I. Affiliations and Athletic Offerings
ULS is a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and has agreed to abide by its policies and participate in its tournament series when appropriate. ULS is also a member of the Indian Trails Conference for men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s track. ULS participates in an independent WIAA schedule for co-ed golf and co-ed tennis. ULS participates in the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association for women’s field hockey. ULS will cooperatively offer athletic opportunities for women’s soccer, men’s soccer, co-ed ice hockey, co-ed swimming and co-ed skiing in order to pool resources to benefit the students of the schools involved.
II. Athletic Code
1. The Athlete
The student-athlete respects him/herself and understands that their responsibility to the team extends to keeping in condition to compete mentally and physically.
2. The Athlete and the School
The student-athlete, having accepted a position on the team assumes the responsibility of representing the team in the community. Criticism of any sort needs to be productive and handled in a mature manner. The athlete is loyal to the team. The school relies on the athlete’s commitment to participate in its scheduling and to fulfill contracts with other schools. An ambassador in the school and beyond, the athlete sets an example by personal conduct and holds the respect of teammates, fellow students, coaches and teachers. The student-athlete strives to fulfill high academic standards.
3. The Athlete and the Community
The student-athlete recognizes that they portray the image of ULS on and off the field to those in and beyond the school community: competitors, spectators and officials. Showing compliance with school and community rules is an aspect of the student-athlete’s school life.
III. Athletic Rules
The student-athlete is responsible for all equipment and uniforms issued to them. Any lost or damaged equipment will result in a $125 fee. Transcripts and applications will be held until all accounts have been settled. All equipment should be returned to the coach or Athletic Director the week after the final contest.
The student-athlete is expected to be on time at all practices unless cleared by the coach. Because of the importance of attending classes, absence from any part of the school day prevents an athlete from attending a practice or event; exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Athletic Director or Upper School Headmaster.
3. Dropping a Sport
The student-athlete wishing to withdraw from participating in an extracurricular athletic opportunity must notify the Athletic Director, coach and their parents of their decision. Failure to communicate this decision could prevent an athlete from future participation.
4. Team Rules
The coach may establish rules in addition to those set by WIAA or affiliated organizations.
When a team takes a school-provided bus to an athletic event, students are expected to ride to and from the event on the bus. A student may ride home with a parent only if a personal contact AND a written note is given to the coach. When students need to drive from school to an athletic event, a permission form will need to be completed and on file with the coach and athletic director.
The student-athlete is expected to comply with all school and civil rules. The first violation of a major rule (see school handbook) will result in a minimum of a one game suspension, however, each case will be considered by the Athletic Director and Upper School Headmaster and more severe sanctions could result.
In order to participate, the ULS athlete must have:
a physical on file
signed WIAA eligibility bulletin
signed ULS athletic code
appropriate insurance/emergency contact information
fulfill all other conference and state eligibility requirements
8. Academic Eligibility
Probationary: A student-athlete with any grade of “D” is placed on both academic and athletic probation. An email will be sent to the student, the parents/guardians, the Athletic Director, and the Division Head informing all parties of the potential probation or ineligibility.
Ineligible: A student athlete with one grade of “F” and/or more than one grade(s) of “D” is automatically ineligible to participate in athletics. The Athletic Director & Dean of Students will review grades of student-athletes at the beginning of each academic week. Any student who is currently earning a grade of “F” and/or more than one grade(s) of “D” is automatically ineligible to participate in athletics for the following week (Monday- Sunday). An email will be sent to the student, the parents/guardians, the Athletic Director, the Division Head, and Head of School informing all parties that the student-athlete is not eligible to participate in athletics for the following week. Eligibility checks for Fall Season start after Homecoming Week. Eligibility for the first two weeks of second semester will be determined by 1st semester grades. After a two-week ineligibility or probationary period, student-athlete grades will be reassessed.