The following information is intended to be a guideline for our school procedures and policies governing school athletics/activities. Each coach, each parent and student participant should be familiar with this handbook so that he/she understands the rules and regulations that all participants must follow.
If you are unsure of a policy or it appears to be unclear, speak to the Athletic/Activities Director or Principal for clarification. The Montana High School Association (MHSA) is the ruling body for Montana high school activities.
Participation in athletics and activities provides students an opportunity to learn self-discipline, leadership, character, a positive attitude, and integrity. It also encourages the spirit of competition, Christian ethics and sportsmanship.
Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege and not a right. Students, who wish to participate in extra-curricular opportunities made available by BCCHS and funded through the generous donations of the Butte Central Boosters, must be willing to accept the responsibilities as well as the benefits, which are associated with activities. The main goals of activity programs at BCCHS are to meet the needs of the students. All policies and procedures are designed to foster these goals:
¡P Develop physical skills, talents and emotional maturity.
¡P Develop social awareness and moral values.
¡P Develop self-discipline and a spirit of competition.
¡P Develop an appreciation of and respect for rules, and exercise good judgment and responsibility in following them.
All parties concerned, school personnel, parents, students and patrons, should realize that academic endeavors have priority over athletics and activities.
In order for a student to participate in a BCCHS activity, he/she must meet the criteria outlined in the next section. In addition to the academic requirement, the student/athlete must successfully pass a physical examination in the last twelve months.
All Butte Central Catholic High School students participating in school-sponsored activities are expected to maintain passing grades throughout the entire grading period. To ensure consistent academic grading assessment for student participation, biweekly grade checks will be conducted by the school administration.
¡P If at any biweekly grade check, a student fails to earn passing academic scores and/or the student¡¦s cumulative academic score is below 2.5, the student and his/her parents will be formally notified of the academic deficiencies.
¡P If at the next biweekly grade check, the student fails to earn passing academic scores and/or the student¡¦s cumulative academic score is below 2.5, the student will be declared ineligible to participate in school-sponsored activities until the next biweekly academic grade check. Note: The student may be required to practice with his/her team but may not compete in any games.
¡P If at the next biweekly grade check, the student fails to earn passing academic scores and/or the student¡¦s cumulative academic score is below 2.5, the student will be permanently removed from the activity in order to focus on academics.
Regardless of academic eligibility standing, a BCCHS student will never be denied participation in liturgies, retreats, or any religious / spiritual development event sponsored by the school.
WINTER: Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Speech/Debate.
SPRING: Boys and Girls track, Boys and Girls Tennis, Softball.
CLUBS: Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, Speech/Debate Teams, Peer Counseling
To participate in extra-curricular activities at BCCHS, students must comply with the following regulations as well as any others stated by MHSA:
„HStudent participants must return the signature portion of the Activities Handbook with student parent/guardian signatures that indicate all parties understand the rules and agree to comply with them.
Students are required to purchase an activity ticket that is included as part of their tuition and fees. This ticket will permit students to attend all ¡§home¡¨ athletic events and musical productions except for the Butte High/Butte Central contests, post-season contests and the musical performance at the Mother Lode Theatre.
Students who participate in out-of-town, extra-curricular activities must travel on school provided transportation. Students may not drive themselves to or from an activity or ride with any driver other than the school sponsor, coach/advisor or their own parent/guardian. If necessary, parents/guardians may request permission for their student participant to go to or return from an activity with them. Permission slips must be signed in the presence of the coach/advisor. The following guidelines will help insure the safety and comfort of all individuals traveling on the bus:
Use of the building by an organization or individual must be cleared through the Activities Director and must be properly sponsored.
The Activities Director will maintain a calendar of MHSA sponsored activities. Coaches and advisors should meet about any changes to the season with the Activities Director.
Wednesday evening is usually considered ¡§church night.¡¨ Any BCCHS students, who are involved in parish religious-ed activities or Confirmation preparation, must be dismissed from practice before 6:30 pm.
Keep the Activities Director informed at all times.
It is essential to maintain open lines of communication with parents. Coaches/advisors are encouraged to call parents when the following occur: injury, suspension from team, unexcused absences from practice and games, as well as any other situation deemed necessary to discuss.
If you have complaints or constructive criticism to offer or if you wonder why a certain policy may be in effect, it is requested that such matters be discussed with the Activities Director and/or the Principal. If you have any questions regarding training rules or coaching decisions, discuss them with the coach/advisor. Comments that are unnecessarily negative are harmful to the school and to its personnel who are attempting to provide the best possible activities for your student. Coaches are not to be approached with negative comments or concerns for at least 24 hours after the completion of any game, contest or competition.
