Dear Staff Members,
Welcome back to another school year! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer
away from school and you’re anticipating another great year. I know I am. It has been a busy
summer around the school district and I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you on some
of our brand new facilities and additions to the high school athletics program. The newly built
gymnasium and natatorium the “INFERNO” is our biggest and most illustrious structure
completed just last week. It is a state of the art building that will sufficiently cater to the needs of
the following athletic teams; volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and the cheer
squad. It will also serve as an indoor practice facility when needed for soccer, track and field,
cross country, and tennis.
In addition to, we also signed a new bus contract with Bitterroot Bus located in
hometown Corvallis. They will provide all transportation to and from all away games for the
Furthermore, I would like to give a big welcome to Coach Hard Knocks (Football) and
to Coach Rebound (Men’s Basketball) for joining the Devil family this past summer. Both of
these gentlemen are fine men and I look for great things from them and their respective teams.
As most of you know, every year I develop a Policies and Procedures Manuel that
provides all the coaches and staff members with the expectations, rules, regulations, policies and
procedures that is required of them to coach at Corvallis. This year is no exception. Sorry! A
manual is created to ensure everyone is on the same page, clear expectations are known, safety
requirements are met and more importantly that everyone in the athletic department knows their
specific duties and responsibilities. Believe it or not I fall into that category as well. Please take a
few minutes to become familiar with the manual and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you
have questions, comments, concerns or answers. Thank you for your time and best of luck to you
and your respective teams this upcoming school year. GO BLUE DEVILS!
Dan McKinney- Athletic Director
Purpose, Mission and Objective- Why are we here?
We at Corvallis are here to serve the students at our school in any capacity that we
as professionals deem appropriate and necessary. Our job is to cater to the needs of the kids at a
time in their lives that is very critical to their development and growth as young adults. Each
child is a unique and special individual and should be celebrated as such. We have a chance to
make a tremendous impact on the lives of each student and the participants of each athletic team.
This can be achieved in several ways by fostering values such as integrity, honesty,
sportsmanship, teamwork, attitude and respect. This can be done by creating a fun and
educational atmosphere in which each student can thrive and to have the chance to reach their
full potential as an athlete, student, and most importantly a person. With this being said, all of the
aforementioned objectives stated, cannot be reached without the help and guidance from the
parents of the kids who participate in our athletic programs. Parents usually have the most
interaction and contact with your children, and therefore have a tremendous influence on your
kid’s attitude, behavior, work ethic, self-esteem and self-efficacy. We as an athletic department
hold you accountable and responsible for your actions at practices and competitions, and expect
you to do the same in regards to our behavior. We are the coaches, you are the parents and we
would very much like to keep it that way. You do your job and we will do ours! Our overall
general purpose and objective of our athletic teams here at Corvallis High School is to influence
each and every kid in a positive manner in which they will grow, learn, thrive and strive to be the
best athlete, teammate, student and person that they can be. This will take a tremendous amount
of leadership on the part of the coaches, administrators, parents and athletes to achieve such high
aspirations. As a collective group and family that is possible. Every day and every way we get a
little bit better!
Just about the time the athletes thought I forgot to mention them, I didn’t. Athletes will
be held to a very high standard and will undoubtedly be held accountable and responsible for
their actions on and off the court, as well as in the classroom. Expectations will be high for your
conduct, behavior, work ethic and attitude. A couple of general principles to think about and then
I will stop boring you. Work hard, be a great teammate, enjoy what you are doing and be where
you are supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, when you’re supposed to be
doing it! Oh and win some games. Best of luck to all of you student athletes in your athletic and
academic year as well as your future endeavors!
