The two standing athletic committees will be the Athletic Hearing Board and the Athletic Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Athletic Hearing Board is to provide an appeal process for violations of the Athletic Code. The purpose of the Athletic Advisory Committee is to provide a process for Athletic Code revision and to help the Athletic Director in the decision making process.
Code Violation Appeal Process:
The Athletic Hearing Board shall consist of the following:
Building Principal (or a designated alternate)
Two members of the Athletic Committee from the Board of Education (or a designated alternate)
Two varsity head coaches (excluding the coach(es) whose athlete is involved)
If the Athletic Director finds against the student-athlete, he/she will have the right to appeal the decision to the Athletic Hearing Board. Request for appeal must be filed within 72 hours of the decision to the Athletic Director, and must be made in writing to the building principal. The appeal hearing before the Athletic Hearing Board shall be based on the record of the hearing before the Athletic Director. Appeal hearing shall be not less than 24 hours and not more than 72 hours after receipt of request for appeal by the building principal.
The principal will act as a chairperson at the Athletic Hearing Board. If he/she is not present, he/she may select another member to chair the meeting.
When it becomes necessary for the Athletic Hearing Board to enforce the Athletic Code, decisions will be reached by a majority of the members present at the hearing.
The student-athlete may appeal to the Athletic Hearing Board. In the event that the Athletic Hearing Board determines that the nature of violation calls for a penalty which exceeds the parameters already set forth, then the Athletic Hearing Board shall have the power to set a stricter penalty.
Periodic revision of the Athletic Code and training rules as recommended by the Athletic Director and/or Athletic Advisory Committee may be necessary.
Request for revision of the Athletic Code and training rules must be brought before the Athletic Director. If the Athletic Director feels the request has merit, an Athletic Advisory Committee will be appointed of:
Two Board of Education members
Three varsity head coaches
One fall, one winter, and one spring
At least one male and one female
One male and one female
After the committee has acted on the revisions of the Athletic Code, the Hudson Board of Education must give final approval for the revisions to take effect.
Athletic Issues and Requirements
Care of Equipment:
The proper care of equipment is expected and is the student-athlete’s responsibility. Only the student-athlete may use or wear the equipment or uniform during the season. The student-athlete will be held responsible for reimbursing the cost of lost equipment that was assigned to him/her. Student-athletes will not be allowed to participate in a sport unless all equipment and uniforms from the preceding sport have been turned in or reimbursement has been made.
Appearance of Athlete:
Student athletes will be required to be appropriately dressed for all contests. Appropriate dress will be determined by the Athletic Director and the Coach of the sport.
Student-athletes are expected to be well groomed. Full beards are not permitted. Goatees and mustaches must be trimmed.
During an athletic event, all parts of the uniform issued must be worn.
A student-athlete cannot change sports after the first scheduled game has been played in either sport. The head varsity coach will make the decision when a player who has not been in another sport that season may come out for the team. Student-athletes are allowed to compete in one sport per season unless approved to dual sport (see below).
Dual Sport Process: (revised 8/1/14)
A student-athlete interested in playing 2 sports in the same season fills out an application with the Athletic Director.
The Athletic Director meets with the head coach of both sports and discusses the feasibility of the request.
The Athletic Director and the two coaches involved in the dual sport request confirm the details of the student-athlete’s calendar.
The Athletic Director and the two coaches involved in the request vote on whether or not to allow the athlete to dual sport. The vote must be unanimous for the athlete to be allowed to dual sport. Either coach or the AD could prevent an athlete from being able to do both sports.
Dual Sport Deadlines: (revised 8/1/14)
Fall sports: 1stFriday after Spring Break
Winter sports: 1stFriday after Summer Break
Spring sports: 1stFriday after Christmas Break
The above dates are final deadlines. Applications can and will be considered prior to the dates listed above. Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk with their parents, coaches, and teachers and submit applications well in advance of the deadline. Applicants must be re-approved annually.
Cutting Student Athletes from Squad:
If a student-athlete is cut from one sport, he/she is eligible to participate in another sport during that season at the discretion of the coaches involved. The student-athlete faced with this situation is encouraged to go out for another sport unless he/she was cut because of disciplinary reasons or eligibility infractions.
