Extra-Curricular Activities Introduction

This section of the L.Z.H.S. procedures document has been developed for the purpose of establishing guidelines for the oper¬ation of our extra-curricular program. Supplements and revisions may be added at any time during the school year. We hope to foster and encourage high school sports/activities in accordance with the highest tradition of athletic competition and in proper perspective to the overall educational program in District 95. As with any handbook, not every situation can be covered in complete detail. It should be noted that the Athletic Director/Activities Director shall have the responsibility of formulating and administering more detailed expla¬nations and descriptions of procedures that are outlined in this brief handbook.
The extra-curricular programs at LZHS continue to provide a positive image of the school while helping students develop a more realistic and positive attitude toward themselves and others. Realizing that a great tradition is not built overnight, LZHS staff and students are making significant progress in achieving goals of excellence in many areas. The role of con¬tributing to a tradition that brings honor to students, school, and community is worthy of the best efforts of all concerned.

Philosophy

A commitment to excellence in academics is the most important goal that every student and staff member here at Lake Zurich High School strives for. Extra-curricular activities are designed to complement and balance each student’s educational experience. Our programs accomplish this through establishing high standards of conduct and attitude by providing opportunities for participants to be exposed to real-life experiences in an effective, con¬trolled, and socially constructive teaching environment. We believe that participation can contribute to the development of sound ethical values, emotional stability, social compe¬tence, good health, leadership, character, self-discipline, and self-confidence. When con¬flicts in time arise between academics and extra-curricular involvements, academic com-mitments are always more important.
We believe that a sound extra-curricular program can teach participants the values of coop¬eration and the spirit of competition. Head coaches of team or individual sports will be allowed to trim their numbers to manageable sizes and have the option of utilizing fresh¬men or sophomore student/athletes on their varsity squads in an effort to develop the most competitive program possible. It is important to note that in this competitive environment, the quantity of playing time is correlated to the skills and abilities of the players. Equally important is the drive and dedication that players exhibit during practices and contests. Students cannot expect to play in contests if they do not fully participate in practices. Although we take great pride in being the best we can be, we do not condone “winning at any cost” and discourage any and all pressures which might tend to neglect good sports¬manship, appropriate behavior, and good mental and physical health. No matter what the situation, there will be no compromise in the standards adopted by the school district, the athletic conference, and the Illinois High School Association.
We believe that extra-curricular participation can be a positive force if the individual stu¬dents involved realize that they will reach greater achievements through self-discipline and dedication. Students earn the privilege of representing District 95 by being selected as par¬ticipants. As a result, they are held responsible for their actions at all times.

Extra-Curricular Athletics, Activities Coach/Sponsor

Athletics-Interscholastic

ACTIVITY GIRLS COACH BOYS COACH
Basketball Chris Bennett Billy Pitcher
Bowling Mel Fox Mike Sutton
Baseball Rick Erickson
Cheerleading Rachael Fischer
Cross Country Ian Silverman J.B. Hanson
Golf Mel Fox Terry Geoghegan
Football Luke Mertens
Lacrosse Megan Pender Mike Sutton
Soccer Mike Castronova Mike Schmitz
Softball Amanda Rodriguez
Tennis Andrew McCurley Ted Heiser
Track TBD Randal Dunbar
Volleyball Rachel Wiatrowski Lesly Ravenscraft
Wrestling Jake Jobst
Dance Team (Poms) Terri Johlie

Academic Teams

ACTIVITY COACH
Debate/Speech Team Shannon Eichwald, Laura Stanton
Math Team Jen Ventrelle, Margaret Koy
Scholastic Team Donnie Castans, Robert Foster
Science Team Anne Hopkins, Robert Moore

Athletic Clubs

ACTIVITY COACH
Hockey Dan Mergens
Swimming Jill Kragseth

Fine & Performing Arts

ACTIVITY COACH
Art Club Matt Winkelman
Chamber Strings Nathan Sackschewsky
Color Guard Leigh Saegbrecht
Drama Club Tom Skobel
Orchesis Kristin Barrett, Lauren Kasdorf

