Mary Help of Christians Academy

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
More Info

Loading...

Editing previous response:

Please fix the highlighted areas below before submitting.

Athletic Registration 2020-2021

Completing the Athletic Registration Form

The form must be completed by both the parent and the student athlete. Once you begin the form, you will not be able to save and return at a later date. As a result, please ensure that both the parent and student are present.

All sections require the parent's digital signature as an indication of understanding and compliance with Athletic Department Policy. Sections directed specifically at students, require both the student's and parent's signature as a committment to uphold all MHC Academy values and standards of conduct, as well as to comply NJSIAA regulations.

This form will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.

 

Mandatory Consents, Acknowledgements, and Agreements

No student will be permitted to participate in Athletics at MHC Academy, until all required sections are completed using this online form:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Parental Consent
  3. Sports Fee
  4. Athletic Trainer Permission
  5. Transportation Permission
  6. Sportsmanship Responsibilities and Policy
  7. Concussion Acknowledgement
  8. Sudden Cardiac Death
  9. Substance Use Acknowledgements, including Steroid Testing, Banned Substances & Opiod Use Fact Sheet.
  10. Uniform Agreement
  11. Athletic Department Handbook

Failure to submit the Athletic Registration Form will delay participation until received. Once submitted, registration is valid for all seasons of the current academic year. 

 

Physical Requirement

In addition to completing the sections listed above, each athlete is required - by mandate of the New Jersey State Department of Education - to undergo a medical examination prior to the team's first practice session.

**Please note: A current and updated physical must be on file for all student athletes, using the State-approved Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form. Forms not dated and signed by the examining physician will not be accepted. Alternate documentation, such as a doctor's signed note, will not be accepted. Physicals are valid for ONE CALENDAR YEAR, from the date of signing. Current physicals from prior seasons will remain active in our files and will apply towards any subsequent seasons until the form expiration date. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Grade entering *
Answer Required
Select the FALL Sport in which your daughter plans to participate.*
Answer Required
Select the WINTER Sport in which your daughter plans to participate.*
Answer Required
Select the SPRING Sport in which your daughter plans to participate.*
Answer Required

PARENT CONSENT

Your daughter has requested the privilege of taking part in the athletic program. Before she may participate, your informed consent is required.

Insurance: Mary Help of Christians Academy extends insurance coverage to all members of school-sponsored interscholastic athletic teams, while participating in or traveling to/from official athletic events. The cost of this coverage is included in the Student Activity Fee. Bollinger Insurance acts as a secondary co-insurer and will only pay after they receive proof that your insurance company has settled with you.

In the case of an injury, the student/athlete is to report that injury, no matter how slight, to her coach immediately. The coach will then notify the Athletic Director who will forward a form to the office. If a claim form is needed, the student athlete or her parents are to request a claim form from the Financial Office. The claim form is to be completed by the parents and mailed directly to Bollinger for processing.

Students Participation Permission: Participation in competitive athletics may result in severe injury, including paralysis, or death. Improvement in equipment , medical treatment and physical conditioning, as well as rules changes, has reduced these risks, but it is impossible to totally eliminate such occurrences from athletics.

MHCA follows the guidelines of the New Jersey Schools Interscholastic Athletic Association, League and Conference Guidelines as well as the MHCA Sports Handbook. I hereby give my consent for the above named student to represent her school in athletic activities, including team travel for local or out-of-town trips as well as media coverage.

Statement: I have read this form and understand the rules contained herein. The information supplied is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept the responsibility to inform the school of any change of this information.

I acknowledge that have read and understand the rules contained herein and give consent.*
Answer Required

 SPORTS FEES

Each sport is $300.00

Payment must be honored, and incomplete payments will result in suspension of play and or not being permitted to take the final exams. I am aware that if my child does not complete the season because of failing grades or quits for personal reasons the fee still must be paid. No exceptions.

All Sports Fess must be paid IMMEDIATELY following tryouts. Fall Sports Fees are due in August,  Winter Sports Fees are due in November and Spring Sports Fees are due in March. All Sports Fees will either be paid by check, cash or entered into FACTS.

All athletic fees are non-refundable. Any participant who leaves a team voluntarily or who is dropped for disciplinary or scholastic deficiencies is not eligible for a refund.

Once a student has tried out and made the team, parents and students should understand that this fee simply entitles the participant to a place in the activity. It does not guarantee participation time in games nor does it ensure specific positions on a team. Those decisions will remain with the coaches. Fees collected in this manner are designed to help partially defray the operational cost of offering the programs. They do not guarantee a level of participation.

