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Athlete Code of Conduct (Handbook)

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

Migiziwag Athletic Code of Conduct Handbook

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

Hayward, WI 54843

Athletic Code – Grades 6th – 12th 

This athletic code shall cover all students in grades 6th – 12th involved in interscholastic athletic programs as participants or manager(s) (Fall/Winter/Spring).

It is widely known and accepted that participating students represent their school and have more contact with other communities than any other part of the student body.  Participation in an athletic program is voluntary and based on the student’s interest.  A student is to regard participation as both a privilege and a responsibility.

It is the intent of this athletic code to guide and inform the participating students of their responsibilities and privileges and to inform the participant of the consequences of code infractions.  It is up to the individual participant, by intelligent choice, to become and remain eligible for participation. 

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School extends an equal educational opportunity to all students.  It is the school's policy that no person on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability may be denied admission to school or be denied participation in any program.

Any concerns regarding possible discrimination should be referred to the school's administrator for follow-up.

If there are questions dealing with eligibility requirements that the participant needs clarified, please see the coach of the sport involved, the athletic director, principal, or administrator.  These people are qualified to answer such questions.


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School sponsors and encourages student participation in a variety of athletic activities as a means of providing opportunities for personal growth, skill development, socialization, creativity, and competitive experience.  In addition, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School believes that a well-balanced education includes participation in athletic programs provided they do not interfere with academic skill development and classroom participation.

The opportunity to participate in athletic programs is extended to all students within the school with an understanding that there are certain responsibilities accompanying their involvement.

The major reason for sponsoring athletic opportunity in grades 6th – 12th is to provide an environment to foster the following objectives:

  1. To display good sportsmanship and to provide opportunities for developing lasting friendships with both teammates and opponents.
  2. To inspire positive role modeling and leadership.
  3. To provide programs for learning self-discipline, loyalty, team play, pride in the program, respect for the rights of others, and the will to be successful.
  4. To help students learn good habits of health, fitness, and safety.
  5. To use competition and the experience to build self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility, and skill while conducting an enjoyable and challenging program.
  6. To learn to place the unit, team, squad, class and school above personal desires.
  7. To learn how to graciously celebrate successes and positively respond to disappointments.
  8. To increase self-esteem through positive interactions with coaches and other athletes.
  9. To prepare the student for future endeavors.
  10. To reinforce skills learned in the classroom.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School recognizes that the above objectives are the responsibility of the athlete, coaches, parents, and administrators.

The following rules and guidelines will be used for the operation of a positive and successful athletic program:

  1. All athletes, participants, parents, administrators, and staff members shall follow the provisions of the Athletic Code.
  2. Each coach may have team rules that may not be identified in the athletic code.  If so, these rules must be shared with all participants and their parents.  They must also be approved and on file with the Athletic Director and Principal.
  3. All coaches shall adhere to the Coaches Handbook, this policy, and direction from the Athletic Director and the school's administration. 
  4. Levels of Participation – The school believes that participation at any level should be geared toward fun, an overall positive experience, and good sportsmanship.  Open and honest communication is paramount throughout the program.  Every effort shall be made between the athlete, coach, parents, and administration to communicate the goals, objectives, and expectations of each program to each individual participant.
  1. The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School may choose to offer athletic programs at the elementary level (Grades K-6).  The emphasis at this level is for total and equal participation.  The students will learn the basic rules and skills associated with the activity.  Values such as positive attitude, respect for others, and teamwork will be introduced.  Highest regard should be placed on the student’s self-esteem.  Winning in athletic competition will not be the main emphasis.
  2. The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School offers athletic programs at the middle school level

(6th – 8th).  Each participant shall participate (pending eligibility) as often as possible in all activities in order that he/she will feel encouraged to continue to participate.  Although winning is desirable, participation will be emphasized at this level.

