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Code of Conduct
READ THE FOLLOWING FOUR PAGES VERY CAREFULLY!  IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU CAN FOLLOW THE CODE, YOU SHOULD NOT TRY OUT!

Because of the necessary focus on discipline and athlete conduct on the team, the coaches expect that only half of  those initially selected will show sufficient dedication and discipline to make it through to the competition season.

A.  Levels of Infractions
OBVIOUSLY NOT ALL INFRACTIONS ARE AS SERIOUS AS OTHERS, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER THAT CONFORMITY TO ALL THESE RULES IS EXPECTED AT ALL TIMES!   THERE ARE ONLY TWO LEVELS OF INFRACTIONS - INFRACTIONS AND INSUBORDINATION.
THE COACH WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE PRACTICE IF S/HE FEELS THAT YOU ARE DISRUPTING THE PRACTICE IN ANYWAY.  THIS CAN INCLUDE ANYTHING FROM TALKING DURING A STUNT TO REPEATEDLY COMING TO PRACTICE UNPREPARED OR LATE (I.E. NOT WEARING YOUR SPARTANS SHIRT AND WASTING TEAM TIME WHILE YOU GET PREPARED FOR PRACTICE).
INFRACTIONS INCLUDE YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS DISCIPLINE POLICY AS FOLLOWS:
   INFRACTIONS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE COACHES, ONLY!!!  DO NOT BRING INFRACTIONS OF TEAM MEMBERS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COACH DURING PRACTICE!!!
   DISICPLINE ISSUES ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.  DO NOT DISCUSS THEM WITH OTHER TEAM MEMBERS.
   DO NOT DISCUSS THE DISCIPLINE ISSUES OF ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER WITH ANYONE (ESPECIALLY THE COACHES).
INSUBORDINATION IS DESCRIBED BELOW. ARGUMENTS WITH THE COACH REGARDING INFRACTIONS MAY CONSTITUTE INSUBORDINATION.
CAPTAINS!  BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE RESPONSIBILITIES, YOU HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO BREAK THE RULES!.  YOU ARE EXPECTED TO MODEL COMPLIANT BEHAVIOR.  ONCE YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THE CAPTAINCY, YOU CANNOT OPT TO "STEP DOWN".  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT CAPTAINS, TOO, ARE REPLACIBLE.

B.  Consequences
YOUR OVERALL COMPLIANCE TO THE CODE WILL DETERMINE YOUR ROLE (AND EVEN YOUR INCLUSION) ON THE COMPETITIVE TEAM.
YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE PRACTICE. ONCE YOU ARE ASKED TO LEAVE, THE DECISION IS FINAL. THIS MEANS YOU MUST NOT ONLY LEAVE THE PRACTICE AREA, YOU MUST ALSO LEAVE THE PREMISES.  IF YOU HAVE ARRANGED FOR SOMEONE TO PICK YOU UP AT THE PRACTICE SITE AFTER PRACTICE WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU ENSURE THAT YOU ARE NOT ASKED TO LEAVE PRACTICE! YOU SHOULD HAVE EMERGENCY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE (I.E. ENOUGH MONEY FOR A CAB HOME).
INSUBORDINATION WILL RESULT IN YOU BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE TEAM. . ONCE YOU ARE ASKED TO LEAVE, THE DECISION IS FINAL. AS WELL, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE PRACTICE ENOUGH TIMES, YOUR BEHAVIOR CONSTITUTES AN UNWILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH THE TEAM AND COACHES, AND WILL THEREFORE ALSO BE CONSIDERED INSUBORDINATION (AT THE COACHES' DISCRETION).
CONSISTANT DISCIPLINE IS ALWAYS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TEAM.  IF SOMEONE IS ASKED TO LEAVE PRACTICE OR EVEN LEAVE THE TEAM, THIS DOES NOT "PUNISH THE TEAM".  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT NO TEAM MEMBER IRREPLACIBLE.

