Code of the Braves

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

 

TO:     Parents and student-athletes of Brownstown Central High School

RE:      CODE OF THE BRAVES

The school is very happy to have your sons and/or daughters participating in athletics at Brownstown Central.  We believe that interscholastic athletics are an integral part of the school’s curriculum.  We believe that participation in a sound athletic program contributes to the development of health, physical skills, emotional maturity, social competence, moral values and self-discipline.

As a student of Brownstown Central, the school welcomes your participation on our athletic program.  We encourage each of our athletes to reap from athletics all it might have to offer. Since the rewards that you will receive from an athletic program correlate directly with what you, the athlete, are willing to give of yourself to that program, then it is certainly worth giving your all.  No athlete has ever experience total satisfaction without living with the concepts of discipline and sacrifice.  These two concepts will be offered to you during the coming seasons.  This year and in the future, you will challenge to become a more disciplined individual and will be asked to make sacrifices for something in which you profess to believe.  We hope that you will find the Brownstown Central High School athletic program as a totally rewarding experience, but we again emphasize that you will acquire only what you are willing to invest.

As a member of one of our athletic teams, you are a part of a program that has become a proud tradition at BCHS.  It is our sincere desire to be of assistance to each of you in any manner we can. Please feel free to discuss your problems or frustrations with our principal or any member of our athletic staff.


THE CODE OF THE BRAVES

We believe that adherence to training rules is the duty of each squad member.

We believe the athlete has an influence on younger students and should be a positive role model both on and off the playing field.  

We believe that personal pride should be derived from giving one’s best as an athlete and student.  

We believe competition should produce goodwill among schools and each player has the duty to promote that feeling.  

We believe the success of any organization depends upon the dedication of its individual members.  

We believe that due to the athlete’s high prestige in the community, his or her actions must be beyond reproach.  

We believe the student always places emphasis on academics first and athletics second.


IHSAA ELIGIBILITY

 

1.                  Physical Exams:  Each participant must have the Indiana High School Athletic Association Students/Parents/Physician Certificate on file with the athletic director before his/her first practice.  

2.                  Medical Coverage:  Student Accident Insurance paid by parents or a waiver signed by parents stating that the student is adequately insured must be on file with the athletic director before the first practice. The high school does not carry medical insurance on athletes. Through school membership in the IHSAA, the athlete is covered by a basic catastrophic policy.  If the injured athlete incurs over $25,000.00 in medical expenses within one year of injury and a claim is reported in writing to the athletic director, the policy is activated.  

3.                  Age:  A student who is or shall be (20) years of age prior to or on the scheduled date of the IHSAA state finals in a sport shall be ineligible for interschool athletic competition in that sport; a student who is nineteen (19) hears of age on the scheduled date of the IHSAA state finals in a sport shall be eligible as to age for interschool competition in that sport.  

4.                  Enrollment-Scholarship:  All participants must be bona fide students.  To be eligible scholastically, students must have received passing grades at the end of their last grading period in school in at least seventy percent (70%) of the maximum number of full credit subjects (or the equivalent) that a student can take and must be currently enrolled in at least seventy percent (70%) of the maximum number of full credit subjects (or the equivalent) that a student can take.  For the BCHS trimester grading periods, student must pass a minimum of 4 full credit subjects.  

5.                  Amateurism:  All athletes must be amateurs.  (Students shall not play under assumed names nor accept money or merchandise, directly or indirectly, for athletic participation.)  

6.                  Outside Participation:  A student who participates in an athletic contest of any other similar team during that same season in which the athlete represent his/her school will become ineligible to compete on his/her high school team in that sport.  

7.                 Completion of Season:  If an athlete quits or is suspended for disciplinary action, he/she can not practice for another sport until the final contest of that sport season, unless released by the coach.

