Monday, August 3, 2015

Athletic Newsletter Summer 2015

August 3, 2015
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ACTIVITIES & ATHLETIC NEWSLETTER
2015-2016 School Year

REGISTERING FOR ATHLETICS/MARCHING BAND FOR FALL SEASON
As we approach the 2015-2016 school year, we want to share with all families that they will need to register online through a partner company, FamilyID (www.familyid.com), for athletics and Marching Band. FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile so you enter your information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs. If you do not have access to complete an online registration, please call the Dean of Student Activities and Athletics Office for assistance (508-252-5025 ext 5606/5626)  between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. For any questions through the registration process, Family ID is there to assist you from 8am-9pm Monday through Friday and on weekends from 8am-8pm. Please call them at (888) 800-5583 x1.  FamilyID will be open for registration on August 13, 2015.

Before You Register:
1) PHYSICAL EXAMS: A physical exam must be current within the past 13 months and signed by the physician. If the student’s physical expires during the season, they will not be able to play until a new physical exam is received.
2) COMPLETE ONLINE CONCUSSION COURSE: The state law requires that student/athletes along with their parent(s)/guardian(s) complete an online concussion course (does not take long at all). During registration you will be asked to sign off that you have completed this course: http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

Steps to Register:
A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:
and following these steps:
1. Scroll to bottom of page to Sign Up as a Family or Individual if this is your first time using FamilyID.
2. Sign Up for your secure FamilyID account by entering your family name, email address and password. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your spam or junk folders.)
3. Click on the link in your email confirmation, which will log you in to FamilyID, and then complete the information requested on the registration form. When you have completed the form, click the "Save & Continue" button.
4.  Review your registration summary and click "Confirm Registration" to submit. Once completed, you will receive an email receipt from registrations@familyid.com. You can also view your completed registration on your Dashboard. You can log into https://www.familyid.com at any time to update your information and to check your registration(s).
Need help?
If you need assistance with your registration, you can call Family ID at 888-800-5583 X1 or email support@familyid.com. FamilyID also offers online chat during business hours and a support center at https://familyid.desk.com. Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.

**No student athlete will be allowed to participate unless the parent or guardian has registered the student athlete on Family ID. The deadline for registrations on Family ID is September 4, 2015. If your child switches sports after tryouts, we will be able to accommodate this change on the registration form at a later date. Once a student-athlete is told they make a team, payment should be made to the Athletic Department.  Checks may be made payable to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School no later than September 8, 2015 to the Dean of Student Activities and Athletics Office.  Ms. Connors will be in the Dean of Student Activities and Athletics Office from 12:30 to 3:30 PM for students and families to drop off checks. All payments should be made by September 8th.**

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USER FEES
The user fees established by the School Committee remain in place for the 2015-2016 school year.  The fee scale is set into three categories:  $235.00 for football, boys and girls’ basketball, baseball, and softball: $185.00 for field hockey, boys and girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball: $160.00 for all other sports including cheerleading and marching band.  There are caps in place.  For a single athlete, the cap is set at $425.00, and for families, the cap is $525.00 per year.  The due dates for payment for the three athletic seasons are:   September 5th for fall sports; December for winter sports;
and April for spring sports.  Failure to pay user fees may prevent you from participating in activities.  We will accept checks or money orders made out to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School (no cash please) and paid to the Athletic Office.  Please note- parent funded programs do not qualify under our cap system. Please understand that user fees, particularly at the varsity level, do not guarantee playing time.  

We will be as sensitive as possible to playing time issues, especially at the sub-varsity level, but competitive varsity sports bring different demands.  It should be recognized by all that a user fee allows a student to participate in that activity.  He/she will receive a uniform, transportation, officials, equipment, and coaching instruction.

IMPORTANT FUNDRAISING INFORMATION
Fund raisers by booster groups and coaches are held to assist a program obtain student wish list items such as: bags, warm-ups or various pieces of equipment.  Some of the funds are used for scholarships, and  for end-of-the-season banquets.  In championship years, fundraisers are held to purchase jackets or sweatsuits.  These are all extra costs that are not necessarily covered under a user fee.  The school will work hard to limit the number and scope of fund raisers.  Fundraising is purely voluntary. It has no effect on your child making a team.  All team fundraising plans must be approved by the Dean of Activities and Athletics.  

PHYSICALS
Every athlete needs a current physical (current means that an athlete has a physical every year and that physical is current during the practice and play season).  A physical is good for a thirteen-month period and must be on file with the school nurse and athletic trainer.  There are no exceptions to this rule.