Student Athletes are also required to participate in all Athletic Department Fundraisers, along with any Specific Team Fundraisers throughout the year, no matter what season they are held. Example, a member of the softball team must participate in an Athletic Fundraiser held during the Fall/Winter, or a member of the volleyball team must particpate in an Athletic Fundraiser held during the Spring. The fundraisers are designed to help keep the Sports Fees from being raised due to the operational cost of the programs. 

I have read the information and I am aware of the sports fees and my financial obligations.

I am aware that if my child does not complete the season because of failing grades or quits for personal reasons the fee still must be paid. No exceptions.

I acknowledge that I have read and accept the Athletic Fee Agreement.*
Answer Required

Athletic Trainer Permission

I grant permission for my daughter to participate in any of the athletic activities listed and to receive athletic trainer services. I agree to have her examined by a doctor in accordance with the rules set forth by the NJSIAA with regard to participation in interscholastic sports. This permission is effective until revoked in writing. 

I acknowledge that I have read and grant Athletic Trainer permission.*
Answer Required

TRANSPORTATION PERMISSION

 I hereby grant permission for my daughter to travel to practices/games by the MHCA sports bus and vans.

All students must ride MHCA transportation to away games. Following completion of games, a student/athlete may be signed out by a parent or guardian. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be signing the student/athlete out from an away game a note must be on file with the Athletic Office prior to that day. No exceptions!

I acknowledge that I have read and grant transportation permission.*
Answer Required

SPORTSMANSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

NEW JERSEY STATE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Responsibilities of Sportsmanship

•Treats own players and opponents with respect.

•Inspires in the athletes a love for the game and desire to compete fairly.

•Is the type of person he/she wants the athletes to be.

•Disciplines those on the team who display unsportsmanlike behavior.

•Respects the judgment and interpretation of the rules by the officials.

•Knows he/she is a teacher and understands the athletic area is a classroom.

•Knows the rules and their interpretations.

•Places welfare of the participants above all other considerations.

•Treats players and coaches courteously and demands the same from them.

•Works cooperatively with fellow officials, timers and/or scorers for and efficient contest.

•Is fair and firm in all decisions, never compensating for a previous mistake.

•Maintains confidence, poise and self-control from start to finish.

•Treats opponents with respect.

•Plays hard, but plays within the rules.

•Exercises self-control at all times, setting an example for others to follow.

•Respects officials and accepts their decision without gesture or argument.

•Wins without boasting, loses without excuses, and never quits.

•Always remembers that it is a privilege to represent the school and community.

•Attempts tounderstand and be informed of the playing rules.

•Appreciates a good play no matter who makes it.

•Cooperates with and responds enthusiastically to cheerleaders.

•Shows compassion for an injured player; applauds positive performances; does not heckle, jeer or distract players; and avoids use of profane and obnoxious language and behavior.

•Respects the judgment and strategy of the coach, and does not criticize players or coaches for a loss of a game.

•Respects property of others and authority of those who administer the competition.

•Censures those whose behavior is unbecoming.

We acknowledge we have read and understand the responsibilities of sportsmanship. *
Answer Required

MHCA SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY

MHCA requires that all individuals involved in or attending the athletic and intramural programs sponsored by the school exhibit sportsmanship when representing the school at any athletic event.

Sportsmanship is defined as abiding by the rules of the contest as defined or accepted by the participating teams and the gracious acceptance of victory or defeat. In exhibiting sportsmanship all participants shall:

•Understand and follow the rules of the contest;

•Recognize skilled performance of others regardless of affiliation;

•Display respect for all individuals participating in the athletic event;

•Treat opponents in an empathetic manner; and

•Congratulate opponents in victory or defeat.

•Failure to exhibit good sportsmanship shall include, but not be limited to the following conduct:

                  oAny person who strikes or physically abuses an official, coach, player or spectator;

                  oAny person who intentionally incites participants or spectators to abusive action;

                  oAny person who uses obscene gestures or unduly proactive language or action towards officials, coaches, opponents or spectators;

                  oAny person who engages in conduct which exhibits bias based on race, ethnicity or gender; and schools or school organizations engaging in pre-event activities of an intimidating nature, e.g. use of fog

                 oMachines, blaring sirens, unusual sound effects or lighting, or similar activities;

                 oOther conduct judged by the Building Principal or designee to be unsportsmanlike in character;

                 oAny violation of the rules of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

Failure to exhibit good sportsmanship may result in the Administration denying the opportunity for any individual to participate in the athletic program or attend athletic events. 