C.  Arrive at practice:
ON TIME AND PREPARED
   NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE PRACTICE AREA.  
   BREAKS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE COACH.
   DO NOT REQUESTS UNSCHEDULED BREAKS (UNLESS MEDICALLY NECESSARY- BRING A NOTE)
   BREAKS ARE EXACTLY FIVE MINUTES LONG YOU ARE CONSIDERED LATE IF YOU ARE LATE FROM A BREAK.

WEARING:
   BLACK SHORTS (NOT PANTS OR JEANS)
   O'LEARY SPARTANS T-SHIRT
   (PREFERABLY WHITE) RUNNING SHOES THAT HAVE GOOD ANKLE AND ARCH SUPPORTS (FLYERS' SHOES -  SMOOTH TREAD ON THE SOLE - ACTUAL CHEER RUNNERS ARE AVAILABLE, BUT NOT REQUIRED)
   LONG HAIR TIED BACK OUT OF THE FACE AND OFF OF THE NECK USING ONLY SOFT ELASTIC OR "SNAPPING" FLAT BARRETTES
   NO SKIN CREAM ON ARMS OR LEGS
   NO JEWELLERY WHATSOEVER
   NO TIGHTS OR LEGGINGS
   KNEE AND ELBOW BRACES IF REQUIRED
   IF YOU REQUIRE SPORTS TAPE ON WRISTS OR ANKLES, ARRIVE EARLY FOR PRACTICE FOR ASSISTANCE

D.  IF YOU MUST MISS /BE LATE/OR LEAVE EARLY
   NOTIFY YOUR COACH IN PERSON (OR BY TELEPHONE), IN ADVANCE
   PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION (EVIDENCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
   THE COACH WILL DETERMINE IF THE REASON FOR ABSENCE CONSTITUTES:
AN EXCUSED ABSENSE (NO INFRACTION)
AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
A LATE

E. ABSENCES/LATES
EXCUSED
YOUR PARENT / GUARDIAN MUST PHONE THE SCHOOL TO NOTIFY A COACH BEFORE PRACTISE IF YOU WILL BE ABSENT:
   DUE TO ILLNESS.
   MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS THAT COULD NOT BE SCHEDULED AT ANY OTHER TIME.
   CERTAIN FAMILY SITUATIONS THAT CANNOT BE AVOIDED.

UNEXCUSED (THIS INCLUDES HAVING TO LEAVE EARLY) INCLUDE:
   SCHOOL DETENTIONS ARISING FROM STUDENT BEHAVIOUR.
   OTHER COMMITMENTS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED.
   INJURY (IF YOU ARE STILL ABLE TO COME TO SCHOOL).  YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO OBSERVE ALL PRACTICE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS EVEN IF YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE.
   NEED TO COMPLETE SCHOOLWORK.  MS. RICH IS AWARE OF THE EXAM SCHEDULE AND WILL ENSURE THAT PRACTICE TIMES ARE ADJUSTED TO ACCOMMODATE STUDYING.  IF YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR GRADES UP WHILE ALSO REMAINING COMMITTED TO THE TEAM IT IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST THAT YOU LEAVE THE TEAM.  COACHES WILL DISCUSS THIS ISSUE WITH YOUR TEACHERS AND PARENTS.

F.  PRACTICE ACTIVITIES
   PRACTICE IS NOT A SOCIALISING ACTIVITY! ! !
   STRETCH OUT ON YOUR OWN UNTIL THE TEAM RUN AND WARM UPS BEGIN.
   PARTICIPATE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY IN ALL STRENGTH, CONDITIONING AND FLEXIBILITY DEVELOPING EXERCISES.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTIFICATIONS
   ALWAYS BRING YOUR SPORTS 15/25 BINDER AND A PEN TO PRACTICE.
   ALL INFORMATION REGARDING DATES, ETC., WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU TO BE ADDED TO YOUR BINDER

