Stamford High School sports are open to all students that have an interest in sports and who are academically eligible. Students must have and maintain certain requirements.
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Eligibility and Coach / Parent Responsibilities
Rules for Athletic Eligibility
All incoming ninth graders are academically eligible to play a sport for the first quarter of their freshman year.
- Athletes must have a current physical before they are eligible to practice or play.
- Physicals may be completed by a private physician or in the nurse's office by the school doctor.
- Physicals are considered current for 13 months.
- Physical forms and blue cards can be picked up in the main office.
- All completed physical forms and blue cards should be brought to the nurse for validation.
- If an athlete is involved in more than one sport, additional validated blue cards will be available from the trainer.
- The nurse will validate all cards and keep the physical forms on file.
- Coaches may check with the trainer at any time with questions regarding medical eligibility.
- All questions with regards to medical clearance should be discussed with the nurse. Ultimately, it is the coach's responsibility to insure that every one of their athletes has a current validated blue card before they practice or play.
The school-based Health Center, located on the first floor, provides physical exams and sports physicals.
All athletes must maintain a 2.0 point grade average or better for the academic quarter prior to the season. Athletes must also maintain a 2.0 grade point average throughout the playing season. A 1.5 grade point average is subject to appeal by the principal. Students are entitled to one appeal per school year.
NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility
If a student plans to enroll in college as a freshman and you wish to participate in Division I or II intercollegiate athletics, your initial-eligibility status must be determined by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Students should apply for certification after their junior year and only after an informed judgment has been made as to the prospect's potential at the Division I or II level.
At the end of senior year, all players must release their final grades with their guidance counselors. Their final grade will then be sent to the Clearinghouse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility to play a sport freshman year at college.
Francene Moavero, Guidance Counselor, is SHS's contact for the NCAA Clearinghouse. Any questions should be directed to her or call 977-4279. Student-athletes can now register online at the NCAA Eligibility Center. Click on Prospective Student-Athlete, then Domestic Student Release form and follow the directions given.
Preliminary requirements to be certified by the Clearinghouse, are as follows. A student must meet the following:
- Graduate from high school (more specific details on form).
- Earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale) in a core curriculum of at least 13 academic courses that were successfully completed during grades 9 through 12. Only courses listed as approved on your high school's "List of NCAA Approved Core Courses" can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA (additional details on form).
- Earn a sum of scores of at least 68 on the ACT or a combined score of at least 820 on the recentered SAT on a national test date (see form for more details).
Coach / Parent
Coach / Parent Responsibilities
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to the children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of the child's program.
Communication that you should expect from your child's coach includes:
- Philosophy of the coach.
- Location and times of all practices and contests.
- Team requirements (e.g. practices, special equipment, out-of-season conditioning).
- Procedure to be followed should your child be injured during participation.
- Discipline that may result in the denial of your child's participation.
Communication that coaches expect from parents includes:
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
- Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
As children become involved in the programs at Stamford High School, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important that they understand that there may also be times when things do not go the way they wish. Parents are invited to talk with the coaches about:
- The treatment of their child.
- Ways to help their child improve.
- Concerns about a child's attitude.
- Academic support and college opportunities.
It is difficult to accept the fact that your child may not play as much or in the position you may like. Coaches are professional. They make decisions and judgments based on what is best for the whole team.
As mentioned above, there are certain things that should be discussed; other things, however, should be left to the discretion of the coach.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other's position. The following procedure should be followed:
- The parent should call the school and set up an appointment.
- If the coach cannot be reached, a call should be placed to the Athletic Director. He will have the coach contact the parent.
- Parents should not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both parents and coaches. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolutions. If a meeting with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, parents may contact the Athletic Director.
Research indicates that students involved in co-curricular activities have a greater chance for success during adulthood. Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school. For this reason, we encourage active participation by everyone in our athletic programs.