Athletic Parent/Student Handbook 2014-15
Highlander Sportsmanship Creed
Respect parents, coaches, teammates, and opponents.
Personify commitment and positive attitude.
Represent Lake Highland with honor and pride.
Inspire student athletes by personal example both on and off the field.
Teach student athletes to play hard, but to win or lose with equal grace. Treat all people with dignity and respect.
Parents of Highlander student-athletes:
Provide positive reinforcement to young people.
Encourage 100% individual effort and 100% team loyalty.
Support the team and coach in public, address concerns in private.
The philosophy of the Athletic Department is directly related to the mission statement of the school. The athletic department offers programs that foster the same values of integrity, respect, responsibility and participation that are embodied in the classroom. The goal of our coaching staff is to foster a positive attitude about learning and challenge our athletes to achieve their highest potential in all aspects of their development. The lessons that can be learned from athletic participation are invaluable and help in the overall development of the individual. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition and how to win and lose gracefully are an integral part of each team in our athletic program. Athletic participation also plays an important part in helping the individual student develop a healthy self-image as well as a healthy body. Participation on the interscholastic teams adds to our school spirit and helps all students, spectators and participants develop pride in our school.
Lake Highland athletes and their parents represent the school. Athletes and parents must be courteous to visiting teams and officials. Athletes must be modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Athletes and their parents are expected to respect the integrity and judgment of officials and accept their decisions without question. We expect only positive encouragement from parents and spectators.
Expectations of Lake Highland Parents
Parents of Highlander student-athletes:
- Provide positive reinforcement to young people.
- Encourage 100% individual effort and 100% team loyalty.
- Support the team and coach in public, address concerns in private.
When your son/daughter makes a team, you have the right to know what the coach’s expectations are for your child. All coaches have different expectations and these should be communicated to the parents. Each coach will communicate these expectations in his/her own way. It may be through a preseason meeting, an e-mail or through a letter home. As a parent you should know the coach’s philosophy. You should be made aware of the coach’s expectations not only your for child, but also for the team. You should be made aware of any practices that may occur over vacation periods well in advance of that break. You should also be made aware of any disciplinary action that results in your child being denied participation.
Being a parent of an athlete can be a very rewarding experience. Parents’ participation with their son/daughter can and should be an enjoyable experience. As a parent, be positive and remind your child that it is the effort put forth, not winning, which is most important. Do not let playing time dictate your child’s happiness. Make every effort to be supportive when things are not going well for your son/daughter, or for the team.
Be supportive of the coaching staff in front of your son/daughter. If you have concerns to discuss with the coach, please call him/her to arrange an appointment. To reach a coach, e-mail or call the main school number (407-206-1900) and leave a voice-mail message with your name and number and the reason for your call. The coach will respond in a timely fashion. If for some reason the coach cannot be reached, contact the Athletic Director, Frank Prendergast (407-206-1900 ext. 1215), Associate Athletic Director, Courtnay Firebaugh (407-206-1900 ext. 1202), or Associate Athletic Director, Jim Oescher (407-206-1900 ext.1204) as appropriate. Please do not discuss concerns with a coach immediately before, during, or after a game or practice.
Expectations of Lake Highland Student-Athletes
- Respect parents, coaches, teammates, and opponents.
- Personify commitment and positive attitude.
- Represent Lake Highland with honor and pride.
The Lake Highland School Athletic Department has certain rules and expectations that the student-athlete needs to abide by. Without these rules and guidelines, and the willingness of the student-athletes to abide by them, the quality of our athletic program cannot be maintained. The Athletic Department wants both the students and the parents to understand these expectations and how they apply to all of our athletes.
Each player will be held responsible for their conduct before, during, and after practice and games. Appropriate conduct of players will be discussed with players in the preseason. Disciplined behavior is an expectation of the Lake Highland Athletic Department.
The Athletic Department adheres to all policies set forth by Lake Highland Preparatory School and the FHSAA, governing body for high school athletics. Any infraction warranting a suspension will be brought to the Athletic Director’s attention immediately. In the event that a student is suspended from participation, notification will come from the Athletic Director’s office in writing to the parents of the student-athlete. Decisions made in the Athletic office in regard to discipline are final.
Prior to each season, the Athletic office will announce when sign-ups will open and close and when practice will start. Students participating in a sport that overlaps the beginning of the next sport season will be provided a 3 day tryout when their season has been completed. Students are responsible for providing all forms (i.e. Emergency Treatment Authorization Forms and Physical Forms) to the Athletic Trainers. Students will not be allowed to practice or participate without required paperwork. Because the state requires rosters before play begins, the Athletic Office will require all students to sign-up for the sport(s) they intend to play in the Athletic office. A two-week sign- up period will be announced for fall, winter and spring sports. Students that do not sign-up during this time will not be permitted to play during that season. Hardships will be reviewed by the Athletic Department concerning new students, or students not present because of illness during the sign-up period.
Team Organizational Meetings
Each Head Coach shall meet with his/her program’s parents on a designated evening. Information pertaining to physicals, medical releases, student eligibility, team selection, practice schedules, and team rules will be discussed at this time. Specific details regarding this meeting can be found on each individual sport’s web page.
Student Agreement Concerning Hazing
Lake Highland Preparatory School supports only those activities which are constructive, educational, inspirational, and that contribute to the intellectual and personal development of students. Lake Highland unequivocally opposes any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.
Hazing is an intentional action taken, situation created, or any conduct or method of initiation into any school organization, club or team under direct school sponsorship that denies a person his or her individual rights or results in mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule or endangerment. Hazing should be understood to include any forced treatment or physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any student, or which subjects a student to extreme stress. Additionally, hazing can include exaggerated or excessive teasing. Any requirements by a student which compels another student to participate in any activity which is against Lake Highland policy or state/federal law will be defined as hazing. The fact that a hazing victim may seem willing or may even agree to participate in some form of personal embarrassment or physical/mental danger does not change or lighten the responsibility of the one who is doing the hazing. In addition, any person who knowingly witnesses or fails to report knowledge of any incidents of hazing may be considered to be a participant in the hazing.
Actions and activities which are prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Any type of initiation or other activity where there is an expectation of individuals joining a particular team to participate in behavior designed to humiliate, degrade, or abuse them regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
- Any requirement or pressure put on an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, and publicly indecent, contrary to his/her genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g. public profanity or indecent or lewd conduct.
- Any activity or action that creates a risk to the health, safety, or property of Lake Highland Preparatory School or any member of its community.
- Assigning or endorsing “pranks” such as stealing or harassment of another organization.
- Expecting or pressuring individuals to participate in an activity in which the full membership is not willing to participate.
- Physical abuse of any kind.
- Forcing, encouraging, or pressuring someone to wear in public apparel which is conspicuous and not within the norm of what is considered to be in good taste.
- Morally degrading/humiliating games or other activity that makes the member the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.
- Subjecting a member to cruel and unusual psychological conditions.
I have been given an opportunity to read this policy and understand the following:
I understand the policy and regulations of Lake Highland Preparatory School pertaining to hazing.
I agree and promise not to participate in any activity deemed to be hazing. I have read the examples of hazing as described in the Lake Highland Preparatory School Hazing Policy (above).
I understand that if I am in violation of this policy I will be subjected to discipline that may include demotion (in an organization, club, or team), suspension or expulsion.
The purpose of the athletic period is to provide student-athlete’s time to practice and travel to athletic events. This time may also be used for tutorial time for students who are behind in course work. Students must be supervised at all times by either a Coach or teacher tutoring. Only Varsity athletes will be permitted to be in the Athletic period.
