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1 DeSales University Student Athlete Handbook

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS NCAA Information 18 Welcome 2 Philosophy 18 Quick Facts 2 Non-Traditional Season 18 Athletic Dept. Mission/Philosophy 3 Institutional Limits 19 Gambling 20 Academic Information 4 Academic Standing/Eligibility 4 General Information 22 Class Attendance/Missed Class 5 Athletic Department Directory 22 Financial Aid 5 DeSales Directory Academic Calendar 26 Student Life 6 Athletes and the Judicial Process 6 Appendix A Medical Amnesty Policy 6 MAC Sportsmanship Requirements Overnight Housing Policy 8 Appendix B Hazing 8 Social Media Issues Student Services 8 Appendix C MAC Social Media Guidelines Athletic Department Information 9 Sportsmanship 9 Code of Conduct 9 Misconduct Reporting Policy 10 Tobacco Use 10 NCAA Banned Substance Info 10 Student Athlete Services 12 Travel 12 Uniforms and Equipment 12 Varsity/Club Sports 13 Sports Information 13 Community Service 13 SAAC 14 Awards and Banquets 15 Responsible Social Networking 16 Athletic Training Services 17 Certified Athletic Trainers 17 Physicals 17 Insurance 16 1

3 WELCOME STUDENT-ATHLETE Congratulations and welcome to the DeSales University athletic program. Participation in Intercollegiate athletics at DeSales University is a privilege that will provide you with the opportunity for personal growth and character development within a challenging educational environment. The DeSales University Student-Athlete Handbook is provided to you in order to familiarize you with policies, services and resources available. Each day the DeSales University Bulldogs wear the navy blue and scarlet, they show what great pride and respect they have for the University. DeSales University athletics is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), Freedom Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Student-athletes enrolled at NCAA institutions should reflect the high standards of honesty and integrity set by the NCAA for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics. The information in this Student-Athlete Handbook should be read as soon as it is available on the Athletics website. Please refer to the handbook throughout the year as needed. If you should have any questions, feel free to contact your coach or any member of the athletic administration. DeSALES QUICK FACTS Address: Nickname: 2755 Station Ave. Bulldogs Center Valley Pa, Colors: Athletic Office Phone: Navy Blue & Scarlet Affiliations: Athletic Office Fax: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III Website Address: athletics.desales.edu Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Enrollment: 1,606 (undergraduate) Freedom Conference Founded: Eastern College Athletic 1964 Conference (ECAC) 2 Conference Website:

4 MISSION STATEMENT Athletics at DeSales embraces the concept of the student-athlete and recognizes participation as an integral part of the educational experience. The philosophy of the Department of Athletics reflects the central theme of the University, which is to impart knowledge about, and develop talents for, personal, familial, and societal living. To be successful in achieving this educational mission, the student-athlete will be responsible for fulfilling his/her academic responsibilities while working toward the requirements for a degree; maintain eligibility for participation in athletic contests; be a committed member to his/her team while serving as a positive role model on campus and in the community and displaying proper sportsmanship while in competition. The DeSales University athletic department will give men and women fair and equitable treatment and attempt to provide the best athletic experience possible without sacrificing academic integrity. As defined by the NCAA, the DeSales athletic department will follow the principles of fair play and amateur competition while always keeping the health and well-being of our student-athletes as a top priority. The DeSales Athletic Department may apply academic standards in addition to the institution s requirements for the student-athlete to ensure eligible participation; maintain high ethical standards; compete with other institutions that have similar athletic philosophies and constantly evaluate the program so as to support the educational mission of the University. 3

