Participation in any athletic activity is an important part of the educational experience in the Cumberland County Schools. A primary goal of such activities is to teach students character and self-discipline skills that will enable them to develop to their highest potential. As role models for their peers and younger peers, students who participate in athletic activities (“participating students”) are held accountable for their actions at a higher standard than other students. Because of the public nature of the athletic programs sponsored by the Cumberland County Schools, participating students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect the high standards and ideals of their school and community. The participating student-athlete becomes subject to this Code of Conduct upon the student's signature and date on his/her Cumberland County Middle Schools Student-Athlete Eligibility and Permission Form and continues until graduation from high school. Participating student-athletes are subject to this code at all times during the calendar year, including summer months, whether on or off-campus. For summer month violations, any discipline or punishment imposed would go into effect at the next scheduled athletic activity by the student-athlete. This Code of Conduct is, in addition to, any specific team/activity rules or regulations established by the individual programs.
1. ALCOHOL: The possession, use, distribution and/or sale of illegal or counterfeit drugs/alcohol, including possession of paraphernalia for ingestion of such substances by participating students is not acceptable and prohibited.
2. TOBACCO USE (Principal's decision is final) Participating students found to have used tobacco while subject to this Code will be suspended from participation at the coach's and principal's discretion.
3. CRIMINAL CHARGES: A participating student-athlete charged with a criminal offense, misdemeanor or felony will be suspended from athletic participation until further review by the principal and director of student activities. A student convicted of a felony offense will be immediately suspended from all athletic participation according to the State Board of Education Policy.
4. INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR A participating student-athlete who engages in any conduct or behavior, which is inconsistent with the student's position as a role model or representative of the Cumberland County Schools, is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension as determined by the Principal.
5. SPORTSMANSHIP: Remember that the primary purpose of Middle School Athletics is to promote physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the players through the medium of contest. Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.