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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • “Life of an Athlete” strikes heated debate

  • Superintendent Rick Rubino presented Gridley High School parents information about the Life of an Athlete Program—or Bulldog Committed—on Monday at the GHS Parents’ meeting.
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  • Superintendent Rick Rubino presented Gridley High School parents information about the Life of an Athlete Program—or Bulldog Committed—on Monday at the GHS Parents’ meeting. There were approximately fifty parents in attendance. According to some parents, the meeting was heated at times and left some parents with a lot of questions.
     Life of an Athlete, created by John Underwood, includes a five-phase process. Those steps include establishing mandatory meetings to discuss conditions for involvement, expectations, philosophy and what it meant to be an athlete; bringing a code of conduct from conceptualization to implementation and enforcement—including strategies for fan behavior, parental issues and non-negotiable conditions for being part of an athletic team; training all coaches at all levels to understand and confront chemical health issues, including workshops on how to send a message to your team and use student leaders to monitor team dynamics; identifying and developing student leaders who assist the coach with identifying behaviors of concern with the peers; and ensuring all members of the community take stake in eliminating drug and alcohol use among youth.
     At the meeting, an amended Athletic Code of Conduct was presented to parents in attendance. The most controversial of the topics discussed at the meeting was a proposed amendment that stated the following:
     “If a student-athlete attends a party where alcohol or drugs are being illegally dispensed, the student-athlete must leave. To remain in the presence of this illegal activity shall constitute a violation of the code.”
     The code goes on to note that those athletes should encourage as many teammates to leave as possible. The code also states that the athlete is required to disclose his or her attendance at the event within 24 hours to the team’s coach or an administrator. For the rest of this story please pick up a 2/15/13 edition of The Gridley Herald.
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