Athletic Handbook

 

Student-Athlete Handbook

Arlington Baptist College

Patriot Athletics

PURPOSE

The purpose of the student-athlete handbook is to acquaint the student-athletes with the Arlington Baptist College Athletic Department.

The handbook should be used as a guide to aid and orient the student athlete and to provide for a successful athletic experience.

Please refer to this handbook throughout the season.

It is also posted on the Arlington Baptist College Athletic web page:

abpatriots.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Welcome from the Director of Athletics                                                4

Athletic Department Directory                                                            5                       

ABC Mission Statements                                                                        6

ABC Statement of Philosophy for Intercollegiate Athletics            7

Student-Athlete Conduct                                                                        8

Academics                                                                                              13

Physical Welfare                                                                                  18

Compliance                                                                                              23

Campus Map                                                                                              28

Academic Calendar                                                                                  29

Appendix                                                                                              30

 

 

3001 W. Division St.  Arlington, Texas 76012 – Phone: (817)461-8741 – Fax: (817)274-1138

Dear Patriot Student-Athlete,

 

We are very excited that you have chosen to become an Arlington Baptist Patriot student-athlete and desire to compete at a collegiate level, while obtaining a Christ-centered education. I hope this upcoming year is one of growth and achievement in your academic, athletic, and spiritual endeavors.

 

We have prepared this handbook for your benefit. In it, you will find important information and policies related to Arlington Baptist College, the Southwest Region, the NCCAA, and the ACCA. You will be responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies, so please take the time to review them.

 

Our coaches, administrators, and support staff are all here to help you. I encourage you to take advantage of the variety of services offered, both in the athletic department and across the campus.

 

I look forward to seeing you around campus!

 

Sincerely,

Clifton McDaniel

Director of Athletics

 

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Arlington Baptist College

3001 W. Division St. – Arlington, TX  76012

Main Phone: (817) 461-8741 – Fax: (817) 274-1138

www.abpatriots.com

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

 

817-461-8741

Clifton McDaniel

Director of Athletics

104

 

Manager of Athletic Facilities

 

 

 

 

Coaching Staff

 

 

Barrett Weaver

Head Baseball Coach

117

Clifton McDaniel

Head Men’s Basketball Coach

104

Kristi McDaniel

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

117

Caleb Collins

Head Cross Country and Track Coach/Assistant Basketball Coach

117

Kristi McDaniel

Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

117

Hector Moreno

Assistant Baseball Coach

117

Ben Drake                               Athletic Trainer

104

 

 

 

College Numbers

 

Financial Aid Office

114

Business Office

113

The Patriot Store (College Bookstore)

109

Dean of Students

102

Registrar’s Office

105

Office of the President

101

Library

129

Academic Dean

103

Men’s Dorm

 

Women’s Dorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABC Patriot Athletic

Mission Statement

The Athletic Department of Arlington Baptist College endeavors to prepare men and women for Christian life by integrating faith to develop them academically, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Arlington Baptist College Athletics will enable student athletes to become champions on and off the field by modeling a relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

ABC Statement of Philosophy for Intercollegiate Athletics

The primary purpose of Arlington Baptist College is to provide Christ-centered quality higher education in ministry and education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.

As a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II and the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA), Arlington Baptist College adheres to the policies established by these organizations.  In addition, the College supports the NCCAA statement of philosophy.  This philosophy is based on the belief “that a well-conducted intercollegiate athletic program based on sound educational principles and practices is a proper part of the educational mission of a college….and that the educational welfare of the participating student athlete is of primary concern.”

Additionally, the objectives of the athletic program are to be compatible with the overall mission of the College.  The activities of the athletic program will serve the purpose of preparing students and student-athletes for life as they reinforce the principle of competition, emphasizing fair play and good sportsmanship.  The welfare of the student and student-athletes are of primary concern emotionally, spiritually, physically, and academically.

This philosophy stands on the following principles of the NCCAA Philosophy Statement:

  • “…offering intercollegiate athletic participation opportunities to as many of its students as possible, whether or not these students are athletically recruited.”
  • “…striving for broad participation and competitive excellence, encouraging sportsmanship and ethical conduct, and developing positive social attitudes in all of its athletic endeavors.”
  • “…recognizing the dual objectives in an athletic program of serving both the campus and general public.” 