Coaching/Athletic Trainer Compensation- Each coach will be compensated based on
the sport, length of the season, number of participants and their other respective duties (ex: field
maintenance, driving the bus, teaching). * Teaching and Coaching will be covered later in the
manual. A coach with more athletes ultimately has a bigger responsibility and therefore should
get compensated for their efforts. As everyone knows Basketball and Football are the bigger
money makers and therefore are paid more. The base salary of the head coaches of each specific
sport program is listed below:
Men’s Sports: Head Coaches Only
Football Coach- 7,500 Men’s Basketball- 5,200 Soccer- 3,000 Track and Field-
3,500 Cross Country- 1,000 Golf- 1,000 Tennis- 1,700
Women’s Sports: Head Coaches Only
Basketball- 5,200 Softball- 5,000 Soccer- 3,000 Track and Field 3,500 Cross
Country- Same coach as men Golf- Same coach as men Tennis- Same coach as men Volleyball-
2,500 Swimming- 1,500 Cheer Squad- 700.00
Each assistant coach will be paid 35% of what the head coach makes. Cross Country, Golf,
Swimming and Cheer Squad will only maintain one coach. Volunteers are always welcome!
Assistants Per Sport:
Football- 5 Basketball- 2 Soccer-1 Track and Field-2 Tennis-1 Softball-2 Volleyball-2
These are considered base salaries and can be adjusted based on the budget and each fiscal year.
Some of the assistants will be working with both the men’s and women’s sports.
The total number of coaches per sport is listed below:
Football-6 Basketball- 6 (3 per women’s and men’s) Soccer-3 (2 Head Coaches and 1 Assistant
Track and Field-4 (2 Head Coaches and 2 Assistants) Cross Country-1 Golf-1 Tennis-2 (2 Head
Coaches) Softball-3 (2 Assistants) Volleyball-3 (2 Assistants) Swimming-1 Cheer Squad-1
Requirements for Head and Assistant Coaches before they can work with student
- Each Head Coach will be required to have previously obtained a minimum of a
bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is not required.
- Coaching experience of no less than 2 years
-All head coaches are required to attend no less than 1 (one) coaches clinic per calendar
year and a rules orientation meeting prior to their respective season beginning.
- All coaches must achieve an 80% or higher on the MHSA (Montana High School
Association) coaching exam.
-All coaches must attend a monthly meeting conducted by the Athletic Director updating
them on new rules, legislation, policies and procedures in their respective sports and the state of
-Each coach will be required to purchase, read and take weekly quizzes based on the
coaches education program entitled PACE (Program for Athletic Coaches Education)
- Each coach will be required to sign and date an ethics, conduct and discipline policy
that states the responsibilities and duties of the coaches during practice, competition and the
offseason. This is called the Corvallis Blue Devils Code of Ethics Policy.
- Each coach will be required to be CPR/First Aide certified in the case of an emergency
during practice or competition.
Personnel with “Split” duties (i.e coaching and teaching)
- The base salaries for head and assistant coaches were mentioned previously on page 4
of this manual. It is not a requirement that a coach be a teacher in the Corvallis School District.
However, it would be nice. The responsibility of coaches who teach will not change one bit. The
expectations, goals and conduct of their behavior will be the same for coaches as it is for
teachers. The compensation package that split duties will consist of is based on their teacher’s
salary plus their coaching salary. Coaches who teach are preferred in the Corvallis School
District but is not a prerequisite.
Seasonal restrictions for sport activities/groups
- The following rules apply for In Season competition and practice!
- Competition or Practice is strictly prohibited on Sunday
- No practice shall start any earlier than 6:00 am and no later than 6:00 pm
Monday- Saturday. * Note- Practices can start after 6:00 pm but must be completed by 8:30 pm
- No practice shall last more than 2.5 hours
- An athlete must participate in at least 10 TEAM (Full squad practices) before
they are eligible to compete. A team practice consists of instruction by a coach or coaching staff
member that work on technical, tactical or strategy skills with the respective athletes.
- 2 practices in 1 day are allowed as long as each practice does not exceed 1 hour
and 15 minutes
- Weight Lifting Times are to be counted for your practice time.
* A non-full team practice consists of 2 or more athletes w/out jersey’s
being advised by a coach teachings skills and techniques.
- Open Gyms are allowed to begin the opening day of the school year in
September. However, the restrictions are as followed:
1. The gym is open to anyone who wants to participate.
2. There is no instruction by coaches
3. Coaches are able to supervise for safety reasons only.
-The following rules apply for Out Of Season competition and practice!
- Individual instruction is allowed once the conclusion of the season is over as
long as it is on a 1-1 basis (1 Coach and 1 Athlete). This may occur twice a week for 2 hours.
