• Athletics Handbook/FAQs 
     
     

    1. What are the Vision, Mission and Definitions of Success and Winning at Blind Brook Athletics?

    2. What are the Goals of Modified, Freshman/JV and Varsity Athletic Programs?

    3. What are the academic and medical requirements for participating in Blind Brook Athletics?

    4. What are the Athletic Department rules regarding participation, uniforms, equipment, transportation, scheduling around religious holidays, team selection, and playing time?

    5. When does each athletic season start?  What happens if a Blind Brook team merges with another team?

    6. What is the code of conduct?

    7. What are the expectations regarding parent/coach communications?

    8. What should students do who plan to play Division I or II sports in college (i.e., NCAA Clearinghouse)?

    9. What are the expectations of student-athletes?

    10. What are the expectations of parents?

    11. What are the expectations of spectators?

    12. What are the expectations of coaches?

    13. What are the criteria for Varsity and other athletic awards?

    Vision, Mission, Philosophy, and Definitions of Success and Winning

    Vision Statement: 
    The Blind Brook athletic department strives to provide our student-athletes with a positive experience with interscholastic athletics. Our vision  is to empower individuals to reach their greatest potential as productive citizens and lifelong learners.

    Mission Statement:
    Our mission is to create and foster an environment that provides opportunities for student-athletes to enrich their school experience through participation on athletic teams. Our student-athletes shall conduct all activities with honesty and integrity in accordance with the principles of good sportsmanship and ethical conduct.
     
    Philosophy: 
    We believe interscholastic athletics is an integral component of a student’s education. Our program provides an environment where the student-athlete may develop and refine athletic skills; test these skills through suitable competition while promoting leadership and sportsmanship.
     
    Definition of Success:
    The willingness, perseverance and commitment to go through a process that allows one to achieve team and personal goals with character and integrity regardless of outside pressures.
      
    Definition of Winning:
    To exceed what you thought you were capable of doing by continually giving your best effort, being proud of your accomplishments, learning from your mistakes, dealing with adversity, and not blaming others for your failures.
     

    Athletic Program Goals: 

    Modified Sports Goals: 
    • Introduce young student-athletes to interscholastic competition.
    • Introduce and develop the skills and rules of the sport.
    • Gain the experience of playing in games, assuming that athletes have attended practice, worked to their potential, have the proper attitude and have made a full commitment to the team.
    • Emphasis of social and emotional growth and on healthy competition.
    Freshman & JV Sports Goals:
    • The Freshman and Junior Varsity level is intended for those who display the potential of continued development into productive Varsity level performers.
    • Further develop the skills and knowledge of the sport.
    • Increase the intensity of the competition.
    • Prepare for the Varsity level in that sport.
    • Give all participants playing time based upon skills, practice attendance, work ethic, attitude and commitment to the team.
    • Freshman and Junior Varsity programs work toward achieving a balance between continued team success and player development.
    • Continued development of social and emotional growth.
    Varsity Sports Goals:
    • Develop a student-athletes skills and knowledge to their highest level.
    • Allow student athletes and their teams the chance to excel and prepare them for future competitions; compete for League, Sectional and State Championships.
    • Expect all members to be role models and mentors for younger students.
    • The Varsity teams are the culmination of the other sports programs, where student athletes move up through the course of grade levels.
    • The number of participants on any given team is a function of those needed to conduct an effective and meaningful practice and to play competitively in the contest.
    • Continued development of social and emotional growth.
     
    Requirements for Participation
     
    Academics:
    The athletic department recognizes that the primary responsibility of student-athletes is educational.  Therefore, the athletic department supports the concept that student-athletes should work to their potential in the classroom and be committed to achieving maximum academic success.  While scholastic achievement is determined on an individual basis, the administration and the athletic department reserve the right to determine a student-athlete’s eligibility to participate in athletic contests and practices.
     
    Physical Examination:
    A prospective student-athlete must pass satisfactorily the medical examination administered by the school physician/nurse practitioner or the student's personal physician.  The school physician retains final approval on all physicals performed by the students’ personal physician.  Student medical forms will be kept on file in the nurse's office.  
     