  1. The junior varsity athletic program shall stress participation (pending eligibility), and a major emphasis may be on the need to prepare students physically and psychologically to win.  Skills levels will begin to be a primary factor associated with actual playing time.
  2. At the varsity level, athletic programs will emphasize competition based on limited participation of students (pending eligibility), and no guaranteed playing time for those participants.  Winning as an individual and as a team is recognized as a means of achieving pride and support of both the school and the community.  Athletes who desire this level of achievement do so with the understanding that is a privilege that must be earned.
  3. Violations of the Athletic Code by students from grades 6th – 12th could affect and limit participation.


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School is a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and sponsors the following interscholastic sports: Football 6 – 12, Volleyball 6 – 12, Cross Country 6 -12, Basketball        6 -12, and Track 6 – 12.

Opportunities exist each season for participation of both male and female students.


With the privilege of participation in interscholastic athletic activities comes responsibility and individual sacrifice.  If the activity is worth participating in, then the participant must be willing to put something into it.  Responsibilities that come with participation include cooperation with teammates and coaches and observance of the school’s athletic code.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has charged each of its member schools to establish regulations governing participation in athletics.  The charge is outlined in the WIAA handbook (Rules of Eligibility).

  1. Responsibilities of participants include:
  1. Observing the eligibility rules as stated in Section IV of this code.
  2. Practicing good habits of health and nutrition, hygiene, and safety.
  3. Caring for equipment and facilities.

Participants have the responsibility of following the school’s athletic code on a year-round (12 month) period.


Students choosing to participate in interscholastic athletics must meet all eligibility requirements as set forth by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA Handbook, Rules of Eligibility) and all eligibility requirements set forth by Lac Courte Ojibwe Schools.

According to these requirements, eligibility for participation in interscholastic competition is dependent upon the following:

  1. The student must be a full time student at Lac Courte Ojibwe School.
  2. The student must be 19 or less of age with an August 1st cutoff date (WIAA Handbook, Age Requirement, and Article III).
  3. Permission to participate must be granted in writing by the parent/guardian (WIAA Handbook, Health and Behavior, Article VII).
  4. A physical exam must be completed and recorded in the school office. Students will be required to have a physical examination every two years. Cards may be picked up after May 1st and must be signed by a licensed physician. Should an injury or serious illness occur requiring hospitalization after the date of physical, the person will need a statement from a doctor or clinic giving approval to return to competition. Cards to be used will be those issued by the WIAA (WIAA Handbook, Health and Behavior, Article VII).
  5. The student must be an amateur athlete. (No contracts, endorsements, gifts, etc.). Students with violations relating to this section shall become ineligible for all further participation in the school’s interscholastic program. (WIAA Handbook, Amateur Status, Article IV).
  6. The student is not to have in his/her possession or use alcohol; use tobacco; use, possess ,buy, distribute or sell controlled substances or drugs; or be present at a gathering at which alcohol is illegally being consumed. Student athletes are directed not to place themselves in the presence of others who are illegally possessing or using alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances. It is the expectation of this code that an athlete leaves, disassociates him/herself and knowingly not to linger in the presence of others illegally possessing alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances. Students with possible code violations in this section will be subject to the procedures in accordance with Section VI of this Athletic Code. (WIAA Handbook, Health and Behavior, Article VII and the Lac Courte Ojibwe School Policy).
  7. The student must meet the attendance requirements. (WIAA Handbook, Attendance and Scholarship, Article V and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School policy).
  1. Eligibility extends to only eight semesters of high school attendance.
  2. The student must reside in the district or be participating full time in a legislated open enrollment option.
  3. Students must attend school regularly. 
  4. Attendance at all practices and games are required.
  5. Attendance at school for at least half a day is needed in order to practice or play in a contest on that day.  Students that leave school ill are not eligible to practice or play that day.  The time that is used to determine half day attendance is 12:15 p.m.
  1. The student must remain satisfactory in academic achievement.  (WIAA Handbook, Attendance and Scholarship, Article V, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School policy). 
  • A student receiving a failing grade at mid- quarter (Progress Report) of semester-long courses will be declared ineligible until a passing grade in that particular class is regained.  Eligibility will be reinstated as soon as the grade is brought up to passing.  
  • A student receiving a failing grade at the end of the quarter for semester long courses is ineligible for 1 week of competition.
  • A student receiving two or more failing grades at quarter or failing a semester class is ineligible for the next 15 consecutive scheduled school days (WIAA Rule).  
  • A student receiving an incomplete in one or more courses for the semester may regain eligibility immediately if incompletes are made up within two weeks after the grading-reporting period.
  • Penalties incurred in the fourth quarter or second semester of the previous year will be enforced on the first day of school for the next school year.  
  • The ineligibility status will be adjusted as follows for students in fall sports in which the date of earliest allowed competition is before the first day students are in class.
  • Fall Sports – The minimum ineligibility period shall be the lesser of (1) 21 consecutive calendar days beginning with the date of earliest allowed competition in a sport or (2) one third of the maximum number of games/meets allowed in a sport (rounded up if one-third results in a fraction).
  • Special Education students must meet the academic criteria stated in their Individual Educational Plan (IEP).
  1. The student is to uphold the ideals, principles, and standards of the WIAA and the school. (WIAA Handbook, Health and Behavior, Article VII, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School policy).  Any athlete who commits an illegally punishable criminal act shall be suspended from athletic competition, whether or not governmental authorities prosecute the athlete.  Any acts/behaviors such as these would be considered “behavior unbecoming of an athlete.”  Examples include: acts of vandalism; flagrant violation of game rules; theft; destruction of school property; serious and/or continued violation of school regulations; and serious and/or continued disrespect of teachers, officials, students, or other school or community persons.  (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School Policy – Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, Non Discrimination Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, Hazing Policy, Bullying Policy, Harassment Policy, Dangerous Weapons Policy, Suspension/Expulsion Policy, Alcohol and/or Other Drug Use by Students Policy, etc.)  Students with possible code violations related to this section will be subject to the procedures in accordance with Section V of this athletic code.
  2. The student will be allowed to participate in not more than two non-school competitions with school approval of the same sport during the season of practice and competition established by the school.  The contests will not count against the individual maximum for the student in that sport.  Students that choose to participate in more than two non-school programs of the same sport during the season, forfeit the remainder of that season’s eligibility for the sport.  (WIAA Handbook, Non School Participation, Article VI and the Lac Courte Oreilles School Policy).
  3. Students who participate in athletic activities, groups and teams is a privilege at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School.  The use of social media by a student considered to be “unbecoming of an athlete”, may result in discipline including suspension or removal from the activity, group, leadership position or team.
  4. The student must follow the school’s athletic code on a year-round (12 month) basis. (WIAA Handbook, Health and Behavior, Article VII)
  1. Enforcement of this code shall be the responsibility of the Athletic Director and Principal.
  2. A student will remain eligible until the Athletic Director or Principal has informed him/her and his/her parents of their decision regarding an alleged violation.
  3. In all circumstances, it is the intent that the process be fair and timely.  The term of ineligibility shall follow immediately upon notification of ineligibility.
  1. Whenever charges of a violation of the Athletic Code are brought, the Athletic Director and Principal shall:
  1. Investigate the allegations to determine if a potential violation of the Athletic Code has taken place.  Request written statements from individuals in question.
  2. Meet with the student to present the information regarding an alleged infraction of the Athletic Code and to give an opportunity to hear the student’s side.
  3. Take time for deliberation and making a determination regarding whether the infraction has taken place.
  4. Determine the penalty, according to the Athletic Code for a student that is found guilty of a violation.
  1. Students accused of a violation of this code can expect the following procedure:
  1. The principal shall inform the student of the charges brought against him/her.  That accuser must have presented his/her complaint to the Principal within 30 days of the alleged incident.  If the incident occurred during the summer, the Athletic Director and Principal must act within 30 days after the beginning of the next school.  Any irrefutable evidence or director confessions will be examined and considered at any time.                                                                                                                                                     
  2. A person witnessing or having firsthand knowledge of a probable violation of the athletic code must present the kind, time, and place of the violation to the athletic director or administration in writing and signed within 30 days of the occurrence.  This does not preclude school personnel from investigating a violation and following through with athletic code sanctions.
  3. The accused will be given the opportunity to meet with the Athletic Director and Principal to be informed of the changes.
  4. The accused will have an opportunity to present evidence in his/her own behalf and provide a signed written statement.
  5. The Athletic Director and Principal will deliberate and decide the matter in private.  The student will be informed within 24 hours after the decision of guilt or innocence.
  6. Parents will be contacted within 24 hours after the decision of guilt or innocence and shall have 48 hours to request a meeting with the principal and/or athletic director to review the infraction.
  7. The term of the penalty begins immediately if the finding of the Athletic Director and Principal is that the Athlete was guilty.  This is true even if the case is going for appeal.  (See WIAA Handbook, Rules of Eligibility, Article VII – Health and Behavior/Compliance, Section C (3).
  1. Any student wishing to appeal the decision of the Athletic Director and Principal must adhere to the following procedure process:
  1. After a student has been notified of the suspension, the athlete or his/her parents may formally appeal the decision in writing to the Administrator, providing the appeal is received within two school days from the notification of suspension.  The administrator will determine if there is a valid basis for appeal.

