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Athletic Code

The following student athletic code has been approved for all students participating in athletics at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. This code is in effect for the 2017-2018 school year and the 2018-2019 school year.

A Christian Approach to Athletics

As a Christian School, Aug Prep seeks to teach its students that athletic play is carried out in service of the love of God. While the goal of athletic competition is to win, the goal of human life is to love and worship God in all that we do. As a result, the Aug Prep faculty and staff seek to develop student athletes who adopt this perspective for their own lives.

Athletics is a powerful metaphor for the Christian life. There are numerous examples within Scripture that make strong connections between the work of the athlete and the discipleship of Christians (1 Cor. 9:24-27, Phil. 3:14, 1 Tim. 4:7-8, and Heb. 12:1-2). Athletics is an opportunity to develop virtue, and to train for life.

In many ways, athletics is a microcosm of life. It reflects situations that many adults experience:

  •         Dealing with conflict
  •         Experiencing success and failure
  •         Teamwork
  •         Making decisions under pressure
  •         The acceptance of authority, i.e. coaches and officials

These situations and more give student athletes opportunities in a safe environment to explore joy and sadness, celebration and disappointment, encouragement and forgiveness, and more in ways that honor God.

Academic Eligibility

  • St. Augustine Preparatory Academy encourages student participation in extracurricular activities. A student’s academic success, however, takes precedence over his/her participation in any activity outside of the classroom. This policy is meant to encourage students who participate in an activity outside of the classroom to remain in good academic standing. In addition, all WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) academic eligibility rules apply.
  • A student athlete automatically becomes ineligible for athletic competition if his or her current GPA for a quarter or semester grading period falls below 2.0 or has any failing grades.
  • A student athlete may become ineligible for competition at progress report time if he/she has any failing grades and/or incompletes. Determinations regarding eligibility will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Principal and the Athletic Director. The student’s teachers may also be consulted if needed.
  • Eligibility may be regained 1) at the mid-quarter progress report time if the student is in good academic and behavior standing and does not have any D or F grades and/or incompletes or 2) at the next quarter/semester grading period if the student is in good behavior standing and his/hers GPA has risen to 2.0 or better with no D’s, F’s and/or incompletes. Any student who becomes ineligible at any point may seek reinstatement two weeks later of the original ineligible date.
  • Additionally, the Principal and the Athletic Director may elect to temporarily suspend any student athlete from participation, practice and/or competition at any time during the school year due to poor academic performance (e.g. missing work, a pattern of poor grades, etc.) and/or poor behavior.

Behavior

  • All student athletes are subject to school policy regarding conduct.
  • All student athletes are subject to the school’s policy regarding the possession and/or the use of tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons or look alike substances. The possession and/or use of these drugs is prohibited. When in the presence of such substances the student must leave.
  • All students are subject to the school’s behavior code regarding cheating and theft.
  • Any student athlete who violates the school’s policies  who will remain a St. Augustine Preparatory Academy student, will be subject to the following consequences depending on their honesty and forthcoming behavior:: (See below. These are in addition to consequences provided by the Principal and/or Superintendent.)

Value of Honesty and Forthcoming Behavior

  • A St. Augustine student athlete lives and exemplifies the school’s mission, vision, and Christian values.
  • Honesty and forthcoming behavior are expected.
  • Any student-athlete found to have been dishonest for the purpose of avoiding athletic code sanctions will receive a double penalty versus if the student had been honest initially.
  • A student who violates the athletic code is expected to report the infraction to the Principal or Athletic Director.  
  • For the first violation of the AODA policy, the athlete will be suspended one-fourth of the games, matches, or meets of that scheduled season. If the student/athlete comes forward by 10:00 a.m. the next school day and admits the violation to the Principal or Athletic Director, the student will receive a one competition suspension.
  • For the second violation, the athlete will be suspended for one-half of the scheduled season.
  • For the third violation, the athlete will be suspended from participation in St. Augustine Preparatory Academy athletics. The Principal and Athletic Director will review the student’s overall performance after one year. At that time, sanctions could be modified and eligibility may be restored.

Expectation of Augustine Student Athletes- On and Off Court

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy students are expected to leave the premises when they find themselves in the presence of underage drinking or drug use. Failing to leave these situations indicates support for these activities, therefore, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy will consider a student’s presence at the gathering as a violation of the St. Augustine Preparatory Academy Athlete Code.

Qualify to Participate

A student athlete qualifies to participate in sports practices, events and competitions when they are in good academic, behavior and attendance standing. Any student who misses any of the last three class periods of the day because of illness may not participate in any co-curricular activities the day of the absence. When a student is un-excused from class, he may be suspended from participation. Student athletes who are absent the day before a practice, event and/or competition must have a recorded excused absences on file with the main office in order to be qualified to participate. Student athletes without the excused absence on file will not be qualified to participate until the excused absence is officially recorded by the school’s main office.