 

Cheerleading is not recognized as an IHSAA sport.
 CHEMICAL ABUSE POLICY AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY POLICY

 

TYPES OF VIOLATIONS PENALTIES  

  1. Convicted of a felony.

  1st Violation:             Expulsion from participating in athletic events for the remainder of the athlete’s high school career

 

  1. Illegal possession or illegal use of a controlled substance, narcotic drug or alcohol.

  1st Violation:            Suspended from participating in all athletic events for 365 days.  

  Option:                    The suspension may be waived to 50% of the contest season, contingent upon a professional drug assessment and                                 recommendations for rehabilitation, which must be followed by the student.  All concerned parties understand that the student's

                                re-admission to athletics is dependent upon the student following the recommendations of the assessment agency.

 

2nd Violation:            Expulsion from participating in athletic events for the remainder of the athlete’s high school career.

Option:            The expulsion may be reduced to a 365 day suspension contingent upon a professional drug assessment and recommendations for rehabilitation, which must be followed by the student.  All concerned parties understand that the student’s re-admission to athletics is dependent upon the student following the recommendations of the assessment agency.

 

3rd Violation:            Expulsion from participating in athletic events for the remainder of the athlete’s high school career.   

 

  1. Illegal possession or illegal use of tobacco or convicted of a Misdemeanor.

 

1st Violation:            Suspension from 25% of the contest season.  

2nd Violation:            Suspension from 50% of the contest season.  

3rd Violation:            Expulsion from participating in athletic events for the remainder of the athlete’s high school career.  

*Suspension shall be whole games with all fractions rounded to the next whole number.  Penalties will be enforced on consecutive games played from the date of the suspension.  Contest season includes all contests originally scheduled and one (1) sectional game.  

 

DEFINITIONS                  

·        The above policy is in effect for the entire calendar year, beginning the first day of practice as determined by the IHSAA, or the first day of school the athlete’s freshman year.

·        All suspensions must be completed in full.  If the athlete’s season ends before the suspension is complete, the remaining percentage will be served in the athlete’s next season of participation.

·        Penalties in this policy are cumulative.  Thus, the student will maintain his/her record through all four high school years; and subsequently, violations will be disciplined at the next level.

·        All categories A, B, or C will be processed separately.

·        The enactment of the above mentioned rules and penalties will be administrated by the athletic director, based on the following guidelines.

o       Admission of the athlete.

o       Observation and confirmation by administrator, faculty members or athletic staff.

o       Charges established by law enforcement officers of agencies.

 

TEAM NAMES

Male athletes competing for Brownstown Central will be called “Braves”.  Female athletes competing for Brownstown Central will be called “Lady Braves”.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS RULES

Each head coach may establish and enforce additional training rules and conduct rules for his/her respective sport.

 

EQUIPMENT  

Athletes are responsible for athletic equipment issued to them.  This equipment is to be returned at the end of the season.  It is to be used at times indicated by the head coach.  Students must pay the cost of replacement of equipment not returned in good condition with reasonable allowance for use.

 

MID-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

Brownstown Central is a member of the Mid-Southern Athletic Conference which includes the following schools: Austin, Brownstown Central, Charlestown, Clarksville, Corydon Central, Eastern (Pekin), North Harrison, Salem, Silver Creek and Scottsburg.  

One of the most prestigious conference awards is the “All-Sports” trophy based on the conference standing in all varsity sports.  Boys and Girls teams compete separately for their own “All-Sports” trophy.

 

GYM PICTURE POLICY

The following pictures of athletes will be placed in the Brownstown Central High School Gymnasium:

1.      Sectional winning teams.

2.      Individuals that participated in state final competition.

3.      Be a member of an intra-state All-Star team that represents at least ½ of Indiana

4.      Individual and team state champions will have enlarged pictures displayed (of next available size).

5.  IHSAA state competition mental attitude award winners will have enlarged pictures displayed (of the next available size).