    In addition, the 30-day health history update/parental consent form must be completed prior to the start of each sport season. The form must be submitted to the school nurse or a health care professional that has been designated by the district in order for a student to be cleared to participate in interscholastic athletics. If after review a student has not been cleared for participation due to a medical concern they will be referred to the districts physician for further evaluation.
     
    When a student has been injured during the season and has received medical treatment they will not participate again until they have submitted a doctors’ note to the nurse that verifies they are cleared for competition. However, the districts chief medical officer must clear all students who have sustained a concussion.
      Attendance in School:
      Students must be in attendance at school all day and attend all classes to be eligible for participation in games or practices on that day.  Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances with the approval of the Athletic Director and building administrator.
       
      Students who do not participate in Physical Education class due to injury or illness may not participate in interscholastic games or practices on that day.  New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) regulations state that a student must be a bona fide pupil and be enrolled in physical education to participate in athletics. The building administrator will notify the Athletic Director of students who are administratively removed from athletic participation. 
       
      NYSPHSAA Bylaws & Eligibility Standards:
      The link below will bring you to the NYSPHSAA handbook.  This handbook will help you understand the rules that govern public school athletic competition.  Including the number of individual and team practices a student-athlete must participate in order to be eligible for a scrimmage and regular season game for the modified and high school level.
       http://www.nysphsaa.org/NYSPHSAAHandbook 
                    
      Athletic Department Rules
       
      Uniforms and Equipment:
      At the beginning of every season, all student athletes are given uniforms and equipment necessary for their sport.  It is the responsibility of every athlete to take care of the equipment.  If there are problems and equipment needs to be repaired or is lost, it should be brought to the attention of the coach immediately. 
       
      The student-athlete is ultimately responsible for all equipment issued to them.  At the end of the season, all equipment/uniforms that were provided must be returned.  If there are any items missing the student will be required to pay to replace them.
       
      Transportation:
      Student-athletes may not drive to an away contest or practice. Parents may transport their own child, but should obtain prior approval from the Athletic Director.  Student-athletes can always leave with their parents.  However, if a student-athlete is traveling from a game with another student-athletes’ parent, a travel release form must be signed by the transported student-athlete’s parent and must be submitted to the Athletic Director. An e-mail submission to the Athletic Director by the transported student-athlete’s parents will also be accepted. 

      If a student-athlete will be leaving an away or home contest with their parent or another student-athlete’s parent, they are required to stay until the completion of the contest unless the Athletic Director has given prior approval.

      Religious Obligations:
      Every effort will be made by the coach and athletic department to avoid conflicts with the religious obligations of the student-athlete. The student-athlete must notify coaches well in advance of potential conflicts. Coaches will continue to be sensitive to these special circumstances.
       
      Conflict with Other School Activities:
      An individual student who attempts to participate in several extracurricular activities may encounter a conflict of obligations. The athletic department recognizes that each student should have the opportunity for a broad range of experiences. Attempts to schedule events will be made to minimize conflicts. Students have a responsibility to do everything they can do to avoid conflicts. This includes being cautious about belonging to too many activities where conflicts are bound to happen. It also means notifying the faculty sponsors/coaches involved immediately when a conflict does arise.

      The Athletic Director, club/activity advisor, and coaches will attempt to work out a solution with the student. If a decision cannot be agreed upon, the Principal will make a decision based on the relative importance of each event to the individual, the team, and the school. Once a decision has been made, and the student abides by the decision, they will not be penalized. If it becomes obvious that a student cannot fulfill the obligation of both activities, they should withdraw from the sport or activity.

      Participation:
      A student may participate in only one sport per season.
       
      Changing Sports During The Season:
      If a student-athlete wishes to change sports during the season they must consult and get the approval of both coaches and the Athletic Director.  If the student-athlete is granted permission to change sports they must return all equipment and their uniform before being eligible to participate in the other sport.
       
