In general, participation in a sport at The O'Neal School is a privilege, and each participant must abide by the rules and guidelines in The O'Neal School Handbook and Athletic Department policies aswell. Requirements may also include specific rules coaches have established concerning their specific sport.
If a student-athlete is in violation of School or Athletic Department policies, the Head Coach and Athletic Director will discuss the issue and a decision about discipline or continued participation will be made. The Head Coach is the final authority in all decisions about participation in a particular sport. If continued participation is an issue, parents will be present to hear the decision. Student confidentiality will be respected and the student-athlete will be informed in private to keep his/her dignity intact.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco will not be tolerated. Consequences for abuse of this rule may be found in the student handbook. Disciplinary action may also be taken at the discretion of the coach.
Profanity: All players will refrain from using offensive language on and off the field and courts. If profanity becomes an issue, the coach will take disciplinary action as deemed necessary.
Conduct and Respect: A student-athlete will conduct himself/herself according to The O'Neal School Handbook rules and procedures. All athletes will display a positive attitude and good sportsmanship toward fellow team members and opponents. Coaches and student-athletes should have mutual respect for one another. Praise your opponents and play beyond your ability. Student-athletes must remember that they are not only representing themselves, they are representing The O’Neal School.
The coaches at The O'Neal School expect you to conduct yourself as a student-athlete. This means that you are to follow school rules and procedures while attending class, as well as on the field or court. You are to act properly in class, showing courtesy and respect to teachers, administrators, and classmates. A conference may be called and disciplinary action may be taken if you have been disrespectful to coaches, teachers, opponents, sponsors, teammates, or classmates.
Attendance: Student-athletes will not miss class, practice, or games and should always be on time. Make every attempt not to schedule appointments or discretionary trips during practice and game/match times. If an athlete must miss school due to an illness, and appointment, or a scheduled trip, make sure the coach is informed in advance.
* Athletes will not be disciplined for missing practice for legitimate, justified academic purposes. Understanding that this policy can be abused, the Athletic Director and the appropriate Division Heads will determine valid excuses. Head Coaches will always be flexible, especially if it pertains to the student’s need for academic help. Students, coaches and teachers will communicate and reach equitable decisions. Again, student-athletes are not to be disciplined for missing practice due to the need for academic assistance.
Committing to a sport: If an athlete fails to complete an entire season of a sport, he/she may not receive credit for that sport and may not participate in another sport until the prior season has ended.