5 ACADEMIC INFORMATION ACCEPTABLE ACADEMIC STANDING & ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY As stated in the DSU Student Handbook: Students are said to be in acceptable academic standing if they earn a minimum applicable cumulative grade-point-average listed below: *For 4 or more courses and 12 credit hours attempted = min GPA 1.50 *Fewer than 8 courses and fewer than 24 credit hours whose GPA is under 1.5 will receive an academic warning. They will not be placed on academic probation. * For 8 or more courses and 24 credit hours attempted = min GPA 1.60 * For 16 or more courses and 48 credit hours attempted = min GPA 1.80 * For 21 or more courses and 63 credit hours attempted = min GPA 2.00 In the case of Transfer Students, the number of courses and credit hours transferred will be added to the number of courses and credit hours attempted at DeSales University to determine the applicable minimum cumulative grade-point-average. All transfer students are given two semesters to achieve acceptable academic standing. All the students are expected to achieve acceptable academic standing. Students (with the exception of those with fewer than 8 courses and fewer than 24 credit hours) who fail to achieve acceptable academic standing have their grade reports and transcripts stamped Academic Probation at the end of the Fall and/or Spring semesters. Students who fail to achieve acceptable standing for two consecutive semesters are subject to review by the Academic Regulations Committee. ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY To be eligible to practice/compete, the student-athlete must: Have been admitted as a regularly enrolled, degree seeking student according to the published entrance requirements of DeSales University; Be in good academic standing according to the standards of DeSales University; and Be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time baccalaureate degree program (not less than 12 semester or quarter hours) and maintain satisfactory progress towards that degree, be enrolled in a full-time graduate or professional degree program (not less than eight semester or quarter hours) or be enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate degree at your institution. [Bylaws and ] If you are enrolled in less than a full-time program, you are eligible to practice/compete only if you are enrolled in the last term of your degree program and are carrying credits necessary to finish your degree. [Bylaw ] You are eligible to compete between terms if you are continuing enrollment, provided you have been registered for the required minimum full-time load at the conclusion of the term 4

6 immediately preceding the date of competition, or if you are either continuing enrollment or beginning enrollment, provided you have been accepted for enrollment as a regular fulltime student for the regular term immediately following the date of competition [Bylaw ] CLASS ATTENDANCE/MISSED CLASSES Absence Policy (as stated in the DSU Student Handbook): Students are expected to attend classes regularly. If absences do occur (for whatever reason), it is the student s responsibility to make up whatever work has been missed. Instructors are under no obligation to make special arrangements for students who are absent. Freshmen are limited to twice as many absences as credits are given for a particular course. An absence on class days preceding and following a holiday is counted as a double absence. In cases where classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes each, the first absence shall be counted as a single absence, the second a double absence. If the class meets once a week for a three-hour period, a single absence is counted as three absences. In ACCESS courses that meet only twice a week, students who miss three classes (i.e., the equivalent of eight regular classes of 50 minutes) may be dropped from the class. Also for ACCESS courses that meet once a week, students who miss more than one class may be dropped from the class. Practice: The academic success of DeSales student-athletes is our top priority. Therefore, practice is not an excuse to miss class. Contests: Students are able to miss class for competition purposes provided the professor gives the student approval. The student-athlete is responsible for work missed in each class. All student-athletes are to punctually attend all courses in which they are registered. Scheduling of Classes/Labs: It is advised that student-athletes attempt to schedule course sections that will not conflict with team practices and games. However, classes that are required in a student-athlete s course of study take priority over practice and game time. Registering for another section time may alleviate scheduling conflicts. FINANCIAL AID All student-athletes, who receive financial aid, must renew their FASFA each year in order to collect financial support. One responsibility as a student-athlete to maintain eligibility and financial aid is to sustain the required grade-point-average (see acceptable academic standing). DeSales University does not provide athletic scholarships for the student-athletes and athletic personnel are not to interfere with financial matters. Financial Aid, although, is provided through the University. Please refer to the Student Handbook or contact the Financial Aid Office for more information (ext. 1287). 5

7 STUDENT LIFE STUDENT-ATHLETES AND THE DeSALES JUDICIAL PROCESS You are considered a student-athlete for the entire academic year at DeSales. Therefore, any violation on campus is reported by the Judicial Affairs Office to the Athletic Department and then to your varsity coach. Sanctions are processed through the Judicial Affairs Office for your violations. Your respective coach must meet with you: and the coach s sanctions are separate from Judicial Affairs. These sanctions from coaches tend to range from warnings to suspensions or expulsions from the team. Off campus violations of the law are also reported to Judicial Affairs and the coach. Again, the coach is responsible for the discipline involved in off campus scenarios as well. Potential incidents that could cause on campus write-ups include alcohol, drugs, failure to comply, smoking in residence halls, threat to security, visitation and violation of the University policy (see DSU Student Handbook for further explanation). MEDICAL AMNESTY POLICY (Good Samaritan) INTRODUCTION Since the health and safety of students are of primary importance, students are encouraged not only to look out for their own well-being, but also for that of their peers. Additionally, it is imperative that someone calls for medical assistance when an individual experiences severe intoxication or serious injury after consuming alcohol. When a student's health and safety are threatened or appears to be in jeopardy, immediate action should be taken to prevent injury/illness/danger. However, students may be reluctant to seek help in such alcohol-related emergencies because of potential consequences for themselves, and for the person in need of assistance, under DeSales University s Code of Conduct. Since these alcohol-related medical emergencies are potentially life threatening, DeSales University seeks to reduce barriers that may discourage students from seeking assistance. The DeSales University Medical Amnesty Policy represents the University's commitment to increasing the likelihood that students will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol-related medical emergency. The Policy also promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. 6

