Palmyra Area High School
To the Parent
This material is presented to you because your son/daughter
has indicated a desire to participate in interscholastic sports and you have
expressed your willingness to permit him/her to compete. We believe that participation in sports provides
a wealth of opportunities and experiences that will endure a lifetime. It is our hope to maintain a program that is
sound in purpose and will further each student’s education maturity.
It is the role of the Department of Athletics to make rules
that govern the spirit of competition for our school. These rules need a broad basis of community
support, which is achieved only through communication to the parent. It is our hope to accomplish this objective
through this athletic publication for student and parents.
To the Athlete
Being a member of a Palmyra athletic team is the fulfillment
of an early ambition for many students. The attainment of this goal carries with it certain traditions and
responsibilities that must be maintained. A great athletic tradition is not built overnight; it takes the hard
work of many people over many years. As a team member of the Palmyra Area
School District, you have inherited a wonderful tradition. A tradition you are challenged to uphold.
Our tradition has been to win with honor. We desire to win, but only win with honor to
our athletes, our schools and our community. Such a tradition is worthy of the best efforts of all concerned.
When you put on the ORANGE and BLACK, we assume that you not
only understand our traditions, but are willing to assume the responsibilities
that go with them. However, the
contributions you make should be a satisfying accomplishment to you and your
RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOURSELF...
Broaden yourself and develop strength of character. Your academic studies, your participation in
extra curricular activities, as well as in sports, prepare you for your life as
RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOUR SCHOOL... you assume a leadership role when you are onstage with the spotlight on you. Your fellow students, the community and other
communities judge our school by your conduct and attitudes, both on and off the
RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHERS... you also bear a heavy
responsibility to your home. When you
know in your heart that you have lived up to all the training rules, that you
have practiced to the best of your ability every day, and that you have played
the game “all out,” you can keep your self-respect and your family can be
justly proud of you.
Also keep in mind that younger athletes are watching
you. They will copy you in many
ways. Set good examples for them.
Philosophy - The interscholastic athletic program at Palmyra High School is
an integral part of the total educational program of the district. Consequently, both coaches and players must
understand that their actions both on and off the field helps determine what
impression the community forms of the district as a whole. While we all take
great pride in winning, it does not condone “winning at all costs.” It discourages any and all pressures which
might tend to neglect good sportsmanship and good mental health. At all times the athletic program at Palmyra must
be conducted in such a way as to justify it as an educational activity.
Participation The Palmyra Area
School District views athletics as part of the overall educational
process. Therefore, our school district
encourages our students to participate in as many athletic/extra-curricular
activities as possible. The Palmyra Area
School District supports coaches who demonstrate appropriate flexibility to
work together to allow students to participate in as many activities as
Athletic Goal &
Our Goal: To provide the student athlete with an opportunity
to participate in athletics fostering school spirit and teaching citizenship
Objectives: The student shall
To work with
others... a person must develop self-discipline, respect for authority and the
spirit of hard work and sacrifice.
successful... our society is very competitive. We don’t always win, but we succeed when we continually strive to do so.
sportsmanship...to accept any defeat like a true sportsman, knowing we have
done our best, we must learn to treat others as we would have others treat us.
continual improvement is essential to good citizenship. As an athlete, you must constantly try to
reach that goal.
athletics... It is necessary for athletes to enjoy participation, to
acknowledge all of the personal rewards to be derived from athletics and to
give sufficiently of themselves in order to persevere and improve the program.
Athletic Code of
Student athletes are expected to abide by the Palmyra School
District policies and rules as well as this code of conduct. The rules contained in this code of conduct
are established in the best interest of the student, the team and the Palmyra
Area School District. The student who
complies with these rules demonstrates a desire to dedicate himself /herself to
self-improvement as well as to enhance the best interests of fellow students,
coaches and the school. These rules must
be observed year-round by all
students. Conduct which would reflect
favorably on a student or the school includes, but is not limited to the
•Treat with respect: teammates, coaches, officials,
opponents, spectators and equipment. Attitude, sportsman-ship and respect for authority are qualities we
strive for in each athlete. Coaches
shall require and expect these in their programs.
•Be gracious in winning and graceful in losing.
•Display exemplary behavior at all times. Fighting and all other unsportsmanlike
conduct while representing the school will not be tolerated and may result in
suspension and/or removal from the team. Students who participate in interscholastic athletics are subject to the
District’s discipline policies.
