The Blind Brook athletic department strives to provide our student-athletes with a positive experience with interscholastic athletics. Our vision is to empower individuals to reach their greatest potential as productive citizens and lifelong learners.
If a student-athlete will be leaving an away or home contest with their parent or another student-athlete’s parent, they are required to stay until the completion of the contest unless the Athletic Director has given prior approval.
The Athletic Director, club/activity advisor, and coaches will attempt to work out a solution with the student. If a decision cannot be agreed upon, the Principal will make a decision based on the relative importance of each event to the individual, the team, and the school. Once a decision has been made, and the student abides by the decision, they will not be penalized. If it becomes obvious that a student cannot fulfill the obligation of both activities, they should withdraw from the sport or activity.
Some sports do not normally have a selection process because due to the nature of the sport the team is able to carry a large number of participants on their roster. (For example, Varsity Football, Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Track, Modified Football, Modified Cross Country and Modified Track.)
Playing Time - Freshman, JV and Varsity:
At this level, playing time must be earned. This can happen through effort and involvement in pre-season programs and demonstration of skill during the season. An important point to remember is that the less time an individual spends on skill development usually translates into less playing time.
On the Freshman, JV and Varsity levels, there is a little more emphasis towards winning the interscholastic contest especially as a student athlete progresses up to the Varsity level. This does not mean that winning takes precedence over sound educational values and integrity.
At the first meeting if possible, practice and game schedules will be distributed. Please see www.swboces.org/Athletics.cfm for game schedules. Games and practices, which will occur on weekends and/or over vacations, will be discussed, as well as procedures for practices and games. Coaches will make every effort to give players a schedule of practices (times and dates) that outlines schedules at least two weeks in advance. Players should inform coaches of any conflicts, which will make it impossible to attend any practices or games. These communications should occur before the tryout phase is completed.
The student-athlete’s priority is to the sport in season rather than to preparation for a sport out of season. Students may not try out after the specified tryout period without approval from the Athletic Director. In addition, the athlete’s first priority must be to the schools athletic program.
Students should be encouraged to participate in a variety of athletic programs. Students should never feel pressured into participating in an out-of-season practice or program that prohibits their participation in a sport they desire to participate in.
Fall Season: JV & Varsity will usually begin during the third week of August
Freshman basketball will usually begin one week after the Varsity & JV
Spring Season: JV & Varsity will usually begin during the second week of March
Fall Season: Will usually begin on the first day of school
Winter Season: Will usually begin in late November or early December
Fall Season: Will usually begin towards the end of March
All prospective student-athletes who intend to compete during the fall season are required to attend the first official start date in August and all subsequent days during the selection phase (tryout). If a student- athlete intends to compete on a team that does not have a selection process (no cuts) they must attend all the practice sessions in August, otherwise they will be ineligible to compete in the fall season.
As a guideline, the majority of winter high school teams will finish their seasons before the February break. However, if a student- athlete or team on the Varsity level (usually the Varsity basketball teams and the cheerleading team) has qualified for sectional play, they may have to compete during the February break.
Varsity games may be scheduled during spring break and team members and their families should plan accordingly. JV games are not usually scheduled for spring break.
Modified teams do not practice or play games during vacations.
The Interscholastic and Extracurricular programs are privileges provided to the students of the Blind Brook-Rye School District. The Interscholastic component is an extension of the Physical Education Program for boys and girls who demonstrate special athletic interests. The Extracurricular program is another program, which is defined by state law as a privilege. In return for the privilege of participation, it is expected that all students will accept the necessary responsibilities with regard to the following: ,
I. Academic Responsibilities
III. Training and Team Rules
IV. Personal Discipline
V. Attendance at Meetings, Activities, Practices, Games, and Team Affairs
VI. Care of Equipment and Facilities
It is expected that students will put forth an honest effort to make their best personal contributions to the team, club, or program. Students are responsible for their behavior and choices. Students in violation of the Code of Conduct and those who do not demonstrate good character will be held accountable for their behaviors, choices, and decisions.
I. Academics Responsibilities:
The Blind Brook-Rye School District recognizes that the primary responsibility of all students is education. Therefore, the district supports the concept that students involved in athletics and the extracurricular program should work to their potential in the classroom and be committed to achieving maximum academic success. The administration reserves the right to determine a student's eligibility to participate in the athletic and extracurricular program based on the individual student's academic status.