 

ABC and NCCAA Code of Conduct

Athletics plays a significant role in the holistic education of student-athletes. It is a powerful tool to develop leadership skills and Godly character development.  Therefore, every effort should be made to demonstrate the highest standard of excellence and Godly character.

 

Therefore, relying on God, with the help of my coaches and teammates, I will strive to:

  • Follow all guidelines of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) letter and spirit, and place myself in compliance with the associations.
  • Provide student records as well as accurate and complete information concerning all aspects of my athletic eligibility to the ACCA, the NCCAA, and any other public forums.
  • Treat coaches, administrators, and officials with respect as the authority figures placed over me as I represent my institution, the conference, the ACCA, and the NCCAA.
  • Instill Godly character in my teammates by demonstrating high standards of personal honesty and integrity.
  • Accept responsibility for my behavior and performance in the academic setting as well as the athletic arena (see appendix).

 

Sportsmanship

The Department of Athletics expects sportsmanlike conduct of its student-athletes and will not tolerate any of the following behaviors:

  • Physically abusing an official, coach, athlete, opponent, or spectator;
  • Throwing objects at an individual, spectator or across a field or court;
  • Seizing equipment or cameras from officials or the news media;
  • Inciting players or spectators to violent action or any behavior that insults or defiles an opponent’s tradition;
  • Using obscene or inappropriate language or gestures directed toward officials, opponents, team members or spectators;
  • Making public statements which are negative, controversial or not in compliance with the Department’s policy on media relations; or
  • Violating generally recognized intercollegiate athletics standards or the values and standards associated with ABC, as determined by your head coach and approved by the Director of Athletics.

 

Gambling and Bribery

On some campuses in the past, student-athletes have been involved with organized gambling operations. The results of this involvement have been both severe and tragic, not only for the individual, but for the entire College athletics program.

 

You should keep in mind that your participation in gambling interests, even in the most minor fashion, might jeopardize your athletics career. Be aware that placing bets in any amount is strictly prohibited on and off campus.

Because of the extreme importance of this problem, you are asked to observe these guidelines:

  • Report to your coach any attempt to secure information concerning situations which might alter the normal performances of your team.
  • You are required by both the Athletic Department and NCCAA to report any individual who offers gifts, money, or favors in exchange for supplying information or for attempting to alter the outcome of any contest.
  • Be aware of the legalities of gambling at an institution and state level. Understand that the consequences at the College level may be expulsion and that the College will also assist with the enforcement of federal, state, and local anti-bribery laws.
  • Don’t accept any money from a fan for a game well played.
  • Don’t attempt to sell your complimentary admissions to anyone.
  • Don’t discuss the condition or attitude of your team with anyone other than your teammates or coaches.

 

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Arlington Baptist College Alcohol and Drug Education Program and Policy concerning the use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or illicit drugs is detailed below. Each student, faculty member, and staff member should be familiar with its contents.

Standards of Conduct:

1. The College code of conduct prohibits possession and consumption or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

2. The College code of conduct prohibits possession and consumption or being under the influence of any illicit drugs.

3. The College code of conduct requires that all students and employees be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws regarding illicit drugs including, but not limited to, their use, sale, possession, or manufacture.

4. The College code of conduct requires that employees and students must notify the College, in writing, of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) calendar days after such conviction.

ABC Athletic Drug Testing Policy

Arlington Baptist College is committed to education and supervision in the areas of student-athlete drug and alcohol abuse.  The following are the standards Arlington Baptist College has developed to monitor and control the use of alcohol and drugs among the student-athlete population.  These standards have been instituted as follows to improve the randomization and the number of athletes tested and to eliminate the occurrence of drug and NCCAA-banned substance abuse at ABC.

Each student-athlete is required to sign an ABC consent form and a NCCAA Drug Testing consent form annually.  The signing of this consent form allows ABC and the NCCAA to test the athlete population, as they deem necessary.  In order to participate in athletics, both the ABC and NCCAA Drug Testing consent forms must be signed by the student athlete.

