Departments Quality Athletic Programs Athletics The Wide Ruins Community School District is committed to providing a quality athletic program for our students. The program allows for student participation across a wide range of individual and team activities at various levels. The elementary athletic program in our school focuses on fair play, participation, sportsmanship, skill development, and fun. We believe that sports promote many positive qualities and always strive to keep those qualities as a focus for our programs. Principles of the Elementary Athletic Program To ensure the well-being of the student-athlete. To ensure the well-being of all school and league athletic programs. To ensure a program consistent with the goals of elementary education. Purposes / Objectives of the Elementary Athletic Program To provide students with the opportunity to explore and express themselves through athletic competition. To provide students with the opportunity to represent their families, school, and community. To contribute to the development of school spirit. To provide students with opportunities to participate in activities that promote healthy living. To provide a wide range of individual and team activities and allow students of all ability levels to participate. To allow as many student-athletes as possible to participate. To satisfy the need to socialize and broaden student experience. To teach the concepts of teamwork and work ethic. To teach the concepts of fair play and sportsmanship. To allow students to develop life-long skills and abilities. To promote the Code of Conduct for Elementary Athletics for players, spectators, parents, coaches, and teachers. Overview of Athletic Activities Cross Country Running (August 4th – October 18th) JV Volleyball (August 4th – October 21st) Flag Football (August 4th – October 23rd) Basketball (October 20th – January 24th) Co-ed Softball (March 2nd – May 16th) Co-ed Soccer (March 2nd – May 16th) Track and Field (March – June) possibly Practice Sessions Practice will be held Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM or after students are released from school on half days for a period of no more than two hours. Coaches may also have optional practices over the holidays. Dorm students may practice in the evenings under proper supervision. Athletic Eligibility The athletic program regulation regarding eligibility for participation in athletics is as follows. Students must have a sports physical on file at the school. Parents or guardians must fill out an annual athletic packet that includes: parent permission sheet, consent to treat form, and all waivers before participation. Students must have passing grades. Weekly grade checks will be done. Students must be at practice. Three unexcused practices and students will be dropped from the team. Athletes shall abide by all rules set forth by the coach, school, and league for the sport they are participating in and shall behave in a manner that conveys respect for all individuals. Participation in different divisions depends on age, grade, and abilities along with league rules of participation. Students can participate in more than one sport per season.