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Athletic Eligibility Packet 2021-2022

Please read the entire Athletic Eligibility Packet and initial or sign where necessary. You can fill out one athletic eligibility packet for up to 4 student athletes. For example, if you have 3 students playing MS/HS sports at MCA, you will only need to fill out one packet. Just make sure that each student has initialed and signed in each required location.

Purpose

Participation in athletics is an honor and a privilege earned through dedication, desire, and discipline. At Metrolina, we believe athletes must discipline theselves not only physically but academically, spiritually, and socially in order to achieve excellence. The purpose of athletics at MCA extends to the following:

  • Providing instruction and direction to use our athletic talents to glorify God. (1 Peter 4: 11)
  • Applying the principle of the “well-rounded” person illustrated in Luke 2:52 (mental, physical, social, and spiritual) through the integration of academics, athletics, and social activities.
  • Doing our best for God’s glory. (Col. 3:23)
  • Physically winning the game. (I Cor. 9:24)
  • Acknowledging God in all things, win or lose. (I Thess. 5:18)
  • Seeking God’s guidance in striving to be a true winner. (Phil. 4:13)
  • Developing school unity and spirit through involvement by the student body, parents, faculty, and staff.(1 Corinthians 12)
  • Maintaining a clear Christian testimony to opposing schools, officials, and others in the public with whom we interact. (Matthew 5:16)

Attendance

Team members of each sport should attend all scheduled practices and meetings. If circumstances arise whereby the student cannot attend a practice or meeting, the coach should be notified prior to by personal contact, phone call, or written statement from the parent or guardian. Any athlete, who misses practice, fails to appear for a game, fails to make scheduled individual or team meetings, or fails to attend school more than one-half day on game days or practice days may not be allowed to suit up for any game or games for a period of time to be determined by the coach and Athletic Director. Excessive absence may be cause for removal from athletics.

Eligibility

  • All athletes must remain in good standing in each class with a passing grade.
  • Students may become ineligible based upon their grades at the 4 ½ week progress report and the 9 week report card.
  • If a student becomes ineligible at the 4 ½ week progress report, he/she may be reinstated to the team after a 5 school day period if all grades meet the eligibility standard.
  • If a student becomes ineligible at the end of the 9 weeks, he/she may be reinstated to the team again after a 15 school day period if all grades meet the eligibility standard.
  • While ineligible, an athlete may not attend practices or games. The purpose is for the athlete to get their academic averages back to where they should be so they may return to the team.

Personal Appearance

Because athletes are constantly in the eyes of the public, they become a representative of the school and are considered to be in a position of leadership. Therefore, the athlete’s personal appearance not only reflects their attitude but those whom they represent. Athletes are required to follow Metrolina’s dress code and any other standards imposed by the coach. Failure to comply may result in suspension from the team and/or removal from athletics.

Fees

Each student will be assessed an annual athletic fee of $150 for the first sport. There will be a $50 fee for the second sport. Football fees are $300 for Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity. There will be a $50 fee for the second sport. Cheerleading fees are $475.There will not a be fee assessed if the athlete plays a third sport. Student athletic fees are charged to the FACTS account and due within 10 days of the date the charge is placed on the account.

Technical Fouls/Cautions/Ejections

  • Any athlete receiving a conduct technical foul in basketball, a caution (yellow card) in soccer, a caution (yellow card) in volleyball, or a verbal caution in baseball will be removed from that game/match and will remain out of that game for any time deemed necessary by the head coach.
  • Any athlete receiving a caution or technical in two consecutive games will be removed from the remainder of that game and suspended from the following game.
  • Any athlete receiving two technical fouls in one game or an ejection will be suspended from the following game.
  • Any athlete who is suspended from two games for cautions or ejections may be removed from the team for the remainder of the season.

NCAA Eligibility Center

If your child has a desire to play college sports they need to be registered with the eligibility center at the beginning of their junior year. You can complete the registration online at www.eligibilitycenter.org.

SAT/ ACT

Make plans for your child to take either or both the SAT/ ACT. Be sure to enter the NCAA eligibility center code "9999" as a score recipient. Doing this sends the score directly to the NCAA eligibility center.

Video/Filming Guidelines

Anyone filming should alert the head coach and be in communication with the respective coach at all times. Individuals filming an athletic event should remain off the court or field of play at all times. Media lines are provided in football; therefore there are greater restrictions. No drones will be allowed without prior approval and should never be in a position directly over students, coaches, or spectators. Any music selections that accompany the video must adhere to the music guidelines located in the athletic handbook. Final products should only be published having the consent of the coach.

