Chaffee Student Athlete Handbook in PDF if you would like to download. (as printed fall 2011)

Student Athlete Handbook

This booklet is furnished to Chaffee Jr. / Sr. High School student athletes that they may be better informed in matters dealing with eligibility.


  1. We believe in interscholastic athletics as an integral part of the total school program reflecting the needs of the school community.
  1. We believe the potential values to the participant to be very genuine. Rigorous competition under the prescribed regulations and policies provides adolescents with the opportunity to develop ideas and habits of health, fair play, initiative, achievement and emotional control.
  1. We believe that many participants can find a purpose in their work and their lives through a sound athletic program.
  1. We believe the athletics provide some real values for the student body. It can make a substantial inroad to morale and can provide an outlet for enthusiasm.
  1. We believe the athletic program, though differing in nature from the academic program, does justify its existence by providing a profitable, educational experience for all the student body through a program which provides ever changing opportunities for both boys and girls.
  1. We believe the welfare of the individual student is always the primary concern. The game exists for the student — NEVER — the student for the game.



To be eligible to participate in school athletics is a privilege, not an inherent right, granted only if the students meets the eligibility standards as set forth by the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the Chaffee School District. According to the MSHSAA eligibility standards, athletes must be good citizens and be judged so by the proper school authority certifying the list of students for competition. A student whose character or conduct is such as to reflect discredit upon himself / herself or his / her school is not considered a good citizen. His / Her conduct shall be satisfactory in accordance with the standards of good discipline.

Citizenship eligibility cases are reviewed on an individual basis at the school level by the coach, athletic director, principal, parents and player. However, the following MSHSAA guidelines will assist in the uniform determinations of such cases.

1. CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS (By-Law 212 Citizenship Standard):

Students who represent a school in interscholastic activities must be creditable citizens and judged so by the proper authority. Those students who’s character or conduct is such as to reflect discredit upon themselves or their school are not considered “creditable citizens.” Conduct shall be satisfactory in accord with the standards of good discipline.

  1. Law Enforcement:

A student who commits an act for which charges may be or have been filed by law enforcement authorities under any municipal ordinance, misdemeanor or felony statute shall not be eligible until all proceedings with the legal system have been concluded and any penalty (i.e. jail time, fine, court costs, etc) or special condition of probation (i.e. restitution, community service, counseling, etc.) has been satisfied. If law enforcement authorities determine that charges will not be filed, eligibility will be contingent upon local school policies. Moving traffic offenses shall not affect eligibility, unless they involve drugs, alcohol, or injuries. After a student has competed all court appearances and penalties, and has satisfied all special conditions of probation and remains under general probation only, local school authorities shall determine eligibility.

  1. Local School:
    1. A student who violates a local school policy is ineligible until completion of the prescribed school penalties.
    2. The eligibility of the student who is serving detention or in school suspension shall be determined by local school authorities.
    3. A student shall not be considered eligible while while serving an out-of-school suspension.
    4. A student who is expelled or who or who withdraws from school because of disciplinary measures shall not be considered eligible for 365 days from the date of expulsion or withdrawal.
    5. If a student misses class (es) without being excused by the principal, the student shall not be considered eligible on that date. Further, the student cannot be certified eligible to participate on any subsequent date until the student attends a full day of classes.
    6. Each individual school has the authority to set more restrictive citizenship standards and shall have the authority and responsibility to judge its students under those standards.
    7. Each school shall diligently and completely investigate any issue that could affect student eligibility.
  1. Student Responsibility:

Each Student is responsible to notify the school of any and all situations that would affect his / her eligibility under the above standards. If the student does not notify the school situation prior to the school’s discovery, the the student shall be ineligible for up to 365 days from the discovery, pending review by the Board of Directors.

  1. Use of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs:

Athletes shall not use alcohol beverages or non prescribed drugs. If an athlete violates this regulation, his / her violation will be reviewed by the head coach, athletic director, and principal. Following this review, the athlete and his / her parents will be notified of the decision.

First Offense: Restrictions from participation (practice and contests) for the remainder of the sports season.

Second Offense: Restrictions from participation (practice and contests from the reminder of the school year.

