Macon Board of Education Approves Student Athlete & Parent Handbook for FHS

At this week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, school officials unanimously approved a Student-Athlete & Parent Handbook for the Franklin High School athletic program. Blair King, Vice-Principal and newly named Athletic Director at FHS, presented the handbook to school board members for their approval. In the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, student-athletes and parents will be held to the standards as laid out in the new athletic handbook.

As stated in the handbook’s introduction “participation in Franklin High School athletics is voluntary. Thus, competition in high school athletics is a privilege and not a right. This privilege may be revoked if the student-athlete fails or refuses to comply with the rules, policies, and procedures.”

FHS athletic programs are governed by the Macon County School District Board Policy and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

As stated in the handbook’s philosophy, FHS recognizes the importance of athletics in the successful development of students. “Every student will be provided with the tools and opportunities to graduate from high school, to be globally competitive for work and post-secondary education, and to be a positive influence in the 21st century. This involves the integration of objectives and programs in athletics with academic development objectives. FHS believes learning extends beyond the classroom, and the field/court serves as an extension of the classroom.”

Student-athletes serve as representatives of the entire school community and are expected to represent the school in a positive manner and serve as role models for younger youth in the community. FHS expects all student-athletes to represent FHS in ways that embody scholarship, respect and integrity.

The mission statement of the NCHSAA is “to provide governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic programs that support and enrich the educational experience of students.” The NCHSAA will be the national model for developing and inspiring greatness through interscholastic athletic experiences.

Core values and beliefs are principles that guide the association and provide a framework in which decisions are made. These core values and beliefs include sportsmanship, integrity, fair play, honesty, respect, equity, fair competition and the development of student-athletes.

The handbook states the procedure that should be used to address a concern when it arises in the athletic program at FHS. The FHS athletic department expects the student-athlete to speak to the coach first. If the issue is not resolved after the student-athlete has met with the coach, the student-athlete’s parent should then contact the coach directly at school via phone or email. Contact with coaches should not be made three hours before a game, during a game or practice, and at least one hour after practice and two hours after a game.

For parents, the handbook recognizes the importance of separating game emotions from the best interest of their student-athlete’s sports development. For this reason, FHS will enforce the “24 Hour Rule.” The intent of this rule is to move an emotional and confrontational discussion away from the presence of players and to allow the parties to “cool off,” compose themselves and put the provoking incident or situation that occurred in the game into perspective before a meeting to discuss it.

In accordance with the NCHSAA sportsmanship expectations, all coaches, game officials, student-athletes and fans are to conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Disrespectful behavior in the playing area or from the stands or sidelines can result in an ejection. Any profanity directed at players or officials may result in the fan being ejected from the event.

Booing, taunting or deriding an opposing player, fan or a game official is unacceptable on any field or in any gym. Cheers, chants, signs or gestures that are obscene, mocking or derogatory will not be tolerated. Spectators who behave in such manners may be removed from athletic events by game officials and administrators, and serious offenses can lead to prohibition form future attendance at home athletic events. Parents and adults are expected to model good fan behavior at all FHS athletic events.

The FHS will adopt the approved Student-Athlete and Parent Handbook in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Signed agreements in the handbook will indicate that the student-athletes and their parents agree to follow the policies laid out in the athletic department handbook.