Board Policy On Athletic Competition


Whittier, California
BP 6145.2


Board 4-18-06

The Board of Trustees recognizes that the athletic program constitutes an integral component of

the educational program and helps to build a positive school climate. The athletic program also

promotes the physical, social and emotional well being of participating students, and provides

them with an opportunity to learn beneficial character development skills. The athletic program

shall be designed to meet students' interests and abilities and be varied in scope to attract wide


Nondiscrimination and Equivalent Opportunities in the Athletic Program

The District's athletic program shall be free from discrimination and discriminatory practices in

accordance with state and federal law. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that

equivalent opportunities are provided for both genders.

Any complaint regarding the District's athletic program shall be filed in accordance with BP/

AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.


The Board supports the ideals of good sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play, and expects student athletes, coaches, spectators and others to demonstrate these principles during all athletic competitions.

In preparing for and participating in athletic competitions, students and staff shall abide by the core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, as adopted by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in its publication "Pursuing Victory with Honor."

Students and staff may be subject to disciplinary action for improper conduct.

California Interscholastic Federation

The Board maintains membership in CIF and requires that interscholastic athletic activities be conducted in accordance with Board policy, administrative regulation and CIF rules. The Superintendent or designee shall have responsibility for the district interscholastic athletic program while the principal or designee at each participating school shall be responsible for the site-level decisions as appropriate.

The Superintendent shall annually designate an employee from each high school to serve as a representative to the local CIF league. Appointees shall represent the District in performing all duties required by the CIF league. In making this selection, the Board shall consider the employee's understanding of the District's goals for interscholastic and extracurricular activities, knowledge of the athletic programs, awareness of the implications of league decisions for the school and the District, and individual interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
Student Eligibility
Eligibility requirements for participation in the District's interscholastic athletic program are the same as those set by the District for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities.
In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that students participating in CIF league athletics satisfy any additional CIF eligibility requirements.

Health and Safety
The Board desires to give student health and safety the highest consideration in planning and conducting athletic activities. Universal precautions shall be observed when injuries occur.

Students shall have a medical clearance before participating in the interscholastic athletic program. Care shall be taken to ensure that all athletic trainings and competitions are conducted in a manner that will not overtax the physical capabilities of the participants. When appropriate, protective equipment shall be used to prevent or minimize injuries.

The following steps are to be implemented in providing physicians at football games involving

Whittier Union High School District teams:

1. The home team must provide the services of an attending physician at all varsity football games.

2. The home team must provide the services of a nurse or EMT (emergency medical technician) at all junior varsity and freshman football games.

3. The home team shall be responsible to make sure that a cellular telephone is available in the vicinity of all games should an emergency arise.

4. A member of the administrative staff is to be available for assistance during each football game in case of an emergency.

5. Games will not be played without appropriate medical personnel as required by this policy.
Coaches and appropriate District employees shall take every possible precaution to ensure that athletic equipment is kept in safe and serviceable condition.

All athletic teams shall be supervised by qualified coaches to ensure that student athletes receive appropriate instruction and guidance related to safety, health, training and preparation for competition. Athletic events shall be officiated by qualified personnel.

Legal Reference:


200-261 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

17580-17581 Football equipment

33353-33353.5 California Interscholastic Federation; implementation of policies,

insurance program

33354 CDE authority over interscholastic athletics

35160.5 District policies; rules and regulations

35161 Powers and duties generally

35179 Interscholastic athletics

48930-48938 Student organizations

49020-49023 Athletic programs; legislative intent, equal opportunity, apportionment,

prohibited sex discrimination

60850-60856 High School Exit Examination

Nondiscrimination And Equivalent Opportunities In The Athletic Program

No person shall on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color or mental or physical disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be denied equivalent opportunity in, or otherwise be discriminated against in interscholastic, intramural or club athletics. (5 CCR 4920)
The Superintendent or designee may provide single-sex teams where selection for the teams is based on competitive skills. (5 CCR 4921)

When a school provides only one team in a particular sport for members of one sex, but provides no team in the same sport for members of the other sex, and athletic opportunities in the total program for that sex have been previously limited, members of the excluded sex shall be allowed to try out for the team. (5 CCR 4921)

When determining whether equivalent opportunities are available to both sexes in athletic programs, the Superintendent or designee shall consider, among other factors: (5 CCR 4922)

1. Whether the selection of sports and levels of competition offered effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of both sexes

2. The provision and maintenance of equipment and supplies

3. Scheduling of games and practice times, selection of the season for a sport, and location of the games and practices

4. Travel and per diem allowances

5. Opportunities to receive coaching and academic tutoring

6. Assignment and compensation of coaches and tutors

7. Provision of locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities

8. Provision of medical and training facilities and services

9. Provision of housing and dining facilities and services

10. Publicity

In order to help ensure that the District's athletic program effectively accommodates the interests and abilities of both sexes in athletics within the meaning of 5 CCR 4922, the District shall use the following criteria: (Education Code Section 230)

1. Whether the interscholastic level participation opportunities for male and female students are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments

2. When the members of one sex have been and are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, whether the District can show a history and continuing practice of program expansion that is demonstrably responsive to the developing interest and abilities of the members of that sex

3. When the members of one sex are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, and the District cannot show a history and continuing practice of program expansion as required in item No. 2 above, whether the District can demonstrate that the interest and abilities of the members of that sex have been fully and effectively accommodated by the
present program.