8 POLICY A student who seeks emergency medical assistance related to his or her consumption of alcohol will be immune from sanctions for violating the University s Alcohol Policy provided that s/he completes a follow-up course of evaluation counseling and, if indicated, treatment. Failure to complete the prescribed course of evaluation counseling and treatment may result in the imposition of sanctions under the University s Code of Conduct. A student who calls for emergency medical assistance on behalf of a fellow student experiencing an alcohol-related medical emergency, will be immune from sanctions for violating the University s Alcohol Policy regardless of whether or not such individual is under the influence/possession of alcohol. The "DeSales University Medical Amnesty Policy" applies only to students who seek emergency medical assistance in connection with an alcohol-related medical emergency and does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol-related medical emergency who are found by University employees (e.g., University Police, Faculty, Administrative Staff, Residence Life Staff). The "DeSales University Medical Amnesty Policy" does not excuse or protect those individuals who repeatedly violate the University s Alcohol Policy. In cases where repetitive violations of the University s Alcohol Policy occur, appropriate action under the University s Code of Conduct will be taken on a case by case basis. In the event violations of the University s Code of Conduct occur, other than violations of the University s Alcohol Policy for which an individual receives immunity under this Policy, appropriate disciplinary action may be instituted under the University s Code of Conduct. PROCEDURE Information about the time and location of the alcohol-related medical emergency will be recorded to enable any necessary follow-up in order to address issues of health and safety, vandalism, or chronic abuse of the Alcohol Policy. In cases in which a student is transported to the hospital for an alcohol-related medical emergency and is unconscious or otherwise in serious physical jeopardy, parental notification by University officials may occur; not for the purpose of disciplinary action, but as a precautionary measure. NOTE: This policy only provides amnesty from violations of the DeSales University Code of Conduct. It does not grant amnesty for criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law. OVERNIGHT HOSTING POLICIES On many occasions, varsity athletes are asked to host a prospective student-athlete overnight. The following policies apply to both the host and the prospective student-athlete: 7

9 No alcohol consumption allowed. Please avoid all parties and gatherings where alcohol is consumed or served. Do not leave a prospective student-athlete unaccompanied. They should be with you or a responsible member of your team at all times. Make sure your coach has your phone number, address and campus address. If for some reason the name and location of the host changes, please notify your coach immediately. In case of emergency, notify your coach and/or University Police immediately. The University Police office will have a list of all prospective students staying overnight, and their emergency contact information. Hosting prospective students is an integral part of the recruiting process, and one that comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Coaches may add additional policies and it is important that student-athletes are familiar with all policies. HAZING At DeSales University we believe in the dignity of life and hold a deep respect for each individual person as a creation of God. Hazing is contrary to these beliefs and will therefore not be tolerated in any form. DeSales University defines hazing as any activity suspected of someone affiliating with or joining a group, club or team that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers, regardless of the persons willingness to participate. Furthermore, this definition includes any action, which results in the disruption of the educational process, the impairment of academic performance, or failure to properly fulfill obligations to University sponsored groups or organizations (athletics). Please refer to the DSU Student Handbook for forms of hazing that adhere to the Pennsylvania Penal Law. STUDENT SERVICES DeSales University offers a number of services that are available to the students examples of which are Academic Resource Center (ext. 1239), Health Services (ext. 1221) and the Counseling Center (ext. 1417). Each service contains a full staff of qualified professionals who are completely dedicated to the students well-being. For further information on the individual services offered refer to the DSU Student Handbook and/or DeSales Directory (pg. 23). Off campus support services are also available. ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT 8