  1. Use of tobacco products:

Athletes shall not use tobacco products.

First Offense: Formal conference with the coach.

Second Offense: Two week restriction from participation (practice and contests).

Third Offense: Restriction from participation (practice and contests) for the remainder of the season.

  1. Athletes involved in misconduct in school:

This includes truancy, disrespect to teachers, fighting, use of abusive language, etc. After a review by the head coach, athletic director, and principal, the athlete and parents will be notified of the decision. Penalties will range from reprimand and placing the athlete on probationary status to temporary or permanent restriction from representing the school interscholastic activities. The seriousness of the case and the attitude of the athlete will determine the penalty. Reoccurrence will require that permeant restrictions be considered.

  1. Out of town trips:

The student / athlete will ride transportation provided by the school to and from the game site. EXCEPTION: If parents request at the game site to take their child with them.

  1. Unsportsmanlike Acts:

Such acts during a contest resulting in ejection will cause the athlete to miss the next contest at that level (JV & Varsity levels). An athlete who commits such an act but is not ejected may also be subjected to at least a one-game suspension. Each case of this type is to be reviewed by the head coach, athletic director, and principal before the final decision is made.

  1. Attendance on the day of a contest:

A student must be in attendance 4/7 of a day on the date of a contest in order to be eligible, unless prior approval has been granted by the principal.

  1. Changing Sports in mid-season:

From the time a students name appears on the official eligibility list from an interscholastic sport, he /she may not join another team, compete or begin preparation (i.e. weight lifting) for another interscholastic sport until after the end of the first sports season. Mid-season change of team may be permitted under the following conditions.

        1. If the student presents to both coaches involved a doctor’s certificate recommending that he / she drop the first sport for the reasons of health and permits participation in the second sport.
        1. If both coaches involved and the athletic director agree that a player mid-season change of sports would be beneficial to the player, without being unfair to the players of either team.
  1. Due Process:

Athletes will have the opportunity to express their side of any incident in which they may be involved. Parents or other appropriate representatives may be involved with the students during their due process herein. If the athlete is dissatisfied with the decision he /she has the right to appeal through the following channels.

      1. Coach
      2. Athletic Director
      3. Principal
      4. Superintendent of Schools
      5. Board of Education

Any incidents which occur that are not covered by these guidelines will be reviewed on an individual basis and decisions related to penalties will be made by the athletic director, head coach, and the principal.

MSHSAA Athletic Eligibility Standards

  1. A student must be a good citizen in her / her community. Conduct shall be satisfactory in accord with the standards of good discipline, and any student who withdraws from school becasue of disciplinary measures shall not be eligible for an interscholastic activity for one full year form the date of withdrawal.
  2. A student must be enrolled in courses that offer 3 units of credit, and he / she must have earned 3 units of credit in the preceding semester or made progress in special education.
  3. Each student participating in athletics in required to have a physician’s certificate stating that he / she is physically able to participate in athletic contests. The medical certificate is valid for the purpose of this rule if issued on or after February 1 of the previous school year.
  4. A student shall not be permitted to practice of compete for a school until it has verification that he / she has basic insurance coverage.
  5. A student must have entered school within the first eleven days of the semester.
  6. A student must not have received or competed for an award of any kind other than that given by his / her school for his /her services as an athlete in the sport in which he / she is competing.
  7. A student shall not have reached the age of 19 prior to July 1 this school year, or age 15 as an 8th grader.
  8. A student shall not have competed under an assumed or false name.
  9. A student must attend the eighth semester immediately following his / her seventh semester.
  10. A student shall not transfer schools without a corresponding change of residence of his / her parents unless he /she meets an appropriate exception of the transfer standards.
  11. A student shall not compete in an outside team or in an individual match competition during the sport season he / she is representing his /her school in the same sport. He or she may compete in organized non school competition in other sports in which the MSHSAA member schools compete interscholastically under the following conditions:
      1. No school time is missed to compete, practice for, or travel to the site of non-school competition.
      2. The student shall not practice for or compete in the non-school competition on the same date he /she practices or competes for the school.
  1. A student shall not transfer from one high school to another because of being influenced to do so.
  2. A student shall not attend a camp involving a fall sport after July 31.
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