HYGIENE INFORMATION
To attempt to prevent medical issues associated with personal hygiene, athletes will be required to clean out their athletic lockers each week, and clean their practice and game clothing and equipment.  Hand sanitation dispensers are located in locker rooms and in the conditioning room.  We strongly encourage all athletes to shower either at the high school or immediately when they go home from practice.

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School's Joey Rogers, right, who has just scored, watches as teammate Brody Rubenstein is thrown out at home plate by a throw to Pembroke catcher Cam Deegan during a Division 2 South Sectional game on Saturday in Dighton.
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PRACTICE SCHEDULES
Practice schedules will be handed out at each team’s first practice.  All parents and athletes should be prepared for meeting the demands of single and double session practice schedules.  Athletes should bring appropriate clothes for practice, as well as water, and any personal items.  In some sports, cuts are inevitable; most sports require the division of athletes into varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams.  With this in mind, it is crucial that athletic candidates make all practices in order for coaches to make fair and accurate decisions concerning cuts and level of play.  We are concerned when students are left at the school after practices.  As a result, your child must be picked up promptly after practice.  If students are left unattended and the coach is unable to reach a parent, local authorities will be called.


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HANDBOOK INFORMATION
As a preview to receiving the 2015-2016 Student/Athletic Handbook, a brief look at several items from it should prove helpful.  The athletic handbook is included at the end of Student Handbook.  Every student will have access to one online and must sign the important acknowledgement statement and return it to school.  The Handbook contains rules that govern philosophy, organization, eligibility, awards, responsibilities, conduct, emergencies, etc.  Along with the items already discussed, the following information should hold some immediate importance and be reviewed.

Athletic participation at Dighton-Rehoboth is governed by three handbooks including the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Athletic Handbook.  The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Rule Book and the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Student Handbook also cover athletic participation.  It is important to remember that there are times when these two handbooks take precedence over the Athletic Handbook.
 
All three handbooks have strict rules and penalties governing substance use, abuse, possession, and intent.  Penalties can range from game exclusion to school expulsion.  We are committed to doing all we can to prevent violations of this rule.  We are seriously committed to enforcement of the rules as they apply to each individual case.  Please understand that athletes are held to a high standard and that athletic captains are held to an even higher standard.  Our behavioral expectations for our athletes are very high, and we view this as a priority of our teaching/coaching position.
  
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
The next significant issue pertaining to athletic participation is academic eligibility.  The marking periods that impact a student’s eligibility are: first term, first semester, third term, and second semester.  These are the four, posted grades that determine eligibility.  No other academic measure is allowed. A student who fails more than one major course (courses equivalent to 2.5 or more credits per semester or 5 credits or more for the year) or two minors (courses equivalent to 1.25 credits per semester) will be ineligible to participate in athletics, including practice, until the next marking period. A student who fails one major and one minor would thus be ineligible.
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RETURN OF UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
Athletes are responsible for uniforms, equipment, locks and lockers issued to them during the season.  They will be held responsible to pay for lost or damaged items.  Failure to return issued uniforms and equipment can result in a student being denied further athletic participation and loss of class privileges.

THEFT
Theft at the high school is an unfortunate occurrence but does happen.  All of us do the best we can to prevent this from happening.  In order to help us, we encourage you to tell your student-athlete to NOT bring valuable objects, jewelry, and large amounts of cash to school.  They need to use the lockers provided and with the locks provided.  When items are stolen it is usually because they are very visible or they are not secured in lockers.  Once items or cash are stolen there is little that we can do.  Please caution your child to keep valuable item and money at home.

COMMITMENTS-DURING SEASON AND END OF SEASON
Athletes must have at least one weekend day off a week from practice and games.  However, as with most steadfast rules, exceptions tend to pry their way into the rules.  Exceptions are made during seasons when inclement weather wreaks havoc with the season schedule, and games are, by necessity; rescheduled to meet seasonal deadlines.  

In addition, there is a mandatory captains’ workshop for all incoming captains.  This workshop is held at the end of the school year (early June).  The captains attending this meeting are the only recognized captains… no exceptions!  Again, please review the handbook.  The tentative month for the workshop is June between 2:00pm-5:00pm.  If your son or daughter is selected to be a team captain for the 2015-2016 year, his/her attendance is mandatory.





START TIMES FOR FALL SEASON!
Remember- you MUST have registered on Family ID and have an updated physical to participate.

