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Athletic Fundraisers

Support the LFHS
Gymnastics Team
Stop by Chipotle at
945 Rockland Rd. Suite A
Lake Bluff
on Monday, Dec. 17
between 4-8 PM
Show them this flyer
& tell them you support the cause!

Kiwanis of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest logo

The Kiwanis Foundation of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest is raising the necessary funds to provide area elementary and high schools in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Find out more about this fundraiser and how you can participate.

Open Gyms

 

OPEN GYM OPPORTUNITIES
BOYS/GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

All at 5:45pm in the Fieldhouse

Thursday, December 13

Monday, January 14

Tuesday, January 22

Monday, January 28

Thursday, January 31

Parent/Athlete Handbook

Lake Forest High School
Athletic Department

Mission Statement

To inspire the passion to learn, the insight to know oneself, and the courage to make a difference. (Adopted 2011)

PHILOSOPHY

Within Lake Forest Community High School District #115, we believe that a dynamic program of student activities is vital to the educational development of the student. Among these activities, athletics is considered to be an integral part of the total education process. The athletic programs should provide experiences which promote the development of positive attitudes and habits in our student-athletes. We consider participation in interscholastic athletics to be a privilege, and while we strive to win as often as we can, we are mindful that how we win or lose tells more about us than the final score.

The athletic program must always conform to policies established by Lake Forest High School and the Constitution and By-laws of the Illinois High School Association.

Goals

  1. To encourage the value and enjoyment of participating and striving for excellence;
  2. To provide athletes with an opportunity for physical and psychological development in a wholesome and competitive program;
  3. To develop and improve citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork; and
  4. To realize that these young women and young men are both students and athletes, and that the athletic program must always be kept in balance with academic goals.

Objectives

  1. To develop programs that will encourage broad participation, enhance school spirit and generate a feeling of unity among the student body, faculty and community.
  2. To strive for program excellence that will produce competitive teams.
  3. To provide opportunities for student-athletes to develop their confidence, self-image and leadership skills.
  4. To instill a desire to succeed and excel.
  5. To help students realize the rewards of hard work, practice and sacrifice.
  6. To develop self-discipline and emotional maturity in learning to make choices under competitive pressure.
  7. To promote the value and importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship loyalty and a sense of fair play.
  8. To develop special physical skills in the athletic activity of each student's choice, acknowledging that those skills offer extended opportunity for college, professional and associated careers.
  9. To develop an appreciation of the need for and enjoyment of physical activity that will carry over to recreational involvements as a lifetime pursuit.

LFHS Athletic Program

Getting to Know the Lake Forest High School Athletic Program

Sports at Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest High School seeks to provide all students with opportunities to engage in athletic activities that enrich their educational experience. Athletics help to develop the core values of respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring, and good citizenship.

Lake Forest participates in the following sports represented by the North Suburban Conference:

BOYS
Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming & Diving
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
Water Polo
Wrestling
GIRLS
Badminton
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey (IHSFHA)
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Pom/Dance
Softball
Soccer
Swimming & Diving
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Water Polo


In addition to the interscholastic program, a variety of intramural activities are available. (flag football, basketball, etc...)

North Suburban Conference

Lake Forest High School is a member of the North Suburban Conference (NSC). The conference is responsible for establishing guidelines for all sports, in conjunction with all Illinois High School Association and National Federation of High School regulations. Within the conference, the guidelines are monitored by member schools, and are always based on "What is best for the student-athlete."

CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE NORTH SUBURBAN CONFERENCE ARE:

Lake Forest High School
Lake Zurich High School
Libertyville High School
Mundelein High School
Stevenson High School
Warren High School
Waukegan High School
Zion-Benton High School


Try out information, for all sports, will be listed on the Athletic home page
www.lakeforestschools.org/schools/lfhs/athletics

Anytime you have questions, please call the Athletic Office @ (847) 582-7700.

Below are the dates set by IHSA
for specific sport season start

LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL SPORT SEASON START DATES

Season start dates will not begin before the IHSA permissible dates. There may be instances that start dates could be later. These will be determined by the athletic director and coaching staff. Please check the Lake Forest High School Athletic website www.lakeforestschools.org/schools/lfhs/athletics for the most current start dates.

ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION SPORT SEASON START DATES (2018-2019)

Most Lake Forest High School sports are governed by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Information regarding eligibility, residency, transfers, etc. is published in the IHSA Handbook and online at www.@ihsa.org


BOYS FALL SPORTS

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Cross Country

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Football

Mon, Aug 6, 2018

NO

Varsity/Sophomore/Freshman

Golf

Mon, Aug 6, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Soccer

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV/Sophomore/Freshman

GIRLS FALL SPORT

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Cheerleading

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Cross Country

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Field Hockey

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Golf

Mon, Aug 6, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Pom Pons

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Swimming & Diving

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Tennis

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV/Sophomore-Freshman

Volleyball

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

YES

Varsity/Sophomore/Freshman

BOYS WINTER SPORTS

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Basketball

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

YES

Varsity/Sophomore/Freshman

Swimming & Diving

Mon, Nov 19, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Wrestling

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

NO

Varsity/JV/Freshman

GIRLS WINTER SPORTS

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Basketball

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV/Freshman

Competitive Cheer

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Competitive Dance

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

Gymnastics

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

YES

Varsity/JV

BOYS SPRING SPORTS

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Baseball

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/Sophomore/Freshman

Lacrosse

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV/Freshman

Tennis

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity, JV

Track

Mon, Jan 14, 2019 (TBD)

