2019-2020 Athletic Handbook (1)

1.       Mission Statement of Wayland Athletic Program. 2

1.1.        Athletic Advisory Committee. 2

1.2.        Unfunded Programs. 3

2.       Student-Athlete Responsibilities. 3

2.1.        Daily Team Attendance. 3

2.2.        Absences, Tardiness, and Dismissals. 4

2.3.        Bona-Fide Team Member Rule -- Loyalty to your High School Team.. 4

2.4.        Varsity Letters. 4

2.5.        Sportsmanship & Spectator Behavior 4

2.6.        Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities. 5

2.7.        Philosophy of Gender Identity Participation. 5

2.8.        Chemical Health Policy. 5

2.9.        Hazing. 6

2.10.          Bullying. 6

2.11.          Team Transportation. 7

2.12.          Security of Personal Belongings. 7

2.13.          Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Room.. 7

2.14.          Locker Rooms and School Facilities. 8

2.15.          School Athletic Equipment 8

2.16.          Season Limits. 8

2.17.          Out-Of-Season Sports Participation. 9

2.18.          Physical Education. 9

3.       The Coach. 9

3.15.          Program Expectations at Wayland High School 11

3.16.          Communication. 11

3.17.          Pre-Season Meeting. 11

3.18.          Tryouts and Cuts. 11

3.19.          Playing Time. 12

3.20.          Team Captains. 12

4.       Team Fundraising. 12

4.16.          Team Meals and Snacks. 14

4.18.          Team Apparel 15

4.19.          Captain’s Practice. 15

5.       Guidelines for Parents/Guardians. 15

5.3.        Fees and Refunds. 16

5.4.        Family Cap. 16

5.5.        Athletic Fee Waivers. 16

5.6.        Physicals & Release Forms. 17

6.       Role of the Athletic Director. 17

7.       Wayland Boosters Association Inc. 17

7.1.        Boosters Mission Statement. 17

7.2.        Booster Grants. 17

7.3.        Wayland Varsity Jackets. 18

7.4.        Booster Awards. 18

7.5.        Informational Links. 18



  1. Mission Statement of Wayland Athletic Program.

    Personal and Team responsibility, love of learning (sport, fitness), and empathy for others: These are the qualities that Wayland High School seeks to instill in its students.  At its core, our mission is to provide a competitive high school athletic program while promoting “fun” and lifelong knowledge and skill acquisition. We deem it equally important to nurture self-confidence, collaborative, and conscientious individuals.  We strive to create a climate where risk-taking is safeguarded, open expression is encouraged, and free association is protected. 

    1. Athletic Advisory Committee

      The mission of the Wayland Athletic Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image while promoting a competitive athletic culture that provides lifelong and life-quality learning experiences to student-athletes while enhancing their achievement of educational goals. The functions of the WAAC are:

      1. The functions of the WAAC are:
        1. To promote and facilitate communication between administration and student-athletes about concerns, problems or suggestions;
        2. To provide feedback and insight into athletic department issues;
        3. To generate a student-athlete voice within the formulation of athletics policies;
        4. To promote more positive interaction between Wayland athletics, the Wayland campus and the community;
        5. To continually strive for improvement in all aspects pertaining to Wayland athletics;
        6. To build a sense of community and encourage unity, common purpose and camaraderie between teams and among all athletes in the program.


      2. The AAC is a group of people representing the many interests in the Wayland High School athletic program.  The responsibility of the group is to provide guidance and recommendations to the Athletic Director and High School Administration on a wide range of issues pertaining to the Wayland High School athletic program.  Typically, the AAC will meet a minimum of three times a school year, at the end of each session. The AAC will be comprised of:


        1. The Wayland High School Athletic Director;
        2. A member of the Wayland High School administrative team;
        3. A member of the Wayland School Committee (appointed by the School Committee);
        4. Four Wayland High School student athletes, two male and two female (appointed for two years by the Athletic Director);
        5. Two teacher/coaches representing male and female teams (appointed for two years by the Athletic Director);
        6. Two Wayland High School parents representing a diversity of athletic programs (appointed by the Wayland Boosters for a two year term). 
      3. At any point during this analysis, the AD and Principal together can decide to end the process.