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTIFICATIONS (WEDNESDAY GENERAL PRACTICE)
   Be sure to read the announcements on the TV system EVERY morning AND listen to the announcements that are broadcast after last block EVERY day (around 2:48 pm - MAKE SURE YOU ARE SOMEWHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM!)
   BE SURE TO PICK UP THE TEAM NEWSLETTER AND READ IT PRIOR TO WEDNESDAY'S PRACTICE (LOCATION TBA).
   BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN CORRESPONDENCE AND ON ANNOUNCEMENTS.
   Ms. Rich will announce everything from practice locations, changes and cancellations, team meetings, TO the need to pick up team documentation.
   "NOT KNOWING" IS NOT AN EXCUSE! (IF YOU MISS  COMMITMENTS BECAUSE YOU DID NOT CHECK FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS / NEWSLETTERS THIS IS CONSIDERED A MAJOR INFRACTION)

CONDUCT DURING PRACTICE
   RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU REQUIRE CLARIFICATION OR WISH TO ASK A QUESTION THAT AFFECTS THE TEAM.  
   DO NOT ASSUME YOUR OFF-TOPIC CONCERNS ARE UNIVERSAL - SPEAK TO A COACH BEFORE PRACTICE!
   WAIT TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED BEFORE SPEAKING
   SAVE ALL INDIVIDUAL CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS FOR THE END OF PRACTICE OR (PREFERABLY) THE NEXT DAY WHEN YOU CAN CONTACT A COACH AND ASK/EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
   KEEP UP WITH THE PACE OF THE PRACTICE
   YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH TIME TO CLARIFY/SEEK INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE COACHES OR OTHER TEAM MEMBERS THROUGH OUT THE PRACTICE.

STUNTING FOR SAFETY
   ABSOLUTE QUIET WHILE STUNTS ARE BEING PRACTICED.
   ALL TEAM MEMBERS NOT INVOLVED IN THE STUNT MUST ACT AS SPOTTERS.
   ONLY THE COACH OR THE BACK BASE CALLS THE STUNT - NO ONE ELSE TALKS, NO MATTER WHAT.
   ALLOWING A FLYER TO FALL IS NOT PERMITTED.  NO MATTER WHAT, THE BASES MUST BRING THE FLYER DOWN, ON HER FEET, SAFELY.
   FLYERS MUST SHOW COMPLETE TRUST IN THEIR BASES.  INSTABILITY DUE TO FEAR IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
   "DIAGNOSING" STUNTING PROBLEMS WILL BE DIRECTED BY THE COACH AND WILL INVOLVE MEMBER FEEDBACK IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER: FLYER, BASES (HANDS UP), SPOTTERS (HANDS UP).

G.  GENERAL CONDUCT
   CONDUCT YOURSELF ACCORDING TO SCHOOL POLICY.  CHECK YOUR AGENDA FOR CLARIFICATION AND NOTE:
FOUL LANGUAGE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
LYING ABOUT THE REASON FOR ABSENCE OR LATENESS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE TEAM
INSUBORDINATION
   THE SCHOOL ACT REQUIRES STUDENTS TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL INVOLVED ADULTS AS THEIR SUPERIORS WHEN DEALING DIRECTLY WITH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES.  THIS MEANS YOU MUST APPROACH INVOLVED ADULTS WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT.
   SPEAKING TO YOUR COACH IN A DISRESPECTFUL MANNER, TONE OF VOICE, OR BEING ARGUMENTATIVE IS INSUBORDINATION
   ASK FOR EXPLANATIONS FOR COACHING DECISIONS INDIVIDUALLY, AWAY FROM PRACTICE.  FAILURE TO DO SO IS INSUBORDINATION..
   UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING IS INSUBORDINATION:
   THAT THE GOAL OF A SPORTS TEAM IS NOT FAIRNESS TO ALL MEMBERS.  MEMBERS WITH BETTER SKILLS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR TASKS THAT REQUIRE THEM.  ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS IN ASSISTING THEM TO ACQUIRING OR DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS.
   THAT CHOREOGRAPHY IS NOT DETERMINED TO ASSURE ALL MEMBERS A "MOMENT IN THE SPOT LIGHT".  CHOREOGRAPHY WILL BE ARRANGED IN SUCH A WAY THAT TRANSITIONS GO SMOOTHLY.  YOUR LOCATION AT THE TIME OF A TRANSITION WILL PARTIALLY DETERMINE YOUR NEXT MOVE.
   THAT THE FIRST GOAL OF COMPETITION IS NOT WINNING - IT'S DOING OUR BEST - EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.  ANY TEAM MEMBER THAT DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN A SCHEDULED PERFORMANCE WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE TEAM.  THE ONLY ACCEPTION IS MAJOR ILLNESS OR EMERGENCY.  

