We are very pleased that you have expressed a desire to become a part of our Activities Program.  To obtain the desired educational benefits the following responsibility must be adhered to by the participant:

  • A need for a physical examination for athletes.
  • A need for all athletes to be covered by some form of health insurance.
  • A need for parents and students to sign the activity permission form and activity contract.
  • A need to fulfill all eligibility requirements as outlined by R.H.S. and the Vermont Principals Association.
  • A need to adhere to all behavioral policies and certain prescribed training rules as outlined by R.H.S.

All of these items among others will be discussed in detail in this brochure.  We ask that you read and discuss these items and feel free to respond with any questions or concerns.  We hope that your involvement with a R.H.S. activity will be a rewarding experience for the whole family.

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PHILOSOPHY . . . . We believe that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of student-selected activities should be a vital part of all student’s educational experiences.  Such participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, to the activity, to the student body, to the community and to the students themselves.  These experiences contribute to the development of learning skills and emotional patterns that enable the student to make maximum use of his or her education and create a desire to succeed and excel.

PHYSICALS* . . . . It is the policy of R.H.S.  to require a Physical Examination every two years for students engaged in interscholastic athletics.  These physicals are at the expense of each individual.  The Athletic Department has a  form for this purpose.  If you have had an injury/illness that has lasted longer than a week in the last six months, you will need a statement from your physician as to your ability to participate.

*This proof of physical must be on file with the Activities Director prior to the athletes’ participation in practice and/or games.

INSURANCE* . . . Pursuant to Vermont Principals regulations: No student may participate in any VPA-sanctioned activity without providing evidence to the student’s school administration or designee prior to participation in an activity showing that the participant is covered under some private or public health insurance program for the medical care for injuries that may be suffered on account of participation in an activity.  Member institutions are encourage to work with their student participants and parents to help make available individual insurance policies at affordable cost to students who wish to participate in VPA-sanctioned activities.

FORM/CONTRACT . . . . The activity permission form and participation  contract must be completed and signed by the candidate and his/her parents or guardians prior to eligibility for practice and/or play.  Separate forms must be completed for each activity in which the student is a candidate.


This procedure will apply to all students at Rutland High School Grades 9-12.

  1. Quarterly marking period grades will determine eligibility.  YES Plan may also cause a student to become ineligible.
  2. A student who passes all of his/her courses in a given marking period and who is considered a full time student  (3 credits per semester and 7 per year) is eligible for participation for the following marking period.
  3. A student who fails two or more courses will be ineligible for participation for the next quarterly marking period.  An ineligible student may practice provided he/she is getting tutorial assistance each week for each class failed, but cannot participate in any game, event, or performance at any level.  Ineligible athletes who continue to be involved in their respective sports program will be eligible for letters, certifications, bars, jacket points, etc., if they have completed the requirements for those team awards prior to becoming ineligible.
  4. The failure of one YES Plan will also render a student ineligible for the fall (this is in addition to the possibility of losing eligibility through two or more 4thquarter failures). Students may regain their YES Plan eligibility by completing 40 hours of community service prior to August 1 of that school year.
  5. A student who is ineligible may regain his/her eligibility at progress report time of the following quarter provided the student earns no grade below 70 in anyclass. A student may regain eligibility for 1st quarter by taking either a remedial, summer school or approved program and passing with a 70 or better.
  6. A student who fails one course may retain his/her eligibility by attending three sessions of a tutorial assistance program per week.  These programs may be in the form of supervised study hall, after school help, peer tutoring, or any other such program approved by the Principal and/or Activities Director, teacher and parents.  Failure to attend tutorial programs will immediately result in forfeiture of eligibility.
  7. If a student withdraws/failing from a course and, at the same time, transfers to a new course, the failing grade will not count, provided the student passes the new course that marking period.  If a student withdraws/failing and a course is not substituted, the failing grade will be considered a failing for that quarter.
  8. An incomplete grade in a course will be considered a failing grade unless excused.  Excused incompletions must be made up within ten school days.  The Principal may grant additional time in extenuating circumstances.
  9. The eligibility of a student transferring to Rutland High School will be determined by the same regulation as a student already enrolled at R.H.S.
  10. Eligibility will be determined five school days after the close of each marking period.

