• Boswell Pioneer Track and Field Handbook

    Welcome to the Boswell Pioneer Track and Field program. Our goals are to promote teamwork and sportsmanship and to improve techniques, strategies, and knowledge of the sport in a fun and supportive atmosphere. We want to be known as a team that works harder than any other team. Our climb to the top will take pride, dedication, and teamwork to achieve our goals. At times the task will seem overwhelming, at times unreachable, but making the climb one step at a time TOGETHER will get us to our destination.

    PURPOSE

    This handbook is written to clarify the goals and expectations of the track and field program. It is written as an aid to eliminate any misunderstandings that might occur and it is not a substitute for communication between parents, athletes, and coaches. We want to make certain the lines of communication are open and that there are as few gray areas as possible. In the event that one of these gray areas emerges, we urge you to make a call, or come and visit with the team coach or coaches as soon as possible. We are all here for the same reasons and together, we can do great things.

    PHILOSOPHY

    Athletics are an integral and desirable part of the total education process. Participation is not a right, it is a privilege, therefore stringent rules involving behavior, discipline, attendance, hard work, and academic achievement will be invoked for the strengthening of all athletes.

    OBJECTIVES

    The general goal of the track and field program is to make athletics a positive learning experience for all involved. It is our belief that if the objectives below are attained, we will reach our goals.

    • Compete with the expectations and intent to win
    • Never accept losing
    • Promote sportsmanship on and off the track
    • Provide an opportunity for student involvement
    • Provide an opportunity for community involvement
    • Provide the leadership necessary to develop a strong, reputable character
    • Provide an environment where athletes will learn self-discipline
    • Teach the importance and procedures of goal setting
    • Contribute to the total development of the individual:

    mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally

    • Establish pride in our school and ourselves
    • Promote higher education with the goal of graduating and advancing beyond

    EXPECTATIONS OF ATHLETES

    We expect you to do something worthwhile with your life. We expect you to have great expectations. Anticipate having a great day, a great practice, and great season, and a great life! We expect the following things from you:

    • To get an education
    • To give your total effort in the classroom and on the track
    • To make the most of what you’ve been given
    • To respect your teammates and your team
    • To practice to the best of your ability
    • To be totally honest in every situation
    • To be loyal to your school, teachers, coaches, teammates, family, and friends.
    • To be enthusiastic

    EXPECTATIONS OF COACHES

    • To make all decisions based on what is best for the team
    • To have dedication to track and field and our track program
    • To have consistency and fairness to all athletes
    • To provide the leadership and training necessary to achieve our goals
    • To work the athlete harder than he or she has worked before
    • To have confidence in the athlete
    • To display a winning and positive attitude
    • To assist the athlete in any way possible now and after he or she graduates
    • To treat the athlete with respect as an athlete and as a person
    • To help the athlete mature and grow as a person
    • To help the athlete reach his or her goals

    DISCIPLINE

    Discipline is doing what is necessary or right in any and all circumstances. The coaches expect the players to exercise self-discipline. Character and self-discipline is the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do it.

    Your outer appearance and language give the first impression of your degree of discipline. In many cases, you and your team will be judged from this first impression alone. Do not confuse discipline with external appearances. You cannot win with a superficial exterior. Adversity and hardships will remove it. You can and will win with discipline. Over the course of a season, your athletic ability might or might not increase enough to make a significant difference. Disciplined strategies can increase enough to make a difference. Proper technique and strategic racing no matter the opponent or the facilities is discipline. Discipline is not an inherited trait, it must be learned. We will teach you, but you must be willing to learn.

    Coaches will implement team discipline policies. Each case will be evaluated on its’ individual merit, but the general rules are as follows:

    ABSENTEEISM

    Any time an athlete is going to miss practice for any reason; the athlete will be required to contact their coach before the practice begins.

    *Excused Practice- Illness, or death of a relative or close friend

    *Unexcused Practice- Other than the above at the coach’s discretion.

    *Consequences- If you miss practice time your attendance to the meet, relay status, as well as the relay teams status is jeopardized 

    TARDINESS

    An athlete is considered tardy if he or she is not warming up and on the track by the scheduled time.  

    SUBSTANCE ABUSE

    It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase and/or consume alcohol. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase and/or consume tobacco products. It is illegal for anyone to be in possession of or to use illegal drugs/ drugs prescribed to someone else. Also, note that you can be guilty by association. Therefore do not be associated with anyone or be in a place that would associate you with any of these substances. Anyone found doing any of these shall be dealt with accordingly.