Arlington Baptist College is committed to the drug/alcohol education of their student-athletes.  Any student-athlete choosing to take a supplement will do so at his/her own risk.  All student-athletes taking supplements will need to understand that no ABC administration, coach or athletic trainer can or will recommend any supplement, even if the ingredients list no NCCAA-banned substance.  ABC recommends that all student-athletes not intake any form of supplement in their bodies at any time, either orally or through injection. 

Arlington Baptist College will conduct random drug tests of the Basic Sports Panel with an Ephedrine test during the academic school year.  The Basic Sports Panel test identifies street drugs, including Marijuana, Amphetamines/ Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, Cocaine, and Ephedrine.  These tests will be administered by the ABC Athletic Department.

During collection of the specimens, there will be only one athlete allowed in the restroom at a time.  The collector will stand at the door of the designated toilet stall in the restroom for an observed test.  An observer, consisting of the Director of Athletics, Compliance Officer, or one of the Athletic Department physician partners, who is of the same sex as the student-athlete, will observe the specimen collection to ensure validity.  ABC reserves the right to obtain observed and unobserved specimens at the discretion of the Athletic Department physician partner, the Director of Athletics, and College Administration. 

Arlington Baptist College will keep all student-athletes informed of these policies each year through verbal instruction, written correspondence provided to all student-athletes during their initial compliance paperwork in the fall semester.

Hazing

“Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or includes students at an educational institution.

All forms of hazing are prohibited by the College and state law.  Texas Education Code 37.152.  The Texas anti-hazing law prohibits hazing by a person(s) at an educational institution.  This law also prohibits the knowing, intentional, or reckless failure to report hazing incidents to school authorities.  Failure to comply with the specific provisions of the law will result in criminal penalties and fines (see appendix).

Photographs

A photography session for you and your team members is usually held at the beginning of your sports season.

The Athletic Director maintains a file of photographs for media use. All photographs are the property of the Department of Athletics. Please note that NCCAA rules do not allow the Department to give photographs to student-athletes.

Equipment Policy

As a member of an ABC athletic team you will be issued athletic equipment, workout and competition gear, uniforms, etc. This equipment and clothing is intended for competition and practice only. It may not be used for personal use at any time. Use of athletic equipment or clothing for personal reasons is in violation of NCCAA rules and could affect your eligibility.

Policies may vary from sport to sport; however, normally you are responsible for any lost or stolen articles. If you are charged and/or fined for lost, damaged, or non-returned uniforms or equipment, you must pay all replacement charges and/or fines by the close of the spring semester. If replacement charges and/or fines are not paid, an administrative cashier’s hold is placed on your records, and registration and enrollment is prohibited for the following academic term, until the outstanding balance is cleared. 

Academics

Class Attendance *

Student-athletes are held to the same class attendance responsibilities as all other students. On time attendance is considered a necessary factor in the learning process. Absences for all reasons must be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 25% percent of the total class time. Students are responsible for all academic work required or performed during their absence regardless of the reason for their absences.

 

On the first day of class, please present to each of your professors your game schedule for the semester.  Then, one week prior to each game, remind your professor of the upcoming absence and secure any class work/assignments that you may miss.  The following class, be sure to submit the class work/assignments.  Do not delay submittal beyond the first class period upon your return.  Following the above steps will ensure that your missed class will be excused.  However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your absences are excused, not the professors.  Unexcused absences and excessive tardiness could prohibit the athlete from participating in post season play and/or overnight trips.

 

Please note that NCCAA policy prohibits missing class to attend athletic practices. If you notice a conflict between your practice time and your class time, please notify your coach and academic advisor immediately so the appropriate steps can be taken.

 

Chapel Attendance*

Chapel attendance is a required part of the educational experience at Arlington Baptist College. Chapel programs are presented on Wednesday, and Friday for all students.  You must attend chapel or notify the Dean of Students and your Head coach as to the reason for your absence.  After (3) unexcused chapel absences the athlete could be suspended from participation in their respective sport. Suspension will be determined by the head coach along with the Athletic Director.

 

Grade Check

The Athletic Department, with the support of all coaches, conducts grade checks many times a semester. The grade check form gives class grade-to-date and current total of absences. All grade checks are submitted to the Athletic Department office. The Director of Athletics meets with any student-athlete who is performing unsatisfactorily or has excessive absences, and then all head coaches are given their student-athletes’ grade checks. Coaches will also conduct in-person classroom checks throughout the year.  Failing grades could prohibit the athlete from participating in post season play and/or overnight trips.

