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Addressing Concerns Athletic Clearance and Academic Eligibility Athletic Transfers and Other CIF Policies Transportation/Safety Finances Summer Camps Other Questions
 
 
 
 
 
How do I know if my athlete is NCAA eligible? 
The best resource for NCAA questions is the NCAA Eligibility Center Website. There, you will find plenty of links with information on NCAA eligibility, an NCAA guide for college-bound athletes, and more. You can also visit www.NFHS.com/learn for their free course on NCAA Eligibility.

After using the provided resources, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our NCAA guidance counselors at Saugus High School.
 
 
What are the benefits of participating in high school athletics?
As a member of an athletic team sport, your child will develop skills in teamwork, discipline, compassion and handling adversity. The lessons learned can then be applied to school, jobs and family life. If your only interest is for your son or daughter to start or play in every game, you may end up being disappointed. Our coaching staff is dedicated to helping your athlete develop to their full potential and encouraging them to feel better about themselves because of their involvement in our programs. We hope you will feel the same way.
 
 
My son/daughter is interested in team sports. What do I do next?
If your student is in the 8th grade, be sure to attend our Future Centurion Athletics Night put on by the Athletic Director’s Office in May. There, you will receive information on our Summer Sports Camps, Athletic Clearance, and you will be able to speak to all of our head coaches.

If your student is already attending Saugus High School, you should be sure to contact the head coach of the sport your student is interested in joining to get more information regarding tryouts, Summer Camps, and more. You can visit the Contact Us page to find email addresses for our head coaches.
 
 
My athlete wants to be on two different sports teams. Is this possible?
Yes, many of our students at Saugus High School are two and even three sport athletes. We encourage multi-sport athletes to pursue their goals and participate on multiple teams.
 
 
When do practices begin and end?
The coaches will arrange practice times to meet CIF guidelines and when facilities and coaching staff are available. Make sure to attend parent information meetings for each program or contact the team coach for specific practice dates and times.
 

Will my son/daughter receive course credit for their sport?
Yes, each team sport at Saugus High School is a course and is part of the regular school day. Students receive 2.5 credits and a grade for each quarter of participation. Grades are based on full participation and teamwork. The school district requires two years of Physical Education for graduation. Saugus High School’s Team Sports meet this requirement.

However, if your athlete is a member of a club team (outside of Saugus High School), they will not receive course credit. Athletes must be a member of an official Saugus High Athletic Team during regular school hours to earn credits.
 

What is the time commitment for an athletic team sport?
Most students are scheduled for one period of athletics. In addition, the student is required to practice before or after school with the team and to attend all scheduled events during the team’s competitive season, including competitions held during the weekend or on a school holiday. The coach will provide practice times and the team’s calendar of events during a pre-season meeting.


Can an athlete participate in club sports in high school?
Participation on outside teams during the school year can jeopardize a student’s high school eligibility and their high school teams’ eligibility. Seasons of sports can vary by CIF Section. You should speak with the Athletic Director to see what your school allows.
 
 
Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding my athlete’s playing time?
Generally speaking, coaches do not discuss playing time with parents. All coaches are open to discussing playing time, but we ask that the athlete initiate the conversation at an appropriate time/setting. The Athletic Director, Assistant Principals, Principal and District Personnel will not be involved in issues related to playing time. Playing time is only determined by our coaches, and the best way to address a concern is by having an athlete open the discussion.
 
If you or your athlete would like some advice on how to approach a coach about playing time, this is an article that we found to be very helpful (It comes from the perspective of baseball, but the advice can be applied to all sports): http://theseason.gc.com/baseball-approaching-baseball-coach-right-way
 
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Who should I contact if I have a problem regarding issues other than playing time?
If you would like to discuss an issue unrelated to an athlete’s playing time, we recommend starting with your athlete’s coach, then working your way up the “Athletic Chain-of-Command”:

Head Coach of Program > Athletic Director overseeing sport > Assistant Principal overseeing athletics > Principal

While we realize that some matters may require immediate attention from those in higher positions of authority, contacting school personnel in the order listed above will help us address the issue in a timely manner and keep all relevant parties in the loop. If an issue can be resolved by the Head Coach or Athletic Director, but a parent chooses to start by sending an email to the Principal, it may actually take longer to resolve as the parent waits for the email to be addressed by the proper personnel.

