MERCED UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION
GUIDELINES AND CODE OF CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS
Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) schools are members of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and all athletes are subject to the rules and guidelines of the organization. The CIF unanimously adopted the principles of “Pursuing Victory With Honor”, which provides the tools to teach character development skills to the student-athletes of California high schools. These principles are based on The Josephson Institute of Ethics, CHARACTER COUNTS!
The CIF and the MUHSD recognize the impact that high school athletics can play in society and are committed to the character-building goals of the program. The highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor according to six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The District has adopted these principles school-wide.
- ALL transfer students must submit transfer eligibility paperwork to the Section Office and be approved BEFORE competing. If a student is not an incoming freshman and was not at their current school for the past 12 calendar months, paperwork will be required.
- Students who make a valid change of residence (or foster children) and change schools, must complete the new FORM 206. See the Athletic Director for assistance with the process.
- Athletes are not allowed to participate on an outside group or team during the high school season of sports, except as provided in CIF Sec. Rule 600.
- Athletes must have a 2.0 G.P.A. or higher with no more than one “F” in order to participate in any athletic event. Ineligibility is for one grading period and starts and stops on the sixth school day following the end of a grading period. Semester grades take precedence over quarter grades issued at the end of any semester.
- Athletes must be in attendance all periods the day of an athletic event or practice in order to participate unless prior administrative approval has been obtained.
- Any athlete under home or in-school suspension may not practice, travel or compete during dates of suspension.
- Any five-day home suspension related to possession, use, sale, or under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in Safety Code section 11007, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind will result in a nine-week ineligibility period from extracurricular and co-curricular activities. (BP 6145)
- Students are responsible for all equipment and clothing issued to them. Equipment must be returned or paid for at the end of the season. Students, who fail to do so, will be placed on obligation and will not be allowed to participate on any subsequent teams until they are cleared by the Athletic Director.
- Athletes that are “in season” must be with their coach, in study hall, or off campus during the athletic period. Athletes that are not “in season” must be with their athletic period instructor. Any deviation of this rule may result in removal from athletic period and may adversely affect student’s grade.
- In addition to the Merced Union High School District Code of Conduct and Expectations, students must adhere to any additional rules specified by a team coach in a Parent/Player Contract. Violation of any school/team rule may jeopardize the student’s ability to participate in athletics.
I have read, understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this Code of Conduct. I understand that I’m expected to perform according to this code and I understand that there may be sanctions or penalties if I do not.