Specific Athletic Policies
Levels of Play
Depending on the size of the team, Archbishop Hannan offers up to three levels of competition in its athletic program. The initial level, 8th Grade/Black Hawks, is designed to introduce students to the demands of interscholastic competition, the need to create a balance between academics and athletics, and the general philosophy of Hannan athletics.
The second level of competition is Junior Varsity. This level is designed to be more developmental for the purpose of preparing athletes for varsity competition. It is considerably more demanding with respect to practice time, off-season training, and possible specialization. Coaches encourage more dedication at this level in order to maximize the potential of the athlete. The purpose of this maximization is two-fold: First, it gives the athlete a better opportunity to participate; and, second, the athlete will be able to contribute more to the success of the team.
The developmental nature of both the 8th Grade and junior varsity levels make the opportunities for participation in practice and games a top priority of these programs.
Varsity is the final level of competition available to Hannan athletes. It is highly specialized, highly competitive, and demands the greatest level of commitment and dedication by both coach and athlete. Varsity competition is designed to be the culmination of Hannan’s athletic program both in the performance of our teams and the manner in which our athletes display and promote the philosophy and values of our athletic program.
Students athletes transferring to Archbishop Hannan High School must comply with all LHSAA eligibility requirements in order to compete their first year after transferring. Click here for basic LHSAA eligibility guidelines.
When provided, students must travel both to and from games on school transportation. Athletes may be released to their own parent(s) at the conclusion of the contest. If students are to ride home with anyone other than their own parent(s), they must have their parent(s) request permission prior to the day of the contest from the Principal or Athletic Director and their coach.
Although coaches make every attempt to schedule afternoon contests late enough to ensure a full day of school for its athletes, sometimes travel and special scheduling needs necessitate early dismissal. It is the responsibility of the athlete to inform the teacher, discuss the procedure for make-up work, and obtain the evening’s or weekend’s homework assignment. Communication on the part of the athlete is essential to limiting the academic disruption of early dismissals.
Equipment Care and Obligations
Athletes are responsible for the proper care of all equipment they are issued for their respective sport(s). All uniforms should be washed separately in cold water and dried at a very low temperature to ensure minimal shrinkage and fading. Replacement of any equipment damaged by improper care, lost, or stolen, is the financial responsibility of the athlete. Because most team athletic apparel is custom made, replacement value can be up to twice as much as its original cost.
Process for Addressing Concerns
Because complaints can best be handled closest to the source, coaches immediately involved in the area of concern should first be contacted by the athlete or parent. This contact should not take place during or immediately after an athletic contest, but during regular school hours. If, after talking with the coach, the complainant still does not feel that the policies and procedures outlined in this document are being followed, he/she may take the matter to the Athletic Director. If the procedural dispute is still not resolved at the initial administrative level, the complainant may take the issue to the Principal.
Like teachers and activity moderators, coaches are observed and evaluated by the Athletic Director and Principal.