• 7.240 High School Co-Curricular Participation Code

    The Superintendent, using input from coaches and sponsors of high school co-curricular activities, students and parents of students involved in high school co-curricular activities, athletic directors and deans of student activities, shall develop a Co- Curricular Participation Code (“the Code”) for all participants in co-curricular activities. The Code shall be subject to Board of Education approval. The Code should provide and give notice to participants that failure to abide by the Code could result in their suspension from co- curricular participation for up to one calendar year.

    HIGH SCHOOL CO-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION CODE

    General Information

    This information shall be considered the High School Co-Curricular Participation Code and is prepared for the benefit of prospective and current students at District 203 high schools and for their parents. In addition to the Code, there are other requirements and commitments that are asked of participants. They will be made known to the participants by school staff members and/or school announcements. Where applicable, the District 203 Discipline Policy (See Board Policy 7.190) and Illinois High School Association requirements, as published, must also be met. Parents, as well as sponsors, are expected to be responsible for requiring that their participants adhere to the Code. The Code is in effect at all times, 12 months a year, in season or out of season, whether school is in session or not, on or off school property.

    Please note: All co-curricular participants and their parents are expected to sign the co-curricular participation code. This is included at registration. Failure to sign the co-curricular participation form does not exclude you from being held accountable for the Code.

    Parents and family members are expected not to host a party for high school students at which illegal consumption of alcohol and/or use of controlled substances, steroids, or look-alike drugs occur.

    Philosophy

    The Co-curricular activities in District 203 high schools are organized to allow for the fullest possible participation for those students willing to make a definite commitment to co-curricular activities. Participating in co-curricular activities is viewed by District 203 high schools as a worthwhile endeavor to enhance adolescent development. Participation in co-curricular activities is a privilege and, as such, carries certain expectations.  Co-curricular means all activities, offered by District 203 high schools in addition to the curricular offerings. The important goals of the co-curricular activities are to offer participants direction in developing healthful living habits, discipline, leadership, teamwork, citizenship skills, and respect for structure, rules, and responsibilities. It is to these ends that a “Code” is established for those students choosing to take part in the co-curricular activities program. Every student who chooses or is chosen to be a participant in a co-curricular activity will be offered the opportunity to practice, and whenever possible, to participate in events, contests and activities relative to their demonstrated abilities.

    Important advantages of individual initiative, character, and teamwork can be developed only when there is team cooperation with established procedures. Team success without such cooperation is deemed impossible. No attempt to infringe on a student’s individual rights is intended, and such standards are applied on participants with the knowledge and recognition that the established goals of character development, team spirit and morale and success cannot be achieved by any other alternative.

    Participation Fee

    The Board of Education annually establishes a fee assessed to each participant in most co-curricular activities.

    Rules for Co-Curricular Participation

    Participants in co-curricular activities in District 203 will be obligated to observe the District 203 Discipline Policy 7:190, as well as the following established requirements.

    The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to:

    1. Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale or offer for sale of tobacco products or nicotine delivery device including but not limited to e-cigarettes/vaping devices. Violation of any current city ordinances and State law regarding tobacco. Students under the age of 18 will be referred to the Naperville Police Department for additional intervention.
    2. Transfer, sale, purchase, possession, use, or abuse of anabolic steroids unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s
    3. Transfer, sale, purchase, possession, use or abuse of a performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s
    4. Theft, including taking the property of others without their permission or consent. Possession of stolen items. Possession of tools that are used to gain possession of another person’s
    5. Demonstrating aggressive behavior or behaviors that put the student at risk for aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior is defined as conducts and behaviors towards others that appear to terrorize, intimidate or start
    6. Actions, including physical assault that threatens the well-being of Board members, District employees, students, volunteers, or other persons.
    7. Attending a function where there is illegal consumption of alcohol, use of controlled substances, steroids, or look- alike drugs.
    8. Sale, distribution of, or providing location for the consumption of alcohol, steroids, or controlled substances. (On the first offense of the Code, such a violation will carry a 2nd offense consequence. A second offense of either #12 or #13 will carry a 3rd offense )
    9. Suspicion of driving under the influence or impairment of alcohol or controlled substances. For purposes of the Participation Code, a legal finding of driving under the influence is not necessary for a finding of a violation of this paragraph. (The first offense of the Code such a violation will carry a 2nd offense consequence. A second offense of either #12 or #13 will carry a 3rd offense )
    10. Possession or use of any drug paraphernalia, including devices that can be used to: (a) ingest, inhale or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.
    11. Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, or offer for sale, or abuse of, or being impaired by any alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, prescription drug not properly prescribed or used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions, inhalant, narcotic, cannabis, so called “pep pills” or “speed”, tranquilizers, “look-alike” drugs or any other controlled substance, or other illegal
    12. Use, possession, or abuse of, or being impaired by a non-prescription drug. Refer to Administering Medication to Students Policy 270.
    13. Teen dating violence, as described in Board Policy 7:185. Teen dating violence is defined as follows:
      1. A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13-19 years of age, or
      2. Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13-19 years of
    14. Hazing, aggressive or demeaning behavior that does or may result in physical, emotional or psychological harm to another or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Hazing is defined as requiring a student to perform an act for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization or society associated with District
    15. Harassment, which is often, but not always, associated with race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or physical differences, and which includes intimidation, threatening individuals or inciting the participation of others in such behavior through, but not limited to, the use of email, web sites, social networking sites, voice mail, or any other verbal, written or electronic communication.
    16. Damage resulting from misconduct; intentional damage to school property or personal property of District employees, students or others; or criminal damage to property of any such persons. (Restitution will be required for any violation of this provision).
    17. Maintaining or being identified on a social network site which depicts illegal or inappropriate behavior will be considered a violation of this
    18. Bullying/Cyberbullying, as defined in Board Policy 7:180:

    Bullying includes cyber-bullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonable predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

    1. Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;
    2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;
    3. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or
    4. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

    Cyber-bullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyber- bullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying.

