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Shadow Hills High School
Desert Sands Unified School District
Athletes and Parents
Welcome to the Shadow Hills High School Athletic program. This information is presented to you because of your expressed desire to participate in Interscholastic Athletics. Your interest in this phase of our school program is gratifying. We believe that participation in athletics provides the opportunity for developing lifetime skills, which will help students in becoming well rounded individuals capable of making decisions and handling problems now and in the future. The main goal of the Shadow Hills High School sports program is to provide competitive experiences that are fun, successful, and promote individual growth within a safe and healthy environment.
When your daughter/son chooses to participate in one of our sports programs, they have committed themselves to certain responsibilities and obligations. This guide will acquaint you with the specific policies and rules, which are necessary for a well organized program of interscholastic athletics.
Shadow Hills competes in the De Anza league, at two different levels. We currently compete in 21 individual sports for boys and girls, at the Junior Varsity and Varsity level.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Shadow Hills Athletic Program or this handbook, please contact me at (760)393-5400 or (email@example.com)
Director of Athletics
Requirements for participation
The following documents are required prior to participating in any sports practice sessions or contests. (paper work can be picked up in the SHHS office or the Athletic Directors office)
Sports physicals will be given for a fee on campus one time a year in late spring. All other physicals must be from a licensed physician. Sports physicals are valid for one calendar year. If an athletes physical expires during an athletic season the athlete will not be able to practice or participate until a current physical examination is turned in to the Athletic Director.
Risk factor in sports
Participation in sports involves a certain degree of risk of injury. Such physical injury can occur in any type of sports activity and vary in nature. Athletic injuries can run from minor scrapes and bruises to the more serious injuries such as fractures, dislocations, concussions, paralysis, and even death.
It is extremely important to report any injury to your coach immediately
Returning to an athletic team after injury or illness
An athlete who is seen by a doctor must be released (signed statement) by the same doctor to resume participation with their team. This release must be filed with the Athletic Director. It is the athlete's responsibility to get the release turned into the school.
Participants in an activity of sport are part of our overall education program. It is understood that students will be present at school in order to participate in a practice, game or activity that day. Team and activity members on suspension for any disciplinary infraction will not be allowed to practice or participate in any event for that day. In an event a student is assigned detention, students will be expected to attend this assignment before reporting to any extracurricular activity.
Participating in multiple sports
Students are encouraged to participate in multiple sports throughout the year. Howhever, an athlete will only be allowed to participate in one sport during a calendar season. There are 3 sport seasons during the year, Fall, Winter, and Spring. If an athlete decides to quit a team, they will not be cleared to participate in another sport until the next calendar season. For example, an athlete will not be cleared to play soccer if they quit basketball because they are both Winter sports.
Extra-Curricular eligibility policy
Goal: To ensure academic success and extracurricular participation for all students
Step 1 : Probation - at the report period (progress report, or grade report period) each student will have their academic progress reviewed. If a student is failing one or two classes with under a 2.0 GPA, the student will be allowed to participate in their sport or activity and will be mandated to receive academic support for the failing class or classes. Student must meet with the teacher(s), agree to the details of the contract and return the signed contract to the Athletic Director. If the student is failing three or more classes, they immediately begin at step two of this process.
Step 2 : ineligible - if the student is still failing with under a 2.0 at the next grading period, they will be allowed to practice, upon coaches' approval, but will be unable to compete in any extracurricular events. The student will be required to continue the academic support plan.
School clothing and equipment
It is the responsibility of the athlete to return all clothing and equipment issued. Failure to do so will result in the athlete being billed for the missing items. Failure to do so will also result in forfeiting the right to receive any school equipment or clothing in the next sport season, and will be ineligible for any certificate, pin or letter, and possible exclusion from school activities until payment is received. The school will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.