Crofton High School Athletic Code of Conduct

Crofton High School – Athletic Code of Conduct

“Building champions while pursuing excellence as a student/athlete”

The Vision of the Crofton High School Athletic Program:

  • Crofton High School strives to provide an athletic program that is an enduring source of pride for our school and community, which develops and instills the values of Education, Leadership, Sportsmanship, Teamwork and Community Service.  Through participation in sports our goal is to compete at the highest level while teaching our student-athletes valuable life lessons.

The Mission of the Crofton Athletic Program is:

  1. To build an athletic program that develops character by promoting respect, high expectations of self, positive attitude, leadership, accountability and responsibility.
  2. To provide student-athletes an environment that promotes and supports academic achievement.
  3. To establish athletic teams that perform at a competitive level in competition.
  4. To recruit and retain highly qualified coaches and support staff.
  5. To prepare student-athletes to make transitions to the next level of participation academically and athletically.


Adherence to the AACPS and Crofton Athletic Code of Conduct is required for the student-athletes and the success of the team, program and the school.  Athletic participation is a privilege, not a right.  It is imperative to note the Athletic Code of Conduct is not confined to school time or school functions but reflects an expectation and commitment to an everyday lifestyle in and outside of school, at all times, throughout the year.

  • Any conduct deemed detrimental to the student athlete, team and/or overall good of the school system, anytime, on and off campus, can result in penalties ranging from verbal reprimand to removal from the team as determined by the head coach.

Player Conduct:

  1. Student athletes are to demonstrate proper behavior on and off school property and during athletic events at all times.  As a result of misconduct or disruptive behavior, the principal or designee shall be responsible for deciding appropriate discipline.
  2. Student-athletes are expected to demonstrate respect for others (any student, teacher, staff and all community stakeholders of AACPS) and teammates at all times.  Disrespectful comments and behaviors to others and teammates will not be tolerated.  As a result of disrespectful behavior, the principal or designee shall be responsible for deciding appropriate discipline.
  3. Student athletes will adhere to the AACPS Code of Conduct at all times.  Student who are found in violation of the AACPS Code of Conduct may be issued consequences by the Head Coach.
  4. Hazing defined by the Athletic Handbook will not be tolerated and result in immediate dismissal from the team.
  5. Athletes are not to use alcohol, drugs or tobacco products.  Athletes who are found in possession or consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, vapes or juuls will be issued consequences according AACPS Athletic Handbook and/or Code of Conduct.
  6. The student athlete is responsible for all equipment and uniforms issued. Student Athletes will be charged full replacement cost for any equipment/uniform that is lost, damaged, or stolen.

7.  Social Media Guidelines for Athletes are as follows:

a. Everything you post is public information. Once you post a photo or comment on a social networking site, that photo or comment becomes the property of the site and may be searchable even after you remove it.

b.  Carefully consider how you want people to perceive you before you give them a chance to misinterpret your information (including pictures, videos, comments, and postings).

c.  Disrespectful comments and behavior online will not be tolerated, such as:

  • Derogatory language or remarks that may harm teammates or coaches; other student athletes, teachers, or coaches; and student-athletes, coaches or representatives of other schools, including comments that may disrespect my opponents.
  • Incriminating photos or statements depicting violence, hazing, sexual harassment, full or partial nudity, inappropriate gestures, vandalism, stalking, underage drinking/selling/possessing/using controlled substances, or any other inappropriate behaviors.
  • Creating a serious danger to the safety of another person or making a credible threat of serious physical or emotional injury to another person.
  • Indicating knowledge of an unreported school or team violation – regardless if the violation was unintentional or intentional.

d.  Athletes need to understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited.  Any of the above actions, but not limited to, may be considered conduct detrimental to the team.  The information you post on a social networking site is considered public information.  Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image of which you and our school can be proud of for years to come.

  1. 8.  The Head Coach, with input from the Assistant coaches, may dismiss players from the team for actions or behavior deemed detrimental to the student-athlete, team and/or overall good of the program.

*Note:  AACPS and Crofton High School Code of Conduct Applies to conduct on and off school campus at all times.

If a student-athlete is dismissed from a team (or quits) anytime during a season, all team fees paid by the student-athlete and his/her parent are non-refundable and that student-athlete will not be able to participate in any end of the season banquets/award ceremonies.


