Athletic Code of Conduct

Athletic Code of Conduct

Student Athlete Code of Conduct


It is the philosophy of Manitoulin Secondary School that involvement in extra-curricular athletics plays an important role in engaging students in school life.The privilege of participation in athletics is given to our athletes in return for their accordance with this code of conduct. Athletes accept the responsibility of being a role model and representative of MSS. This role requires that athletes abide by the following:

  • The student athlete demonstrates responsibility for their academic program and their conduct in school activities, including extra-curricular events. Team lists will be provided to staff by coaches, and updated when changes occur. Concerns regarding academic responsibility and class behaviour may be brought to the attention of the parent, coach, Student Success teacher and/or Administration. Where concerns arise, an initial meeting will be held with the Student Success Team in order to create a plan to improve the athlete’s academic progress and/or behaviour. If concerns continue, a meeting will be held with interested parties. The meeting will be solution focused. If no improvement is noted, removal from team play could be the consequence of ongoing breaches of the code of conduct or serious misconduct.Students who have been temporarily removed for academic reasons ;may be given the opportunity to resume play once academic responsibility and/or effort have been elevated to a mutually agreed upon acceptable level.

  • The parent/guardian is responsible to inform the school, in a timely manner, if extenuating circumstances arise outside of the school environment, which may affect the athletes ability to show improvement.
  • Regular attendance is critical for academic success.If the athlete does not maintain an acceptable attendance record, removal from the team may be recommended.Acceptable attendance means: punctual and regular daily attendance. Regular daily attendance means no skipping. Athletes must be present at school on the day of their game/meet/event, if it occurs in the afternoon or evening.
  • The student athlete displays RESPECT for ALL members of the athletic and school community including teachers, coaches, officials, opponents,and fans.
  • Students are expected to maintain a healthy lifestyle and are not allowed to drink alcohol, use tobacco or take illegal drugs when travelling or participating with any school team.
  • Students are expected to attend regular practices.Unless permission has been given directly by the coach to be absent, it is mandatory that players attend all practices. Keep up with your class work so that you don’t miss practice.
  • Bus rules apply to all athletes and student coaches. Violation of bus rules may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension, or dismissal from the team.
  • An Athletic Fee of $20 per team must be paid prior to the first competition. (Exhibition games included) This fee will help offset operating costs and will pay for their athletic awards given at the conclusion of the school year. Students who do not pay this fee will not be allowed to play on the team. If financial assistance is needed, see the Principal.
  • When a student athlete is selected to represent MSS, it is expected that they shall meet this commitment for the duration of the season. Quitting the team without discussing the matter with the coach may result in loss of team privileges for up to and including a 6 school month suspension from team play.

NB: Coaches have the right to develop additional procedures specific to their team.


Progressive discipline will apply to any athlete up to and including a one year suspension from all team sports at MSS (refer to page 10 for examples of progressive disciplinary actions). The Principal may take into account mitigating factors, and in collaboration with coaches, determine the length of suspension from team play.

During the time of the suspension, the athlete is expected to be a role model to other students. Throughout their suspension, the Athletic Committee will monitor the athlete’s behaviour on a regular basis.


The athlete who wishes to initiate a review process because new information has come to light, may submit a letter to the Program Leader of Athletics and the Principal within five school days of notification of suspension from team play.

If the Program Leader of Athletics and the Principal believe that a review is warranted, the Athletic Committee will be convened to hear submissions by the student and/or his/her parent about the incident and circumstances involved.

The Athletic Committee will be made up of the following:

•Principal or Vice Principal

•Program Leader, or designate

•A Coach not directly involved with the situation

•A Coach directly involved with the situation

•Another administrator or coach

Following submissions, the Athletic Committee will adjourn to determine whether:

•the discipline will be upheld

•the discipline will be modified

•the discipline will be expunged

The decision of the committee is final