School District of New Richmond

Inspire Every Student to Learn to His or Her Potential

701 East 11th Street New Richmond, WI 54017
School District of New Richmond

Middle/Senior High School
Athletic Code

Revised 2010

Nondiscrimination Policy (Policy 112)


The School District of New Richmond is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, age, national origin, handicap, ancestry, color or any other factor provided for by state and federal laws and regulations. This policy shall prevail in all matters concerning staff, students, the public, educational programs and services and individuals with whom the Board does business.

Complaint Procedures: If any person believes that the School District of New Richmond or any part of the school organization has failed to follow state and federal nondiscrimination laws or in some way discriminates on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap, he/she may bring or send a complaint to the administration office at the following address:

District Administrator
701 East 11th Street
New Richmond, WI 54017
Telephone 715.243.7411

Notice of district nondiscrimination policies shall be published in accordance with state and federal requirements. Copies of district nondiscrimination policies shall also be made available to students, parents/guardians, job applicants, and employees.

I. Introduction/Philosophy/Objectives

A committee consisting of administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes developed this athletic code in the winter and spring of 2009. The purpose of the code is to make sure that athletes and their parents are informed of the standards of behavior and conduct that are appropriate for young people who represent New Richmond Schools in various forms of competitions. This athletic code will be reviewed yearly for updates and modifications.

Participation in athletics is a voluntary activity. It is a privilege to participate in athletics and, therefore, there is a higher standard of behavior for those students who choose to participate. It is hoped that student-athletes develop healthy habits, learn important life lessons, and develop commitment to their activities physically and mentally. These activities are an integral and valuable part of a student’s educational experience.

There are many positive outcomes that can be gained through participation in interscholastic athletics. Students are encouraged to develop appropriate sportsmanship, self-discipline, respect for other participants, and positive character. The athletic code should help teach student-athletes that there are important consequences for personal actions and rule violations.

This code details the expectations of student-athletes as they pertain to the School District of New Richmond and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). Efforts have been made to be consistent in appropriate areas with WIAA policies. As a member of the WIAA, New Richmond High School athletics agrees to follow WIAA rules and policies. In addition, individual sport coaches may establish team rules in areas not specifically addressed in this athletic code. The athletic director must approve additional rules.

***A student is required to follow this athletic code
on a year-round (12 months) basis***

II. Eligibility

a. Attendance

Students are expected to be in attendance the entire school day to be eligible to participate in any practices, contests, or events scheduled for that day. Individual exceptions such as documented family emergencies, pre-arranged family trips, medical or dental appointments, school field trips, college visits, or other absences that are pre-excused by the athletic director are accepted. Student-athletes are reminded that school policy states that tardiness beyond 10 minutes to their first period at the high school results in an unexcused absence.

• The discovery of a violation of any of these attendance/eligibility rules after the contest or event will result in suspension from participation on the next event or contest date.

b. WIAA Eligibility

New Richmond High School is a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), and, therefore, will uphold the Constitution, By-Laws, Rules of Eligibility, and Sports Regulations of the WIAA. Following are selected important by-laws for clarification. Student-athletes and parents should always check with the Athletic Director if there are questions about actions or activities that call into question eligibility.

1. Age: A student is ineligible for interscholastic competition if the student reaches the age of 19 before August 1 of any given year.

2. Amateur Status: A student shall be an amateur in all recognized sports of the WIAA in order to compete in any sport, and becomes ineligible for all further participation in the school’s interscholastic program when the student:

a. accepts cash, salary, merchandise (except awards), or a share of proceeds for participation in that sport.

b. signs a contract or agreement for services as a participating student (this does not include signing an athletic tender or being employed as a part-time lifeguard, playground director, etc.).

c. receives compensation or benefit, directly or indirectly, for use of name, picture, and/or personal appearance, as an athlete, or provides endorsement, as an athlete, in the promotion of a commercial or profit-making event, item, plan, or service.

This rule shall not prevent a student from being included with others in publication, in an advertising form of a team picture as part of a congratulatory or welcoming purpose.

d. plays in a contest under a name other than his/her own.