    ATTITUDE/DISRESPECT

    Athletes are expected to show respect to all members of the faculty and the athletic staff. Rude gestures or abusive language will not be tolerated toward anyone, including teammates.

    BEHAVIOR IN CLASS

    Athletes are expected to follow the classroom rules of all their individual teachers. Misconduct in the classroom could necessitate actions being taken by the coach. The specific coach of the athlete’s event will decide the direction of the action.

    DRESS CODE

    Athletes will be required to be in school dress code at all times unless it is otherwise acceptable as decided by the coach. Not bringing proper apparel such as shoes, shorts, or shirt is not an excuse to miss practice and will result in disciplinary measures.

    QUITTING

    Once an athlete quits, and if they wish to return, it will be handled on an individual basis by the head coach with advice from the athletic director if necessary. If the athlete is allowed to return it will be on a probationary basis only. A student/athlete quitting a sport after the first contest will forfeit any award for that sport.

    RELEASED FROM THE TEAM

    If an athlete is released from the team, he or she must wait a year before they will be considered as a possible candidate for returning to the team.

    LETTERING POLICY

    A player may earn a varsity letter when he or she has suited out for the majority of varsity meets, or the athlete points in the district meet. The coach can still use their discretion when awarding a varsity letter.

    PLAYER CONDUCT

    The coaching staff expects each athlete to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect the behavior of a scholar and a lady or gentleman in the classroom. Wherever you go or whatever you do, remember you act as a representative of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District and of the Boswell Track and Field Program. Never do anything that will bring criticism to yourself or our program. Good conduct is highly stressed on trips, in public places, and as a guest of various opponents. Profanity will not be tolerated. While representing BHS, be sincerely courteous and respectful. Leave every person you meet with a good feeling towards the Pioneers. 

    PERSONAL HABITS AND TRAINING RULES

    Certain regulations are made which are intended for your welfare. You must be in top physical shape to compete at a high level. We expect our athletes to keep a healthy sleep cycle during the season. You should establish a definite bedtime. You should get a minimum of eight hours of sleep nightly. Diet plays a prominent part in every sport. It is important to eat a good breakfast. Cut down on junk food and eat balanced meals. Athletes should drink fewer cokes or beverages containing caffeine. Orange juice, Gatorade, water, tea, milk, etc. will certainly give you a better chance to avoid illnesses.

    COURTESY

    All athletes are expected to be courteous to the coaching staff at all times. Coaches will be addressed as “Coach,”  “Sir,” or Ma’am.” You will address fellow teammates with respect at all times. The same holds true for all school officials and meet officials. Any discourteous attitude or contradictory arguing can result in dismissal from the meet or the team.

    CONSIDERATION TOWARD MANAGERS AND TRAINERS

    Managing/training is a difficult and time-consuming task. As a result, good managers/trainers are hard to find. All managers/trainers are considered an important part of the team. We expect our players to be very considerate in their attitudes and demands towards those trainers and or managers. They will be treated with respect.

    ACADEMICS

    Athletics is secondary to the classroom. You must perform in the classroom if you want to perform for our team. You must attend all your classes with books and supplies as required by the teacher. You must address your teacher with respect at all times, no exceptions. We strive to be the "cream of the crop" in our behavior and our grades. You must pass all courses to be eligible to participate. If you do not pass, you will not play. Most teachers offer tutoring before school and/or after. Try to make the one opposite your practice time if possible. If not possible, be sure you tell the coach before the practice you are going to miss that you need to go to tutoring.

    PRACTICE

    One of the coaches must be informed prior to practice if you are going to miss school or practice. This is for the protection of the athlete. The Boswell front office number is 817-237-3314. We do give our cell phone numbers to athletes for better communication. This privilege is not to be abused. If proper notice is given by an athlete, this will be considered an excused absence. It is the athlete's responsibility to notify the coach not their friend’s responsibility. If an athlete does not put out maximum effort during practice he or she will be asked to go home. If this occurs regularly, the player will be asked to turn in their equipment and will be removed from the team. Any questions or discussions about practice by a player will take place with the coach/es before or after practice not during practice.