-Individual instruction is prohibited from May 31- August 31 and coaching of
your athletes during the summer is illegal.
* Exception- You may coach your athlete in another sport. Ex: If the
basketball coach is also an American Legion Baseball coach that is ok.
- Requiring athletes to partake in summer camps, tournaments and practice is
strictly prohibited and highly discouraged. Not to mention ethically immoral. Don’t do it!
Evaluation of the Program (Assessment tools to determine “success”)
- Evaluation/Success of each program will be determined by the Athletic Director,
Principal, Vice Principal, Superintendent and School Board.
- The success will be based on the following criteria:
1. Win/Lose record
2. Attendance at home contests
3. Grades of athletes
4. Improvement as the season progressed
5. Participant numbers-(Are you getting kids to come out that want to play?)
6. Report with your athletes, faculty members, officials, and parents
7. Student input- (At the end of the season, the athletes will participate in a survey
and evaluation of the program and coaches) Do they want a change?
8. Past success of the coaches- Maybe this year the coaches did not have the
group of athletes that they had in the past.
9. Communication skills
10. Character and behavior of the coach
11. Self-assessment opportunities made available to all coaching staff members
12. Sportsmanship of athletes and coaches
13. Discipline, Structure, and Organizational skills of the coaches.
14. The dropout rates of the participants (Did kids quit during the middle of the
season and for what reason? Was it the coach?).
15. The effectiveness of the coach and his ability to relate to the kids and to get
the best possible results that he could with the athletes he had to work with.
16. The work ethic of the athletes and mainly the coaches.
17. The knowledge of the rules, fair play, and sportsmanship ( Did the coach
know the rules, relay them to his team members, play fair and win with integrity and class?).
This is just a broad spectrum of the types of evaluations and so called red flags that we as a
“Committee” will look at when assessing the effectiveness of the respective programs.
Travel Expectations, Rules, Conduct and Mode
Team and Individual- Team and Individual travel to an away competition will occur on the day
of the scheduled event during the regular season.
* Exception: If the travel to an away competition exceeds more
than 500 miles, or 8 hours on a bus, or it is during the playoffs, a team is permitted to leave
Corvallis the day before.
- If a bus trip is believed to exceed more than 8 hours of actually driving
time, a second bus driver will be provided. It is a state law that one single person cannot drive
over 8 hours in a single 24 hour period.
- A return trip home immediately following the conclusion of an away
competition will be strictly enforced. This will cut down on having to purchase hotels and extra
meal money for the kids.
* Exception: If some unforeseen circumstances should arise and
the team was unable to return following their competition a team may stay the night in a To Be
Determined location. This must be approved first by the Athletic Director and Principal. Ex:
Poor Weather, Bus Breakdown, Medical Emergency.
- All team members, coaches and managers are required to travel on the
bus that is provided to them for their away contests and destinations alone.
*Exception: A manager or team member may ride home with their
respective parents and parents alone. A kid may not ride with another team member and their
parents. If a note is signed before hand, they will be allowed to do so. Every person that wishes
not to ride the bus on a return trip home MUST have a signed note by a parent, given to a
coaching staff member and a verbal confirmation must be made. No exceptions to this rule!
- If an athlete chooses to disobey riding the bus to the games and later
shows up with a family member, they will be suspended for that game and will not be allowed to
* Exception: If a player must ride with their parents to an away
contest it must first be approved by the Head Coach and then by the Athletic Director. Ex:
College recruiting trips, doctor’s appointments, and academic requirements such as ACT’s or
- If a player misses the bus for being tardy and is then brought by his
parents to the game, a phone call and formal apology to the coach will be
encouraged. At this point in time it will be up to the coaches’ discretion weather
or not the player participates in the competition.
-Having open lines of communication from parents, kids, coaches and staff members is highly
encouraged. If there is a problem with travel schedules, please let an authorized person be aware
of the situation. Flexibility is always a good thing.
Required attire when traveling- This area will be mainly up to the respective coaching staff
members of each sport. However, here are some general guidelines to think about:
- No earrings (Males)
- The direction your hat is pointed is usually the direction your life is headed.
- Dress respectfully and professionally. Look Good, Act Good, Be Good.
