Athletic Code/Cheerleading Code

Athletic Eligibility - Academics
All students engaged in Athletics/Cheerleading shall be doing passing work in at least twenty-five credit hours (5 Academic Classes) of high school work per week. Driver's Education is not part of the twenty-five hours. Students not meeting this rerquirement shall be ineligible for seven (7) calendar days beginning the day immediately after the coach is notified.

Athletic Eligibility - Age
Enforcement of the newly adopted limitations will begin with students who enter high school for the first time after July 1, 1989.  Students already attending member schools as of July 1, 1989 will be permitted to retain age eligibility unless they turn nineteen prior to August 15th of any subsequent school year.

Athletic Attendance
A student athlete must be in attendance by 10:00 a.m. and remain in attendance the rest of the school day in order to participate in an athletic practice or event. Any variance must be granted by the Assistant Principal in consultation with the administration.

Insurance of Athletes/Cheerleaders
That parent/guardians assume liability for the athlete through their own insurance. An insurance waiver must be signed by the parent/guardian before the start of the sport season.

Physical Examination
All participants must have a physical examination before he/she can practice. Written proof of physicals for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors should be filed with the Athletic Director's Office.

Grooming
Athletics/cheerleading are a privilege at Alleman High School. With this privilege come certain responsibilities. One responsibility is to present an appropriate image of an Alleman Athlete/Cheerleader. The Administration reserves the right to determine what is an appropriate image for Alleman Athletes/Cheerleaders.  The grooming regulations used for the general student body will be applied to all athletes/cheerleaders. In addition, any hairstyle deemed inappropriate, extraordinary, or distractive will be in violation of the athletic code. Jewelry is unacceptable for ALL athletes, during practice or scheduled competition.

Payment for Lost Equipment
Equipment lost by players must be paid for by the player.  The cost will depend on the condition of the equipment. A player will not be able to start the next sport season until lost equipment is paid for or replaced. Coaches will observe students wearing school athletic equipment out of season should reclaim it or notify the Director of Athletics. This is the responsibility of all coaches. Athletes will not be allowed to wear equipment from other schools, Physical Education or team issued.

Athletic Eligibility - Citizenship
Major and minor offenses by Alleman Athletes/Cheerleaders will not by tolerated. (See Pages 47 & 52 of Alleman Student/Parent Handbook.) Alleman's Athletic Code applies during the season, off season, and summer. Alleman Athletes and Cheerleaders will be subject to this Athletic Code in addition to the student code. The head coaches and the Athletic Director reserve the right to dismiss any Alleman Athlete or Cheerleader for conduct detrimental to Alleman High School or their respective squads.

First Offense
The minimum suspension for possession of or use or remaining present where there are illegal drugs, including the underage usage of alcohol, or other Grave Offenses as listed in the Alleman Student/Parent Handbook is one-third of the scheduled athletic contests for which he/she is physically and academically eligible. At the time of the offense, the Athletic Director will determine the number of events for which the athlete is ineligible. If the offense occurs during the summer or off season, suspension will take place during the next sport season in which the athlete/cheerleader participates.

Voluntary Admission of Substance Abuse
Voluntary admission, in writing to the Principal  or Assistant Principal, by the student of an infraction involving substance abuse will result in the consequence being reduced by half. The purpose of this provision is to encourage the student athlete to take responsibility for his/her actions/decisions. The voluntary admission may NOT be used if the rule infraction is already known to the Principal and/or Assistant Principal. This provision may be used only once during a high school career and for a first offense only.

Second Offense while in High School
The athlete/cheerleader will be suspended for two-thirds of the scheduled athletic contests for which he/she is physically and academically eligible. If however, the second offense occurs within 365 calendar days of the first offense, then the suspension will be for one calendar year. Periods of ineligibility may not be served concurrently. At the time of the offense, the Athletic Director will determine the number of events for which the athlete is eligible. If the offense occurs during the summer or off season, the suspension will take place during the next sport season in which the athlete/cheerleader participates.

Third Offense will in High School
The student will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year from the date of the offense with the possibility of not further participation unless 50 hours of work detentions at Alleman are successfully completed.

Letter Awards
Numerals all awarded to all freshman who complete the season with the recommendation of the Head Coach. Only one set is awarded. Sophomore letters are awarded to all sophomores who complete the season with the recommendation of the Head Coach. Only one sophomore letter may be awarded per student. Varsity letters are awarded on the recommendations of the Head Varsity Coach. An athlete/cheerleader may receive no more than one varsity letter. Pins are awarded for each additional varsity letter earned.

Transfer of Athletes/Cheerleaders From Teams
An athlete/cheerleader will not transfer from one squad to another for any reason after the first contest of that sport. The Athletic Director will make the decision on cases of this type. Cheerleaders: There are five cheerleading squads at Alleman:

  1. The Varsity Squad - Football: composed of Juniors and Seniors who cheer for the Varsity Football Games.
  2. The Varsity Squad - Basketball: composed of Juniors and Seniors who cheer for both the Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games.
  3. The Sophomore Squad - Football: composed of Sophomores who cheer for the Sophomore Football Games.
  4. The Sophomore Squad - Basketball: Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games.
  5. The Freshman Squad - Basketball: composed of Freshman who cheer for the Freshman Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games.

Sportsmanship
"Sportsmanship is that quality of honor that desires always to be courteous, fair, and respectful, and it is interpreted in the conduct of players, spectators, coaches and school authorities." - Felding Yost

Alleman High School is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and supports the sportsmanship mission statement of that organization: "Good sportsmanship is the attitude and behavior that exemplifies positive support for the interscholastic programs of IHSA member schools, as well as for the individuals who participate in such programs. People involved in all facets of the interscholastic program are expected to demonstrate respect for others and display good sportsmanship."

For more information regarding the Illinois High school Association, including Athletic Eligibility Rules visit their website at www.ihsa.org.