    Theft, sale or the distribution of those materials including, but not limited to, examinations, quizzes, or any material used to gain an unfair advantage or changing and/or falsifying a grade. Cheating on a final exam or culminating project will be disciplined as a third offense consequence level.

    Violations of the above and Board Policy 7:190 are considered together in terms of determining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses, and are cumulative over a student’s high school career.

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  • DISTRICT 203 CONSEQUENCES FOR

    CO-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION CODE VIOLATIONS

    a.         1st Offense

    Suspension from co-curricular participation for the number of regularly scheduled contests listed in Table I, Column 1 and/or the activity participation listed in Table II, Column 1. (Please refer to Adm. Reg. 7.240 for these tables.) Possible requirement for appropriate follow up, such as mediation or meeting with the counselor.

    Carry Over: If the season for a co-curricular activity does not allow the participant to successfully complete the suspension, the suspension will carry over to the next season in which participation occurs. No awards for such participant will be given until the suspension is completed. The participant may be required to practice with his/her team during this period of suspension.

    Self Admission: Self-admission of any behavior that could be construed as a violation of the Code without the knowledge of civil or school authorities may result in the consequences for a 1st Offense being waived. The purpose of this option is to provide a mechanism in which the participant can receive assistance.

    Assessment: An assessment will be required of all 1st offense violations that involve drugs, alcohol, steroids or other controlled substances, look-alike drugs or related paraphernalia. The assessment program must be approved by the school Dean of Students and the results of the assessment will be released to the Dean of Students. Failure to  obtain an assessment will result in continued suspension from the activity for up to one calendar year.

    b.         2nd Offense

     

    Suspension from co-curricular participation for the time listed on Table I, Column 2, or Table II, Column 2 of the next regular season of participation, or the current season. The participant may be required to practice/meet with his/her activity during this period of suspension. (Please refer to Adm. Reg. 7.240 for these tables.)

    Before regaining eligibility from a 2nd offense violation, participants must arrange for and hold a meeting involving the participant, parent(s) and the administrator overseeing the program. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss efforts undertaken by the student and family to correct problems. Failure to hold such a meeting will result in continued suspension from the activity for up to one calendar year.

    Students suspended at the second step, where less than half of the regular season remains, may continue to rehearse/practice with the team, but will not be able to participate in any competitions for the term of the suspension. However, if the coach and administrator in charge determine that the student is engaged in inappropriate behavior, the student will no longer be allowed to continue to rehearse/practice with the team for the term of the suspension.

    Assessment: An assessment will be required of all 2nd offense violations that involve drugs, alcohol, steroids or other controlled substances, look-alike drugs or related paraphernalia. The assessment program must be approved by the school Dean of Students and the results of the assessment will be released to the Dean of Students. Failure to  obtain an assessment will result in continued suspension from the activity for up to one calendar year. 2nd offense consequences may be reduced to 1st offense consequence level if the recommendation for treatment from the professional assessment is successfully completed at the student’s expense.

    c.         3rd and Subsequent Offenses

    Suspension from co-curricular participation for one calendar year. Students suspended at step 3 may continue to rehearse/practice with the team, but will not be able to participate in any competitions for the term of the suspension. However, if the coach and administrator in charge determine that the student is engaged in inappropriate behavior, the student will no longer be allowed to continue to rehearse/practice with the team for the term of the suspension.

    Process of Parental Notification and Review

    Once administrators have determined that a violation has occurred, the parents of the student involved will be notified orally or in writing.  The parents have a right to have the decision reviewed by the high school principal, whose determination is final.

     

    LEGAL REF.:        Clements v. Board of Education of Decatur, 478 N.E.2d 1209 (4th Dist. 1985).

    105 ILCS 5/24-24 and 5/34-84a.

    CROSS REF.:         6:190 (extracurricular and co-curricular), 7:190 (student discipline)

    ADOPTED: October 7, 1996

     

    Revised:     April 19, 2010
    Reviewed:  April 18, 2011
    Revised:     April 16, 2012
    Revised:     April 15, 2013
    Revised:     April 21, 2014
    Revised:     April 20, 2015
    Reviewed:  May 16, 2016
    Revised:     May 17, 2017
    Revised:     April 23, 2018
    Revised      April 22, 2019

     
  • Administrative Regulations 7.240-R

     

    Code Violation Penalty Framework

     

    TABLE I –ATHLETICS

     

    SPORT

    1st OFFENSE CONTEST SUSPENSIONS (1)

    2nd OFFENSE CONTEST SUSPENSIONS (2)

    MAXIMUM NUMBER of CONTESTS

     

     

     

     

    Boys Baseball

    8

    16

     32

    Boys Basketball

    5

    10

     21
      Boys Bowling 6  12  25

    Boys Cross-Country

    4

    9

     18

    Boys Football

    2

    4

     9

    Boys Golf

    4

    9

     18

    Boys Gymnastics

    3

    7

     15

    Boys Lacrosse

    4

    9

     19

    Boys Soccer

    6

    12  25

    Boys Swimming

    4

    8

     17

    Boys Tennis

    5

    10

     20

    Boys Track

    5

    10

     21

    Boys Volleyball

    5

    10

     21

    Boys Water Polo

    7

    15

     30

    Boys Wrestling

    5

    10  21

     