I have a issue/concern that I’d like resolved, but I don’t want to include my information or my athlete’s name. Should I send an anonymous letter/email?
If there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, then we really need to know who is involved. As a general policy, the Athletic Department will not act on anonymous emails. This policy helps protect our coaches and athletic personnel from unfounded accusations and helps us keep a healthy, open dialogue between our school and community. If a parent has a concern or issue they need to address, we ask that they include their contact information and the names of the individuals involved so that we may take the necessary steps to resolve the situation.
 
 
What is “Athletic Clearance?”
In order to participate in our athletic programs, all students must obtain Athletic Clearance from the Athletic Director’s Office on a yearly basis. Athletic Clearance is a two-step process designed to insure that all athletes are healthy for participation and that both parents and athletes understand the inherent risks that accompany athletic competition. For more information, and steps on how to obtain Athletic Clearance, please visit our Athletic Clearance page.
 

I got a physical for my athlete before the start of his/her season. Do I need another one before Summer Camp begins?
The Athletic Director’s Office kindly requests that all physicals be completed prior to Summer Camp participation in the months of May, June, and July. This helps us keep track of valid physicals and speeds up the process of Athletic Clearance. If an athlete received a physical in a different month, it is valid for one year from the date of the physical, and the athlete is still eligible for clearance. However, if this is the case, we ask that you please contact the Athletic Director’s office to inform them of the physical date. This way, we can make a special note in the student’s record and insure that the athlete remains cleared for athletic participation.
 

My athlete has a doctor’s appointment to get their physical, but it is 3 days after camp or practice starts. Can my student still participate?
No, students cannot participate until the Athletic Director’s office receives their physical and clears them for athletic participation. The Physical should be completed after May 1st so that it is valid for the entire school year.
 

I cannot schedule a physical for my athlete in time for the due date. What can I do?
We understand that physical appointments through some doctor’s offices are not easy to come by. Once a year, during the month of May, the Saugus High School Athletic Training Program offers physical exams from a licensed M.D. for the price of $25. All proceeds go to benefit the Athletic Training Program.

Another option for physical exams is through SmartClinic Urgent Care in Santa Clarita for the price of $30. Please see the linked flyer for more information (FLYER LINK HERE).

Remember to download and print the athletic forms to take to the doctor before the physical exam. You can find those forms HERE.
 

My doctor provides their own paperwork for athletic physicals. Do I still need to submit the district forms?
The Athletic Director’s Office kindly requests that the district forms be used to complete the athletic physical. However, if your physician insists on using their own paperwork, or you forgot to bring our forms to the appointment, we will accept other physical forms. In order for the forms to be valid for Athletic Clearance, the doctor should indicate the athlete is physically fit for athletic participation and sign and date the form.
 

What is the Academic Eligibility Requirement for high school sports?
Athletes must pass a minimum of 4 classes and maintain 2.0 grade point average or higher. The student’s grade point average on each Quarter Grade Report determines athletic eligibility. Grade 9 students are eligible at the start of the fall semester; however, the student’s Quarter 1 Grade Report must show that he or she is passing at least 4 classes and is earning a 2.0 GPA in order to continue as a member of the team.
 

Can coaches create their own Academic Eligibility Requirements?
Yes. While a 2.0 GPA is the minimum required for athletic participation, coaches can hold higher standards for their own teams. For example, a coach can set a rule for the team that all players must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in order to play. If an athlete has a 2.17 GPA, they are still eligible to be a member of the team, but they may not be allowed to play/practice until they raise their grades.
 
 
I am transferring my athlete to/from Saugus High School. Are they eligible to play this year?
There are a variety of reasons why an athlete may transfer from one high school to another, and there are different rules that determine athletic eligibility depending on each reason.

In all cases of transferring to/from Saugus High School, it is best to contact the Athletic Director to see if there are any rules impacting athletic eligibility.

Any student athlete who transfers between high schools is subject to the CIF transfer policy. All transfer athletes are considered ineligible and must request review of eligibility by the new school's principal or designee to determine eligibility for competition. Please allow at least 20 school days to process transfer paperwork. It is unlikely you will be able to see the school's athletic director without an appointment.