We acknowledge we have read and understand the responsibilities of MHCA sportsmanship.*
Answer Required

 CONCUSSION POLICY

 NJSIAA Sports-Related Concussion & Head Injury Fact Sheet and Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement Form 

 In order to help protect the student athletes of New Jersey, the NJSIAA has mandated that all athletes, parents/guardians and coaches follow the NJSIAA Concussion Policy.

https://www.njsiaa.org/sites/default/files/document/11ConcussionConsentFormDOE.pdf
 
A concussion is a brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or body that disrupts normal functioning of the brain.  Concussions are a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally functions.  Concussions can cause significant and sustained neuropsychological impairment affecting problem solving, planning, memory, attention, concentration, and behavior.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 concussions are sustained during sports related activities nationwide, and more than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high school contact sports.  Second-impact syndrome occurs when a person sustains a second concussion while still experiencing symptoms of a previous concussion.  It can lead to severe impairment and even death of the victim.
 
Legislation (P.L. 2010, Chapter 94) signed on December 7, 2010, mandated measures to be taken in order to ensure the safety of K-12 student-athletes involved in interscholastic sports in New Jersey.  It is imperative that athletes, coaches, and parent/guardians are educated about the nature and treatment of sports related concussions and other head injuries.  The legislation states that: • All Coaches, Athletic Trainers, School Nurses, and School/Team Physicians shall complete an Interscholastic Head Injury Safety Training Program by the 2011-2012 school year. • All school districts, charter, and non-public schools that participate in interscholastic sports will distribute annually this educational fact to all student athletes and obtain a signed acknowledgement from each parent/guardian and student-athlete. • Each school district, charter, and non-public school shall develop a written policy describing the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussion and other head injuries sustained by interscholastic student-athletes. • Any student-athlete who participates in an interscholastic sports program and is suspected of sustaining a concussion will be immediately removed from competition or practice.  The student-athlete will not be allowed to return to competition or practice until he/she has written clearance from a physician trained in concussion treatment and has completed his/her district’s graduated return-to-play protocol.
 
Quick Facts • Most concussions do not involve loss of consciousness • You can sustain a concussion even if you do not hit your head • A blow elsewhere on the body can transmit an “impulsive” force to the brain and cause a concussion
 
Signs of Concussions (Observed by Coach, Athletic Trainer, Parent/Guardian) • Appears dazed or stunned • Forgets plays or demonstrates short term memory difficulties (e.g. unsure of game, opponent) • Exhibits difficulties with balance, coordination, concentration, and attention • Answers questions slowly or inaccurately • Demonstrates behavior or personality changes • Is unable to recall events prior to or after the hit or fall
 
Symptoms of Concussion (Reported by Student-Athlete) • Headache • Nausea/vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double vision or changes in vision • Sensitivity to light/sound • Feeling of sluggishness or fogginess • Difficulty with concentration, short term memory, and/or confusion  

 What Should a Student-Athlete do if they think they have a concussion? • Don’t hide it.  Tell your Athletic Trainer, Coach, School Nurse, or Parent/Guardian. • Report it.  Don’t return to competition or practice with symptoms of a concussion or head injury.  The sooner you report it, the sooner you may return-to-play. • Take time to recover.  If you have a concussion your brain needs time to heal.  While your brain is healing you are much more likely to sustain a second concussion.  Repeat concussions can cause permanent brain injury.
 
What can happen if a student-athlete continues to play with a concussion or returns to play to soon? • Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the student-athlete vulnerable to second impact syndrome. • Second impact syndrome is when a student-athlete sustains a second concussion while still having symptoms from a previous concussion or head injury. • Second impact syndrome can lead to severe impairment and even death in extreme cases.
 
Should there be any temporary academic accommodations made for Student-Athletes who have suffered a concussion? • To recover cognitive rest is just as important as physical rest.  Reading, texting, testing-even watching movies can slow down a student-athletes recovery. • Stay home from school with minimal mental and social stimulation until all symptoms have resolved. • Students may need to take rest breaks, spend fewer hours at school, be given extra time to complete assignments, as well as being offered other instructional strategies and classroom accommodations. 
 
Student-Athletes who have sustained a concussion should complete a graduated return-to-play before they may resume competition or practice, according to the following protocol: • Step 1: Completion of a full day of normal cognitive activities (school day, studying for tests, watching practice, interacting with peers) without reemergence of any signs or symptoms.  If no return of symptoms, next day advance. • Step 2: Light Aerobic exercise, which includes walking, swimming, and stationary cycling, keeping the intensity below 70% maximum heart rate.  No resistance training.  The objective of this step is increased heart rate. • Step 3: Sport-specific exercise including skating, and/or running: no head impact activities.  The objective of this step is to add movement. • Step 4: Non contact training drills (e.g. passing drills).  Student-athlete may initiate resistance training. • Step 5: Following medical clearance (consultation between school health care personnel and studentathlete’s physician), participation in normal training activities.  The objective of this step is to restore confidence and assess functional skills by coaching and medical staff. • Step 6: Return to play involving normal exertion or game activity.
 