     

     

     

    Girls Badminton

    4

    9

    18

    Girls Basketball

    5

    10

     21
      Girls Bowling  6  12  25

    Girls Cross Country

    4

    9

     18

    Girls Field Hockey

    5

    10

     20

    Girls Golf

    4

    9

     18

    Girls Gymnastics

    3

    7

     15

    Girls Lacrosse

    4

    9

     19

    Girls Soccer

    6

    12

     25

    Girls Softball

    8

    16

     32

    Girls Swimming

    4

    8

     17

    Girls Tennis

    5

    10  20

    Girls Track

    5

    10

     21

    Girls Volleyball

    5

    10

     21

    Girls Water Polo

    7

    15

     30

    Suspension numbers are based on 25% at Step 1 and 50% at Step 2 of the highest number of contests allowed by the IHSA. The number of contests suspended may change based on the actual number of scheduled contests. This determination will be made by the Administrator in charge after review of the current schedule for the sport/activity.

     

     

    Table II – ACTIVITIES

     

    VIOLATION PENALTY FRAMEWORK: TIME

     ACTIVITY  1ST OFFENSE SUSPENSION (1)  2ND OFFENSE SUSPENSION (2)

    Class Boards/NN (All levels)

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Class Councils/NC (All levels)

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Foreign Language Clubs

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Intramurals

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Horticulture Club

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Pep Club

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Tech Crew

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Theatre/Drama Club

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

    Investment Club

    5 Weeks

    10 Weeks

     

    VIOLATION PENALTY FRAMEWORK: CONTEST/PERFORMANCE

     ACTIVITY    2ND OFFENSE SUSPENSION (2)

    Cheerleading per season

    2

    4

    Chess Club

    3

    6

    Debate

    2

    4

    Flag Corps per season

    2

    4

    Orchesis

    1

    2

    Dance Team per season

    2

    4

    Step Team

    1

    2

    Ultimate Frisbee

    2

    4 or 1 tournament

    Multicultural Club

    1

    2

    Robotics Team

    1

    2

    Scholastic Bowl

    2

    4

    Speech Team

    2

    4

    WYSE/JETS

    2

    4

    Dance Club

    1

    2

    Chamber Choir

    2

    4

    eSports

    1

    2

    Jazz Choir

    2

    4

    Show Choir

    1

    2

    Musical

    1 performance

    2 (performances)

    Plays

    1 performance

    2 (performances)

    Marching Band

    2

    4

    Jazz Band

    1

    3

    Pep Band

    2

    4

    Jazz Band Combos

    1

    2

    Small Instrumental

    1

    2

    Ensembles

    1

    2

    Orchestra

    1

    3

    Madrigals

    2

    4

     Bass Fishing  1  2

    TABLE II – ACTIVITIES (continued)

     

    VIOLATION PENALTY FRAMEWORK: SPECIFIED

    ACTIVITY

    1st OFFENSE SUSPENSION (1)

    2nd  OFFENSE SUSPENSION (2)

    Band Activities

    9 Week Restriction from Feature Soloist, Section leader, Ensemble participant, Field Officer, Band Advisory Council

    18 Week Restriction from: (Same as first offense)

     

     

     

    Math Team:

    Fall Season

    North Suburban Math League may not practice or compete next NSML contest including conference final meets.

    May not practice or compete in the next 2 NSML contests, including conference and DVC if occurs after meet 4

     

     

     

    Spring Season:

    DVC and State Math Team loss of two weeks practice, and 1 meet from NSML conference meet 5, DVC conference meet, ICTM/REG ICTM/State

    Loss of 4 weeks and 2 meets

     

     

     

    National Honor Society

    Official notice of 9 week probation

    Removal from the organization

     

     

     

    Newspaper

    4 week restriction from: Workshops, scheduled social activity. No voice at meeting. Additional office assignment may also assigned.

    9 week restriction: all 1st offense plus convention, loss of editor/leadership role

     

     

     

    Yearbook

    4 week restriction from:

    Workshops, scheduled social activity. No voice at meeting. Additional office assignment may also assigned.

    9 week restriction from: all

    first offense plus loss of editor/leadership role

     

     

     

    Youth & Government

    Legislative

    Loss of Pre-Legislative I or

    Pre-Legislative II Assembly

    Loss of Springfield

     

     

     

    Student Government/NN

    Student Advisory Council/NC

    5 week suspension from all

    related activities

    9 week suspension from all

    related activities

     

     

     

    Broadcast Club/Media

    5 week suspension from all

    related activities

    9 week suspension from all

    related activities

     

     

     

    Service Club

    5 week suspension from all related activities

    9 week suspension from all related activities

     

     

     

    Model UN

    Suspension from next conference and removal from board position

    Suspension from next 2 conferences.

     

     

     

    DECA, BPA, FFA

    Suspension from next conference and removal from board position

    Suspension from next 2 conferences.

     

     

     

    JSA

    5 week suspension from all activities and loss of one mini- conference. Removal from board position.

    9 week suspension from all related activities and loss of DC Conference or equivalent.

     

    Suspension numbers are based on 25% at Step 1 and 50% at Step 2 of the highest number of contests allowed by the IHSA. The number of contests suspended may change based on the actual number of scheduled contests. This determination will be made by the Administrator in charge after review of the current schedule for the sport/activity.

     

    All activities added throughout the year will be modeled after parallel clubs already in existence, at the discretion of the Dean of Student Activities.