Every application must be true, accurate, complete, correct and/or not false or fraudulent (CIF bylaw 202). Violation of CIF 202 can make a student ineligible for up to two years.
 
Primary considerations in evaluating transfer applications are:
  • Valid change of residence
  • Undue influence/prior contact before transferring to the new school
  • Academic eligibility
  • Discipline status
  • Other eligibility issues
 
TRANSFERRING WITH A VALID CHANGE OF RESIDENCE:
Before participating in a league sport, CIF 206/510 Valid Change of Residence Application will be required. Allow at least 20 business days for processing these forms. The athlete may miss part of the season of sport during the review and evaluation process.


TRANSFERRING WITHOUT A VALID CHANGE OF RESIDENCE:
Before participating in a league sport, CIF 207/208/510 Transfer Application will be required. Allow at least 20 business days for processing these forms. The athlete may miss part of the season of sport during the review and evaluation process.

If a first-time transfer is approved, students transferring schools without a valid change of residence who expect to compete at the varsity level may be subject to a "sit-out" period for each sport. During a "sit-out" period. athletes may practice with the team, but may not compete in a scrimmage, game or other competitive event. Second time transfers without a valid change of residence may be subject to limited (non-varsity) eligibility in sports they have played within the previous 12 months.
 
 
What is a Sit Out Period (SOP)? What are the SOP Dates?
Sit Out Period (SOP 207.B.(5) b.) – A CIF bylaw allows students to transfer one time without a valid change of residence and retain varsity eligibility when they meet certain standards. The student must sit out a prescribed time/number of days as established by CIF. If a first-time transfer is approved, students transferring schools without a valid change of residence who expect to compete at the varsity level may be subject to a "sit-out" period for each sport. During a "sit-out" period. athletes may practice with the team, but may not compete in a scrimmage, game or other competitive event. Second time transfers without a valid change of residence may be subject to limited (non-varsity) eligibility in sports they have played within the previous 12 months.

Sit-out dates for the 2017-18 school year:
 
Fall Sports - Monday, October 2, 2017 for students who transfer and are enrolled prior to Monday, August 7, 2017 in football and August 14, 2017 for all other fall sports.
 
Winter Sports - Monday, January 1, 2018 for students who transfer and are enrolled prior to Monday, November 6, 2017
 
Spring Sports - Monday, April 2, 2018 for students who transfer and are enrolled prior to Monday, February 5, 2018
 
For more information regarding Sit Out Periods and Athletic Transfers, please refer to the following publications:

CIF Sit Out Period Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
How do I contact my CIF Section Office?
Saugus High School is a member of the CIF Southern Section. You can find contact information for the CIF Southern Section Office by following this link: CIF Section Offices
 
 
Can I arrange independent transportation for my athlete if the team is scheduled to take a bus?
Please see our Transportation page for the answer to this question.
 

What should I do if my athlete gets injured during a practice or a game?
If your son/daughter is injured during practice or a game, make sure they inform their coach immediately. If one of our Athletic Trainers is on campus or attending the event, the athlete will be assisted by the athletic training staff and an Incident Report will be filed for the school’s records. Parents should receive notification of the incident, and if further medical attention is needed, they may take their athlete to a medical doctor.

When clearing an athlete for athletic participation, parents/guardians consent to several school and district policies regarding their athlete’s care at Saugus High School. Please refer to our Sports Medicine Consent Form, Athletic Handbook, and the list of agreements on FamilyID for more information.
 

What are the safety requirements for participation in sports during hot weather?
Visit the CIF Sports Medicine page for helpful advice on different safety measures. The duty and responsibility for the health and safety of student-athletes falls directly to the coaching staff and school administration. Student-athletes and parents/guardians also play a vital role in helping provide a safe environment for participation. Read the Sports Medicine Handbook on the State CIF webpage for more information..
 
 
Are coaches trained to handle First Aid, CPR, and concussion protocols?
Yes. All of our coaches are trained to handle First Aid, CPR, and concussion protocols. This training is required to be renewed every 1 to 2 years.
 
 
What is the cost of participating in Athletics?
As you may be aware, schools throughout California have been severely impacted by a recent legal settlement that prohibits districts from charging fees to enroll in public school programs such as athletics during the school year. While some districts have opted to severely restrict their athletic programs, the William S. Hart Unified High School District is seeking to preserve the valuable opportunity by asking for donations from participating families.