Guidelines for Away Trips

Assignments/Tests: Athletes are to make sure that any tests be taken or assignments turned in prior to leaving for an away game. Athletes returning late from a game will not be excused from any tardiness or from assignments or tests given the following day unless it is approved by administration.

Dress: Each coach determines the appropriate travel attire for their team.

Travel: We believe that having the team ride together to away games helps build team spirit. Therefore, all students should ride together to and from away games unless prior arrangements have been made with the coach. Students riding home from an away game with anyone other than their parents/guardians must have parental permission and inform the coach. Safety is of upmost importance, therefore noise levels should be minimal, hands and feet should remain inside the bus at all times, passengers should be seated at all times, etc. Male and female athletes are not permitted to sit together on the bus while traveling to or from an away game.

Vehicles: The bus should be cleaned after every trip. This is the responsibility of every athlete who rides on the bus. Any damage done to vehicles from horseplay or carelessness will be the responsibility of the individual(s) who caused the damage.

Transportation Permission

Student has permission to ride in transportation provided by Metrolina Christian Academy (bus, van, or parent vehicle, if necessary.)

By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the policies stated above.

 

Effective Parent/Coach Relations

Effective relationships between parents, coaches, and players must be built on the following guidelines:

  • Love one another. “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:24-35)
  • Respect each other. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)
  • Pray for each other. “On Him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted in answer to the prayers of many. (II Cor. 1:10b-11)
  • With full recognition of, and respect for parental responsibility under God; during athletic participation, parents have delegated the responsibility and authority of their athlete to the coach. Parents should refrain from sideline coaching.

The following examples must be avoided:

  • Parental coaching “from the stands”. A coach needs the full attention and concentration of the athletes. During a practice or game, the player is under the supervision of the coach. Uninvited parental intervention during these times is a serious distraction and is detrimental to the program.
  • Parents negatively approaching the coach or their young person on the bench during a game, at halftime, or immediately after a game prior to the post-game team meeting. A coach expects the full support from both the player and parents. If a parent wants to talk to the coach, they should call the next day.
  • Parents wishing to give input should use the proper communication channels and procedures. If their concern/input is not heard or sufficiently responded to by the coach initially, they may proceed by talking with the athletic director, principal, and then to the Head of School until the matter has been resolved. Proper deference should be given to the coach by scheduling an appointment with them to discuss concerns in private.
  • It is reasonable to expect that any parent, who has permitted their student athlete to try out for a team, be supportive of the coach. Any concerns should be given privately to a coach if need be; however simply airing negative opinions to others, including one’s own children, should be avoided.
  • Each coach will have the full responsibility and authority to determine which players are entered into games, when, and for how long. Their decision in this area will be made on the basis of what will best benefit the team. In team sports, the team will always be of primary significance.
  • The coach will choose a starting lineup for each game based on ability, attitude, and performance in practices and games. Substitutions will be made when an injury occurs, when a player is tired or not playing well, or when the outcome of the game is out of question. Substitutions are made at the discretion of the coach.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not part from it.” Proverbs 22:6. You as a parent must play an active role during these short years to ensure athletic and academic success. Coaches have been prayerfully chosen. Support them as they sacrifice their time for the benefit of your child. Rest, prayer, and a proper diet are essential for your child’s success at Metrolina. Please feel free to contact our athletic staff or coaches at any time. Your prayers and support are vital to our athletic program.

Parent Pledge

Metrolina Christian Academy believes the following policies must be agreed on and understood between the school, the student athlete, and the parents. By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the following policies.

1. I pledge to use positive encouragement to edify my child because I understand that athletes do their best when encouraged.

2. I pledge to support the athletic program at Metrolina knowing that fewer than 1% of youth sports participants receive athletic scholarships and the top three reasons kids play sports are: a) to have fun; b) to make new friends; and c) to learn new skills.

3. I pledge to keep athletics in proper perspective knowing that the game is for the players.

4. I pledge to encourage my child to use maximum effort, to learn new skills, and to bounce back from mistakes.

5. I pledge to avoid comparing my child to any other as God has created mankind in His imagine, with different abilities.

6. I pledge to set a good example for my child. No matter what others may do, I will show respect for all involved in the game including coaches, athletes, opponents, opposing fans, and officials.