 

Hints for Academic Success

Student-athletes’ opportunities for success in the classroom are enhanced if they make a strong commitment to their studies. There is a significant difference between college and high school courses. Your time is limited, especially with the additional demands of college athletics. We have listed guidelines that will help you meet your academic goals.

 

1. Attend class. Instructors usually test on material covered in their lecture. Do not be late to class! On time means that you should be early to class.  Attendance is crucial so that you can take notes and receive handouts that appear on future exams. If you are going to be away for a game, alert your instructors ahead of time. You may want to become acquainted with a fellow classmate so you will be able to receive any missed information that was covered while you were away. If possible, get your assignments in advance and determine when the work is due. Your class attendance is one of the criteria used by your instructor when assigning final grades.

 

2. Go to class prepared and be ready to participate. You should complete all reading and written assignments before they are due. If you go to class unprepared, it is often difficult for you to understand the material being covered. It is difficult to catch up once you are behind. Use your time wisely and stay ahead. Check your course syllabus before each class to make sure you have the required books, materials, and assignments with you. Do not let others think you are doing fine in a class when you are struggling. Ask for help from an instructor, coach, or athletic staff. We are all here to help you succeed.

 

3. Know your instructor. Introduce yourself to your instructor. If questions arise regarding materials in the class, do not hesitate to contact them. Your instructor is interested in your classroom performance and they are there to assist you with any material related to the course. Be courteous and address your instructors by “professor” or “doctor” unless they have requested you to do otherwise. Make an appointment to see your instructor the moment you feel lost or confused in class. Most instructors are willing to help you in any way they can, provided you show a willingness to do YOUR part.

 

4. Make a good impression. Go to class on time. Entering class late shows a lack of respect and consideration for your instructor and fellow students. Do not read newspapers, magazines, listen to music, use your cell phone, iPod, etc., in class. Stay alert and focus on the material that is being covered. Ask questions when material is unclear and participate when it is appropriate. Turn in assignments on time and do not become an excuse maker. Be responsible and it will be noticed. Follow college dress code policy as stated in the student handbook.

 

5. Don’t back yourself into a corner. If you feel you are falling behind in class, contact your academic advisor immediately. Your instructors are also available to help. You need to realize that athletes do not get special treatment from faculty. Make sure that someone knows you need help before you reach the point where you cannot do well in the course.

 

6. Practice good time management. It is often helpful to make a weekly schedule which includes your classes, practice time, meetings, study time, rest time, etc. It is helpful for you to get into a routine when you study. This will hopefully become a natural part of your day.

 

Demerits

It is important that student-athletes set a good example for other students on campus.  Athletes that receive demerits are not fulfilling their obligations of positive leadership, thus resulting in negativity for themselves and for the Athletic Department.  Consequences for receiving demerits will begin when an athlete accumulates three (3) demerits.  Any demerit fines that an athlete receives must be paid before the athlete can participate in any athletic event.  Once this level of demerits is achieved, suspensions may be in play (to be determined by the Athletic Director and the head coach).

 

Academic Conduct Policy *

Consistent with the Christian character and values of Arlington Baptist College and in order to encourage and preserve the honor and integrity of the academic community, the College expects its students to maintain high Biblical standards of personal and scholarly conduct. .

 

In instances of cheating during an examination or other classroom or laboratory activity or exercise, the instructor shall have the right to suspend the student(s) who is (are) cheating from further work on the examination or exercise and to deny the student(s) credit for the examination or exercise.

 

ABC Honor Code *

It is the purpose of Arlington Baptist College to provide students with an educational experience that will allow them to grow in every aspect of their lives. Central to the student’s success is the knowledge that God made us in His own image. This reminds us that in the vast universe that reflects God’s glory, humans are uniquely “crowned with glory and honor” (Arthur F. Holmes, The Idea of a Christian College). The Honor Code expresses the expectation that each student at Arlington Baptist College uphold the integrity of themselves, their fellow students, and God by maintaining the highest moral and ethical character in all aspects of their college career.