For further information on Sports-Related Concussions and other Head Injuries, please visit: www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/index.html   www.nfhs.com www.ncaa.org/health-safety  www.bianj.org     www.atsnj.org 

We acknowledge we have read and understand the concussion fact sheet.*
Answer Required

Sudden Cardiac Death

Please review the information on the following link:

https://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/cardiac.pdf  

We acknowledge that we received and reviewed the Sudden Cardiac Death inYoungAthletes pamphlet.*
Answer Required

Steroid Testing 

NJSIAA STEROID TESTING POLICY
CONSENT TO RANDOM TESTING
 
In Executive Order 72, issued December 20, 2005, Governor Richard Codey directed the New Jersey Department of Education to work in conjunction with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) to develop and implement a program of random testing for steroids, of teams and individuals qualifying for championship games.
 
 Beginning in the Fall, 2006 sports season, any student-athlete who possesses, distributes, ingests or otherwise uses any of the banned substances on the attached page, without written prescription by a fully-licensed physician, as recognized by the American Medical Association, to treat a medical condition, violates the NJSIAA’s sportsmanship rule, and is subject to NJSIAA penalties, including ineligibility from competition.  The NJSIAA will test certain randomly selected individuals and teams that qualify for a state championship tournament or state championship competition for banned substances.  The results of all tests shall be considered confidential and shall only be disclosed to the student, his or her parents and his or her school.  No student may participate in NJSIAA competition unless the student and the student’s parent/guardian consent to random testing.
 
 By signing below, we consent to random testing in accordance with the NJSIAA steroid testing policy.  We understand that, if the student or the student’s team qualifies for a state championship tournament or state championship competition, the student may be subject to testing for banned substances.

We acknowledge we have read and understand the steriod testing policy.*
Answer Required

 

BANNED SUBSTANCES

NJSIAA Banned Drugs 

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WITH THE APPROPRIATE OR DESIGNATED ATHLETICS STAFF BEFORE USING ANY SUBSTANCE

https://www.njsiaa.org/sites/default/files/document/NJSIAA_Banned_Drug_Classes_2017-2018.pdf

We acknowledge we have read and understand the banned substances.*
Answer Required

Opiod Fact Sheet

Use and Misuse of Opioid Drugs Fact Sheet Student-Athlete and Parent/Guardian Sign-Off 

https://www.njsiaa.org/sites/default/files/document/NJDOE%20Opioid%20Fact%20Sheet%201-30-18.pdf

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.10, public school districts, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and nonpublic schools participating in an interscholastic sports program must distribute this Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet to all student-athletes and cheerleaders. In addition, schools and districts must obtain a signed acknowledgement of receipt of the fact sheet from each student-athlete and cheerleader, and for students under age 18, the parent or guardian must also sign.  

We acknowledge that we received and reviewed the Educational Fact Sheet on the Use and Misuse of Opioid Drugs.*
Answer Required

Sports-Related Eye Injuries: An Educational Fact Sheet for Parents

https://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf

We acknowledge that we read the Educational Fact Sheet for Parents on Sports-Related Eye Injuries.*
Answer Required

UNIFORM AGREEMENT

I acknowledge that depending on the sport I participate in I will either need to purchase a uniform or receive a uniform for participation on the Blue Jays sports team. I understand that if I am given one from the Athletic Department that it is my responsibility to return the uniform in the same condition it was received. The uniform will be washed in cool water and hung to dry in order to avoid damage to the uniform. I understand that if the uniform is not returned, is damaged, or appears to have not been laundered, I will be responsible to pay the cost of a replacement uniform.

I understand that if I am required to purchase a uniform that any items I purchase are mine to keep. I understand that I will not have to turn them in at the end of the season, however I will still need to take proper care of the uniform throughout the season.  If it is lost or damaged to the extent where it does not look approriate to play in then I acknowledge that I will have to purchase a new uniform. 

I acknowledge that I have read and accept the Uniform Agreement.*
Answer Required

MHCA Athletic Handbook For Athletic Director, Coaches, Student/Athletes & Parents

Athletic Department Philosophy

The Athletic Department at Mary Help of Christians Academy views interscholastic athletics as an  opportunity  for  student  participation  in  an  organized,  competitive  environment.  While  the ultimate  goal  of  athletic  competition  is  to  know victory,  the  achievement  of  objectives  such  as fair  play,  sportsmanship,  skill  acquisition,  and  work  ethic  cannot  be  overlooked.  Winning traditions  are  founded  upon  the  concepts  of  pride,  respect,  dedication,  character  and  loyalty. Coaches,  athletes,  and  parents  alike  must  strive  to  ensure  that  the  athletic  teams  at  MHCA represent  themselves  in  a  manner  that  is  conducive  to  both  competitive  spirit  and  good sportsmanship.