7. I pledge to refrain from calling out instructions to my child or approaching the bench during a game or breaks in a game. I understand that this is the coach’s job. I will limit my comments during the game to encouraging my child and other players for both teams.

8. I pledge to refrain from making negative comments about my child’s coach in front of my child, my child’s teammates, or other team parents. If I have a conflict with a coach, I pledge to handle it in a Biblical manner and approach the coach directly, privately, and respectively.

9. I pledge to be punctual in picking up my child from games and practices. This shows respect for the coach, and it tells my child that they are my top priority.

10. I have read and fully understand that if I have not kept my agreement to fulfill the above stated obligations; my child may be removed from Metrolina Athletics.

By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the policies stated above.

 

Student Pledge

An athlete is expected to govern their conduct in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Student Handbook. Violation of the student’s obligations under the handbook may result in removal from competitive athletics. Please be sure to sign below.

1. I pledge to encourage my teammates and coaches.

2. I pledge to make my MCA team a top priority and will not miss a practice or game because of extracurricular activities.

3. I pledge to use maximum effort, learn new skills, and bounce back from mistakes. I will work every day to my best ability in order to grow as an athlete and a person.

4. I pledge to show respect to opposing athletes, fans, coaches, and officials. I will refrain from questioning calls by officials. Win or loose, I will conduct myself with dignity by offering a handshake to opposing players.

5. I pledge to listen and follow my coach’s instructions. I will support my coach’s plan for the team.

6. I pledge to refrain from making negative comments about my coach. I understand this can seriously damage team morale and chemistry and undermine my coach’s ability to do their best. If I have a conflict with a coach, I pledge to handle it in a Biblical manner and approach the coach directly, privately, and respectfully.

7. I pledge to be punctual for practices and games. I understand that being punctual demonstrates a respect for teammates and coaches.

8. I have read and fully understand that if I have not kept my agreement to fulfill the above stated obligations, I may be removed from Metrolina Athletics.

By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the policies stated above.

 

Medical Release

Referral to a Medical Specialist

If the Athletic Trainer is of the opinion that an injury requires further evaluation or treatment, the athletic trainer will notify the parents. Parents are responsible for arranging doctor's appointments. Coaches do not have the authority to make referrals to any physician without the approval of the Athletic Trainer, except in cases where emergency care is indicated. Before the athlete can return to athletic participation, the Athletic Trainer must receive medical documentation clearing/releasing the athletes from injury. It is the responsibility of the athlete and their parents to ensure that the physician forwards all requested information.

Return to Activity Following an Injury

Athletes who have missed practices or games due to a particular injury or illness must be re-evaluated by the Athletic Trainer or medical professional before they are allowed to return to active participation. Any athlete who has been under the care of a physician for a particular injury or illness must turn in a completed Athletic Medical Clearance Form to the Athletic Trainer. Open communication between the coach and athletic trainer following an athletes injury is a top priority.

Consent for Emergency Care and Financial Responsibility

I, the undersigned parent/guardian of the student applicant for interscholastic participation, do give and grant to any medical doctor or hospital my consent and authorization to render such aid, treatment, or care to said student as, in the judgment of said doctor or hospital, may be required in an emergency, illness or accident. This permission is granted while the student is participating in or traveling to or from an ATHLETIC EVENT conducted by Metrolina Christian Academy. This permission is granted for the current school year. We as parent(s) or legal guardian(s) assume full financial responsibility for such action.

Metrolina Christian Academy, its employees, and parent volunteers will not be held liable for personal injury occurring as the result of participation in athletic activities.

By signing below, I am indicating my acceptance of the policies stated above.

 

Insurance Coverage

Athletic Insurance

Because the risk of injury increases for students involved in athletics, all student athletes participating on MCA athletic teams should be covered by health insurance. It is the responsibility of the athlete’s parents to provide insurance in the event of an injury while participating in practice or in a game. Metrolina Christian Academy does not assume any financial responsibility for injuries while participating on an athletic team.

Risk

We the parents acknowledge and understand that there is a risk of injury involved in athletic participation. We understand that the student-athlete will be under the supervision and the instructions of the coach in order to reduce the risk of injury to the student and the other athletes. However, we acknowledge and understand that neither the coach nor Metrolina Christian Academy can eliminate the risk of injury in sports. Injuries may and do occur. Sports injuries can be severe and in some cases may result in permanent disability or even death. We freely, knowingly and willfully accept and assume the risk of injury that might occur from participation in athletics.