  1. The student-athlete must reside with his/her parents or legal guardian in a permanent address in the Crofton High School district/cluster.  Failure to abide by this regulation could result in the team forfeiting games and the athlete being suspended up to 60 days.
  2. In the event that residency changes during the sports season, the athlete and parent must notify the Athletic Director immediately of this address change and it must comply with the AACPS guidelines for residency.

Academic Eligibility:

  1. Students must be eligible to be part of the team.
  2. To be eligible to participate in in interscholastic athletics, grades 9 through 12, a student must maintain a “C” average (2.0 GPA) or better as determined by existing county grading procedures in all courses taken in an eligibility period.  A student may earn a maximum of one “E” grade in courses taken during that eligibility period.  Academic eligibility periods are determined by the date of issuance or report cards reflecting grades earned during each marking period.
  3. Student-athletes unable to meet academic standards, at the issuance of report cards, will be placed on academic probation for 16 school days.  While on probation, the athlete may practice providing he/she earns 2 hours of tutoring each week.  Failure to meet the academic standards at the end of the probation period will result in the athlete being removed from the team for the remainder of the sports season.

Pre-Participation Information/Forms – All forms are consented upon completing registration on Family ID

  1. Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (Sports Physical)
  • A student shall be examined and certified to the high school principal as being physically fit to participate in any tryout, practice or contest of a school team.  The examination shall be performed by a qualified physician, according to MPSSAA guidelines.  Verification of the examination must be submitted each school year of participation.  Verification must be dates after June 1st for the subsequent year of participation.
  1. Guide for Student-Athletes
  • The Guide for Student Athletes serves to inform prospective student-athletes and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) must provide parental permission, residency and medical insurance information and an acknowledgement that they have received concussion awareness information.  Medical coverage may be provided through the purchase of scholastic accident insurance, or by providing proof of similar or superior insurance protection.
  1. Concussion Awareness Form
  • Every prospective student-athlete and his or her parent(s) and/or guardian(s) must read the AACPS Concussion information sheet which will provide information on:

a.  The nature and risk of a. concussion or head injury.

b.  The criteria for removal from and return to play.

c. The risks of not reporting injury and continuing to play.

d.  Appropriate academic accommodations for students diagnosed as having sustained a head injury.

  1. Concussion History Form
  • Each prospective player must complete (detailing their most up to date concussion history) this form and turn into the coach each season.

Team Selection:

Participating in athletics is a privilege, not a right.  The Head Coach will select the student-athletes of the team with input from the Assistant Coaches during the tryout process.  The overall selection of the team will also reflect the best interests of the continuing sports program at Crofton.  The Head Coach has final decision.

Criteria for selection of team may include:

  • Academic Eligibility
  • Quickness and Speed
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Technical skills related to specific sport
  • Coachability
  • Attitude
  • Character
  • Determination
  • Experience

Note:  Additional Criteria may be added.  Each coach will decide on tryout criteria.  Each coach will use a rubric for tryouts.

Selection of Team Captains:

Captains will be selected for the team by the Head Coach, with input from the Assistant Coaches and/or team members.

Attributes for Selection of Captains:

  • Good Character
  • Leadership Ability
  • Respect of Teammates and Coaches
  • Team Pride and Spirit

Playing Time:

The opportunity to represent Crofton High School in athletic competition is earned.  All decision concerning playing time and starting positions are the sole discretion of the coaching staff.  If there is a question regarding playing time, the player should speak with the coach.

Student Athlete Concerns:

Appropriate concerns for parents to discuss with the coaching staff:

  1. Expectations of your son/daughter during games and practices
  2. Ways to help your child improve
  3. Concerns about your child
  4. Academic support and college opportunities

Inappropriate concerns for parents to discuss with the coaching staff:

  1. Playing time.
  2. Team strategy and/or play calling.
  3. Other student athletes.


  1. Each student-athlete is required to attend all scheduled classes.
  2. In the case of extenuating circumstances, the principal of the school may grant an exception for excused class absences.
  3. Class Cuttingis defined as unlawful absences from a class or school activity.  As a result of administration verification of class cutting for any part of the school day, the student-athlete is given a warning for a first offense, administration verification for a second offense of class cutting during the same sport season will result in removal of that student-athlete from the team for the remainder of the sport season.