YES

Varsity/JV/Sophomore-Freshman

Volleyball

Mon, March 4, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV/Freshman

Water Polo

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV

GIRLS SPRING SPORTS

IHSA/LFHS START DATES

CUT

LEVELS OFFERED

Badminton

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV/Sophomore-Freshman

Lacrosse

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV/Freshman

Soccer

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV/Freshman

Track

Mon, Jan 14, 2019 (TBD)

YES

Varsity/JV

Water Polo

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

YES

Varsity/JV

Athletic Participation Rules

The success of the LFHS Athletic Program depends on the cooperation of the athletes, the parents, and the Athletic Department. It is important that you read and understand the following statements. All athletic participation paperwork must be completed and in the athletic office by the first day of practice of the athlete's specific sport season.

Every athlete must adhere to the code of conduct. Failure to adhere to participation rules or falsification of any information is subject to disciplinary action.

Athletic Code of Conduct

Philosophy

The Board of Education, Administration, Faculty and Coaches of Lake Forest High School believe that our student-athletes represent our highest standards, including our core principles: responsibility/accountability, integrity, acceptance, and empathy. Participation in a sport enhances the overall high school experience and provides exceptional life-learning opportunities. Student-athletes should strive to obtain athletic, academic, and personal excellence.The code of conduct specifically establishes high expectations and standards for all participating student-athletes. These expectations embody a total lifestyle approach with an emphasis on respect for self, others and property; loyalty to self, teammates, coaches and school; support for the ideals of true sportsmanship; and maturity to fully accept choices made and the consequences they carry. The implementation and effectiveness of this code is dependent on a collective commitment from students, parents, and school personnel, along with a proactive approach to prevention and assistance. While we strive to win as often as we can, we are mindful that how we win or lose tells more about us than the final score.

Parted and Scope

The Code applies to student conduct on and off campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. The Code record and consequences are cumulative, regardless of category, beginning with the student-athletes and parent's initial signing of this code and continuing throughout the student-athlete's entire high school career. If the percentage of the sport season remaining is less than the percentage of ineligibility stated for the violation, then the suspension will be extended to the student-athletes next sport season. Coaches cannot enforce more severe consequences for a violation covered under this code of conduct.

Athletic Code Violations

Athletics, an integral part of the total educational process, are a privilege. Insubordination, poor sportsmanship, anti-social behavior or violation of policies and rules is detrimental to the individual, team, and school community. Upon a violation of this code, the student-athlete will be provided oral or written notice of the Athletic Code Violation. The student-athlete needs to arrange a meeting with the Athletic Director and/or Assistant Athletic Director to discuss the athletic code violation, receive explanation of evidence, present his/her version of the incident, and receive the appropriate consequence.

Appeal Process

Any student-athlete that feels his/her rights have been violated may appeal the consequences.The student-athlete must submit to the Principal or designee of District 115 a written rationale for the appeal within three (3) calendar days of the violation consequence. The Principal or designee will convene a committee which will uphold or deny the appeal within three (3) calendar days of receiving the appeal. This committee will consist of the Principal or designee, two (2) coaches, and two (2) student-athletes.The student-athlete will remain under the violation consequence imposed and follow the provisions set throughout the appeal process.


Category 1

Violations

First Violation Consequences

Any conduct unbecoming. Examples include but are not limited to acts of violence, criminal damage to property, vandalism, theft, hazing, bullying and intimidation, and harassment (I.e. hand-written, technology-generated or spoken words).

Repeated violation of school policies or rules, gross disobedience, or misconduct resulting in an athlete that is suspended may affect a student-athlete's athletic eligibility.

In Season:

15% of his/her current sport contests and loss of captain status (if applicable)

During the suspension, the student-athlete is expected to attend and participate in all required practices and successfully complete the season.

Out of Season:

Loss of playing time 0% to 15% in next participated sport, and/or up to 15 athletic service hours, and may not be able to serve as captain in his/her next sport.

The athletic service hours must be completed within 60 days of the code meeting or before the start of the student-athlete's next scheduled sport (whichever happens first). Failure to complete athletic service hours within the time requirement will result in the student-athlete serving the full 15% suspension.

Category 2

Violations

First Violation Consequences

The purchase, possession, delivery, distribution, or use of tobacco products. The purchase, possession, delivery, distribution, use or being under the influence of alco­hol, a controlled substance, other illegal mood-altering and/or performance enhancing drugs or chemicals, or any substance used to obtain an altered mental state or "high." The purchase, possession, delivery, or distribution of look-alike drugs, drug paraphernalia, false identification, or alcohol containers.