The two most common reasons for an appeal are that:

  1. It can be shown that the evidence does not support the original decision.
  2. It can be demonstrated that the review process did not provide an opportunity for the student to present his/her side of the issue.

An appeal must be in writing and must state the reason or basis on which it is being sought.  In the         event an appeal is requested and the Administrator determines that the appeal is valid the appeal process will proceed as follows:

  1. The Administrator, the Head Coaches of the Sports that are not in season, and the Head Coach of the Sport involved shall review the proceedings of the Principal and Athletic Director and shall render judgment within three school days as to whether the decision of the Athletic Director and Principal will stand or not.
  1. The Administrator is responsible for scheduling this appeal and for presenting information that has been reviewed in the previous step.  The Administrator does not vote.
  2. The student and his/her parents are responsible for presenting information that they believe will confirm the student’s innocence.
  3. The Coaches will listen to the information presented and clarify the issues.  They will deliberate and will vote on the appeal.  The deliberations by the Coaches will be done in private – the Administrator being present.
  4. The student will be informed within 24 hours after the decision of guilt or innocence.
  1. If the athlete and/or parents are not satisfied with the findings of the first appeal, they may appeal in writing to the Board of Education.  The Administrator must receive in writing a request for a hearing before the Board of Education within four days of the outcome of the first appeal.