Special Interest

ACTIVITY COACH
Buddy Program Maureen Anderson, Anna Marie Bader
FBLA Shannon Fermanich
French Club TBA
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Brian Agustin, Margaret Koy
German Club Andrew Ziarnik
Habitat 4 Humanity Joe May
Interact TBA
Civics Club Megan Bajor
Literary Magazine Jack LaBelle
Medical Science Club Sharon Price
Operation Click Tom Reagan
REACT Julie Gyarmaty
Ski Club Craig Lehigh
SNAP Meghan Mowinski, Jenna Cataldi
Spanish Club TBA
Robotics Team John Keyzer

Student Government

ACTIVITY COACH
Student Council Chris Bennett, Sue McBride
Freshman Class Board Jennifer Hawkins, Amy Horn
Sophomore Class Board Anna Wesolik, Elizabeth Eckert
Junior Class Board Suzie Santiago, Leslie Thomas
Senior Class Board Meghan Wood

Honors

ACTIVITY COACH
National Honor Society Carl Krause and Laura Cohen
Tri-M Music Honor Society Sheri Conover

Publications

ACTIVITY COACH
Bear Facts Media Carolyn Wagner
Yearbook Laura Stanton

Parent Organizations

Bear Booster Club

The Bear Booster Club is an organization dedicated to providing financial and organizational support to all student groups at the high school. In past years the organization has provided funds for the Drama Club, art projects, the football scoreboard, and the student bookstore.
Booster Clubs
Band Boosters
Corner Kick Club
Diamond Club
Golf Boosters
Orchestra Boosters
Pom-Pon Boosters
Quarterback Club
Sixth Man Club
Spirit Boosters

Extra-Curricular Guidelines

PURPOSE

To establish continuity and ensure consistency of philosophy, attitude and programming in school extra-curricular events (athletics and activities) for administration, coaches, student participants and the community.

STATEMENT

Extra-curricular program are an integral part of Community Unit School District #95 and Lake Zurich High School. As such, they will be conducted in harmony with and in subjection to the general educational policy and mission statements of CUSD #95 and Lake Zurich High School in a manner that expresses equity and fair play.

INTENTION

To foster on-going communications between community, schools, administration, teachers, students, coaches, sponsors, and parents throughout District #95.
To establish measurable, comprehensive and consistent criteria for evaluation of student extra-curricular participants, coaches, sponsors and programs while encouraging innova¬tion, participation and creativity.

PRINCIPLE OBJECTIVES

  • Develop extra-curricular participants who understand good sportsmanship and sense of fair play.
  • Offer various levels of student participation in a variety of sports and extra-curricular endeavors.
  • Participation in Varsity sports and/or activities is a privilege.
  • Interscholastic competition on Junior Varsity, Sophomore and Freshman teams and/or activities provide instruction, skill development and participation at various levels. It is understood that talent, commitment and eligibility may limit team size.
  • Availability of coaching staff, sponsors and funding may limit team and/or extra-cur¬ricular activity size.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PACTS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES, EXTRA-CURRICULAR PARTICPANTS, AND THEIR PARENTS

  • Athletes, extra-curricular participants and their parents will attend mandatory pre-season informational meetings covering Athletic/Activity guidelines on drug and alcohol usage dur¬ing the student athlete’s sports/extra-curricular season. Both parents and students will be required to sign Anti-Substance Abuse Pledges, which will be kept on file in the Athletic Directors Office. Violations of this pledge by the student athlete and/or extra-curricular par¬ticipant will result in appropriate action being taken as outlined in the Extra-Curricular Handbook, as well as being subject to the provisions of the Parent/Student Handbook.