Hosting or organizing a gathering or providing a venue where minors and any of the above referenced prohibited substances are present.

Note: Any picture or on-line image that depicts behavior described above may be used as evidence of a code violation.

In Season:

20% of his/her current sport contests arid loss of captain status (if applicable) During the suspension, the student-athlete is expected to attend and participate in all required practices and successfully complete the season.

Out of Season:

10% of his/her next participated sport, and 15 athletic service hours, and may not be able to serve as captain in his/her next sport.

The athletic service hours must be completed within 60 days of the code meeting or before the start of the student-athlete's next scheduled sport (whichever happens first). Failure to complete athletic service hours within the time requirement will result in the student-athlete serving the full 20% suspension.

Category 3

Violations

First Violation Consequences

Any felony action in which a student-athlete is arrested. Examples include but are not limited to battery with an object, assault with a weapon, possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, and criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

Any Category 3 offense is equivalent to 2 violations. This may be considered a 2nd or 3rd violation of the Code. Please see the violation consequences below.

Second Violation Consequences (for all categories)

In and Out of Season:

40% of the contests in his/her current sport or next scheduled sport and loss of opportunity to serve as a captain of a team for the remainder of his/her high school career.

During the suspension, the student-athlete is expected to attend and participate in all required practices and successfully complete the season.

Any student-athlete with a second Category 2 Code violation or any Category 3 Code violation will meet with a school social worker and may be required to participate in a recognized, community-based substance abuse or other corrective program.

Third Violation Consequences (for all categories)

In and Out of Season:

The student-athlete will be excluded from all athletic programs for the remainder of his/her high school career.

The student-athlete may petition, in writing, to the athletic director for reinstatement to the athletic program, providing that at least one calendar year of suspension has been completed from the date of the third infraction. Any reinstated student-athlete will be at the second violation level.

I (We) have read the Athletic Code of Conduct of Lake Forest High School. I (We) understand the categories of violations and consequences for failure to comply with this code of conduct. By signing the front of this card, we understand the Categories and Consequences of the Lake Forest High School Code of Conduct.

Athletic Academic Eligibility Scholastic Standing--IHSA

  1. Students must pass twenty-five (25) credit hours of high school work per week. Generally, twenty-five (25) credit hours is the equivalent of five (5) .5 credit courses (2.5 full credits) or other combinations if lesser credit course.
  2. Student must have passed and received credit toward graduation for twenty-five (25) credit hours of high school work for the entire previous semester to be eligible at all during the ensuing semester
  3. Physical Education (PE) Waiver - only JR and SR rostered athletes are eligible for the PE waiver and will receive credit for their Wellness requirement for that semester, provided that they complete their sport in good standing and attend their athletic study hall daily (Attendance in Athletic Study Hall WILL BE TAKEN).
  4. Managers are NOT eligible to receive PE waiver or be considered for an athletic study hall.

    Eligibility Procedures


    The athletic office pulls grades every Thursday from Power School. Grades are again verified on Friday. On Friday afternoon, letters are mailed home that will affect the following week athletic eligibility (Monday – Saturday).

    1st offense> (week one)

    Letter sent home: Notification sent to Parents, Coach, Counselor, Athletic Director Follow Student Athlete Sign-Off (SASSO) Procedures (Options attached) Athlete will not be able to participate in contests that week (M-Sat.) but is allowed to practice.

    2nd consecutive offense> (week two)

    Letter sent home: Notification sent to Parents, Coach, Counselor, Athletic Director Follow Student Athlete Sign-Off (SASSO) Procedures (Options attached) Athlete will not be able to participate in contests that week (M-Sat.) but is allowed to practice.

    3rd consecutive offense> (week three)

    Letter sent home: Notification sent to Parents, Coach, Counselor, Athletic Director Follow Student Athlete Sign Off (SASSO Options attached)
    Athlete will not be able to participate in contests that week (M-Sat.) Including a Team Suspension. At this time, NO games and NO practice will be allowed. Athlete has one more week to pull their credits up to a 2.5.

    4th consecutive offense> (week four)

    After four consecutive weeks, if the athlete is still not passing, the athlete will be removed from the team. All PE requirements will need to be addressed and will be the athlete’s responsibility to make up any classes. Also, the athlete will be unable to attend the end of season team banquet and will not finish the season on the final roster.

    If an athlete is ineligible one week, but gets their grades above the 2.5 weekly credits, the following week without reaching 4 consecutive weeks, they are reset to 1st offense status. (ie; ineligible weeks 1 & 2, grades ok week 3, returned to eligible status, ineligible week 4- this would be treated as a new 1st offense.)

