winning is one of the goals of the Hillsdale Academy teams, within guidelines of the different levels of the program. All eligible students will be given the chance to participate on Hillsdale Academy athletic teams.

  • Middle School: Participation in Middle School Athletics is an introduction to interscholastic sports. Skill development, sportsmanship and the team philosophy are important goals at this level. Hillsdale Academy will attempt to provide the opportunity for all students to participate. Playing time is guaranteed to all eligible team members during each contest, but not equally.

  • JV Teams: This is a transition year between the junior high and varsity competition. The level of intensity at practice, as well as in the contests, will be increased. The commitment and dedication to the team and sport also must be increased at this level. The athlete will be given the opportunity to earn his/her playing time through the demonstration of his/her increased skills at practice and dedication to the team. Every attempt will be made to give each team member playing time, but playing time will not be equal for each player.

  • Varsity Teams: Varsity level athletic teams are the focus point of the Hillsdale Academy Athletic Program. To be a part of the Varsity Team is an honor in itself that must be earned. At this level there is no guarantee of playing time. The intensity of the competition will determine when the best athletes will be on the field, court, track or course.  There will be no cuts, however when both varsity and junior varsity teams are offered students will be placed on the appropriate team as deemed necessary by the coaches.

Dual Participation

Students are allowed to participate in more than one sport each season. In such a case the student-athlete, his/her parents, the coaches, and athletic director must meet to discuss and design the practice/contest schedule for the athlete.

Physical Education and Participation

All student-athletes MUST participate in all physical education activities during PE class. Student-athletes are expected to perform all activities performed by other students, regardless of evening practice or game commitments. If modifications need to be made, the student should speak with the instructor.

Uniform Policy

All school issued uniforms and equipment are to be used for athletic contests and practices ONLY. These items are not to be worn in PE class, in school, in the community, or at home. The only exception to this rule is that if an entire team wants to wear their jerseys to school on a game day. A student-athlete will not be allowed to play in a future season until all school issued uniforms, warm ups, equipment, etc. have been returned.

Hillsdale Academy athletes will be UNIFORM in appearance. All uniforms will comply with sport-specific rules and will not be altered to bring attention to an individual.

Resolving Athletic Issues

If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow is:

  1. Encourage your athlete to solve his or her own problems first.

  2. Call the coach to set up an appointment.

  3. Do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest. These can be both emotional times for both the parent and the coach.

If the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution:

  1. Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director (517-607-3331) to discuss the situation.

  2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.

Athletic Code

Participation in Hillsdale Academy athletics is regarded as a privilege and not a right. All athletes shall abide by a code of ethics that will earn them the honor and respect that participation and competition in the interscholastic program affords. Any conduct that results in dishonor to the athlete, team, or school will not be tolerated. Acts of unacceptable conduct tarnish the reputation of everyone associated with the athletic program.

When a student voluntarily participated in interscholastic athletics, he/she agrees to abide by the athletic Code of Conduct throughout his/her athletic career. The Code of Conduct begins with a student’s first day of participation in interscholastic athletics and continues through their date of graduation. The Code of Conduct is in effect during vacation breaks, summer recess and off-season times.

Penalty for Violation:

Because of the serious nature of the following rules, the coach involved, athletic administrator and headmaster shall meet to determine the penalty according to the degree of the infraction. Other consequences may be implemented due to the seriousness of the infraction.

  • First Violation Penalty

    After confirmation of the first violation, the student will be suspended immediately from a minimum of 20% of the scheduled contests in the sport. If the penalty is not fully administered during that sports season, the remainder of the penalty will be applied to the next interscholastic sport season in which the athlete participates.

  • Second Violation Penalty

    After confirmation of the second violation, the student will be suspended immediately from a minimum of 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport. If the penalty is not fully administered during that sports season, the remainder of the penalty will be applied to the next interscholastic sport season in which the athlete participates.

  • Third Violation Penalty

    After confirmation of the third violation, the student will be suspended at a minimum from participation in athletics for the remainder of the season as well as the next full season in which the athlete would normally have participated.

Athletic Training Rules

  1. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs: Any student using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, or drugs shall be in violation. This rule is in effect twelve months of the year.

  2. Truancy: Any student-athlete referred to the office of the headmaster for a school rules violation may be denied the privilege of participation in all athletic activities for a period determined by the headmaster.

  3. Policy of Fighting and Flagrant Unsportsmanlike Conduct in Interscholastic Sports: Fighting, taunting, or displaying any sort of poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.

  4. The Coach’s Rules: Coaches will establish additional rules and regulations with the approval of the  athletic director and headmaster, for their respective sports. These additional rules for a particular sport will be stipulated in writing to all team members and parents, and explained fully at the start of the season. Penalties for violation of team rules will also be in writing and shall be administered by the coach.

  5. Scholastic Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for interscholastic athletics, junior high and high school students must be in good academic standing. A student on academic probation may not be allowed to participate in a sport. (See Hillsdale Academy Handbook regarding academic probation)

  6. Dropping from the Team: Quitting is an unacceptable habit. A quitter may lose the privilege of participating in athletics. On occasion, however, an athlete may find it necessary to drop a sport for a good reason. If this is the case the following procedure must be followed:

    1. Consult with the head coach
    2. Report situation to athletic director
    3. Check in all equipment
  7. Missing Practice: An athlete should always consult with the coach before missing practice. Missing practice or a game without good reason will be dealt with by the coach. Please try to avoid scheduling any appointments or events during practice time or competition.

  8. Travel: All athletes must travel to and from out-of-town athletic contests in transportation arranged by the athletic department, unless previous arrangements are made by the parent for an exceptional situation. Athletes may return home with a parent provided a written note signed by the parent is given to the coach.

    1. Athletes will remain with their team under the supervision of the coach until the end of the contest. Unless there is an exceptional situation athletes are not to leave a contest early.
    2. Dress to away contests must be in good taste.
  9. Conflicts in Extracurricular Activities: The athletic department recognizes that each student should have the opportunity for a broad range of experiences in the area of extracurricular activities and, to this end, will attempt to schedule events in a manner to minimize conflicts.

    Students have the responsibility to do everything possible to avoid continuing conflicts. They must also notify the instructors and coaches involved immediately when a conflict arises.

  10. Attendance: Students must be in attendance at least half of the school day in order to participate in a contest or practice. A detention should be served on the day it is given and may make a student ineligible for practice or competition on that day. Final authority for infractions of this rule will rest with the headmaster.

  11. Grooming and Dress Policy

    1. An athlete shall dress presentably at all times, such as on trips, at assemblies, and banquets.
    2. Only uniforms issued by the school will be worn for contests.
    3. No jewelry is to be worn at any time during practice, contests, or travel.
  12. Vacation Policy: Vacations by athletic team members during a sports season are discouraged. In the event of an unavoidable absence for a vacation an athlete must

    1. Tell the coach well in advance prior to the vacation
    2. Be willing to assume consequences related to his or her status on that team, as a starter, if applicable.
  13. Release from Class: It is the responsibility of athletes to see their teachers the day before the classes they miss because of athletic events. All work should be made up at the convenience of the teacher.

  14. Reporting of Injury: All injuries should be reported to the head coach. If the injury requires medical attention by a doctor, the athlete must obtain the doctor’s written permission to return to the activity.