A. All students, including team managers, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the behaviors outlined in the Family Guidebook - Code of Conduct. All team/club/activity participants have a particular obligation to conduct themselves as good citizens in and out of school. Misconduct will result in disciplinary action and possible suspension from the team/club/activity.
B. A student who is suspended either in or out of school for any reason will not be permitted to attend a meeting, event, practice, game, after-school, or school-related activity on the day of the suspension as a participant or a spectator.
If the suspension does not fall on a game day, club meeting day, or day of an extracurricular activity, the student will be suspended from participation on the date of the next scheduled game or extracurricular activity.
C. The administration reserves the right to suspend an individual for additional games/activities/meetings if the severity of the offense warrants such a consequence.
III. Training & Team Rules:
A. All students are expected to observe all rules as prescribed by the coach/advisor with regard to curfew and other pertinent considerations and to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or any other substance that may cause impairment.
Every student must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Blind Brook Family Guidebook. Conditions/consequences will be administered and interventions required as they pertain to the interscholastic and extracurricular programs especially, but not limited to the area of substance abuse.
"A student who is found to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances while on school grounds or at any school activity, regardless of quantity, will be suspended from school and prohibited for a specified time from participation in all extracurricular activities, including sports." (Family Guidebook)
"A student who is found to be in possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol or other substances while on school grounds or at any school activity, regardless of the quantity involved, will be suspended from school, prohibited for a specified time from participation in all extracurricular activities, including sports, and reported to local law enforcement authorities.” (Family Guidebook)
"Any faculty or staff member observing the sale, possession or use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other substances by students shall report the incident immediately to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee (normally the building principal). The Superintendent or his/her designee shall then take immediate action. Any substances found shall be confiscated immediately, followed by notification of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student(s) involved and the appropriate disciplinary action taken, up to and including permanent suspension and referral for prosecution. In its efforts to maintain a substance free environment; the District shall cooperate to the fullest extent possible with local, state and/or federal law enforcement agencies." (Family Guidebook)
IV. Personal Discipline:
A. First Violation: This will result in an immediate two-week suspension from all extracurricular and interscholastic meetings, activities, practices, and games. Students may not attend school functions as a participant or spectator during this two-week period. Due to health and safety issues the student athlete will need to participate in five conditioning practices prior to becoming reinstated to the interscholastic team. Any student with a first violation, regardless of the activity, must attend three counseling sessions with the Project Success counselor. The first session must occur before the student rejoins the team/extracurricular activity.
B. Second Violation: This will result in suspension from the team or extracurricular activity for the remainder of the season or until the end of the semester. In addition, the student may not attend any extracurricular activities or after school activities as a participant or a spectator for one month. The student must attend three counseling sessions with the Project Success counselor. All three sessions must occur before the student will be permitted to try out for another sport, or participate in any after school activities.
V. Attendance at Meetings, Activities, Practices, Games and Team Affairs:
A. Students are expected to attend all meetings, activities, practice sessions, games, or other team/club or activities unless excused. Failure to do so may result in possible exclusion from one or more of these listed activities. Blind Brook athletic/extracurricular programs must take priority over any outside program.
B. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the coach/advisor in advance of his/her anticipated absence from any activity. If a student is detained for disciplinary or academic reasons, he/she must bring a note signed by the person detaining him/her stating the time he/she was released. On non-school days, it is the obligation of the student to notify the coach/advisor, directly if possible, if he/she will be absent from a practice, contest, or extracurricular activity.
C. A student who is absent from school will not be eligible for participation in or to be a spectator at any interscholastic or extracurricular program on the day that he/she is absent. The only exception to this rule will be when such absence is with prior consent of the school principal for reasons of family emergencies, special appointments or similar activities which are beyond the control of the student.
D. In the interscholastic athletic program, students who are absent for a period of five or more practices and/or games may be asked to get approval from the school doctor or family physician before resuming team activity, as this is a health and safety issue. Please contact the coach or the Nurse's Office to make these arrangements. ;
E. Any student unable to participate in Physical Education class will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics.
A. As a general rule, all students participating in a game/extracurricular activity are to travel to and return from games/extracurricular activities which take place outside the district on the bus or in transportation provided for that purpose by the district. Students who do not travel to the off campus site with the team/club will not be allowed to participate in the scheduled event. Requests by parents for exceptions to this rule must be made in writing and approved by the Athletic Director/Advisor/or Principal.
Leaving the Team/Extracurricular Program:
A. Any student who joins an interscholastic squad or extracurricular club is expected to remain a member until the season, or extracurricular program is completed.