3. Non-School Participation: A student owes his/her allegiance and loyalty to the school and team of which he/she is a member and shall become ineligible to compete for the remainder of a season if the student played in a non-school contest at the same time he/she practiced for or was a member of a school team in that sport.

a. An acceptable program is one that is not limited to students on the basis of school affiliation, athletic experience, team status, etc.

b. A student who was a member of a school team in a given sport the previous year may not delay reporting for the school team beyond the school’s official opening day of practice in order to continue non-school training or competition, except in the fall-sponsored sports of tennis, golf, and swimming, provided the delay does not extend beyond the first interscholastic meet.

c. It is not permissible for any person except the student or parents to pay the cost or fee of any kind of non-school activity involving specialized training or similar instruction.

d. It is not permissible to participate in an all-star game or similar activity.

e. There are NO restrictions relative to voluntary assembling of students during the summer in excess of 5 days without school/coach involvement.

f. The person coaching a student in the following school season shall not be permitted to coach that student other than during the designated school season and Board of Control approved coach contact days in the summertime.

4. Residence and Transfer: A full time student, whether an adult or not, is eligible for varsity interscholastic competition only at the school within whose attendance boundaries his/her parents reside, within a given school district, with the following provisions:

a. The legal residency of a student’s guardians shall determine eligibility in the cases where both parents are deceased.

b. A student may complete the school year without loss of eligibility even though his/her parents move out of the district. A student whose parents move out of the district may continue to be eligible in the same school, provided enrollment is continuous in the same school.

c. A student whose tuition is paid by the school within whose attendance boundaries parents reside or by the state who is participating full time in a legislated open enrollment option must meet all statutory timeline requirements. This section extends until August 1 the opportunity to decline attendance at the new school and return to his/her school of residence (school transferred from). If the student transfers back to school of residence (school transferred from) after August 1, he/she is ineligible for the balance of that school year.

d. A student who transfers from any school into a member school after the fourth consecutive semester following entry into Grade 9 shall be ineligible for practice and competition for one calendar year, unless the transfer is made necessary by a total change of residence by parent(s). The calendar year—365 days—will be determined from a student’s first day of attendance at the new school

5. WIAA Handbook: A complete copy of the WIAA Constitution, By-Laws, Regulations, and specific Sport Regulations can be reviewed in the athletic director’s office.


III. Basic Requirements

Before an athlete can practice, he/she must have the following completed and on file in the athletic office:

A. Athletic code signed
B. Medical Information Card/Emergency Authorization to Treat form
C. Physical or Alternate Year card complete
D. Sport fee paid
E. All equipment from previous sport turned in

A participant who is dropped from a squad for disciplinary reasons, or who quits, will not be eligible to compete in another activity during that season, unless the coaches and athletic director agree to the arrangement.


IV. Academic Standards

Student-athletes are reminded that athletics are extra-curricular activities. Academic progress is of primary concern. Failure to meet academic standards will result in the following penalties.

The academic standards listed below will be implemented for quarterly grading periods. Athletes’ academic progress will also be periodically monitored in addition to quarter grading periods. Athletes not meeting academic standards may be subject to additional consequences in addition to those listed below.

A. Failure in one (1) subject during a marking period (quarter grades) will result in ineligibility for 10% of the scheduled contests. After the suspension is served, a student must be passing all classes or ineligibility continues. Student will demonstrate passing of all classes by submitting the grade eligibility form to the athletic director before eligibility is restored.

B. Failure in two (2) subjects during a marking period (quarter grades) will result in ineligibility for a period of 15 school days (minimum of 2 interscholastic contests). After two contests, a student must be passing all classes or ineligibility continues. Students must submit grade eligibility form to the athletic director before eligibility is restored.

C. Failure in three (3) or more subjects during a marking period will result in ineligibility for the remainder of the marking period (quarter).

Middle school students will develop an academic plan for reinstatement after one half of the marking period (quarter). Middle school students moving to high school with grade failures will be ineligible under the same guidelines listed above.

