Athletes' parents must sign civility clause

2013-06-03T19:19:00Z 2013-06-04T15:58:06Z Athletes' parents must sign civility clauseMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 03, 2013 7:19 pm  • 

LOWELL | When parents sign up their kids for Tri-Creek School Corp. middle school and high school sports next year, they'll be signing off on a civility clause as well.

Parents are being put on notice, said Athletic Director Patti McCormack, that they need to be on good behavior at athletic events.

McCormack told the School Board recently it already has been necessary for her to call parents into her office. "It happened twice this year," she said.

The board agreed to add the civility clause which defines district expectations for behavior into the middle school and high school athletic handbooks.

Tri-Creek Attorney Monica Conrad said the district has the right to issue "no trespass" orders with or without a formal policy.

McCormack told the board she has also outlined parameters for picture taking at athletic events. Only those with permission — parents and grandparents, for example — may photograph or videotape athletes during an event.

"People are inappropriately taking pictures of our kids. ... We actually caught three who had no right to be there," McCormack said.

McCormack said scouts are not permitted to film. It's possible some of those filming without permission may be from opposing school districts or possibly want to post the pictures on the Internet.

"It's a great concern," she said.

"We are protecting minors from all kinds of things," Conrad said. "We as adults have to keep them safe," she said.

McCormack said parents have been of great assistance in spotting those filming Tri-Creek athletes and are protective.

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