Athletic Program

Guidelines

Athletes of West Hernando Christian School strive to be a positive witness for Christ, to bring our bodies into physical condition, and to compete for the prize.

WHCS will offer varsity and junior varsity competition for boys and girls 6th - 12th, provided that there are enough participants. Students must be at least 11 years and not more than 18 years of age by September 1st or in 7th grade or above to participate. Programs available as per conference, coach, and student interest.

Elementary grades may also have the intramural sports (such as soccer, basketball, or cheerleading) dependent upon coaches and student interest.

• A PARTICIPATION FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH SPORT.


Please follow right menu for our Athletic Program Guidelines information for students attending our athletic program.


I. CONDUCT - WHCS athletes are representatives of Christ in actions, words, and attitudes both on and off the court.

  1. Athletes are to be well-mannered at all times and show loyalty to the coaches, team, and its individual members. It is important to make positive comments when discussing the team, captains, and coaches. If there is a problem, don’t hesitate to go quietly to the person or coach if necessary.

  2. No anger is to be displayed toward referees, coaches, players, or anyone from another school.

  3. Athletes are to set a positive example at WHCS. Your testimony in and out of the classroom should reflect Christian character.

  4. Discipline points accumulating over 14 will be a basis for removal from the team.

II. ACADEMICS

  1. Any failing grade (59 or less) will make a student ineligible until two weeks after issuance of the progress report, at which time the grade will be reviewed.

  2. Any grade below 70 will put the student on probation. If the student is on probation, their teacher will make the decision if they are eligible after the next test or quiz. Student must give the athletic director written permission from the teacher before permitted to participate in the next game.

  3. Athletes who have an incomplete will NOT be permitted to participate in competition until a grade is recorded in the office, and they have maintained the above standard. The student must give the athletic director written permission from the teacher before permitted to participate in the next game.

  4. Students who are ineligible MUST continue to practice with their team. The student is NOT expected to go to the games, BUT is not permitted to go to AWAY games..

III. PRACTICES

  1. Please be aware that if you miss a practice, it affects the entire team. Even if you are sick or hurt and miss a practice or practices, your position may be changed or you may be benched for a period of time.

  2. If you are at school, you are expected to be at practice.

  3. If you are grounded or in trouble with your parents, it is not an excused absence from a practice or game.

  4. If you are going to be late or miss a practice, YOU must let a COACH know the reason. It is your responsibility to locate the coach.

  5. You are expected to be ready to begin practice on time.

  6. Practice Clothes

    1. They are to be neat, clean, and within the following guidelines:

      1. P.E. Attire
      2. Appropriate Shoes
      3. Hair is to be up at practice and during games
      4. Watches or jewelry are not to be worn

IV. MEMBERSHIP

  1. Expulsion - you will be considered for the following:

    1. Too many suspensions from the team

    2. Failure to cooperate

    3. Excessive absences from practices or games

    4. Fifteen or more accumulated discipline points.

  2. Absences - Excused absences are for personal illness, doctor appointments, or parent request.

V. UNIFORMS

  1. Uniforms are to be clean (they should not be dried in the dryer) and neat in appearance at all times.

  2. No jewelry or watches are to be worn.

VI. GAMES

  1. Home Games: Athletes MUST be at the gym ½ hour prior to their game, unless told otherwise.

  2. Away Games: Athletes MUST be transported with the school, unless told otherwise.

VII. FUNDRAISING

  1. Athletes as a group will be participating in school fund-raising to support the athletic budget.

  2. Fund raising activities may be scheduled on week-ends and during the summer to assist parents and students with the cost of being an athlete, such as camps or uniforms.

VIII. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Captains and Co-Captains - Being ruled ineligible for ANY reason will relinquish your captain status.

    1. Be an ENCOURAGEMENT to all team members
    2. Start practices if coach is not present
    3. Represent your team on the court
    4. Be willing to listen to team member’s ideas
    5. Do all the things listed for team members

  2. Team Members

    1. ENCOURAGE your captains and each other
    2. Be willing to help out when asked
    3. Be at practices and games on time
    4. Check with the captains or coaches if unsure about any game or practice information.

IX. GROOMING AND HEALTH

  1. Bathe daily - - - - sports is strenuous, USE DEODORANT
  2. Keep nails clean and short
  3. Maintain your health with a healthy diet of good food and exercise
  4. Drink plenty of water
  5. Jumping rope, running, swimming, riding a bike, and practice are beneficial ESPECIALLY ON SCHOOL BREAKS WHEN NO PRACTICE IS SCHEDULED.

X. MISCELLANEOUS

•   These guidelines do not cover every situation. Each sport will receive guidelines for the specific sport.

•   CONFLICT RESOLUTION: WHCS follows the guidelines set forth in Matthew 18: 15-17 as a form of conflict resolution. If a parent or athlete should have a problem with the coach, speak with the coach to discuss the problem. Most conflicts are resolved at this level. If unresolved after this meeting, an appointment should be set with the coach and the athletic director. If unresolved after this meeting, an appointment should be set with the coach, athletic director, and the administrator.

•   PARENT RESPONSIBILITY: Our coaches and athletic directors are also held accountable for the conduct of our spectators. Because we are members of a Christian Conference, appropriate modest attire is required. Referees/coaches may not be challenged, and there will be no booing/heckling from the stands. Such conduct may result in being required to leave the gymnasium.

Please be on time to pick your child up from practices and games. This is a matter of courtesy as our coaches have family responsibilities as well. The administrator will contact you if this becomes a problem, and it could be grounds for dismissal from the team.

Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2: 2-5

“THE MOST IMPORTANT MEASURE OF HOW WELL I PLAY THE GAME IS HOW MUCH BETTER I MAKE MY TEAMMATES PLAY.”

NBA Hall of Fame
Center Bill Russell