***All ineligibilities begin on the day the Athletic Director
receives the grade report***

D. A student who is failing a class will NOT be permitted to miss that class to travel to or participate in an athletic contest.

E. Incompletes will not be used to determine eligibility unless they are not made up within a two (2) week period.

F. The ineligibility status will be adjusted as follows for students in fall sports in which the date of the earliest allowed competition is before the first day students are in class.

Fall Sports—The minimum ineligibility period shall be the lesser of:

(1) 21 consecutive calendar days beginning with the date of the earliest allowed competition in a sport or
(2) 1/3 of the maximum number of contests allowed in a sport

G. Penalties for failing to meet academic standards are independent of other penalties—any suspension for other infractions would be added to existing suspension.

H. Students may make up interscholastic ineligibility by successfully completing district approved summer school.

I. A student who is enrolled in any state-approved EEN program and who receives no usual grades for such courses may be eligible if he/she is making satisfactory progress in his/her total school program as indicated by his/her IEP.



V. Code Violations
(A, B, C, D below will be enforced with consequences listed in Section VI.)

A. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD)

Any athlete involved in the use or possession of alcohol or tobacco or the use, possession, buying, attempting to buy, or selling of illegal drugs, controlled substances, or banned performance enhancing substances will be suspended from athletic competition.

B. Hazing

Any athlete who participates in a hazing activity will be suspended. Hazing is defined as any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual.

C. Harassment/Bullying

Any athlete who violates School District of New Richmond policy 5517.01 regarding “Bullying and other forms of aggressive behavior” shall be suspended. Offenses include bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, and menacing behavior and includes physical, verbal, psychological, and technology transmitted behavior.

D. Other

Any athlete who participates, whether or not they actually consume, in any party or other occasion where violation of state law or local ordinance regarding the possession, purchase, sale, or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs occurs shall be suspended.

Participates is defined as:
1. being at a party or place where violation occurs
2. not leaving premises immediately

*It is recognized that under certain circumstances students may legally enter places where alcohol is served. The intent of the code is not to penalize athletes for association with friends and family or to curtail generally wholesome activities. It is recognized that each of these cases will have to be judged on its individual merits.

Consequences for items E and F below will be administered on a case by case basis. Each individual case may have less or more severe consequences depending on factors in each situation.
E. Criminal

Any athlete who commits a legally punishable criminal act shall be suspended from athletic competition, whether or not the athlete is prosecuted by governmental authorities.

Suspension for criminal violations will be commensurate with the severity of the offense.

F. Unacceptable Conduct

Any athlete who commits acts of willful, persistent, disruptive behavior, or other activities that interfere with the rules of the School District of New Richmond will be suspended. Any athlete who is suspended or expelled from school shall be ineligible for participation including practices and contests during the period of suspension or expulsion.



VI. Consequences/Penalties

Violations of the athletic code and consequences shall be cumulative for each violation committed during the athlete’s middle school career or high school career. Violations do not carry over from middle school to high school; however, any penalties not completed during middle school must be completed before high school participation can begin.

A. Honesty Reduction

Student-athletes who self-report their athletic code violations to the coach or athletic director shall have their first offense suspension reduced by one-half. This honesty reduction is available on the first ATOD offense only. The honesty reduction may not apply when school officials would have been made aware of the violation through another source.

B. First Violation

The consequence for the first offense of the athletic code will be suspension from athletic competition for 20 percent of the regular season maximum number of contests in that sport as determined by the WIAA. Honesty reduction may apply.

Athletes will continue to practice with the team during the suspension period. If less than 20 percent of the contests remain on the schedule, the remaining percentage will carry over into the contests of the next sport the athlete participates in.

