Interscholastic athletics can be an integral part of a student’s high school experience. Interscholastic athletics helps promote unity, loyalty, and a sense of belonging to an organization that has a purpose and commitment. At Westminster High School, students of diverse backgrounds and abilities have an opportunity for varied sports experiences commensurate with their interests.
Participation in Interscholastic athletics promotes good sportsmanship and fair play, while contributing to physical growth and cognitive development. The health and welfare of our student athletes is of primary concern. Healthy habits, teamwork, good citizenship, and academic achievement are expectations from all of our student athletes.
ATHLETIC ATTENDANCE OR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY ATTENDANCE
Full day attendance is required to participate in a school-sponsored athletic extracurricular or co-curricular activity. A student involved in any school-sponsored extracurricular/co-curricular activity, (e.g. sports, drama, dance, marching band, cheerleading,) MUST attend all scheduled classes for the ENTIRE school day in order to practice/play/perform that day or night. A doctor’s appointment is excused ONLY with written proof from the doctor’s office that an appointment was scheduled. PARENT NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Administration has final authorization to approve/decline additional requests presented during the school year.
A grade in Athletics is based on attendance, conduct, participation, practice and interscholastic contests. A student-athlete is expected to be in attendance everyday and fully complete their sport’s workout for that day. He/she is also expected to participate in every practice, attend every scheduled contest, and exhibit proper sportsmanship and conduct, both on and off the playing field.
A doctor’s note excusing a student-athlete from completing a daily workout must be on file with the trainer/coach for any injury that causes a student-athlete to miss more than two consecutive days of workouts. Although the athlete may not be able to practice/participate, the athlete is expected to attend practice in support of their teammates.
GRADING POLICY REGARDING INJURIES
If an injury requires a student-athlete to miss a significant number of workouts and/or interscholastic contests, the student-athlete will be referred to the Athletic Director for possible enrollment in a Physical Education class in order to satisfy the graduation requirement for physical education.
Purchase of school insurance or proof of personal insurance is required for all students who participate in athletics, cheer team, or other related activities. School insurance is available to all students at a nominal cost. A Student Accident & Health Insurance brochure is available in the Activities Office.
COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES (NCAA/NAIA)
Sports are an important part of student life at Westminster High School. Some students may be selected to participate in athletics at the college level. If you are one of those students, it is very important that you register with the NCAA and/or the NAIA Eligibility Centers. These agencies determine a student’s athletic eligibility at the college level. Academic requirements for collegiate athletics are not the same as the requirements for graduation. Therefore, to be sure you are eligible to participate at the collegiate level, it is crucial that you are cleared through these agencies. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the athletic clearinghouses have the documents needed to certify athletic eligibility.
To be cleared you must:
- Register with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and NAIA(National Assoc of Intercollegiate Athletics) (National Assoc of Intercollegiate Athletics) clearing houses.
- Request that an official transcript be sent from WHS to the NCAA and NAIA Clearinghouses.
Fill out a transcript request form in the main offices to send your transcript from WHS to the NCAA and NAIA clearing houses.
- Send your ACT and SAT test scores to the NCAA and NAIA clearing houses. A transcript will not suffice; you must send separate test scores.
COLLEGE-BOUND ATHLETES MUST REGISTER DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER OF YOUR JUNIOR YEAR.