The Honor Pledge
As a student at Arlington Baptist College, I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of myself, my fellow students, and my God to the highest moral and ethical standard. As I grow in my understanding of servant leadership, I promise to abide by all College policies and procedures. I will not lie, steal, or cheat nor tolerate this behavior in others. I pledge to confront and expose any attempt to undermine the success of the academic or College community at ABC.

Plagiarism *

Cheating may result in your being expelled from the College and/or athletics. Everyone knows cheating on an exam is dishonest; however, students have, on occasion, turned in papers which they thought were acceptable, only to find out they were accused of plagiarism.  If you use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source, you are guilty of plagiarism. Failing to give proper credit for ideas, research conclusions, etc., is the same thing.

Physical Welfare

Medical History Form

All student-athletes must complete the medical history form, which encompasses medical history, insurance information, and personal information, prior to participation.

Pre-Participation Physical Exams

All student-athletes must have a full physical exam by a Licensed Physician prior to any participation in any practice or competition. 

  • All incoming first-year students MUST have a physical prior to the first official practice. This may be done through a family physician or an ABC Sports Medicine Physician partner. ANY athlete without a physical is NOT allowed to participate.

After a complete examination and a review of the ABC Medical History Form, Physician partners will declare one of the following to determine the student-athlete’s status:

  • Full Clearance for athletic activities/ No restrictions
  • Clearance with restrictions
  • Not Cleared until seen by a specialist

Pre-Existing Condition

All pre-existing conditions will be dealt with by the athlete’s personal physician. ABC is not responsible for doctor visits or cost associated with pre-existing conditions.

 

Outside Care

Student-athletes with sustained athletic injuries or illnesses should be treated by an outside physician. When an athlete receives care from an outside physician, the coaching and training staff will need copies of that doctor’s dictation, rehab protocols, surgical notes or any information pertinent to the athlete’s condition.

 

Emergency Card Information

Prior to participation, an emergency card will be filled out with current information for each student-athlete. The emergency card will travel with the team and be carried by the Athletic Training Staff , in case of an emergency.

 

Proof of Insurance

Prior to any participation, all athletes must show proof of primary insurance and must provide the athletic staff current information on their insurance policy.

Secondary Insurance

Student-athletes are covered by the NCCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program which covers the student-athlete who is catastrophically injured while participating in a covered intercollegiate athletic activity. More information on the NCCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program can be obtained at www.theNCCAA.org

Risk of Injury

Please be aware that any competitive athletic event has inherent physical dangers for its participants. These risks may involve minor injuries, severe injuries, or even death. The Arlington Baptist College Department of Athletics wants to remind student athletes and parents of these risks. Signing this document means that you have read and understand this warning (see appendix).

Fitness Center

The ABC Fitness Center is located on the south side lower level of the Gymnasium. The Fitness Center is open to all ABC faculty, staff, and students.

Fitness Center Policy and Procedures

  • A current and valid ABC Student ID is required to use Fitness Center at all times.
  • Proper workout attire required: shirts and closed toes shoes must be worn at all times. 
  • Return all weights, barbells, and plates to racks when finished.
  • Do not drop or slam free weights on the floor.  Do not slam machine weights against plates. 
  • Keep fingers clear of weights, chains, pulleys, etc.
  • Weights and equipment are never to be removed from the Fitness Center.
  • Please report any malfunctions or concerns to a coach.
  • Spotters and training partners are recommended.
  • No cleats allowed in the Fitness Center.
  • Complete exercise and move on, please do not rest on equipment.
  • Be courteous to others in the Fitness Center at all times. 
  • Clean any debris from floor, etc. for which you are responsible.
  • Wipe sweat from equipment with a towel after each use

Insurance Information and Procedures

  1. Athletes who are not covered under their own family insurance plan or other personal insurance plan will be required to obtain their own method of medical financial assistance.  The family or personal plan will always be the primary coverage in the event of an athletic-related claim and the athlete is responsible for all deductibles. 

 

  1. Athletes must inform all doctors, hospitals, or other medical providers of the appropriate information about your insurance carriers. 

 

Athletes must file claims with his or her primary insurance carrier in accordance with the terms of the policy on the day of the initial visit to the doctor or hospital.   

