Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track · Bruins Hoping to Field Unified Track Team


UPDATE: After talking with Lee Lonzo of the IHSAA, there are a few changes and updates (for clarity) to add regarding this program.

1. Athletes NO LONGER have to complete the Special Olympics application form.
2. Athletes with physical disabilities can compete as “Partners.”
3. Spring sport athletes MAY PARTICIPATE as “Partners” if they are not on the Track & Field sectional entry list. This includes baseball, softball, golf, and tennis players. It also includes any JV Track & Field athlete NOT on the sectional entry. This was a change from shown below which stated no spring athlete could participate.
4. Wheel chair “Partners” may only participate in Shot Put.
5. The school will receive a $1500 grant for participating this year only! We will use some of that money to pay a small stipend for those who coach the team.

I will add the changes below. They will be underlined if additions. Those deleted will be “striked out.”

HERE IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

As part of the Champions Together program, BHS is hoping to add a Unified Track Team if we can find enough to participate. Those who participate must follow the same rules as all other IHSAA Athletes. It is a neat opportunity for some who may not otherwise get to participate in IHSAA sports!

If you are interested, please stop by the Athletic Office to pick up a physical packet and to ask any questions you might have.

This will be a learning process for all. This was reiterated by Lee Lonzo of the IHSAA who said “we are all learning together in this process.” Please read through carefully for more details. Please bear with us on the format below. Best we could do!

Information on new Unified Track and Field Team for Spring ‘16

First year goals:

1st practice: Monday, April 18, most likely 3:30-5:30pm.

1st contest:  Possibly, May 11 or 12. We are hoping to have 2 meets this year and compete in the sectional.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

Who may participate?

1) Unified Student Athlete is a student who….

(a) has been identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction,

(b) is not earning credits toward a diploma, and (c) is working toward a certificate of completion, certificate of attendance, or the equivalent,.

2) Unified Student Partner is a student who….

(a) meets the eligibility criteria outlined in IHSAA General Eligibility rules 1-20, but does NOT qualify as a Unified Student Athlete.

“Partners” include athletes with physical disabilities and anyone else who participates who is not on the IHSAA Track and Field sectional entry list.

NOTE: A Unified Partner may not be on a sectional entry in any other spring sport.

Other requirements?

1) All athletes must have a physical and all other paperwork completed PRIOR to beginning practice on April 18.

2) All athletes must complete a Special Olympics Indiana Application for Participation (Application). To qualify for participation, a copy of the Application must be forwarded to Special Olympics Indiana office prior to the first interscholastic competition.

3) All athletes must complete 10 days of practice PRIOR to the first contest.

IHSAA By-Laws on Unified Sports

200-1.0 Vision of Unified Sports®

The IHSAA/Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) Unified Sports ® project is to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school in an IHSAA sanctioned activity by participating on a Unified Sports® team providing the students with a quality experience of sports training and competition.

200-1.1 Definition of Participants

Unified Student Athlete: A Unified Student Athlete is a student who

(a) has been identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction,

(b) is not earning credits toward a diploma, and

(c) is working toward a certificate of completion, certificate of attendance, or the equivalent.

Unified Student Partner: A Unified Student Partner is a student that meets the eligibility criteria outlined in General Eligibility rules 1-20, but does NOT qualify as a Unified Student Athlete.

“Partners” include athletes with physical disabilities and anyone else who participates who is not on the IHSAA Track and Field sectional entry list.

200-1.2 Restriction of Participation – Unified Student Partner.

A student athlete who is listed on an IHSAA Tournament Series entry list, in a non-Unified Sports® sport, is prohibited from competing as a Unified Partner in a Unified Sports® Tournament Series in that same sport.  Appropriate participation for such a Student Athlete Partner may take place as an assistant coach or manager. Schools with limited enrollment or special circumstances may apply to the Commissioner for a waiver of this rule.

200-1.3 Participation by Gender.

Unified Sports® teams shall be organized as co-educational teams.

200-2.0 Participant Age Requirement.

Unified Student Athlete: A Unified Student Athlete may participate in Unified Sports® as long as the Unified Student Athlete is enrolled in the school.

Unified Student Partner: A Unified Student Partner must comply with General Eligibility rule 4.

“Partners” cannot be 20 years of age by June 4, 2016. If so, they would be ineligible to participate. This is the same rule for all other IHSAA sports.

200-3.0 Participant Scholarship Requirement.

Unified Student Athlete: A Unified Student Athlete must be making satisfactory progress toward the goals, objectives and benchmarks contained in any progress report and/or any case conference committee, and such facts must be certified by the building principal.

Unified Student Partner: A Unified Student Partner must comply with General Eligibility rule 18.

“Partners” must have passed 5 credits during the 3rd 9-week grading period. This is the same rule for all other IHSAA sports.

200-4.0 Consecutive Semester/Consecutive Years rule.

Unified Student Athlete: A Unified Student Athlete, who

(i) is receiving special education and related services pursuant to an individual education program and

(ii) based on the Unified Student Athlete’s individual education plan (IEP) the Unified Student Athlete is required to remain in school up to the school year in which the Unified Student Athlete turns 21 may continue to participate as long as the Unified Student Athlete is Enrolled in the School.

Unified Student Partner: A Unified Student Athlete must comply with General Eligibility rule 12.

Participants. Except as modified by this rule series, all participants in Unified Sports® must abide by General Eligibility rule 12, Enrollment and Attendance.

200-5.0 Completion of Athletic Physical, Consent, Acknowledgement of Risks and Release Form.

All participants in Unified Sports® must comply with General Eligibility rules 3-10, 3-11.

200-5.1 Completion of Special Olympics Indiana Application for Participation.

All participants in Unified Sports® (Unified Athletes and Unified Partners) must complete a Special Olympics Indiana Application for Participation (Application). To qualify for participation, a copy of the Application must be forwarded to Special Olympics Indiana office prior to the first interscholastic competition.

200-6.0 Coaches Eligibility.

In addition to the training referred to in the General Eligibility rule 3: Coaches, a coach must have successfully completed the NFHS course on Unified Sports®.

200-8.0 Classification of Schools.

Unified Sports® teams shall be aligned in single class Tournament Series.

200-9.0 Recognized Unified Sports®.

The following sport(s) are recognized and regulated as Unified Sports®: track and field (Unified Sport).

200-9.1 Championship Tournament Series. A championship Tournament Series will be conducted, annually, for each recognized Unified Sport. 

RULE 202 – TRACK AND FIELD.

202-1.0 Playing rules.

The National Federation Track and Field rules shall govern with the following modifications or as further modified by the Committee.

The javelin and hammer throw events are prohibited in ALL meets.
The events in all regular outdoor meets may include:

TRACK – 3200 meter relay, 100 meter dash, 1600 meter run, 400 meter relay, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 200 meter dash, 3200 meter run, and 1600 meter relay.
FIELD –running long jump, discus, and shot put.

Regular season meets may include other events as approved by the Commissioner.
No contestant shall enter nor participate in more than Four (4) events during any Season Contest.

State Finals

Only 5 events take place at the state finals.

TRACK– 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 400 meter relay
FIELD– shot put and long jump.