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AC Athletics Handbook

Arlington Catholic High School Athletic Handbook 2017-2018 

Athletic Director: Dan Shine -
Assistant Athletic Director: 
Serge Clivio -  
Colors: Blue, Gold and White

Mascot: Cougar 

Daily Schedules can be checked at

This handbook has been written for student athletes and their parents, who are expected to read and adhere to its contents. While this handbook does not attempt to cover every issue, nor answer every athletic question, it is designed to serve as a guide. The coaches, athletic director, and/or the Dean of Students will make decisions on all other issues and questions not specifically covered in this handbook.




Cheerleading (Football)
Boys & Girls Cross-Country
Football (Boys)
Boys & Girls Soccer
Volleyball (Girls)

Cheerleading (Basketball & Hockey)
Boys & Girls Basketball 
Boys & Girls Ice Hockey
Boys & Girls Indoor Track
Mixed Gender Swimming

Baseball (Boys)
Boys & Girls Tennis
Boys & Girls Spring Track
Softball (Girls)
Boys & Girls Lacrosse

Arlington Catholic competes at the varsity level in all of the sports listed above. Arlington Catholic also competes at the junior varsity and/or freshmen level in the sports listed above, whenever feasible.


Everyone is expected to use the following line of communication Head Coach - Athletic Director - Dean of Students - Principal


Physical Examination
– All students wishing to participate in a sport must have a yearly physical completed within a thirteen month period of the athletic season in which the student wishes to participate. The student must submit to the coach a completed “orange card” signed by a parent, the athletic director, and school nurse.

Academic Eligibility – Students wishing to participate in a sport cannot fail more than one (1) course and must have an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of C- (70) for the quarter. MIAA/ACHS game/contest eligibility extends from the Monday after report cards are posted for a quarter, to the Monday after report cards are posted for the following quarter. Ineligible players may be allowed to tryout for a team at the discretion of the coach and administration.

Student Athlete Conduct Code- All student athletes at Arlington Catholic are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects pride, respect, and a high level of sportsmanship. Unacceptable conduct, such as theft, vandalism, disrespectful behavior, unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, bullying, hazing, sexual harassment, unauthorized presence of alcohol or legally defined drugs, and violation of the law and/or discrimination, which tarnishes the reputation of everyone associated with the team and the Arlington Catholic community, may result in suspension or removal from a team. The coach, athletic director, and/or an administrator will determine the penalty if a student athlete violates the “Conduct Code.”

Locker Room/Bus Conduct - Because coaches cannot be in the locker room and/or the bus at all times, it is imperative that the student athletes accept responsibility for these areas and exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. No cell phone usage is allowed in the locker room at any time. Because lockers should be locked at all times, and valuable items and/or large sums of money should not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for any thefts.

Athletes may not use their school lockers after practices or games.

Attendance at Practice/Games - All student athletes are expected to attend all practices and every game. Any student athlete with an unexcused absence from practice may be denied the privilege of playing in the game following the missed practice.
When a player is forced to miss a practice/and or game due to an injury requiring medical attention, the student- athlete will not be allowed to practice or play in a game until certified to do so by a physician, licensed physical therapist, or certified trainer.

Specific practice/game policies for each team will be distributed and discussed at each team’s pre-season meeting.

MIAA. Rule 62 Chemical Health Rule - During the athletic school year (from the first allowable day for fall practice, through the end of the academic year, or the final competition of the year, whichever is later), a student

shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product; marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance. “This policy includes products such as NA or near beer”. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor.

The MIAA statewide minimum standard is not intended to render “guilt by association”, e.g. many student athletes might be present at a party where only a few violate this standard.
If a student in violation of this rule is unable to participate in interscholastic sports due to injury, academics, or otherwise, the penalty will not take effect until that student is able to participate again.


First Violation: When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, a student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program. It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation.
Second and Subsequent Violations: When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.
If after the second or subsequent violations, the student of his/her owns volition becomes a participant in an approved chemical dependency program or a treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in MIAA activities after a minimum of 40% of events. The director or a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center must issue such certification.

Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year. If the penalty period is not completed during the season of the violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.

Refer to MIAA Handbook at, rule 62, pages 55-57, for a complete explanation of the Chemical Health rule.

Concussions Protocol: All student-athletes must take baseline testing. This policy is published on the school website.


Awards are presented at the end of the school year at the Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony: Student athletes are eligible for awards if they complete the season as a team member in good standing. A student athlete may lose his/her good standing membership if he/she commits an infraction that leads to dismissal from the team. This dismissal could result from academic ineligibility or from a violation of a school or athletic rule. A student athlete who does not finish the season as a bonafide team member will not receive any awards or credit for the season.

Each senior, who participated at the varsity level while a student at Arlington Catholic, will receive a plaque.

Major Senior Awards:
Scholar-Athlete – This award is given to one senior male athlete and one senior female athlete with the highest ranking Grade Point Average (GPA) who participated in two or more sports, at the varsity level, for a minimum of two years in each sport, including two varsity sports senior year. They must finish the season in good standing.