                Athletic Department Chain of Command

                              Administration 

                              Athletic Director 

                              Head Coach

                              Assistant Coach

                              Players

 If there are any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of the player–coach relationship, the athlete should first contact the appropriate coach. If there is no resolution at this level, she should then move onward to the next level in the Chain of Command, until resolution is achieved.  The Chain  of  Command  is  a  step  by  step  process  bringing  together  the  primary  individuals  for discussion purposes. Each level is in place in order to assist in the process of conflict resolution. Parents  are  also  asked  to  respect  this  Chain  of  Command  model  regarding  problem  resolution. Please voice any concerns during the season so they can be addressed. Do not wait until the end of the season.

 

Athletes and Parents                                                                                                                                                        

Interscholastic  Athletics  can  be  a  fun,  rewarding,  and  memorable  part  of  the  high  school experience.  While  academics  offer  the  primary  source  for  formal  education,  athletics  can contribute  to  the  total  value  of  that  education  in  many  different  ways. Building upon  the concepts of teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship, and self-esteem, athletics can help to provide for a  well-rounded  educational  experience.  Athletic  participation  is  a  privilege  and  not  a  right.  To those who strive to succeed in the classroom comes the privilege to compete outside of it. Being  an  athlete  or  the  parent  of  an  athlete is  often a  very  challenging  ordeal.  Sometimes  this relationship can become complicated due to the nature and structure of athletics in general.  It is the intent of this Athletic Handbook to provide some insights as to the role and responsibilities that  athletes  and  parents  face  and  share,  separately  and  together,  in  the  realm  of  high  school athletic participation. The  interscholastic  (high  school)  sport  experience  is much  different  than  the  recreational  sport experience.    Whereas  recreational  sport  philosophy  stresses  equal  participation  by  all,  at  the interscholastic  level  playing  time  is  earned  and  not  guaranteed. 

Student-athletes  earn  playing time  through  good  work ethics  in  practice,  skill  development,  sportsmanship,  and  overall  team attitude. Likewise, not all who tryout for a given team will endure through the final selection process, to make  the  team  roster.  Coaches  are  responsible  for  the  selection  of  team  rosters  and  for  the determination of playing time for those on the team. Activities held in the off season, whether it be for weight training and conditioning, team camps, summer/fall leagues, specialized training, or any other type of out of season participation, can in no way affect an athlete’s ability to try out for or participate (playing time) on an in season team. Participation in any out of season activity is strictly voluntary on the part of the athlete. Coaches may not mandate nor pass judgment based upon out of season participation.  A parent reserves the  right  to  send  his/her  daughter  to  any  out  of  season  source  for  the  purpose  of  conditioning, training, or specialized instruction.

 

Relationships

 

Player-Coach Relationship                                                                                                                                                 

All too often during athletic events, situations arise where many adults become too involved in the game in progress, professing to know more than the coaches or even the officials in charge. While this expertise may heighten a person’s appreciation for a particular sport, it in no way changes the status of the individual as a parent-spectator.  You should be there only to observe and enjoy the athletic performance. The player-coach relationship is perhaps the most critical of all relationships in athletics.  Parents can have a very profound effect upon this important and delicate balance. While you as a parent may not agree with all decisions that a coach may make, how and when you express your feelings can have a decided effect upon your child. If you express a negative opinion in front of your child, you need to remember that he or she may carry your convictions to the next practice or game.  This in turn can lead to a player-coach confrontation. You as a parent have great influence upon this delicate relationship.  Please allow the coaches to do the job for which they were hired. Coaches are expected to be leaders to their players and role models for their players.  They are expected to teach and guide the players who play for them. They are not there to be friends or buddies. Coaches must demand respect from their players and give respect to their players in return. Concepts such as integrity, and character, and sportsmanship provide the foundation upon which our coaching philosophy is based.

 

Parent-Coach Relationship                                                                                                                                            

As a parent you obviously want what is best for your child. Allowing the coach to guide and instruct the team is crucial. Again, you are asked to please allow the coach to do his/her job. Should you have any  questions or concerns, do not approach the coach immediately after a game. At this time, coaches have other responsibilities and it may be a very emotional moment. Call and make an appointment for a later time and approach this meeting in a calm and logical manner. For many coaches, one of the post-game responsibilities is to meet with his/her players. Athletes should not be expected to stop and talk to parents and friends immediately after a game is over. These team meetings are essential to the learning process and are important in efforts to build team unity and understanding.

 

Parent-Player Relationship      

Sometimes parents may try to relive their own athletic memories through the real life athletic efforts of their children.    Being positive and supportive is very important, but adding pressure and unrealistic expectations may be extremely harmful.  Allow your child to enjoy and to grow and to take responsibility for her athletic experiences. Encourage your child to give 100% effort and to become a team player, not an individual statistic seeker. In the end, it is the child’s perception of the game that really matters, not that of the parents.

