Eagles News · Review of Information Covered at Parent Meeting

For those who missed the Fall Sports Parent Meeting(s) on Monday, August 6, 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 field/court/course 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, 2018. 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.
  • No Pets Allowed: Pets are NOT permitted at Olivet Community Schools’ athletic events.  The exceptions are service animals helping individuals with disabilities or legitimate assistive animals in training.  In both cases, the person in control of the animals is liable for any damages that may occur.
  • 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.  If parents are planning to authorize another adult to transport their child, or their own child to transport himself/herself, they MUST fill out the “Permission to Transport Student To/From School-Related Event” form and submit it to the OHS Athletic Office.
  • Dual-Sport Athletes: If student-athletes are planning to participate in two sports this fall, they must communicate that desire with their coaches immediately. They also must designate a primary sport and meet all of the expectations of that team.
  • Playing Up Policy: Beginning this fall, we have a new athletic department policy for programs that offer sub-varsity teams. The focus is on student-athletes who “play up” — freshmen who play junior varsity or varsity, or sophomores who play varsity.  Whenever this occurs in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball or softball, the following procedures must be followed.  NOTE: This does not include freshmen who play JV football, baseball or softball since there are no freshmen teams in those programs.
    1. The coach will first communicate with the athletic director before any mention is made to parents or the student-athlete.
    2. The coach and the student-athlete will discuss the possible move.
    3. The coach will contact the parents of the student-athlete to discuss the pros and cons of the move, get input from the parents about the move, and obtain the signed consent form from the parents supporting the move.
    4. The move will not be mandatory.
    5. Any decision to move a student-athlete to a higher level should be re-evaluated periodically during the season.
  • 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.
  • Staying in the Loop:If you want to know what’s going on with OHS & OMS athletics, check out the following…
    1. Olivetathletics.com
    2. Facebook (Olivet Eagles Athletics)
    3. Twitter (Go Eagles!@OlivetSports)
    4. Instagram (olivetsports)