Practice and Game Expectations:

  • Be early.
  • Give your full and best effort.
  • Encourage your teammates to do their best.
  • Be dressed in proper attire.
  • Be prepared with all your equipment at the start of each school day and practice.
  • Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.  Show respect to officials, spectators, coaching staff and opponents.
  • “Good Sportsmanship is viewed by the National Federation of High School Associations as a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity.  In perception and practice, sportsmanship is defined as those qualities that are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others.  The ideals of sportsmanship apply equally to all athletic disciplines.”
  • Report injuries to your coach and/or trainer.
  • Note – If you must see a doctor for any injury, the doctor and the trainer at Crofton High School must clear you “in writing” for you to resume play.  The doctor’s note must be on file with the Athletic Director.
  • In the event an athlete must miss a practice/game, the athlete and/or parents are to contact the coach prior to the absence to discuss the reason for missing a practice/game.  Athletes are expected to attend all practices and events including those held during August when school is not in session, winter and spring breaks. Unexcused absences could result in suspension to removal from the team.
  • Accept constructive criticism from the coaching staff.
  • Strive for excellence.

Game Regulations:

  1. All student-athletes must ride the team bus to and from all athletic contests.  If the athlete cannot ride the bus to the game or back, they must have permission from the coach, and they will need to sign the Travel Log that the coach will carry with him/her throughout the season.
  2. Team dress code will be enforced in school on game days, as determined by the Head Coach.
  3. The student-athlete is expected to follow all rules of the National Federation of High School Sports Association which pertains to their specific sport.
  4. Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.
  5. Show respect to officials, spectators, coaching staff and opponents.

Expectation of Spectators

  1. Spectators represent their schools.
  2. Spectators are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship.
  3. Booing, taunting, inappropriate cheers or attempts to intimidate athletes, coaching staffs, event personnel, administrators, officials and opponents are unacceptable behaviors.  Spectators should support and cheer for their teams in a positive manner.
  4. Spectators who exhibit unacceptable behavior will be asked to leave the contest without reimbursement of game fees and will not be permitted to re-enter that contest.  Further disciplinary action may be imposed by the school principal.
  5. Spectators will not be permitted to leave and reenter without paying a second admission.
  6. Spectators must comply with the AACPS’ alcohol, drug and tobacco policies.
  7. Spectators must stay in the bleachers or stands.  For spectator safety, there is no jumping on the bleachers or stands.
  8. Only authorized coaches for the designated activity and/or authorized school supervisory personnel so designated by the school are permitted on the sidelines.  Reporters who have requested to be on the sidelines should check in with game management.
  9. School dress code extends to athletic contests.
  10. During contests, spectators may not play catch or pickup games inside the stadium.
  11. Noisemakers are prohibited at athletic contests.
  12. During the National Anthem, students, participants, coaches and fans remove all hats or headwear, face the flag, remain silent, place the right hand on the heart and remain still until the end of the anthem.


  • Disrespectful or derogatory cheers, chants, songs or gestures.
  • Booing or heckling an official’s decision.
  • Criticizing officials in any way; displaying anger with officials call.
  • Refusing to shake hands or give recognition for good performances.
  • Blaming losses on officials, coaches or participants.
  • Laughing or name calling to distract an opponent.
  • Use of profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the game or activity.




CODE OF CONDUCT 2020 – 2021

  • RETAIN pages #1-5 of the Crofton High School Athletics Code of Conduct for your reference during the season and school year.

Agreement for the AACPS and Crofton High School Athletics Code of Conduct:

By signing this document, I have read thoroughly and understand that I am agreeing to follow, support and abide by the AACPS and Crofton High School Code of Conduct and all Crofton High School Athletic Guidelines, policies, regulations, on and off campus, throughout the season, at all times.

Furthermore, my failure to comply with this contract/agreement may result in disciplinary action to include suspension or dismissal from the sports team.

It is encouraged that after signing this contract/agreement that the student/athlete keep a copy.

The Crofton Athletics Code of Conduct is posted on the school web site at and the AACPS Guidelines and Handbooks are posted on for your reference.


Student/Athlete Signature: _______________________________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature:  _______________________________________________________________________