TrexlerMiddle School

Athletic Code of Conduct

Introduction:
The Allentown School District Athletic Code of Conduct shall govern all students during the time they are participating in an athletic program as identified and created from time to time at William Allen High School, Dieruff High School, Harrison-Morton Middle School, Raub Middle School, South Mountain Middle School and Trexler Middle School (hereinafter collectively called Allentown Schools).
The purpose of Allentown School’s Athletic program is to add to our student’s mental, physical, social, emotional and ethical well-being. It is a positive step to prepare and enrich our athletes in becoming productive young adults.
Participation in athletics at Allentown Schools is a privilege and not a right. In the exercise of this privilege, all students shall comply with the ASD Athletic Code of Conduct beginning with the first day of each athletic season. As a condition precedent to a student’s participation in the first scrimmage or contest of each season, the student and his or her parent/guardian shall acknowledge receipt of this Code by signing and returning to their coach the attached Consent Form.
A coach may distribute a separate, sport-specific Code of Conduct (hereinafter, the “coach’s code”), which shall govern athletes who participate in a particular sport. The student and his or her parent/guardian shall also acknowledge receipt of the coach’s code and return the acknowledgement to the coach at the same time as the Consent Form. Such sport-specific codes of conduct shall not conflict with this Code of Conduct. Where a conflict occurs between the two, this Code shall govern.
The same standard of behavior and discipline for the regular student shall apply to the athletic student participant. Therefore, the ASD Athletic Code of Conduct shall supplement the Allentown School District Code for Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities.”
I. Athletic Eligibility
A. Eligible if a High School student has not reached the age of 19 prior to July 1st.
    Eligible if a Middle School student has not reached the age of 15 prior to July 1st.
    B. Eligible if a student is passing 4 full time subjects.
    • If a student becomes ineligible because of failing grades, he/she
    will remain ineligible for one week at a time. (Monday to Monday
    until he/she is no longer failing).
    C. Not eligible upon graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from the District.
II. Attendance in School
    A. To participate in any athletic activity a student must be in attendance
    at school before 11:35 AM on the day of the activity. For weekend sporting events, student athletes must be in attendance at school before 11:35 AM on the Friday prior to the weekend sporting event.
    B. Exceptions to the above rule would be an excused absence for a
    doctor’s appointment, a family or medical emergency, or extenuating circumstances. These exceptions require a note from the student’s parent/guardian and the exceptions will be reviewed by the coach and the administration who will determine the eligibility of the student to participate.
    C. If a student athlete misses 20 days of school in a semester – they are
    ineligible for 45 school days.
III. ASD Athletic Code of Conduct – General Requirements
    A. All student/athletes shall be governed by and are subject to the athletic
    code during the athletic season in which they participate.
    B. The student/athletes shall conduct themselves at all times showing good
    sportsmanship, courtesy to fellow players as well as coaches, referees,
    and opposing team members.
    C. A student/athlete shall abide by the Allentown School District Code for
    Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities as printed or explained.
    The administration and the coach will handle any infraction by the
    student/athlete. Misconduct violating either this or the coach’s code and
    the ASD Student Discipline Code may be disciplined under both codes.
    • If a violation involves an exclusion, in-school or out, the student athlete
    will be suspended from practice/games during the exclusionary period.
    He/she becomes eligible the next calendar day immediately following
    the last day of exclusion. If multiple days occur for an exclusion, the
    athlete is ineligible until the exclusion is completed.
    • If a student/athlete has detention, after serving the required time, he/she
    will report to the coach directly.
    D. If a student/athlete is late to practice because of academic reasons he/she
    must bring a note from his/her teacher stating the time of dismissal.
    E. A student/athlete must abide by the health and training routines as set forth
    in a coach’s code or as otherwise established by the coach during the season.
    F. A student/athlete must be a team player and avoid any actions that would be
    detrimental to the unity of the team.
    G. A student/athlete may be permitted to move from one sport to another with the
    approval of the head coaches involved.
IV. The ASD Athletic Code of Conduct – Unacceptable Actions and Sanctions
    A. Ejection for misconduct during an athletic contest:
    1. 1st offense – one game suspension
    2. 2nd offense – one game suspension and administrative review
    3. 3rd offense – administrative review
    B. Use of Profanity is prohibited. All offenses will be addressed by the coach.
    C. Conduct unbecoming a student/athlete during an athletic contest or related
    activity will be addressed by the coach and may result in:
    1. 1st offense – coach’s discretion
    2. 2nd offense – 1 game suspension
    3. 3rd offense – administrative review
    D. Tobacco
    1. During the athletic season no student/athlete shall use, possess or
    distribute tobacco or tobacco products.
    2. If the offense takes place on school property, the administration shall
    enforce the Code for Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities and
    the ASD Tobacco Use Policy.
    3. If the offense takes place on school property or during a school sponsored
    activity, the following will apply:
    a. 1st Offense – Suspension of a number of pre-determined contests
    by sport – see suspension chart *. Student-athletes are expected to