     

    ADOPTED: November 15, 2004
    Revised: May 16, 2005
    Revised: May 15, 2006
    Reviewed: April 21, 2008
    Revised: March 16, 2009
    Reviewed: April 19, 2010
    Revised: April 18, 2011
    Revised: April 16, 2012
    Revised: April 15, 2013
    Revised: April 21, 2014
    Reviewed: April 20, 2015
    Revised: May 16, 2016

    Revised: April 17, 2017

    Reviewed: April 23, 2018

    Revised:  April 22, 2019

      

Illinois High School Association Eligibility Rules

  • (For 2019-2020 School Year)

    When you become a member of an interscholastic athletic team at your high school,  you will find that both your school and the IHSA will have rules you must follow in order to be eligible for interscholastic sports participation. The IHSA’s rules have been adopted by the high schools which are members of IHSA as part of the Association’s constitution and by- laws.  They must be followed as minimum standards for all interscholastic athletic competition  in any member  school.  Your  high school  may  have additional requirements, but they may not be less stringent than these statewide minimums.

    The principal of your school is responsible to see that only eligible students represent the school in interscholastic athletics. Any question concerning your athletic eligibility should be referred to your principal, who has a complete copy of all IHSA eligibility rules, including the Association’s due process procedure. Only the IHSA Executive Director is authorized to make formal rulings on eligibility, so if your principal has questions or wishes assistance in answering your questions, the principal should contact the IHSA office.

    Information contained here highlights only the most important features of the IHSA by-laws regarding interscholastic athletic eligibility. It is designed to make you aware of major requirements you must meet to be eligible to compete in interscholastic athletics. The information here  is  only  a  general description of major by-law provisions and does not contain the statement of the by-laws in their entirety.

    You will lose eligibility for interscholastic athletics if you violate IHSA by-laws. Therefore, it is extremely important that you review this material with your parents, your coaches, your athletic director, and your principal to thoroughly understand the IHSA eligibility by-laws and how they relate to you.

    Attendance

    1. You may represent only the school you attend. Participation on a cooperative team of which your school is a member is acceptable.
    2. You must be enrolled and be attending classes in your high school no later than the beginning of the 11th school day of the semester.
    3. If you attend school for ten (10) or more days during any one semester, it will count as one of the eight (8) semesters of high school attendance during which you may possibly have athletic eligibility.
    4. If you have a lapse in school connection for ten (10) or more consecutive school days during a semester, you are subject to ineligibility for the rest of the semester. The specific terms of your extended absence must be reviewed by the Executive Director to determine if it is lapse in school connection” or not.

    Scholastic Standing

    1. You must  pass  twenty-five(25)  credit  hours  of  high  school  work  per   Generally, twenty-five(25) credit hours is the equivalent of five(5) full credit courses.
    2. You must have passed and received credit toward graduation for  twenty-five(25) credit hours of high school work for the entire previous semester to be eligible at all during the ensuing semester.

    Residence

    Your eligibility is dependent on the location of the residence  where  you  live  full  time  with your parents, parent who has been assigned custody by the court, or court appointed legal guardian.  You may be eligible if  you attend the public  high school in the district in which both of your parents live.  [If you do not reside with both of your biological parents, your eligibility may be subject to special provisions. Check with your principal to be sure you are eligible before you participate.

     

    You may be eligible if you are entering high school as a freshman and:

    1. You attend the public high school in the district in which you live full time  with both of  your parents; or
    2. You have paid tuition to attend a public high school for a minimum of 7th and 8th grades in a district other than the one where you live with your parents, and you continue to pay tuition as a high school student in that same district; or
    3. You attend a private/parochial school located within the boundaries of the public school district where you live with your parents or court appointed legal guardian; or                                                                              
    4. You attend a private/parochial  high school for 7th and 8th grades, or for any four (4) grades from kindergarten through eighth grades; or
    5. You attend the private/parochial high school which one or both of your  birth parents  attended or where one of your parent’s current spouses attended; or
    6. You attend a private/parochial high school located within a thirty (30) mile radius of the residence where you live with your

     

    Transfer

    1. In all transfer cases, both the principal of the school from which you transfer and the principal of the school into which you transfer must concur with the transfer in writing on a form provided by the IHSA Office. You cannot be eligible when you transfer until this form is fully executed and on file in the school
    2. If you transfer after classes begin for the current  school year, you will definitely be ineligible for thirty days  from  the date you start  attending classes at the new high school.    In addition, you will be ineligible for that entire school year in any sport  in  which  you engaged  in  any  team  activity,  including  but not limited  to tryouts,  drills,  physical practice sessions, team meetings, playing in a contest, etc. at the school from which you For example, if you were out for cross country at the school from which you transferred and transfer after classes have started for the school year, you will be ineligible for cross country that entire school year at the new school.
    3. If you transfer attendance from one high school to another high school, you will be ineligible unless:
      1. Your transfer is in conjunction with a change in residence by both you and your parents, custodial parent or court appointed guardian from one public school district to a different public school district;
      2. Your transfer is between high schools within a public school district and both you and your parents, custodial parent or court appointed guardian change residence to the district attendance area for the school to which you transfer;
      3. Your transfer is from a private/parochial school to your home public  high school, you are entering a public high school for the first time, and the principals of both your former and the new school approve your transfer;
      4. You transfer is from one private/parochial school to another private/parochial school located within a thirty (30)  mile  radius  of  the residence  where  you  live  with  you  parents,  custodial  parent  or  court appointed guardian,  you are changing high schools for the first time, and the principals of both your former and the new school approve your transfer;
      5. Your parents are divorced or legally separated; you transfer to a new school in conjunction with a modification or other change in legal custody between your parents by action of a judge; and required court documents are on file at the school into which you transfer.
    4. If you transfer in conjunction with a change in legal guardianship, a ruling on your eligibility must be obtained from the IHSA Office.
    5. If you transfer attendance from one school to another while you  are  ineligible for any reason, the period of ineligibility imposed prior to your transfer  will  be enforced  at  the school to which you transfer will be  enforced at  the school to which you transfer, even if  you are otherwise in compliance with the by-laws.
    6. Any questions about your eligibility in any of these instances must be resolved by a formal ruling from the IHSA Executive
    7. In all  other transfer situations, a ruling by the IHSA Executive Director is necessary to determine your eligibility. This ruling must be obtained in writing by the principal of the school into which you transfer before you participate in an interscholastic athletic contest.