Student-Athlete Support Sign-Off Procedures (SASSO)

  1. Athletic Eligibility Letter, Student-Athlete Support Sign-Off Form (SASSO), and Academic Support Options will be communicated by email and/or US mail to student-athlete, parent(s), teachers, coaches, Sport-Specific Academic Liaison, counselors, deans, and support staff once a student-athlete is determined to be academically ineligible by the Athletic Office.
  2. Student-Athlete will attend three (3), thirty (30) minute subject specific support sessions in any of the classes showing deficiency during the week of ineligibility.
  3. Student-Athlete will secure staff signatures on the Student-Athlete Support Sign-Off Form (SASSO) indicating when and where the academic, subject-specific support took place.
  4. Student-Athlete will return the completed Student-Athlete Support Sign-Off Form (SASSO), with appropriate signatures, to the Athletic Office by the end of the week of ineligibility.
  5. Athletic Office will record and track support services being used to assist student-athletes.
  6. Failure by the Student-Athlete to attend/receive the requested academic support within the week will result in make-up support sessions being required.

Academic Support Options for Students (example)

  • Peer Tutoring – Resource Center
  • Before – After School Silent Study
  • Department Resource Centers
  • Personal Learning Time
  • 1-on-1 with Classroom Teacher
  • After School Executive Functioning Tutoring
An updated list of locations and times is available in the athletic office.

Obtain a copy of the Student-Athlete Support Sign-off Form (SASSO) here.

Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship - Goals & Expectations

Participation in athletic activities is a privilege. As representatives of Lake Forest High School, student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that meets the highest standards at all times.


It is the goal of Lake Forest High School to provide all students with opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities that enrich their education and further develop the core values of respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and good citizenship.

The skills of good sportsmanship and proper behavior are learned by engaging with others, modeling good behavior and by careful instruction. It is the responsibility of the administration, staff, coaches, parents and the community at large to create a climate that fosters the development of these skills by encouraging and modeling positive and appropriate behavior within the sporting environment while striving for excellence.

Expectations for the behavior of athletes, coaches and parents at athletic contests, practices and events are outlined below.

The Athlete

Student-athletes who choose to participate in any sport must agree to read, sign and abide by the athletic code of conduct as a condition of participation.

The code of conduct establishes high expectations and standards for all participating student-athletes. These expectations embody a total lifestyle approach with emphasis on respect for self, others and property, loyalty to self, teammates, coaches and school, support for the ideals of true sportsmanship and maturity to fully accept all choices made and the consequences they carry.

The effectiveness of this code depends on a collective commitment from students, parents and school personnel, and a proactive, positive approach to prevention and assistance. Athletes will be governed, at the minimum, by the Athletic Department training rules. Each head coach may establish additional rules for his/her team regarding curfew, attendance, personal conduct and personal appearance. The full text of the athletic code of conduct, including consequences for violations is available on the website at lakeforestschools.org/schools/lfhs/athletics and in this publication.

The Coach

Coaches are required to abide by the following code of expectations:

  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating support for all athletes, coaches and officials at all games, practices and other events.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • I will treat each player as an individual and do my best to provide a safe environment for all players.
  • I will teach my athletes to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts with civility and without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
  • I will do my best to ensure that the sport is enjoyable for my players and remember that the game is for the athletes and not the adults.
  • I will be a positive role model for my players and not engage in any unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player or parent.I will treat everyone with respect and civility.
  • I will demand a drug, tobacco and alcohol-free sports environment from my players and refrain from their use at all events.
  • I will establish open lines of communication with players and their parents so everyone understands expectations and can express concerns.

Coaches are also expected to communicate to athletes and parents their coaching philosophy, expectations for all team members, locations and times of practices/contests, team rules and requirements, emergency procedures in case of injury and consequences for violations of rules.

Failure to meet these expectations may result in disciplinary action or dismissal.

The Parent

Parents of student-athletes are required to abide by the following code of expectations:

  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating support for all athletes, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other athletic event.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child and other student-athletes ahead of any personal desire to win.
  • I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • I will support coaches and officials working with my child to provide a positive, enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of athletes.
  • I will treat other players, parents, coaches, fans and officials with respect and refrain from verbal indignities.
  • I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts with civility and without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will respect the coaches and officials and their authority during games and will not question, discuss or confront coaches at the game site.
  • If I have issues or concerns to discuss, I will take time to speak with the coach at an agreed-upon time and place.
  • I will do my best to ensure that the sport is enjoyable for my child and remember that the game is for the athletes and not the adults.
  • I will demand a drug, tobacco and alcohol-free sports environment for my child and refrain from their use at all events.

Failure to meet these expectations may result in disciplinary action.Consequences may include: removal from the practice/contest/event, written reprimand, one-game suspension, season suspension or one-year suspension.

LFHS Athletic Department Policies & Procedures (A-E)

Athletic Forms

You will receive an email with an “InfoSnap” code that will enable you to electronically complete your athletic form registration. These forms are available in the athletic office and on the athletic website.