Cheerleading: TBA
Cross Country: August 27th:  9:00am - DR Track
Field Hockey: August 24th: 9:00am-1:00pm… report to high school field with a stick, shin guards, mouth guard, goggles and water.
Football: August 24th: 8:00am-11:00am on field...report to high school, locker room opens @7:30am..
Golf: August 26th - 9:00am Dighton-Rehoboth HS
Marching Band: Starts week of August 17th at 8am.
Boy's Soccer: August 27th: 8am-11am...report to Bliss Field.
Girl's Soccer: August 27th: Begins at 8am...report to Bliss Field.
Volleyball: August 25th: 8:00am...report to high school gym.
HIGH STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR
As always, great stress is placed on personal responsibility and character development.  Once again, student/athletes are held accountable for their behavior.  A student’s participation in athletics is not a right but a privilege.  Athletes can be dismissed from athletic programs for chronic missing of practice/games, poor behavior, or other continued violation of athletic or school policies that prove detrimental to the welfare of the student or team.

Unless permission is given to a parent allowing him/her transport an athlete to a contest, all athletes must use school transportation.  Under no circumstances will athletes be allowed to drive themselves, other athletes, or travel with other students, to a contest. We have always stressed the importance of teams traveling together to and from contests.  This policy helps develop both team identity and chemistry.  It further aids in maintenance of a program’s continuity.  For us at the high school, our programs come first.  When students opt to leave with parents at the end of a contest instead of waiting to watch the varsity finish playing or returning with the team, then athletics becomes more about the individual and less about the team.
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In a growing list of serious concerns, team loyalty violations are the new emerging issue for students participating in more than one sport a season.  Students can only participate in one high school sport in each of the three athletic seasons. More and more, student/athletes are participating in non-school, organized sports.  There is no rule preventing this.  The MIAA rule that comes into play involves student/athletes missing high school practices or games in order to participate in these outside activities.  Students who skip/miss high school practices or games in order to participate in non-high school athletic events or activities are deemed ineligible for 25% of the season.  A second offense would require that a student be suspended for another 25% and remain ineligible for tournament action.  Please be aware of this penalty and make your decisions wisely.  

Coupled with this team loyalty rule is the need to be aware of loss of amateur standing.  Unless approved by the MIAA, students/are not allowed to compete for money or other monetary compensation, or receive any award, prize or gift that has monetary value.  This problem presents itself when student/athletes plan on traveling with tournament teams competing nationally or internationally.      

Another issue of growing concern is “over involvement” by“fans” at games.  We try to highlight sportsmanship with our athletes, but it is equally significant for fans.  Ridiculing other athletes, coaches, and officials is inappropriate behavior.    It has been the policy of this school to remove unruly students from games if their behavior warrants such action.  An action like that usually comes after several warnings.  When students are removed from a game, they are prohibited from attending further home games for the remainder of that season. Positive support is what all athletes…what all people need and deserve.  The price of admission does not license boorish behavior.  We need to set very positive examples not only for our athletes but also for all visitors to D-R…including officials.  While on this point, parents must refrain from speaking with or coaching their children during practices and games.  

During the course of the year, issues come up.  Please do not hesitate to call the Dean of Student Activities and Athletics office if there are issues that are of importance to you.   If you have a specific issue concerning your child and a sport, you need to speak with the head coach first.  Sometimes a simple discussion with the head coach can resolve the issue.  Unfortunately, there are times when we may not be able to offer you the resolution you desire.  

Please remember when signing the handbook form, know and understand the rules.  Know that the rules apply to all equally and fairly. Along with the many opportunities offered to young people at Dighton-Rehoboth, it is our belief that at D-R you receive two things: superior academic programs and superior athletic and activity programs.  The cooperation of academics and athletics truly creates a “partnership for success.”

PARENTAL CODE OF CONDUCT
As you may know, the school district has published a parental code of conduct that applies to attendance at athletic events.  The following provisions are contained therein:
The essential elements of character building and ethics in athletics and activities are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, responsibility, dedication, and professionalism. The highest potential of excellence is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character".
Expectations for spectators for extra-curricular events will be the following:
  1. Respect the decision making of the coach, advisor, and game officials during games and events.
  2. Respect game officials during games and events.
  3. Support a positive sportsmanship environment that is centered on best effort rather than winning.
  4. Encourage DRRHS core values throughout all events.   
Parents or guests in violation of the code of conduct may be dismissed, suspended, or permanently expelled from future extracurricular activity by Administration.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we will see you at the start of fall practice! The tentative schedules for the upcoming season can be found at www.southcoastconference.org.  Please feel free to contact the high school Dean of Student Activities and Athletics office any time if you have issues or concerns at 508-252-5055.