      4. The information above will be brought to the AAC for review. After sufficient discussion, the AAC will vote by simple majority to (1) recommend to the School Committee the addition of the new program, (2) deny the new program, or 3) request additional information.
      5. The Athletic Trainer will open the Training Room after school on school days.
      6. Injured athletes should not return to play without medical clearance from their physician reviewed by our Trainer or School Nurse.
      7. Medical personnel at home and away games make final decisions on student-athletes returning to play.
      8. Coaches may be asked to help the Athletic Trainer in the event of an emergency.
      9. Student-athletes are asked to pick up water and ice in the Training Room and return water bottles and jugs to the Training Room after used
      10. Mass DPH suggest student-athletes use mosquito spray with DEET.  Wayland will not supply or apply the spray.
      11. Head Injury and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities Protocol http://whs.wayland.k12.ma.us/athletics
      12. Travel medical kits are available for all teams to take to practices and games.
        1. Locker Rooms and School Facilities

          Student-athletes are expected to respect the locker facilities, showers, and general areas of the athletic/school facilities, both home and away.  We expect the student-athletes to take pride in their facilities, and to leave them in good condition.  No type of vandalism will be tolerated, and equipment, clothing, towels, and other items should not be left behind in the locker room after games or practices.  In the spirit of the Wayland High School Mission Statement, it is the student-athlete’s responsibility to demonstrate respect for others and for the facility.

        2. School Athletic Equipment
          1. Students have an obligation and responsibility for the proper care and retention of all equipment issued to them from the date of issue to the date of return.  Students failing to turn in all issued equipment and uniforms, or returning equipment damaged through misuse, are responsible to meet the current replacement cost for such equipment or uniforms.  Payment is required at the time of the loss, or prior to either the next season of athletic involvement, or graduation, whichever comes first.  In the event that the equipment or uniform is found and/or returned after payment, a refund will be made.  School athletic equipment should only be worn for team activity, i.e., practice, games, spirit events.


          2. Athletes are required to supply and carry their own water bottles.  The school will provide the water.
      13. Although there are many measures of success in the minds of each participant, perhaps the most emotional is playing time during contests. Coaches should privately inform each participant of his/her view of that participant’s role, including starting, substituting, and playing time.  If a student has questions about his /her role, he/she is encouraged to discuss it with the coach.  At the high school level, being a member of a team does not guarantee playing time. Guidelines for this important issue are listed here:
      14. It is expected that a team captain be a leader of his/her team and should be ready to assume duties outlined by his/her coach.  Captains are expected to be fully aware of team rules, and are expected to communicate with the coach and team members in the event of problems that affect the team.  Captains may be asked to meet with the Athletic Director during the school year to discuss the program. Our Coaches select team Captains, however, student input is allowed to pick team captains. School and team discipline may affect a captain’s status.
      15. Captains should set a good example and demonstrate positive leadership at all times.  During athletic contests that they participate in or attend, they should cheer in support of their school’s team rather than against the opponent.
      16. Coaches shall not directly handle any monies involved in any fundraising efforts by the team.  The coach should refer this duty to a parent appointed the team financial representative, normally a captain’s parents.
      17. Team bonding activities
      18. Modest team apparel
      19. Team video
      20. Upgrading team busses for trips over an hour and a half
      21. Additional unfunded equipment
      22. End of season celebrations
      23. Facility rentals
      24. Team meals/snacks
      25. Championship, player, coach recognition
      26. Addition playdays/tournaments


        1. Unapproved purchases will not be reimbursed. 
        2. Team Meals and Snacks.

          Providing food for students can be made complicated with allergies. No food can be served with nuts in the ingredients.  Prepackaged individual sized foods are strongly encouraged. Where food is cooked, box labels should be placed near the food for identification. It is strongly recommended that foods distributed to students (by faculty, PTOs, etc.) in school be purchased through the Food Service Department. Students will not be allowed to eat on team buses due surface contamination. Players may bring water to drink during bus rides.


        3. Banquet Guidelines
          1. Sports banquets are a very important and essential part of the athlete’s experience.  These occasions provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognize team members at the end of the season.