 

Relationship with Game Officials                                                                                                                                  

It is often the case that if a game is seemingly leaning toward one side over the other, irate fans will  infer  an  unfair  advantage  given  by  the  officials.    The  home school  does  not  select  the officials.  A sport commissioner assigns all officials and neither team has a say in which officials are assigned to a given game or contest.  Game officials agree to and follow a code of conduct and  ethics.    They  really  do  not  have  a  vested  interest  in  which  team  emerges  victorious.  It  is very essential to understand that officials are an integral part of the game. While  you  may  not  agree  with  all  of  their  calls,  please  do  not  harass  and  taunt  game  officials. Parents are supposed to be good role models for  their children.  Remember that officials are in charge of the game and have complete authority to have unruly spectators removed.  Many times a given team may see the same officials on several occasions throughout the course of a season.  Coaches,  Athletic  Directors  and  School  Administrators  work  hard  to  establish  good  working relationships  with  game  officials,  which  can  be  easily  damaged  or  destroyed  by  spectator interference.  So please let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate, and let the spectators be positive.

 

 Responsibilities of the Athletic Director

 1.The Athletic Director reports to the School Administration (Head of School)

 2.Oversees the sports program in all its dimensions

 3.Participates in the Administrative meetings, to forestall scheduling conflicts and to ensure that all decisions regarding the sports program reflect the Salesian Charism and the mission of the school.

 4.Oversees the distribution, care, maintenance, and collection of all equipment and uniforms to teams and team members. 

5. Coordinates the annual athletic fundraising and collaborates with the Business Administrator in  seeing  that  athletes  and  their  parents  fulfill  their  financial  obligations  to  the athletics program.

6.Supervises,  assesses  and  makes  recommendation  to  the  school  administrators  regarding  the job performance of all coaches.

7.Supports  the  coaches  in  the  fulfillment  of  their  responsibilities  and  the  implementation  of NJSIAA  and  schoolinterscholastic  sports  policies  (regarding  attendance,  participation, record-keeping, public relations, honors and recognition.

8.Monitors the use of all athletic facilities:

     a.Making recommendations to the Facilities/Plant Supervisor for repairs 

     b.Ensuring that facilities are secured and properly closed at end of sports practices and home games.

9.Obtains  from  the  School  Nurse  verification  of  annual  medical  clearance,  and  from  the administration verification of age and academic eligibility for all athletes prior to tryouts and practice for each season

10.Secures the required transportation and permission forms with required signatures from the  parents / guardians of all athletes.

11.  Schedules all athletic events and maintains the school-wide athletic calendar

12.Collaborates  with  the  officials  who  assign  referees  and  monitors  all  referees  so  as  to make future recommendations.

13. Provides oversight at home games and attends to spectator/crowd control issues

14. Provides the school Business Administrator dates and fees for game officials for all home games, dues for NJSIAA, and entrance fees for tournaments.

15. Contact all opposing schools at least one or two days in advance of a game/match/meet to confirm the scheduled event.

16.Coordinates  the  games  for  the  Academy’s intramural  sports (team  lineups,  referees, scoring, etc.)

17.Organizes all aspects of the Sports Award Presentations.

18.Purchases all awards for athletes and coaches, for interscholastic and intramural sports.

19.Provides appropriate assistance to student athletes who hope to play sports at the college level.

20.Attends  required  meetings  for  Directors  of  Athletics  at  the  state,  county,  and  league levels.

 

 

Responsibilities of the Coach

Coaches are responsible for all of the following

1.Running fair tryouts and using an effective evaluation process.

2. Determining the style of play, including offensive and defensive philosophy.

3. Teaching, instructing, and overseeing all practice sessions.

4. Determining starting lineups and making decisions regarding playing time.

5. Selecting position players.

6. Establishing and enforcing team and school rules.

7. Selection of team captains.

8. Coordinating communication with players and parents with regards to games and practices.

9. Provide appropriate supervision at all times (before, during, after all games and practices).

10. Presenting themselves as appropriate role models.

11. Be willing and available to discuss player-coach or parent-coach issues.

12. Be consistent, fair, and respectful of individual differences.

13. Develop team and individual objectives and goals.

14. Foster a healthy atmosphere for athletic competition.

15. Lead by example.

16. Responsible for the distribution and collection of team uniforms

17. Responsible for maintaining equipment and supplies, including end of year inventory

18. Must attend all county and state meetings as it pertains to his/her team

19. Secure keys for equipment room and lockers

20. Follow the chain of command

21. Maintain a valid CPR/AED certification

22. Be in compliance with the Protecting God’s Children web site

21. Report any incidences or injuries immediately to the Athletic Director

 

It is important to  remember that participation on  an athletic team is a privilege and not  a right.  Being part of and maintaining one’s membership on a given team means accepting all the responsibilities  of  an  athlete.    Unlike  recreational  or  intramural  teams,  equal  or  guaranteed playing time is not assured.  Coaches will make the necessary decisions and utilize those players best suited to the conditions or demands of the particular contest on any given day.