10 INFORMATION SPORTSMANSHIP Who is responsible for sportsmanship? YOU ARE!!! Good sportsmanship starts with you. Model good sportsmanship and you will be the type of role model DSU expects. Sportsmanship at DSU is an expectation and requirement of our student-athletes. Sportsmanship is more than fairness in following the rules of the game. It is conduct and attitude considered as befitting sports participants especially courtesy and striving with spirit and grace-even in losing. Sportsmanship will include athletes respecting others and therefore earning self-respect. In pop culture taunting, hazing, harassing, gesturing, fighting, inciting crowds, questioning calls and in your face antics have surfaced in the sports arena. This behavior is not good sportsmanship and is not permitted when representing DSU. Also, using social networking sites to provoke, brag, belittle, etc. is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Follow the golden rule of treating teammates, coaches, opponents, and officials in the same way you would like to be treated-fairly and with respect. The great tennis star, Chris Everett, said nothing reveals more about athletes than the way they handle stress. And lastly, remember legendary Knute Rockne s famous quote- one man s practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it. For MAC Sportsmanship Requirements see Appendix A. CODE OF CONDUCT & DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE Participation in intercollegiate athletics at DeSales University is a privilege extended to eligible students who recognize that their association with a team carries with it additional responsibilities unique to participation in that program. All athletic teams accept as a basic premise the following yearly guideline and set expectations for athletes and coaches. DON T DO ANYTHING THAT IS GOING TO EMBARRASS YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR TEAMMATES OR DeSALES ATHLETICS. The image presented by you on and off campus, in and out of uniform, is generally accepted by the public to be that of a Bulldog athlete, reflecting positively or negatively on all of us. While the coach of each squad is responsible for implementing specific do s and don ts for their programs, they all share a common set of expectations and principles. For further information on what is expected from the student-athlete regarding drug/alcohol and acceptable conduct, individual team coaches will provide their players with their own specific Code of Conduct. The Healthier Choices for a Winning Future program will continue to educate studentathletes regarding appropriate behavior regarding alcohol. DeSales targets the negative aspects of binge drinking and the effect of alcohol on athletic performance. Therefore, 9

11 DeSales student-athletes are to observe specific rules regarding alcohol use during their sports season. Abstinence and/or the 48 hour rule during the season are the norm for our teams. The DSU publication for the DeSales athlete, Alcohol and Athletic Performance, is the primary educational tool given to each student-athlete. MISCONDUCT REPORTING PROCEDURE The Athletic Department prohibits any activities that may cause mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule to any member of the DeSales Community. Individuals who have knowledge of any type of misconduct, either as a witness or a participant, or suspects inappropriate activities are taking place should report their concerns to their Head Coach or Athletic Director, Scott Coval, as soon as possible. He can be reached at or at ext Allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence are to be reported immediately to University Police at ext TOBACCO USE The use of tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g. players, coaches, trainers, managers, and game officials) in all sports during practice and competition. [Bylaw ] NCAA BANNED SUBSTANCE INFORMATION WARNING: Before consuming any sports/energy drinks or nutritional/dietary supplements, review the product with your athletic trainers. It is YOUR responsibility. 1 - These products are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. 2 - Many of these products are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label. 3 - Student-athletes who test positive WILL lose their eligibility. *** Large amounts of CAFFEINE will also result in a positive drug test. Be Smart! The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs: a. Stimulants b. Anabolic Agents c. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only) d. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents e. Street Drugs f. Peptide Hormones and Analogues g. Anti-estrogens h. Beta-2 Agonists Note: Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned. 10

12 The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified. Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions: a. Blood Doping. b. Local Anesthetics (under some conditions). c. Manipulation of Urine Samples. d. Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation. e. Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml. Some Examples of NCAA Banned Substances in Each Drug Class NOTE: There is no complete list of banned drug examples!! Check with your athletics department staff before you consume any medication or supplement. Stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin); phentermine (Phen); synephrine (bitter orange); etc. exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned. Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17- androstenetrione) boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA; nandrolone; stanozolol; testosterone; methasterone; androstenedione; norandrostenedione; methandienone; etiocholanolone; trenbolone; etc. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only): alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc. Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents: bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc. Street Drugs: heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) no other substances are classified as NCAA street drugs. Peptide Hormones and Analogues: growth hormone(hgh); human chorionic gonadotropin (hcg); erythropoietin (EPO); etc. Anti-Estrogens : triene(atd), etc. Beta-2 Agonists: anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; 3,17-dioxo-etiochol-1,4,6- bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc. 11