Policies and Practices

LZHS Administration

• Will endorse and support the extra-curricular programs as another venue for accom¬plishing the educational mission of CUSD #95 and Lake Zurich High School.
• Will seek to offer opportunities for all student extra-curricular participants in their field of sport or activity at various levels of participation according to the availability of staff, funding and facilities.
• Will support and encourage continuing education and training for coaching staff as well as extra-curricular activity sponsors through coaching clinics/seminars with avail¬able funding.
• Will endeavor to provide adequate staffing to ensure the safety of all student extra-cur¬ricular participants.
LZHS Head Coaches/Sponsors
• Are responsible for creating, defining, clearly articulating and implementing a comprehensive program to all coaching staff, student extra-curricular participants and parents.
• Are responsible for creating an atmosphere of mutual respect between administration, coaches, sponsors, student-participants and parents with coaches and sponsors providing the positive role models. Lines of communication should be well defined at preseason parent meetings. As part of the role model responsibility, coaches and/or sponsors will administer all rules in a fair and consistent man¬ner. If there is a breakdown of communication between the coach/sponsor and parent or student, a non-confrontational approach works best. Parents and/or students should discuss the matter with coach/sponsor at a time that is convenient for both. If the issue remains unresolved, the athletic director/student activity director is the next point of contact. He or she will attempt to resolve the difference of opinion in an expeditious manner. If there is disagreement and/or dissatisfaction, the coach/sponsor, parent, student, and/or ath¬letic director/student activity director will remand the issue to the building principal for final resolution.
• Are responsible for the consistent application of the program including enforcement of athletic and academic standards for eligibility.
• Will include communication with Middle School extra-curricular programs.
• Give direction, instruction, focus, logical order and continuity to all coaching staff/sponsors, student extra-curricular participants and parents for all grade levels.
• Will include consistent and measurable goals, expectations, and standards.
• Will include long- and short-range goals for all levels.
• Will have regular meetings with coaching staff, assistant sponsors, and team leaders, giv¬ing consideration to input and attempting to reach decisions in a collaborative manner.
• Will conduct a meeting with student extra-curricular participants and their parents before each season to ensure that there are clear written and oral communications regarding all objectives and goals, rules of the extra-curricular event, and policies including but not limited to: academic standing, behavior, substance abuse, atten¬dance, expectations, team size and playing time.
• Will support the entire LZHS extra-curricular program:
 Encouraging students to participate in other sports/activities.
 Encouraging team members to support all other student participants in their sport/activity.
Coaching Staff/Assistants/Extra-Curricular Sponsors
• Will contribute to the development and implementation of the program created by the head coach/sponsor. It is understood that personal style, innovations and creativity are encour¬aged within the scope of the over-all program.
• Will strive to be role models to the extra-curricular participants in their program in the areas of appropriate language, behavior, respect and sportsmanship.
• Will enforce the policies of the extra-curricular philosophy statement.
Student Extra-Curricular Participants
• Lake Zurich High School has established high and exacting standards for students who participate in extra-curricular athletic and activity events. Student extra-curricular par-ticipants are expected to attend and pass all classes. Passing is considered to be a grade higher than an F.
• Absence from practices, meetings, or games may interrupt the extra-curricular partic¬ipant’s progress and participation.
• Will exhibit good sportsmanship in all situations.
• Will understand that the extra-curricular season extends to all play-offs and subse¬quent competitions.
• Will understand that teams may be limited in size and are selected on the basis of tal¬ent, commitment and eligibility.
• Will be supportive of all extra-curricular participants in their field of interest and/or sport.
• Assist in creating an atmosphere of mutual respect between administration, coaches, student-athletes and parents will be maintained.
• Will sign anti-substance abuse pledge card at a pre-season meeting which will be in effect during the student’s enrollment at LZHS. If students violate their pledge, they will be subject to discipline policies found in the parent/student handbook as well as the extra-curricular handbook.
• Development of a “Code of Honor” is a worthy goal for all extra-curricular participants. Infractions of the extra-curricular philosophy should be reported as the part of the “Code of Honor”.
• Violations of the “code of conduct” will be treated the same whether they are “on or off” school grounds.
Parents of Extra-Curricular Participants
• Will attend pre-season meeting with extra-curricular participant and coaches and sign the Anti-Substance Abuse Pledge card.
• Will re-sign the anti-substance card yearly.
• Will encourage and support extra-curricular participants academically and athletically.
• Will understand that the extra-curricular participant must be present at meetings, prac¬tices and games in order to compete and excel. Absences during the season may interrupt the extra-curricular participant’s progress and participation.
• Assist in creating an atmosphere of mutual respect between administration, coaches/sponsors, student-participants and parents will be maintained.
• Will be provided with a post-season feedback form to provide comments and suggestions.