    EQUIPMENT

    Equipment has become an expensive problem for athletic departments. Every player is solely responsible for all equipment lost or stolen. As soon as a piece of your equipment is noticed to be missing you should notify the coach and make arrangements to replace the item(s). An equipment sheet will be kept by one of the coaches and signed by the athlete as items are issued

    INJURED PLAYERS

    All injuries should be reported at once no matter how minor. Often a minor injury can become a major one. Go to the trainer immediately. The trainer will refer you to a physician when he/she feels your injury requires further treatment. The trainer will work with the physician to establish a rehabilitation program for the athlete. The athlete will not be allowed, nor required, to participate until the physician releases them in writing. Any injured player will be expected to be at practice doing as much as possible to prepare for when he or she is able to participate. The trainer will handle exceptions. Any person requiring treatment will be expected to report as early as possible for this service. All treatments will be taken care of before or after practice unless cleared by the coach.

    MEETS

    All athletes will sit together as much as possible during the events to give support. This is also for safety reasons, at unfamiliar meets someone must always be present at the camp or site in which all competing athletes' belongings have been left.

    TRIPS

    All athletes are required to ride the bus to all meets; no one ever has permission to drive themselves at any time. The exceptions to this rule are another extracurricular activity, family emergency or special circumstances requiring the coaches’ discretion. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL AN ATHLETE BE ALLOWED TO RIDE HOME WITH ANOTHER TEAMMATE OR FRIEND UNLESS THAT ATHLETE'S PARENT HAS SPOKEN SPECIFICALLY WITH THE COACH.

    PARENT PICK-UP

    We expect all athletes to be picked up within 30 minutes of returning home from meets. The athletes are asked to start making their phone calls before we get home from the meet. If parents know they cannot pick their child up please make arrangements for them to ride with someone else. We want our athletes to get home quickly so they can prepare for school and rest. Please be considerate of the coaches and your athlete.

    PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

    Parents and supporters are a key ingredient to the success of a team. They can influence the program as greatly as a coach or player.  Parents/Supporters are asked to support the entire program, not just the elements that they feel are in their best interest of their son or daughter. Supporters of a program are loyal through success and hardships. Parents need to keep a positive voice about the coaches and program towards the athletes, berating can lead to a sour attitude of the athlete and his or her relationship toward their coach. 

    ACCEPTING COACHING

    Accepting coaching is perhaps the most important aspect of an athlete. If your coach criticizes you, don't take it personally. He or she is only working at making you the best athlete possible. Our coaches are dedicated to the growth of you as an athlete and the growth of the program.

    ASSUMPTIONS

    An assumption is that which is taken for granted. It is important that you understand that we are making the following four assumptions. If you are not in complete agreement with all four of these assumptions it is best for you to never begin the program because there will be constant problems. The assumptions explain to you where the coaches are trying to go with the program. If you are trying to go in a different direction then you and the coaches will never be able to work together. 

    1. We assume you want to be the best track athlete you can be. This is important because when our coaches look at you they see what you could and should be and will push you to achieve your maximum. Our coaches understand that “Permissiveness is neglect of duty.” You will never be allowed to settle for less than your best.
    2. We assume that you want to compete on a championship team. Our practices are designed to produce a champion. You understand that decisions made are made with the priority being: Team First - Individual Second. Athletes must understand the events they are in is where they help the team the most, and cannot be where they or their parents want them to participate.
    3. We assume you expect to graduate with the highest grades that you are capable of making. We will not simply try to keep you eligible; you will be pushed to make the highest grades that you are capable of making.
    4. We assume you want to become a better person. You understand that you represent our team. Your character is a direct reflection of our program. We assume that you understand that there are many benefits that go along with being a member of the team, but along with those benefits you will be held accountable for your actions. We will help you become all you can be off the track as well as on.

    TEAM

    We expect a group of athletes who can show a family type of commitment. Harmony is the single most important ingredient for building teamwork. We will not tolerate fighting, ill will or resentment among teammates. Disputes between athletes must be settled immediately, either with or without the help of the coaches. We must not allow anything to ruin our team and goal for success. Winning the event or meet is our primary objective. You cannot contribute towards victory by being eliminated from the contest. If you are in uniform, you should be contributing everything that you can toward the success of the team. We want a family atmosphere and we do not want and will not tolerate pouters, gripers, and or selfish troublemakers on our team.

    HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT/PROBLEM/QUESTIONS

    We expect situations to arise and occur. Athletes need to learn to become independent young adults. They must learn to handle adversity on their own first then enlist more help as needed. Every time a new situation comes up then the process should start at the very beginning again.