Administrative Rules and Procedures to Implement Policy 505.07

Procedure for Consideration of New Additional Interscholastic Athletics

1. Interested parties shall present a written request to the Board to add a particular sport.

2. No sports would be added in the year immediately following the request. This would allow for an adequate feasibility study and an orderly implementation if approved.

3. Cooperative sports agreements with other public school districts are, at this time, not an option with the closest districts. Cooperative sports requests for individuals to participate will not be supported.

4. The following criteria should be considered in deciding whether or not to add a new sport:

A. Available numbers of students should be identified and documented as interested, potential participants. This could be done by an interest survey.

(1) Team Sports – The sport should be able to maintain a junior varsity and varsity schedule and have an equivalent number of athletes for three teams.

(2) Individual Sports – The sport should have enough athletes to enter at least two competitors in all of the events in a regularly scheduled contest.

B. The district should have employed or be able to employ enough qualified coaches.

C. The district should possess or have access to adequate facilities to properly conduct the sport (both practice and competition facilities/grounds).

D. The sport must be sanctioned and governed by the NSAA.

E. The sport should be recognized as a conference activity, as defined by the EMC Constitution/By-laws, and/or be conducted in a conference of similar size schools nearby so as to allow access to a schedule of suitable competition.

F. The provision for funding must be available. Funding for coaches, equipment, fees, transportation, facilities, and facilities maintenance should be identified and available.

G. The sport under consideration should demonstrate a long-term participation level.

5. After fully studying these criteria, the Board will act on the request.

Approved: December 10, 1990
Revised: December 9, 1996
Revised: April 10, 2006