          2. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist all persons who are responsible for planning and executing sports banquets.  Each sports program is encouraged to hold one sports banquet/end of season event.  It is expected and encouraged that the members of each sport make the decision on when and how to officially celebrate the season.


          3. Coaches Gift
      27. Issues not appropriate to discuss with the coach:
        1. Playing time
        2. Team strategy
        3. Play calling
        4. Other student-athletes


      28. Athletic Fees will not be refunded:
        1. If an athlete is removed from the team for any school or MIAA rule violation.
        2. if an athlete chooses to not participate after the first competition.
      29. Payment & Sizing - Payment must be made at the time of sizing and ordering. Jackets are $175, however the Boosters generously subsidize jackets for varsity athletes resulting in a cost to the athlete of $50.  Checks are made payable to “4 Seasons Embroidery”.
    2. Philosophy of Gender Identity Participation

      Wayland High School believes that interscholastic athletic and co-curricular participation are valuable to student’s physical, intellectual, social, and/or character development and accordingly, we value inclusion.  Guided by this value and in compliance with all applicable laws, our policy is to ensure that students can participate in athletics and co-curricular activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity.

    3. Team Transportation
      1. Appropriate transportation will be provided to all away scrimmages and games.
      2. Student-athletes are expected to ride the bus with the team.
      3. Coaches may allow parents to pick up their own student(s) after games.
      4. Student-Athletes may not leave a competition with anyone other than their parent without prior approval from the Athletic Director.
      5. Any coach who volunteers to drive students in their own personal car, or a school owned vehicle, must complete the Volunteer Driver Background Check Form before driving students.
      6. Teams may use fundraised money to upgrade standard school busses for any game over a 1.5 hour trip.
      7. Teams may use fundraised money to travel to special events (tournaments) that may not be covered in the Athletic Budget.
    4. Out-Of-Season Sports Participation
      1. Participation in out-of-season clinics, leagues, or other related sport activities is strictly up to the discretion of the student-athlete and his/her parents.  While such participation may improve a student’s knowledge and skill, it is the student’s decision whether or not he/she wishes to become involved in such activities.  Participation in such activities will have no bearing on a student-athlete’s participation on a Wayland High School athletic team.  The Athletic Department encourages all students to take full advantage of the activities offered and become involved in more than one sport.


      2. According to MIAA rules, “Neither a coach nor any other representative of the school may require an athlete to participate in a sport or training program outside of the MIAA defined sport season.”  Voluntary conditioning seasons open equally to all students in the school, and which are entirely devoid of sports-specific activity, may be conducted between sessions, provided no candidate is either required to participate or penalized for not doing so.  A “candidate” is defined as a varsity or sub-varsity athlete who participated in the high school program at some interscholastic level in part of the previous season.
    5. Pre-Season Meeting
      1. Students will be informed of Pre-Season Meetings through postings and announcements at the high school.  Releases, medical forms, and other paperwork will be completed using Familyid online registrations.
      2. During the spring there will be a meeting for all 8th grade students to introduce them to the fall athletic programs and coaches.  Each student should have the opportunity to meet a coach in the sport in which the student wishes to participate.
    6. Team Apparel
      1. Team apparel is important for school spirit and to recognize team members for their accomplishments and commitment to the school community.   The Athletic Department feels these guidelines will help ease the frustration with team orders:
      2. All team orders must be approved by the Athletic Director before orders are placed.
      3. Team apparel is defined as team ordered clothing or gear purchased by individual team members.
      4. Apparel orders should be available to all members of the team, including team managers, but cannot be mandatory for participation.
      5. Team orders should be placed before the first contest of the sport.
      6. Each team is responsible for taking orders and collecting money before the orders are placed.
      7. Apparel should be predominantly school colors, 021 pantone orange and black.  In the case of an apparel item that is a basic color (gray sweatshirt), the printing should contain orange and black.
      8. Wayland artwork is available in the athletic office.  Teams may use sport specific prints with stock formats.  All other language and graphics must be appropriate and approved by the Athletic Director.
      9. All apparel items costing over $40.00 must be available to be ordered in subsequent years for future team members.  Ideally, these items should be available for the team for at least four years.
    7. Captain’s Practice

      Any team activity on the school campus during the offseason must be supervised by a CORIed adult. 

