Practices are essential for proper conditioning, improvement of techniques and acquisition of teamwork skills. Therefore, athletes are required to attend scheduled practices. Athletes who are absent from school are excused from practice on the same day as the absence. Athletes who are suspended from school may not participate in the practices or competition during the suspension.
Practice schedules and attendance rules are set by coaches in a consistent and fair manner and are approved by the Director of Athletics before implementation. When parents/guardians and student athletes choose to take their family vacation during the sport seasons, it must be understood that the time missed by the student-athlete can affect team chemistry and personal conditioning. Athletes who do not train during an extended vacation could be seriously injured if allowed to participate under highly competitive game conditions. Teams cannot be developed to their fullest potential when all members are not present. Student athletes who miss practices or competitions for any reason will likely have their position and/or playing time adjusted. The athlete and/or parent/guardian MUST personally inform the coach PRIOR to the tryout period of their vacation plans. The coach will share the plan with the athlete at that time.