Student/Athletes who choose to try out and compete on an interscholastic team must have the following on file before they are eligible to try out for a team:

  1. Physical
    1. A physical is valid for 395 days from the date of issue per Illinois High School Association (IHSA) by-laws and must be signed and dated by a doctor or nurse practitioner.
    2. A physical must remain valid through the participation of any sport.
  2. Athletic Participation form – which will include Steroid Consent / Code of Conduct Consent
  3. Concussion information form
  4. Emergency information form

Athlete/Parent/Coach Communication

The LFHS Athletic Department encourages open communication among athletes, parents and coaches. Both athletes and parents are urged to discuss their concerns with the coach in the appropriate setting and at the appropriate time.

Note to parents: Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coach include mental or physical treatment of your child, strategies for improving your child’s performance and behavior issues affecting your child. Issues not appropriate for a parent to discuss with coaches include playing time, starting positions, team strategy, play calling and other student-athletes.

Attendance/Practices: Vacation/School Closing

All team members are expected to attend all practices and tryout days. During all three sports seasons, practices are regularly scheduled during times when school is not in session. Practice schedules are determined by the coaching staff, and coaches decide who plays. We strongly request that arrangements be made to ensure that the athletes attend all practices and games during vacation periods. It is understandable that athletes who practice or compete during this time will likely move ahead of those who are not present. All athletes should be cognizant of their commitment to both their coaches and teammates.

Written or verbal communication must be made with the head coach of the program by the athlete prior to any missed practices or games due to extraordinary circumstances.

It is also assumed that athletes will be diligent when it comes to honoring their commitment to attend practices and contests during times when school is in session. The Athletic Department does not condone missing school under any circumstances except family emergencies. Students are expected to be in attendance for 150 minutes each day in order to participate in a practice, contest or school sponsored trip.

Booster Club

The Lake Forest High School Booster Club supports and encourages the athletic, social and other extracurricular activities of Lake Forest High School students. It also provides moral and financial support to encourage and enlarge extracurricular activities for the benefit of all students. Numerous opportunities exist to participate in the LFHS Booster Club. Information about membership, the Team Mom Program and other activities sponsored each year is sent home annually.

The Lake Forest High School coaching staff recognizes the importance and value of the Booster Club’s support and encourages all parents to be a part of this organization.

Celebrations

While athletes, coaches and fans are excited in victory, Lake Forest High School recognizes that certain types of celebrations may be disrespectful or dangerous. Lake Forest High School Athletic Department encourages appropriate celebrations.

Changing Sports

If a coach cuts a student from a team the student may try out for another team or program in that sports season, provided that tryouts for the second sport have not been concluded. An athlete who quits one sport to join another (in-season) may do so, as long as the new coach agrees to accept the athlete.

Coeducational Interscholastic Competition

Forest High School will provide opportunities for separate but comparable athletic opportunities for both boys and girls, in accordance with all local, state, and federal guidelines concerning transgender participation and affirmative action.

Conflict Resolution Process

Although it is desirable for concerns to be addressed initially between athletes and coaches, occasionally situations arise where conflicts are not resolved by this interaction. The District has established a conflict resolution process for these types of athletic concerns.

Athletes or their parents should first seek to resolve disagreements with the coach. If issues remain unresolved, the matter should move to the Athletic Director for mediation and further discussion. If resolution is still unreachable, the athlete may enlist the aid of the Student Advisory Team, who will meet with the athlete and the Coach. Issues still unresolved will go to the AD and the head coach. The Principal and Superintendent will become involved only after the parent and athlete have followed the prescribed procedure. The athlete may invite an advocate to attend these meetings at any step of the process. A list of possible invitees is included on the conflict resolution chart. A copy of this chart follows:


Conflict Resolution Process Chart


Cut Policy

In some sports, cutting a team down to manageable size is necessary. Each of Lake Forest’s sports programs will have its own policy on choosing teams, but all sports should use these principles as determinates for squad retention: talent, ability, potential, attitude, attendance, discipline. Athletes should be reminded that they are evaluated on a daily basis.


Equipment

An athlete is responsible for each item of equipment issued to him/her. Everything issued is recorded and MUST be returned.

If you are found to have unauthorized equipment, it will be taken from you and disciplinary action may be taken.

Please do not abuse your equipment. Considerable money is expended to outfit each team; we hope you will take pride in it. Hang up your equipment and see that it is exchanged and cleaned as directed. Wear it ONLY at authorized Lake Forest contests or practices unless approved by the coach.

No one is allowed to enter equipment rooms except when personally supervised by the equipment manager or with their coach.

LFHS Athletic Department Policies & Procedures (I-W)


Intramural Activities

Intramurals are open to all students with the exception of “in-season” athletes, who may not participate in their same sport (i.e. a member of an interscholastic basketball team may not be on an intramural basketball team). Different activities are scheduled throughout the year.


rSchoolToday-NotifyMe

The athletic office/coaches use the rSchoolToday link – which is found on the athletic webpage under Quick Links. Once you choose that link you will see a tab for the Notify Me where you can register. This will enable you to receive text messages to your cell phone and/or receive email reminders and notifications before events and of any schedule changes.