    8. Certain situations may require a conference between the coach and the parents/guardians.   When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution of the issue or concern:


      1. DO NOT CALL THE COACH AT HOME.  A coach’s time with family is severely limited during the season.  The family’s privacy should be respected.
      2. Do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest. These can be emotional times for both the parents/guardians and coach.  Meetings should be scheduled away from other students and the playing field.
    9. Fees and Refunds
      1. Athletic Fees will be refunded:
        1. If an athlete is cut from the team.
        2. if an athlete decides not to participate before the first game.
        3. If an athlete is injured the athletic fee will be prorated based on the number of games the athlete participated in.
    10. Family Cap.

      If you will have reached the annual Family Cap of $1200, please notify the athletic office. The participation fee for Crew, Sailing, and Ice Hockey do not count toward the Family Cap.

    11. Athletic Fee Waivers.

      Families who may qualify for an athletic fee waiver must complete the form: Financial Aid Application

    12. Wayland Varsity Jackets
      1. The Wayland Boosters will award jackets three times per year at the conclusion of each athletic season.  Jackets are earned by completing any one of the following requirements:


        1. Two varsity letters in a sport or combination of sports
        2. Four years in the same sport.
        3. Three seasons in the same sport with one varsity letter.
        4. Managers must earn three varsity letters
        5. Any exceptions to these four requirements will be at the discretion of the Athletic Director.


    13. Booster Awards.

      These awards are designated as awards for a culminating varsity experience throughout the player’s high school experience.  These awards are eligible to any varsity player regardless of year at WHS.


      1. The Buzz Bowers Sportsmanship Award is presented to a senior varsity player whose behavior is characterized by fair play, shows generosity, and general concern for others and demonstrates sportsmanship in a loss and is a gracious winner.
      2. The Hal Barnett Unsung Hero Award is awarded to a varsity senior team member who shows what hard work and dedication can mean in improving the overall quality and well being of the team.  The criteria for this award are: hard work, willingness to do what is needed for the best interest of the team, and good attendance at practices and games.  The recipient should be a player not otherwise recognized.
      3. The Jim Griffin Booster Award is given to a varsity senior athlete who has shown outstanding merit in the areas of leadership, sportsmanship, team spirit and athletic ability.  These qualities should be present both on and off the field.
    14. Informational Links

      Wayland High School Athletic Schedules


      Wayland High School Student Handbook


      MIAA Handbook



      MIAA Heat Modification Policy


    15. School Committee Policies
  2. Student-Athlete Responsibilities
    1. Daily Team Attendance

      Attendance at practice is absolutely required to maximize personal coordination and team play. Such Attendance is necessary to minimize the risk of injury to self or teammates. An unexcused absence from practice may result in dismissal from the Team. Exception: Students needing academic extra help should inform their coach prior to missing a practice. Any request to be late or to miss practice for good cause must be approved by the coach prior to the practice.

  3. The Coach
    1. A high school coach often plays an influential and important role in the life of a student athlete.  The student athlete is participating within the school's activity program because that young person desires to do so. Consequently, such a student is often more attentive to a coach's lessons than to those offered by teachers in required courses. Coaches must constantly be aware of this opportunity and responsibility.


  4. Team Fundraising
    1. Any group fundraising for Wayland High School Teams must follow Wayland School Committee Guidlines for Support Organizations.


    2. Understanding that a school budget can not fund unique experiences for all teams, team fundraisers that promote the athletic experience for our student-athletes can occur if the following rules are followed.


    3. Coaches and a Team Financial Representative (normally a captain’s parent) should meet to review the team budgets.  We expect the budget to reflect modest dollar amounts to minimize the amount of fundraising that needs to occur


    4. A fundraising budget should be turned into the Athletic Department with Fundraising Request Form F2 filled out for any fundraising activities, before any fundraising begins.


    5. The Athletic Director and Principal will approve or decline the fundraising request based on the fundraising activity and/or what the funds will be used for.