Gentleman/Woman Athlete Award – The recipients of the Woman Athlete and Gentleman Athlete awards have been selected for their leadership, sportsmanship, and the level of respect they have earned within the Arlington Catholic community, both on and off the playing field. This award is given to a senior boy and senior girl selected by the following process:

1. The coaching staff of each sport nominates a senior from their respective team. 2. These nominees are submitted to the faculty and staff for a vote.


Selection as a captain is one of the highest honors an Arlington Catholic athlete can receive. Teammates and coaches choose this individual as a captain because they believe they can look to him/her for leadership. Consequently, much responsibility is expected from those who assume the position of captain.
A captain must be a leader in the truest sense of the word, in the classroom and around the school, out of school and on the playing field. A captain must take pride in himself/herself, in the program, and in the school by being a positive role model for all of the other athletes. He/she must perform at the highest level so that all of his/her behaviors set an example for the rest of the team.

Captains are expected to be:

-hard workers
-builders of team spirit and school morale
-assistants to the coaches in enforcing all school and team rules and regulations

A captain may be removed from his/her position by not living up to the standards set forth in this code, by violating a team or athletic policy, or for any conduct that warrants a suspension from school or from his/her sport. The coach, athletic director and an administrator will determine this action.


Varsity - All players, who are members in good standing of the team, unless otherwise noted, are eligible.
Junior Varsity and Freshmen - Any member of the team is eligible.

The coach has the ultimate authority to determine the selection process, when this process will occur, and the number of captains.


A bona fide member of a school team is a student who is regularly present for, and actively participates in all team practices and competitions. Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to practice or compete with an out-of-school team. Penalties:

First violation: Any student who violates this rule for the first time shall be suspended from the team for 25% of the season.
Second violation: A second offense will result in suspension for 25% of the season, and ineligibility for tournament participation.


Teams are selected based upon athletic ability, skill level, attitude and commitment to the sport. While the objective of the athletic program is to involve as many student-athletes as possible, there are instances where “cuts’ have to be made. Recognizing that selection of a team, playing time and strategy are subjective, the ultimate and final decisions in these areas rest with the coach.

Notification - The coach will speak individually or in a group to those student-athletes who are not going to make the team or post the roster and be available immediately to meet with players that have been cut.


To participate in a practice or game, a student must be in school for a minimum of three (3) hours on the day of the practice or game, and the school hours missed must be for an excusable reason. A student dismissed from school prior to the last period MUST obtain permission from an administrator in order to participate. In the event of a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday practice or game, the student athlete must satisfy this attendance policy on the Friday (for Saturday or Sunday) or day before (for a holiday) preceding the practice or game. Extenuating circumstances, which prevent the student athlete from being in school for that period of time, must be presented to an administrator in order for the decision to be made as to whether or not the student athlete may participate. The administrator will respond immediately to the request. Coaches will be emailed daily attendance.

Since presence in class is of prime importance, student athletes are expected to be in school, on time, on the day following a game. Failure to meet this expectation may result in disciplinary action.

Students dismissed early for any athletic activity are responsible for making up ALL missed work including class work, homework, tests and quizzes.

Suspension - Any student suspended from school may not practice, play or be with the team on the day(s) in which he/she is serving the suspension. The coach has the ultimate authority to determine when the suspended student- athlete returns to the team.


The athletic fee for all sports (regardless of level), except football and ice hockey, is $175.00 per season. The fee for football and ice hockey is $325.00. Payment of the fee does NOT guarantee playing time to any student athlete. These fees are subject to change.

Student athletes assume all responsibility for uniforms and equipment issued to them. If anything is stolen or lost, they must pay the replacement cost.


Arlington Catholic adheres to the season limits as set by the MIAA.


Vacations/extended absences during the season are discouraged. Students who plan to go on vacation or miss practice or games for other reasons during a season, in which they participate in a sport, must understand that their playing time could be affected due to their absence from practice and/or games. The coach may impose a penalty beyond the minimum penalty stated below.

A student athlete who intends to be absent from a practice or game due to a vacation with his/her family is required to do the following:

-Parent MUST notify the head coach, athletic director and dean of students IN WRITING prior to tryouts 
-Be willing to accept the consequences regarding playing time and status i.e. starter, 2nd string on the team as determined by the coaches and school administration.

A student athlete who intends to be absent from a practice or game due to a vacation apart from his/her family or for any other reason is required to do the following:

-Parent MUST notify the head coach, athletic director and dean of students IN WRITING prior to tryouts
-Be prepared to practice one day for each practice and/or game missed before returning to competition
-Be willing to accept the consequences regarding playing time and status i.e. starter, 2nd string on the team as determined by the coaches and school administration.

Absences resulting from an extended school sponsored trip i.e. week in a foreign country, or an athletic trip that might enhance the student-athlete’s future, will be treated the same as a family vacation.


Since transportation is provided to all away athletic contests, student athletes are required to travel to and from games with the team. If an extenuating circumstance occurs requiring the need for a parent to transport his/her child, the parent must make the arrangement with the coach. No parent, or any other person designated by the parent to transport his/her child, will be allowed to transport any other member of the team unless that parent of that student has provided permission.