Mode of Travel that is allowed/used- The Corvallis District #1 has a bus contract with Weber
Transportation Inc., and will be our transportation provider during the 2010-2011 school year for
all athletic related activities. They have a total of 4 buses and will be the sole provider to and
from athletic competitions that require a bus. The use of rental vans will not be necessary.
Rules of Behavior during travel- It will be expected that all travel party members including
athletes, coaches, staff members and managers act in a professional and appropriate manner.
Remember you are representing your school, community, teammates, family, and most
importantly yourself! You never get a second chance to make a first impression and you never
know is watching. When I think about character, I define it has ‘what are you doing when no one
Specific Rules and Expectations
-The use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any illegal substance is strictly prohibited and immediate
expulsion from the team will be effective immediately upon being caught.
- No fighting, kicking, yelling, screaming, punching will be allowed. Keep your hands, feet and
objects to yourself at all times.
-Be respectful, courteous and polite to anyone and everyone at all times while on road trips.
- Open doors and use please and thank you.
-Refrain from swearing and using inappropriate language: Words such as Hell and Damn are not
- Keep your butts in the seats of the bus and use your inside voices. Please do not create
distractions for coaches and more importantly the bus driver. Keep your hands inside the bus at
- IPods, dvd players, and other portable electronic devices are allowed. Please be respectful of
the people around you.
- HAZING of other team members is also strictly prohibited and immediate expulsion will be
granted. No exceptions!
- For overnight trips lockdown occurs at 10:00 pm. You must be in your assigned room with
your assigned roommates. Lights out at 11:00 pm.
*Food for thought: Don’t give the coaches a reason to send you home. They know where all
Greyhound bus stations are located!
Travel and MissedClasses- Travel and missing classes is all part of high school athletics. There
are a few basic regulations that must be adhered to.
- Attendance is mandatory
- An absent from attending class because of a school related activity is an excused
absence and there will be no penalty for doing so.
- A letter will be provided to each teacher through their mail boxes and via email
informing that one or several students will miss one of their classes. The letter will contain the
date of the competition, the student participating and the time in which the student may be
dismissed. This will be provided no later than a week prior to the event occurring.
IMPORTANT- It is the student’s responsibility to get the assigned work Prior to
the event that they were forced to miss class time for.
-The time allowed to make up work will be equivalent to the time missed from
class. So that if you miss two days of class work you will be allowed two days to make up class
work. No late work will be accepted!
- A student who is irresponsible and does not communicate with the teacher that
they will be gone, will not be allowed to leave class and ultimately participate in the athletic
Travel Request Policy- A travel request information sheet must be completed, dated, and signed
by the Head Coach and Athletic director no less than 24 hours prior to the departure of the team
to their away competition. The following criteria must be included on the sheet:
1. Date and Time of Departure
2. Final Destination- School, Town Name and Address
3. Estimated time of arrival and mileage to destination
4. Sport, numbers of competitions, and competitors
5. Time of competition
6. Full Travel Party Members
-Participants full names and student Id numbers
- Coaches Names and Phone Numbers
- Manager Names
7. Bus #, Drivers Name and Phone Number
8. Hotel Address and Phone Number
9. Return date and anticipated time of arrival back to Corvallis
Expense Vouchers- A specified amount of per diem will be allotted each day of travel. This will
be given to the coaching staff in the amount of cash. The amount will not exceed more than
10.00 dollars a day. The kids will be provided one team meal a day on trips that exceed 200
miles. The students will be provided their per diem every road trip regardless of the mileage.
*Tournaments and post season play these figures and averages are subject to change*
FACILITITY SCHEDULING, PRACTICES, CROWD CONTROL AND ATHLETIC
Scheduling/use of gyms, rooms, equipment: Currently the Corvallis School district is
comprised of the following facilities:
-One main gym: Called the ‘Inferno’
- One auxiliary gym. Attached directly to the main gym
- Natatorium and swimming facility, also attached to main gym.
