Parent meeting highlights athlete rules

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— With Moffat County High School sports starting Monday, parents, players and coaches were caught up during an informational meeting Thursday.

More than 100 parents, coaches and athletes learned what would be expected of them during an informational meeting Thursday night at the high school.

"We do not value athletics over education," Athletic Director Richard Wildenhaus said. "Athletics and activities should be education based and teach life skills."

Joe Patrone, new Moffat County School District superintendent, said sports are important for a more full education.

"Students participating in athletics or activities need to be able to balance their grades," he said. "Student athletes are also our primary ambassadors when they leave the school."

Wildenhaus said Moffat County's rules are the same as the Colorado High School Athletic Association's.

Students are not allowed to fail more than one class, cannot be 19 years old before Aug. 1, and cannot have played more than four years in one sport.

Any student who has two failing marks on their Tuesday report card would be ineligible to play until the next Tuesday.

MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said sports offer students a chance for a more complete education but that scholastics shouldn't suffer.

"Students should focus on their GPAs as freshmen," Schnellinger said. "Because - you can ask seniors - it's hard to get it up."

Students also must have attended nine complete practices before appearing in any contest.

Failure of the rules could have larger ramifications, Wildenhaus said.

"It could affect scholarships at the next level," he said.

Parents must have completed and turned in physical forms, insurance forms, a signed copy of the parent or legal guardian consent form and $55.

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