 

WEIGHT ROOM RECORD BOARD

I.      QUALIFICATION (for name to be placed on board)

A.          Breaking existing record

1)      Bench Press – 1 rep

2)      Cleans - 1 rep

3)      Parallel Squats – 1 rep (top of the thigh must be parallel to floor)

B.          Be a member of a Varsity or JV, or Freshman team at Brownstown Central High School.

 

II.   REMOVAL FROM RECORD BOARD

A.          Record is broken

B.          Qualification during conditioning, but did not come out for that sport or quit the sport during the season.

C.          Failure to uphold the “Code of the Braves”

 

 

ATHLETIC AWARD SYSTEM

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ATHLETIC AWARDS  

                                        To qualify for any award an athlete must meet the following requirements:  

1.            Maintain a proper attitude toward:

         A. School            D. Sport

B. Coach            E. Community

C. Team            F. Family and friends  

2.            Personal conduct must be above question.  

3.            Be responsible for all athletic equipment issued to you.  

4.            Be recommended by the coach after fulfilling the specific requirements.

 

AWARDS GIVEN BY THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

1.      Scholastic:  Presented to all athletes who letter their senior year and rank in the top 10% of their graduating class.  

2.      First Varsity Award:  7” Block “BC” Letter - to be used on letter jacket.

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR LETTER QUALIFICATIONS

(Exhibition games are not included in participation requirement for earning a varsity letter.)  

Volleyball:       Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity matches unless excused by the coach of illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.   

Baseball:          Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity games unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  

Tennis:            Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity matches unless excused by the coach of illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.   

Golf:                Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity matches unless excused by the coach of illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.   

Track:             Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Athlete must accumulate an average of 1 point per meet for a sports season (relay points count ½ where doubled) In relay meets where freshman points are equal to varsity points, freshman will receive ¼ point value.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.

Cross Country: Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Athlete must have competed in at least 50% of all regularly scheduled meets unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  

Football:          Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity games unless excused by the coach of illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.   

Basketball:       Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of all season games unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  

Softball:           Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Participate in 50% of the varsity games unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  

Wrestling:       Meet the general requirements of awards system.  Athlete must compete in 50% of the varsity matches unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.  Complete the entire season unless excused by the coach for illness or injury.

3.      Any individual who has participated in a sport for 4 years, but has not preciously received a letter in that sport may receive a varsity letter.

 

4.      MAJOR AWARD

A.    Varsity Letter Award Jacket

1.      The athlete must earn two letters in one sport or three letters in a combination of sports.            

2.      In case of a transfer student, varsity letters achieved from previous school(s) will be transferred to the student’s credit.                        

3.      No athlete may purchase a jacket through the athletic department.

 

B.    Varsity Letter Award Plaque

1.      The following plaques will be awarded to athletes who receive at least eight varsity letters:

            Bronze Plaque – 8 varsity letters

            Silver Plaque - 9 varsity letters

            Gold Plaque - 10 varsity letters

2.      Athletes will be awarded the plaque that represents the highest level achieved.

3.      The plaques will be awarded at the end of the athlete’s senior year.

4.      The names and graduation years of Varsity Letter Award Plaques will be displayed on permanent plaques in the trophy room.

 

      5.      CERTIFICATES                    

A.    Certificates of merit shall be issued to all those athletes who earn a letter award in lieu of each subsequent letter.  

                                          B.  Certificates will also be issued to all athletes who have participated and remained with the team until the end of the

                                                regular season, but who failed to qualify for a letter or jacket.  

C.  Certificates will also be issued to students who videotape athletic contests for coaches on a regular basis.

 

      6.             PATCHES  

A.     Patches purchased by the Athletic Department include:

1.      Conference Championship

2.      All Conference

3.      Championship of highest level attained in tournament series

                       

B.  Athletes may (at their own expense) order patches through the Letterman’s Club.

 

      7.      A small award plaque will be presented to a varsity team recorder breaker in all recognized events.

 

8.              Special Awards:

            FOOTBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Mental Attitude Award      

                      Outstanding Offensive Back 

                      Outstanding Offensive Lineman

                      Outstanding Defensive Line/ILB  

                            Outstanding Defensive Back/OLB

                            Outstanding Special Teams Player

                            JV Most Improved Back

                            JV Most Improved Lineman  

           VOLLEYBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Mental Attitude Award