    Participation Limitations

    1. After you enroll in ninth (9th) grade, you may be eligible for no more than the first eight (8) semesters you attend school. If you attend school for ten (10) or more days in a semester, that counts as a semester of attendance. You are not guaranteed eight semesters of eligibility, but that is the maximum number of semesters of high school attendance during which you may have eligibility.
    2. Your 7th and 8th semesters of high school attendance must be consecutive.
    3. After you enroll in ninth (9th) grade, you will not be eligible for more than four (4) years of competition in any sport. You are not guaranteed four (4) years of competition, but that is the maximum amount of competition you may have.

    Age

    You will become ineligible on the date you become twenty (20) years of age, unless your twentieth (20th) birthday occurs during a sport season.  In that case, you will become ineligible in regard to age at the beginning of the sport season during which your twentieth (20th) birthday occurs.

    Use of Players

    You may not appear at a contest in the uniform of your school while you are ineligible. This means that you may not dress or sit on the bench in uniform if you are not eligible to play. Also, you may not compete as an "exhibition” contestant if you are not eligible.

    Participating Under a False Name

    If you compete under a name other than your own, your principal will immediately suspend you from further competition, and you and any other person(s) who contributed to the violation of this by-law will be subject to penalties.

    Physical Examination

    You must annually have placed on file with your principal a certificate of physical fitness, signed by a licensed  physician, in order to practice or participate.  Your physical examination each year is good for 395 days from the date of the exam. The physician's report must be on file with your high school principal.

    Amateur Status

    1. If you win or place in actual competition, you may accept a medal or trophy for that accomplishment, without limit to its costs.
    2. For participating in competition in an interscholastic sport, or for athletic honors or recognition in a sport, you may receive any type of award (except cash, check or legal tender) that does not exceed $20 fair market value. There is no limit on the value of your school letter.
    3. The amateur rule does not prohibit you from being paid to referee, receiving pay for teaching lessons, or coaching in a little kids league, etc. It only applies to your own competition in an athletic contest.
    4. If you violate the amateur rule, you become ineligible in the sport in which you violate.  You must be reinstated by the Executive Director before you may compete again.

     

    Recruiting of Athletes

    1. The by-laws prohibit  recruiting of high school students for athletics.  If  you  are solicited   to enroll in or transfer to a school to participate in athletics,  you  are being illegally recruited, and your eligibility is in jeopardy.
    2. You will lose your eligibility if you enroll in or transfer to a school in response to recruiting efforts by any person or group of persons, connected with or not connected with the school, related to athletic participation
    3. You may lose your eligibility if you  receive  special benefits or privileges  as  a prospective  student-athlete which are not uniformly made available to all students who attend your school.
    4. You may not receive an athletic scholarship” or any other special benefit from your school because you participate in athletics.
    5. It is a violation for any student-athlete to receive or be  offered  remuneration  or any special inducement which is not made available to all applicants who apply to or enroll in  the school. Special inducement includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Offer or acceptance of money or other valuable  consideration  such  as  free or reduced tuition during the regular year or summer school by anyone connected with the school.
      2. Offer or acceptance of room, board, or clothing or financial allotment for clothing.
      3. Offer or acceptance of pay for work that is not performed or that is in excess of the amount regularly paid for such service.
      4. Offer or acceptance of free transportation by any school connected person.
      5. Offer or acceptance of a residence with any school connected person.
      6. Offer or acceptance of any privilege not afforded to non-athletes.
      7. Offer or acceptance of free or reduced rent for parents.
      8. Offer or acceptance of payment of moving expenses of parents  or assistance with the moving of parents.
      9. Offer or acceptance of employment of  parent(s) in order to entice the  family to move to a certain community if someone connected with the school makes the offer.
      10. Offer or acceptance of help in securing a college athletic scholarship.
    1. It is also a violation to induce or attempt to induce or encourage any prospective student to attend any member school for the purpose of participating in athletics, even when special remuneration or inducement is not given. Please remember that you may not be offered or receive any benefit, service, privilege, or opportunity which is not also provided or made available to all prospective students at that school.

    School Team Sports Seasons

    1. Each sport conducted by IHSA member schools has a starting and ending date.  Your school may not organize a team, begin practice or participate in contests in a given sport until the authorized starting date. Your school may not continue to practice or participate in contests after the authorized ending date. This means that:
    1. During the school year, you may  not  participate on a non-school team coached by any member of your school coaching staff unless it meets specific criteria established by the by-laws.
    2. No school coach may require you to participate in an out-of-season sport program  as a requirement for being a member of the school team.
    1. Violation of the sport season by-laws will result in a penalty to you and/or to your school coaching personnel.

