Code of Conduct
Kennedy Junior High School Athletics
Being an athlete requires more than just joining or making a team; it creates many demands that require sacrifice and responsibility. Being an athlete is a privilege. If the individual is will to accept the burden of responsibility, athletics will repay the athlete with many rewards.
At Kennedy Junior High, one who decides to participate as an athlete accepts the responsibilities contained within this code of conduct.
Participation in athletics means more than competition between two individuals or teams representing different schools. It is much more than winning or losing. All athletes should exhibit the traits of good character as found in the six pillars of Character Counts. It also means understanding and appreciating the meaning of teamwork and sportsmanship. This guide will help young athletes by establishing a code for their conduct, which is always closely observed by so many on and off the court, field, mat, or track.
- Exhibit acceptable standards of citizenship. All students are expected to follow School District Policy.
- Will maintain satisfactory academic proficiency, and they will abide by the eligibility rules, procedures, and outcomes.
- Realize that any use of profanity or obscenity, spoken, written, or gestured, is a sign of weakness rather than strength, and will not be tolerated.
- Do not believe in quitting. They never quit during a contest or practice, even when winning seems hopeless. Athletes never quit a team once they have joined. An athlete who quits a team is not eligible to participate in another sport that same season.
- Realize that although winning is one of their goals, they learn to maintain modesty. Athletes also know that losing is part of the game, and they are gracious in defeat.
- Show good sportsmanship. When an athletic contest ends, athletes are courteous and congratulate opponent on a good effort.
- Develop and have pride – in the team, teammates, coach, school, and most importantly, in themselves.
- Encourage and support their teammates at all times. They never criticize a teammate nor blame someone for a bad play or a loss. A successful team works together, and wins and loses together.
- Do not dispute any official's decision. It is assumed that all participants in the management of a game coaches, and officials, are doing their best, just as it is assumed that athletes are trying their best. Coaches will represent individual athletes and the team in any dispute with game officials. Disrespect toward an official will not be tolerated.
- Speak with respect to all students, faculty, and staff at Kennedy Junior High School or at any other school. Insubordination and disrespect are not behavior that will be tolerated.
- Directly represent Kennedy Junior High School, the local community, and their coaches when they are involved in an activity, sports-related or otherwise, which brings them into contact with others. Therefore, they conduct themselves in such a way as to be a credit to all parties concerned.
- Stay in top shape both physically and mentally to avoid injuries both in and out of season.
- Understand that one cannot be in top physical and mental condition for athletic endeavors if one uses alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
- Accept the responsibility for taking proper care of all school equipment and uniforms. The clothing items are returned clean at the end of the season. Athletes know they must make restitution for any lost or damaged equipment to them. Athletes will not be invited to try out for another sport until all equipment and/or uniforms are returned or until restitution is made.
- Keep the locker room in proper order. All clothes should be kept off the floor; lockers should be kept locked at all times when not attended. Opponent's locker rooms should be left better than you found it.
- Understand there is a direct correlation between practice time and play time.
- Will be out of the school building no later than one-half hour after a game, contest, or practice.
- Will not be eligible to practice or play in a contest on days when they have been excused from physical education class for medical or health reasons.
- Are concerned with more than just the sport in which they are participating. Athletes support all activities at Kennedy Junior High School.
- Understand that if one receives a detention to be served the day of a contest, one will not be able to participate in the contest until the detention is served.
- Understand that in order to be eligible to participate in a contest requires that, on the day of the contest, they must attend a minimum of four (4) academic classes (lunch and supervised study do not meet these criteria).
- Understand that they are expected to ride the bus to and from each away contest unless prior written permission from the parent/guardian has been received by the coach.
- Understand that they are students first and athletes second.
- Know that any substantiated report of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
Students are subject to disciplinary action for misconduct or disobedience occurring on school grounds, at school sponsored activities, in connection with student transportation or at any place where the misconduct or disobedience has a reasonable relationship to school.
Any disciplinary referral to the office may result minimally in a one-game suspension.
1 day in-or out-of-school suspension = up to 3 contests missed
2 days in-or out-of-school suspension = up to 6 contests missed
3 or more days in-or out-of-school suspension = up to 9 contests missed.