 

You must report any athletically-related illness or injury to the Director of Athletics.  The Department of Athletics does not assume any financial responsibility for medical treatment obtained.

Tips for Two-A-Days Training/Conditioning

STAY COOL

  • Get in shape and acclimate
  •   Know the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness
  • Don’t rely on thirst to drink
  • Drink on schedule
  • Favor sports drink
  • Monitor body weight
  • Watch urine color and caffeine intake
  • Key in on meals as an opportunity to increase fluid intake
  • Stay cool when you can
  • Minimize the stresses of life
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Avoid over training
  • Sleep well
  • Avoid rapid weight loss
  • Avoid people with colds
  • Keep hands away from nose and mouth
  • Get a flu shot
  • Stay hydrated and ingest carbohydrates during exercise
    • Drink throughout the day
    • Drink at least 17 to 20 oz of fluid 2 to 3 hours before a practice or game
    • Drink an additional 7 to 10 oz of fluid 10 to 20 minutes before competition
    • Drink 28 to 40 oz of fluid per hour of play (at least 7 to 10 oz every 10 to 15 minutes)      to replace sweat loss during exercise
    • Drink at least 20 oz per pound of weight loss within two hours of finishing training or competition
    • Optimal to have fluid intake match sweat and urine loss

 

STAY HEALTHY

 

STAY HYDRATED

COMPLIANCE

 

   Policies and Procedures for Transfer                      

 

To compete in intercollegiate athletics as a student-athlete, it is essential that you know the NCCAA rules and regulations related to collegiate sports.  Any violation of these rules and regulations could have severe negative consequences for you and the College.  At the beginning of each academic year, each student-athlete is required to sign several compliance documents prior to being permitted to practice or compete.  Failure to sign any of these documents will result in immediate ineligibility for practice, competition, and any athletics aid. 

 

Compliance Coordinator

The Compliance Office coordinates, monitors, and verifies compliance with all NCCAA bylaws and educates the various constituencies of the athletic programs regarding the NCCAA.  The Compliance Coordinator is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics programs in a manner that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the NCCAA and the College rules and regulations.  

 

Rules Violations

A key responsibility of the Compliance Office is to investigate potential NCCAA rules violations when necessary.  The reporting of violations can come in many forms.  There are times where an anonymous phone call or letter will arrive.  There are also times when a formal request for an investigation occurs either through the ACCA or NCCAA.  There are also occasions where a rules violation is self-reported through a College staff member, student-athlete, or coach.  In all instances, it is necessary to conduct some type of investigation to discover the extent to which a problem does or does not exist.

 

It is extremely important that you, as a student-athlete, report any issue you think may be a rules violation.  It is your duty to assist with maintaining NCCAA rules and regulations.  NCCAA Bylaw 10.1 requires that as a student-athlete, you must fully cooperate with any investigation.  If it is determined that you have not cooperated fully, you will be declared ineligible and lose your privilege for athletic competition.

 

Playing and Practice Restrictions

NCCAA regulations identify the academic year in two distinct segments – in-season and out-of-season.  At the beginning of each academic year, the sports head coach must identify the days during the academic year that will consist of the in-season period of time.  During in-season, a student-athlete is limited to practicing 20 hours per week with a maximum of 4 hours per day.  This includes all team practice, weight lifting, and any other required team meeting.  Also, during the in-season portion of time, a student-athlete is required to have one day off per week.

 

During the out-of-season period of time, a student-athlete can engage in only 8 hours per week of mandated practice activities.  In the appropriate sports, only 2 hours of the 8 may be utilized for individual skill instruction with a member of the coaching staff.  Additionally, during the out-of-season time frame, a student-athlete must have 2 days off per week.

 

Eligibility Compliance Meeting

Before the first day of practice each year, an eligibility compliance meeting is held.  You will be requested to complete and sign eligibility forms for each sport in which you plan to participate. All forms can be found in the Appendix.

 

Academic Rules for Student-Athletes

Student-athletes must be aware of several strictly enforced academic rules set by the NCCAA in order to stay academically eligible.  Below is a list of general rules that apply to all student-athletes set by ABC and the NCCAA that you must adhere to in order to maintain your academic eligibility.  Eligibility rules continually change, so student-athletes should stay updated by accessing www.NCCAA.org or by contacting their respective head coach.  The ACADEMIC RULES FOR ELIGIBILITY sheet also provides useful information and must be signed by the student-athlete at the beginning of each academic year.