WARNING OF INHERENT DANGERS
There have been many improvements made in protective equipment to reduce injuries in competitive interscholastic sports. Over the years there have been many rule changes, changes in coaching techniques, advances in sports medicine – all for the purpose of decreasing injuries.
It is important, however, for you to know that injuries do occur, particularly in full contact sports such as football and wrestling, and that some of these injuries can be catastrophic. Catastrophic means permanent, serious injury such as total paralysis, partial paralysis and even death. It is possible for this to happen to participants and it is important for stu¬dent/athletes and parents to fully understand this before the sport begins.

Concussion Information
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athletes will often fail to report symptoms of injuries. Concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and students is the key to student-athlete’s safety.

If you think your child has suffered a concussion
Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. IHSA & IESA Policy requires athletes to provide their school with written clearance from either a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches prior to returning to play or practice following a concussion or after being removed from an interscholastic contest due to a possible head injury or concussion and not cleared to return to that same contest. In accordance with state law, all IHSA & IESA member schools are required to follow this policy.

You should also inform your child’s coach if you think that your child may have a concussion. Remember it’s better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out.

For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to: http://www.cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports/

District 95 Concussion Management Guidelines
The following guidelines will be followed when a student athlete exhibits signs of a concussion. A timeframe will not be determined as a standard but rather on an individual basis since each concussion is different. Lake Zurich High School students may take the imPACT concussion test and the results of it will help to determine the level of participation.

• Removal from contest following signs and symptoms of concussion.

• No return to play in current game or practice.

• Medical evaluation following injury. Rule out more serious intracranial pathology.

• Medical clearance by a licensed professional is required before returning to participation.

SPORTSMANSHIP
LZHS is committed to continually improve sportsmanship each year, and we would like you to join us. If all of us associated with interscholastic sports and activity programs will com¬mit to doing what we can to improve sportsmanship we can make a difference.
One of the first things we need to do is make sure we keep interscholastic competition in proper perspective. The primary goal of LZHS and IHSA sponsored activities is to enhance the educational experience for young men and women in ways that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Through activities we can help young people appreciate diversity, under¬stand that preparation and diligence are keys to success, build self-esteem, learn to be part of a solution rather than part of a problem, and much more. But to do so we must first understand that the vast majority of our high school students will not compete in inter¬scholastic competition after high school and even fewer will make a living as professional athletes. We should not see our role as preparing student/athletes for college athletics or professional career’s, rather we should see our role as preparing them for life. Extra-cur¬ricular programs can help teach skills that will last a lifetime.

COACHES/SPONSORS:

  • Be good role models.
  • Teach the values associated with good sportsmanship. Establish guidelines that both promote and reward good sportsmanship. Help participants and other understand their sportsmanship responsibilities.
  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.
  • Respect the judgment of officials.

FANS:
• Positively support your team. Do not taunt or show a lack of respect for the opponents.
• Respect officials and the difficulty of their task.
• Comply with local regulations concerning conduct at all home and away activities.
• Remember that the contest is a learning experience for the young men and women involved and mistakes will happen.
• Don’t forget that a ticket to a contest is a privilege to observe a contest and not a license to be obnoxious.
• Encourage other fans to be positive in their support for their team.
PARTICIPANTS:
• Understand it is a privilege to represent your school.
• Respect your opponents. Treat them the way you would like to be treated as a guest or a friend.
• Learn and know the rules of your game.
• Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. They are doing their best to ensure a fair contest.
• Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.
• Encourage your teammates and fans to practice the principles of good sportsmanship.
In all interscholastic contests playing by the rules is important in establishing and main¬taining good sportsmanship. Adhering to the “spirit” of the rule as well as the “letter” of the rule will help administrators, coaches, fans, participants, and officials do the right thing when it comes to sportsmanship. Let’s have a great year!
SAFEGUARDING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY
As a participant in interscholastic competition conducted under the auspices of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), students will be expected to follow certain rules and reg¬ulations. Local school rules and conference rules are also added to help ensure that par¬ticipation and competition can be a profitable educational experience. The principal of our school is responsible for certifying the eligibility of all students representing the school. Any question concerning eligibility must be answered by the principal. A complete copy of all IHSA eligibility rules and due process procedures is maintained by the Athletic Director and is outlined toward the end of this handbook.
In order to participate in interscholastic competitions or practices, an athlete must have:
• On file an IHSA medical examination card,
• Performance Enhancing Drug form,
• Concussion Authorization form
• A signed waiver and release of all claims,
• All fees paid,
• All equipment from previous season turned in.
It is extremely important that students review the material contained in the school rules, regulations, and expectations along with the conference and IHSA rules.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
Each student participating in an athletic program must have on file with the Athletic Director’s office a current physical examination card. The examination must have occurred after June 15 of that school year. Each student must also have on file an insurance waiver or school insurance. Both must be presented prior to the issuance of equipment or any ini¬tial practice.
ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to the IHSA Eligibility Rules regarding scholastic standing, students need to understand that their first and most important function in school is to successfully com¬plete all of their course work. Student participation in extra-curricular activities may be rescinded at any time by parental request. In addition, whereas academic commitments are clearly more important than extra-curricular commitments, students will not be excused from practices or contests because of homework. If an extra-curricular commitment is interfering with a student/athlete’s ability to be academically successful, then the extra-cur¬ricular commitment should be eliminated.
FINAL EXAM WEEK:
Winter sports teams in session during final exam week that are active in regularly scheduled conference contests will be allowed to practice a maximum of 90 minutes each day of final exam week. Student/athletes will have plenty of time outside of practice to prepare for their exams and will be expected to fully participate. This practice is common among other conference and suburban high schools.

ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL/PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES
In addition to the IHSA Eligibility Rules regarding attendance, any student who participates in any extra-curricular practice, game, contest, or event must be in attendance for a mini¬mum of four (4) academic classes on the day of participation. Physical Education does count as an academic class. Any violation of this section will result in a one-contest sus¬pension. Repeated offenses will result in dismissal from the team or group. When a student is absent from school he/she may not participate in any extra-curricular activ¬ity that day. This is done primarily as a safety factor for the student as well as the school. Pre-approval by the School Administration is an exception. The general procedure to be followed is:
• If a student is absent (on the daily absentee list) and does meet for four (4) class requirements, he/she must get written permission from the School Administration to partic¬ipate in the activity. A note from home is NOT sufficient to permit participation.
• It remains the responsibility of the student to present written evidence of mitigating circumstances which justify such a request. Failure to do so means that the student cannot participate in the activity on that day.
• It should be the responsibility of the coach/sponsor to secure the absence list so as to check persons on their squads who were absent that particular day.
If a student is suspended from school for disciplinary reasons, he or she may not par¬ticipate in nor attend any practice, game, contest, or event beginning the day the infrac¬tion occurs until the student is allowed to return. In the event of 4 or more periods of unexcused absences in a given school day, the student will be suspended from partici¬pating in a regularly scheduled contest that will be determined by School Administration.