Responsibility

In the event of an injury, we the parents are fully responsible for the costs associated with said injury. We the parents, understand it is our responsibility to file with our primary insurance carrier to help cover the costs associated with the sports injury. We understand that Metrolina Christian Academy is not responsible for any charges related to the injury. MCA does however, provide an excess insurance policy which means after the insured person has been reimbursed for the medical expenses by their primary insurance plans, this excess insurance may help with uncovered expenses after a $500 deductible has been met.

Insurance Coverage

I have read and understand that as a parent/legal guardian, I accept full financial responsibility regarding medical treatments in accordance with the insurance section of this document.

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CONCUSSIONS

What is a concussion? A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. It results in your brain not working as it should. It may or may not cause you to black out or pass out. It can happen to you from a fall, a hit to the head, or a hit to the body that causes your head and your brain to move quickly back and forth.

How do I know if I have a concussion? There are many signs and symptoms that you may have following a concussion. A concussion can affect your thinking, the way your body feels, your mood, or your sleep. Here is what to look for: (Table is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/)

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

If you are having any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should tell your parents, coach, athletic trainer or school nurse so they can get you the help you need. If a parent notices these symptoms, they should inform the school nurse or athletic trainer.

When should I be particularly concerned?

If you have a headache that gets worse over time, you are unable to control your body, you throw up repeatedly or feel more and more sick to your stomach, or your words are coming out funny/slurred, you should let an adult like your parent or coach or teacher know right away, so they can get you the help you need before things get any worse.

What are some of the problems that may affect me after a concussion?

You may have trouble in some of your classes at school or even with activities at home. If you continue to play or return to play too early with a concussion, you may have long term trouble remembering things or paying attention, headaches may last a long time, or personality changes can occur once you have a concussion, you are more likely to have another concussion.

How do I know when it’s okay to return to physical activity and my sport after a concussion?

After telling your coach, your parents, and any medical personnel around that you think you have a concussion, you will probably be seen by a doctor trained in helping people with concussions. Your school and your parents can help you decide who is best to treat you and help to make the decision on when you should return to activity/play or practice. Your school will have a policy in place for how to treat concussions. You should not return to play or practice on the same day as your suspected concussion.

You should not have any symptoms at rest or during/after activity when you return to play, as this is a sign your brain has not recovered from the injury.

*Please initial each statement below, indicating that you have read and understand the following information:

A concussion is a brain injury, which should be reported to my parents, my coach(es), or a medical professional if one is available.

A concussion can affect the ability to perform everyday activities such as the ability to think, balance, and classroom performance.

A concussion cannot be "seen." Some symptoms might be present right away. Other symptoms can show up hours or days after an injury.

I will tell my parents, my coach, and/or a medical professional about my injuries and illnesses.

If I think a teammate has a concussion, I should tell my coach(es), parents, or medical professional about the concussion.

I will not return to play in a game or practice if a hit to my head or body causes any concussion-related symptoms.

I will/my child will need written permission from a medical professional trained in concussion management to return to play or practice after a concussion.

Based on the latest data, most concussions take days or weeks to get better. A concussion may not go away right away. I realize that resolution from this injury is a process and may require more than one medical evaluation.

I realize that ER/Urgent Care physicians will not provide clearance if seen right away after the injury.

After a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. I understand that I am/my child is much more likely to have another concussion or more serious brain injury if return to play or practice occurs before concussion symptoms go away.

Sometimes, repeat concussions can cause serious and long-lasting problems.

We have read the Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Information Sheet.

 

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
Information for Student-Athletes and Parents/Legal Custodians

What is sudden cardiac death in the young athlete?

Sudden cardiac death is the result of an unexpected failure of proper heart function, usually during or immediately after exercise without trauma. Since the heart stops pumping adequately, the athlete quickly collapses, loses consciousness, and ultimately dies unless normal heart rhythm is restored using an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

How common is sudden death in young athletes?

Rare. About 100 such deaths are reported in the US per year. The chance of death occurring to any individual high school athlete is about 1 in 200,000/year. Sudden cardiac death is more common in males than females; in football and basketball than in other sports; and in African Americans than in other races and ethnic groups.

What are the most common causes?