13 Any substance that is chemically related to the class of banned drugs is also banned! (unless otherwise noted) STUDENT-ATHLETE SERVICES The office of Student-Athlete Services provides educational programs for all DSU student-athletes. These required educational opportunities include: 1. A session for all freshmen student-athletes to learn about time management will be presented by Coach Richter, Director of Student-Athlete Services, early in the first semester. 2. Educational presentations will be directed to DSU student-athletes during each academic year. These presentations will be to keep our students abreast of NCAA issues and rules; and learn hands on knowledge about topics like drugs and alcohol, gambling, eating disorders, nutrition, hazing, self-esteem, sexual violence, anger management, sportsmanship, diversity, leadership, sports psychology, etc. 3. Initiated through the Office of Student-Athlete Services this program educates athletes regarding choices student-athletes are confronted with concerning alcohol. Education and intervention programs will be presented. Non-alcohol campus events will be run by Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Sports Management Society, Student Activities and the Director of Student-Athlete Services. TRAVEL Most DeSales University athletics teams will travel to away games by assigned charter buses. Based on team size, 12-passenger vans may also be used. Meal money will be provided to the athletes for every away contest. Hotel reservations, meals and travel itineraries will be provided for overnight travel. When competing at away games, the student-athletes are representing DeSales University and should behave in a manner that reflects the Team Code of Conduct at all times. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT Coaches will issue each individual athlete with all equipment and uniform articles necessary prior to the start of the season. Laundry will be cleaned for the athletes by the University, only if dirty laundry (which includes uniform and practice gear) is properly placed in the laundry chute located in Billera Hall. Clean laundry will be available for pick up prior to practice and/or game time. Coaches and individual teams will supply their own policy on practice laundry and uniform distribution and collection. If the student-athlete neglects to return an article of his/her uniform after the season is completed, the student will be billed and amount of $500 which goes directly on the student s school payment. Obligations will then need to be taken care of at the University Finance Office. 12

14 VARSITY AND CLUB STATUS Varsity Athletics: (Men s) Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field (Women s) Basketball, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Track and Field Varsity sports teams are supported by the athletic department and represent DeSales University in NCAA Division III, MAC, Freedom Conference and ECAC competition. Club Teams: (Men s) Cycling, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball. (Women s) Cheerleading, Cycling, Lacrosse, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis. Club teams are supervised by a member of the athletic department but follow all guidelines pertaining to any campus club and organization. Policy regarding clubs is printed in the DSU Student Handbook. SPORTS INFORMATION DeSales University Sports Information Director is responsible for recording and posting athletic news and statistics for all varsity teams as well as serves as a liaison to the press and public for the program. At the beginning of each sports season they ask that you complete a questionnaire that will be used throughout the season in promoting team and individuals through releases sent to your hometown newspapers, local papers and national media outlets. The questionnaire can be found that DSU Athletics Website under Student- Athlete Paperwork. They also handle the coordination of team pictures, produce media guides and handle all award nominations. COMMUNITY SERVICE Giving back to our off-campus community is a priority DeSales student-athletes relish. Community Service has become a valuable experience for the student-athletes. The concept of giving of oneself to help others less fortunate is very rewarding. Using multiple resources including our own Social Outreach Office, the athletic teams select their own Community Service projects. Traditionally, the athletic teams sponsor local families buying Christmas presents for the children. This activity is typical of the efforts of student-athletes to help the members of our community. Other projects included reading to various elementary students in local public and parochial schools, conducting clinics for young male and female athletes, raising monies for the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley as well as the Susan G. Komen fund, Pink Zone and Cops N Kids Literacy Program.. Our SAAC recently joined forces with other MAC institutions to raise money for the Special Olympics and Make A Wish. 13

15 Student-athletes enjoy their role in the community and continue to look forward to being involved in Community Service. The DeSales University Athletic Staff and their studentathletes understand the importance of service in the educational experience. SAAC STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SAAC is a NCAA mandated program. The MAC also mandates SAAC participation. Purpose In accordance with the mission of DeSales University and the Student Affairs Division, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as representatives of all student-athletes, seeks to uphold the University s ideals, traditions of academic excellence and sportsmanship through community involvement and intercollegiate athletics. The SAAC strives to promote effective communication between the DSU athletic department and the student-athlete population; provide student-athletes with an opportunity to provide suggestions on programs designed to serve their needs; actively encourage more involvement of the student-athletes in campus and community projects and to design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility and general awareness. Through collaboration with the entire DeSales community, the SAAC will adhere to rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Membership Representatives from each varsity team Associate Athletic Director Faculty Athletic Representative Director of Student-Athlete Services Structure Two students on the SAAC will be elected as co-chairpersons. The co-chairs will share the duties of organizing and running all meetings. Each co-chair will serve for one year with the possibility of being re-elected. Recording Secretary. The recording secretary will be appointed by the members of the SAAC. The duties of the secretary include taking minutes during all meetings as well as typing up those minutes and distributing them to the DSU community. The Director of Student-Athlete Services and the Faculty Athletic rep will serve on the SAAC as advisors for the student members. These advisors are required to attend all meetings as a consistent source of support and guidance for the student-athletes. The advisors will give final consideration of all matters voted on by the SAAC. Elections will be held at the first meeting of each academic year, unless an election is needed during the current academic year. 14