Rosters/Schedules

Team Rosters and athletic schedules are available on-line at www.lakeforestschools.org/schools/lfhs/athletics

Sports Participation Fee

There is a sports participation fee of $230.00 per sport which will be invoiced from the business office once the student makes the final team roster. Fees can be paid online at www.lfhs.org. Questions? Please contact the district Fee Specialist at 847-604-7437, LFHS West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd.

PLEASE REMEMBER – Sports Participation fee is separate from any money that might be collected from Team Parents for additional needs that the team might have during the sport season, including but not limited to: snacks, drinks, team dinners & banquet expenses.


Student Passes

Lake Forest High School students may purchase student activity cards at the beginning of the school year. This pass can be used for admission to all Lake Forest High School athletic events. Parents that purchase the appropriate booster club pass will be allowed admission to home LFHS Athletic Events when the pass is presented at the door or gate.


The IHSA establishes admission prices for all levels of IHSA State Tournaments. LFHS Activity Cards and Booster Club passes are not valid for these events


Training Room, Injuries, Insurance

Our training room provides athletes with equipment and facilities to prevent injuries and to provide first aid treatment. Please do not consider the training room a lounge or meeting place. Go there only when necessary. Do not carry training supplies out of the room. Please do not use supplies to repair equipment or uniforms. We need your cooperation to keep the appearance of the training room neat and orderly. Students are expected to notify their coach when using the services of the trainer.

The School District does NOT have a policy insuring students against accidents and injuries while participating in any student activities. However, an Accident Insurance Plan is available for purchase.


Transportation Policy

Please be aware of the policies about transportation of student-athletes to and from Lake Forest competitions.

  1. Lake Forest provides transportation to and from all athletic contests and all athletes are required to utilize school transportation. Athletes may not participate in an away contest if they drive themselves to the event, or if they use alternate transportation without prior permission of the Athletic Director.
  2. Most of our transportation is provided through Olson Bus Company. Lake Forest High School also uses 14 passenger white buses and school vans. Only coaches and approved employees may drive these vehicles, meeting the requirements established by the Board of Education.
  3. Bus drivers are not allowed to stop at residential streets or make other intermediate stops to allow students to leave the bus because they might be closer to home. Students are expected to ride the bus back to school.
  4. In the event that a parent may NEED to take their child home(or with them) after an away contest due to an extenuating circumstance(***), the parents MUST do the following:

    a. They need to email the level coach 24 hours in advance and get Coach approval

    b. Once the Coach approves and notifies the athletic office, the parent must submit a written or emailed note to the athletic office for us to keep on file PRIOR to the game

    c. They MUST sign their son/daughter out with the coach on site the day of the contest prior to leaving

**** Extenuating circumstances are not designed to be matters of convenience ****


Any other travel concerns will need to be discussed/approved with the athletic director


5.
When traveling to away activities, athletes must remember that they represent LFHS and should dress and act appropriately. Coaches may direct athletes as to what actions and dress requirements are expected.


Uniform Deposit

A refundable $75 fee is collected for all athletes as a uniform deposit at the beginning of each season (Football, Cheer and Pom fee is $150). This check needs to be written to LFHS and is returned when ALL issued equipment and uniform items are returned. If items are not returned, the athletic department will deposit your check. An invoice will be mailed home if needed to cover the replacement cost of items that exceed the $75 deposit.

A specific uniform distribution date is set for each sport once the roster is complete. Athletes need to bring the $75 check on the date set by the coach.

The uniform deposit must be a separate check.

Athletes are billed separately for their athletic participation fee directly from the business office. (See Sports Participation Fee)


Weather-Related Cancellations

If there are weather-related cancellations for athletic contests, every attempt will be made to announce the cancellation by 2:00 pm the day of the contest. Information regarding cancellations will be updated on our website. Coaches will determine practice times on days of cancellations.


Weight Room

The weight room is supervised and open to high school students during the school year Monday – Thursday from 3:30–5:00 pm. Students are not allowed to use the weight room or the gyms unsupervised. This procedure is strictly enforced.

End of Season Interscholastic Sports Awards and Honors

ALL ATHLETES SHALL RECEIVE THE INDICATED AWARDS IF THEY COMPLETE THEIR SPORT SEASON IN GOOD STANDING. THE SEASON WILL BE CONSIDERED COMPLETED AT THE END OF THEIR LAST CONTEST.

FRESHMAN AWARD
a) Numerals will be presented to freshmen after participation in their first sport.
b) If freshmen participate and receive the award for the Varsity team, they shall also receive their numerals if they have not received them for any other sport.
c) A certificate of recognition will be awarded if a freshman participates in more than one sport during the year.

SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR VARSITY AWARD
If these are distinct and separate teams, they shall receive the following awards:
a) Small chenille LF will be awarded after participation at this level for the first time.
b) Succeeding Soph/JV levels for any other sport will receive a certificate of recognition.
c) An athlete that is brought up to the varsity level and is a participant for 50% of the time shall receive the Varsity award. If they are not a participant at this level for 50% of the time, they shall be presented the lower-level award.

VARSITY AWARD
a) Large chenille LF and sport pin will be awarded after participation at varsity level for the first time.
b) Succeeding Varsity levels for any other sport will receive a Varsity Certificate and sport pin.