Research suggests that the main cause of is a loss of proper heart rhythm, causing the heart to quiver instead of pumping blood to the brain and the body. This is called ventricular fibrillation and is caused by one of several cardiovascular abnormalities and electrical diseases of the heart that may go unnoticed in healthy appearing athletes. The most common case is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart with abnormal thickening of the heart muscle which can cause rhythm problems and blockages to blood flow. This is a genetic disease that may run in families and gradually develop over many years. The second most common cause is congenital abnormalities of the coronary arteries in which the blood vessels supplying the heart are formed abnormally. Other causes include myocarditis (inflammation of the heart, usually due to a virus), dilated cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the heart, often for unknown reasons), long QT syndrome and other electrical abnormalities of the heart, and Marfan syndrome (an inherited disorder involving abnormalities of the heart valves and major arteries, often seen in unusually tall athletes).

Are there warning signs to watch for?

Yes, in more than 1/3 of these sudden cardiac deaths, there were warning signs that were not reported or taken seriously. These include:

  • History of a heart murmur
  • Chest pains, at rest or during exertion
  • Fatigue or tiring more quickly than peers
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially during exercise
  • Fainting, seizure, or convulsion during physical activity
  • Being unable to keep up with friends due to shortness of breath (labored breathing)
  • Fainting or seizures during emotional excitement, emotional distress, or being startled
  • Palpitations-awareness of the heart beating unusually (skipping, irregular, or extra beats) during athletics or cool down periods after athletic participation
  • Family history of sudden death during physical activity or during a seizure
  • Family history of sudden, unexpected death before age 50
  • Family history of cardiac or aortic disease under 50 years of age


When should a student athlete see a heart specialist?

If the primary care provider or school physician has concerns, referral to a pediatric cardiologist is recommended. This specialist will perform a more thorough evaluation, including an electrocardiogram (ECG), which is a graph of the electrical activity of the heart. An echocardiogram (ECHO), which is an ultrasound of the heart to allow for direct visualization of the heart structure may also be done. Other possible test include a treadmill exercise test and monitor to enable longer recording of heart rhythm. None of the testing is invasive or uncomfortable.

Can sudden cardiac death be prevented through proper screening?

A proper evaluation should find most, but not all, conditions that would cause sudden death in the athlete. That is because some diseases are difficult to uncover and may only develop later in life. Others can develop following a normal screening evaluation, such as an infection of the heart muscle from a virus. That is why screening evaluations and a review of the family health history need to be performed on a yearly basis. With proper screening and evaluation, most cases can be identified and prevented.

*Please read each statement below and then sign indicating that you have read and understand the following information:

  • Chest pain with exercise should be reported to my parents, my coaches or a medical professional if one is available.
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness of fainting with exercise or just after exercise should be reported to my parents, my coaches, or a medical professional if one is available.
  • Palpitations (skipping, irregular or extra beats) during athletics or cool down periods after athletic participation should be reported to my parents, my coaches or a medical professional if one is available.
  • A history of murmur or other known cardiac abnormalities should be reported as a part of the preparticipation sports physical.
  • A family history of sudden, unexpected death before age 50 or inheritable cardiac disease should be reported as a part of the preparticipation sports physical.
  • I/my child will need written permission to participate in athletics from a medical professional should warning signs or abnormalities be noted on preparticipation sports physical.
  • I realize that further testing for cardiac disease may be necessary if warning signs or abnormalities are noted on preparticipation sports physical.

We have read the Student-Athlete and Parent/Legal Custodian Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Information Sheet.

Release

In consideration of the student-athlete named above, I/we agree to release and hold Novant Health Presbyterian Sports Medicine, its Certified/Licensed athletic trainers (ATC) and/or other related licensed health care providers free, harmless and indemnified from and against any and all claims, suits, or causes of action arising from providing medical care to this student-athlete.

Parent Permission

I hereby give my consent and grant permission for medical treatment deemed necessary for any conditions arising while participating in interscholastic athletics, provided by Novant Health Presbyterian Sports Medicine ATC’s. This would include use of any medication(s) such as Albuterol or and Epipen to treat allergic reactions (e.g., bee sting) or restrictive airways reactions (e.g., exercised-induced asthma) should such emergent need arise. If my child’s injury/illness requires care not available on site, I understand every effort will be made to contact me prior to treatment being rendered at an off campus facility. I also grant permission for the ATC to release pertinent information to related health care providers, as well as those providers to release pertinent information to the ATC regarding care of the above named student-athlete. In addition, I agree to permit the ATC to release all pertinent information regarding the above named student-athlete’s school personnel. These would include, but are not limited to the coaches, athletic director, administration, guidance counselors, and teachers on a need-to-know basis to best serve the needs of the student-athlete.