ELIGIBILITY
Lake Zurich High School has in place the “No Pass/No Play” policy. On the second week of each semester academic eligibility begins. Information is gathered Wednesday of each week and is reported to Sponsors/Coaches on Thursday. Ineligibility begins the following Monday and continues through Sunday. During this period any student participating in an activity receiving a grade of “F” must attend three study sessions and may practice with the team, but may NOT participate in competition/performances. Students participating in an activity receiving two or more D’s must attend three study sessions and may participate in practice and competition/performances. If a student does not participate in all of the required study sessions they will be declared ineligible regardless of their current academic grades. After a student has been on the ineligibility list for three continuous weeks, they must meet with School Administration/Coach/Sponsor and Teacher to determine whether they will continue to partici¬pate on the team. If a student is deemed ineligible for any reason, they will not dress in uni¬form for any competition, but will sit with the team. If a student chooses to drop a course after the first six weeks he/she will receive a withdrawal failure and NOT be eligible to compete for the remainder of the semester.
YOU MUST PRACTICE IF YOU WANT TO PLAY
Students are expected to be at every practice, game, or event unless properly excused by the parent or coach/sponsor. Policies governing whether an absence is considered excused are outlined in the attendance section of the Parent-Student Handbook.
Examples of unexcused absences include working, oversleeping, missing a bus, car prob¬lems and hair appointments. One (1) unexcused practice, game or event will result in a sus¬pension of one additional game, contest or event. Two (2) unexcused practices, games, or events will result in an additional two game suspension. The third unexcused practice will result in dismissal from the team or group.
As stated in our extra-curricular philosophy: “It is important to note that in this competitive environment, the quantity of playing time is correlated to the skills and abilities of the players. Equally important is the drive and dedication that players exhibit during practices and con¬tests. Students cannot expect to play in contests if they do not fully participate in practices.” If a parent/guardian chooses to excuse his/her son or daughter from practices for any rea¬son, the quantity of playing time in contests will be significantly impacted. The amount of participation time affected by absences will be determined by the coach or sponsor. DROPPING A SPORT
No student who is dropped from one squad for disciplinary reasons, or who “quits,” shall be eligible to compete in another sport for that particular season without permission from the dropped sport coach, incoming sport coach, and Athletic Director. However, any stu¬dent who is “cut” may participate in another sport during the same season, but must be cleared by the Athletic Director.
REFUNDING OF FEES
A full refund of fees for extra-curricular activities will only be made if a student is dropped or withdraws from a team or group before the first contest, game, or event.
LOCKER ROOMS
Each student must use only the locker assigned to him or her and must keep it in good order. It is the student’s responsibility to periodically clean out the locker to ensure the lock¬er remains in good condition. The condition of the locker both interior and exterior, are the student’s responsibility. Lockers should never be struck, kicked, written on, or defaced. Stickers and other materials should not be attached either inside or outside the locker. A monetary fine and/or disciplinary action may be assessed for locker damage. Students should not be present in lockers rooms without supervision.
Lockers are the property of the school. The school is not responsible for the replacement of property missing from lockers. School officials reserve the right of owner access to lockers at any time. Random locker searches will be conducted throughout the building once a month. These locker searches will be on-going and systematic. A search of a stu¬dent’s personal property or locker may also be conducted by a member of the high school staff if there is a reasonable suspicion that there is anything in the student’s possession that is contrary to health, safety, education, and good order. Refusal of the search by the stu¬dent will be considered as gross disobedience to school rules and regulations and will result in immediate suspension: and referral to the Board of Education for consideration for expulsion. Materials discovered in the search may be confiscated and used as evidence in school-related investigations.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR TEAM WEAR
• All uniforms or team wear worn to school must meet all aspects of the stan¬dard school dress code

EXTRA-CURRICULAR BUS PROCEDURE
• Students must ride the bus provided to the contest (If a student does not ride the bus they will not be eligible to participate in the competition/performance, unless prior arrangements have been made. If prior arrangements have been made, their parent may drive the student to the competition/performance). A coach/sponsor may give permission for a student to ride home with his/her parents only following a competition/performance
• Students are not to enter the bus with cleats on. Dirty shoes should be cleaned outside the bus
• Students are to enter or exit the bus through the front door only, not the rear emergency door
• Students are not to board the bus unless the coach/sponsor is ready to go
• Except in inclement weather, team meetings are to be held outside the bus
• Food may be consumed on the bus with permission of the coach/sponsor
• Students are required to pick up all garbage on the bus
• Students who misbehave on the bus will be subject to disciplinary action based upon their personal conduct
• Students will be ready to depart from school at the assigned time
AWARDS
A student must complete the season in good standing in order to receive an athletic award. Completing the season includes being a member of the team through all post-season contests.
Freshman Numerals: Freshman numerals are given only to students who participate in and complete a freshman activity. Only one set of numerals is given per student. If a student is in more than one activity, a certificate of completion will be awarded.
Sophomore Letter: The Sophomore Letter is given only to students who participate in and complete a sophomore activity. Along with each letter received, students will receive an activity pin and a certificate of completion. Only one letter is given to students who com¬plete multiple activities.
Varsity Letter: A Varsity Letter is given to students who have achieved varsity recognition in the activity according to the standards set up for that activity. Along with each letter received, students will receive an activity medallion for first year varsity participation and a golf bar for subsequent years of participation.
IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A COACH/SPONSOR
• A non-confrontational approach works best. Discuss the matter with him or her at a time that is convenient for both of you.
• If the matter remains unresolved, make an appointment with the School Administration.
• If you are still dissatisfied with the resolution, make an appointment to see the build¬ing Principal.