•Athletes are guests at away events. Any misconduct on the part of any athlete is
a reflection on the good reputation of the school, the team, and the coach.
•Exercise self-control at all times.
•Refrain from the use of profane or foul language.
Use of Social Media
Networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to discuss your team, teammates, or
in a negative manner is prohibited. This will NOT be tolerated and if brought to
the coach’s attention, will be dealt with immediately in a conference with the
Athletic Director, High School Principal and Head Coach. This will be dealt with on a case-by-case
Spectator Code of
The Palmyra Area School District strongly emphasizes the
importance of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.
Remember you are at a contest to support and cheer for your
team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule the
other team, it’s fans or officials of the contest. Interscholastic athletics are a learning
experience for students and mistakes are sometimes made. Praise student-athletes in their attempt to
improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people. Failure to demonstrate good SPORTSMANSHIP may
result in a fan being removed from a contest.
Code Of Conduct
Our athletic programs consider any involvement with
drugs/alcohol/tobacco to be a violation of our rules and regulations. These infractions will be dealt with on a
case by case basis, after consultation between the Head Coach, Athletic
Director and Building Principal.
•Physical Examination- A physical exam is required. The PIAA
Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE FORM) must
be completed according to state rules and regulations and submitted to the
athletic office prior to participation. Physicals may not be performed earlier than June 1st and will
be effective until the next May 31st.
Authorization - Each athlete’s parent/guardian shall complete an Emergency
Medical Authorization form giving permission for treatment by a physician or
hospital when parents/guardians are not available. This form will be kept on file with the coach
for availability at all times.
Athletic Handbook – This handbook must
be read and the signature sheet signed by both parent and student and
returned to athletic office prior to sport participation.
Fee -An activity assessment fee of $40 will be imposed on any Palmyra
School District student athlete enrolled in grades 7-12. This fee will be applied for each season an
athlete participates. An exemption will
be imposed for student athletes who are eligible for free or reduced
lunches. This fee does not guarantee
“playing time” for student athletes. Cheerleaders who cheer for both the fall & winter squads will only
be assessed a one-time fee.
Games and Practices
Attend all practices and games. Personal appointments should be made so as to
not conflict with regularly scheduled games and practices. If an athlete reports to school after 8:30 am
unexcused, he/she is not eligible to participate in any athletic event or
practice that day. PASD athletes with an
excused absence must be in school by 10:30 am to be eligible for participation for that day without prior
approval from the principal. Any athlete
on a college visit or an extended medical appointment may participate in
athletics for that day provided it is an excused absence.
Attendance and Eligibility: Student athletes shall:
•Attend all classes and display acceptable classroom
behavior at all times. As a member of a
sports team, you must participate in Physical Ed. on the day of the sporting
evening/practice in order to participate in your sport that day.
•Keep schoolwork up-to-date, establish good study habits and
meet the eligibility requirements established by the school district below:
Weekly Grade Check –On Friday’s, the Athletic Director will review the grades of all students
involved in athletics. If a student is failing two or more classes, the
Athletic Director will notify the Coach that the student will be ineligible to
participate in the sport Sunday through Saturday of the next week. (If school is not in session on Friday,
grades will be reviewed on Monday and ineligibility will begin immediately.)
The Coach will notify the student. Students deemed ineligible as a result of a
weekly grade check may not attend practices or games during their week of
HS Quarterly Grade
Check – Students who are failing two or more classes at the end of the
quarter will be ineligible for 15 school days upon notification of ineligibility. The marking period grade will be used to
determine eligibility unless the course concludes at the end
of the marking period, in which case the final course grade will be used. End
of year grades will be used to determine eligibility for the fall semester. Students deemed ineligible as a result of a
quarterly grade check may continue to participate in practice during the 15
school days but may not participate in games.
MS Quarterly Grade
Check – Immediately after marking period grades have been finalized, the
Athletic Director will review the grades of all students involved in athletics.
If a student is failing two or more classes, the Athletic Director will notify
the Coach that the student will be ineligible for the next 15 school days. The Coach will notify the student. Students deemed ineligible as a result of a
quarterly grade check may continue to practice during the 15 school days but
may not participate in games. Students
who fail two courses for the year (F1) will be ineligible during the first 15
school days of the following school year.
Dress - A member
of the Palmyra athletic team is expected to be well-groomed. “He/she shows up best who shows off
least.” Appearance, expression and
actions always influence people’s opinions of athletes, teams and the
school. An athlete shall dress
presentable at all times, on trips, assemblies or banquets. Only uniforms issued by the department of
athletics will be permitted to be worn for contests.