Quitting the Team:
Any student-athlete may withdraw from a sport providing:
The student-athlete meets all obligations to the team
uniform and equipment turned in
financial obligations met
The student-athlete personally delivers notice to the coach
The student-athlete’s reason for quitting is made known to the coach
Any student-athlete who quits a sport after final cuts have been made, without following the guidelines above, will be suspended from the next sport participated in for 25% of the games.
Removal from the Team: (revised 8/18/08)
When behavior issues arise between coach and player the following steps will be followed:
The coach will discuss the issue with the player and firmly outline expectations and consequences. The coach will then follow up either verbally or in writing with the Athletic Director.
If the issue remains unresolved the coach, player, and Athletic Director will meet and discuss the issue. Expectations and consequences will again be firmly outlined, this time in writing. Coach, player, and Athletic Director will then sign. Coach or Athletic Director will then notify the parents of the behavior and situation.
If the issue remains unresolved, the coach, player, Athletic Director, and parents will sit down and discuss the issue. At this point a suspension may be issued.
If the issue remains unresolved the coach, player, and Athletic Director will meet and discuss removing the player from the team. At this point the Athletic Director will notify the parents of the decision.
Election of Captains:
Methods by which captains are selected are determined by the head coach. The final selections are at the discretion of the head coach.
All student-athletes are expected to attend the after season awards banquet. Student-athletes are encouraged to dress as on game days.
College Recruitment Policy:
In the event a student-athlete should be contacted personally by a college recruiter, he/she has an obligation to work through his/her coach and the Athletic Department. Inform the coach of such contact as soon as possible.
Student athletes must be supervised by coaches any time that they are involved in any athletic related activity.
The use of profanity is unacceptable at all times. Coaches will handle these situations as they arise.
Locker Room Behavior:
Student-athletes will behave appropriately in the locker room. Horseplay and vandalism will not be tolerated by the coaches or the Athletic Department.
Parent Signature Page:
The parent signature page must be signed by both the parent and the student athlete before the student athlete will be allowed to participate in the first contest. This form merely means that the parents and the student-athlete have read the Athletic Code.
Any behavior or action not mentioned above that detracts from or brings embarrassment to the coach, team, school system, or the community may cause the student-athlete to be suspended from the team. Penalty will be administered by the Coach and the Athletic Director. The Coach and Athletic Director are to call the parents when the penalty has been established.
With the exception of school related events, the night before a school day is to be 10:00 p.m. The night before an athletic contest is 10:00 p.m. The weekend is 12:30 a.m. Penalty to be determined by the coach. Minimum penalty is a warning, maximum penalty is a one contest suspension.
Citizenship in and out of the school must be above reproach. Penalty to be determined by the Athletic Director. Minimum penalty is a warning, maximum penalty is a one contest suspension.
All student-athletes are expected to maintain the highest standards of sportsmanship, both as contestants and spectators, and will follow MHSAA policy. Penalty to be determined by the Athletic Director. Minimum penalty is a warning, maximum penalty is a one contest suspension.
The Athletic Code and training rules are minimum standards. Any coach may set rules which are more demanding as long as they do not contradict the provisions or intent of this code. Questions or concerns shall be decided by the Athletic Director and/or the Athletic Advisory Committee at the request of any member. Copies of any additional rules shall be cleared with the Athletic Director and be on file in the Athletic Office.
Basketball (Boys and Girls): Participation in at least one-half the total number of quarters of scheduled games, finish the season, unless excused, and/or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Baseball/Softball: Participation in at least one-third of the total innings of scheduled games, finish the season, unless excused, and/or have the recommendation of the coach.
Cheerleaders: By-laws and requirements according to the cheerleader constitution are on file in the high school principal’s office.
Cross Country: Run on varsity (top 7) in 60% of all scheduled meets. Another qualification would be to score (top 5) in the LCAA or regional meets. Participate in one public service activity with the team per year (may be waived if none are available). Finish the season and/or have the recommendation of the coach.
