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14 DE Admin. Code 1007
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. §122(d)
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1007 DIAA Sportsmanship. This regulation is being amended to align to changes in the Code of Interscholastic Athletics as set by the National Federation of State High Schools. This is part of a series of comprehensive reviews and updates to be made to all DIAA regulations.
Administrative Head of Schoolmeans the chief or head individual in charge of the school traditionally referred to or generally known as the principal or headmaster.
Board means the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors established pursuant to 14 Del.C. Chapter 3.
Department means the Delaware Department of Education.
Guardian or Legal Guardian means an individual who legally has responsibility for the care and management of the student during the student’s minority. The relationship is a legal one and shall be created by a court order signed by a judge, commissioner, or master of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Individualized Education Program” or “IEP means a written statement for a child with a disability as defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 922.
Legally in attendance means present at school as determined by a pre-established written policy adopted by the local school board or governing body of the school.
Member school" means a full or associate member school of the DIAA.
Principal or Headmastermeans the Administrative Head of School and includes but is not limited to Head of School, Administrator, Executive Director, or Charter Head.
School day(s) shall mean actual school attendance days during the regular academic school year including a partial day that children are in attendance at school for instructional purposes as adopted by the district or governing body of the school not to include weekends, holidays, summer school, etc.
State Board means the State Board of Education of the State of Delaware pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104. The Coaches shall: The function of coaches is to educate students through participation in interscholastic athletics. An interscholastic program shall be designed to enhance academic achievement and shall never interfere with opportunities for academic success. Each student shall be treated with the utmost respect and his welfare should be considered in decisions by the coach at all times. Therefore, coaches shall: Demonstrate high ideals, good habits, and desirable attitudes in his/ her their personal and professional behavior and demand the same of his/her their players. Coaches must uphold the dignity and honor of the profession of educator-coach. Their interaction with all students, officials, school staffs, athletic directors, administrators, the state association, the media and the general public (fans) shall be of the highest ethical and moral standard. Recognize that the purpose of competition is to promote the physical, mental, social, and emotional well being of the individual players and that the most important values of competition are derived from playing the game fairly. Coaches must recognize the tremendous influence they have on their student-athletes and must never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character. Coaches must never exert pressure on faculty members to give students special consideration. Be a modest winner and a gracious loser. Sportsmanship shall be a key component of their coaching. Employ accepted educational methods in coaching and give his/her players an opportunity to develop and use initiative, leadership, and judgement judgment. Pay close attention to the physical well-being of his/her players, refusing to jeopardize the health of an individual for the sake of improving his/her their team's chances to win. Coaches must be properly informed of all required national, state and local safety policies and procedures. Discourage gambling, profanity, abusive language, and similar violations of the true sportsman's or sportswoman's code. Forbid the use of tobacco, alcohol, and non-prescribed drugs and set an example to athletes by not using these products in their presence. Do not allow gambling, profanity, abusive language, and similar violations of the true sportsman's or sportswoman's code. Refuse to disparage an opponent, an official, or others associated with interscholastic athletics and discourage gossip and rumors about them. Actively set an example of respect and support for contest officials and opponents. Coaches must be highly ethical in all forums, chat rooms and all forms of social media and communication regarding the sport and participants. Enforce school policies regarding bullying, hazing, and taunting and never tolerate any of these actions by team members or others. The Participants (athletes and cheerleaders) shall: Be courteous to the visiting team. Your The opponents wish wants to excel as much as you do the home team. Respect their efforts. Play hard to the limit of your personal ability regardless of discouragement. The true athlete does not give up, quarrel, cheat, bet, or grandstand. The Officials shall: Officials at an interscholastic athletic event are participants in the educational development of high school students. As such, they must exercise a high level of self-discipline, independence and responsibility. Therefore, officials shall: Know the rules and interpretations and mechanics of their sport and be thoroughly trained to administer them. Be prepared and qualified both mentally and physically for the contest they are officiating, dress neatly and appropriately, and shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession. When enforcing the rules, do not make gestures or comments that will embarrass the players or coaches. Be mindful that their conduct influences the respect and conduct of students, coaches and the public. Remember the field, court, pool or mat is a classroom. Refrain from commenting upon or discussing a team, player, or game situation with those not immediately concerned. This shall include all forms of public communication and social media. The official must be highly ethical in all forums, chat rooms and all forms of social media and communication regarding the sport and participants. Conduct the game so as to enlist the cooperation of the players, coaches, and spectators in promoting good sportsmanship. Set a professional example by being punctual and under control at all times. Uphold the honor and dignity of the profession in all interaction with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues and the public. The Spectators shall: Realize that he/she they represents the school just as definitely as does a member of the team, and that he/she has they have an obligation to be a true sportsman or sportswoman and to encourage through his/her their behavior the practice of good sportsmanship by others. Respect the judgement judgment and integrity of the officials, recognizing that their decisions are based upon game conditions as they observe them.
2.1.2 Within twenty (20) calendar days of the incident, an alleged sportsmanship violation must be reported in writing to the Executive Director by the administrative head of a member school or by the Executive Board of an officials association.
2.1.6 Upon receipt of all reports, the Executive Director shall review the documents and inform the school(s) involved of his/her disposition of the matter. The Executive Director may, in turn, refer the matter to the Sportsmanship Committee to investigate and adjudicate what appears to be a violation of the Sportsmanship Rule.
2.2.1 The basis for the following policy statement is that a mMember school shall not be represented by individuals whose conduct reflects discredit upon the school. Insofar as unsportsmanlike actions by participants and spectators are concerned, the Sportsmanship Committee shall refer to the items previously identified in the Code of Interscholastic Athletics as well as the following guidelines: He/she makes disparaging remarks about the officials during or after a game either on the field of play, from the bench, or through any public news media, or He/she argues with the official or indicates with gestures or other physical actions his/her dislike for a decision, or He/she detains the official on the field of play following a game to request a ruling or explanation of some phase of the game, or He/she makes disparaging or unprofessional remarks about another school's personnel. All actions by a mMember school resulting from an investigation relative to the above policies shall be subject to approval by the Executive Director or the Sportsmanship Committee. A player or coach disqualified before, during, or after a contest for unsportsmanlike and flagrant verbal or physical misconduct shall be suspended from the next complete (a winner is determined or a tie is declared) contest at that level of competition and all other complete or suspended contests in the interim at any level of competition in addition to any other penalties which DIAA or a conference may impose. During the suspension, the coach or player may not be present at any game at any level of competition in that sport involving his/her school. In addition, the coach or player may not be present at any game-related activities immediately before the contest, during the intermission, or immediately after the contest. The coach or player must be “out of sight and sound” of the game and game-related activities regardless of whether the coach or player is physically on school premises. If the offending coach or player is present at a game or game-related activity during the suspension in any capacity, including but not limited to: manager, statistician, site worker, spectator, etc., the individual will be suspended for one additional game at that level of competition.
2.4.1 Decisions of the Executive Director or Sportsmanship Committee with the exception of those to uphold or rescind the suspension resulting from a game ejection may be appealed to the DIAA Board of Directors in accordance with the procedure found in 14 DE Admin. Code 1006.10. In accordance with subsection 1006., the notice of appeal shall be served by certified mail within ten (10) calendar days after the appellant’s receipt of the written notice that official action has been taken by the Executive Director or Sportsmanship Committee. An appeal shall not stay the decision of the Executive Director, the Sportsmanship Committee, or any other subordinate.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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