 

  1. A student-athlete must be a full-time student to practice and/or compete in a sport at ABC.  Full-time is defined as being enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester of coursework.

 

  1. Each year student-athletes must earn a minimum of 24 credits to be eligible to play the following year.  

 

  1. Each semester student-athletes must earn a minimum of six credit hours in order to participate during the following semester and to be eligible for NCCAA post-season competition.

 

  1. Student-athletes must declare a major by their fifth semester or junior year.

 

  1. Once student-athletes have declared a major, every course must be applied to graduation in their designated major to be used for eligibility purposes.

 

  1. At certain points during their academic career, student-athletes will be required to meet a minimum grade point average and a certain percentage of their degree requirements.  Please refer to the Academic Rules for Eligibility sheet for specifics.

Continuing Eligibility

In order to be eligible for athletics aid, practice, and competition after your initial year in residence or after you have used a season of competition in a sport, you must meet the following eligibility requirements.

 

Good Academic Standing

You must be in good academic standing as defined by Arlington Baptist College.  It is possible to be on academic probation and still be in good academic standing.  However, if you are suspended for academic or disciplinary reasons or Cashier’s hold, you are not in good standing.

 

Progress Toward Degree

You must make satisfactory progress toward a degree as defined by ABC and the NCCAA in order to be eligible for competition.  If you are ineligible at the beginning of a fall term, eligibility may be reinstated at the beginning of the spring term (except in baseball) of that academic year based upon satisfactory completion of the eligibility requirements.  NCCAA rules and regulations vary depending on when you first enrolled in a college.

 

Eligibility Between Terms

In order for any student-athlete to be eligible to compete in postseason competition occurring between regular terms, he or she must have satisfactory completed six semester credit hours during the preceding regular academic term.

 

Policies and Procedures for Transfer

NCCAA Regulations

Permission to Contact

Student-athletes wishing to transfer away from ABC and to another College affiliated with the NCCAA are bound by NCCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.3.  No communication, directly or indirectly, can occur with another institution without the express written consent of Arlington Baptist College.  Student-athletes wishing to obtain official Permission to Contact other schools (i.e., a release) must make that request in writing and submit it to the head coach of their athletic team.  The head coach in conjunction with the Director of Athletics will make the decision to grant or deny the permission to contact and then subsequently communicate the decision to the Compliance Coordinator.  Whatever decision is made, the Compliance Coordinator shall then communicate the decision to the student-athlete in writing, including notification of the right of the student-athlete to formally appeal the decision.  If a student-athlete wishes to appeal the decision, then the student-athlete must follow the Formal Hearing Process outlined in the below section.

 

Appeal Process

Informal Resolution

The goal of informal resolutions is to resolve disputes among student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff without resort to a formal grievance procedure.  Individuals should make reasonable and good faith efforts to resolve a dispute informally with each other directly, promptly, and informally.  Persons seeking to resolve a dispute informally may seek the assistance of staff members of the ABC Athletics Department, as appropriate.

 

Formal Hearing Process

The student may appeal the decision to the Director of Athletics by following the prescribed appeals process:

  1. The student may file a letter of appeal with the Director of Athletics.  This letter must be received within five (5) business days of receipt of written notice of the original resolution.  The letter should include a copy of the original sanctions prescribed and state the reason for appeal.  The Director of Athletics will send the appeal to the appropriate appeals committee.
  2. Only the student appealing and representatives of the College may be present
  1. The appeals committee will meet within a reasonable time following the filing of the appeal.  The date, time, place, and names of witnesses appearing on behalf of the College will be provided to the student who is appealing.

during the hearings.  Authorized witnesses on behalf of the student-athlete may also appear before the committee to testify.  Only the committee members College counsel may be present during the actual deliberations of the appeals committee.

D.            The appeals committee may recommend that the decision of the Head coach be affirmed, reversed or modified.  

E.      The student will be notified of the College’s final decision in writing.

This is an internal process of the College, and neither legal counsel nor other representatives may participate on behalf of the student without written permission from the Director of Athletics.