Following the rules involves lengthy list |

Following the rules involves lengthy list

When dealing with athletic programs at a public high school, there are many levels of rules, codes and laws. Most significantly, the school must follow federal and state laws and state educational code.

Fund-raising activities on campus are under the control of our ASB director who must follow guidelines set by the state for all student activities. The Activities Director (ASB) maintains over 90 club and organizational accounts.

Athletics must follow the rules set by the school board, school district (NJUHSD), and the principal. All athletic teams are also part of a league (Metro Conference), section (Sac-Joaquin) and state organization (California Interscholastic Federation), all of which have slightly different guidelines.

Finally, each sport is governed by The National Federation for specific rules that govern each sport.

Some of the most common areas of misconceptions come from student eligibility, transfers, outside organizations and league alignments.

Although the CIF has a set of rules for grade eligibility, each school district may establish its own guidelines and each site may have slight differences within a district.

A student athlete in our district must maintain a 2.0 (“C”) average and not fail two classes in one grading period or receive two consecutive “F’s” in grading periods.

Incomplete grades are treated as an “F” for athletic eligibility and the student has one grading quarter to change the incomplete to a grade.

Grades are checked after each grading period for eligibility.

Students may transfer to another school and participate in athletics but the CIF has strict guidelines and forms must be signed by the old and new schools’ coaches and administration for verification that no recruiting took place. Foreign exchange students may participate in athletics if they are part of an accepted exchange program.

League alignments are set by each section office. Many factors are looked at including the enrollment, scope of programs and geography. Our next alignment committees will meet next winter to discuss the more than 200 schools in our five divisions of public and private schools in the section.

Nevada Union currently has 27 varsity sports, 18 junior varsity sports and eight freshmen programs. This is one of the largest and most successful programs in Northern California. NU has consistently been ranked in the top 3 public schools in NorCal by CalHi Sports magazine.

With the current state of the economy, we have asked coaches and parents to tighten their belts. We have asked parents to drive personal vehicles, while area retailers such as Albertsons and Safeway have taken on fundraising efforts. We also have been forced to raise the sports fee to $100 in order to cover increasing transportation, equipment and officiating fees.

We certainly appreciate the community and various booster club support, however the district does have a booster club policy and procedures for fundraising by clubs and programs. A few of the key rules are as follows:

1. Whenever students raise funds for a program or school facilities are used, the funds must be deposited into the club or program ASB accounts.

2. Boosters must get approval from the site and school board to fund raise on campus. No students should be used in booster fundraising. School coaches should not sign on booster accounts.

3. Booster raffles require approval from the Department of Justice.

4. Receipts must be given for all donations and proper records maintained.

5. All concessions and fund-raising activities are managed by the activities director.

The last question I would like to address is that of school and non-school activities. The

Many of our coaches and parents operate out-of-season and summer activities.

These activities are not related to the high school and must be part of an outside organization such as AAU Basketball, USA Wrestling, USA Volleyball, USA Softball or American Legion Baseball, to mention a few.

It is the responsibility of each coach to notify the community that these are separate organizations that must provide separate insurance for facility use and may be charged for the facility use.

Fund-raising activities for outside organizations are done outside the scope of the school. Football camps are run through outside organizations and summer football conditioning is administered through the Adult Education Department.

The student physical packet is only valid for one school year. If your child is participating in a summer activity, he or she should be covered by the insurance of the outside organization and have private insurance.

These are not part of school-sponsored activities.

Do not hesitate to ask your summer coach these questions. Coaches who work for the school district during the school year must by fingerprinted, TB tested, CPR/First-Aid certified and have a coaches manual.

The school has no control over “outside” organization coaching requirements.

Ali Gymnasium, the blacktop and all lower athletic fields will be closed for bond construction starting around May and continuing through the beginning of next fall.

Basketball and girls volleyball camps will still be held in the West Gym.

Tentative dates for camps will be boys basketball June 14-19 and girls volleyball June 21-26. I do not have the date for girls basketball camps or football.

We are desperately looking for fields to have the football camps at this time.

Steve Pilcher is the athletic director at Nevada Union High School. He may be reached at 273-4431. If you are interested in submitting a guest column for The Union’s “Prep Page,” please contact sports editor Brian Hamilton at or by phone at 477-4240.

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