SPECIAL AWARD
Anyone having participated for four years, at any lower level, shall receive the varsity letter and appropriate sport pin in their senior year. This does not qualify recipient for All Academic honors; it is strictly recognition for four years of participation.

MANAGER AWARD
Managers at all levels shall receive a “MGR” pin. CAPTAIN’S AWARD Captains at the Varsity level only shall receive a Captain’s pin.

“MOST IMPROVED” AWARD
A player or players shall be selected by the coaches or team members to receive this award at all levels: Special paper certificate.

“MOST VALUABLE” AWARD
Varsity player or players only (not to exceed two unless approved by the Athletic Director) shall be selected by the coaches or team members to receive this award: Special certificate.

SPECIAL AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
At the coach’s discretion, the coach may wish to select certain athletes for special awards.

NSC ALL-ACADEMIC AWARD
Presented to Juniors and Seniors on a Varsity team who have a 4.5 GPA Cumulative grade point or better.

IHSA Bylaws 2018-19

IHSA Performance-Enhancing Substance Testing Policy

IHSA Performance-Enhancing Substance Testing Policy

In 2008, the IHSA Board of Directors established the association’s Performance-Enhancing Substance (PES) Testing Program. Any student who participates in an IHSA-approved or sanctioned athletic event is subject to PES testing. A full copy of the testing program and other related resources can be accessed on the IHSA Sports Medicine website. Additionally, links to the PES Policy and the association’s Banned Drug classes are listed below. School administrators are able to access the necessary resources used for program implementation in the IHSA Schools Center.

IHSA PES Testing Program
https://www.ihsa.org/documents/sportsMedicine/2017...

IHSA Banned Drug Classes

http://www.ihsa.org/documents/sportsMedicine/curre...

IHSA Steroid Testing Policy Consent to Random Testing

IHSA Steroid Testing Policy Consent to Random Testing

As a prerequisite to participation in IHSA athletic activities, we agree that I/our student will not use performance-enhancing substances as defined in the IHSA Performance-Enhancing Substance Testing Program Protocol. We have reviewed the policy and understand that I/our student may be asked to submit to testing for the presence of performance-enhancing substances in my/our student’s body either during IHSA state series events or during the school day, and I/our student do/does hereby agree to submit to such testing and analysis by a certified laboratory. We further understand and agree that the results of the performance-enhancing substance testing may be provided to certain individuals in my/our student’s high school as specified in the IHSA Performance-Enhancing Substance Testing Program Protocol which is available on the IHSA website at www.IHSA.org. We understand and agree that the results of the performance-enhancing substance testing will be held confidential to the extent required by law. We understand that failure to provide accurate and truthful information could subject me/our student to penalties as determined by IHSA. A complete list of the current IHSA Banned Substance Classes can be accessed at:

http://www.ihsa.org/documents/sportsMedicine/2017-...

Concussion Information Sheet

CONCUSSION INFORMATION SHEET

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
* Headaches
* Pressure in head
* Nausea or vomiting
* Neck pain
* Balance problems or dizziness
* Blurred, double or fuzzy vision
* Sensitivity to light or noise
* Feeling sluggish or slowed down
* Feeling foggy or groggy
* Drowsiness
* Change in sleep patterns
* Amnesia
* Change in sleep patterns
* Amnesia
* "Don't feel right
* Fatigue or low energy
* Sadness
* Nervousness or anxiety
* Irritability
* More emotional
* Confusion
* Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays
* Repeating the same question/comment

Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include:
* Appears dazed
* Vacant facial expression
* Confused about assignments
* Forgets plays
* Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
* Moves clumsily or displays uncoordination
* Answers questions slowly
* Slurred speech
* Shows behavior or personality changes
* Can't recall events prior to hit
* Can't recall events after hit
* Seizures or convulsions
* Any change in typical behavior or personality
* Loses consciousness

WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF MY CHILD KEEPS ON PLAYING WITH CONCUSSION OR RETURNS TOO SOON?

Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athletes will often fail to report symptoms of injuries. Concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and students is the key to student-athlete’s safety.

IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS SUFFERED A CONCUSSION....

Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. IHSA Policy requires athletes to provide their school with written clearance from either a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches (such as those employed by LFHS) prior to returning to play or practice following a concussion or after being removed from an interscholastic contest due to a possible head injury or concussion and not cleared to return to that same contest. In accordance with state law, all IHSA member schools are required to follow this policy.

You should also inform your child’s coach and the LFHS Athletic Trainers if you think that your child may have a concussion. Along with other assessment tools, the sports medicine staff at LFHS uses a computerized testing program called ImPACT to measure your child’s brain function and status to help ensure they do not return to play too soon. This test may be used post-concussion without a baseline, or the athletic training staff may acquire pre-injury baseline information, through questionnaires, computer assessments, and family histories, from you and/or your child, to help them assess your child in the event treatment is needed. All such information will be held confidential and shared with LFHS and medical personnel on a “need-to-know only” basis. Remember it’s better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out.