Athletics Governing Body – Florida High School Athletics Association
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Governed by the FHSAA
2014-15 Summary of FHSAA Eligibility Rules
Office of the Commissioner
Gainesville , Florida
This summary of FHSAA athletic eligibility guidelines should be posted in places conspicuous to potential student-athletes. Students must understand that these guidelines are general statements only. Complete eligibility regulations are contained in Article 11 of the FHSAA Bylaws. See your principal, athletic director or coach if you have questions or need further explanation of details and exceptions.
PROTECT YOUR 2014-15 ELIGIBILITY
To Represent Your High School in an Athletic Contest, You:
A Student in grades 6 through 12 shall be eligible to participate on athletic teams in
interscholastic athletic contests as a representative of a member school provided:
11.1.1 In order to represent a school in any branch of athletics, a student must be
a bona fide student of that school – bona fide meaning one who is regularly enrolled
and in regular attendance – who meets, in addition, the requirements as set forth
in other sections of this Article. In order to practice with a school in any branch of
athletics, a player must be a bona fide student of that school.
126.96.36.199 A student may participate in athletic activities sponsored by or
affiliated with a school during the summer period immediately preceding
attendance in that school if the student has been assigned to or accepted by
the school and no longer attends his/her previous school. The student, pursuant
to Bylaw 11.3.1, however, will be considered to have established residence
in that school and will not be eligible to participate in interscholastic
practice or competition at any other member school during that school year.
11.1.2 The student must enroll within ten school days of the beginning of a
semester during which he/she wishes to represent his/her school in any branch of
athletics. A student who fails to enroll within ten days of the beginning of a semester
must make up the school work he/she has missed. The principal shall submit
to the Executive Director written statements from the student’s teachers that he/
she has completed the school work he/she missed and is maintaining at least a 2.0
cumulative grade point average. The student must have been in school a minimum
of one day for each day missed due to late enrollment before becoming eligible.
11.1.3 An individual home education student is eligible to participate at any
one of the following member schools:
(a) the public school to which the student would be assigned according to district
school attendance area policies;
(b) the public school to which the student could choose to attend pursuant to
district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment provisions; or
(c) a nonpublic school, provided the nonpublic school will permit the student to
participate at that school.
In order for the individual home education student to participate at a member
school, the following conditions must be met:
(d) the student, within 30 days of his/her withdrawal from a traditional school
program, properly registers with the district school board as being enrolled in a
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home education program in accordance with Section 1002.41(1)(a) of the Florida
(e) the student’s parents at the conclusion of each semester certify to the principal
of the school on a form to be provided by this Association’s office that the
student meets the minimum grade point average standards which are required of all
(f) the student meets the same standards of acceptance, behavior and performance
as required of other students in extracurricular activities;
(g) the student registers with the school his/her intent to participate in interscholastic
athletic competition as a representative of the school prior to the beginning
date of the season for the sport in which he/she wishes to participate [s.1006.15(3)5,
(h) the student complies with all regulations of this Association, including eligibility
requirements regarding age and limits of eligibility, and local school regulations
during the time of participation;
(i) the student meets the same admission and residency requirements as other
students in the school at which he/she participates;
(j) the student provides proof of basic medical insurance coverage and both
independently secured catastrophic insurance coverage and liability insurance coverage
which names this Association as an insured party in the event the school’s
insurance provider does not extend coverage to students enrolled in home education
(k) the student provides to school authorities and the FHSAA Office all required
forms and provisions.
188.8.131.52 A student who withdraws from a regular school program to
enroll in a home education program who is ineligible at the time of withdrawal
from the regular school program due to his/her failure to meet academic
or behavioral eligibility standards shall be ineligible to compete in
interscholastic athletic activities until the student has successfully completed
one semester in home education. In determining the academic eligibility of
a student who withdraws from a regular school program prior to the normal
conclusion of the current semester and subsequently enrolls in a home education
program, the grades as posted in each subject for that student on the
date of his/her withdrawal from the regular school program shall be used.
The “Registration Form for Home Education Student to Participate in Interscholastic
Athletics” is Form EL7 on FHSAA.org.
The “Home Education Student Academic Progress Report” is Form EL9 on
11.1.4 An individual student who attends a charter school that does not sponsor
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interscholastic athletics shall be eligible to participate at any one of the following
(a) the public school to which the student would be assigned according to district
school board attendance area policies; or
(b) the public school the student could choose to attend pursuant to district or
interdistrict controlled open enrollment provisions.
184.108.40.206 In order for the individual charter school student to participate
at a member school, the following conditions must be met:
(a) the student must meet the requirements of the charter school education
program as determined by the charter school governing board;
(b) the student must meet the minimum grade point average standards that
are required of all students;
(c) the student must meet the same residency requirements as other students
in the school at which he/she participates;
(d) the student must meet the same standards of acceptance, behavior and
performance that are required of other students in interscholastic athletics;
(e) the student must register with the school his/her intent to participate
in interscholastic athletics as a representative of the school before the beginning
date of the season for the sport in which he/she wishes to participate.
220.127.116.11 A student who transfers his/her attendance from a charter
school program to a traditional public or private school before or during the
first semester of a school year shall be academically eligible during the first
semester provided the student meets the minimum grade point average standards
that are required of all students through the completion of the previous
18.104.22.168 A student who has been unable to maintain academic eligibility
at any public school or private school shall not be academically eligible to
participate as a charter school student until the student has completed one
semester of attendance in the charter school and has satisfied the necessary
minimum grade point average standards required of all students.
11.1.5 A student enrolled in grades 6 through 8 who attends a public school that
is not a member of this Association and has no athletic program due to low student
population may represent in interscholastic athletic competition a member public
school that is part of that same school district provided such participation is at the
junior high/middle school level only. This student must meet all other provisions
11.2 ACADEMIC STANDING [s.1006.15(3)(a)3, Florida Statutes]
11.2.1 A student must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0
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or above on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent, in all courses taken that are
required by s.1003.43(1), Florida Statutes, at the conclusion of each semester to
be eligible during the following semester. A student whose cumulative high school
grade point average is below a 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale, or its equivalent, in
all courses taken that are required by s.1003.43(1), Florida Statutes, at the conclusion
of a semester shall not be eligible during the following semester.
22.214.171.124 A student shall be eligible during the first semester of his/her
ninth-grade year provided that it is the student’s first entry into the ninth
grade and he/she was regularly promoted from the eighth grade the immediate
126.96.36.199 A student who is ineligible during the second semester of his/
her ninth-grade year or during the first semester of his/her 10th grade year
because the student’s cumulative high school grade point average was below
a 2.0 at the conclusion of the previous semester and continues to be below
a 2.0 at the conclusion of the semester of ineligibility may regain his/her
eligibility for the following semester provided:
(a) the student signs an academic performance contract with his/her
school at the beginning of the semester in which he/she is ineligible that
states, at a minimum, that the student will attend summer school, or its
graded equivalent, AND
(b) earns a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 unweighted scale,
or its equivalent, in all courses taken during the semester of ineligibility.
188.8.131.52 Once a student enters the 11th grade, and thereafter, he/she must
have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0
unweighted scale, or its equivalent, in all courses taken that are required by
s.1003.43(1), Florida Statutes, at the conclusion of each semester to be eligible
during the following semester.
The minimum 2.0 grade point average is established in Florida Statutes and
cannot be waived by this Association.
See Policy 16, “Criteria for Determining Academic Eligibility of Students
Enrolled in Schools with Block Scheduling, Special Schools, Special Programs,
Home Education Programs and Charter Schools,” on page 132.
A sample “Academic Performance Contract for Athletic Eligibility” is Form EL5
11.2.2 All courses taken for high school credit by a student, including those
taken prior to his/her ninth-grade year, shall be included in the computation of the
student’s cumulative high school grade point average.