      Team Selection Guidelines:
      As a general guideline, the number of participants on a high school team is twice the number of starters in a sport where a selection process is made. On modified teams, the number of participants is usually twice the number of starters plus a few more participants. However, the number of participants that are ultimately selected for a team is at the sole discretion of the coach. 

      Some sports do not normally have a selection process because due to the nature of the sport the team is able to carry a large number of participants on their roster. (For example, Varsity Football, Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Track, Modified Football, Modified Cross Country and Modified Track.)

      If a Student is Not Selected for a Team:
      Provided it does not compromise the integrity of the team, if a student does not make a team where there was a selection process, he/she may be able to join a team that did not have a selection process. The Athletic Director will make this determination on a case-by-case basis.

      Playing Time - Freshman, JV and Varsity
      At this level, playing time must be earned. This can happen through effort and involvement in pre-season programs and demonstration of skill during the season. An important point to remember is that the less time an individual spends on skill development usually translates into less playing time.

      On the Freshman, JV and Varsity levels, there is a little more emphasis towards winning the interscholastic contest especially as a student athlete progresses up to the Varsity level.  This does not mean that winning takes precedence over sound educational values and integrity.

      Playing Time - Modified:
      Once a student makes the team at this level, they should be confident that they will receive playing time. This does not mean all participants will receive equal playing time. The goal at this level will be to keep the number of students who make the team at a manageable number. This will allow the coach to conduct practices that are productive and allow students the opportunity to receive experience in game situations. If a player wants to receive more playing time, they should do all they can in the off-season to improve the necessary skills.
       
       
      Pre-Season, Practice, Game Procedures, Start Dates, Vacations & Mergers
       
      Pre-Season Procedures:
      Prior to each sports season there will be a meeting with each coach. If a coach has not been appointed, there will be sports sign-up where information pertaining to upcoming tryouts will be distributed. Attendance at these meetings is required.

      At the first meeting if possible, practice and game schedules will be distributed. Please see www.swboces.org/Athletics.cfm for game schedules. Games and practices, which will occur on weekends and/or over vacations, will be discussed, as well as procedures for practices and games. Coaches will make every effort to give players a schedule of practices (times and dates) that outlines schedules at least two weeks in advance. Players should inform coaches of any conflicts, which will make it impossible to attend any practices or games. These communications should occur before the tryout phase is completed.

      The student-athlete’s priority is to the sport in season rather than to preparation for a sport out of season. Students may not try out after the specified tryout period without approval from the Athletic Director. In addition, the athlete’s first priority must be to the schools athletic program.   

      Students should be encouraged to participate in a variety of athletic programs. Students should never feel pressured into participating in an out-of-season practice or program that prohibits their participation in a sport they desire to participate in.

      Practice and Game Procedures:
      The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Section I sets start dates for team practices. New York State law requires a minimum number of individual and team practices prior to entering into competition with another school. Student-athletes are required to attend ALL tryout/practice sessions. If a student-athlete is unable to attend, they will not start in the next scheduled game.
       
      When a student athlete accepts a position on a team, they are making the commitment to attend all practice sessions and games and to invest energy toward the development of skill and team building goals.
       
      A student-athlete who has been disciplined by the coach must attend the game. League, Section, and State rules will be followed at all times. If an official ejects a student from a game, that student-athlete must sit out the next game. If a student-athlete is ejected for a second time, the minimum response will be suspension for three games.
       
      Start Dates:
      The start dates for the fall, winter and spring seasons are set by the NYSPHSAA and Section I. The start dates are usually voted on in January   of that calendar year. When the start dates are made available an e-mail blast will be sent to the community so families will have an opportunity to plan accordingly. In addition, the start dates will be posted on the athletics department page of the Blind Brook district website. Below is a guideline for the athletic teams start dates:
       
      High School:

      Fall Season:                JV & Varsity will usually begin during the third week of August

      Winter Season:           JV & Varsity will usually begin in the middle of November

                                            Freshman basketball will usually begin one week after the Varsity & JV

      Spring Season:           JV & Varsity will usually begin during the second week of March 

      Middle School/Modified:

      Fall Season:                Will usually begin on the first day of school

      Winter Season:           Will usually begin in late November or early December

      Fall Season:                Will usually begin towards the end of March                       

      All prospective student-athletes who intend to compete during the fall season are required to attend the first official start date in August and all subsequent days during the selection phase (tryout). If a student- athlete intends to compete on a team that does not have a selection process (no cuts) they must attend all the practice sessions in August, otherwise they will be ineligible to compete in the fall season.