-Football, Track and Soccer complex
- One training room
Because sports are at different times of the year, practices and games will be scheduled
accordingly. The following list is a breakdown of each sport in their respective seasons
Fall Winter Spring
Football Men’s Basketball Track and Field
Volleyball Women’s Basketball Softball
Men’s Soccer Swimming Tennis
Women’s Soccer Cheer Squad Golf
Cross Country Cheer Squad
Scheduling Considerations: The use of rooms and equipment will be no issue but the use of gym
and field space is a priority. Here is the basic breakdown of games and when and where the
teams will compete.
Football- Friday Nights at the Football Complex
Soccer- Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursdays. These games will either be scheduled as a single
competition of one team or a double header with the men’s and women’s teams. These games
will be played at the Football Complex
Volleyball- Main Gym on any night other than Sunday’s or Monday’s. Preferably Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights
Cross Country- Saturday. Different courses around the valley already preexist.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball- Main gym, and will be scheduled as either a home or home
with other respective schools or as a double header on Saturday’s.
* Home and Home: One team will play at home and the other team will play at the
opposing schools home. They will be playing the same teams in their respective sports.
Swimming- Will compete on Saturday’s and other nights of the weeks. They will use the
natatorium for their meets.
Track and Field- Friday and Saturday’s. Will use the Football Complex that is comprised of an 8
lane rubberized track.
Softball- Any day of the week and Saturdays. Softball Complex.
Tennis- Any day of the week and Saturdays. Tennis Complex
Golf- Fridays and Saturdays. Hamilton Golf Course or Whitetail Golf Course in Stevensville will
be used to host tournaments.
Workout practice space/sharing of facilities/times of workouts. All times are listed as pm
unless stated otherwise.
Football- Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:00- Football Complex
Volleyball- Monday-Saturday from 3:30-6:00- Auxiliary gym
Soccer- Monday-Saturday from 3:30-6:00, Softball Field- Both Teams
Cross Country- Monday-Saturday from 3:30-6:00
Basketball- One team will practice in the Auxiliary gym and the other will practice in the Main
Gym. Varsity and JV will practice together. 3:30-6:00. The freshman teams will practice in the
morning from 6:00-8:00 AM.
* The teams will alternate gyms and time of practice each week starting on Mondays.
Swimming- Will practice morning or night: 6:00-8:00 am or 3:30-6:00 pm
Track and Field- Monday-Thursday 3:30-6:00- Track complex
Softball- Any day of the week from 3:30-6:00- Softball complex
Tennis- Any day of the week from 3:30-6:00- Tennis complex
Golf- Any day of the week from 3:30-6:00- Hamilton Golf Course
*Cheer Squad- Will practice any day of the week and will be located in the main gymnasium.
The top tier of the bleachers will be pushed back to have sufficient space. These practices will be
either in the mornings or after school.
Crowd Control at events and other security- Security measures will be made for all home
contests and the following people will attend every home contest.
-2 security guards (6 at Football Games)
- 1 police officer
- 1 administrator (Athletic Director, Vice Principal, Principal, Superintendent, School
The expectations of the crowd, participants, players and coaches is very high. A message stating
the rules and expectations of behavior will be read before every contest and a copy of those rules
will be posted throughout the facilities. Some general rules are as followed:
-No throwing objects or explicit remarks and gestures to officials, coaches, parents, and
players. Immediate removal from the gym will occur.
-Cheer and be positive. Have good sportsmanship and keep your negative comments to
Competition Scheduling & Gym Sharing- There are 3 annual scheduling meetings that the
MHSA (Montana High School Association) facilitate in which all the scheduling is done. They
occur in June for Fall Sports, August for Winter Sports and December for Spring Sports. With as
many sports as we have at Corvallis, teams will have to play the same day. No games will start
before 4:15 pm and no later than 7:30. Saturday games will start no later 3:00 pm. This will
allow visiting teams to return home at a decent hour. The gym and field sharing is as followed:
Football and Soccer Complex: Football- Friday Nights, Soccer- Monday-Thursday and
Saturday afternoons. Volleyball- Main Gym. Basketball-Main Gym. Swimming- Natatorium.
Track and Field- Football Complex. Softball- Softball Complex. Tennis- Tennis Complex. Golf-
Hamilton Golf Course.
There will be some type of event that will be scheduled every day of the week except Sundays.
With the number of people who have religious beliefs, I will do my best to schedule very little
events on Wednesdays.