    Playing in Non-School Competition

    1. During the time you are  participating  on a school  team  in a sport  at  your  high school, you may neither play on a non-school team nor compete in non-school competition as an individual in the same sport or in any skill of that sport.
    2. If you participate  in  non-school  competition  during  the  sport  season   and subsequently wish to join the school team in the same sport, you will not be eligible.
    3. If you wish to participate in a competition sponsored and conducted by the National Governing Body for the sport , your principal must request approval in writing from the IHSA Office prior to any such participation.
    4. You may try out for a non-school team while you are on your school’s team in the same sport, but you may not practice, receive instruction, participate in workouts, or participate in competition with the non-school team in that same sport until you cease being a member of your school’s team.  You cease being  a member of your school team when the team(s) of which you are a member terminates for the school year.
    5. You will become ineligible if you play on any junior college, college, or university team during your high school career.

    All-Star Participation

    1. After you have completed your high school eligibility for football, basketball, soccer, or volleyball, you may participate in one (1) all-star contest in that sport and still play for other school teams, provided:
      1. the high school season in that sport has been completed;
      2. the all-star contest has been approved by the IHSA.

    You may lose your eligibility for interscholastic sports if you play in all-star competition in any of these sports under any other conditions.

    1. You are not restricted from participating in all-star competition in sports other than football, basketball, soccer, or volleyball, except that you may not do so during the school season for the

    Coaching Schools

    1. A coaching school, camp or clinic is defined as any program, sponsored by an organization or individual, which provides instruction in sports  theory  and/or skills; which does not culminate in competition, and which is attended by more than two (2) persons from the school which the student attends.
    2. During the school year, you may not attend a coaching school or clinic for any interscholastic sport at which a coach from your school is involved.
    3. You may attend a coaching school, camp, or clinic during the summer (that period between the close of school in the spring and the opening of school in the fall) within the following criteria:
      1. You may not attend a coaching school, camp, or clinic for any sport after Sunday of Week No. 5 in the IHSA Standardized Calendar.
    4. You may take a private lesson at any time provided no more than two students from your school are in the private lesson if a coach from your school is involved. If no coach from your school is involved, any number of students may participate.

    Misbehavior During Contests

    1. If you violate the ethics of competition or the principles of good  sportsmanship, you may  be barred from interscholastic athletic contests, either as a participant, spectator, or both.
    2. If you are ejected  from  a  contest  for  unsportsmanlike  conduct,  you  will  be ineligible  for your team's next contest. You are also subject to other
    3. Any other person(s) found  to  be  in  violation  of  the  ethics  of  competition  or principles  of good sportsmanship may also be barred from interscholastic athletic

    The complete IHSA Bylaws may be found at www.ihsa.org.

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    NAPERVILLE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC INFORMATION

    Athletes Information
    This information is prepared for the benefit of prospective and current athletes at Naperville Central High
    School and their parents. In addition, there are other requirements and commitments which are asked of the participant. They will be made known to the participants by the members of the coaching staff and/or by announcements at school.

    Philosophy
    The athletic program at Naperville Central High School is organized to allow for the fullest possible participation for those students willing to make a definite commitment to interscholastic competition. Every student chosen to be a member of an interscholastic team will be offered the opportunity to practice and, whenever possible, to participate in contests relative to their demonstrated abilities.

     
     
    IHSA Eligibility
    There are minimum Illinois High School Association requirements regarding scholastic performances by athletes. Currently, that minimum is 25 hours of passing credit per week and 25 hours of passing credit for the previous semester. Other requirements are defined later in the Athletic Eligibility Rules as enacted by the Illinois High School Association.
     

    Weekly Eligibility – During a competitive season, a student must be passing 25 hours of course work (5 classes) and cannot be failing 2 or more courses at each weeks eligibility check. Students not meeting this requirement are ineligible for competition for the week (Sunday to Sunday) following the eligibility check. Grades will be checked and given to coaches on Thursdays during the season. Students that are ineligible will have until the end of school on Friday to correct or improve a failing grade. Teachers must inform the athletic director that the grade has improved before school the following Monday.

    Semester Eligibility – To be eligible to compete in a given semester, a student must have passed 25 hours of course work (5 classes) and may not fail 2 or more classes in the previous semester.
     

    A student not meeting this requirement as a result of grades earned during the spring semester may regain eligibility for the next fall semester through summer school credit provided that the course or courses taken are the same as failed course or a course that offers comparable type of credit and the course is accepted by District 203 for transcript credit.

     
    User Fee
    The Board of Education has established a user fee to be assessed to participants in each sport. The fee is determined by the District 203 School Board.
     

    Physical Examinations
    Physical exams performed by a licensed physician must be presented prior to participation in, or tryouts for, all sports. Physical exams for athletics expire 395 days from the examination date.

     
     
    Parent Consent/Insurance
    School District 203 does not assume financial responsibility for accidents incurred in participation. Parent’s signatures on this Code indicate that the parents acknowledge this lack of assumption of responsibility and further indicate that the parents’ indemnify and hold the District’s Board Employees and agents harmless from any responsibility for damages or other consent for a son’s/daughter’s participation. The District 203 High School Co- curricular Participation Code requires the parent to certify that his/her son or daughter is covered for athletic and some activity participation by either family health and hospitalization insurance or health and hospitalization insurance purchased at the school.
     

    Rules for Athletic Participation
    While participating in the interscholastic sports program in District 203, students will be obliged to observe certain established rules and requirements.
    The athlete must do his/her best to keep in the best physical condition. To do so requires that an athlete maintain strict adherence to routine, including appropriate hours and a proper diet, and refrain from the possession, use, distribution, transportation, or sale of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and other controlled substances. Parents, as well as coaches, are expected to be responsible for requiring that their athletes adhere to this policy.

