ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (REF: POLICY JJJ)
Extracurricular activities are defined as all interscholastic activities which are of a competitive nature and involve more than one school where a championship, winner or rating is determined (State board rule R7 2-808).
In order to be academically eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) with no F's. Student and parents may access grades on-line to ensure student-athletes are maintaining eligibility.
Grade checks will be performed every week (Monday) during scheduled sport seasons in the athletics department. Students who are failing one or more classes, or have a grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 in a specific scheduled one week cycle, will be ineligible for that week (Monday-Saturday) in order to focus on academic responsibilities. Students can re-establish academic eligibility prior to the end of the one week cycle by presenting a signed print out reflecting the improved grade from the teacher(s) in question and demonstrating improvement to a 2.0 GPA. Failing grades include those which are earned as a result of excessive tardiness or absences. If a student-athlete is ineligible for more than two weeks (not necessarily two weeks in a row) they may be dismissed from the team.
Code of Conduct
Our entire Athletic Department and Administration is committed to enforcing the Code of Conduct. Playing for the Stingers is a privilege, not a right. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, no member of a Sonoran Trails athletic team will:
A. Substance Abuse: Knowingly use, attempt to use, possess, sell, distribute, or assist any other student in the use of the following:
1. Tobacco/tobacco products
2. Alcoholic beverages
3. Any form of controlled substance/drugs, look-a-like drugs/drug paraphernalia, other than those prescribed by a physician for that student; or
4. Performance-enhancement drugs or performance-enhancement drug paraphernalia.
B. Behavior: Exhibit any behavior that the Athletic Department or District Administration considers detrimental to the athlete’s team or school. Some examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to: illegal acts, insubordination, unsportsmanlike conduct, theft, fighting, vandalism, plagiarism, intentionally lying to school officials, falsifying information/signatures on permission or eligibility forms, hazing, bullying, or intimidating acts.
* Upon any school disciplinary action, or law related offense, a student will be automatically suspended according to the appropriate offense number and category.
SUSPENSION: If an athlete is suspended from school for any reason he/she will not be eligible for practice or a contest until after the conclusion of the suspension. Students are not allowed to dress out for games/competitions. Students are not allowed to travel with the team to away games/competitions in district or chartered vehicles. Once the athlete has served the suspension, he/she will be eligible to practice and also participate in contests at the coach’s discretion.
(TWO VIOLATIONS) of the Code of Conduct (SUBSTANCE and/or BEHAVIOR) will result in immediate removal from the current sport/activity and total exclusion from interscholastic athletics/activities at Sonoran Trails Middle School for the remainder of the academic year, August through July.
Final discretion and interpretation of any offense and consequence is up to the Athletic Director and Administration. Students must follow all existing school practices as stated in the Board of Education’s policies and regulation and the Sonoran Trails student handbook.