Responsibilities of the Athlete

Athletes are expected to adhere to the following guidelines

1. The team’s goals and success should always come before individual interests.

2. Athletes need to be in attendance at all scheduled practices and games, including weekends and holiday breaks.

3. Athletes must be receptive to coaching styles.

4. Team members are responsible for all issued uniforms and equipment.

5. Athletes are responsible for the security of all personal items.

6. As a team member an athlete must abide by established team rules.

7. All injuries must be reported to the coach and to the Athletic Director.

8.Strive for academic success in order to assure athletic eligibility.

9. Take pride in being a student-athlete at MHC Academy.

 

Post Practice–Game Responsibilities

Athletes should not be loitering on school property after practices or games.  In an effort to avoid potential risk of  injury, property damage, or theft, the following responsibilities have been established.

For the Coach

1.Call in game results and enter results into state site after every game

2. Secure all equipment, locker rooms, and appropriate facilities.

3. Supervise locker rooms, lobbies and hallways until all athletes have vacated.

For the Athlete

 1. Arrange in advance for transportation after practices or games.

 2. Leave school property within one half hour after the end of practices/games.

 3. Do not leave personal property unattended or unsecured.

 

Sportsmanship Procedures

The School’s Role

It is the expectation of Mary Help of Christians Academy, and more specifically the Athletic Department, that everyone in the MHCA community will conform to and demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play during all athletic contests.  This concept is presented to the staff and to the athletes throughout the school year.

 1. At the General Staff Meeting in August sportsmanship is addressed with all current year coaches.

 2. Once team rosters have been established each team is addressed by the Athletic Director regarding sportsmanship expectations and procedures.

 3. The  student  body  is  reminded  of  sportsmanship  at  all  Pep  Rallies  and  other  athletic activities.

 4. The sportsmanship slogan is announced at home games by officials and/or announcers according to NJIC/NJSIAA guidelines

Mary  Help  of  Christians  Academy  views  the  need  for  good  sportsmanship  as  a  very  important issue. We will continue in our efforts to assure that every student-athlete understands that need as well.

 

The Parent’s Role

Since  the  concept  of  athletics  should  be  educational  in  nature,  it  is  important  that  all  parents demonstrate  good  sportsmanship  and  serve  as  role  models  for  our  students  and  athletes.

“Sportsmanship is an overt display of respect for the rules of sport and for all others –players, coaches, officials, and fans”. (National Federation News, March 1995, p.10) It also involves a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity.

This means that:

1. Vulgar or inappropriate language from fans is not tolerated nor permitted.

2. Taunting or trash talking with opponents or with their fans is not tolerated.

3. Spectators may not leave the bleachers or step onto the court or field of play during a game or contest.

4. Fans should be supportive and positive. Cheering should be done for our team, not against our opponent.

5. Fans should not interfere with the opponent’s cheerleaders preventing them from leading their cheers.

6. Fans should let the officials officiate. Remember it is after all, only a game.

 

Important Participation Information

Risks Associated with Athletic Participation

The very nature of athletic competition provides for potential risk and injury to occur.  Even with protective  equipment,  proper  supervision, and sound instruction, injuries still do happen. In extremely rare cases, even death  could result. All athletes and parents need to be aware of the potential hazards that exist within the athletic arena.  MHC Academy and the athletics staff will always do whatever we can to ensure that our athletes have a safe and healthy athletic experience.

 

Pre-Tryout Eligibility Checklist

 Athletes  and  their  parents  have  certain  responsibilities  to  uphold  even  before  tryouts  begin.

Online Registration Form - Must be completed before tryouts.

Emergency Information Card - Must be completed and handed in before or brought to tryouts. 

Physical Examination Form -  This specific state form must be completed, signed by the parents/guardians and the physician and submitted to the school office at MHC Academy to be kept on file.  Athletes’ must have a “current year” physical exam form on file in order to be cleared and eligible for athletic participation.   It is suggested that physical exams be scheduled over the summer months so the entire school year will be cleared for athletic participation. Due to insurance coverage an athlete may not be eligible for a physical before the one year date. Therefore a health questionnaire must be signed and turned into the school nurse. A note from the doctor’s office stating that you are healthy  to  participate  may  be  given  to  the  school  nurse  until  a  physical  can  be  obtained.  No exceptions!