16 AWARDS AND BANQUETS At the completion of each athletic season, individual teams hold their own sport specific awards banquet to recognize their athletes. Individual and Team awards will be distributed at this time (ex. MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Coaches Award, etc.). Along with the: Frank J. Bicking Memorial Softball award given to softball player whose character and work ethic were an inspiration to her team. Kevin J. Henes Rock Award given to baseball player whose character and work ethic were an inspiration to his team. Senior Award plaque given to each individual senior athlete. Includes action photo along with years and sport(s) played. At the Hall of Fame dinner the following Fall we will honor the following DeSales University award winners. DSU Scholar Athlete - Senior male and female athlete with highest overall GPA. Dr. John Compardo Male and Female Athlete of the Year - DSU outstanding male and female athlete as voted upon by the coaching staff. Stanley Orzechowski Memorial Award the player whose personal courage and fortitude were an inspiration to his/her team and the DSU community. In short, a player with heart. Al Senavitis Service Award the player or team who dedicates himself/herself to the service of others. SAAC Award given to the student(s) and or staff member who helps to make the Athletic Department a Better Place. RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL NETWORKING Student athletes will not post photographs, video, narrative descriptions, or other content depicting or describing themselves, teammates, coaches and opponents. The Athletic Department understands the popularity and usefulness of social networking sites and supports their use by Student Athletes provided: No offensive or inappropriate pictures are posted. No offensive or inappropriate comments are posted. Information posted must not violate University, Athletic Department, or Student Athlete Code of Conduct. Nor should it violate the MAC policy. See Appendix B for a more detailed explanation along with the MAC standards. 15

17 ATHLETIC TRAINING SERVICES CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER A certified athletic trainer will be available for student-athletes for prevention and treatment of sports related injuries. The athletic trainer(s) will be available before, during and after scheduled practice and game times. It is the student-athletes obligation to communicate and work with Athletic Trainers in regards to any health/injury issues, evaluations, treatments, care, rehabilitation, recovery and any off campus doctor visits. For further questions or concerns, you may either contact the athletic training office at ext or 1255 or refer to the DeSales University website. PHYSICALS All student-athletes MUST complete a physical examination prior to the start of their preseason in order to participate. All physical forms are on the DSU Athletics website under Student Athletes. Click on the Student Athlete Forms link. All student-athletes will receive an orthopedic evaluation by a certified athletic trainer or one of the team physicians. Before you are allowed to participate in athletics at DeSales University this year, you must complete and return the following by the specified date: 1. Pre-Participation Questionnaire 2. Medical Consent Form 3. Insurance Form Please include a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. 4. Pre-Participation Physical Exam (freshmen only can use paperwork submitted to Health Center). 5. Sickle Cell Trait Forms. Further information in regards to physical will be provided for the student-athlete by the DSU Athletic Trainers. INSURANCE Proof of insurance is REQUIRED for participation. A photocopy of this authorization will be deemed as effective and valid as the original. 16