    6. Once fundraising activities are approved the Fiscal Sponsor will be informed of the activity and timeline.


    7. Fundraising cannot be used to fund out of season sport-specific activities (summer leagues).


    8. Coaching positions cannot be funded from fundraising money.


    9. Avoid fundraising activities that a company takes a large percentage of the profits.


    10. Avoid conflicting fundraising activities.


    11. We encourage fundraising activities where Wayland High School teams work together to provide goods or services.  Appeal for donations will be considered for larger capital fundraisers.


    12. The Athletic Director will inform Team Financial Representatives know the process to deposit fundraising checks.


    13. The Fiscal Sponsor will present a complete list of fundraising income to the School Committee every year.


    14. Examples of approved expenses are:
  5. Guidelines for Parents/Guardians


    1. When students become involved in the athletic program at Wayland High School, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes.  At these times, a private discussion with the coach is encouraged.


      1. Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coach:
        1. Your child’s treatment
        2. Your child’s improvement
        3. Your child’s behavior
        4. Any scheduling conflicts


  6. Role of the Athletic Director


    1. Measure, evaluate and report on programs
    2. Hire, guide, and evaluate coaches
    3. Communicate philosophy and values of the program to participants, parents/guardians, coaches, and community
    4. Other duties as listed in the Athletic Director’s job description
  7. Wayland Boosters Association Inc.
    1. Boosters Mission Statement.

      To foster and encourage the athletic teams of Wayland Middle School and Wayland High School in all phases of inter-scholastic competition.  To recognize and reward excellence in sports, not with emphasis on winning but in the belief that the development of leadership and sportsmanship coupled with healthy bodies and alert minds is the primary purpose of athletic activities.  To that end, that the teams of the Schools, whether winning or losing, may be known for their character, team spirit, and sense of fair play.

    2. Booster Grants
      1. Wayland Boosters is dedicated to supporting our student-athletes at both Wayland High and Wayland Middle schools. Wayland Boosters maintains a Boosters General Fund that is available by request to fund specific needs for Wayland High and Wayland Middle schools’ athletic programs. Wayland Boosters strongly encourage funding requests that will enhance the athletic programs for our student-athletes.
      2. Wayland Boosters General Fund is funded and supported by corporate and private donations, the sale of Booster apparel, and Booster Fundraisers. The amount available for funding requests fluctuates per year.
  1. Unfunded Programs

    Wayland High School supports several athletic programs that are not funded in the Wayland High School budget.  These programs are Boys and Girls Ice Hockey, Boys and Girls Crew, and Sailing.  Members of these teams will participate knowing that they will be responsible to assist in fundraising efforts and pay an athletic fee that will be more than other WHS teams.  Fees paid for participation on an unfunded team do not count toward the Family Cap of Athletic Fees.


  1. Expanding a Current Program

    All requests to establish a new sports program will be brought to the AD and Principal at least one year in advance of the proposed participation. Any student or other interested party, such as a coach or parent, may inquire about the possibility of adding a new sport or level to an existing sport at Wayland High School.  Interested parties may also contact the Director of Student Services, Wayland’s Title IX coordinator, for further assistance.  The Athletic Director will work with interested groups to help gather information needed to determine if adding a new program is merited and present these findings to the Athletic Advisory Committee.


    1. The information will include:
      1. Interest and ability of student athletes
      2. Increasing opportunities for students
      3. Availability of opponents
      4. Availability of qualified coaches
      5. Appropriate facilities
      6. Cost and funding options
      7. Negative effects on other programs
      8. Sustainability/future projections
      9. Title IX and balance of programs
      10. “Varsity” vs. “Club” status


  1. Absences, Tardiness, and Dismissals
    1. Students absent due to illness or an unexcused absence from school, or suspended on the day of a practice or a game will not be permitted to participate.
    2. Student-Athletes must attend all classes and fulfill other school commitments (including but not limited to restricted study, assemblies, advisory, etc.) to be able t o participate in athletics unless the absence has been pre-approved by school administration.   Below are examples of approved absences:
      1. Bereavement
      2. College Visits
      3. Religious Holiday
      4. Drivers License Test
      5. Scheduled doctor visits
  1. Bona-Fide Team Member Rule -- Loyalty to your High School Team

    A bona fide member of the school team is a student who is consistently present for, and actively participate in, all high school team sessions (e.g., practices, tryouts, competitions). Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate in a non-school athletic activity/event in any sport recognized by the MIAA. Any student who violates this standard is ineligible 25% of the season immediately upon confirmation of the violation.

