|7.28 INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
|The Franklin Local Board of Education believes individual students will benefit through opportunities to grow physically and intellectually through their experience in self-discipline and their contribution to team effort made possible through competitive interschool and intramural team and individual sports activities.
It is the Board of Education’s policy to provide high school and middle school students interscholastic athletic competition in a variety of sports. Students shall be allowed to participate in individual sports on the basis of their physical condition and desire. Qualified personnel shall be provided for coaching and supervising individual sports. In addition, it is the policy of the Board to provide intramural athletic activities as an outgrowth of class instruction in physical education and commensurate with the grade level of the students involved.
The purpose of athletics is both educational and recreational. The athletic program should encourage participation by as many boys and girls as possible and should be carried on with the best interests of the participants as the first consideration. This should be done without unreasonable interference with other obligations in the school community.
It is recognized that a well-organized and well-conducted athletic program is a potent factor in the morale of a high school student body and an important phase of good community-school relations. Too great an emphasis on winning contests or too consistent a record of losing them are both harmful to the development of good attitudes among students and the public.
A. Participation in interscholastic athletics is limited to students in grades 9-12 with participation of properly supervised teams from grades 7 and 8 also permitted in a limited program within their own grade levels with other schools.
B. The athletic program is an integral part of the high school curriculum and comes under the authority of the principal to the same degree as do all other phases of the curriculum.
C. Those individuals having direct responsibility for the conduct of the athletic program of the school are required to conform in all ways to the general education program as laid down by the Board and administration, including such matters as schedules, financial expenditures, relationships with other schools, and health and safety regulations.
D. Philo High School, Philo Junior High School, and Roseville Middle School are members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), and in all athletic matters will adhere firmly to the rules and regulations of that body and to the philosophy of sports which OHSAA encourages. The eligibility of students to participate in the athletic program is determined in accordance with OHSAA regulations and the policies of the Board.
E. No student may start practice for any athletic team until he or she has been examined and approved by a medical doctor and until written consent has obtained from the parent.
F. Expenditures for the athletic program are incorporated as part of the general budget of the Board. Coaches of each sport will submit their budgetary needs to the athletic director for the next school year, and the latter will present the total athletic budget request to the principal for approval and inclusion in the general budget. No expenditures for athletic purposes may be made in excess of those listed in the budget without approval of the Superintendent.
G. District participation in interscholastic athletics will be subject to approval by the Board of Education. This shall include approval of membership in any leagues, associations, or conferences, and of rules for student participation.
H. Proof of insurance against accident or injury must be provided by the parents for students engaging in interscholastic athletics.
I. An attempt will be made to have immediate medical supervision or CPR trained personnel at all athletic competition and practice sessions at all levels of competition. Any student who incurs an injury requiring a physician's care is to have the written approval of the physician prior to his/her return to practicipation.
J. A student who is enrolled in the District, but whose parents do not reside in Ohio, shall be permitted to participate in interscholastic athleteics if the student resides in Ohio with the student's grandparent, uncle, aunt, or sibling who has legal or temporary custody of the student or is the guardian of the student, as defined in O.R.C. 2151.011.
In order to minimize health and safety risks to student-athletes and maintain ethical standards, school personnel, coaches, athletic trainers, and lay coaches shall not dispense, supply, recommend, or permit the use of any drug, medication, or food supplement solely for performance-enhancing purposes.
Board Approved August 16, 2011