      The athletic department recognizes that unforeseen circumstances may arise that will prohibit a student-athlete to attend practice/tryout sessions in August. If there is a conflict, please contact the Athletic Director and all conflicts will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please note that family vacations are not viable excuses for missing sessions in August.
       
      Vacations:
      Other than in August, a student-athlete will not be penalized for going away during a vacation or break. However, if in the estimation of the coach, if another student-athlete has earned more playing time due to their performance in games and/or practices during the absence of the vacationing student-athlete, they may receive diminished playing time upon return to the team from vacation. 
       
      Varsity and JV teams will hold basketball practice during Thanksgiving break and Varsity and JV teams will hold optional practices during December vacation.

      As a guideline, the majority of winter high school teams will finish their seasons before the February break. However, if a student- athlete or team on the Varsity level (usually the Varsity basketball teams and the cheerleading team) has qualified for sectional play, they may have to compete during the February break. 

      Varsity games may be scheduled during spring break and team members and their families should plan accordingly. JV games are not usually scheduled for spring break.

      Modified teams do not practice or play games during vacations.

      Merger:
      A merger is when two or more school districts unite to form a team for athletic competition. In a merger there is the lead (host) school and the trail school(s) (invitee). The Blind Brook athletic department will work closely with all school districts that are participating in the merger in order to make the experience beneficial for all stakeholders. 
       
      Merger Expectations:
      When Blind Brook student-athletes are participating on a merged team as the trail school, they are considered members of the lead school’s team. Since they are guests of the lead school, the student-athletes and their families must adhere to the policies and procedures of the lead school and Blind Brook.
       
      Transportation:
      If a student- athlete decides to participate on a merged team, they must find their own means of transportation to practices and games. 
       
      Funding:
      Blind Brook will allocate $750 per pupil (player) at the Varsity level and $375 per pupil at the Modified level. The amount of pupils that will be allowed to participate on a merged team will be capped. If the per pupil amount is not enough to fund participation on the merged team a donation must be made to a trust and agency account to fund the remainder of the merged team. If additional funds are required, Blind Brook will not authorize the merger until the program is fully funded.
       
      Code of Conduct

      Student Regulations:

      The Interscholastic and Extracurricular programs are privileges provided to the students of the Blind Brook-Rye School District. The Interscholastic component is an extension of the Physical Education Program for boys and girls who demonstrate special athletic interests. The Extracurricular program is another program, which is defined by state law as a privilege. In return for the privilege of participation, it is expected that all students will accept the necessary responsibilities with regard to the following: ,

      I. Academic Responsibilities

      II. Conduct

      III. Training and Team Rules

      IV. Personal Discipline

      V. Attendance at Meetings, Activities, Practices, Games, and Team Affairs

      VI. Care of Equipment and Facilities

      It is expected that students will put forth an honest effort to make their best personal contributions to the team, club, or program. Students are responsible for their behavior and choices. Students in violation of the Code of Conduct and those who do not demonstrate good character will be held accountable for their behaviors, choices, and decisions.

      I. Academics Responsibilities:

      The Blind Brook-Rye School District recognizes that the primary responsibility of all students is education. Therefore, the district supports the concept that students involved in athletics and the extracurricular program should work to their potential in the classroom and be committed to achieving maximum academic success. The administration reserves the right to determine a student's eligibility to participate in the athletic and extracurricular program based on the individual student's academic status.

      II. Conduct:

      A. All students, including team managers, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the behaviors outlined in the Family Guidebook - Code of Conduct. All team/club/activity participants have a particular obligation to conduct themselves as good citizens in and out of school. Misconduct will result in disciplinary action and possible suspension from the team/club/activity.

