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Student-Athlete Responsibilities


1. Eligibility for all students will be determined every two weeks. Students that are declared ineligible must serve the entire two week ineligibility period before being allowed to regain eligible status.

2. A student (6-8) that receives a total of 4 or more Needs Improvement scores in Responsibility and Respect Standards shall be ineligible for participation for two weeks. If the standard has been met at the conclusion of two calendar weeks, the student will regain eligibility. 6th grade students will be subject to the same eligibility requirements as 7th and 8th grade students at Simle for all activities except football and cheerleading offered through the Bismarck Midget Football League.

3. 7th grade or 8th grade student participating on a high school team must pass all subjects to be eligible for high school participation (NDHSSA rule).

4. Ineligible students will be notified in writing of their status.

5. Eligibility rules will affect all students involved in all co- curricular school activities. These activities include, but are not inclusive of:
Basketball, Cross Country, Sparteens, Track, Tennis, Cheerleaders,
Football, Golf, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Jazz Band,
Volleyball, Gymnastics, Swing Choir, Drama, Hockey, Spanish Club,
French Club, Latin Club, German Club, Math Counts, S.A.D.D., Strolling Strings, Student Council, Figure Skating, Debate/Speech,
Academic Team, Science Olympiad

6. Any student who uses or has in possession, tobacco, alcohol or controlled substance is ineligible for six weeks on the first offense and eighteen weeks for any subsequent offenses. (NDHSAA rule)

7. Attendance: Participants must be in attendance for all academic and required activities designated by the school in order to be eligible to participate in competitions on any given day. Students must attend all classes on the day of the activity prior to the approved departure time for said activity. If the activity is on Saturday, students must be in full attendance on Friday. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of a building administrator.

8. Students may not participate on non-school teams or in non-school tournaments or meets during the school season of that sport. Violation of this regulation results in ineligibility in that sport for the remainder of the season. (NDHSAA RULE)

9. Out of season Penalty (includes summer): Penalty shall be 6 weeks for 1st offense and 18 weeks for 2nd offense (NDHSAA suspension). Suspension will start at the time the student is notified of the violation by the administration. In addition, there will be a 2 week suspension from the first authorized date of competition for the activity they will be participating in.

The activity programs here at Simle Middle School provide you with the opportunity to have fun with your classmates, improve your skills in an activity, and develop a passion for the activity in which you are participating. It is a privilege to be involved in the activity programs here at Simle. Along with the privilege to participate are a few responsibilities. As a representative of our school, participants have a responsibility to the school, their coach or advisor, team members, and the community. Participants should at all times:
  • Show appropriate behavior in classrooms, the cafeteria, hallways, etc. Detention time can result in your dismissal from an activity.
  • Allow coaches and advisors to handle instruction of the team and make no attempt to assist them with their duties.
  • Maintain a high level of good sportsmanship.
  • Participate within the rules and laws of the game/performance.
  • Display self-control and never use foul or abusive language at any time-before, during, or after a game/performance or practice.
  • Respect and obey the decisions of game/contest officials. Harassment or abuse of game officials will not be tolerated.
  • Show respect for opponents.
  • Participate to the best of your ability in all games/performances and practices.
  • Have a positive attitude and try to encourage others to do the same.
  • Be on time for games/performances and practices. Be prepared to participate when you arrive.
  • Arrange in advance for transportation when practices or games/performances are finished. All participants will be directed to leave the building immediately upon completion of an activity.

IMPORTANT: If a ride is needed by a student after a practice or game, parents must make the appropriate arrangements to have their son or daughter picked up immediately following their practice or game. Students will not be allowed to remain in the building unsupervised. Coaches and advisors must remain in the building for a reasonable amount of time following an activity to ensure that each student has been picked up. However, it would not be prudent to ask them to remain in the school for longer than approximately 15-20 minutes following an activity. Please try to make transportation arrangements in advance as well since a phone is not always readily available. We very much appreciate your cooperation in this matter!


The Bismarck Public School District and Simle Middle School believe that promoting sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity in extra-curricular activities should be part of the challenge to compete and excel. Participants should:
Control anger, emotions, and actions.
Be respectful to opponents, officials, and fans.
Never gloat over winning or attempt to "run up the score".
Never hang their head or place blame on someone else for losing.

Student-Athlete/Participant Attendance

Not only is it important for participants to be on time for games/performances and practices, it is imperative that they do not miss a game/performance or practice. As a member of a team or group, your fellow participants and coach/advisor are counting on your presence so that you are able to perform to the best of your ability and help your team or group do the same. A schedule of all game and practice times will be provided to you by your coach/advisor. Please encourage your parents to schedule appointments with doctors, dentists, hairstylists, etc. at times that will not interfere with games/performances or practices.

It is understandable that from time to time, a participant may need to miss a game/performance or practice for reasons that are out of their control. Examples of this may be illness, an appointment scheduled far in advance, a family vacation or outing that has been planned, church activities, or a sudden tragic event. These situations are excused absences and will be treated as such by your coach/advisor. If you must miss a game/performance or practice, your parent must contact the coach/advisor by phone or e-mail to inform them of your absence. If no contact is made, the absence will be considered unexcused. Our policy on unexcused absences is as follows:
  • The first unexcused absence will result in a warning from the coach/advisor.
  • The second unexcused absence will result in a game/performance suspension from the coach/advisor.
  • The third unexcused absence will result in dismissal from the team/group.

IMPORTANT: games/performances and practices missed due to detention will count as unexcused absences! Any student suspended from school for any reason will be suspended from their next game/performance. More than one suspension results in dismissal from the activity.

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