11.2.3 In determining grade point average for athletic eligibility purposes, all
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member schools must comply with the grading scale as mandated in s. 1003.437,
Florida Statutes: Grade “A” is 90 to 100 percent and has a GPA value of 4; Grade
“B” is 80 to 89 percent and has a GPA value of 3; Grade “C” is 70 to 79 percent
and has a GPA value of 2; Grade “D” is 60 to 69 percent and has a GPA value of
1; and Grade “F” is 0 to 59 percent and has a GPA value of 0. Any student attending
a member school after the eighth grade shall provide evidence to the member
school of the grades he/she has achieved since entry into the ninth grade, together
with evidence sufficient for the member school to calculate the student’s GPA
based on the grading scale of the schools previously attended. Until such evidence,
satisfactory to the member school, is provided, the student shall not be eligible for
participation in interscholastic athletics.
11.2.4 The student shall not have graduated from any high school or its equivalent.
11.2.5 A student’s grade point average may be raised or lowered by attending a
regularly organized summer school under the direction of the District School Board
or the governing board of a nonpublic school provided all courses taken during the
summer school are completed before the first day of the fall semester. All courses
in which a student received a grade (A, B, C, D, F or I) for the school year and
the following summer school must be used to calculate the cumulative grade point
average. However, when repeating a subject failed on first impulse or repeating a
subject passed, the higher of the two grades shall be used to calculate the grade
point average. An incomplete grade is considered a failure. A class conducted by a
private, certified tutor is not acceptable for removing an eligibility deficiency.
s. 1003.43(5)(e), Florida Statutes, provides that forgiveness policies for
required courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of “D” or “F” with a grade
of “C” or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Forgiveness
policies for elective courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of
“D” or “F” with a grade of “C” or higher earned subsequently by retaking the
same or comparable course or another course. These provisions on forgiveness
apply only to students entering the ninth grade in the 2000-01 school year
11.2.6 A grading period is defined as one semester. A semester is defined as one
half of a school year (approximately 18 school weeks or 90 school days). This definition
is applicable to all schools regardless of the type of class scheduling format
(i.e. block, traditional, etc.) utilized.
The definition of a grading period as being one semester is established in
Florida Statutes and cannot be waived by this Association.
11.2.7 A student who transfers from a home education program to a member
school prior to or during a semester shall be academically eligible to participate
in interscholastic athletic competition during that semester provided the student
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has a successful evaluation as stipulate d in Article 11.2.1. The student’s academic
eligibility for each succeeding semester shall then depend upon his/her maintaining
a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
The “Registration Form for Home Education Student to Participate in Interscholastic
Athletics” is Form EL7 on FHSAA.org.
11.2.8 All work required for credit must be completed before the last day of
the semester, without any extension of time. Should the last day of the semester
coincide with the last day of school for the winter holidays, the time period for all
work required for credit will be extended through the winter holidays. The only
exceptions to this rule are for courses such as agriculture which have projects that
cannot be completed until late summer.
11.2.9 A student transferring into a member school under extenuating circumstances
which prohibit securing a transcript from the previous school or country
shall be ineligible to represent that member school until he/she has been enrolled in
and established grades for one FULL semester. The details of each situation must
be reported in writing to the Executive Director for approval, including student’s
name, date of entry and inclusive dates of previous semester.
See Policy 18, “Policy on the Eligibility of Foreign Exchange and Other International
Students,” on page 137.
11.2.10 A student who is eligible or ineligible based upon the previous cumulative
grade point average will become eligible or ineligible on the seventh calendar
day after the last day of the previous semester. Should the last day of the semester
coincide with the last day of school for the winter holidays, the seventh calendar
day count will begin with the first day the students return to school after the winter
holidays. In order to be declared eligible for the succeeding semester, the student
must have been enrolled in, been in regular attendance at, and received grades for
all courses taken during the previous two consecutive semesters.
11.2.11 The Executive Director shall be contacted in writing concerning the
status of senior students who are participating in dual enrollment programs or early
admission programs. These students must maintain the required grade point average.
See Policy 16, “Criteria for Determining Academic Eligibility of Students
Enrolled in Schools with Block Scheduling, Special Schools, Special Programs,
Home Education Programs and Charter Schools,” on page 132.
11.2.12 A student who was eligible at the beginning of a semester because of his/
her academic record shall be eligible during the semester except for lack of atten2008-
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dance, improper conduct, or other valid reasons which may cause his/her principal
to declare him/her ineligible before the end of the semester. His/her eligibility for
each succeeding semester shall depend upon his/her academic record through, and
including, the preceding semester.
11.2.13 It shall be the duty of the principal to have each student’s record (including
students enrolled in schools with block scheduling, special schools, special
programs, home education programs and charter schools) checked at the end of
each semester and to declare the student eligible or ineligible for the following
semester based upon the cumulative grade point average attained by the student,
including the grades originally reported by the student’s teachers on the last day
of the semester. A student who was eligible or ineligible based upon the previous
cumulative grade point average will become eligible or ineligible on the seventh
calendar day after the last day of the previous semester. Should the last day of the
semester coincide with the last day of school for the winter holidays, the seventh
calendar day count will begin with the first day the students return to school after
the winter holidays. “Originally reported” means the completion of school work
necessary to earn a passing grade by the end of the semester. A grade of “incomplete”
originally reported by a teacher, at the end of a semester, is considered a
failing grade. If a student is ill or out of school, based on an excused absence, on
conclusion of the semester, he/she must be withheld from competition until the
school work has been made up if the failure recorded for the “incomplete” grade
results in the student’s inability to comply with the minimum grade point average
as required by statute. The Executive Director shall be notified in writing in such
cases by the principal of the member school.
11.2.14 A sixth-grade, seventh-grade and eighth-grade student in an independent
middle school, a middle-junior high school or a high school must meet the
following academic requirements to be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition:
(a) He/she must be regularly promoted from the previous grade the immediate
(b) He/she must be in regular attendance; and
(c) He/she must be carrying a normal class load and doing satisfactory classroom
work, with a satisfactory conduct record as determined by the principal of the
school and the standards of this Association.
A student who fails his/her work and must repeat the sixth, seventh or eighth grade
may become eligible at the beginning of the second semester he/she is in one of
these grades, if he/she passed the required work during the first semester of the
second year and he/she did not participate the first year in that grade.
11.3.1 A student shall be eligible in the school in which he or she first enrolls
each school year, or makes himself or herself a candidate for an athletic team by
engaging in a practice prior to enrolling in any member school. The student shall
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be eligible in that school so long as he or she remains enrolled in that school and
meets all other eligibility requirements.
184.108.40.206 A student who, pursuant to Bylaw 220.127.116.11, participates in athletic
activities sponsored by or affiliated with a school during the summer period
following assignment to or acceptance by the school but preceding attendance
in the school will be considered to have established residence in that school
and will not be eligible to participate in interscholastic practice or competition
at any other member school during that school year. A student who is
assigned to and/or accepted by more than one school will be considered to
have established residence in the school he/she first attends or participates
in summer athletic programs or interscholastic practice prior to attendance,
whichever first occurs.
See Policy 37, “Policy on Boarding Schools,” on page 163.
11.3.2 The student referred to in 11.3.1 will remain eligible at that school even
though a change of residence occurs so long as he/she remains enrolled in that
school and meets all other eligibility requirements.
11.3.3 A student who, after initially enrolling in, or engaging in an athletic
practice at, any school during a school year, moves into a school community with
his/her parent(s) or other individual with whom he/she has lived continuously for
a full calendar year and subsequently enrolls in a new school as the result of that
move, shall be eligible the following week so far as residence is concerned. The
student shall be eligible on the sixth day following his/her enrollment.
11.3.4 A student who, after initially enrolling in, or engaging in an athletic practice
during a school year, moves into a different school community to live with
his/her parent(s) or other individual with whom he/she has not lived continuously
for a full calendar year and enrolls in a new school as a result of the move, shall be
ineligible so far as residence is concerned.