  1. Varsity Letters

    To receive a Varsity Letter a student must be a member in good standing of an athletic team at the close of the season including postseason participation.  Being a member of a team does not guarantee a Varsity Letter.  Athletes must make a significant contribution to the varsity team as defined by coaches of our individual programs.

  1. Sportsmanship & Spectator Behavior
    1. Wayland High School expects all parties at a contest to display the highest possible level of sportsmanship.  Players, coaches, and spectators are to treat teammates, opponents, game officials, and visiting spectators with respect.


    2. Wayland High School and the Dual County League (DCL) are committed to the highest ideals of sportsmanship, as well as to establish a healthy environment for competition.  We will not tolerate negative statements or actions towards competitors, coaches, game officials, or fans in attendance at our events.  This includes taunting, trash talking, baiting, berating players, coaches, or officials, or actions which ridicule or embarrass.  Offenders will be ejected, and Wayland High School Disciplinary Codes are also in effect.


    3. The Principals and Athletic Directors of the DCL stand committed to hosting events which support the highest ideals of sportsmanship.


    4. The MIAA reserves the right to “warn, censure, place on probation or suspended for up to one calendar year any player, team, coach, game or school official or school determined to be acting in a manner contrary to the standards of good sportsmanship.”   Wayland High School also reserves the right to impose the same penalties on spectators displaying poor sportsmanship at any of our contests, home or away.
  1. Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
    1. To be academically eligible to participate in athletics, clubs, and drama/musical performances during the second, third, and fourth terms, a student cannot have failed more than one course and must have passed a minimum of 30 credits for the term immediately preceding.  Academic eligibility for second, third, and fourth terms is determined at the end of first, second, and third quarters, respectively, when report cards are distributed.


    2. To be academically eligible to participate for the first term, a student is required to have passed 30 credits (the equivalent of five traditional yearlong courses) in the previous academic year, and to have not failed more than one course.  Eligibility for the first quarter is determined by a student’s final grades from the previous school year.


    3. Student-athletes may not participate in games or scrimmages until they have met these eligibility requirements and been granted clearance by the Athletic Director.


    4. A student entering Grade 9 from a middle or junior high school is eligible at the start of the ninth grade school year.
  1. Chemical Health Policy

    In addition to the enforcement of the school policy, the following MIAA penalties will be enforced by the Athletic Department.


    1. From the earliest fall practice date, to the conclusion of the academic year or final athletic event (whichever is latest), a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes, [vape] pens and all similar devices); marijuana (including synthetic); steroids; drug paraphernalia; or any controlled substance. This policy includes products such as “NA or near beer,” inhalants (defined as any substance that produces a mind-altering effect when inhaled), and misuse of over-the-counter medications and substances used for the purposes of altering one’s mental state. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. The MINIMUM penalties are:


    2. First violation: When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests (regular season and tournament) totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program. It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation. During the suspension the disqualified student may not be in uniform and his/her attendance at the competition site is determined by the high school principal. All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 25% of the season.


    3. Second and subsequent violations: 
      1. When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests (regular season and tournament) totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 60% of the season.


      2. Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, but serving the penalty could carry over for one year. Or, if the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year


      3. No student, who has a current suspension for violating the Chemical Health Policy, will be allowed to join a team after the first day of organized team activities.


  1. Hazing

    Wayland High School will not tolerate any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. (See full definition and policy in appendix).  Students who engage in hazing can expect: (1) Suspension from school for a period not to exceed five days, (2) Additional penalties as required by state law, including police notification.