Head Coach/Advisor will set the dress standards for their teams at home and away events. It is suggested that students wear Maroon logo shirts with collars and sleeves with young men in ¡§Docker-style¡¨ slacks in tan, blue or black and young women in skirts or slacks in tan, blue or black. When traveling to any event, at home or away, participants are to remember that they represent BCCHS, themselves, and their families, and conduct themselves accordingly.
All students are representatives of Butte Central Catholic High School, therefore, students must always use good judgment, extreme caution & common sense when using any form of electronic communication. Any comments, criticism, suggestions etc. made by any student that reflects negatively on Butte Central Schools, its faulty & staff, coaches & others students will not be tolerated. Violations of this rule will result in disciplinary action ranging from written reprimand to suspension depending on severity of the violation.
Students entrusted with equipment and supplies belonging to Butte Central Catholic High School will receive fines for items not returned, lost, altered, or vandalized. Fines will be such to cover the complete replacement costs of supplies or equipment involved. Participation in another activity may be limited if current or previous fines are not paid.
Harassment among student participants that results in any type of demeaning hazing or humiliation will not be tolerated in any school program. All coaching staff/advisors are to monitor their areas of responsibility to assure that students treat each other with respect, courtesy and charity to assure that harassment does not occur. Violators of this policy will be dealt with firmly and promptly. Consequences will be determined after consultation with the Activities Director in collaboration with the Principal. All teams/clubs/school-sponsored activities are to be supervised by adults at all times.
These may be announced or unannounced and are for the purpose to maintain order, discipline and compliance with school policy. A coach or other school employee is expected to do room checks and may deem it necessary to search a student¡¦s hotel room and contents when on overnight trips.
If a participant is found to have violated school policy or is insubordinate to school employees, that participant will be sent home early, at parent¡¦s expense, and subject to disciplinary actions.
Each Head Coach/Advisor will determine the criteria for lettering in their programs and communicate the criteria to the Activities Director. In all programs, the participant must complete the season in ¡§good standing.¡¨
It has always been a tradition at BCCHS that athletic teams attend weekly Mass with coaches/advisors during the season. The practice is expected to continue. The only exception to this rule is when we attend Mass as a school once each month. This rule is waived for that week.
Students traveling for extra-curricular activities must conduct themselves in a responsible and Christian manner. Failure to do so creates a major liability for the school and its employees. The BCCHS community is very supportive of student activities and deserves our very best representation. Students will be held responsible for any misconduct and the penalties applied according to the School Discipline Code.
Every student participating in an activity must have a physical for the current school year and must have proof of insurance on file. These are to be given to the Activities Director BEFORE the first day of practice. NO EXCEPTIONS!
¡§Sportsmanship is not a set of rules, but a spirit that should guide our behavior each day of our lives according to the simple idea that we will treat others as we would like to be treated.¡¨
Expectations for student athletes regarding sportsmanship are as follows:
This is a policy to provide equal athletic benefits to all student athletes without regard for gender.
1. Motel accommodations
3. Publicity and news media
4. Cheerleader travel
6. Uniform replacement
Each coach must refer transfer students to the Activity Director for determination of eligibility. Keep the Principal informed of transfer students and follow all MHSA guidelines.
The purpose for training rules is to insure the safety of all student participants and to maintain the integrity of the extra-curricular program offered at Butte Central Catholic High School. All participants are expected to make personal sacrifices for the good of the group. Self-discipline, accountability and responsibility on the part of each participant are expectations that are held for all. Additionally, it is important for student participants to become positive leaders in and out of school, as well as during school activities. Successful people succeed in their task by hard work, perseverance, honesty and dedication. Participation in extra-curricular activities is a student choice and carries with it responsibilities. Where violations occur and penalties are enacted, consequences will apply to all student activities covered by these rules. Specific expectations and guidelines for ALL student activity participants can be found in the Chemical and Tobacco Policy as stated in the Student Handbook.
Participants in BCCHS activities are expected to refrain from the use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, marijuana, or other mind or mood altering substances. Unlawful drugs and controlled substances are those defined as illegal under federal and state laws. Participants involved in illegal activities while going to or coming from school, during the lunch period whether on or off-campus, or while going to and from any school sponsored activity or during any school event, will be reported to the police and/or applicable school authority.
Violation of the alcohol/drug policy will be cumulative throughout a student¡¦s high school career.
Penalties for the violation of the drug/ alcohol policy are defined in the Student Handbook.