11.3.5 The fact that guardianship papers have been issued, placing a student
under the control of a person or persons other than his/her parent(s), does not
establish eligibility. Residence with and support by any individual or individuals
for a period of one calendar year does establish the residence of that individual or
individuals as the residence of a student.
See Policy 17, “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Bylaws Relative to Transfer
Students,” on page 136.
11.4.1 A student who initially enrolls in, or engages in an athletic practice at,
one member school in a school year and transfers attendance to another member
school during that same school year shall be considered to be a transfer student and
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therefore subject to the bylaws related to students who transfer from one school to
11.4.2 A student who enrolls in a member school following his/her initial enrollment
in, or engagement in an athletic practice at, another school for that school
year shall be ineligible to represent the new school he/she is attending for the duration
of the school year. This rule shall not apply if the change of attendance from
one school to another is accompanied by a corresponding change in residence on
the part of the student’s parent(s) or other individual with whom the student has
lived continuously for a full calendar year, which makes it necessary for him/her to
attend a different school.
11.4.3 The provisions of Article 11.4.2 may be waived if the benefit of athletic
eligibility is requested in writing by the principal of the school to which he/she
transfers and the principal of the school from which he/she transfers consents to
such waiver in writing on a form to be furnished by the Executive Director. To
be effective as a waiver of the provisions of Article 11.4.2, the properly executed
original form must be filed in the office of this Association together with the annual
eligibility report for the requesting school. Such waiver is not effective until both
the annual eligibility report and the original application for waiver of the transfer
rule are received in the office of this Association. A principal should consider not
approving an application for waiver of the transfer rule when he/she has evidence
that reasonably leads him/her to believe that:
(a) the student is being recruited;
(b) the student is transferring in whole or in part for athletic reasons; or
(c) the student is transferring because of disciplinary reasons and/or misconduct.
HOWEVER, a student who transfers to a member school without a corresponding
change of residence on the part of the student’s parent(s) or other individual with
whom the student has lived continuously for a full calendar year, which makes it
necessary for him/her to attend a different school, on or after the beginning of any
sports season (first day of practice) shall not be eligible to compete in that sport for
the duration of that school year.
The “Application for Waiver of the Transfer Rule” is Form EL6 on FHSAA.org.
11.4.4 A student who has participated as a member of a senior high school in
interscholastic athletic competition during a school year prior to his/her application
for membership in a home education cooperative shall be ineligible to represent that
cooperative in interscholastic athletic competition for the duration of that school
year unless a properly executed “Application for Waiver of the Transfer Rule” is
obtained from the principal of the senior high school, and vice versa. A student who
withdraws from a regular school program to enroll in a home education program
and who is ineligible at the time of withdrawal from the regular school program
due to his/her failure to meet academic or behavioral eligibility standards shall be
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ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletic competition as a home education
student until he/she has successfully completed one semester in home education.
11.4.5 If a student who has transferred from one school to another after his/her
initial enrollment in a member school for that school year without a corresponding
change of residence which made it necessary for him/her to change schools and
has secured an application for waiver of the transfer rule then elects to transfer to
a third school without a corresponding change of residence which would make it
necessary for him/her to change schools during that same school year, it will be
necessary for him/her to secure applications for waiver of the transfer rule from all
schools previously attended within that school year.
11.4.6 A student who transfers from a non-member school to a member school
without a corresponding change of residence shall not be eligible to compete
during a sports season unless his/her transfer occurred prior to the first day of practice
for that sport.
11.4.7 A transfer student may represent the school to which he/she transfers on
the sixth day following the date of his/her entry into that school, provided his/her
transfer record has been received by the principal of the school to which he/she
has transferred and provided he/she meets all eligibility requirements. A transfer
record is an official written transcript signed by the principal or his/her authorized
representative of the school from which the student transferred.
11.4.8 The principal of a member school shall verify the eligibility status of a
student who has transferred to another member school when requested to do so by
the principal of the receiving school.
11.4.9 A student who represents a school in a state championship series sponsored
by this Association in a sport during the current school year may not transfer
to another school and represent the school to which he/she transfers in the remainder
of the state championship series in that sport.
11.4.10 A student who is ineligible, at the time of transfer from one school to
another school, because of disciplinary action or because of unsatisfactory conduct,
shall not be considered for eligibility at the school to which he/she transfers
until he/she has been enrolled in that school for a full semester. Enrolling in a new
school at the beginning of the school year does not decrease or eliminate the period
11.4.11 A student who transfers to a member school from a school in another state
or country who has been declared ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics
by the school from which he/she is transferring or by a governing association
of which that school is a member shall not be eligible to participate at the member
school until he/she has been enrolled in that school for a full semester.
11.4.12 Participation by a student in non-school athletics (i.e. AAU, American
Legion, club settings, etc.) on a team that is affiliated with any school other than
the school which the student attends, or attended the prior year, followed by enrollment
by that student in the affiliated school shall be considered prima facie evidence
of recruiting by the school to which that student enrolled, or that the student
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enrolled in that school in whole or in part for athletic reasons. Unless this prima
facie evidence of recruiting or that the student enrolled in the new school in whole
or in part for athletic reasons is disproved by the school and student to the satisfaction
of the Executive Director, the student shall be ineligible to represent that
school in interscholastic athletic competition for a period of 365 consecutive days
from the date of his/her enrollment in that school. A team affiliated with the school
is one that is organized by and/or coached by any member of the coaching staff at,
or any other person affiliated with, that school; and/or on which the majority of the
members of the team (participants in practice and/or competition) are students who
attend that school.
11.4.13 A student who transfers to a new school within one calendar year of the
relocation of his/her coach to that school without a corresponding change in residence
shall be considered to have transferred for athletic reasons and shall not be
eligible to participate in the sport(s) coached by that coach for one calendar year
from the date of enrollment in the new school.
11.4.14 A student who marries and sets up residence in a different school community
may represent the school which serves that community, provided the change in
residence is immediate and he/she meets all eligibility requirements.
11.4.15 The assignment or reassignment of a student by the District School Board
to a school other than that school in which he/she initially enrolled or at which he/
she engaged in an athletic practice for that school year shall not bestow upon the
student athletic eligibility in the new school unless benefit of eligibility is requested
upon a form to be furnished by the Executive Director. This form must bear the signature
of the District School Board Chairman, the District School Superintendent
or the signature of the principal of the school from which the student transferred,
and the principal of the school to which the student transferred. To be effective as a
waiver of these provisions, the properly executed original form must be filed in the
office of this Association together with the annual eligibility report for the requesting
school. Such waiver is not effective until both the annual eligibility report and
the original application for waiver of the transfer rule are received in the office of
this Association. A student who transfers to a member school without a corresponding
change of residence on or after the beginning of any sports season (first day of
practice) shall not be eligible to compete in that sport for the duration of that school
11.4.16 Majority to minority assignments duly made by the District School Board
shall not become effective until eligibility is requested on a form to be furnished by
the Executive Director. The principal of the sending school should grant the waiver
after investigating and determining that the student’s transfer is from his/her racial
majority to his/her racial minority school.
11.4.17 A student who is assigned to or otherwise enrolls in an out of district
public school, or a nonpublic school, may be assigned to or enroll in the public
school which serves his/her district without loss of eligibility, due to the transfer,
provided he/she meets all other eligibility requirements. A student who transfers
to a member school without a corresponding change of residence on or after the
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beginning of any sports season (first da y of practice) shall not be eligible to compete
in that sport for the duration of that school year.
