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Equipment Agreement


Students participating in any of our athletics programs are responsible for the appropriate care of the equipment issued during the season. Equipment issued is the property of Southgate Community School District and must be returned upon the close of the season.

If an athlete fails to return issued equipment or if the equipment is deemed to have abnormal wear, the Athletic Department will issue a fine that must be paid.  Students with unpaid fines will lose their open campus for lunch and be unable to purchase tickets for homecoming and prom.  Additionally, seniors with outstanding fines will not be allowed to participate in commencements.

Contact Andrew Himick in the Athletic Office if you have additional questions regarding the policy.

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Health and Safety in Sports


Student participation in sports can be a very rewarding experience, however there are various conditions that exist in regards to the health and safety of each athlete. 


While some conditions are unforeseeable, others can be prevented by being aware of issues that may occur. 

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) posts updated information on health and safety in athletics on their website. Please follow the link below to read more about the health and safety of your child as they participate in Middle School sports.

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General Athletic Information


Students at Davidson Middle School are encouraged to participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities. Organized sports in the State of Michigan begin in grade 7 (grade 6 for some sports) and are governed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Davidson Middle School is part of the Downriver League. 



Downriver League Mission Statement

The goal of middle school athletics is to serve as a laboratory for lessons learned from the home and in the classroom.  We promote:

·       Physical, mental, and emotional health

·       The connections between the student athlete and his/her school

·       Academic success

·       Sportsmanship and respect from our athletes, coaches, and spectators

·       Lifelong attitudes of dedication, hard work, team work, sportsmanship, respect for authority, and pride in self, team, school, and community


To achieve these goals we encourage our students to participate in our interscholastic programs and to commit themselves to upholding a code of conduct that supports fun, fair, and safe play for all.



List of Downriver League Member Schools 

1.              Allen Park – Allen Park Middle School

2.              Gibraltar – Shumate Middle School

3.              Lincoln Park – Lincoln Park Middle School

4.              Melvindale – Strong Middle School

5.              Taylor – Hoover and West Middle Schools

6.              Trenton – Arthurs Middle School

7.              Southgate – Davidson Middle School

8.              Woodhaven – Brownstown and Patrick Henry Middle Schools

9.              Wyandotte – Wilson Middle School




Organized 7th and 8th grade sports at Davidson Middle School:

Fall
Football
Volleyball
Cross Country (6th grade also)
Sideline Cheerleading

Winter I
Boys Basketball
Swimming* (6th grade also)
Competitive Cheerleading

Winter II
Wrestling (6th grade also)
Girls Basketball

Spring
Baseball
Softball
Track (6th grade also)

* Due to the closing of the Southgate Anderson High School swimming pool, we will continue our Middle School swim program by joining the Lincoln Park School District. All home swim meets will take place at the Lincoln Park High School swimming pool.

If there are any questions in regards to athletics or extra-curricular activities, please contact the Davidson Middle School main office at 734-246-4628.

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Information for Participation


The following information is for participation in all 7th and 8th grade athletics at Davidson Middle School. If there are any questions in regards to athletics or extra-curricular activities, please contact the Davidson Middle School main office at 734-246-4628.


Athletic Physicals

All athletes must have a current physical on file to begin practice or tryouts with any team. All physicals must be dated on or after April 15th of the current year to be good for the following school year. The following link is for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) physical form. Please have all pages completed and signed by a doctor.

MHSAA Physical Form


Code of Conduct

All athletes must submit a signed copy of the Southgate Community School District Code of Conduct for Athletes. The complete Code of Conduct can be found by clicking on the following link:


A short cut to the Parent Approval form, which is part of the Code of Conduct can be found here:

The Southgate Community School District will be offering bus transportation to each away contest. If your child will not be riding the bus, a Travel Release Form must be completed prior to the event. A separate form must be filled out for each away contest. A short cut to the Travel Release form, which is part of the Code of Conduct can be found here:


Eligibility

Academic eligibility will remain a primary focus of all athletics at Davidson Middle School. Eligibility is checked on a weekly basis throughout each season. Academic success is a major contributing factor to success in athletics. A student becomes academically ineligible when they receive two 'E' grades during any one given week during the season. A student may participate, however, with one 'E' grade. It will be each student's responsibility to take care of their academics. Coaches will be notified of ineligible players.

A student that is deemed academically ineligible will still practice with the team and will dress and travel with the team for games, however the student will not be allowed to participate in the actual game(s) or scrimmage(s) during the time of ineligibility.