    The Co-Participation Code is a mandatory requirement of all athletes. Failure to sign off on the code does not release a student from this obligation.
    Student/Athletes who are absent all day from school due to illness may not participate in practice or games on that day. A student must be in attendance for a minimum of 4 class periods during a day to participate in practice or contests. Exceptions may be granted by the Athletic Director* in the case of family emergency situations. Student/Athletes who are externally suspended from school may not participate in practice or games until they have returned for a full day of school.

    Warning of Risk
    Participation has inherent dangers and risks. Even though participation and practice is within the rules of the sport, there is still the danger of injury. These injuries may include, but are not limited to, death, serious head, neck, or spinal injuries that may result in complete or partial paralysis or brain damage. Serious injury to any of the internal organs, bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons or other aspects of the muscle-skeletal system is possible. The injuries that may occur may affect future ability to participate in athletics or recreational activities, earn a living, or engage in other business and social activities. The above stated parents’ indemnification and hold harmless agreement is made with the full knowledge of these dangers and risks.

    To attempt to avoid the possibility of injury, the participant must follow the coaches’/sponsors’ instructions regarding techniques, training, and team rules at all times and participate within the rules of the activity. Parents and participants should know that, while required precautions regarding blood- borne pathogens will be taken, the danger of accidental exposure to body fluids still exists. All participants are encouraged to follow good hygiene and standard precautionary procedures. Parents and/or participants should communicate any possible exposure to the coach/sponsor or Athletic Trainer.
     
  • Athletics Tryout Dates and Head Coaches

     
    FALL  SPORT  HEAD COACH
         
     August 12th, 2019  Football  Mike Stine
       Boys Golf  Barry Baldwin
       Girls Golf  Jane Thompson
       Boys Cross Country   David Ashton
       Girls Cross Country  Mike Blondell
       Girls Swimming & Diving  Mike Adams
       Girls Tennis  Alyssa Girgis
       Boys Soccer  Troy Adams
       Girls Volleyball  Brie Isaacson
         
     WINTER    
         
     October 28, 2019
     Boys Bowling  Brian Dunn
         
     November 4, 2019  Girls Basketball  Andy Nussbaum
         
     November 11, 2019  Boys Basketball  Pete Kramer
       Girls Gymnastics  Christina Tardy
       Wrestling  Noah Fitzenreider
         
     November 18, 2019
     Girls Bowling  Steve Ondrus
         
     November 25, 2019  Boys Swimming & Diving  Mike Adams
         
     SPRING    
         
     January 20, 2020  Boys Track & Field  Steve Stack
       Girls Track & Field  Phil Allen
         
     February 17, 2020
     Boys Gymnastics  Dan Bajek
         
     March 2, 2020  Badminton  Tamara Burke
       Baseball  Mike Stock
       Girls Soccer  Ed Watson
       Softball  Andy Nussbaum
       Boys Tennis  Dan Brown
       Boys Water Polo  Bill Salentine
       Girls Water Polo  Jeff Plackett
       Boys Lacrosse  Jay Haveenar
       Girls Lacross  Kevin Kloss
         
     March 9, 2020  Boys Volleyball  Roger Strausberger
     
     

    Athletic Schedule

    For a complete schedule, go to http://il.8to18.com/napervillecentral
     

     

  • CLUBS  

    The Naperville Central Activities Program has over 80 activities available to you. The following activities are open to ALL students. Most activities listed have no tryouts or competitions. They’re just for fun or service to the school and community. Joining and participating is the key to a fun year! Detailed descriptions of most clubs can be found in the section below.

     

    Ambassadors Club

    Jewish Student Organization

    R4IN Dance Club

    Anchored (Hearts 2 Offer) 

    Interact Service Club

    Robotics Club

    Black & Latino Leadership Council 

    Intramurals

    Rowdies

    Be the 3 Club

    Investment Club

    Student Advisory Council (SAC)

    Broadcast Club (Hawk TV)

    Junior Statesmen of America

    Steppers-DYNASTY

    Car Club

    Kids Care 2 Help

     

    Class Councils

    Medical Club

    Theatre Central Drama Club

    Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

    Model United Nations

    Theatre Tech Crew

    Culinary Club

    Multicultural Club

    Ultimate Frisbee

    ECO Club

    Muslim Student Assoc. (MSA)

    Urban Arts Dance Club (UAC)

    ESports

    National Honor Society 

    Woods Club

    Foreign Language Clubs

    PRISM

    Yearbook Club

    Girls Engineering & Science (GEMS)

    Programming Club

    Youth & Government

     

     

     

     

     

     

      Business, Health, Family & Career Service Clubs 

    DECA (Marketing)   FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
    BPA (Business Professionals of America)  

    FFA (Future Farmers for Agriculture)

     Musical and Performing clubs

    Chorelles (Girls A Capella) Enchords (mixed a Capella) Hawk-apella (Boys a capella)
    Jazz Bands (Three Levels)  Marching Redhawks Momentum Show Choir
    Pep Band    

    Writing & Journalism clubs

     The Central Times Newspaper    Literary Magazine (Lit Mag)
     Flight (Yearbook)    

      Competitive Club Teams

    Academic Challenge DECA Scholastic Bowl
    Bass Fishing ESports Science Olympiad
    BPA Math Team Special Olympics
    Cheerleading Momentum Show Choir Spirits Color Guard (Flags)
    Chess Team Orchesis Dance Troupe Step Team-Dynasty
    Debate Pom Pons (Arrowettes) Speech Team

     

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  • STUDENT ELECTIONS

    Coordinated by Student Advisory Council (SAC)

     

    1) Voting takes place online. You have the flexibility to vote at school during non-academic time (lunch hour or study hall) or at home.