11.4.18 If the District School Board changes the school to which a student is
assigned to attend, the student shall be declared eligible by the principal of the
school to which he/she has been transferred, provided he/she meets all other eligibility
requirements and his/her name has been submitted on an annual eligibility
11.4.19 A student who transfers his/her residence from that of his/her parent(s)
or other individual with whom the student has lived continuously for a full calendar
year, to the home of another individual who resides in a different school
community because of a court order committing one or both of those with whom
he/she has been living to a correctional or state medical institution shall be eligible
to represent the school in which he/she first enrolls or at which he/she engages in
an athletic practice following the change in residence. The residence and transfer
regulations do not apply to a student who returns to his/her home after honorable
discharge from a state correctional institution or to a student who returns to his/her
home after serving as a page in the Congress or the State Legislature.
11.4.20 A student who transfers his/her residence from that of his/her parent(s) or
other individual with whom the student has lived continuously for a full calendar
year to the home of another individual who resides in a different school community
because of the death of one or both of his/her parents or other individual shall be
eligible to represent the school in which he/she first enrolls or at which he/she
engages in an athletic practice following the change in residence.
11.4.21 In the event that a student becomes a ward of the State of Florida and is
placed in a foster home, the student will be eligible so far as residence is concerned
so long as he/she is enrolled in that school. Any subsequent transfer of residence
that requires a change of schools shall render the student ineligible.
11.5 LIMIT OF ELIGIBILITY
11.5.1 A student shall be eligible for no more than four (4) consecutive academic
years from the date he or she first enrolls in the ninth (9th) grade. Four
years from the date he or she first enrolls in the ninth (9th) grade, he or she shall
become ineligible for further interscholastic athletic competition. A student who is
withdrawn from school, does not attend school, repeats any grade, is declared ineligible
to participate, or otherwise fails to exercise the opportunity to participate for
any reason for any length of time during this four-year period shall not be granted
a waiver of this rule. Original school records shall be submitted to the Executive
Director in the event of conflicting information as to the date of first enrollment in
the ninth (9th) grade.
11.5.2 A student whose four (4) consecutive academic years of eligibility expires
during the season of a sport in which the student is participating shall be permitted
to continue participation in that sport through the conclusion of its season provided
the student meets all other eligibility requirements as set forth in these bylaws.
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11.5.3 A student may participate as a sixth-grade student one year only, as a seventh-
grade student one year only, and as an eighth-grade student one year only.
11.5.4 Participation or non-participation in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth
grades shall not affect a student’s eligibility after entering the ninth grade. A student
shall have four consecutive years of opportunity for eligibility after his/her
first enrollment in the ninth grade.
11.5.5 The eligibility rules of this Association are designed to promote academic
achievement and to encourage students to advance with their graduating
class. Unless a student exerts every reasonable effort to make up credit not earned,
such effort including attendance at summer school or other alternative programs,
an undue hardship request seeking a waiver of the limit of eligibility shall not be
11.6.1 A student may participate in interscholastic athletic competition until
reaching the age of 19 years 9 months, so far as age is concerned. Upon reaching
the age of 19 years 9 months the student shall be ineligible for further participation
in interscholastic athletic competition.
18.104.22.168 Any student reaching 19 years 9 months during the state championship
series of any given sport shall be permitted to compete until the
conclusion of that state championship series provided the student meets all
other eligibility requires as set forth in these bylaws.
11.6.2 A junior high school student may participate in interscholastic athletic
competition until reaching the age of 16 years 9 months, so far as age is concerned.
Upon reaching the age of 16 years 9 months the student shall be ineligible for further
participation in interscholastic athletic competition. The 16 year 9 month age
limit for junior high school students applies only when two junior high schools or
the junior high school departments of two combination junior-senior high schools
are competing against each other. If a junior high school competes against a senior
high school or the varsity team of a combination junior-senior high school, the age
limit set for senior high school students shall apply to the students of the junior
11.6.3 A middle school student may participate in interscholastic athletic competition
until reaching the age of 15 years 9 months, so far as age is concerned.
Upon reaching the age of 15 years 9 months the student shall be ineligible for
further participation in interscholastic athletic competition. The 15 year 9 month
age limit for middle school students applies only when two middle schools or the
middle school departments of two combination junior-senior high schools are competing
against each other. If a middle school competes against a senior high school
or the varsity team of a combination junior-senior high school, the age limit set for
senior high school students shall apply to the students of the middle school.
11.6.4 The first time a student’s name is submitted to the Executive Director on
an annual eligibility report, the principal shall certify that he/she, or his/her autho-
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rized representative, has examined and approved a birth certificate, issued by an
authorized agency, which shall not be based upon a delayed registration which is
less than five years old, for each student whose name appears on the annual eligibility
report. An authorized agency is:
(a) A state, county or city bureau of vital statistics, or the Department of State in
(b) A hospital; or
(c) A Canadian church record which, under Canadian law, is an official record
for vital statistics.
A passport from a foreign country or an immigration card for aliens may be
accepted in lieu of a birth certificate. Photostatic or duplicated copies of documents
issued by unauthorized agencies or individuals are not acceptable, even
when a notary public certifies that they are exact copies of the original documents
presented to him/her for such duplication.
11.6.5 When no birth certificate is available, as evidenced by a statement from
the authorities of the state in which the student was born that there is no record of
the date of his/her birth on file, age shall be established by:
(a) The attending physician’s affidavit; or
(b) Submission to the Executive Director of original school records that are at
least five years old and accompanied by such affidavits as may be required. Original
records from schools within the same county as the school which the student is
attending must be submitted to the Executive Director.
A delayed birth certificate must be at least five years old and have cleared through
the bureau of vital statistics to be considered. When conflicting evidence is submitted,
the record which establishes the earliest date of birth shall be deemed official.
If the preceding requirements cannot be met, the Executive Director shall be furnished
the following information:
(c) place and date of birth;
(d) name of father and maiden name of mother; and
(e) all schools, elementary and high, previously attended.
The Executive Director shall then proceed to confirm the reported date of birth and
bill the school with the cost of such confirmation.
11.6.6 The Executive Director may extend the time for filing complete information
for establishing date of birth, when in his/her judgment such extension is
justified; and PROVIDED, that the principal submitting the information shall be
held strictly accountable for the accuracy of the date of birth given insofar as it may
affect a student’s eligibility because of age.
11.7 PARENTAL CONSENT
11.7.1 The student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall complete, sign
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and present to the principal each year before participation in any interscholastic
athletic practice or competition a certificate of consent and release. Interscholastic
athletic practice shall be considered to include any and all forms of physical conditioning,
both aerobic and anaerobic, in which the student is permitted to participate
regardless of whether such conditioning occurs in the preseason, offseason,
summer season, or during the period of permissible organized practice. The Board
of Directors shall adopt language that shall be incorporated into this certificate by
each member school. This certificate shall be filed in the principal’s office.
The “Consent and Release from Liability Certificate” is Form EL3 on
11.8 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION [s.1002.20(17)(b), Florida
11.8.1 The student each year shall undergo a physical evaluation and shall be
certified as being physically fit for participation in interscholastic athletic practice
or competition before being allowed an opportunity for such participation. This
annual physical evaluation must be administered either by a licensed physician, a
licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed chiropractic physician, a licensed physician
assistant or a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, and shall be
valid for a period not to exceed on calendar year from the date of the practitioner’s
signature. Interscholastic athletic practice shall be considered to include any
and all forms of physical conditioning, both aerobic and anaerobic, in which the
student is permitted to participate regardless of whether such conditioning occurs
in the preseason, offseason, summer season, or during the period of permissible
organized practice. The physical evaluation shall include a medical history questionnaire
that must be completed and signed by the student and his/her parent(s)
or guardian(s). The Board of Directors shall adopt minimum requirements for the
physical evaluation to which each member school shall adhere. The fully executed
physical evaluation form signed by the physician or practitioner and the medical
history questionnaire signed by the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s)
shall be filed in the principal’s office.
11.8.2 While only one certificate a year is required, subsequent examinations
are recommended, and additional examinations should be required by the principal
and coach for their own protection, as well as that of the student, immediately upon
detection of the slightest indication of undue fatigue or other ill effects during practice
The “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” is Form EL2 on FHSAA.org.
