For those who missed the Winter Sports Parent Meeting(s) on Monday, October 30, below is some of the material that was covered by Olivet Community Schools’ athletic director Matt Seidl. Parents also should contact their child’s coach and request material from the break-out sessions.
- Physical Exams: To get on the court/mat/lane for practice or contests, all student-athletes must have a current-year physical on file in the Olivet High School Athletic Office. That means on or after April 15, 2017. No exceptions.
- “Green Light” Ticket: Before starting practice with any team, all student-athletes must receive a “Green Light” ticket from the Athletic Office and hand it to their respective coach. This verifies that the student-athlete has valid physical and concussion forms on file, is eligible by MHSAA and school standards, and does not have a financial obligation within the Athletic Department.
- Academic Eligibility: To be academically eligible for athletics, students must avoid having any Es or three Ds during grade checks (which occur every three weeks). The first offense with three Ds results in probation. Continued problems means the student-athlete becomes ineligible. A student-athlete is automatically ineligible for at least a week if he/she has a failing grade during a grade check.
- Attendance: Student-athletes must be in school a full day in order to practice or play. Exceptions include school business, funerals and doctor appointments (which require a doctor’s note upon returning to school). When a student is more than 15 minutes late for school, he/she is required to receive approval from an administrator in order to practice or play.
- Chain of Command: Parents should encourage student-athletes to communicate with coaches on their own when concerns arise. If a parent has concerns and wishes to meet with a coach, he/she should wait 24 hours before scheduling a meeting. Once a meeting is set, the student-athlete is required to attend the meeting as well. If those meetings prove unsatisfactory, the athletic director will make himself available to the parent and student-athlete. NOTE: While emails and texts are acceptable for general communication between parents and coaches, they are not recommended as a mode for discussing concerns. Concerns should be discussed via face-to-face meetings.
- Transportation: If parents are planning to transport student-athletes who are not their own children to/from an athletic event, they MUST fill out an “Application for Parent-Designated Volunteer Driver” form and submit it to the OHS Athletic Office.
- Snow Days: When classes are canceled due to inclement weather, a decision regarding practices and/or contests will be made as soon as possible – typically around 12 noon. Every situation is different and will be treated that way. The most important factor when making a decision, however, is the safety of our student-athletes.
- Handbook: All student-athletes are expected to follow the “Co-Curricular Code of Conduct” as explained in the OHS and Olivet Middle School student handbooks, which can be found online at olivetschools.org.