Football: Participation in at least one-half the total number or quarters, finish the season, unless excused, and/or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Golf: Must be one of the team members whose score counted in two matches of must have beaten someone from the opponents’ team (one of top four opponent golfers that match). Must have played in two matches, have two rounds where he/she has played nine holes, finish the season, unless excused, and/or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Track (Boys and Girls): Must average one point per dual, triangular, or quadrangular meet or must have placed in a major meet (five or more teams competing), finish the season, unless excused, and or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Volleyball: Participation in one-half of the total number of games played, finish the season, unless excused, and/or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Wrestling: Must earn 18 points during the season in scheduled varsity competitive matches or place in the conference tournament, finish the season, unless excused, and or must have the recommendation of the coach.
Exceptions to the above qualifying standards:
Any team member, by virtue of faithful service to his/her team, will receive a varsity letter upon the coach’s recommendation and approval by the Athletic Director.
If illness or injury prohibits the attainment of a varsity letter by ordinary standards, the student-athlete may be granted one upon the recommendation of the coach.
8” or 7” block “H” chenille and certificate. Metal inserts or cloth swiss inserts are given to represent each sport. LCAA Champions will receive a special letter.
Varsity Cheerleading Letter:
8” block “H” chenille and “VAR” and megaphone insert and a certificate.
Junior Varsity Awards:
Junior varsity awards will be given in all junior varsity sports in the same manner that the varsity awards are given. The same requirements such as number of quarters, innings, games, or points apply.
Junior Varsity Letter:
6” or 5” block “H” chenille “JV” insert and certificate.
Junior Varsity Cheerleading Letter:
6” block “H” chenille “JV” and megaphone insert and a certificate.
Freshman athletes will receive freshman awards.
Freshman letter, graduation year numerals, and a certificate.
Middle School Awards:
Middle school awards, and/or a certificate for each sport offered, will be given to Middle School student-athletes who finish the season, unless excused, and/or have the recommendation of the coach.
Regulations Concerning Letter Awards:
One letter per student-athlete per career will be given for varsity, junior varsity, and freshman.
Awards for all other activities and organizations will be something other than the block “H”, shall be distinctive, and shall clearly indicate the activity or organization.
Plaques or trophies, worth $15 or less, will be awarded to the following:
Most Valuable Player: An award will be given to the student-athlete who is judged most valuable, by his/her teammates, in each varsity sport. The student-athlete must not have received a suspension during that season.
Most Improved Player: An award will be given to the student-athlete who is judged most improved, by his/her teammates, in each varsity sport. The student-athlete must not have received a suspension during that season.
Twelve Sport Award: An award will be given to any student-athlete who has participated during all three sports seasons for four years.
Nine Letter Award: An award will be given to any student-athlete who has earned nine varsity letters.
Scholar Athlete Award: This award is given after each sport season. This certificate is given by the LCAA and the Athletic Department. Qualifications for this award are as follows:
The student-athlete must complete the season.
The student-athlete has to have an accumulated GPA of 3.5 or better.
The student-athlete must demonstrate good behavior in all classes.
The student-athlete must be in 10th, 11th, or 12thgrade.
The student-athlete must be a participant of a varsity team.
Outstanding Senior Athlete: An award (one for boys, one for girls) will be given to the senior student-athlete who participated in two or more sports during his/her senior year. Good sportsmanship, academic effort, cooperation, physical performance, and leadership capabilities are some factors to be judged for this award. Head varsity coaches vote on this award. The student-athlete must not have received a suspension during their senior year.
Additional Athletic Information:
All varsity letter winners are eligible to be members of the Varsity Club. The purpose of the club is to promote interest in varsity athletics, raise the standards of scholarship and sportsmanship, and give student-athletics suitable publicity. It also serves the school in various duties, particularly in athletic events. Strict adherence to the athletic code is expected from our student-athletes.
Lenawee County Athletic Association (revised 8/21/15):
The purpose of the conference is to create worthwhile competitive relationships among the member schools. Current members are: Blissfield, Columbia Central, Dundee, Erie Mason, Hillsdale, Hudson, Ida, and Onsted. Each school competes in cross country, football, basketball, bowling, wrestling, baseball, golf, and track for boys. Girls’ sports include cross country, volleyball, basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, softball, and track. The league is governed by a constitution and by-laws, and its activities are directed by the administrators of member schools. This group meets regularly to discuss problems, set schedules, and decide policies.