Safety in the Gym/Fields/Other areas- We will take every necessary precaution to provide the
best medical support at each event. These are those measures:
- Every coach will be certified in CPR/First Aide and the using of an AED (Automatic
- An Athletic Trainer will be present at every home contest. They will be made available
an hour and a half prior to game time. They will provide taping, water, ice and etc.…
-Each coach will be provided a medical kit with supplies and an AED. They will be
required to carry this to each competition and practice.
- AED’s and Fire Extinguishers will be distributed at each field, gym and other areas.
- Signs will be distributed throughout each area explaining the inherent risks of the fans.
- Roped off areas will be made available during certain events and under special
Home Event Management- Most of the staff members at contests will be comprised of
teachers, booster club members and student works who can earn up to 3 credits by helping with
game day responsibilities. Parent volunteers are always welcome but we understand that they
enjoy watching their children compete.
Home Day Responsibilities:
- All staff members who are working the games will be required to report no later
than 30 minutes prior to start of the scheduled event, depending on their respective positions and
- Equipment: Students workers, Administration, Coaches and Trainers will be in
charge of distributing games balls, taking care of officials and leading them to the field, making
sure that lines are painted and that all electronic scoreboards are up and running. They will also
be in charge of opening up facilities, catering to visiting teams and ensuring that all safety
measures are taken care of.
- Tickets: Will be taken at the front door or gates at all complexes. The charges to attend
these events are as followed.
Senior Citizens- 65 and older Free
Children- 12 and Under Free
-Concessions: A snack bar will be made available at all home contests and open 30
minutes prior to start of each event. This will be run by moms of the booster club. They will
provide drinks, nachos, hotdogs and an assortment of candies.
-Halftime Festivities: Some type of halftime entertainment will try to be schedule for
basketball and football games. This will be in the form of small aged kids playing games or
cheerleaders performing dance routines. There will be music played and also competitions will
be arranged that fans can participate in. Ex: Races, 3 point competitions and punt, pass and kick
- Score Keepers: Will most likely be run by myself or one of the other administrators and
- Announcers: We have arranged for 2 parent volunteers to announce basketball and
football games. Softball and Soccer will be announced by me, other administrators and student
- Locker room Assignments- Each team will have access to a home locker room that will
be designated women’s or men’s. These will be combination locker rooms in which they will
also serve as a dressing room for physical education classes. There will be 100 lockers in each, 4
toilets and 4 urinals (Men’s only), 2 large white boards, stools for each locker and 2 large
couches in the middle. There will also be an athletic training table, stem machines, ultra sound
machine and a heat hydrocollator for hot packs.
* Visiting teams will use the other locker room that is not be used during
competitions. Ex: A visiting men’s basketball team will use the women’s locker room during
-Athletic Trainers: We have the luxury of having 2 full staffed Athletic Trainers. Our head
trainer will be at school from 8:00am-3:00pm every day. He will split time between soccer and
football practices and attend all of those home contests. Our 2nd athlete trainer will be at
volleyball practice and will be on campus from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. She will also teach one health
and physical education class in the afternoons and attend all home volleyball matches. Separate
from the locker rooms is a fully functional trainer room that can cater to all the athletes. This is
located just inside the main gym. The door that opens the training room will open up to the gym.
This way the athletic trainers can sit inside the door and watch all the competitions. It will be
equipped with a whirl pool and area for rehab. 4 trainer tables are located in there in order to tape
ankles and have athletes participate
-Officials: The responsibility to take officials will be strictly up to me and the other
administrators. Attached to the locker rooms of the football complex and main gym are separate
official rooms. There are 6 chairs and 2 couches in each with 10 large lockers. There will be a
refrigerator full of water and a TV equipped with cable channels. This will be a secure locker
room that will be locked during the competitions. The expectations and compensation are as
- The officials will be compensated based on the sport and their travel mileage. A check
will be handed to them prior to each contest in which they will have to sign a sheet that they
received their payment and will be used for accountant purposes.
-Expectations: Expectations will be very high for officials. They will be expected to be
professional, accurate and hard working. They must be able to handle the game and if there are
any problems or concerns I would expect them to find me or one of the administrators. They
need to be able to have an open line of communication with coaches and athletes. Any problems
with fans will be taken care of by me. They will be expected to arrive no later than 45 minutes
prior to game time.