Behavior Interventions
If a student/athlete is reported for an infraction of school rules during the regular school day, the matter will be dealt with accordingly by the Dean of Students in charge of student discipline. Sanctions placed on the student may impact the athlete’s participation time in practices or contests.
If a student is suspended from school for disciplinary reasons, he or she may not partici¬pate in nor attend any practice, game, contest, or event beginning the day the infraction occurs until the student is allowed to return.
Violations of school rules by student/athletes outside of the regular school day, such as during practices and contests, on the bus to contests or while waiting for rides, will be dealt with by the coach and/or Athletic Director.
The Extra-curricular Code identifies expectations of acceptable behavior and outlines the general con¬sequences which will occur when the standards are not met. As in any set of expectations, it is not possible to specify every conceivable situation. Thus, the student participating in extra-curricular activities may be disciplined for unacceptable conduct even if such conduct or disciplinary sanctions are not specified.
CATEGORY ONE
Category One involves misbehavior on the part of the student/athlete that in some way interferes with a coach/sponsor’s ability to effectively instruct or supervise his/her team, violates normal rules, or disrupts the orderly operation of the extra-curricular program. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Disrespect of insubordination toward a player, coach/sponsor, administrator or official
• Presence in an unauthorized area of the building
• Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct such as fighting, spitting or swearing during prac¬tices or contest
• Roughhousing which leads to minor vandalism of school property
• Violations of individual team/organization rules and regulations as outlined by the coach or sponsor
• Any student who is a member of a Lake Zurich High School Extra-Curricular Team is prohibited from engaging in any other conduct during the year, either on or off school grounds, at any time that does not meet the ideals for good character, citizenship, leadership, and sportsmanship
The consequences that will be considered include any one or more of the following:
• Suspension from participation in a minimum of one (1) contest, meeting, play, presentation, and/or event
• Community service through an approved government agency
• Social Probation (as defined in the Student Handbook) shall be up to two months. Students on social probation will not be allowed to compete during the probation period.
• Deans Office referral
• Conference with Athletic Director/Administrator
• Suspension from all extra-curricular activities for up to one (1) calendar year
CATEGORY TWO
Category Two involves misbehavior on the part of the student/athlete that endangers the health or safety of self and/or others. Many of these infractions may be criminal. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Second referral of any offense listed in CATEGORY ONE
• Fighting
• Harassment/Hazing/Racial Slur/Bullying of other players
• Theft
• Use, ticketed, admission, observation by staff member, proof of and/or possession of any tobacco products
• Vandalism to personal or residential property including, but not limited to, things such as defacement or destruction to property
• Any student who is a member of a Lake Zurich High School Extra-Curricular Team is prohibit¬ed from engaging in any other conduct during the year, either on or off school grounds, at any time that does not meet the ideals for good character, citizenship, lead-ership, and sportsmanship
The consequences that will be considered include any one or more of the following:
• Social Probation (as defined in the Student Handbook) shall be up to two months. Students on social probation will not be allowed to compete during the probation period.
• Suspension for up to 50% of the remaining scheduled contests, plays, meetings, pre-sentations or events in that activity. Tournaments, multiples, invitational, and double-headers count as one contest at the participant’s level of competition
• Community service through an approved government agency
• Deans office referral
• Conference with School Administration
• Suspension from all extra-curricular activities for up to one (1) calendar year
**A tobacco related sanction may be reduced in half if the student/athlete enrolls and com¬pletes the drug education program/Pathways, run by the SAP Coordinator.