Sportsmanship Behavior, Collegiality, and Christian Values

Student athletes are ambassadors of St Augustine Preparatory Academy. Athletic events are often the first point of contact that the wider Milwaukee community will have with our school. As a result, it is important that Aug Prep Lions represent their school well.

We expect our students to do their best to exhibit Christian values and virtues in athletic competition. Values that mark a Christian community include, but are not limited to:

  •         Human dignity (Gen. 1:26-28)
  •         The love of God (Matt. 22:37)
  •         Compassion for the vulnerable and needy (James 1:27)
  •         The goodness of creation (Psalm 19:1-3)
  •         The importance of grace and forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35)
  •         The desire for peace (Matthew 5:9)

We also expect our students to represent Aug Prep by embodying virtues of the Christian faith. A virtue is a disposition to behave in the right way regardless of the circumstances. Virtues are developed through habit and practice. Many Christian virtues can be developed and tested in the midst of athletic competition. The following are some of the Christian virtues that we hope our student-athletes will form and exhibit:

  •   Faith
  •   Hope
  •   Love
  •   Grit/Perseverance (See appendix)
  •   Honesty
  •   Respect
  •   Humility
  •   Courage

When Aug Prep student-athletes embody these values and virtues, they represent their school well, and, more importantly, they witness to the work of Christ in their school community.

Unfortunately, there are behaviors unbecoming of an Aug Prep student athlete that can result in severe consequences. A student athlete disqualified from a contest for flagrant or unsportsmanlike conduct is suspended from interscholastic competition for no less than the next competitive event (not less than one complete game or meet). In the event the athlete is suspended from one postseason, tournament game, WIAA rules prohibit the athlete from all tournament play.

No student may intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which endanger the physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating in connection with St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. The school prohibits hazing, harassment, and discrimination.

Coaches Rules and Policy

In addition to the above rules, the coach of any athletic team may set rules for his or her team. These additional rules must be clear to the members of that team and to the Athletic Director.

Sports Equipment and Uniform

Student athletes will be provided with some sports equipment and/or an official sports uniform which needs to be cared for and returned in good quality condition at the end of the sports season.

Student athletes must turn in loaned equipment and/or uniform promptly when asked/due and not weeks or months later. Equipment or uniforms turned in later than 2 weeks after the season has ended will be charged the full replacement cost(s). Any equipment or uniform not returned (lost or stolen) will be charged to the family at full cost(s).

St. Augustine highly discourages student athletes to loan, share equipment or uniforms and will hold each student responsible for the equipment and/or uniform issued to them.

St. Augustine discourages theft at all times, however, it is the responsibility of the student to not leave their school issued equipment and/or uniform unattended or in the care of others at any time.

An athlete is responsible for all equipment issued to him/her. Stealing and vandalizing athletic equipment or school property will be subject to punishment by the administration.

Administration/Health Insurance Coverage and Liability

Each athlete must have and pass a sports physical examination before he/she can participate. A valid examination must be on file with the athletic department before practice begins. Physical examinations after April 1 of a given year are good for two school years.

Each athlete must have a signed parental consent slip before he can participate.Parent consent must be in writing. Phone authorizations will not be accepted as a form of consent.

Anyone participating in interscholastic athletics or competitive club sports must have health insurance. All athletes must be protected with personal health insurance in case of injury.  St. Augustine Preparatory Academy does not provide health insurance coverage for athletes. In any sport, especially contact sports, there is a risk of injury. Injuries to organs, paralysis and even death may occur. Students without health insurance may not practice or compete in any sport.

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy Parent Athletic Code Agreement

Parents or guardians of student athletes participating in St. Augustine Preparatory Academy athletic programs support their son/daughter agreement to abide by all the training rules stated in the athletic code, the school’s code of conduct, and student handbook. Parents or Guardians also support the school’s belief that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use is harmful to a person’s development and performance.

Parents or guardians of St. Augustine student athletes are expected to be role models of our school’s mission, vision, and Christian values. As such, parents will not interfere with practice and/or competitions. Positive cheers and words of encouragement are permitted, celebrated and valued however there will be no tolerance for any negative behavior in the gym, pool, field, etc. at St. Augustine or at another school/location towards student athletes, even the parent/guardian own child/children; other parents/guardians; school officials; and/or sports officials. Parents/guardians will be provided with a verbal warning either by a school official or sports officials. If the behavior continues, the parent/guardian will be asked to leave the sports competition space/location.