According to MHSAA rules, if a student does not pass 50% of their classes in the previous semester, then they are ineligible to participate in the following season's sporting activities. 

Students may also be deemed ineligible for disciplinary reasons. This type of ineligibility is determined based on the severity of the incident.


Equipment Agreement

Students participating in any of our athletics programs are responsible for the appropriate care of the equipment issued during the season.  Equipment issued is the property of the Southgate Community School District and must be returned upon the close of the season.

If  an athlete fails to return issued equipment or if the equipment is deemed to have abnormal wear, the Athletic Department will issue a fine that must be paid in order to continue accessing MiStar and receive report cards. Students with fines will also be ineligible to try out for any other team or participate in any extra-curricular activity until all fines have been paid. (This includes student dances, clubs, etc.)


Downriver League Middle School Field Locator

The following link will display the Downriver League Middle School field locator and any event entrance fees for each school in the Downriver League.



Downriver League Middle School Bylaws

The following link will display the Downriver League Middle School Bylaws in which all middle school athletics are governed. Certain information refers to the MHSAA, which is the Michigan High School Athletic Association.


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Athletic Forms


The following forms are available for download by clicking the appropriate link. If there are any questions in regards to athletics or extra-curricular activities, please contact the Davidson Middle School main office at 734-246-4628.

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Athletic Schedules


Athletic schedules for all Davidson Middle School sports are located on the website www.schedulestar.com. An account can be set up which will allow for automatic updates to be sent via text message or email when a contest, during the season that you choose, is postponed or canceled.


To view all Davidson Middle School Athletic Schedules please click on the following link:

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Parent/Coach Communication


Parent/Coach Relationship ~

Both parenting and coaching are extremely challenging vocations.  By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of each other, providing greater benefit to children.  As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child.  This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child's program.


Communication you should expect from your son/daughter's coach ~
Philosophy of the coach
Expectations the coach has for your child and the other players on the squad
Locations and times of all practices and contests
Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning
Procedure should your child be injured during participation
Discipline that results in the denial of your child's participation


Communication the coaches expect from parents ~
Concerns, expressed directly to the coach
Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
Specific concerns regarding a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations


As your children become involved in the Southgate Athletic program, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important to understand that there may also be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes.  At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.


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 a clear understanding of the others position.


Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coaches ~
- The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
- Ways to help your child improve.
- Concerns about your child's behavior.


It is very difficult to accept your child's not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals.  They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be best for all students involved.


While there are certain things which can and should be discussed with your child's coach, and there are other things which must be left to the discretion of the coach.


Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches ~
- Playing time
- Strategy
- Play calling
- Other student-athletes


When parent-coach conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.


If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow ~
- Call or email the coach to set up an appointment.
- The Davidson main office telephone number is 734-246-4628.
- If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director, 734-246-4611.  A meeting will be set up for you.
- Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice.  These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach.  Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution. We ask that you apply a 24 hour rule, meaning that you should wait a minimum of 24 hours before contacting a coach in person, by phone or through email.


The Next Step ~
What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?
- Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.
- At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.


Research indicates that students involved in co-curricular activities have a greater chance for success during adulthood.  We hope the information provided makes both your child's and your experience with the Southgate Community School District athletic program more enjoyable.


We believe that the Southgate Community School District Athletic program helps develop the character traits that promote a successful life after high school.


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An Athletics Poem to Parents


How badly you must want to win, not for yourself but me, 
so help me play this game, with dedication, goals and dignity.


It's embarrassing for me, when you criticize my coach, if
you think you can be helpful, then try a new approach.


Call and make arrangements, to meet coach face to face, 
far better than to yell at them in such a public place.


Think that you will also find, your friendship will be sealed, 
in a more conducive atmosphere, than on the playing field.


Please try to go along with coach, not judging wrong or right.


You know they've got a job to do, that must be done tonight.


As coach stands alone down there, in front of all the fans, 
help him do the job he must, by staying silent in the stands.


Snap decisions he must make, under pressure of the game, 
and certainly where you must sit, 'tis not really quite the same.


Even when he calls it right, I often make a mistake, 
that surely makes him look as though his coaching is at stake.


Sometimes he will chew me out, then he'll pat me on the back, 
and I will get it next time, you can count on that.


He'll take the blame for losses and walk out on a limb, 
but he’ll give his team credit for each and every win.


So be there when I need you. Shout encouragement to me.

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