If a student is cut or quits a sport within the first two weeks of the official
start of that sport, he or she would be permitted to enter another sport in
season with the approval of both coaches involved. If an athlete wishes to leave the team, he or
she should consult with the coach. Students
wishing to come out for a sport after the season begins must have the Athletic
Equipment - All
athletes will be issued equipment as appropriate. It is the athlete’s
responsibility to take care of the equipment and return it at the end of the
season in good condition. Loss or
destruction of any equipment is the athlete’s financial obligation.
Vacations by athletic team members during a sport season are discouraged. Parents/athletes wishing to do so may wish to
reassess their commitment to being an athlete. In the event that an absence occurs due to a vacation, an athlete must:
1. Contact the head
coach prior to vacation.
2. Be willing to
accept the consequences related to their status on that squad as a starter, 2nd
Double Sports Policy- This applies to both middle school and high school sports.
•Any athlete who wishes to participate in two (2) sports
simultaneously must follow the procedure:
1. The athlete must
declare to both coaches which is to be the primary sport.
2. A meeting between
the athlete, his/her parents and the coaches involved is highly suggested.
3. If a conflict
arises, the student will honor their primary sport without question. State
conference contests will have priority over non-conference contests.
Transportation - All athletes must travel to and from all
out-of-town practices and contests in transportation provided by the athletic
department unless previous arrangements have been made by the parents for
exceptional situations. A written note
must be handed to the athletic director or coach. If an athlete misses the bus to the game, the
parent or a designated adult, may transport the athlete to the game providing a
note is written by the parent or designated adult to the coach stating the
situation and the athlete will ride the bus home. Athletes may not drive or transport
themselves or others to games unless approved by the principal and athletic
Services - The school district does offer athletic training located at the
High school. All injuries, which occur
while participating in a school sport, must be reported to the trainer.
Team and Individual
Discipline - Each coach will have discipline rules for minor in-fractions,
such as inattention to directions, horseplay, tardiness to practice, etc. These rules shall be put in writing and will
be covered at practice.
From a Team or Squad - Temporary suspensions will be made by the coach of
the sport, Athletic Director and Principal. Causes for temporary suspensions may include but not be limited to the
B. Personal Misconduct
C. Unexcused absences from meetings, practices
D. Violation of Athletic Policies
E. Unsportsmanlike conduct
F. Any form of hazing / initiation
Removal from a Team
or Squad - Removal from a team or squad will be made by the coach of the
sport, Athletic Director and/or Principal. The Athletic Director and Principal will confer with the coach before
any removal is taken. Causes for removal
from a team may include, but not be limited to the following:
A. Continued violation of the Palmyra Area
School District Policies.
B. Repeated violations of school, athletic or
C. Verbal or physical attack upon an opponent,
contest official, teacher, fan, coach or any other person.
D. Continued acts of unsportsmanlike conduct .
E. Any form of hazing / initiation.
•Both coaching and parenting are extremely difficult
vocations. By establishing an
understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the
other and provide a greater benefit to student-athlete. As parents, when your son/ daughter becomes
involved in our programs, you have a right to understand what expectations are
placed on your student-athlete.
expected from your Coach
coach has for your student-athlete.
•Locations and times
of all practices and contests team requirements, i.e. fees, off-season
•Team rules and
expected from Athletes
•Notification of any schedule change in advance
•Special concerns in regard to expectations, player role,
playing time, “coaches philosophy” and ways
a player can improve
to discuss with Coaches
•The treatment of
your son/daughter both mentally and physically.
•Ways to help your
•Concerns about your
Things that must be
left up to the Coach
If you have a Concern
to discuss with a Coach
•There are situations that may require a conference between
the Coach and the Parents. These are to
be encouraged. When these conferences
are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a
resolution to the issue of concern:
1. Please do not attempt to confront a coach
before or after a contest or practice. These can be
times for both parent and the coach.
2. Call the coach to set up an appointment.
3. If you cannot reach the coach, call the
Athletic Director. He will set up the
appointment for you.
What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not
provide a satisfactory resolution?
Call to set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to
discuss the situation. At this meeting
the appropriate next step can be determined.
We hope the information provided in this Parent/Player Guide helps pave
the way to a positive experience for your son/daughter. Please feel free to call the Athletic Office
at 838-1331, Extension 8 should you have additional questions.
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