SUBSTANCE USE-ABUSE …With the support of the findings of the Vermont State Medical Society, the Athletic Department at R.H.S. firmly believes that the use of chemical substances is detrimental to an individual’s health.  Therefore, the use, sale or possession of tobacco alcohol, or illegal drugs is prohibited!  The Substance Abuse Rules begin at preseason in the fall and lasts until the last event in June.  Consequences for non-athletic activities will be of comparable length of those listed below.  These rules and consequences will apply to students in grades 9-12. First Offense . . . .For the first incident, a suspension from one-fourth of the games during that season (if less than 1/4 season is remaining, the time will be continued during the next season of participation).  The student must complete an initial substance abuse referral with an outside substance abuse counseling agency (at the family’s expense) and follow through on said agency’s recommendations.  The student will also perform 20 hours of community service (and may be released from practice to do so), which must be approved by an administrator.  If a student is not “in-season” at the time of the violation, counseling and community service shall take place immediately. The suspension will be during the next season of participation. If the student admits to the violation on his/her own, the consequences will be reduced to 1/8 of the games. Second Offense. . . .For the second incident, the student will be suspended from competition for the current season and from competition during a second season.  During the second season the student may (and must) participate on a team for the full season, except for competing in any contests.  This participation must be agreed upon in writing from the student, a parent/guardian, the coach and the activities director prior to the start of the season.  The student must complete an initial substance abuse referral with an outside substance abuse counseling agency (at the family’s expense) and follow through on said agency’s recommendations.  The student must also complete 40 hours of community service. If the student admits to the violation on his/her own, the consequences will be reduced to the first offense consequences.


Second Offense. . . .For the second incident, the student will be suspended from competition for the current season and from competition during a second season.  During the second season the student may (and must) participate on a team for the full season, except for competing in any contests.  This participation must be agreed upon in writing from the student, a parent/guardian, the coach and the activities director prior to the start of the season.  The student must complete an initial substance abuse referral with an outside substance abuse counseling agency (at the family’s expense) and follow through on said agency’s recommendations.  The student must also complete 40 hours of community service. If the student admits to the violation on his/her own, the consequences will be reduced to the first offense consequences.

Third Offense . . . . For the third incident, a student will be suspended from participation of activities for the remainder of their school years.


If you are ineligible in one activity you are ineligible for all activities during that particular season.

At each incident the Activities Director, following a meeting of the student, administrator, and the coach/advisor will notify the student’s parent/guardians of the situation.   A written report of this meeting will be filed in the office of the Activities Director, and a copy will be sent to the student’s parents/guardians.

Any appeal must be made to the Building Principal

HAZING (Act 120. Sec. 2. 16 V.S.A.  11(a)(30))…means any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with an educational institution; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of a student. Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts. Hazing may occur on or off the campus of an educational institution.

Anyone committing the act of hazing may be suspended indefinitely from all school activities and will be referred to the local police for charges of harassment.

ATTENDANCE . . . .The following policies will govern athletic/activity participation:

  1. A student absent from school may not participate in practice or play in any game or activity scheduled for that day unless given approval by the Activities Director and/or Associate Principal.
  2. A student who is absent the day before an event scheduled for a non-school day shall not be eligible to participate in that event unless the absence was due to sickness or other extenuating circumstances.  In such cases, approval to participate must come from the Activities Director and/or Associate Principal.  It is the responsibility of the student and coach/advisor to secure such approval (note or call from parent).
  3. A student shall be considered absent and unexcused if not in attendance by 8:30a.m. and remaining for their entire school schedule.
  4. When a student anticipates an absence from school on the day of a scheduled event, the coach or advisor should be notified by the student, the student must also seek approval to participate from the Activities Director and/or Associate Principal.  Funerals and college interviews are some reasons an athlete may be absent.
  5. It is the responsibility of the coach, advisor, or a designee to check the attendance list every day.  No student listed as absent shall participate in a practice, game, or event that day unless approved by the Activities Director and/or Associate Principal.