  1. Students accused of violating the rules and regulations of this code have the following rights:
  1. The right to know the charges that are being brought against him/her.
  2. The right to contest the charges.
    1. Violations of the Athletic Code will be cumulative during a participant’s career.  However, an individual who completes one year without a violation “wins back” his/her status prior to the last violation.
    2. Any Student who voluntarily turns himself/herself in for a first violation of this code shall have the penalty reduced by ten percent of the original amount specified in the code.  If ten percent results in a fraction of a contest, standard-rounding rules would apply.  For example, a student’s penalty, when reduced by ten percent results in a 1.5 contest suspension.  According to standard rounding rules, the student would serve a two-contest suspension.  However, if a student’s penalty was reduced by ten percent, resulting in a 1.4 contest suspension, a one-contest suspension would be served.
  • First Violation:
  • A first violation results in a suspension from athletic competition for a period of 20% of the contests based on the regular season of the sport.  Any remaining percentage of that suspension not served shall be recalculated and applied to the next sport in which the athlete participates in and completes.  Athletes suspended because of alcohol/tobacco/drug violation may have their suspension reduced if he/she agrees to an AODA assessment and completes it.  While the assessment is taking place, the athlete is required to participate in every session(s) and fulfill any obligations that are asked of him/her during the assessment.  Failure to do so would result in the athlete serving the original 20% suspension.
  • If the suspension carries over into the WIAA tournament series, the athlete will miss the entire tournament series.  This clause pertains to team tournaments as well as the individual tournament series.  Any remaining percentage of that violation will carry over to the next season of participation.
  • Any student serving a penalty during a sport must remain in the sport in order for the penalty to be valid.  If a student quits the sport, any remaining percentage of that violation will carry over to the next season of participation.
  • Second Violation:
  • A second violation results in a suspension from athletic competition for a period of 30% of the contests based on the regular season of the sport.  All other sanctions listed under the first violation apply to second violations as well.
  • A student with two violations in the same season will serve his/her suspension consecutively, not concurrently.
  • Third Violation:
  • The third violation results in loss of eligibility for all athletic events for one calendar year from the date of the athletic code violation.  If an athlete has an additional offense(s) while already serving a year’s suspension, then the one year suspension period will start over again dating from the time of the additional suspension(s).  A student desiring to participate again after the third offense must indicate his/her desire to that effect and must remain violation free for the entire year of his/her penalty.  Upon return, he/she will return to Step 2 (Second Violation).
  1. Points of Emphasis
  1. Any fraction in determining contest suspension will be rounded to the nearest whole number.
  2. If suspension is not completed in the season when the violation took place it carries over to the next season of participation.
  3. With the first and second infraction the participant will be required to practice and be present with the team as required by the coach for contests.
  4. Penalty for acts outlined in IV Eligibility Rules, which results in a student being suspended for one or more WIAA tournament competitions, is immediate disqualification of the student for the remainder of the total tournament series in that sport.
  5. Any infractions that occur during an off-season of participation will involve a suspension/enforcement in the next participation.  (Includes summertime, which will be handled when school starts in the fall).
  6. A student who transfers with a code of conduct suspension that has not been served must serve the mandated suspension, as decreed by the previous school at the new school.


  1. All athletes will be required to take a physical examination and the Impact Test.
  2. In the event a student is injured, the coach will fill out an injury report form and file it with the athletic director the next day.  This form may provide a source of information necessary for insurance purposes.
  3. To assure that sufficient recovery or healing has occurred and the athlete is physically able to return to athletic competition, he/she must have a certificate signed by the doctor stating and indicating the date of return.  This is a WIAA rule and obviously designed to provide some assurance to the parent, coach and school that the athlete has recovered from the injury.  The certificate is to be given to the coach and the coach is required to give it to the athletic director, who will keep it on file.
  4. Parents, if not present at the athletic contest, will be notified by the coach or athletic director as soon as feasibly possible in the event their son/daughter is injured or hospitalized.  In order for insurance to apply, the injured athlete must see a physician within 60 days from the date of the injury.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School does carry insurance coverage for all participants in school- sponsored and supervised interscholastic athletics and sponsored group travel.  Payment of medical/dental expenses is made ONLY IN EXCESS over any family or employer group coverage or plan that must contribute its maximum before this coverage has any liability.

This is a program of supplemental coverage designed to pick up eligible balances left by family or employer group insurance plans and if no other coverage or plan is available, to pay the medical/dental expenses incurred to the limits stated in the policy.  Athletes should have family health insurance coverage rather than depend on the school’s athletic insurance program.


Students participating in the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School athletic programs will be required to pay a $25.00 participation fee deposit.  The deposit needs to be paid before the first day of practice.  The reason for the deposit is to have the parents and students commit to the athletic program and have students attend all practices and games and be academically eligible for the entire season.  If the student completes the athletic program and is in good standing academically, the deposit will be returned.  The parents can also forward the deposit to the next athletic program their son/daughter will participate in the current school year. 