For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to:

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html
OR
Contact one of the athletic trainers at (847) 582-7397

NCAA - National College Athletic Association

For information on NCAA college-bound student/athletes Division I, Division II and Division III college requirements, please refer to the following website for the most current information:

http://www.ncaa.org


NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Please refer to the following website for the most current information and requirements for NAIA college-bound student/athletes:

http://www.naia.org/



FAQ--Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I sign up for a sport?

A: You will register for sports in the summer when you receive an email with your InfoSnap Code from the business office.This is the best and efficient way to register. If you do not register electronically you will have to come to the athletic office and obtain your required paperwork to sign up.

Q: Once I sign up does that mean I made the team?

A: NO

Q: What kind of paperwork will I need to turn in?

A: You will receive an email with an “InfoSnap” code that will enable you to electronically complete your athletic registration.These forms are also available only in the athletic office.

Student/Athletes who choose to try out and compete on an interscholastic team must have the following paperwork on file before they are eligible to try out for a team:

1. Physical that is not older than 1 year before the first day of tryouts and through the participation of sport season of any rostered athlete (IHSA will allow an additional 30 days past physical expiration date)

2. Athletic Participation form – which will include Steroid Consent / Code of Conduct Concussion information form

3. Emergency information form

Q: If I don’t have all my forms in, can I still try out?

A: NO

Q: How much will this cost?

A: Once a student-athlete is rostered (made the team): $75.00 uniform fee deposit is required and will be returned upon return of issued uniform. Some sports may require more than $75.00 if more equipment is required.

Q: If I don’t pay my uniform fee, will I still get one?

A: NO

Q: What other costs are there?

A: There is a sports participation fee of $230.00 per sport which will be invoiced from the business office once the student makes the final team roster. Fees can be paid online at www.lfhs.org. Questions, please contact the district Fee Specialist at 847-604-7437, LFHS West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd.

PLEASE REMEMBER – Sports Participation fee is separate from any money that might be collected from Team Parents for additional needs that the team might have during the sport season, including but not limited to: snacks, drinks, team dinners & banquet expenses.

Q: If I don’t pay my sports PARTICIPATION fee, can I try out for another sport?

A: NO

Q: If I quit my sport at any time, will I have to make up my PE requirements?

A: YES - All Athletes are required to finish their sport in “good standing.” That includes finishing the season.

Q: Are all practices at the High School (East Campus)?

A: NO - Many of our sports hold their practices at West Campus, as well as other off-site venues (ex: golf course).

Q: How do I get to West Campus?

A: If you are a licensed driver, you may drive. If you don’t have a license, we have shuttle buses that leave from East Campus and go to West for drop-off only. Athletes should make arrangements for pick up. Check with your coach on days and times shuttle buses run.

Scout Trails--FOLLOWING THE SCOUTS TO VICTORY

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF SCOUT TRAILS, which contains LFHS Competition Sites, Opponent School Sites, Golf Courses and Parks & Forest Preserves

Printable Handbook

Cover of parent-athlete handbook & scout trails

Handbook Menu

  1. Mission Statement, Philosophy, Goals, Objectives
  2. Getting to Know the LFHS Athletic Program
    *Sports at LFHS
    *North Suburban Conference
    *LFHS Sport Season Start Dates
    Illinois High School Association Sport Season Start Dates (2018-19)
    *Athletic Participation Rules
  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Athletic Academic Eligibility Scholastic Standing--IHSA
    *Eligibility Procedures
    *Student-Athlete Support Sign-Off Procedures (SASSO)
  5. Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship--Goals and Expectations
    *The Athlete
    *The Coach
    *The Parent
  6. LFHS Athletic Department Policies & Procedures
    (A-E)

    *Athletic Forms
    *Athlete/Parent/Coach Communication
    *Attendance/Practices: Vacation/School Closing
    * Booster Club
    *Celebrations
    *Changing Sports
    *Coeducational Interscholastic Competition
    *Conflict Resolution Process
    *Cut Policy
    *Equipment
  7. LFHS Athletic Department Policies & Procedures
    (I-W)

    *Intramural Activities
    *rSchoolToday-NotifyMe
    *Rosters/Schedules
    *Sports Participation Fee
    *Student Passes
    *Training Room, Injuries, Insurance
    *Transportation Policy
    *Uniform Deposit
    *Weather-Related Cancellations
    *Weight Room
  8. End of Season Interscholastic Sports Awards and Honors
  9. IHSA Bylaws 2018-19
  10. IHSA Performance-Enhancing Substance Testing Policy
  11. IHSA Steroid Testing Policy Consent to Random Testing
  12. Concussion Information Sheet
  13. NCAA National College Athletic Association
  14. NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  15. FAQ--Frequently Asked Questions
  16. SCOUT TRAILS--FOLLOWING THE SCOUTS TO VICTORY
    *Lake Forest HS Competition Sites
    *Opponent Schools-Site Information
    *Golf Courses
    Parks & Forest Preserves