-Athletic Tickets: First come, first serve. There will be no priorities or privileges. The
gymnasium capacity is 3,000 and the football complex is 4,500. Each fan and family members
will be expected to pay for every competition. We will offer a family pass that will be $100.00
and will allow all family members to go to every event through the school year.
Pre-Season Physical Exam- All student athletes must have a physical exam prior to practicing
or competing in contests. Without one you can’t do either.
Recruiting of Athletes- Recruiting of athletes is strictly prohibited. A coach may not contact an
athlete from another school in regards to joining their program. If an athlete or family contacts a
coach and shows interest in transferring, that will be allowed.
How athletes are chosen for teams/cuts- Cuts are never fun but in most sports are necessary.
They will have to be made. I believe coaches don’t cut athletes, athletes cut themselves. This can
be done in several ways.
- The athlete is getting outplayed and there is someone who is simply better.
- Their attitude is poor and they are a bad teammate
- Their grades are suffering and the chance of them being eligible throughout the year is
not looking too promising.
After tryouts and a team has been chosen, the coaching staff of each respective team will sit
down with each player and explain their plans for them during the upcoming season (roles, cut or
kept, expectations, improvements). A list of cuts posted on a door will not be allowed.
Injury Policies-Injuries are very seriously and we will take all the necessary precautions to
ensure the best possible care for athletes. All injuries during practice and competition will be
reported to one of the athletic trainers first. If a coaching staff member believes the injury is
serious, 911 will be called. After medical services have been contacted, and in route to the scene
the parents of the injured participant will be called. After the injury has been taken care of, it is
the responsibility of the coaching staff and athletic trainer to complete an injury form stating the
events that occurred and what led up to the injury. This will be turned in to the Athletic Director
within the next 2 days. It will be up to the athletic trainers, local doctors, and student athletes to
determine when the athlete can return to the practice/competition. The final say will be from the
athletic trainer with strong input required from the athlete. An athlete must understand that as a
school district, it is our responsibility to protect you and your body.
Nutrition information recommendations/education-All students are required to take at least
one semester of health and another semester of nutrition before they are able to graduate.
Coaches will be allowed to encourage not enforce, good eating habits and have athletes partake
in nutritional plans, meals, and advisory meetings with the health teachers and coaches.
Parental involvement and behavior at practices/contests- Parents are allowed at all practices
and competitions. It is our expectation that they observe with their eyes and keep their
comments, or urges to themselves until the conclusion of the practice/competition and the
coaches have dismissed the team for the day. Parents are not permitted to talk to coaches,
athletes, or student managers at any time and we ask them to please be quite and no disruptions
to occur. Coaches really hate distractions. They may talk to other parents watching. If there is a
problem with this, the coach may ask you to leave and never return. That will be up to their
discretion and take on the situation. If a parent desires to talk with a coach, they need to schedule
an appointment or talk with them after the conclusion of practice. They must understand that
they can always talk to coaches, but may not like what the coaches have to say.
Behavioral expectations and consequences for athlete/coach both on and off the field- The
expectations for coaches/athletes on and off the field are very high. We expect you to act in a
professional manner at all times. You need to be respectful, say please and thank you and keep
your hands feet and objects to yourself. At restaurants, we expect you to take your hats off and
have your inside voice tuned in strongly. Our expectations are that you stay out of legal trouble
and keep a clean record. Both coaches and athletes are role models for kids in the community
and remember you are representing your community, families, Corvallis School and most
importantly yourself. Character is what you do when no one is watching. Consequences are
determined on a special case to case basis. Here is a guideline of some of those possible
- Any legal trouble= suspensions, expulsion, dismissal from the team and relieved of your
- Ejection from a contest= 1 game suspension
-Contact with an official= 3 game suspension, formal apology to official and loss of
-Unnecessary contact with teammates (Fighting) - Up to the coaching staff.
Academic advising/counseling- Free advising and counseling is made available by appointment
with the academic and counseling centers respectively.