B. If a student would like the transfer to another team or leave an extracurricular program at some point during the school year, he/she should discuss the change with his/her current coach/advisor. This conversation should take place before requesting membership on the other team/club and must have permission from both coaches/advisors before he/she may change.
C. Hazing for any sport or extracurricular program will not be tolerated.
D. If a captain/extracurricular officer is found to be in violation of the substance abuse policy (first offense), he/she will forfeit the privilege of holding any position of leadership on any team/activity for the school year.
VI. Care of Equipment and Facilities:
A. It is the student's responsibility to care of any uniforms, equipment, or other school property during the course of the athletic season or school sponsored extracurricular activity.
B. It is the responsibility of the student to return all school property at the conclusion of the season or extracurricular activity.
It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may want. However, playing time is earned in the estimation of the coaches and is not an entitlement. Coaches are professionals and they make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with the coach.Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches:
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the others’ position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.Procedures to follow to discuss a concern with a coach:
Parents are encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Athletic Director. However, if a parent has specific complaints regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be present to meet with the parent.
If a student-athlete plans to compete at the Division I or II collegiate level, they should make their guidance counselor aware of these intentions so they can begin the NCAA clearinghouse process. Student-athletes who may have intentions of competing at the Division III collegiate level only do not have to go through the NCAA clearinghouse process. However, the athletic department strongly recommends that any student-athlete who has any intentions of competing at the collegiate level go through the process.
Student-athletes should find out if they will meet the academic eligibility and core-course requirements for the college they may be attending. The guidance counselors will assist student-athletes in NCAA Clearinghouse procedures, if necessary, towards the end of their junior year.
Once a student-athlete has decided that they would like to play at the collegiate level, it is suggested that the student-athlete contact the coaches about these intentions. The Blind Brook athletic department and the coaches will assist all prospective collegiate student-athletes to the best of their ability.
The student-athletes of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by displaying acknowledging the following expectations:
1. Recognizing that participation in athletics is a privilege and not an entitlement.
2. The team goals and achievements take precedence over individual recognition.
3. Take pride in your success and do not blame others for your failures.
4. Set high academic standards.
5. Be a positive role model for other students.
6. Support all Blind Brook athletic teams.
7. Win with dignity and lose graciously.
8. Play by the rules and exhibit proper sportsmanship.
The parents of student-athletes of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by acknowledging the following expectations:
1. Parents will display positive support for the student-athletes and coaches of Blind Brook. Nothing erodes team morale faster than parents doubting the capabilities of student- athletes and their coaches.
2. Parents will be good role models and demonstrate positive behavior and sportsmanship as fans.
3. Parents will work with the coaching staff to maintain positive open lines of communication.
4. Parents will partner with school officials in promoting, understanding and monitoring the athletic handbook.
5. Parents will have realistic expectations of their student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field and encourage their son or daughter to give his or her best effort physically, mentally and emotionally.
6. Parents will make an effort to understand the rules and nuances of the game.
7. Parents will make every effort to support their student-athlete through attendance at athletic contests and awards nights.
The Blind Brook Athletic Department asks that you model and enforce the following rules at all Blind Brook sporting events:
1. Cooperate with referees and school officials.
2. Avoid objectionable cheers, unsafe, or inappropriate behavior.
3. Direct all energy towards encouraging your team.
4. Avoid actions that offend visiting teams or individual players.
5. Show appreciation of good play by both teams.
6. Learn the rules of the game in order to be a more informed spectator.
7. Treat all visiting teams in a manner in which you would expect to be treated.
8. Accept the judgment of coaches and officials.
9. Encourage other spectators to participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
10. Be positive.
The coaches of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by acknowledging the following expectations:
1. Exemplify the highest moral character for their players and the community.
2. Strive to develop qualities of leadership, initiative, and good judgment for each team member.
3. Communicate and interpret program goals and objectives to the parents and community.
4. Provide a safe environment for practice and games.
5. Build and maintain ethical relationships with the community.
6. Keep it positive and fun.
7. Have respect for the athletic program and its place in the student athletes’ overall education.
8. Encourage the student-athletes to do their best everyday and play a variety of different sports.
Leagues of 6 teams or less: (2x the number of starters)
Leagues of 7 teams: (2x the number of starters x 1.75) divided by 1.5
Leagues of 8 teams: (2x the number of starters x 2) divided by 1.5
Leagues of 9 teams: (2x the number of starters x 2.25) divided by 1.5
Leagues of 10 teams: (2x the number of starters x 2.5) divided by 1.5