    attend, but not participate in practices and games during the
    suspension period.
    b. 2nd Offense – Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the
    season.
    E. Alcohol and Other Drugs
    These regulations have been developed in order to discourage our
    student/athletes from using harmful drugs and alcohol and to foster the
    good health and welfare of all our student/athletes.
    No student/athlete shall use, possess, or distribute alcohol, drugs, steroids,
    controlled substances, look-alikes, or possess drug related paraphernalia on
    or off school property. Any such use shall be governed by this Code and the
    ASD Policy regarding Controlled Substances / Paraphernalia (Pol. 227).
    1. If the offense takes place on school property or during a school sponsored
    activity, the following will apply:
    a. For use or possession
    • 1st Offense
    - Suspension of a number of pre-determined contests by sport – see
    listing. Student/athletes are expected to attend but not participate
    in practices and games during the suspension period.
    - A 3 to 10 day suspension from school.
    - Referral to the Student Assistance Program (hereinafter, “SAP”).
    - Referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    - If appropriate, referral to proper law enforcement agency.
    • 2nd Offense
    - Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season.
    - A 3 to 10 day suspension from school.
    - Referral to SAP
    - Referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    - If appropriate, referral to proper law enforcement agency.
    b. Distribution of alcohol, drugs, steroids, controlled substances, look-
    alikes or drug related paraphernalia.
    • 1st Offense
    - Suspension of a pre-determined number of contests by sport.
    Student/athletes are expected to attend but not participate in
    practices and games during the suspension period.
    - A 10-day suspension from school and possible recommendation
    for expulsion.
    - A referral to SAP
    - A referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    - If appropriate, referral to proper law enforcement agency.
    • 2nd Offense
    - Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season.
    - A 10-day suspension from school and possible recommendation
    for expulsion.
    - A referral to SAP
    - A referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    - If appropriate, referral to proper law enforcement agency.
    2. Any student/athlete who has been charged as an adult or juvenile with a
    crime committed off school property which constitutes a misdemeanor
    or felony related to the use, possession or distribution of alcohol, drugs,
    controlled substances, look-alikes and drug paraphernalia:
    • 1st Offense
    - Suspension from a pre-determined number of contests by sport.
    Student/athletes are expected to attend but not participate in
    practices and games during the suspension period.
    - Referral to SAP
    - Referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    • 2nd Offense
    - Dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season.
    - Referral to SAP
    - Referral and appointment for a drug and alcohol evaluation at the
    Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit and student is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    3. Except as otherwise provided under section E.2 (above), for all incidents
    occurring off school property where there exists a reasonable suspicion
    that inappropriate behavior as defined in this athletic code has occurred,
    the coach and or administrator may take one or more of the following steps:
    a. Athletic Director and Coach conference
    b. Athletic Director, Coach, student/athlete and parent/guardian
    conference
    c. Possible referral to SAP
    d. Notify the administration of the situation
    4. If the student/athlete does not follow the procedure and recommendation
    in either 1, 2 or 3, he/she will not be permitted to participate in any future
    Allentown athletic program until the student/athlete comes into compliance.
    5. A student/athlete with a drug and alcohol problem may voluntarily come
    forward to request assistance without consequence. He/she will receive a
    referral and appointment for an evaluation by the Lehigh Valley Drug and
    Alcohol Intake Unit. Once a student/athlete has been properly evaluated and
    appropriate recommendations set forth, the student/athlete is strongly
    encouraged to comply with all recommendations.
    V. A parent or legal guardian and the student athlete must sign the ASD Athletic Code of Conduct
    consent form and return it to the coach before participating in any scrimmage or contest of
    the season. This will assure the coach that the athlete and parent/guardian have read this
    Code and agree to abide by it.
    Allentown School District Athletic Code of Conduct
SUSPENSION CHART
The following chart is used to determine the length of suspension for violation of the ASD
Athletic Code of Conduct rules. The number of games/contests a student is suspended is determined
as a third of the regularly scheduled contests allowable by PIAA rules. It was determined that
Cheerleading would mirror the sports it is associated with on a seasonal basis. All club sports that
follow the ASD Athletic Code of Conduct would also follow a suspension practice of a third of their
scheduled regular season contests.
Scrimmages and practice games are not counted as contests under suspension. All student/
athletes under suspension should attend all practices and games in street clothes, but are prohibited
from participation.
Fall Sports
Winter Sports
Spring Sports
Cross Country (3 meets)
Boys Basketball (7 games)
Baseball (6 games)
Field Hockey (6 games)
Girls Basketball (7 games)
Girls Soccer (6 games)
Football (3 games)
Swimming/Diving (6 meets)
Softball (6 games)
Golf (3 contests)
Wrestling (7 competitions)
Boys Tennis (5 contests)
Boys Soccer (6 games)
Cheerleading (7 contests)
Track (3 meets)
Girls Tennis (5 contests)

Boys Volleyball (7 contests)
Girls Volleyball (7 contests)

Lacrosse (6 games)
Cheerleading (3 games)


CLUBS
Ice Hockey 1/3 of all regularly scheduled contest