      B. A student who is suspended either in or out of school for any reason will not be permitted to attend a meeting, event, practice, game, after-school, or school-related activity on the day of the suspension as a participant or a spectator.

      If the suspension does not fall on a game day, club meeting day, or day of an extracurricular activity, the student will be suspended from participation on the date of the next scheduled game or extracurricular activity.

      C. The administration reserves the right to suspend an individual for additional games/activities/meetings if the severity of the offense warrants such a consequence.

      III. Training & Team Rules:

      A. All students are expected to observe all rules as prescribed by the coach/advisor with regard to curfew and other pertinent considerations and to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or any other substance that may cause impairment.

      Every student must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Blind Brook Family Guidebook. Conditions/consequences will be administered and interventions required as they pertain to the interscholastic and extracurricular programs especially, but not limited to the area of substance abuse.

      "A student who is found to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other substances while on school grounds or at any school activity, regardless of quantity, will be suspended from school and prohibited for a specified time from participation in all extracurricular activities, including sports." (Family Guidebook)

      "A student who is found to be in possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol or other substances while on school grounds or at any school activity, regardless of the quantity involved, will be suspended from school, prohibited for a specified time from participation in all extracurricular activities, including sports, and reported to local law enforcement authorities.” (Family Guidebook)

      "Any faculty or staff member observing the sale, possession or use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other substances by students shall report the incident immediately to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee (normally the building principal). The Superintendent or his/her designee shall then take immediate action. Any substances found shall be confiscated immediately, followed by notification of the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student(s) involved and the appropriate disciplinary action taken, up to and including permanent suspension and referral for prosecution. In its efforts to maintain a substance free environment; the District shall cooperate to the fullest extent possible with local, state and/or federal law enforcement agencies." (Family Guidebook)

      IV. Personal Discipline:

      A. First Violation: This will result in an immediate two-week suspension from all extracurricular and interscholastic meetings, activities, practices, and games. Students may not attend school functions as a participant or spectator during this two-week period. Due to health and safety issues the student athlete will need to participate in five conditioning practices prior to becoming reinstated to the interscholastic team. Any student with a first violation, regardless of the activity, must attend three counseling sessions with the Project Success counselor. The first session must occur before the student rejoins the team/extracurricular activity.

      B. Second Violation: This will result in suspension from the team or extracurricular activity for the remainder of the season or until the end of the semester. In addition, the student may not attend any extracurricular activities or after school activities as a participant or a spectator for one month. The student must attend three counseling sessions with the Project Success counselor. All three sessions must occur before the student will be permitted to try out for another sport, or participate in any after school activities.

      V. Attendance at Meetings, Activities, Practices, Games and Team Affairs:

      A. Students are expected to attend all meetings, activities, practice sessions, games, or other team/club or activities unless excused. Failure to do so may result in possible exclusion from one or more of these listed activities. Blind Brook athletic/extracurricular programs must take priority over any outside program.

      B. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the coach/advisor in advance of his/her anticipated absence from any activity. If a student is detained for disciplinary or academic reasons, he/she must bring a note signed by the person detaining him/her stating the time he/she was released. On non-school days, it is the obligation of the student to notify the coach/advisor, directly if possible, if he/she will be absent from a practice, contest, or extracurricular activity.

      C. A student who is absent from school will not be eligible for participation in or to be a spectator at any interscholastic or extracurricular program on the day that he/she is absent. The only exception to this rule will be when such absence is with prior consent of the school principal for reasons of family emergencies, special appointments or similar activities which are beyond the control of the student.

      D. In the interscholastic athletic program, students who are absent for a period of five or more practices and/or games may be asked to get approval from the school doctor or family physician before resuming team activity, as this is a health and safety issue. Please contact the coach or the Nurse's Office to make these arrangements. ;

      E. Any student unable to participate in Physical Education class will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics.

