During a recent school board meeting, Clay Community School (CCS) board members approved changes to the Northview High School athletic student and coach handbooks.
Student athletes will have to get their physical exams a little earlier this next school year. As a part of a change to an Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) by-law, anyone wanting to participate in sports during the 2012-13 school year will have to have their physical by April 1, 2012. This is a change from the previous May 1 date.
In addition to the law change, board members approved handbook changes concerning the use of cell phones in the locker room and rules on social networking sites.
Student athletes, managers and athletic coaches are not permitted to use a cell phone for any purpose while in the locker room.
This means no calling, texting, pictures or videos.
According to the NHS athletic student handbook changes 2011-12, the use of cell phones is not permitted in locker rooms at any time, with no exceptions to the rule.
"A violation of this rule will result in immediate penalty, which could include dismissal from the team. If a photograph is taken, that matter may be turned over to legal authorities for possible prosecution," the document reads. "Should an athlete receive a call or text while (s)he is in the locker room, (s)he should take the phone (still in the backpack, book bag, gym bag, etc.) out to the hall or outside the building before use. Cameras and phones may not be in use or out in view in the locker room for any reason."
Anyone who violates this policy could be dismissed from their team.
A handbook change was added regarding appropriate behavior on social networking sites.
Student athletes and coaches are responsible for written or electronic information transmissions on public domains such as e-mail, Internet, chat rooms, blogs, Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.
"Inappropriate or embarrassing information or pictures should not be posted on any public domain. Student athletes are not precluded from participation in such online social networks; however, student athletes should be reminded that they serve as representatives of their team, the athletic program and their community," the handbook change reads. "Texting, tweeting and used of other social networks to disparage or criticize the team, other students, opponents, coaches or other school personnel is inappropriate and unbecoming of a Northview High School student athlete."
Anyone in violation to this rule is subject to athletic discipline or suspension.
In addition, coaches cannot receive monetary compensation for their work directly from an outside organization such as a booster club, satellite group, parent group or extra-curricular activity fund because it is against IHSAA regulations.
"If an outside organization wants to supplement a coaching position they may do so by payment through central office. This request to pay must have board approval as per IHDAA regulations," the document reads.
ECA funds can be used to pay head coaches with board approval as a supplemental assistant for their respective programs if funds are available.
"Should a head coach wish to provide a 'supplemental assistant' to their respective program they may do so," the handbook change reads.
The assistant will receive ECA funds from the specific sports program. The payment is subject to board approval and will be made through the CCS Central Office.
However, volunteer coaches will not be paid under any circumstances including the sharing of stipends or any monetary compensation from outside organizations such as the booster club, satellite group and parent groups.
This is illegal as per the state board of accounts.
In addition, coaches must make clinic attendance a high priority.
Coaches can request to attend clinics and conferences through the athletic director.
"The athletic department may grant reimbursement for one clinic per sport coaches per year for the head coach and contracted assistant coaches," the handbook reads. "The coach may use their ECA account to fund clinic registration fees for the coaches of split positions."