Conduct of Athletes

A firm and fair policy of enforcement is necessary to uphold the regulations and standards of the athletic program. The community, school administration, and the coaching staff feel strongly that high standards of conduct and citizenship are essential in maintaining a sound program of athletics. The welfare of the student is our major consideration and transcends any other consideration.

All athletes shall abide by a code of ethics which will earn them the honor and respect that participation and competition in the interscholastic program affords. Any conduct that results in dishonor to the athlete, the team, or the school will not be tolerated. Acts of unacceptable conduct such as, but not limited to, theft, vandalism, disrespect, immorality, or acts that tarnish the reputation of everyone associated with the athletic program will not be tolerated. Any participant’s behavior which is determined to be unacceptable by the coaching staff, and/or the school administration will be properly corrected by disciplinary action. The head coach of a VHSL activity reserves the right to deny participation, suspend, or dismiss any athlete who is in violation of team rules/regulations or a behavioral problem. Athletes shall realize the existence of and be held accountable for the individual rules as outlined by the coach/sponsor as well as those outlined in the VHSL Handbook, and the Washington County Athletic Handbook. Any participant who is dismissed from a team forfeits his/her right to a certificate, letter, and/or awards that he/she may otherwise be entitled to receive.