    2) Polling windows will be advertised through the Redhawk Ramblings and PA announcements.

    3) Voting takes place on Google forms.  Links are shared on the school website and through social media channels.  A district login is required.

    Annual Voting Experiences:


    Homecoming: Any student may nominate a senior for court.

    Homecoming Court: All students may vote. (Round 1)
    Homecoming Royalty: All juniors & seniors may vote. (Round 2)


    Winter: Any student may nominate a junior who identifies as female or non-binary for court.

    Winter Court: All students may vote.  (Round 1)
    Winter Queen: All junior & senior may vote. (Round 2)


    Prom: Any student can nominate a senior for court.

    Prom Court: All students may vote for. (Round 1)
    Prom Royalty:  All juniors & seniors may vote. (Round 2)


    Class Council Elections*: Candidates must attend a pre-election informational meeting. All grades vote for their own respective council.

    Student Advisory Council*: Candidates must attend a pre-election informational meeting. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors vote for all students running for SAC.


    *Students must attend a pre-election meeting and must choose to run for either class council or SAC. SAC representatives and sponsors will run a pre-election meeting describing the different functions and duties of class councils and Student Advisory Council. A brief description of the councils can be found in the clubs and activities section of this handbook.

    Additionally, the executive boards of Senior Class Council and SAC will be elected by the standing members of each respective council prior to general student elections. Prior to the general election meeting, the announcement of the new Executive Board will be made publicly.

    Rationale: The standing council has insights into the work ethic, dependability, and leadership qualities of current juniors. The standing council members have insight into the rigor of the leadership positions.
     
  • NCHS DANCE REGULATIONS

    1. All rules and regulations regarding behavior during the school day will be in effect for all dances held both on and off campus. These regulations are in effect both in the facility where the dance is being held and in the parking area. This includes normal penalties for use of drugs and/or consumption of alcohol prior to and/or during the dance
    In order to provide an appropriate and safe environment for all students, we, students and staff, at NCHS have the following expectations for all students who attend our dances.Students will:
      • Demonstrate appropriate behavior and respect to peers at all times, both on the dance floor and in all designated areas.
      • Refrain from any physical contact that is sexually explicit in its nature and/or a flagrant display of affection.
      • Show respect for self and others relative to space and actions on the dance floor.
      • Not engage in “front to back” dancing.
      • Will abide by the expectations set forth in the co-curricular code and the Redbook regarding attire, alcohol and illegal substances.
    Students who do not abide by these standards will be asked to leave the dance and will receive consequences according to current school regulations. By purchasing tickets, students agree
    to these expectations. Please share these expectations with your guest if he/she is not a NCHS
    student.

    1. A time will be set for each dance after which students will not be allowed to enter.
    2. Students will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the dance at any time.
    3. We encourage all students to remain for the entire dance.
    4. All dances held at N.C.H.S. will conclude no later than 10:30 P.M. Rides should be here at that time. Phones will not always be available.
    5. Appropriate attire should be worn at all dances. Each type of dance may require different attire.  For example, shorts would be appropriate for an informal dance but not for semiformal or formal dances. Please see the NCHS website for FAQs regarding student attire at dances.
    6. Students will not perform any dances or activities that threaten the safety of others.
    7. If Prom is on a school day, students must be in attendance for the full day’s schedule in order to participate.
    8. No excused absences will be permitted on the Friday before a Saturday prom or on the school day following the prom.
    9. Waiver for non-NCHS students to be completed prior to the dance on a one person equals one guest basis. Eighth graders may not be guests, nor may guests be 21 and older.
    Click here for the Dance Guest Pass form.
     

    Frequently Asked Questions about Formal Dance Attire:

    1. Can I wear a dress that has Spaghetti Straps? Yes, formal wear with spaghetti straps is acceptable at all NCHS sponsored dances.
    2. Can I wear a strapless dress? Yes, provided that it is modest, covering your body, and not too revealing.
    3. Can I wear a two-piece dress? Yes. Two piece dresses with large midriff or gaps at the sides, belly, or hip line are not allowed. However, if you can find one that doesn’t gap, you may wear it to the dance.
    4. Can I wear a backless dress? Low-cut or backless dresses are not allowed. A dress that has a cut out scooped section in the back is permitted as long as it doesn’t extend beyond the mid-back.
    5. Can I wear a short dress? Short dresses are permitted as long as they are not shorter than the mid-thigh. The majority of students choose to wear long formal gowns to Prom. Homecoming and Winter Dance dress lengths vary according to individual taste.
    6. Can I wear a dress that has “cut-outs”? Low cut dresses, dresses with cut-outs at or below the bust line, and dresses with midriffs and waistlines showing will not be allowed. SHEER MATERIAL may be used to cover exposed areas.
    7. What additional guidelines exist? Dresses that expose the bust line from the front, sides, or back view are not allowed.
    8. Can I dance in my undershirt? Students are expected to wear their dress shirt for the duration of each formal dance. No sleeveless t-shirts may be worn without proper outer attire.
    9. Can I wear shorts or jeans? Shorts and jeans are not allowed at formal dances. Dress pants and a dress shirt are required. Students wearing jeans and t-shirts only will not be permitted entry to the dance.
    10. Students who are deemed by the administration to be improperly dressed will not be allowed into the dance or be asked to leave the dance. If you have questions about the expected attire, please ask a dean in advance of the event.
    11. NCHS formal dances are very classy events. Students and staff work hard to maintain high and appropriate standards of dress and behavior. Your cooperation is appreciated to make each event a memorable one for all.