CATEGORY THREE

Category Three involves misbehavior that may be criminal and is serious enough to require administrative action that may result in the immediate removal of the student from school, the possible intervention of law enforcement agencies and possible action by the Board of Education. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Use, ticketed, sale, admission, observation by staff member, proof of purchase, and/or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, non-prescriptive drugs, and/or other illegal sub-stances or their look-alikes. This includes anything not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful as defined in the Illinois Complied Statues Controlled Substance Act (Schedule I through IV)
• Abuse and/or possession of prescription drugs
• Attendance or being at a party where alcohol/illegal drugs are present will be consid¬ered as possession
• Hosting a party where alcohol/illegal drugs are present and consumed by minors
• Referral by law enforcement agencies regarding substance abuse in which legal charges have been filed
• Referral by law enforcement agencies regarding a misdemeanor violation of civil or crim¬inal laws in which legal charges have been filed
• Use, ticketed, sale, purchase and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons, explosives, and/or look-alikes
• Vandalism to personal or residential property including, but not limited to, things such as defacement or destruction to property
• Theft
• Involvement in two or more fights
• Fighting
• Arson
• Sending and/or setting a false fire alarm
• Misuse of fire equipment
• Violence or threats of violence against teachers or other school personnel
• Gang-related activity
• Possession or distribution of material deemed to be inappropriate
• Violations of individual team/organization rules and regulations as outlined by the coach or sponsor
• Any student who is a member of a Lake Zurich High School Extra-Curricular Team is prohibit¬ed from engaging in any other conduct during the year, either on or off school grounds, at any time that does not meet the ideals for good character, citizenship, lead¬ership, and sportsmanship
The consequences that will be considered include any one or more of the following:
• Social Probation (as defined in the Student Handbook) shall be up to two months. Students on social probation will not be allowed to compete during the probation period.
• Suspension from participation in all extra-curricular activities for up to one year.
• Suspension for up to 50% of the remaining scheduled contests, plays, meetings, pre¬sentations or events in that activity. Tournaments, multiples, invitationals, and dou¬bleheaders count as one contest at the participant’s level of competition.
• Out of season athletes will receive a suspension up to 20% of their next athletic season
• Community Service through an approved government agency
• Deans Office referral
• Conference with Athletic Director/Administrator

Drugs & Alcohol Infractions
1st Offense
In addition to Social Probation for up to two months, the student will be suspended from participating in all meetings, practices, competition or performances for 50% of the total season/academic year or performances. Coaches/sponsors/school administration will have the discretion to allow students to practice with the team if the suspension will be over before the end of the season/activity. If fewer than 50% of the total season/academic year remains, the student will serve his/her consequence during his/her next season/academic year. As an alternative to reduce the suspension to 25% of the total season the student and his/her parent/guardian must schedule an appointment with the SAP Coordinator and follow all recommendations. If fewer than 25% of the total season remains, the student will serve his/her consequence during his/her next season/academic year. Recommendations may include but are not limited to:

• Participation in Lake Zurich High School alcohol and drug education program Pathways or a similar program sponsored by an alcohol and drug treatment facility approved by the SAP Coordinator.

2nd Offense
In addition to Social Probation for up to two months the student will be suspended from participating in all meetings, practices, competition or performances for one full season/academic year or performances. As an alternative to possibly reduce the suspension to 50% of the season/academic year the student and his/her parents/guardian must schedule an appointment with the SAP Coordinator and follow all recommendations. Coaches/sponsors/school administration will have the discretion to allow students to practice with the team if the suspension will be over before the end of the season/activity. If less than 50% of the total season/academic year remains, the student will serve his/her consequence during his/her next season/academic year. Recommendations may include but are not limited to:

• Participation again in Lake Zurich High School alcohol and drug education Program Pathways or a similar program sponsored by an alcohol and drug treatment facility approved by the SAP Coordinator.

3rd Offense The student will be suspended from participating in all meetings, practices, competition or performances for the rest of his/her high school career. Students may request a meeting with School Administration upon one year from the day the consequences were administered.

PLEASE NOTE
These policies will be in effect twelve months of the year. If a violation of these policies takes place out of season, the sanctions will begin the next season of participation. The School Administration will investigate all allegations of violations of the above mentioned policies and parents should direct all appeals to him or her.
These policies are meant to supplement team/organization rules and regulations and are applicable to all extra-curricular activities.
Admission to any infraction in Category 1, 2, or 3 to the School Administration or Coach/Sponsor by vol¬untary means shall carry a consideration for a reduction of the Code of Conduct conse¬quences. (Voluntary admission may not be used by a student if the rule infraction is already known to the school and/or authorities)

Substance Abuse Pacts for Student Athletes, Extra curricular Participants, and Their Parents

Athletes, extra-curricular participants and their parents attend mandatory pre-season infor¬mational meetings covering Athletic/Activity Department guidelines on drug and alcohol usage during the student athlete’s sports/extra-curricular season. Both parents and stu¬dents will be required to sign Code of Conduct Pledge Cards which will be kept on file for one calendar year. Violations of this pledge by the student athlete and/or extra-cur¬ricular participant will result in immediate removal from the team/activity, as well as being subject to the provisions of the Parent/Student Handbook.