      Travel:

      A. As a general rule, all students participating in a game/extracurricular activity are to travel to and return from games/extracurricular activities which take place outside the district on the bus or in transportation provided for that purpose by the district. Students who do not travel to the off campus site with the team/club will not be allowed to participate in the scheduled event. Requests by parents for exceptions to this rule must be made in writing and approved by the Athletic Director/Advisor/or Principal.

      Leaving the Team/Extracurricular Program:

      A. Any student who joins an interscholastic squad or extracurricular club is expected to remain a member until the season, or extracurricular program is completed.

      B. If a student would like the transfer to another team or leave an extracurricular program at some point during the school year, he/she should discuss the change with his/her current coach/advisor. This conversation should take place before requesting membership on the other team/club and must have permission from both coaches/advisors before he/she may change.

      C. Hazing for any sport or extracurricular program will not be tolerated.

      D. If a captain/extracurricular officer is found to be in violation of the substance abuse policy (first offense), he/she will forfeit the privilege of holding any position of leadership on any team/activity for the school year.

      VI. Care of Equipment and Facilities:

      A. It is the student's responsibility to care of any uniforms, equipment, or other school property during the course of the athletic season or school sponsored extracurricular activity. 

      B. It is the responsibility of the student to return all school property at the conclusion of the season or extracurricular activity.

       

      Parent/Coach Communication

      Parent/Coach Relationship:
      Parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to our children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.
       
      Communication you should expect from your child’s coach:
      1. Philosophy of the coach.
      2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players of the squad.
      3. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
      4. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season equipment.
      5. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
      6. Discipline that result in the denial of your child’s participation. 
      Communication coaches expect from parents:
      1. Concerns expressed directly to coach.
      2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
      3. Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
      As your children become involved in programs at Blind Brook, 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, discussion with the coach is encouraged.

        

      Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:
      1. The treatment of your child, mentally or physically.
      2. Ways to help your child improve.
      3. Concerns about your child’s behavior.

      It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may want. However, playing time is earned in the estimation of the coaches and is not an entitlement. Coaches are professionals and they make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with the coach.

      Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches:
            1. Playing time
            2. Team strategy
            3. Play calling
            4. Other student-athletes
            5. The direction of the team/program

      There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the others’ position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.

      Procedures to follow to discuss a concern with a coach:
      1. Wait 24 hours before you make initial contact with the coach.
      2. After you have waited 24 hours call or email the coach to set-up an appointment.
      3. If the coach cannot be reached, call DJ Goldman, the Athletic Director, and a meeting will be arranged for you.
      4. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution. This is why waiting 24 hours before the initial contact with the coach is such a crucial step in the resolution process.
      What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?
      Call the Athletic Director to set up an appointment. The parent/guardian, coach and Athletic Director will meet do discuss the problem. At this meeting, the appropriate next step can be determined.

      Parents are encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Athletic Director. However, if a parent has specific complaints regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be present to meet with the parent.

       

      Student-Athletes & College Competition/NCAA Clearinghouse

      If a student-athlete plans to compete at the Division I or II collegiate level, they should make their guidance counselor aware of these intentions so they can begin the NCAA clearinghouse process. Student-athletes who may have intentions of competing at the Division III collegiate level only do not have to go through the NCAA clearinghouse process. However, the athletic department strongly recommends that any student-athlete who has any intentions of competing at the collegiate level go through the process.

      Student-athletes should find out if they will meet the academic eligibility and core-course requirements for the college they may be attending. The guidance counselors will assist student-athletes in NCAA Clearinghouse procedures, if necessary, towards the end of their junior year.

      Once a student-athlete has decided that they would like to play at the collegiate level, it is suggested that the student-athlete contact the coaches about these intentions. The Blind Brook athletic department and the coaches will assist all prospective collegiate student-athletes to the best of their ability. 