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School is aware that a percentage of the students will have reached the age of majority.  There is no attempt to deny these students their constitutional rights.  However, in order to maintain consistency in our programs, we shall enforce the rules and regulations of this athletic code for all students regardless of age.


This athletic code is in effect for one calendar year from the start of your area of participation.  WIAA determines the starting and ending dates for the seasons.  A season is considered to have ended at the conclusion of the State Tournament for that sport.


  1. During the trip, which are sponsored in full or in part by the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, students are subject to the same rules and guidelines for behavior as pertain to the normal school day.  These rules and guidelines are published in the student handbook, which is issued to each student the first day of school.  Students are to use the school supplied transportation to and from events unless given specific arrangements authorized in advance by the administrator and confirmed in writing by the parent. 
  2. In the event that a student is on an athletic trip and is found to be in violation of civil law, is party to extensive vandalism, is in possession of or uses alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, the following course of action will be taken:
  1. The student may be referred initially to the law enforcement officials of the municipality where the infraction occurs.  Further investigation may occur with local officers.
  2. The chaperone has the discretion to notify the parent or guardian of the student and request that they make arrangements for the student to be transported home after consulting with the administrator of the school.
  3. Students involved may be suspended from school and may be subject to being put on an enrollment contract or asked to withdraw from school.
  4. Students involved will not be allowed on overnight athletic trips for the duration of the school year, unless chaperoned by their own parent/guardian.
  5. Students involved will be expected to make restitution for any damages or theft of items at school or while visiting another school site.
  6. Students involved will be subject to the disciplinary measures of this athletic code.


The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School and WIAA through policy sets the expectations for spectator behavior at all events both at home and away games/meets.

  1. Spectators (adults and students) at all athletic events – home or away: Athletic events are an extension of the classroom of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School.  An individual or group who willfully interferes the proper order or management of this school or another school (public or private) or a sponsored event by acts of violence, boisterous conduct, threatening language, unsportsmanlike conduct, or disobeying of school policies or administrative rules (harassment and/or discrimination) shall be asked to leave the premises by a school personnel, game host, security, or designee(s) and may be prohibited from further attendance for a period of up to six weeks.  Individuals thus prohibited from attendance may follow established grievance procedures.
  2. Spectators conduct at away events:  Adults and students represent the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School while attending school functions.  While in another school’s facility we are expected to respect their conduct codes showing courtesy and good sportsmanship at all times.

The parent signature on the athletic form shows that you have read and understand the athletic code of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School.  You understand that violation of any of the WIAA or Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School regulations will result in action as prescribed.  Any act in violation of the athletic code that occurs outside of the school setting which is brought to the attention of the school authorities in accordance with the procedure for reporting a violation as outlined in Section IV of the code will be pursued under the athletic code following due process by referring the individual to the athletic committee.

The parent signature on the athletic form also authorizes the student to use the equipment in the athletic sport program of participation.  Unless otherwise informed, the Athletic Director regards this authorization as allowing the student to use equipment such as the weight room or any other equipment appropriate to the sport of participation.

XVI) Contest Suspension Chart – 20% and 30%

Sport                                                    Total Contests Played 20% 30%

Football 9 contests 2 3

Volleyball 15 contests 3 5

Cross Country 11 contests 2 3

Boys & Girls Basketball 24 contests 5 7

Track 20 meets 4 6

Definitions of a “contest”:

Football Four Quarters against the same opponent

Volleyball Two to five games against the same opponent or tournament

Cross Country A meet or invitational 5k competition

Basketball Two halves against the same opponent

Track A meet or invitational including dual, triangular, or quadrangular competition

* A forfeit is not recognized as a WIAA contest.

* A scrimmage or clinic is not considered a contest for the purpose of determining athletic code suspensions.

Cross References:

Student Handbook

WIAA Senior High School Handbook

WIAA Season Regulations Handbook