NOTE:  Rule #3 shall serve as the directive for all decisions in regard to student absenteeism on the same day as an event.  The only exceptions to this shall be dental or physical appointments verified by the doctor’s signature.

INJURIES* . . . .All injuries which occur while participating in athletics must be reported to the student’s coach and/or athletic trainer.  Once a physician treats an athlete, he/she must obtain the doctor’s permission in order to return to the activity.

TRYOUTS . . . It is the school’s desire to see that as many student athletes as possible are involved in the program during the athletic season. Unfortunately, due to facility space, time constraints, and additional factors, limitations are placed on sizes of teams for each individual sport. The athletic department recognizes these concerns and is striving to maximize the options available for student athletes in the athletic arena as participants or supporters of the program.

Tryout Policy Procedures

1.  Choosing the members of the various athletic teams is the responsibility of the coach.

2.  Before tryouts begin, coaches will provide team information to all candidates and parents of the team at a preseason meeting. Such information shall include:

  • Length of tryout period – a minimum of five days
  • Objectives used to select the members of the team
  • Approximate number of team members that will be selected and criteria involved in selection – positions needed, etc.
  • Distribution of practice and game schedule. The coach will explain the commitment necessary to join the team.
  • Clear notification that tryouts are based on performance during the selection period. Tryouts are not based on summer participation or coaching camps the athletes participated in previous to selections.

3.  Sub-varsity coaches will follow the criteria for selection that have been established for the particular sport. Head coaches will be involved in sub-varsity selections to aid these coaches.

4.  When lowering the numbers on teams becomes a necessity, a coach will provide the following opportunities for each player:

  • Lists or rosters of team membership will not be posted. Each coach will meet with each candidate individually to discuss strengths, weaknesses, and squad membership or reason for nonmembership.
  • Coach will discuss options or alternatives for those individuals who do not make the team. Such alternatives could include participation in a team support position.
  • Each athlete must have had an opportunity to perform in at least one intrasquad competition (unless weather prohibits).

CUT POLICY* . . . . Middle School – no cuts in the program.  Freshman – generally no cuts.  Junior Varsity – all efforts will be made to retain a reasonable number of players, however, cuts may occur.  Varsity – cuts are more likely in some sports.

PLAYING TIME* . . . . The individual’s ability, attitude, and the team situation determine playing time at the Varsity level.  At the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Middle School level, every effort will be made to ensure each athlete participates in every event.  It is expected that members of the Freshman and JV level teams will see action in each game as long as they fulfill all of their team responsibilities and expectations, and that their participation does not constitute a potential danger to their physical well-being as determined by the coaching staff.

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT . . . . Students are responsible for all uniforms and equipment issued to them.  They are responsible for keeping them clean and in good repair and for returning them at the end of the respective season.  They will be liable for lost and damaged items and will be charged as determined by the respective coach/advisor and administration.

For all students, future participation in co-curriculars (athletic, non-athletic, dances, etc…) will be denied, and seniors will not be allowed to participate in any senior activities (Graduation, Sr. Ball, etc…), if uniforms, equipment, or its face value are not returned or reimbursed.

AWARDS CRITERIA . . . . The recognition for successful participation in an activity is important to the participants, the school, and the community.

1.  All sub-varsity and varsity participants will receive a certificate of participation.

2.  A participant who is a member of a varsity level activity for the entire duration of the respective season may be awarded the appropriate letter or medal insert award.  The award will be based upon the recommendation of the Head Coach.

PERSONAL PROPERTY . . . . There is a strong emphasis to secure all those items considered valuable.  All lockers should be locked at all times.  If necessary-all large amounts of money should be secured with the individual coaches.