   PARENTS!  PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR SON/DAUGHTER'S PARTICIPATION IN PERFORMANCES IS ESSENTIAL TO THE TEAM!  UNLIKE OTHER SPORTS, WE ONLY PERFORM FOUR OR FIVE TIMES EACH YEAR (OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS), AND ARE ONLY ALLOWED TWO ALTERNATES!

LEAVING WITH OUT PERMISSION
MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY:
   AT THE PRACTICE /  MEETING SITE / COMPETITION SITE
   WITH THE TEAM AT SPORTING EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS
   UNTIL GIVEN PERMISSION TO LEAVE/ TAKE A BREAK.  
   ESPECIALLY AT COMPETITONS, ATHLETES MUST STAY WITH THE TEAM!  IF YOU WANT TO VISIT FRIENDS/FAMILY AFTER YOUR PERFORMANCE, YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL THE TEAM RETURNED TO  THE FLOOR (AS VIEWERS) AND ONLY THEN, ASK A COACH IF YOU CAN LEAVE, AND KNOW YOU MUST RETURN TO THE TEAM  WITHIN FIVE MINUTES!

H.  REPRESENT THE SCHOOL AND TEAM - ALWAYS
ALL TEACHERS WILL BE ASKED TO REPORT ALL OCCURRENCES OF TEAM  MEMBER MISCONDUCT TO THE COACHES.  DO NOT DISCUSS THE SCHOOL, TEAM, TEAM MEMBERS, SPORT, OR COACHES IN A DEROGITORY MANNER AT ANY TIME.

I.  REPRESENT THE SPORT - ALWAYS
BY ITS VERY NATURE, CHEER IS A POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE SPORT!  TEAM MEMBERS MUST SHOW THIS ATTITUDE AT ALL TIMES!  YOU MUST SHOW THIS ATTITUDE ANYTIME YOU APPROACH/RESPPOND TO OTHER TEAM MEMBERS, AND TO OTHER TEAMS WHEN ENCOUNTERED - REGARDLESS OF THE MANNER IN WHICH THE OTHER(S) ARE APPROACHING YOU!

J.  PRIVATE ISSUES AND DISPUTES WITH COACH OR A TEAM MEMBER
   WILL BE SETTLED OUTSIDE OF REGULAR PRACTICE TIMES
   IF DISPUTES BETWEEN TEAM MEMBERS CANNOT BE SETTLED IN A SATISFACTORY MANNER BY THE TWO INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED (AND ONLY THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED) THOSE TWO INDIVIDUALS MUST BRING THE ISSUE TO THE DIRECT ATTENTION OF A COACH.
   "GROUP DISPUTES" ARE NOT RECOGNISED BY THE TEAM'S ADMINISTRATION!  ALL DISPUTES WILL ONLY BE DEALT WITH ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS AND WILL ONLY INVOLVE TWO INDIVIDUALS!
   UNREQUESTED FEEDBACK BY A TEAM MEMBER WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
   CONCERNS WITH A COACH MUST BE FIRST BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COACH BY THE INDIVIDUAL!  DO NOT PRESENT YOURSELF AS SPEAKING FOR OTHER TEAM MEMBERS!
   ALL DISPUTES/ CONCERNS OF THIS NATURE MUST BE PRESENTED INDIVIDUALLY !!!