Interscholastic athletics at the Horace Mann School is a component of the physical education program where credit is given for completion of a sport season. Therefore, all policies governing academic requirements shall be extended to athletics.
Choosing to participate on an athletic team is a personal choice requiring a full commitment and sacrifice to attend all scheduled practices and contests.
The athletic department recognizes that each student should have the opportunity for a broad range of experiences in the area of extracurricular activities, however, students need to recognize that absences from practices will hinder skill development and physical conditioning, as well as jeopardize team unity. Time missed from practice inherently will influence an athlete’s performance, and potentially playing time and/or position with the team.
Students have a responsibility to do everything they can to avoid conflicts. This would include being cautious about belonging to too many activities where conflicts are bound to occur.
ALL absences from a practice or a contest will be recorded on AP Web.
Athletes and parent/guardian(s) will receive an email notice from the Attendance Office on the day following an unexcused athletic absence. Athletes are required to bring the completed form to their coach for discussion.
Any unexcused absence from a practice will follow the same study hall policy as a physical education student and:
- On the first unexcused absence, the student athlete will meet with their head coach. (For the first unexcused absence, the athlete will spend two periods in Study Hall)
- On the second unexcused absence, the student athlete will meet with the head coach and the seasonal associate athletic director and serve a one game suspension. (For the second unexcused absence, the athlete is required to spend one week (5 days) in Study Hall which includes all free periods each day, with exception of one period for lunch.)
- On the third unexcused absence, the student athlete will meet the head coach, the seasonal associate athletic director, grade dean and parent/guardian(s). At this time the student athlete will be given another game suspension. (For the third unexcused absence, the athlete is required to spend two weeks (10 days) in Study Hall, including all free periods, with the exception of one period for lunch.)
- On the fourth unexcused absence, the student athlete will meet the head coach, the seasonal associate director of athletic, director of athletics and grade dean. At this time the student athlete will no longer be eligible for a varsity letter or participation awards and the student athlete will be given another game suspension.
- After the fifth unexcused/unacceptable absence, the student athlete will be removed from the team and return to physical education class.
- Five instances of lateness to a practice are equivalent to one unexcused absence.
Athletic Excused Absences
Coaches may use their discretion when determining whether an absence for a non-athletic school activity is excused or unexcused.
Two (2) athletic excused absences from practice may be permissible with coach approval (See Athletic Excused Absence Form on Athletic Website / Inside Athletics).
A second athletic excused absence from practice requires a follow up meeting equivalent to the policy stated for the second unexcused absence – the student/athlete will meet with the head coach and the seasonal associate athletic director.
Any absence from a contest may include an automatic game suspension. A game suspension requires an approval from the seasonal associate athletic director and notification to the grade dean.