TRAVEL . . . . Participants are to travel to and from all events in school designated transportation. In certain circumstances, special permission to ride home with parents may be obtained from the coach/advisor and Activities Director.  IN NO CASE SHALL PARTICIPANTS BE ALLOWED TO RIDE WITH OTHER STUDENTS OR TO DRIVE THEIR OWN VEHICLES.

CHANGE OF SPORT POLICY* . . . . No athlete may quit or be suspended from a sport and turn out for another after the season (first practice to last game) has begun, without the mutual consent of both coaches, and the approval of the Activities Director.

MISSED CLASSES . . . . Students who miss class as a result of extra-curricular events or excused absences are expected to make up work as soon as possible.  This may include after school sessions.  Participants, coaches, and advisors should understand that practice is not an acceptable excuse for failing to attend after school help sessions.

ELIGIBILITY-VPA . . . . Vermont Principals’ AssociationEligibility rules and activities policies apply to all students, both boys and girls, in grades 7-12.  Eligibility rules and activities policies apply to all activities, both athletic and non-athletic, sanctioned or sponsored by VPA Waiver requests regarding undue hardships must be submitted through the Principal.  These waiver requests will not apply in matter of age.

1.  In activity season, players who have participated in practice or competition as a member of a school group shall not practice or compete as members of a non-school organized group in the same activity.  Students may participate in an event as individuals, but not as members of another team.  Violation of this rule will be handled as follows:

  • for the first infraction, a warning to students will be given that the choice of participation on one or the other group must be followed.
  • for the second infraction, students will be dropped from the school group.

2.  A student who competes in any VPA sanctioned activity must be under nineteen years of age, except that a student whose nineteenth birthday occurs on or after August 1 is eligible for all activities in the ensuing school year. Students who have attained the age of nineteen prior to August 1 shall be ineligible for all VPA sanctioned activities.

3.  Students are ineligible if they have attended high school for eight semesters.  Attendance of thirty days of any semester shall be regarded as a semester.

4.  Students are ineligible if they have lost their amateur standing, i.e. they have accepted remuneration, gifts or donations directly or indirectly for participation in an activity.  High school students should be advised to exercise great caution in participating in any activity where there are cash prizes.  Students who lost amateur status in one activity do not lose it in other activities.

5.   Any athlete ejected from a game will not be allowed to compete in the next two contests, as a minimum

Students who have violated one of the eligibility rules listed above become immediately ineligible.

NCAA AND COLLEGIATE ELIGIBILITY* . . . . Students may wish to participate in intercollegiate athletic activities upon completion of high school.  In order to be academically eligible the NCAA requires certain minimums on high school core courses, grades, and SAT/ACT standardized test scores.  It is the responsibility of the student to monitor his/her status with regard to meeting NCAA requirements.  Any questions in this area may be directed to the Guidance Department.  Students must also be aware that at no time any they accept anything.

PROFESSIONALISM . . . . Do not endanger your college eligibility by becoming a professional.  You are a “professional” if you:

  • Are paid (in any form) or accept the promise of pay for participating in an athletics contest;
  • Sign a contract or verbally commit with an agent or a  professional sports organization;
  • Ask that your name be placed on a draft list;
  • Use your athletics skill for pay in any form (for example, TV commercials, demonstrations;
  • Play on a professional athletics team, or
  • Participate on an amateur sports team and receive, directly or indirectly, any salary, incentive payment, award, gratuity, educational expenses or expense allowances (other than playing apparel, equipment and actual and necessary travel, and room and board expenses for practice and competition).


from the Minnesota State H.S. League Bulletin

“It was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make”

Too often we hear the above comment from a school official following an incident resulting in disciplinary action against a student.  This is especially true when it has been necessary to suspend a student from participation in school activities because the student violated one of the rules relating to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.

Now is the time to set the record straight: it is a mistake for a school official to assume that his action to suspend a student for violation of the rules was a tough decision.  The student knows the penalty for the violation cannot be waived.  Therefore, when a student makes a decision to violate the rules – that student has already agreed to accept the penalty as prescribed.  It is at that moment that the tough decision has been made.



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