                      Leading Hitter

                      Leading Server

                      Assist Leader

                      Leading Passer

                      JV Most Improved Player

                      Leading Defensive Player

                      Blocking Award           

           BOYS BASKETBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Highest Free-Throw Percentage

                      Highest Field Goal Percentage

                      Most Rebounds

                      Most Assists

                      Outstanding Defensive Player

                      Mental Attitude Award

                      JV Most Improved Player

                      Reserve Free-Throw Award  

           GIRLS BASKETBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Highest Free-Throw Percentage

                      Highest Field Goal Percentage

                      Most Rebounds

                      Most Assists

                      Most Steals

                      Mental Attitude Award

                      JV Most Improved Player

                      Reserve Free-Throw Award

           WRESTLING

                      Most Valuable Wrestler

                      Most Falls (Pins)

                      Most Improved Wrestler

                      Most Take Downs

                      Mental Attitude Award           

           BASEBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Leading Hitter Award

                      Leading Pitcher Award

                      Outstanding Defensive Player

                      Mental Attitude Award        

           BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

                      Most Valuable Runner

                      Most Improved Runner

                      Mental Attitude

                      17 Minute Club

                      16 Minute Club

                      15 Minute Club           

           GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

                      Most Valuable Runner

                      Most Improved Runner

                      Mental Attitude Award

                      17 Minute Club

                      16 Minute Club

                      15 Minute Club  

           BOYS TENNIS

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Most Improved Player

                      Mental Attitude Award  

           GIRLS TENNIS

                            Most Valuable Player

                            Most Improved Player

                            Mental Attitude Award  

            BOYS GOLF

                            Most Valuable Player

                            Most Improved Player

                            Mental Attitude Award       

 

            GIRLS GOLF

                            Most Valuable Player

                            Most Improved Player

                            Mental Attitude Award  

            BOYS TRACK

                            Most Valuable Player

                            Most Improved Player

                            Mental Attitude Award

                            Outstanding Field Event

                            Outstanding Sprinter

                            Outstanding Distance Runner  

            GIRLS TRACK

                            Most Valuable Player

                            Most Improved Player

                            Mental Attitude Award

                            Outstanding Field Event

                            Outstanding Sprinter

                            Outstanding Distance Runner  

            SOFTBALL

                      Most Valuable Player

                      Leading Hitter Award

                      Leading Pitcher Award

                      Outstanding Defensive Player

                            Mental Attitude Award  

            CHEERLEADING

                       Mental Attitude Award

 

9.               STUDENT MANAGERS:

A.    Must meet general requirements of award system.  

B.  Student may qualify for a jacket award by serving as varsity manager for three (3) years in one sport or in a combination of five (5) varsity sports.

C.  Manager letters do not combine with athletic/cheerleading letters toward earning a manager's jacket.

 

10.           CHEERLEADER AWARDS:

A.    Cheerleaders must meet the general requirements of the athletic award system.  

B.  A letter will be awarded for each varsity season.  

C.  A jacket will be awarded to a cheerleader when one of the following has been met:  three (3) varsity cheerleader letters for the same athletic season (fall or winter) or five (5) varsity letters in combination with athletics.  

                    D.  In order to receive a varsity letter, a cheerleader must have participated in all scheduled events unless excused by the coach or unable

                          to participate because of illness or injury.

 

SUMMARY

      Brownstown Central High School is a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and abides by its rules and regulations.  This is only a summary of the rules.  Additional questions regarding the IHSAA and the Brownstown Central Athletic Program should be directed to the High School Principal, Athletic Director, or members of the coaching staff.

      All Athletes and their parents or guardians must be aware or the possibility of serious injury when they participate in a sports program.  Sometimes the injury could be serious enough to have an altering affect on their quality of life.  

      It is the policy of Brownstown Central Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap.