Eastern High School Athletic Handbook 2019-20


Defined student/athlete as:  

  1. Student/Athlete first participates in a sport.
  2. Student/Athlete first participates in pre-season workouts, post season workouts with a coach.
  3. Student/Athlete signs the Athletic Handbook and/or student Handbook.

The Eastern High School mascot, “Musketeer” along with the slogan, “All for One, and One for All”, is truly where Eastern Athletics stand.   We are a proud member of both the Indiana High School Athletic Association, (our governing body) and the Mid-Southern Athletic Conference.  By being members of these fine organizations, Eastern High School and its community must comply with some basic rules of sports and high school competition. Parents, players, coaches and fans are expected to act with good sportsmanship at every sporting event attended, both home and away.  We encourage our community members to come and support our athletic teams as they compete. However, each person in attendance must comply with the basic concept of good sportsmanship at all times. We encourage all Musketeer fans to support our players and coaches. We encourage everyone to cheer for our team, and NOT against the opponent. 

Athletic competition in the Mid-Southern Conference requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline and teamwork.  Winning athletic contests at any level is hard to accomplish. Only those players who are willing to sacrifice their own recognition for the good of the team will be successful.  When the individual athlete is willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the team, do what is asked from the coaching staff, and gives 100% in both physical and mental effort, only then will we be champions.  

Eastern High School is very happy to have your son and or daughter participating in athletics.  We believe that interscholastic athletics are an important part of the overall mission of Eastern High School.  We believe that a sound athletic program contribute to the development of health, physical skills, emotional maturity, social competence, moral value and self confidence of each individual that participates.  

As a student of Eastern High School, the school welcomes you to participate in our athletic programs.  We encourage you to reap the benefits that athletic competition offers. You must also understand that the rewards you receive from participating have a direct relationship to the amount of effort you are willing to put into the program. Discipline and sacrifice are two of the main foundations in which your success as an athlete rests.  Your coaches will challenge you to become more disciplined and to make great sacrifices for the development of the team as well as yourself. We hope that each athlete finds the experiences of participating in athletics at Eastern High School rewarding. As a member of our athletic teams, you are part of a program that has become a proud tradition at EHS.  If problems arise, please talk with your coach or any member of our athletic staff.  

As each student/athlete enters high school athletics, the philosophy somewhat changes from that of the middle school.   In many situations, at the middle school level, each player gets to play in most of the games. In some cases, there are B team games for those with less experience and talent.  The focus on building a team concept, building individual skills and teaching life-time lessons are ideals both addressed in middle school athletics as well as in high school athletics.  We understand that everyone wants to win, and that winning is an important part of athletics, but it is not our sole purpose. As athletes move into the high school, winning gets stressed more than at the middle school level.  Everyone has their own idea on what is best for each team. However, the coach will be responsible for decisions of the team being formed. The coach will be responsible for selecting the team members, who plays in the varsity games and who plays in the junior-varsity games. In most cases, a senior will either play on the varsity team, or get cut from the program by the coach. Because your son/daughter is an upper class man, do not assume he/she will play on the varsity team.  The coach should select the best team to play Varsity and the next best team will make up the junior-varsity. The coach should and will base each decision on what is best for the program, both now and in the future. In order for the team to be successful, each player must fulfill their role to the best of their ability both in terms of talent and in terms of effort given in practices and games. Each player must understand that there are positions within the team that are more glorifying than others. However, it is the responsibility of each player to do what is asked for the team to become successful.  Only when a player accomplishes the roles given by the coach to the best of his/her ability will the true reward of athletic competition be understood.  

The lessons learned through athletic competition will carry over throughout each athlete’s entire life.  We encourage parents to help reinforce the decisions being taught by the coaches. Both the coaches and the parents want what is best for each student/athlete.  We must all work together, parents, coaches, and athletes to experience success. Second guessing a coach’s decision on play calling or who is playing is only detrimental to the team.  Be a positive example for your child. Student/ Athletes need to understand there is no guarantee of playing time. Because one makes a team, there are no “rights to play.” Parents as well as athletes, and coaches are a reflection on our school.  Therefore, we expect all involved to demonstrate good sportsmanship toward our opponents, team members, coaches, and officials.   

We encourage each student to become responsible in handling problems they may face during athletics.  When problems or questions arise, we encourage the athlete to first contact the coach and try to work out the problem.  As a parent, it is important to keep involved and up to date with your child, but allow time for the coach and the athlete to recognize and help fix problems.  When parents need to become involved, do so in a positive manner. Remember, the coach is also interested in the welfare of your child, but makes decisions on what is best for the entire team.  Here are some guidelines that must be followed in order to resolve any problems.


Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations.  Coaches and parents both want the athlete to have a positive experience as they participate on an athletic team.  Communication is the key to making the positive experience become a reality. Athletes, parents, and coaches are all responsible for effective communications.  By everyone working together, we can make the athletic experience enjoyable for all involved. Since research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, these programs have been established.  Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school.



  1. Concerns regarding your child’s mental and physical status.


  1. Ways to help your child improve in the activity.


  1. Concerns about your child’s behaviour.  

It is difficult to accept when your child is not playing as much as you may hope.  Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all athletes, and the team as a whole unit.  As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach.



  1. Team Strategies
  2. Play Calling
  3. Other Student- Athletes
  4. Playing Time

There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent.  These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have an understanding of the other’s position.



  1. Call and set up an appointment with the coach.  This should be a time when both parties can take time to discuss the issues at hand.  The meeting should be done from a respectful manner from both sides. Becoming emotional will only decrease the opportunity to successfully resolve the problems.  Parents should always go to the coach first, before taking the issue to the administration. If problems are still not solved, the parent should contact the Athletic Director.


  1. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or immediately after a contest or practice.  These can be emotional times for both parties involved. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.   The best solution is for the athlete to first talk with the coach, trying to resolve the matter at hand, before the parents communicate with the coach.  Parents should remember that the coach is looking out for what is best for the entire team, not just one individual as the decisions are made. The coach should always be honest during the discussion, not just telling the player or parent what they want to hear.



  1. Athletes should express concerns or questions immediately and directly to the coach. The best time to meet with the coach is directly after the practice or the game in which the question or concern happened.


  1. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.


  1. Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations. As your children become involved in the athletic programs at EHS, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.



  1. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all members of the squad.


  1. Locations and times of all practice, contests and meetings.


  1. Team requirements— fees; necessary forms; special equipment, practice packs, off season conditioning etc.


  1. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.

(Emergency medical release form should be filled out for every athlete. Athletes should notify the coach as well as our Athletic Trainer.)


  1. Discipline resulting in the denial of your child’s participation. When a coach decides to sit an athlete, the communication will be directly to the athlete and not to the parents. Issues concerning suspension from the athletic director will be communicated through mail to the parents as well as a discussion with the athlete. 


  1. Each Head Coach will conduct a pre-season meeting with ALL athletes and parents to go over the expectations for the upcoming season.  It is important that each athlete is represented by at least one parent at this meeting. 


***NOTE: Even though we try to go by the posted schedule, there are times when practices need to be changed. Please be understanding when this happens.


Violations including but not limited to: Illegal Substances/Alcohol, tobacco (& other nicotine containing) products, non prescription drugs, prescription drugs (or any other intoxicant), theft, vandalism, drug paraphernalia, e-cigarette,Juuls,  paraphernalia, inappropriate use of social network sites, cameras and/or cell phones. Other criminal violations could also be considered as a breach of our code of conduct.  Students should never use their cell phone,for any reason in a locker room.  This is strictly prohibited at all times.  All athletes and parents must sign a consent form indicated they are subject to our random drug test conducted each month throughout the school year.  

This information is needed to help every student at Eastern High School make the right choice when confronted with illegal substances.  It is the intent of the Athletic Department to help athletes to “say no” by highlighting the consequences of using or possessing, or in the presence of others using or possessing illegal substances on or off campus.  The possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs will not be tolerated at Eastern High School. Any student involved in athletics, including cheerleaders, managers, and statisticians, may be found guilty of violating this illegal substance code, when turned into the athletic office by his/her own parent; a police officer; a teacher/coach on staff at East Washington School Corporation,testing positive to a school drug test, or if the student admits to this involvement when questioned by the administration.  Simply hearing from another student or parent will not be grounds to penalize a player. We will investigate any information we receive regarding illegal substances. The following will be enforced:

The length of the suspension (25% or 15%) of the season is from the number of possible  regular season Varsity events/dates for each sport as used by the IHSAA guidelines. This number does not include the IHSAA state tournament events, even though the suspension may be served during the state tournament series if applicable. Special circumstances will be dealt with by the EHS Administration to insure fairness for all athletes. 

Example:  Basketball is allowed to play 22 regular season events, so 22 would be the number used for figuring the suspension. Coaches may add penalties, suspension or dismisal from the team for violating of any team policies at the discretion of the coach. For sports like wrestling where an athlete may compete 3 times on one date, we will use the number of dates.


  1. The athlete will miss 25% of the sport contests he/she is currently participating in. If an athlete completes the proper school assigned treatment plan, the athlete may reduce the penalty by 10%. This program must be approved by the EWSC administration. A follow up test must be conducted at the cost of the student or the parent.  This test must come back negative in order for the student/athlete to resume competition, or the athlete must serve the full suspension. 


  1. If an athlete is not currently involved in a sport; the athlete will serve the suspension at the beginning of his/her next athletic season, and serve the appropriate time depending on if the athlete has completed a rehab program. 


  1. When the violation occurs near the end of a sport season, the athlete will be suspended for the remainder of that sport season (not exceeding 25% of the contests) plus the beginning of the next sport season, in order to complete the suspension.  The actual number of contests the athlete must sit out in this situation will be at the discretion of the administration. The athlete must continue to practice and show a good attitude or the coach may dismiss the athlete from the team.  


  1. The athlete must complete the season in the sport he/she served the suspension.  (I.e. An athlete can not participate in a sport— serve the suspension then quit the team or be dismissed from the team by the coach.  If an athlete serves the suspension, then quits the team or is dismissed by the coach, that athlete must serve the full suspension in his/her next sport season.)If an athlete sits out an entire 365 days, then decides to play sports, the suspension is considered served, unless the suspension is for a 3rd offense.


  1. Any “SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES” that become an issue will be dealt with by the school administration using their discretion.


The athlete will be suspended from participation in athletics for one calendar year from the date the violation is confirmed by the school administration. If an athlete enrolls and completes the approved rehabilitation program and tests negative for any substance, then the penalty will be reduced to 6 months of the time of the violation.  All rehabilitation and follow up testing will be at the expense of the student or parent. 


 The athlete will be suspended for his/her entire high school career from participating in any athletic events. 


In a situation where the student/athlete is in attendance where others are using, or in possession of alcohol/drugs/ or tobacco products, including chewing or dip, but the student/athlete does not use any substance.  For the first incident, the student will be put on notice that he/she is on probation, without suspension. The parents will be notified in writing of the situation. For the second incident a student is in attendance where there is use or possession, that athlete will be penalized the same as the “first offense clause” which is a 25% suspension.

We believe that each athlete has a responsibility to his/her teammates, school and community to be a good example in the community.  Athletes need to maintain a high level of physical fitness in order to compete in our contests. Illegal substances only hinder the athlete’s ability to maintain the top fitness level needed.  All athletes are role models and must conduct themselves in a way that enables our future youth to be guided in a positive direction.


Any athlete arrested or detained as a juvenile on such a charge may be suspended from participation pending investigation of the incident.  Conviction of a felony at any time shall exclude the student/athlete from athletic participation for one full year (12 months) from the day the violation is confirmed by school administration. Conviction of a misdemeanor may be subject to athletic suspension for 25% of the contests on the first offense, with practice at the discretion of the coach. The second succeeding offense, either misdemeanor or felony, may bring an athletic suspension for one calendar year from the day the violation is confirmed.

***NOTE:  If the athlete has possession or uses illegal substances at a school event or on school property, further disciplinary action may be taken by the school administration in addition to the above penalties.  Each coach has the right to remove an athlete from the program for any infraction that brings discredit to the program.


The Musketeer Athletic Booster Club is an organization that helps raise money for the different athletic teams. It has elected officers that serve a two-year term.  Their sole purpose is to help fund the different sports programs. By having a solid booster club, the athletic department will not have to conduct fund raisers to help generate money for the sports teams. This will be the fund raiser for all teams in the athletic department.  The booster club is not responsible and will not address any issues that deal with coaching philosophies, coaching duties, or issues that arise within a certain program.  The dues are simply $5 per month.  The booster club is always seeking new members to join. Most people pay 1 year at a time.  ($60) If you are someone who wants to get more involved and become an officer, please contact the Athletic Director, and he will direct you on how to become more involved.  We are always looking for people with new ideas to help with the booster club. There is a monthly drawing for those people that have paid their dues. Monthly meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month, normally, in the high school cafeteria. Meetings start at 5:30pm. The procedure for a coach to purchase something for their sport is easy.  The coach lets the Athletic Director know in advance of an upcoming meeting, so the officers are aware of who is requesting equipment. At the next booster meeting, that coach presents his interested purchase, the number of items needed and the amount of money needed to make the purchase, to the officers of the booster club.  After the presentation, the officers discuss any concerns and then vote to either purchase the equipment requested by the coach, or reject the purchase of that equipment.  


Eligibility of Athletes/ Regulations of the IHSAA.

To participate in athletics, a student must be in school attendance all day unless excused by the Principal, Assistant Principal, or Athletic Director.  Excuses will not normally be approved unless for a funeral or medical appointment. Students may not attend any event if they are serving an out of school suspension.  Students will be considered tardy if arriving within the first 10 minutes the first period of the day. Any athlete arriving after ten minutes of the first period class will be considered absent and will not be allowed to play or practice on that day. Students with more than one tardy to school, will be held out of normal practice or competition for that day.  Any special circumstances will be dealt with by the administration.  It is our goal to have all students attend school all day in order to participate in extracurricular events.

  1. Enrolment/Scholarship: Each participant must be an enrolled student.  Scholastically, students must have received passing grades at the end of the equivalent and must be currently enrolled in at least five full credit subjects or the equivalent. Semester grades take precedence. Two semesters of the state required physical education course may be counted as a full credit subject for eligibility purposes.   When the block four scheduling program is used, students must be currently enrolled in a passing three courses. Class periods must meet Indiana Department of Education standards for awarding credit and minutes in class.

***NOTE: A full credit subject requires a minimum total of 250 minutes of instruction per week for one semester. For further interpretation see I.H.S.A.A. Articles and Bylaws. 

 **** All Alternative classes except ASPE will count toward an athlete being eligible for participation.  These students will be given a grade at the end of the semester, and must have passed 70% of the total classes offered at Eastern.  

Students in the Alternative School MAY be eligible for extra-curricular activities if approved by the building principal.  Alternative School students interested in participating in athletics must meet IHSAA requirements (IHSAA Rule 18) and a meeting with the building principal prior to Alternative School enrollment is required.  Enrollment in a Non-Public, Non-Accredited School If a student is Enrolled in and attends, Full-time, a non-public, non-accredited school the student may have eligibility to participate in the athletic program at the Indiana Public School serving the student’s residence, provided that: (1.) the student in conjunction with the non-public, non-accredited school and the Public School serving the student’s residence, provides proof to the IHSAA that the spirit of the eligibility rules will not be compromised; and (2.) the student has been Enrolled in the non-public, non-accredited school for the previous Three (3) years in succession; and Rule 12 – Enrollment 46 (3.) the student completes any state-wide examinations authorized by the Indiana Department of Education; and (4.) the non-public, non-accredited school agent provides proof of meeting the provisions of rule 18-1 of the IHSAA by-laws during the time period between the end of the member School’s designated Grading Period and the corresponding certification date; and (5.) the student must be Enrolled in and attending a minimum of One (1) full credit subject offered within the member School building. 12-6 – Enrollment in a Virtual Education School If a student attends a Virtual Education School, the student may have eligibility to participate Home School Students  May a student who is “Home Schooled” and being taught by his/her parents be eligible for athletics? A. Yes, under the non-accredited student rule, a student who attends a non-public, non-accredited school, which includes all home education schools, may be eligible to participate in the athletic program at the Indiana Public School serving the student’s residence, provided the student meets the rule’s minimum requirements and conditions. Otherwise, a student is eligible to participate in an athletic program involving IHSAA recognized sports only at the member School in which the student is Enrolled and attends, and is passing Seventy percent (70%) of the maximum number of courses offered at that member school.

Student/Athletes that are receiving an “F” for a current grade and also are showing zero’s for assignments not being turned into the teacher, will have 2 days to complete the missing work or be suspended from practice and/or games until the zero is removed.  Once the zero is removed,or the student no longer has an “F” as the grade, the student may resume practice or competition. Each coach will also work with each athlete on keeping a passing grade.

  1. Physical Examinations: A student must have the Indiana High School Athletic Association Student/Parent/ Physician Certificate on file with the Athletic Director before his/her first practice or conditioning session.  A student may not participate in any physical activity without first turning this into the Athletic Director. Also, every parent and student must sign off on information received on concussions and sudden cardiac arrest.  All forms must be completed on “Final Forms” prior to any athlete competing in practices or contests by both the parent or guardian and the student/athlete. ALL parents are expected to attend a pre- season meeting with the coaching staff and or Athletic Director prior to being allowed to compete in contests.  This meeting will include the expectations of the coaching staff for all athletes involved. Physicals must be up to date at all times in order to work out with coaches both in-season and out of season.


  1. Medical Coverage: Student Accident Insurance paid by the parents or a waiver signed by the parents stating that the student is adequately insured must be on file with the Athletic Director before the first practice (back page of physical form) If a student has been absent five or more days from school due to illness or injury, he or she must present to the principal a written statement by a physician stating that he or she is again physically fit.  If Eastern High School has a certified trainer, he/she will help deal with any injuries. When injuries occur, please see the trainer for medical information. Students are encouraged to report any injuries, irregular skin rashes to the coaching staff immediately. Every athlete must complete a concussion screening pre test prior to starting their career at Eastern High School. This test takes approximately 30 minutes and is administered in our computer lab. The results are forwarded to the Methodist Sports Clinic in Indianapolis. Every parent and student must sign-off either through the online enrollment procedure or by signing a paper indicating the parent/guardian and athlete have read the information on the possibility of concussions during sports activities. Every parent and student/athlete must also sign off, indicating they understand the risk of athletic competition and there is a risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
  2. Amateurism: A student is not eligible for athletics if he or she has violated his or her amateur standing in any way by playing under an assumed name, by accepting remuneration for his or her participation in any way by playing under an assumed name, by accepting remuneration for his or her participation in any athletic activity, by participating in athletic events having cash prizes or prizes having other than symbolic value, or by participating in activities sponsored by professional athletic organizations.

5.Conduct: A student may be declared ineligible for sports and no awards will be given if because of bad habits or improper conduct brings discredit to yourself or Eastern High School.


  1. Outside Participation: A student is ineligible if you participate in practices, game, contests or scrimmage not under the direct supervision and auspices of his or her high school, during the sports season.  The IHSAA has set up guidelines for all athletic participation. There are rules set up for during contest seasons, during school-out of season, and during the summer. These rules are setup to keep fairness throughout all sports and all schools.  Sunday open facilities are prohibited. For additional information on participation, please see the Athletic Director.   


  1. Returning of Equipment and Uniforms:   Each athlete is responsible for all equipment issued to him/her by the coach.  If items are lost or stolen, or damaged by misuse, the athlete is responsible for the cost of replacement.  Athletes must also return all equipment at the end of the season. Failure to return items will result in a charge to that athlete and a suspension until the items are returned or paid for by the athlete.  


  1. Picture Policy: The following policy will be in effect for pictures placed on the wall. 
  2. Sectional Champions– (Individual) will be honored with a 16×20 picture framed on the wall. 
  3. Sectional Champions– (Team) will be honored with a 24×30 picture framed on the wall.
  4. Conference Champion– Will be honored with an 8×10 picture in the Wall of Fame.  It will be on display for one year.
  5. All Conference Selection– Will be honored with an 8×10 picture in the Wall of Fame. It will on display for one year.
  1. All State Athletes– Will be honored with a 24×30 picture framed on the wall at the end of the gym. If an athlete receives a jersey, it will be hung by the picture.
  2.   Conference Team Championships- A picture will be hung by the trophy case for the team championship. 


  1. Mid Southern Conference: Eastern High School is a proud member of the Mid-Southern Conference.  The conference recognizes the top athletes, teams and coaches every year in each conference sport.   The conference also awards an All-Sports Trophy to the top Male and top Female sports schools each year.  Other members are Austin; Brownstown; Charlestown; Clarksville; Corydon; North Harrison; Salem; Scottsburg; and Silver Creek.


  1. Senior Night Ceremony: Eastern High School will honor Senior Boys Basketball, Cheerleaders, and Band before the last Varsity home game of each season.  Parents will escort their child onto the floor. Girls Basketball and Wrestling seniors will have a choice of either, their last home game, or in the same ceremony of that of the Boys Basketball. Senior Choir, Dance team, and Flag members that have performed throughout the season at boys games will be introduced at halftime of the last home game.  If there are more than 25 people being introduced, then the Girls Basketball and Wrestlers will be introduced at their last home game. If at halftime there are more than 14 members to be introduced, we will introduce dance team members, choir members, and flag members that have performed, they will be introduced the game before in a pre-game ceremony. For all senior nights, it will be the last home contest for the season.


  1. IHSAA is our state governing body.  Eastern High School is required to follow all rules set forth by the IHSAA.  This includes participation during season, off season while school is in session, as well as during the summer. Before participating in any “outside organized activity” please check with the athletic director to make sure all IHSAA by-laws are followed. Failure to comply with IHSAA guidelines could make the athlete ineligible for high school competition.  


  1. Changing Seasons:  When an athlete is coming from one season to the next season, that athlete may take up to 3 days off “official practice” without penalty from the coach in season.  This is a time for the athlete to be able to rest both physically as well as mentally before starting a new season. An athlete coming out late for a team, would be at the discretion of the coach.  


  1. Social Media: The Eastern High School Athletic department will use twitter to help promote and communicate topics within the athletic department.  Follow us on twitter @ EHS_AD. We will post game cancellations, changes, update of contests and other information throughout the school year. Student/athletes are expected to represent themselves in a positive manner at all times on social media sites. Athletes that bring a negative representation to Eastern High School or their representatives, through social media may face disciplinary action from the athletic department and/ or coach.  The use of foul language, showing displeasure for a coach or teammate through the various social media outlets is not acceptable. The use of a personal device in a locker room is not acceptable at any time. Using such device could result in discipline by the school administration and or the coach.   


  1. Commitment — Once an athlete makes a team, if that athlete quits the team or is dismissed from a team in season, that student may not be involved in other athletic conditioning programs until the sport in season is completed. The exception to this rule would be injury, or if the in-season coach and athletic director agree to allow that athlete to be released from the prior sport. This allows some athletes to try a new sport, but not completely be penalized for their upcoming sport.   


  1. Scholar Athlete-Eastern High School is proud to sponsor the Scholar Athlete program.  The award is presented each week to students who show academic success in the classroom as well as athletic success in their respective in-season sport.  Winners receive a t-shirt as well as recognition in the school community. A group picture is taken each month of the current winners and placed on the school’s athletic website and also sent to the local press.  Eastern High School is proud of those students who show that hard work pays off in both athletics and academics.


  1. Captains Club/Pride Group- This is a selected group of our athletes (leaders from each team) that will meet with the athletic director on specific topics that relate to OUR athletic programs.  Topics are designed to help to enhance the overall athletic program and not just one specific sport. These students will also be ask to help with any special projects and to attend the IHSAA Student Leadership project in June.  


  1. Hazing The School Board believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and at any Corporation-sponsored event. Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy. I.C. 35-42-2-2



This section indicates the guidelines set by the Athletic Council for each athlete to earn a Varsity Letter as well as earning an Athletic letter jacket. In addition to the criteria set forth for a Varsity letter, the coach must also recommend a Varsity letter be awarded. The official athletic award jacket shall be purple background with bright gold trim and lettering. Jacket awards shall have cloth sleeves or vinyl/leather sleeves at the athletes choice. Athletes completing two sports during their freshman year, or repeat a sport by the end of their sophomore year will receive graduation numerals for their jacket.  Jackets will be ordered through the athletic office by our preferred vendor on select days after fall and winter sports. Athletes earning conference championships, Sectional Championships or beyond, as well as State qualifiers will be given a recognition patch. Any athlete that is selected first-team all state will also be recognized with a patch for their jacket. Throughout the school year through the Athletic Department,a representative will be here during each lunch at the conclusion of the fall and winter sports seasons and during free physical night, to take orders for letter jacket purchases. Additional patches, numbers etc may be ordered at full price of the student. A student has the following options in receiving their athletic jackets:

Students earning their first letter may purchase an athletic jacket through the athletic department for 100% of the cost of the jacket and begin wearing it at any time.

Students earning their third second varsity certificate may purchase their jacket for 50% of the cost of the jacket.

Students earning their fourth varsity certificate by the end of their junior year, may purchase their jacket for 25% of the cost of the jacket.

 The athletic department will honor one of the preceding options only one time during a student’s high school career.

A person wearing a school award of any type shall at all times conduct himself in such manner so that no discredit will be brought upon himself or the Athletic Code of Ethics.

Athletes earning a letter will be given a plain block letter “E” the first year a letter is earned in any sport or activity. Thereafter, certificates will be awarded each year. Only one initial letter will be awarded each participant regardless of the number of letters earned. A student who is injured or becomes ill while participating in a sport may be given a letter in the sport which he/she was participating in, if part of the requirements had been met and if it is obvious to the coach and the athletic director that he/she would have met the requirements for a letter.

Any senior student earning a total often (10) letters during his/her high school years shall be awarded a  special award for their achievements.


To earn a Varsity letter in baseball, a player must (1) compete in at least 50% of all Varsity regular season games, or (2) play in an equivalent of one inning of all games played during the regular season.  A player must be present at all games unless excused by the coach. Awards- MVP; Leading Hitter; Outstanding Pitcher; RBI Leader; Mental Attitude; On Base % Leader; JV Awards- Leading Hitter; RBI Leader; Mental Attitude; Golden Glove Award

Boys and Girls  Basketball:

Varsity Letter to any player that dresses for all Varsity game that is eligible to dress.  (Injury/ suspension)

Varsity letter for anyone that plays in at least 40 quarters. Managers and stat people may earn a letter at the recommendation of the coach.

Awards: Most Assists; Most Rebounds; Best Defender; Mental Attitude; 

Most Charges Taken-minimum number of 10; 

Best Free Throw %  at least 70% and shoot a certain number minimum shots. Field Goal Percentage: at least 50% and shoot a minimum number of shots.

1000 career scorer- Receive a painted basketball.

Most Valuable Player Plus/ Minus-Award  JV- Mental Attitude ; JV- Outstanding JV player; JV- Most Charges Taken- minimum of 10 


Cheerleaders will be selected after the season, before the next school year begins, normally in the spring. Selection will be for fall and winter sports and/or another try out for winter sports. Selection will be made by the cheer coach when on staff, and by additional representatives if the coach so chooses and approved by the administration. Cheerleaders will be expected to attend and cheer at all home games. Cheerleaders will also perform at some away games as determined by the cheer coach and the athletic director. The use of lifters will be determined by the cheer coach, athletic director and the principal.  Awards: Spirit Award; Mental Attitude.

Boys and Girls Cross Country: 

In Cross Country a participant must (1) average position for EHS of 7.0 or less, or (2) have an average position on the opposition’s team in all dual, triangular, and quadrangular meets of 5.0 or less, or (3) have a time on the sectional course (interschool varsity meets) that is better than the #5 man on the last qualifying team for the regional, or (4) be certified for the Sectional.  A runner must be present at all meets unless excused by the coach. The runner must be recommended by the coach. Awards: Most Valuable Runner; Most Improved; Mental Attitude.


In football, to earn a Varsity letter, an athlete must play in at least 25 quarters he is eligible to play, (Injury/Suspensions) and be recommended by the Head Coach.  

Varsity Awards:  Team Captains; MVP- Offense and Defense; MVP- Special Teams; Best Offensive/Defensive Lineman; Best Offensive and Defensive Back; Mental Attitude; 

Junior Varsity awards:  Certificate; Mental Attitude; Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Player.

Boys and Girls Golf:

Finish in top 7 average at the end of the year. Play in conference tournament and or Sectional and recommended by the coach.  Awards: Low Stroke Average; Most Improved; Mental Attitude;

Boys and Girls Tennis:

To earn a letter in Tennis a player must (be recommended by the coach and either (2) play for one of the five team points in at least 50 percent of the matches, (3) play for one of the Sectional points, or (4) be a fourth year senior. 

Awards: Most Valuable Singles; Most Valuable Doubles; Mental Attitude; Most Improved

Boys and Girls Track:

To earn a letter in track, a participant must (1) earn a number of points in all meets equivalent to an average of one point for the meets scheduled except for invitational.  Place first in the conference will automatically get you a letter.

Be at all track meets (except baseball; softball; tennis athletes, and recommended by the coach. Finish the season in good standings. Awards: Most Points Running Events; Most Points Field Events; Mental Attitude; Most Improved;


Those players must play in the majority of our games.  The coach must recommend a varsity letter for each player.  An occasional pinch runner or batter would not letter. Players that only go in at the end of a game that we are winning or losing by a lot of runs would not letter.  The player must also make the Sectional team. If a player would quit, or get in trouble and not be allowed to play in the Sectional, they would not letter, even if the above criteria fit. Awards: MVP; Golden Glove; RBI Leader; Highest Batting Average: Highest On Base Average; Most Improved; Most Outstanding Pitcher; Mental Attitude; Junior Varsity- Mental Attitude; Most Improved


The volleyball team criteria for earning a Varsity letter is to make an appearance in any game or games within a match for one-third of the season excluding the Saturday tournaments. Managers will be given a Varsity letter. Everyone else, completing the season with the team in good standing, will earn a participation award.  The coach must make a recommendation to receive a Varsity letter. Awards: Most Assists; Most Kills; Best Serving %; Best Offensive/ Defensive Player; Captain; Mental Attitude; JV Awards; Outstanding JV Player; Mental Attitude


Wrestle in at least 50% of all Varsity matches.  Be the top wrestler in that weight class. Must wrestle in the Sectional.  Coach must recommend a Varsity letter. 

Awards:  Most Pins; Winning %; Quickest Pin; Match of the Year; Mental Attitude;   



  1. We believe in the philosophy of the Musketeer Motto, “All for One and One for All”


  1. We believe that participation in athletics provides positive benefits to students.


  1. We believe the student/ athlete always places the emphasis on academics first and athletics second. 


  1. We believe the adherence to training rules is the duty of each team member.


  1. We believe the success of a team depends upon the dedication of each individual member.


  1. We believe that, due to the athlete’s high profile and prestige in the community, his or her actions must be above question.


  1. We believe great personal pride is derived from giving one’s best as a student and an athlete.


  1. We believe the athlete is a role model for younger students and will be a positive influence at all times.


  1. We believe competition produces good will among schools and players. To accomplish this, each team member promotes these feeling with words and deeds.