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Athletic Code of Conduct


Any New York State Championship must achieve a standard of Excellence which places it beyond criticism either from an organizational or educational point of view. In essence, each championship represents all of New York scholastic sports and if, for any reason, something disrupts a championship, then the impact of such disruption will be felt by the NYSPHSAA, Inc. and its member schools. What appears at present to pose the greatest threat is the misbehavior of athletes or the lack of supervision responsibilities by coaches while attending such championships.


Code of Conduct for Athletes

1.    Use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and other drugs (unless prescribed by a physician) will not be tolerated.

2.    All curfews and bed checks will be adhered to as set up by the supervisor or coach in charge.

3.    Athletes are responsible for their conduct in regard to public property such as: hotel rooms, transporting vehicles, field and courts, locker rooms, etc. Athletes or the school that they represent will be held financially responsible for any damage that they incur.

4.    Hotel rooms will be inspected by the supervisor and the occupants of each room prior to the occupying of each room and again before check-out.

5.    Athletes must use transportation authorized by their section and school to and from the event.

6.    There will be no gambling of any kind.


General Guidelines

1.    Athletes should stay in groups when traveling or sightseeing. DO NOT TRAVEL ALONE or leave the group.

2.    Athletes should make sure the supervisor/coach knows where they are, who is with them, and when they will return when leaving the general area of the contest.

3.    Dress for all trips should be neat, clean and socially acceptable. Athletes are representing their Section as well as their own school district. All actions reflect on these institutions.


Violation - Penalties

If an athlete violates an established rule, the coach or supervisor in charge has the responsibility of disciplining the athlete using the following guidelines:

1.    If the violation is prior to the contest or event, the athlete will not be allowed to compete in the contest or further contests. The Section and home school will be notified and a recommendation from the Section for disciplinary action will be given.

2.    If the violation is after the contest or event, the home school will be notified and a recommendation from the Section for disciplinary action will be given.

3.    If a situation becomes intolerable, the parents and school will be notified immediately and arrangements will be made to transport the athlete home, at Section/school expense, and in the custody of a Section/school representative. If proper action is not taken by the home school, sanctions may be imposed by the Section and/or State Association against the athlete or school district.