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11.9.1 A student may not participate in an athletic activity of this Association
unless he/she is an amateur. A student who has accepted remuneration, gift,
or donation for participation in a sport or participates under an assumed name
becomes a professional and is thereafter disqualified for further participation in
that sport in high school for a period of one year. Reference to “gift or donation”
is not intended to preclude the acceptance of medals, trophies, plaques, keys, pins,
or ribbons of small intrinsic value, if presented by the sponsoring organization.
Championship rings, sweaters, jackets or award blankets may be accepted by students
provided they are presented by the school which they represent.
See Policy 27, “Guidelines for Participation by Student-Athletes in Coaching
Schools, Camps, Clinics, Workshops,” on page 154.
11.9.2 No awards of any kind having utilitarian value may be made by members
of this Association or by any individual or organization whatsoever to students for
participation in interscholastic athletics. Medals, trophies, ribbons, plaques, school
letters, school sweaters, school jackets, and school award blankets are hereby
declared to be of decorative value rather than utilitarian value, within the meaning
of this article, and may be awarded. Championship rings, sweaters, jackets or
award blankets may be accepted by students provided they are presented by the
school which they represent.
11.9.3 When a student participates in non-school sponsored competition at any
time during the calendar year, the student is governed by the amateur rules of the
amateur governing body of that sport. If the student violates the amateur rule of the
amateur governing body for the sport, the student is ineligible for interscholastic
athletic competition in that sport.
11.9.4 A student may not represent his/her school in non-school sponsored
athletic competition. Neither may a student wear his/her school uniform while participating
in non-school sponsored athletic events. Injuries sustained in non-school
sponsored athletic competition are not covered by school insurance.
11.9.5 Violation of the amateur rule in one sport does not make a student ineligible
in all other sports.
11.10 ALL-STAR PARTICIPATION
11.10.1 A student who participates in an all-star contest in a sport, prior to completing
his/her interscholastic athletic eligibility in that sport, shall be ineligible to
represent any member school in that sport for a period of one calendar year from
the date of participation in the all-star contest. An all-star contest is one in which
the participants have been selected or invited to participate as the result of their
performance as a high school athlete.
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See Policy 28, “Guidelines for Participation by Student-Athletes in All-Star
Games,” on page 155.
11.11 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
11.11.1 Students shall adhere to the principles of good sportsmanship and the
ethics of competition prior to, during and following all interscholastic athletic contests
in which they represent their school. The Board of Directors shall establish
penalties for students who violate these principles and ethics which may include
barring such students for a period of time from participation in future interscholastic
See Article 8 of these Bylaws on page 39; as well as Policy 32, “Policy on
Unsportsmanlike Conduct,” on page 158.
11.11.2 A student who, prior to, during or following an interscholastic athletic
contest, commits an act of a malicious and hateful nature toward a contest official
or an opponent, shall be guilty of gross unsportsmanlike conduct and be ineligible
to participate in interscholastic athletic competition for a period of six weeks. Such
malicious acts shall include, but not be limited to, cursing, striking or threatening
a contest official during a contest or at any other time because of resentment over
occurrences or decisions during a contest; physical contact with an opponent that
is beyond the normal scope of competition and which appears to be with the intent
of inflicting bodily harm on the opponent; spitting on a contest official or opponent;
directing gender, racial or ethnic slurs toward a contest official or opponent; or
other such acts which may be deemed as unacceptable conduct either by the principal
of the member school the student attends or this Association. The Executive
Director, the Sectional Appeals Committee or the Board of Directors on appeal,
may restore the eligibility of such a student prior to the expiration of the six weeks
when in his/their opinion the student has been properly disciplined by the authorities
of the school which he/she attends and the student signs a written statement
of his/her intention to comply with the provisions of Articles 8.1.1 and 11.11.1 of
these Bylaws in the future.
11.11.3 In matters pertaining to personal conduct in which interscholastic athletic
competition is not involved, the member school which the student(s) attend shall
be the judge as to whether the student(s) may play on its team.
Florida Statutes establish that a school district may adopt a code of conduct by
which students must abide to be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletic
competition. Ineligibility due to violations of such codes of conduct cannot be
waived by this Association.
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11.11.4 A student who uses anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing
drugs shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition until such time
as medical evidence can be presented that the student’s system is free of anabolic
steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.
See Policy 33, “Policy on the Use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances,”
on page 160.
11.12 USE OF ATHLETES
11.12.1 Only students who are currently eligible to participate in an interscholastic
athletic contest shall appear at the contest in the uniform of their school. An
ineligible student shall not be allowed on the players’ bench, in the team box or on
the field of play, in athletic uniform during an athletic contest. A student in athletic
uniform during an athletic contest is defined as having participated. Any member
school which allows a student to participate in interscholastic athletic competition
(dress in uniform) in violation of the regulations of this Association will be held
guilty of using an ineligible student and subject to the penalties assessed.
11.12.2 A student who falsifies information to gain eligibility status that causes
a member school to violate eligibility rules of this Association shall be declared
ineligible to represent any member school for a period of one year from the date of
the discovery of the violation.
11.13 ANNUAL ELIGIBILITY REPORT
11.13.1 It shall be the responsibility of the principal of each member school to
file an annual eligibility report with the Executive Director concerning the status of
each prospective student-athlete. This information shall be reported electronically
online through means provided by the Association. The annual eligibility report
for each student-athlete shall contain all the information required, including the
legal name of the student-athlete written exactly as it appears on his/her birth certificate.
A student-athlete shall be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletic
competition on the same day as his/her name is submitted to the Association office.
Violations of the provisions relative to date of filing annual eligibility reports shall
result in a financial penalty as determined by the Board of Directors.
11.13.2 Eligibility is not by sports season. When a student-athlete has been
reported on an annual eligibility report to the Executive Director for a school year
and declared eligible by the principal, the student-athlete may participate in any
and all sports during the school year as long as the student-athlete maintains current
11.14 OFFICIAL ELIGIBILITY RULINGS
11.14.1 Each member school principal or his/her designee having reasonable
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cause to believe that a student is ineligible to participate in, or continue to participate
in, interscholastic athletic competition under any provision of these Bylaws
may request an official ruling on the student’s eligibility from the Executive Director
on a form to be provided by this Association, and must do so at the student’s
request. A member school which requests an official ruling on a student’s eligibility
shall submit in writing on the form a full statement of the facts surrounding
the student’s ineligibility. The Executive Director, or his/her designee, within a
reasonable amount of time, shall issue a ruling based on the statement of facts
which is provided in writing on the form and any other information available to
the Executive Director, which additional information shall be included in the official
ruling related to the student’s eligibility. In the event the Executive Director
later determines that incomplete or inaccurate information has been included in
the statement supporting the member schools request for an eligibility ruling, the
ruling may be retracted and such penalties as deemed appropriate may be imposed
by the Executive Director against the member school requesting the ruling. Only
those rulings which are issued in writing and signed by the Executive Director, or
his/her designee shall be official. This bylaw does not relieve the principal or his/
her designee from his/her responsibility of ensuring the eligibility of all students
who are allowed to participate in interscholastic athletic competition on behalf of
his/her school, or from any other responsibility as set forth in Bylaw 7.4.1.
The “Request for Eligibility Ruling” is Form EL10 on FHSAA.org.
11.14.2 A student who is determined to be ineligible by a member school principal
or his/her designee, or ruled ineligible by the Executive Director, shall be
provided with notice of his/her ineligibility either in writing or by delivering said
notice in person. The notice shall specify the reason(s) for the ineligibility and
identify the individual provision(s) of these Bylaws involved. The student shall
also be informed of his/her right to have the school appeal the decision of the
principal or his/her designee to the Executive Director, or the Executive Director’s
ruling to the Sectional Appeals Committee; or to file a request for undue hardship
waiver on his/her behalf, in accordance with the provisions of Article 13 of these
Lake Highland Prep School does not have an academic policy regarding extra-curricular activities and participation, but adheres to the FHSAA policy of each student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be eligible. If a player is having academic difficulty coaches will support the efforts of the player to get themselves back on track.