Paperwork for physicals is available on line at the sports website or main office. Online  forms  must  be  completed  before  tryouts! No  exceptions.  Forms  are located  on  the sports webpage.

 

Sport Tryouts

1. All Pre-tryout Checklist Eligibility items must have been completed

2. All athletes should be given a fair and equitable tryout evaluation

3. Coaches  should  utilize  an  evaluation  tool  in  order  to  keep  track  of  strengths  and weaknesses of those trying out for their sport

4. Efforts evaluated over the tryout period are the most important factors used to determine team  selection.  Out  of  season  workouts,  camps,  or  other  sport  participation  are  not considered as criteria for selecting team rosters.

5. Not everyone who tries out for a team will make it through to the final selection process. Coaches  are  responsible  for  selecting  final  team  rosters  and  determining  playing  time during the season.

 

Expectations of Rostered Players

All athletes, who after tryouts, are selected as final rostered players must agree to the following:

1.  Agree to sign the “Athlete’s Pledge”. As a rostered student athlete you are expected to serve as role models for others. Efforts in the classroom are just as important as efforts on the field. Respect and responsibility  go hand  in hand. You lead by example when it comes to sportsmanship.

2. As a rostered student athlete you agree to comply with all school and team rules

3. As a rostered student athlete you agree to maintain academic and disciplinary  eligibility throughout the season.

 

Practice Sessions and Games

Practice sessions may be closed to spectators at the discretion of the coaches.  These sessions are the equivalent of a teacher’s classroom and there is real instruction taking place.  Interference and interruptions to an athlete’s concentration and focus in practice cannot be allowed any more than a disruption would be tolerated in an academic  classroom. Coaching should not be compromised.

 

Practice Sessions

1. May last up to, but not more than two and one half hours. (after tryouts)

2. May start and end at different times due to the schedule of coaches and or the availability of our facilities.

3. May not be held when school is dismissed early or closed due to inclement weather.

4. May be held in the evening, on weekends, and over holiday break periods.

5. Attendance is mandatory. Lateness will not be tolerated.

6. Athletes may not be penalized for missed practice time in order to gain academic help or to make up missed tests or quizzes as long as prior notification has been given.

 

Eligibility; Academic or Disciplinary

The  student  athletes  at  Mary  Help  of  Christians  Academy  are  here  for  their  education  first  and foremost.  Athletic participation is a privilege and granted only to those who are deserving of this opportunity. Problems  with  grades and or behavior are justifiable reasons for Academic or Disciplinary Ineligibility.

Athletes are expected to

1. Meet all academic criteria for eligibility as stated in the Student Handbook

2. Remain in good disciplinary standing.

3. Attend school on time in order to be eligible to practice or play on a daily basis. Uniforms and Equipment

 

At the beginning of each season, the Head Coach distributes all necessary uniforms and equipment. As an athlete  you are responsible for the care and return of all issued goods at the end of the season.

There will be a financial obligation if uniforms and/or equipment is lost or damaged.

 

 

THE STUDENT/ATHLETE’S PLEDGE

At Mary Help of Christians Academy sportsmanship is an expectation.  So please let the Players play.  The Coaches coach. Let the Officials officiate.  And let the Spectators be positive. As a student/athlete at Mary Help of Christians Academy I promise to:

Represent  my  school,  my  coaches,  my  teammates  and  myself  in  a  manner  which  is appropriate and just.

Maintain a healthy and competitive approach to athletics.

Accept responsibility for my actions both on the playing field and in the classroom.

Lead by example in the areas of self-respect and respect for others.

Compete to the best of my abilities.

Refrain  from  the  use  of  prohibited  substances  such  as  steroids,  drugs,  alcohol,  and  tobacco  products.

Demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play at all times

Understand that academics take priority over athletics.

Thank Jesus Christ for granting me good health and athleticism.

 

 

- -

The information in this Handbook is based on the most accurate information available at the time of publication. MHC Academy reserves the right to modify this handbook when necessary. The Athletic Handbook lines with the MHC Academy Student Handbook. All student-athletes must sign-off on both and follow all guidelines.

 

MHCA-ATHLETIC HANDBOOK Compliance Form 

We affirm that we have read and understand the contents of the “Athletic Handbook for Athletes and Parents”. 

We understand and will abide by the “Athletic Chain of Command”. 

We will strive  to  make  the “Athletic  Experience”  a  positive  one.   

We  will  attend  the  mandatory  pre-season  Meet  the Coaches meeting.

As a roster student-athlete and as the parents/guardians of this student athlete, we affirm that we have read and understand the contents of the “Athletic Handbook for Athletes and Parents”. *
Answer Required