Cooperative Middle School Athletic Program:
Hudson Middle School and Sacred Heart Grade School of Hudson have developed a cooperative athletic program between the two schools. Student-athletes from Sacred Heart will have the opportunity to participate with the Hudson Middle School athletic programs. Sacred Heart student-athletes are required to follow the Hudson Area Schools Athletic Code.
Parents’ and Student’s Signature Page (revised 8/1/09):
Please read the contents of the Athletic Code, then sign, date, and return this page to your coach or athletic director as soon as possible. You are ineligible to compete in games until this form is on file in the athletic office.
Student’s Name (Please Print) Grade
Student’s Signature Date
Parent’s Signature Date
The Athletic Department reminds you that the Athletic Code is in effect 365 days a year for four years in the high school and two years in the middle school.
Parent’s and Student’s Info Page:
Student Name Home Phone # Date of Birth
Student Address (Street, City, State, Zip)
Student Email Address (Optional) Student Cell Phone (Optional)
Parent(s) Name Email Address(es)
Parent(s) Home Phone # Parent(s) Work # Parent(s) Cell #
Parent Email Address (Optional) Parent Cell Phone
Emergency Contact Home Phone # Work # Cell #
Student-Athlete’s Eligibility Checklist (revised 8/1/09)
Student’s Name (Please Print) Grade
For the grade listed, will you turn ____ on or after September 1stof the
current school year:
Do you have a current physical on file? (after April 15 of the current year) Yes NO
Were you enrolled in a school prior to the 4thFriday of the current year? Yes NO
Have you attended school continuously and without interruption
(dropped out, expulsion, etc.) since you began high school? Yes NO
Did you pass at least 4 classes during your previous trimester? Yes NO
Do you live in the same residence as you did last year? Yes NO
Did you attend Hudson all of last school year? Yes NO
If you answered “NO” to any of the above questions, please meet with the athletic director immediately to review your athletic eligibility. Failure to do so may result in your ineligibility and could result in team forfeits.
Were you, at any time, encouraged to attend Hudson HS on the
basis of your athletic abilities? Yes NO
Have you, at any time, participated in a club level sport while
participating in the same sport for Hudson HS (ie, played
AAU basketball during your HS basketball season)? Yes NO
Have you, at any time, participated in an all star contest or national
championship event? Yes NO
Have you, at any time, been paid in the form of cash, merchandise,
or gift certificates, to participate in interscholastic athletics? Yes NO
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please meet with the athletic director immediately to review your athletic eligibility. Failure to do so may result in your ineligibility and could result in team forfeits.
Transportation Policy (revised 8/19/09):
By signing below, I agree to:
Allow my student-athlete to ride home with me from away athletic contests should I sign him or her out on the head coach’s transport list or a similar form.
Release Hudson Area Schools and its employees from any and all liability incurred during transport.
Furthermore, I understand that:
When provided, bus transportation is an integral part of interscholastic athletics and full team membership.
It is the head coach’s discretion to permit or deny student-athletes permission to ride home with their parents on either a yearly or contest basis.
I am allowed to sign out my child only unless prior approval is granted by the athletic director.
Parent #1 Signature Date Parent #2 Signature Date
Parent #3 Signature Date Parent #4 Signature Date
Self Transportation Policy
For events that Hudson Area Schools is not providing transportation, parents assume sole responsibility for transportation of their child both to and from the event.
When Hudson Area Schools does not provide transportation, parents shall be responsible for determining whether:
Their child rides with them
Their child transports him or herself
Their child rides with another parent
Their child rides with a teammate
Their child rides with a coach
Hudson Area Schools will provide a detailed transportation schedule that is accessible on the “Event” tab of the school website (www.hudson.k12.mi.us).
In the event that an event gets postponed or canceled, every effort will be made to ensure that the original method of transportation will remain in effect.
Student Signature Date Parent Signature Date