Cocurriculars and Activities - Training Rules-Athletic/Cocurricular
The following rules are in effect 365 days per year as dictated by the WIAA. Offenses are over a career and are not removed at the start or end of a season or year.
Possession/Use of Alcohol & Other Illegal Drugs Including WIAA Banned Substances Penalties/Suspensions:
- 1st OFFENSE (IN SEASON)
The athlete will be suspended for the entirety of the current season. If the offense occurs in the last 50% of the season, the suspension will last for the remainder of the current season as well as 25% of the next regular season*. Self or parental referral within 24 hours of the violation may reduce the penalty to a minimum of 25% of the season’s scheduled eventsˆ.
- 1ST OFFENSE (OUT OF SEASON)
Suspension for 50% of the scheduled events for the athlete’s next regular season. This athlete may join other activities outside his/her regular season. Self or parental referral within 24 hours of the violation may reduce the penalty to a minimum of 25% loss of next normal season.
2ND OFFENSE (IN SEASON)
- The athlete will be suspended for the entirety of the current season. The athlete will be suspended for 100% of his/her next regular season. If the offense happens in the last half of the current season, the athlete will be suspended for 25% of his/her subsequent season.
- 365 day suspension from the date of the offense.
- The athlete will be suspended for 100% of his/her next regular season. The athlete will be further suspended for 50% of his/her subsequent season.
- 365 day suspension from the date of the offense.
*Regular Season is defined as a sport the student has participated in within the last 365 days. If the student has not been enrolled for 365 days, the term does not apply.
ˆWIAA event is defined as all competition on one day.
˜The option applied will be the one with fewer days.
Any athlete suspended for possession or use of illegal substances will enroll in the FVL insight program and may be required to go through pre-assessment to determine if evaluation is needed. Assessment if required will be paid for by the parent of the violator.
If athletes are present at a party while the above mentioned substances are being used illegally, they must leave. Continued presence will in most cases result in suspension equal to that for possession or use.
Referrals must be made in person or via telephone to the activities director, assistant principal, principal, or head coach. Referrals cannot be made if arrests or citations are already or soon to be public knowledge. Referrals by parent or student are best done within 24 hours or soon after the violation occurs.
Possession/Use of Tobacco Products (Includes E-cigarettes) - Penalties:
- 1st or 2nd Career Offense - In-Season
Remainder of the season suspension.
- 1st Career Offense - Out of Season
5% loss of next normal season
- 2nd Career Offense - Out of Season
100% loss of next normal season
- Subsequent Offenses
Suspension for the remainder of career with the possibility to appeal to the administration for reinstatement after 365 days.
Athletes ending a season on suspension will not receive FVL awards and will not be eligible to be nominated for post season honors. Athletes missing a portion of the season due to suspension but finishing in good standing will receive FVL awards and may or may not receive post season honors.
- WIAA Regulations
A student who transfers schools with a status of ineligibility is suspended for the same period as decreed by the former school.
- Suspensions occurring during WIAA tournament competition will result in suspension for the remainder of the tournament.
- Banned Substances
School personnel and coaches may not supply, recommend, or permit the use of any drug, medication, or food supplement solely for performance enhancing purposes, including even natural substances in unnatural amounts. Student use or possession of WIAA banned substances will result in suspensions and penalties identical to use or possession of illegal drugs. The complete list can be found linked below:
A definition of curfew is: “being at home under the supervision of a parent from start of curfew until after the sun rises.” Curfew hours are as follows: 10:30 p.m. – the night before competition; 11:00 p.m. – the night before practice; 12:00 Midnight – all other in season nights.
- Curfew Violations
Since curfews are a family matter, parents are to apply penalties in consultation with the coach. Guidelines for suggested penalties would be: one event suspension for the first violation, two events for the second, and removal from the team for a third violation.
- Curfew and School Sponsorted Events
The general rule for special school sponsored events, such as homecoming or prom, that go past the normal curfew time is to be at home within thirty minutes of the ending time of the event. Athletes not staying at home must notify their coach. Athletes should request permission from coaches for extended curfews for family or individual matters.
Practice, tryouts, and cuts during suspension follow these guidelines:
- Any suspension equal to or less than 25% of a season will allow the athlete to practice and prepare for competition.
- Any suspension greater than 25% of the season will have the athlete begin practice when the coach feels it is in the best interest of the team for the athlete to begin practice.
- Any athlete suspended for a portion of the season may be cut. Even though a player is suspended 25% or 50% of a season, a coach may very well in consultation with the school administration decide it is better to have another athlete 100% of the season and therefore cut the suspended player. This is applicable when teams are limited with cuts such as basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, etc.
- Any time a suspended athlete, who is practicing with the team, is making it difficult on the coach and/or team; the coach may request the school administration to assist in removing the athlete from the team.
- If an athlete is suspended for 100% of a season, he/she may be allowed to practice, but only if a meeting has taken place involving the activities director, coach, athlete and his/her parents. In this case, the decision to allow the player to participate in practice and any ground rules that are established will be set up by the coach, in consultation with the activities director, and must be agreed to by the player and parents.
The school administration can assign penalties and exclude a student from representing the school for conduct in or out of the school that reflects discredit on FVL and its mission or creates disruptive influence in discipline, Christian standards, educational environment, or good order for students attending FVL. Examples of behaviors not mentioned in the training rules but needing administration consideration for penalties may include such acts as vandalism, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, sexual misconduct, and the like. Violations of state or federal laws would also warrant consideration for suspension from athletics. Student misconduct may be personally witnessed acts but may also include but not be limited to social networking activities, internet postings, electronic or other forms of communication.
Non-Athletic Co-curricular Participants/Penalties
The FVL faculty and school administration will often apply similar rules, regulations, and suspensions to non-athletic cocurricular activity participants. It is good for all students representing FVL, whether athletes or non-athletes, to all follow similar standards.