1. ELIGIBLE if a student has not reached the age of 19 prior to September 1.
2. ELIGIBLE during the first semester (September 1 to January 31) if a student has passed 25%
of the credits for graduation, during the immediately preceding academic year, i.e., 27.5 credits.
ELIGIBLE FOR SECOND SEMESTER-(February 1 to May 30) if a student has passed the
equivalent of 12.5% of the credits required by the State of Montana for graduation at the close of
the preceding semester (January 31) i.e., 13.75 credits. Full year courses shall be equated as one-
half of the total credits to be gained for the full year to determine credits passed during the
immediately preceding semester.
3, ELIGIBLE immediately if transfer because of a change of residence to another public
secondary school district by parents or as approved by the Corvallis School District School
4. ELIGIBLE after thirty (30) days from first game meet of a sport at present school, if student
received a varsity award at previous school the previous year and transferred from one school to
another when parents have not moved from one public school district to another public school
district and only after "Transfer Waiver Form" has been completed and processed by both
5. ELIGIBLE if no influence used to retain or recruit the student.
6. ELIGIBLE to represent his/her present school, if a student's parents move to another public
school district maintaining a secondary school of equal grade or higher provided he/she remains
properly enrolled, any subsequent transfer will be subject to the transfer provisions.
7. NOT ELIGIBLE after the completion of 8 semesters following a student's entrance into the
8. NOT ELIGIBLE after the class in which a student originally enrolled graduates, regardless of
transfer from any school during the 3 or 4 year period.
9. NOT ELIGIBLE for thirty (30) days from first game/ meet of a sport at present school, if
student received a varsity award at previous school the previous year and transferred from one
school to another when parents have not moved from one public school district to another public
school district and only after "Transfer Waiver Form" has been completed and processed by both
* Adopted from New Jersey State of Eligibility rules
Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy and Testing
The Athletics Department discourages the consumption of alcohol at all athletically related
events and receptions where students are present. Furthermore the Department prohibits:
* The consumption of alcohol on team buses/vans or other vehicles of team transportation.
* The possession or consumption of alcohol at competition sites, in team locker rooms or while a
student-athlete is in uniform. Furthermore, students must comply with the laws and policies of
the United States, State of Montana and the regulations of Corvallis District #1.
The Corvallis School District does not permit the use of smoking or smokeless tobacco at any
time. Anyone who is found violating these rules will be asked to terminate activity as soon as
possible. The second and third violation will result in a warning sent to the head coach and the
Director of Athletics.
Corvallis School Rules: The use of tobacco products by student-athletes, coaches, officials and
fame personnel during practice and competition is PROHIBITED. Violation of this will result in
dismissal for the remainder of the competition.
Any student-athlete who tests positive for drugs or alcohol, when tested by the school nurses will
lose their eligibility according to the Corvallis School District and MHSA. The individual will
also be ineligible for participation for any athletic team for a minimum of the remainder of the
current academic year and a maximum of their remaining enrollment at the school
All student-athletes must sign a Corvallis School District Drug Testing Consent Form. Any
student-athlete who tests positive on the Corvallis School Drug Screening will be subjected to
department and team sanctions. A student-athlete who tests positive will be subject to re-testing
in accordance with the drug-testing program. An outcome of a subsequent positive drug test may
result in dismissal from the team.
All athletes found guilty of the use of Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco during competitions, practices or
school related activities will not be able to appeal the consequences and the use of prevention
program will be made available and encouraged to attend.
* Adopted from Lehman College
Attendance at practices/contests- Attendance at all practices and contests is mandatory. An
athlete must participate in a minimum of 10 full team practices prior to being eligible in contests.
If a player is going to miss or be late for a competition they must make prior arrangements with a
coaching staff member and a phone call reminding the coach is encouraged. Consequences and
team rules for being tardy will be up to the discretion of the respective coaching staff.
IMPORTANT- By signing the appropriate forms and adhering to the policies and procedures of
this manual, the student athletes, parents, coaches and staff members understand the rules,
regulations and consequences of their actions. Please take this manual seriously and think of it as
a legal document between the school district all the participants. If anyone has any comments,
questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email or phone. Have a great season and
GO BLUE DEVILS!
Dan McKinney- Athletic Director
Corvallis Blue Devils