Department of Athletics Handbook
Table of Contents
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Administrative & General Information
Athletics Participation Policies & Procedures
Coaching Information & Expectations
Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines
Being a Trinity athlete is a student’s choice and thereby a privilege. Student-athletes shall conduct themselves in a way that brings positive recognition to God, Trinity Classical Academy, their team, their sport and themselves. A Trinity athlete reflects the mission and identity of the school, no matter where he or she is. Athletes are expected to behave at all times with consideration for others in thought, word, and deed. Athletes must abide by the school’s stated rules and any others stipulated by the Department of Athletics staff members (see Appendix A: Student-Athlete Agreement).
The coaches and players will make every effort to exhibit godly character and uphold the core values by respecting their teammates and opponents and by submitting to the authority of the officials and their coaches. Any deviation from such behavior may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension from the team at the discretion of the Head of School, Director of Athletics and/or Coach. Any student-athlete suspended from school will not be allowed to participate in sports until approved by the Head of School, Principal, and Director of Athletics.
Parents and students alike should always treat officials with respect. It is the responsibility of coaches to discuss rules and/or interpretation of rules as it relates to their team. Parents and students should refrain from taunting and berating officials with sarcasm or anything that could be perceived as disrespectful. Parents, students and other spectators representing Trinity Classical Academy who fail to follow these guidelines will be dismissed from the event and are subject to disciplinary action by the school.
During home contests, we serve as hosts to the visiting team, its students and spectators. They are our guests, and they should be treated accordingly. At away contests, we are expected to act as invited guests. We will treat the home school’s personnel and facilities with respect and care.
As participants and spectators, we want to cheer for our team, not against the opponent, being modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Additionally, we will regard the rules of the game as an agreement, the spirit and letter of which we should not break. Players play the game, coaches coach the game: no official has ever “lost” a game for a team. Much like we do not readily credit an official for a win, we will not blame an official for a loss. Officials will be treated with respect and we will accept absolutely and without quarrel the final decision of any official.
Any member of the Trinity community who is a participant or spectator at an event, who uses inappropriate language, engages in inappropriate behaviors such as fighting or similar misconduct will be dismissed from the event and is subject to disciplinary action by the school.
Finally, both students and parents must uphold the policies laid out by our league affiliates.
Updated August 2020