      NCAA Clearinghouse Website:

       

      Student-Athlete Expectations

      The student-athletes of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by displaying acknowledging the following expectations:

      1.     Recognizing that participation in athletics is a privilege and not an entitlement.

      2.     The team goals and achievements take precedence over individual recognition.

      3.     Take pride in your success and do not blame others for your failures.

      4.     Set high academic standards.

      5.     Be a positive role model for other students.

      6.     Support all Blind Brook athletic teams.

      7.     Win with dignity and lose graciously.

      8.     Play by the rules and exhibit proper sportsmanship.

       
      Parent Expectations

      The parents of student-athletes of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by acknowledging the following expectations:

      1. Parents will display positive support for the student-athletes and coaches of Blind Brook. Nothing erodes team morale faster than parents doubting the capabilities of student- athletes and their coaches. 

      2. Parents will be good role models and demonstrate positive behavior and sportsmanship as fans. 

      3. Parents will work with the coaching staff to maintain positive open lines of communication. 

      4. Parents will partner with school officials in promoting, understanding and monitoring the athletic handbook.

      5. Parents will have realistic expectations of their student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field and encourage their son or daughter to give his or her best effort physically, mentally and emotionally.

      6. Parents will make an effort to understand the rules and nuances of the game.

      7. Parents will make every effort to support their student-athlete through attendance at athletic contests and awards nights.

       
      Spectator Expectations

      The Blind Brook Athletic Department asks that you model and enforce the following rules at all Blind Brook sporting events:   

      1. Cooperate with referees and school officials.

      2. Avoid objectionable cheers, unsafe, or inappropriate behavior.

      3. Direct all energy towards encouraging your team.

      4. Avoid actions that offend visiting teams or individual players. 

      5. Show appreciation of good play by both teams.

      6. Learn the rules of the game in order to be a more informed spectator.

      7. Treat all visiting teams in a manner in which you would expect to be treated.

      8. Accept the judgment of coaches and officials.

      9. Encourage other spectators to participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

      10. Be positive.

       
      Coach Expectations

      The coaches of Blind Brook High School and Middle School will be committed to representing the Blind Brook Athletic Department and the Blind Brook community by acknowledging the following expectations:

      1.     Exemplify the highest moral character for their players and the community.

      2.     Strive to develop qualities of leadership, initiative, and good judgment for each team member.

      3.     Communicate and interpret program goals and objectives to the parents and community.

      4.     Provide a safe environment for practice and games.

      5.     Build and maintain ethical relationships with the community.

      6.     Keep it positive and fun.

      7.     Have respect for the athletic program and its place in the student athletes’ overall education.

      8.     Encourage the student-athletes to do their best everyday and play a variety of different sports. 

       

      Varsity Awards 
       
      Blind Brook Varsity Awards:
      If a Varsity student-athlete completes the season with their team they will be awarded a certificate, pin and chenille letter at the athletics awards banquet. Coaches may honor student- athletes with individual awards such as MVP, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, etc. Awards of this nature are up to the discretion of the coach.
       
      Varsity All-League:
      The coaches in the teams’ league vote on All-League awards collectively. Preference is given to individuals on teams that have finished higher in the league standings.
       
      In November 2010, Section I adopted the following formula for the number of student-athletes that are eligible to receive All-League honors:

      Leagues of 6 teams or less:    (2x the number of starters)

      Leagues of 7 teams:              (2x the number of starters x 1.75) divided by 1.5

      Leagues of 8 teams:              (2x the number of starters x 2) divided by 1.5

      Leagues of 9 teams:              (2x the number of starters x 2.25) divided by 1.5

      Leagues of 10 teams:            (2x the number of starters x 2.5) divided by 1.5 

      Varsity All-Section:
      The coaches in the teams’ conference vote on All-Section awards collectively. Preference is given to individuals on teams that have won league championships, finished high in their league standings or have played on teams that advanced numerous rounds in sectional play. Student-athletes who attain All-Section honors are recognized as one of the top 5% of all players in Section I for their sport.
       
      Varsity All-State:
      Various media outlets and professional organizations will name student-athletes to various All-State teams. Individuals who are appointed by the media outlets and professional organizations select the student-athletes for the All-State teams.
       
      Blind Brook Senior and Scholarship Awards:
      Senior student-athletes are eligible to win a variety of different awards and scholarships from the athletic department. The Blind Brook coaches and Athletic Director will vote for student-athletes for the various awards and scholarships.