Athletic Team Sports are not paid for through general school funds. In fact, these programs are fully dependent on financial contributions from our participating families. Please know that a donation is not required to enroll, and families that choose to contribute may do so at any amount. However, your donations will help sustain these valuable programs. Conversely, insufficient funding may result in modification and/or downsizing of our programs. Our goal is to continue to offer a quality athletics program, and your donation will help support this goal.

Saugus High School’s athletic programs present an incredible opportunity for our students. As such, we’re hoping our new funding model is enough to support a quality athletics program throughout this school year and for many years to come.
 

Are financial records kept for each athletic program?
Yes. Each athletic program has a choice as to whether is operates its finances on campus, through ASB, or through a registered 501(c)(3). In both cases, financial records are kept and statements can be provided upon request.
 

Why do your Summer Camp Programs cost money?
Athletic Summer Camp Programs take place outside the normal operating school year and, therefore, are not included in the spectrum of public school enrollment. While it is beneficial for athletes to participate in our Summer Camp Programs to increase their athletic practice and skill level, please note that participation is not mandatory. An athlete can still try-out and make a team without participating in a program’s summer camp.
 
 
Can I pay for Summer Camp in person with Cash or Check?
We no longer accept cash or check for Summer Camp Programs. All payments are handled through our secure online ASB store by credit card. There are no additional fees.
 
 
What are Summer Sports Camps?
Summer is a good time to try out a sport, develop athletic skills and practice the specific conditioning exercises needed for optimum performance as you prepare for the team tryouts. Summer Camps are offered by most sports. List of Summer Camps and prices can be found by navigating to our Summer Camp page. At our Future Centurion Athlete Night held in May, coaches will be available after this meeting to answer your questions about summer camp.
 
 
I got a physical for my athlete before the start of his/her season. Do I need another one before Summer Camp begins?
The Athletic Director’s Office kindly requests that all physicals be completed prior to Summer Camp participation in the months of May, June, and July. This helps us keep track of valid physicals and speeds up the process of Athletic Clearance. If an athlete received a physical in a different month, it is valid for one year from the date of the physical, and the athlete is still eligible for clearance. However, if this is the case, we ask that you please contact the Athletic Director’s office to inform them of the physical date. This way, we can make a special note in the student’s record and insure that the athlete remains cleared for athletic participation.
 
 
If my family will be on vacation and my son will miss a few days of the summer camp, can he still participate in the camp?
Yes. But please make sure to inform the coaches in advance.
 
 
Will there be a pre-season meeting for my son/daughter’s team?
Yes, each head coach will hold a parent meeting. This is an important meeting that all parents should attend. The teams’ coaches will provide specific information related to their sport, information about the athletic program, expectations for students and parents, team policies, practice schedules, and will answer questions. The date and time will be announced when the team roster is finalized.
 
 
What happens if my athlete decides they do not want to be on a team anymore?
Commitment to the team is a key factor for students signing up to be a member of an athletic team and the expectation is that team members will fully participate throughout the season. Withdrawing from the team may result in an F on the student’s transcript. For extenuating circumstances, such as an injury early in the season, please contact the head coach of the program.
 
 
My athlete is a star player on a club team. Does this guarantee him or her a spot as a starter?
No. High School Athletics are not like Travel Teams, AYSO, or Little League. No one is guaranteed they will get to play in a game. All athletes will be given a fair chance to compete for a position. We feel being a member of an athletic team is what is most important. We have over 1,500 athletes that participate in our athletic programs. There aren’t enough starting positions for 1,500 athletes. But there is plenty of room for learning discipline, responsibility, handling adversity, and sportsmanship.
 
 
What advice do you have for the parent of a student-athlete?
Please refer to our Positive Sports Parenting page for some helpful advice.
 
 
Can parents help as volunteers?
Parent volunteers are needed in many areas, such as helping with the snack bars, team dinners, filming/photography, and set-ups/break downs at Saugus sponsored tournaments and events. Booster clubs are parent support groups for the athletic teams helping with team fundraising efforts. More information will be provided at the team’s pre-season meeting on how to get involved and help our athletic programs.