If, for some reason, a student decides to stop participating on a team, or the student is dismissed from a team, then he or she will not be permitted to join or participate in any other sport for the duration of that sport season. Students receive a pass or fail grade for the Varsity Athletic period. Failure to fulfill his or her commitment, regardless of the timing (beginning, middle, or end of the term), will result in a loss of athletic credit for the semester and the student will be removed from the athletic period. The Athletic Director will have the final say in determining athletic credit. Students with medical concerns must have their status reviewed by the Athletic Director.
Team Practices During School Holidays
Most, if not all, of the Varsity teams, and some JV teams, practice during school holidays. The level of commitment on a varsity team requires that the athlete participate in these practices during vacations. Families of varsity athletes need to understand that in order for our teams to be competitive, formal mandatory practices will and do take place during vacations. If you are the parent of a varsity athlete, plan on your son/daughter having to participate in these practices. If your son/daughter cannot attend these mandatory practices, then it has to be understood that there may be consequences for failure to attend. These consequences are determined by the coaches. Consequences vary and are handled by each individual coach. If there are special circumstances concerning a student, then the parents need to inform the coach as soon as possible.
In the case of inclement weather, games may have to be rescheduled. For the Middle School games, a decision is made as close to departure time as possible. This may mean that a decision is not made until 1:30. For high school games, decisions are made between 2:30 and 3:30, depending on whether it is a home or away contest. All game day changes will be posted at http://www.lhps.org/athletics/athletics.htm. If you have additional questions, contact the Athletic Administrative Asst. at 407-206-1900 ext. 216. During the fall and spring seasons, if weather is bad, practices are generally moved indoors.
Team Uniforms and Equipment Purchases
Each individual sport will have a spirit pack, which will include any additional apparel or equipment needed for the sport. Spirit pack items are an additional expense. Some teams place orders for team items such as sweat-shirts, jackets, etc. These are items that are not mandatory for participation and purchased as an extra item by the athlete. If a student is issued any equipment/uniforms and an item is lost, then the student will be billed for that item. The cost of replacing a single uniform item can be very expensive, so we hope that the students will make every effort to return all uniform pieces.
Attendance at practice and games is an obligation every athlete must adhere to. This insures proper preparation for each contest and allows coaches to effectively evaluate the progress of the players and the team. There are some programs that either have practices and/or games on Saturdays. It must be understood that Saturdays are a part of some programs, especially Varsity ones. Missing practices or games for other club/AAU teams is not considered an excused absence. If an individual coach wishes to grant exemptions to these rules, then that is up to the individual coach. The Athletic Director must be informed by the coach if a student has been granted leeway with respect to missing weekend or any practices. This policy is subject to the discretion of the Athletic Director.
If an athlete is injured, he/she must see the athletic trainer. If an athlete has an injury that requires rehabilitation, then this needs to be worked out with the trainer and coach. If the trainer wants the athlete to work with him during practice hours, then the athlete is required to attend. If an athlete is unable to begin rehab right away, then the athlete is expected to attend practice and observe unless the coach gives permission for the absence.
Only the following are considered excused absences:
- Documented illness
- Religious observance
- Family emergency or event (i.e. wedding, funeral, birth)
The Athletic Department asks that the coaches be notified as soon as possible if an unexpected absence is going to occur. Notification after the absence will not be excused.
The Athletic Department staff strives to instill in students the importance of a healthy life style in order to compete at the highest possible level. Athletes will be encouraged to put maximum effort into workouts and follow healthy habits such as eating three well-balanced meals, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate rest as the best way to improve athletic performance.
It is the policy of the school, as stated in The Lake Highland Prep School Handbook, that "a student may be suspended or dismissed for possessing, using, or selling alcohol or illegal drugs on campus or during a school-sponsored event, including being present at school or school activities while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Smoking, chewing, or possessing tobacco products on campus or at school-sponsored events is also against school policy and subject to disciplinary action. The Athletic Department will hold athletes accountable to these school policies. Coaches will take a leadership role in educating student-athletes of the dangers of alcohol and illegal drugs, and their negative impact on a healthy lifestyle.
Athletic Department Supplement Policy
The Athletic Department strongly discourages the use of so-called "performance-enhancing" supplements and adheres to the following policy.
It is not the practice of the LHPS coaching staff to endorse, supply or otherwise promote the use of any supplement or substance. Supplements are not regulated by any federal agency and therefore, the quality, contents and purity of these substances is in question. Because they cannot be deemed safe and effective, no coach shall provide or promote the use of any supplement by LHPS athletes. Also, as our athletes are under the age of 18, we are prevented from legally giving any substance (supplement, over the counter medication, prescription medication, etc.) without parental consent. It is our policy to promote a healthy lifestyle through proper diet, exercise and rest. The athlete’s physician, who has a more complete medical history and would be more aware of any potential drug interactions or complications, best answers questions regarding supplements or other products.
Lake Highland has two full time Certified and Licensed ATCs. Mr. Scott Schenker at firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 206-1900 ext.1217 and Mrs. Emily Gibson at email@example.com (407) 206-1900 ext.1219. LHPS also has a strong group of dedicated Student Athletic Trainers that assist in the prevention and treatment of injuries to the physically active Lake Highland student athletes.
If a serious injury occurs during a practice or game, the athletic trainer will contact parents immediately. If the injury is serious enough that medical attention by a doctor is required, parents will be notified as to the location your son/daughter will be taken.
If the injury is serious enough that your son/daughter will be unable to participate and has been seen by a physician, then in order to return to athletic participation, a note from the attending physician is required.
If an athlete is injured, he/she must see the athletic trainer. If an athlete has an injury that requires rehabilitation, then this needs to be worked out with the trainer and coach. If the trainer wants the athlete to work with him/her during practice hours, then the athlete is required to attend. If an athlete is unable to begin rehab right away, the athlete is expected to attend practice and observe unless the coach gives permission for the absence.
If an athlete is seen by a physician or health care provider for any illnesses or injuries that may occur outside of Lake Highland, he/she is required to have a written clearance notice given to the athletic trainer before returning to any participation of practices or games.
If your athlete is injured and you have questions regarding their medical care or the need for a possible referral please contact:
Mr. Scott Schenker at firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 206-1900 ext.1217 or
Mrs. Emily Gibson at email@example.com (407) 206-1900 ext.1219
General Athletic Training room hours vary according to the demands of each sport season. Athletic Trainers are available for consultations and treatments by appointment throughout the school day. The Athletic Training room opens for general use after school each day and stays open until 5:00 pm or until the end of the last practice or competition. Most practices and all home games have an Athletic Trainer present for immediate injury prevention and care.
Lake Highland Preparatory School Sports Medicine
Concussion Policy and Procedures
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a complex patho-physiologic process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces secondary to direct or indirect forces to the head. A concussion is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. A concussion results in a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or sleep related symptoms. Symptoms include but are not limited to: headache, nausea, sensitivity to light/noise, fatigue, drowsiness, irritability, and feeling slowed down and/or foggy. Duration of symptoms is highly variable and may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months, or even longer in some cases. The severity of concussions can be graded on a scale of 1st degree, 2nd degree, or 3rd degree or mild, moderate, or severe. Whereas in the past, concussions were graded after the initial injury, now it is recommended to grade a concussion dependent of how long it took for the symptoms to subside.
What is Second Impact Syndrome?
Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) occurs when an athlete, who has already sustained a head injury, sustains a second head injury prior to complete resolution of symptoms. This often occurs because a person has returned to participation too soon. Most persons do not realize that it may take days and weeks for concussion symptoms to resolve. Second Impact Syndrome most likely affects young athletes (jr/sr high school), however, any athlete who returns to play too soon is a possible candidate. Second Impact Syndrome is a very serious condition that has been linked to permanent brain damage or even death.
What is Neurocognitive Testing?
Given these outlined concerns and inherent difficulties in managing concussion, individualized and comprehensive management of concussion is optimal. At the forefront of proper concussion management is the implementation of baseline and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. Such evaluation can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete’s post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the “cornerstone” of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts (“ImPACT”, 2009). ImPACT is a user-friendly computer based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussion. The instrument has been designed after approximately 10-years of university-based, grant-supported research. ImPACT is currently the most widely utilized computerized program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation.
In order to provide Lake Highland Preparatory Student Athletes the best possible care and prevention of multiple concussions and second impact syndrome, team members of the following sports will perform baseline testing: Football, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball, and certain Field events (high jump and pole vault). This testing will be completed at campus computer labs. These baseline scores will be saved in a database in the schools networks. If an athlete sustains a concussion we will administer a post-concussion follow-up test twenty four hours post incident. These scores will be compared to their baseline scores. A return to play plan will then be determined by a Credentialed ImPact Consultant through Florida Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute in conjunction with the athletic training staff at LHPS.
How will a suspected concussion be managed at LHPS?
A student athlete with a suspected concussion will be evaluated by an Athletic Trainer at the time of injury. The Athletic Trainer will decide, based on present symptoms, if the student athlete needs immediate referral to the ER. If no immediate referral is necessary the student athlete will be sent home with care instructions to be given to and followed by a parent or guardian. The athlete will follow up with the athletic training staff in the athletic training room the following day or next day back at school.
Home care instructions will include the following list of signs and symptoms. An athlete should be taken to the emergency room if any of the following signs or symptoms are severe or worsening:
|Appears to be dazed or stunned
|Confused about assignment
|Unable to remember plays
|| Dizziness or balance problems
|Unsure of game, score, opponent
|| Double or fuzzy vision or any other visual alteration
|Slow to answer questions
|| Sensitivity to light and/or noise
|| Feeling sluggish or slow
|| Feeling “foggy” or groggy
|| Concentration or memory problems, confusion
|Shows behavior or personality changes
|| Extreme fatigue
|Can’t recall events before the hit
|Can’t recall events after the hit
A student athlete at LHPS will not return to activity until they are cleared by our team neuropsychologist Dr. Anthony Logalbo at Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute. They must complete an ImPACT post-concussion test and pass it even if we do not have a baseline test on them in-order to start the return to play protocols set by the team physician. Dr. Logalbo has been working with the sports medicine staff at LHPS for the last 6 years managing our concussion patients. If LHPS student athlete’s parents decide to take their child to another physician for evaluation and treatment the athletic training staff must have documentation of the visits and some form of a neurocognitive test showing normal brain function before they will be allowed to start return to play protocol.
When a student takes the ImPACT concussion testing protocol and is deemed to have any severity of concussion, they will be removed from all team activities including practices and weightlifting. The athlete will be completely removed from all activities for the benefit of a shorter recovery period and quicker return to play.
What is the return to play protocol after a student athlete has been diagnosed with a concussion?
The return to play progression is a multi-step process. It will begin once the athlete is symptom free for 24 hours, and has an adequate score on a post injury impact test as compared to the baseline. In addition, the athlete must have clearance from the supervising doctor. At this point, the athlete will have to complete the return to play protocol as set by Florida Hospital. Upon successful completion of all of the above the athlete will be able to return to practice. They must complete one day of practice, non-contact, symptom free, before they are allowed to practice fully.
Any questions please contact:
Scott Schenker, MS, ATC, LAT
407-206-1900 ext. 1218
Cantu, R.C. (1996). Head injuries in sport. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 30, 289-296.
Guskiewicz, K.M. et al. (2004). National athletic trainers’ association position statement: management of sports related concussion. Journal of Athletic Training, 39, (3): 280-297
ImPACT: The best approach to concussion management. (2009). Retrieved November 12, 2009, from http://www.impacttest.com/impactbackground.php.
Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Training Concussion Policy
If the temperature exceeds 100 degrees, the air quality is deemed unhealthy, or the heat index reaches a level for concern, the Athletic Director or Athletic Trainers will be responsible for informing the coaches. If extreme heat occurs practices will be held early in the morning and later in the day to avoid the hottest part of the day. Practices times will also be shortened. Athletes will be kept well hydrated and will be monitored carefully by the coaching staff and training staff for any signs of distress.
When the lightning detector sounds one blast, all games and practices in session will be suspended immediately by the officials or the head coach. All players and fans must leave the playing area immediately. No contest or practice will resume until the detector sounds three blasts to indicate a safe atmosphere. Officials and the Athletic Director will always have the final word on the continuation of the game.
Where to go in case of lightning if you are at the following locations:
- Football Field: LHPS Gymnasium or auditorium
- Batting Cages: LHPS Gymnasium or auditorium
- Outdoor Basketball Courts: LHPS Gymnasium or auditorium
- O’Meara Sports Complex: Wrestling facility or parked vehicles
Permission to Participate/Consent to Treatment Forms
An important note from the Athletic Training Office:
In order to be eligible for all sports in the current school year athletic programs, a "Pre-participation Physical" and "Consent and Liability" form must be on file in the Athletic Training office. All athletes will need a new physical and consent form for the 2016-2017 season. Physicals must be dated after April 1, 2016 in order to be valid for the 2016-2017 season. Turn all of your forms into the Athletic Training office. Copies of these forms can be downloaded here: Consent Form & Physical Form. Please be sure to download BOTH forms and return completed forms to the Athletic Training Room. If you would like to check on the status of your child's medical eligibility please call:
Mr. Scott Schenker firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 1218
Mrs. Emily Gibson email@example.com ext. 1219
No athlete will be allowed to participate without these important forms on file in the athletic training office.
Early Dismissals for Games
Early dismissal for games happens throughout the course of the year. The Athletic Department tries to avoid scheduling games before 4:00 p.m. Travel to some visiting schools makes early dismissals unavoidable. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they inform their teachers of an early dismissal and they are responsible for all assignments missed.
Transportation to and from Games
The school provides transportation for most athletic events. Whenever school transportation is provided, students must travel to and from events with their group unless parents have made prior arrangements with the Coach. In no case is a student allowed to make his or her own arrangements with a coach.
In some instances, arrangements will be made between coaches and parent volunteers to assist with transportation.
Each sport program will host an end of the season award banquet for all levels of teams involved in their program. Specific details concerning the venue can be found on each individual sport’s web page.
Lake Highland is seeing more and more of its student-athletes going on to college to play intercollegiate sports. The coaches, athletic directors, and the college counselor are always available to answer any questions you have regarding college athletics. These people will assist in any way to help your son/daughter find a school where they might be able to continue to pursue athletic aspirations. If your son/daughter does plan on playing college athletics at any division, they need to file with the NCAA Clearinghouse. This paperwork can be completed on line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. And also needs to be filed at Lake Highland with Mrs. Kim Rios, the school registrar. Lake Highland offers an evening program each year to help answer some of the questions concerning the college-bound student-athlete. Call the College and Career center (407-206-1900 ext. 242) to find out more about this evening hosted in the Spring. This event is especially useful for juniors and their parents.
An independent company selected by the Athletic Director will take team and individual photos, which may be purchased by all team members. Only players, managers and coaches are to be present in the photo. Coaches will wear coaching shirts provided by the school and players will be dressed in the team uniform. Players out of uniform may not be included in the team picture. Every effort will be made to insure that all players are present for the picture.