    1. Bullying

      BULLYING and CYBERBULLYING: The Wayland Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan may be found at the WPS Website under “District Information.” It is the policy of the Wayland Public Schools to provide a learning environment that is free from bullying and cyber-bullying (similar policies exist and define sexual harassment and hazing). No student shall be subjected to bullying, or cyber-bullying. “Bullying” is the repeated use by one or more students or school staff members of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: - causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; - places the target in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself, or of damage to his/her property; - creates a hostile environment at school for the target; - infringes on the rights of the target at school; - or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. It is a violation of this policy for any student or member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional, to engage in bullying or cyber-bullying, or for an employee of the Wayland Public Schools to condone or fail to report acts of bullying or cyber-bullying that they witness or become aware of: (i) on school grounds and property immediately adjacent to school grounds. (ii) at school-sponsored or school-related activities, functions or programs, whether on or off school grounds (iii) at school bus stops (iv) on school buses or other vehicles owned, leased or used by the school district, or (v) through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by the school district. It is also a violation of this policy for any student and/or staff to engage in bullying or cyber-bullying at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related, or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by the school district, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at school, or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or orderly operation of the school, as determined by school administrators. The School District will not tolerate retaliation against a person who reports bullying or cyber-bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or cyberbullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying or cyber-bullying.

  1. Security of Personal Belongings

    All personal belongings should be locked in a locker or team room while the student athlete is trying out, practicing, or playing.  Each student should have a school-issued lock for his/her gym locker and should never leave the locker unlocked or open.  If you can’t lock it up, take it with you.  Wayland High School cannot be responsible for loss of personal belongings.

  2. Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Room
  1. Season Limits
    1. Fall practice may begin for all teams as early as the second Thursday preceding Labor Day.  Football teams must precede their initial contact practice day with an additional three days of single non-contact sessions.


    2. The winter season begins the Monday after Thanksgiving.  This season usually affects the winter vacation break and could affect the February vacation if a team or individual qualifies for post-season tournament play.
    3. The spring season begins the third Monday in March.  The April vacation may be affected if games are scheduled.  Parents/guardians and players should check this issue with the individual coach.


    4. All seasons:  fall, winter, spring must end with the completion of the regular varsity season or, for qualified varsity teams or individuals, upon completion of their participation in MIAA tournaments.
  1. Physical Education

    All students are required to participate in their regularly scheduled Physical Education classes.  Any student who is medically excused from Physical Education may not participate in his/her practice or game for that day.

  1. The function of a coach is to properly educate students through participation in interscholastic competition. The interscholastic program is designed to enhance academic achievement and should never interfere with opportunities for academic success.  The safety and well-being of each student-athlete must be the top priority for coaches at all times. In recognition of this, the following guidelines for coaches have been adopted:


  2. The coach must be aware that he/she has a tremendous influence, either good or bad, in the education of the student athlete and, thus, shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest desirable ideals of character.


  3. The coach must constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the profession. In all personal contact with student athletes, officials, athletic directors, school administrators, the MIAA, the media, and the public, the coach shall strive to set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct.


  4. The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse and under no circumstances should authorize their use.


  5. The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of bullying, hazing, and social exclusion of/by student-athletes.


  6. The coach shall promote the entire interscholastic program of the school and direct his or her program in harmony with the total school program.


  7. The coach shall be thoroughly acquainted with the contest rules and is responsible for their interpretation to team members. The spirit and letter of the rules should be regarded as mutual agreements. The coach shall not try to seek advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.


  8. Coaches shall actively use their influence to enhance sportsmanship.


  9. Contest officials shall have the respect and support of the coach. The coach shall not indulge in conduct that will incite players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of officials or players is unethical.


  10. Before and after contests, rival coaches should meet and exchange friendly greetings to set the correct tone for the event.


  11. Coaches should encourage the academic success of our student-athletes.


  12. A coach shall not exert pressure on faculty members to give student-athletes special consideration.


  13. Coaches shall not directly handle any monies involved in any fundraising efforts by the team.  The coach should refer this duty to a parent appointed the team financial representative, normally the captain’s parents.
  14. Program Expectations at Wayland High School

    At Wayland High School, each individual sport should be developed into a “program.”  With direction from the Athletic Director, the Varsity Head Coach will provide consistent structure at all levels of the program. 