18 Athletics accident insurance is provided by our institution for the benefit of our studentathletes. This coverage through Bollinger Insurance is offered on an excess basis only. Under the terms of the policy, all bills must first be considered by any other valid and collectible medical insurance (i.e. family or personal plan). When injury does occur the following is an outline of what will occur: * All medical expenses will be billed in the student or parent name and mailed directly to the parent or athlete. * When an injury occurs, a claim form will be created for Bollinger Insurance by the Athletic Training staff and signed by the student athlete. A copy will be kept in the Athletic Training Office. The original will be sent through campus mail to Debbie Naso, the Administrative Secretary to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, who processes the claim and sends it to Bollinger. * When you receive a bill for services rendered please submit it to your insurance company. This must occur within 90 days of the date of injury. One of three things will happen. 1 - The claim will be accepted and all bills will be paid and you will get an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). 2 - Your insurance company will pay a portion of the bills and an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) will be sent to you. 3 - Your insurance company will not accept or honor the claim and will send you a letter of denial and/or an EOB. * If there were balances due after the family insurance carrier has made a payment or your claim was denied, you would then submit within 90 days a copy of the original bill and your insurance company s explanation of benefits (EOB) statements to Debbie Naso for submission to Bollinger. Her mailing address is: Debbie Naso DeSales University Center Valley, PA Tel: , ext Fax: The DeSales University Athletic Department and Bollinger Insurance are NOT responsible for: * co-payments * bills generated from services provided for injuries or illnesses originating from activities unrelated to DeSales University intercollegiate athletic participation. * bills incurred by a student athlete who seeks outside medical attention without the knowledge and permission of the staff athletic trainer and team physician. It is up to the student-athlete to complete what forms are necessary and get the remaining bills to an athletic trainer for payment in a timely manner. 17

19 NCAA INFORMATION NCAA Division III Philosophy The following statement is the NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement : Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete s athletic activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete s educational experience. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences. NON-TRADITIONAL SEASONS Baseball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball: (Bylaw ) All practice and competition during the non-traditional segment shall be limited to a maximum of five (5) weeks. These 5 weeks are included as part of the 18 or 19 weeks (allowed by the NCAA for the traditional and non-traditional segments combined. A maximum of 16 days of athletically related activity (see NCAA Institutional Limitation listed next) with no more than four (4) days of athletically related activity in one week shall be permitted. One (1) date of competition may occur during the non-traditional segment and shall be counted as one of the 16 permissible days of athletically related activity. A maximum of eight hours of athletically related activity may occur on that day. Any athletically related activity (per Bylaw ) by any member of the applicable team shall constitute the use of a day. Alumni games in the non-traditional segment are NOT considered as the one date of competition. If your non-traditional season is conducted in the fall (lacrosse, baseball, softball), all practice and competition must be completed by October 30 of the academic year involved; conversely, if your non-traditional season is conducted in the spring (field hockey, soccer, volleyball), you may not begin practice or competition until February 1 of the academic year involved. NCAA INSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS 18

20 A member institution shall limit its organized practice activities, the length of its playing seasons and the number of its regular-season contests and/or dates of competition in all sports, as well as the extent of its participation in non-collegiate sponsored athletics activities, to minimize interference with the academic programs of its student-athletes Athletically Related Activities Athletically Related Activities. The following are considered athletically related activities: (adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/92) (a) Practice, which is defined as any meeting, activity or instruction involving sportsrelated information and having an athletics purpose, held for one or more student-athletes at the direction of, or supervised by, any member or members of an institution s coaching staff. Practice is considered to have occurred if one or more coaches and one or more student-athletes engage in any of the following activities: (1) Field, floor or on-court activity; (2) Setting up offensive or defensive alignment; (3) Chalk talk; (4) Lecture on or discussion of strategy related to the sport; (5) Activities using equipment related to the sport; (6) Discussion or review of game films, motion pictures or videotapes related to the sport; or (Revised: 10/17/06) (7) Any other athletically related activity (Revised: 10/18 04) (b) Competition; (c) Required weight-training and conditioning activities held at the direction of or supervised by an institutional staff member; (d) Participation in a physical fitness class (including a summer class) conducted by a member of the athletics staff not listed in the institution s catalog and not open to all students. Such a class may not include practice activities conducted under the guise of physical education activities; (Adopted: 10/17/06) (e) Required participation in camps, clinics or workshops; (f) Individual workouts required or supervised by a member of the coaching staff. An institutional staff member may design a voluntary (see Bylaw ) individualworkout program for a student-athlete, but cannot conduct the individual s workout outside the declared playing season; (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, Revised: 1/12/04, 1/17/09) (g) On-court or on-field activities called by any member(s) of a team and confined primarily to members of that team that are considered requisite for participation in that sport (e.g., captain s practices); (h) Visiting the competition site in cross country, golf and skiing; (Adopted: 1/16/93) (i) Reservation or use of an institution s athletic facilities when such activities are supervised by or held at the direction of any member of an institution s coaching staff; (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93) 19

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