Hosting Penalty—Athletes found to have hosted the party where violations have occurred will have first offense doubled to 40 percent. For further explanation of “hosting” please see section G below.
C. Second Violation

The consequence for a second offense of the athletic code will be suspension from athletic competition for 50 percent of the regular season maximum number of contests in that sport as determined by the WIAA. No honesty reduction will apply. Further, if the athletic code violation is for ATOD use, the athlete must undergo, at his/her expense, an alcohol or other drug abuse (ATOD) assessment performed by a community-based health organization/treatment agency, along with any recommenda­tions for a treatment or education program, which is prescribed by the assessors. The athlete will provide the athletic director written certification of compliance with recommendations prior to any reinstatement of participation.

Athletes may continue to practice with the team during the suspension period. If less than 50 percent of the contests remain on the schedule, the remaining percentage will carry over into the contests of the next sport the athlete participates in.

Hosting Penalty—Athletes found to have hosted the party where violations have occurred will have second offense doubled to 100 percent of regular season contests. For further explanation of “hosting” please see section F below.
D. Third Violation

The violation for a third violation of the athletic code will result in permanent ineligibility from School District of New Richmond athletics.

E. Suspension Begin Date

All consequences and suspensions will begin immediately after the athlete has been found to have committed a violation and has met with the athletic director or other building administrator. Suspensions will be served by remaining in a sport in all respects except for participation in games. Athletes may serve suspensions in another sport provided the athlete completes the season in good standing in that particular sport as determined by documentation provided by the coach of the sport in which the suspension was served.

F. Valid Evidence

Any information or evidence considered to be relevant, valid, and accurate by any person reviewing a particular alleged violation shall be considered. Parties who provide anonymous information will be asked to provide specific names, dates, times, and infractions. If hearsay evidence cannot be substantiated on the basis of subsequent investigation, it will be treated as rumor.

G. Hosting Penalty

Hosting a party is defined as providing a location in which alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs are provided or consumed. Athletes found to have hosted a party in which these violations occurred will have penalties doubled for first and second offense violations.

Hosting penalties supersede honesty reduction clause. An athlete who has been found to have hosted the party will not be able to invoke the honesty clause to reduce consequences.



VII. Due Process For Athletic Code Violations

The procedures in this section will be followed in administering the athletic code and any subsequent suspensions from participation for violations.

A. The athlete shall be notified of any violation of the athletic code and given a copy of these procedures by the athletic director or administrator as soon as it becomes known to him/her. The athletic director or building administrator will then render a decision based on the following:

1. The athlete will meet with the athletic director or other building administrator to discuss violation and give the student the opportunity to respond to charges.

2. The athlete has admitted the violation and a suspension will be assessed and served. The athletic director or building administrator will send a letter to the parents/ guardians informing them of the decision and the basis for it.

3. The athlete has denied the charge; however, the athletic director or administrator will assess a suspension based on the evidence. The athletic director or building administrator will send a letter to the parents/guardians informing them of the decision and the basis for it.

4. The alleged violation will be dropped due to insufficient evidence.

B. If the athlete or his/her parents/guardians are dissatisfied with the decision rendered in Step 1, they may appeal the decision to the person who made the decision within five (5) school days after receipt of the letter notifying them of the decision. The athletic director or building administrator and, if appropriate, the head coach of the sport involved, shall schedule a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the issue.

The athlete may be accompanied by parents/guardians at the meeting with the athletic director or administrator and coach. The athlete will have an opportunity to present evidence and challenge evidence presented against him/her at this meeting. The athletic director or building administrator will determine if the suspension should be sustained.

The athletic director or building administrator shall notify the athlete and his/her parents/guardians of the decision following this meeting.

C. The parents/guardians or athlete may appeal this decision in writing to the superintendent of schools within five (5) days after the decision of the athletic director or building administrator. The superintendent or superintendent’s designee will, within five (5) school days of receipt of the written appeal, arrange a meeting between the appropriate parties to review the suspension. This meeting will be conducted by the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

At this meeting the athlete will be provided the opportunity to present evidence on his/her behalf and to challenge evidence that has been presented. A summary of the meeting, including the decision made, will be put in writing by the person conducting the meeting and a copy sent to the athlete and his/her parents within three (3) school days after the meeting has been held.

D. The school shall consider this the final decision.
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