  1. Communication

    Before the start of the season and then during the season, as the situation may warrant, the Varsity Head Coach as Program Director, with approval of the Athletic Director, will communicate to athletes and parents/guardians his/her approach to the following:


    1. expectations for the team and program as a whole;
    2. team requirements such as pre-season conditioning, special equipment, practice times and locations, and special tournament expectations;
    3. the tryout process: timing, selection criteria, and communication of decisions;
    4. the procedure that athletes and parents/guardians should follow in case of injury during practice or competition.
    5. In addition, the Head Varsity Coach is expected to develop a consistent philosophy across all levels, so that players can move more easily between levels during the season.  He/she should be familiar with athletes at all levels.  The Head Varsity Coach is also responsible for forming links with town youth programs if they exist in his/her sport.
  1. Tryouts and Cuts
    1. Participation in athletics is a privilege.  Students try out voluntarily and, for some of our teams, risk being cut.  During the tryout period, the coach will provide an explanation of his/her expectations.  It is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate to the coach that he/she can meet the expectations.
    2. Cutting students from athletic teams is one of the most difficult tasks that a coach faces.  However, there are reasons why a student does not make a team.  Some of the factors that a coach has to consider when determining his/her final roster are: skill level, safety (how many athletes can be safely supervised), playing time, attitude, and commitment.
    3. When cuts are necessary, the coach will communicate privately with the player, who will be informed of the reasons by the coach.  Students cut from one team are encouraged to try out for another team if there is space on that team; otherwise, they may sign up for one of the unlimited roster sports.  Team rosters are official at the first contest of the sport.
  1. Playing Time
  1. Middle School: Developmental, all students should participate in contests, goal of the program is to develop every student for High School Participation.
  2. Freshman: Developmental, all students should participate in contest, playing time will not be equal.
  3. JV: Prepare team members for Varsity, Every attempt should be made to play everyone on the team, playing time will not be equal.
  4. Varsity: Competitive setting, in many cases only the most skilled participant will be competing against high level opponents. Being a member of a team does not guarantee playing time.
    1. Team Captains
  1. Public school teachers or coaches, as municipal employees, may not accept gifts valued at $50 or more. Nor can staff members accept (from one family) a number of smaller gifts which together are worth $50 or more.
  2. A teacher or coach accepting a gift of less than $50 from a current student may be required to disclose that gift if it creates the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  3. A teacher or coach may accept a group gift of up to $150 per year from his or her class/team as long as the gift is identified as being from the entire class/team, and the identity of the contributors and the amounts given are not identified to the teacher/coach. In addition, no individual family may make a contribution of $50 or more to a group gift.
  4. Gifts to individual teachers or coaches may be given in the form of gift cards as long as they are in accordance with these limitations.
  5. The retail value of all gifts to coaches (clothing) must be in accordance to these standards.
    1. The host should invite all Varsity team members, Junior Varsity team members, Freshman team members, team managers, parents, and select guests of the team.
    2. Appropriate locations should be within 15 miles of Wayland High School.
    3. The cost for the meeting hall, dinner, and decorations should not exceed $25.00 per attendee.
    4. There should be no alcohol available for any person attending the event.
    5. The event should start and end promptly.  It is recommended that the entire banquet and program not exceed three hours and end before 9:00 on school nights.
  1. Physicals & Release Forms
    1. All students who plan to participate in athletics must have written proof of a current physical exam signed by a physician.  In order for the exam to be current, it must be dated within one calendar year of any athletic involvement.  It is strongly recommended that an annual exam be scheduled between June and August preceding each school year.  Such an exam will cover a student for the entire school year.


    2. Parents/guardians permission forms, which contain important emergency and insurance information, must be completed and signed by the athlete and a parent/guardian.  These forms are collected online at familyid.com, and that information will be disseminated to authorized personnel.


    3. Athletes will not be allowed to participate in practices or games in any season without having a current medical form, parental/guardian permission on file, and payment of the athletic fee for that season.

GBEA - Staff Ethics/Conflict of Interest

GBEBC - Gifts to and Solicitation by Staff

JJE - Student FundraisingJJIBA - Adding/Dropping a Sport

JIBB - Financing of an Athletic Program

JJICA - Home Educated Students Participation in WHS Athletic Programs

JJIF - Head Injury and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities

KCD - Public Gifts to the Schools

KJA - Relationships with Support Organizations

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