Athletics

Storm Athletics

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Selkirk's Athletic Program supports Volleyball, Cross Country, Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, Rugby (7's and 15's), Ski/Snowboard, Badminton, Track and Field, Golf, and Mountain Biking for all Selkirk students at the Bantam (8), Junior (9/10), and Senior (11/12) levels.

For more information, please email the Athletic Director:
Vanessa Pavan: vanessa.pavan@sd6.bc.ca

Seasons of Play

SPORTS MAY BE OFFERED AT THE FOLLOWING LEVELS

  • Bantam - Grade 8
  • Junior - Grades 9 & 10
  • Senior - Grades 11 & 12

SEASONS OF PLAY

FALL SEASON (September- November)

  • Boys Volleyball (Bantam, Jr & Sr) 
  • Girls Volleyball (Bantam, Jr & Sr)
  • Boys Soccer (Bantam/Jr & Sr)
  • Cross Country (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Rugby 7's (Boys/Girls all levels)

WINTER SEASON (December-March)

  • Boys Basketball (Bantam, Jr & Sr)
  • Girls Basketball (Bantam, Jr & Sr)
  • Skiing (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Snowboarding (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Badminton (Boys/Girls all levels)

SPRING SEASON (April-June)

  • Girls Soccer (Bantam/Junior & Senior)
  • Rugby 15's (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Golf (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Track and Field (Boys/Girls all levels)
  • Mountain Biking (Boys/Girls all levels)

Practice and Tournament Schedules

​​​Please note that these schedules are tentative and likely to change upon short notice. If you have any questions, please contact the Coach or email the Selkirk Athletic Director.​​​

​​​​Fall Practice Schedule Fall Practice Schedule
Winter Practice Schedule Winter Practice Schedule
Spring Practice Schedule  

Students must be present at school on the day of a practice or tournament in order to participate. A student that is absent from school is not allowed to practice or play in a tournament on the same day.

Philosophy

SELKIRK STORM PHILOSOPHY AND OVERVIEW

Selkirk Storm Athletics strives to provide opportunities for students to enjoy sport while developing skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable students to move forward in sports. 

In general, our programs are organized by age and grade; however, some sports are school-wide. The Bantam level focuses primarily on skill development and has more opportunity for equal play. The Jr. level focuses on skill development, although the season may become more competitive as the season progresses which can affect play time. At the Sr. level of sport, the focus shifts to competitive play, and equal play time may not be possible.

Coaches, athletes, and parents are encouraged to work together to make the athletic experience a positive one for all involved. With the ‘team’ concept in mind, the following guidelines have been established to help make sure that student-athletes are rewarded with the best experience possible.

SPORTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN

The primary reason that most kids choose sport is because it is fun. They enjoy the company of their peers, competition, learning, and working hard. Often the players' expectations are different from their parents. We encourage students and parents to discuss expectations before seasons begin, and throughout the season. Sport provides great opportunities to develop character and grow personally and getting kids to stay in sports because they enjoy it is a huge part of the process. 

CHARACTER BUILDING AND MATURING

Experiences through sport often mimic life situations. Athletes often develop skills through sporting experience that help in other aspects of life. Learning to win is as important as learning how to deal with loss. Learning to cooperate and work as a team is also important. Sport provides opportunities for decision making and judgment calls. Through all of this, we feel that student-athletes are able to develop character and grow personally. Sometimes it is necessary for parents to guide and advise, while there are times when students benefit more greatly by figuring out situations on their own.

EVERY ATHLETE CAN PLAY A ROLE ON A TEAM

Each member of a team is valuable to the teams’ overall success. Each sport and each level of play may have different goals for individuals and the team. As teams move from fundamental skill development, to entering competitive phases of sport programs, it can be expected that issues such as play-time will change. There are times when an athlete needs to accept a role within the team other than what their expectation is. This is another learning opportunity that can be a positive experience. 

PLAYING UP

Please see coaches section for information.

SPORTSMANSHIP - PLAYERS AND COACHES

Selkirk Storm Athletics has the highest of expectations for its coaches and athletes in their conduct. Above all else, athletes and coaches are expected to represent themselves and our school with respect, dignity, and sportsmanship. Whether on the playing field, or in public situations, athletes are expected to represent themselves, our school, and our community to the highest standard. e.g. Being accepting of official’s calls, appropriate language, etc.

SPORTSMANSHIP - PARENTS AND SPECTATORS

We encourage parents and fans to cheer for our teams. While it may be difficult, it is not all right to celebrate our opponents’ mistakes. Other sportsmanship suggestions include;

  • All comments should be positive and have a supportive influence on athletic play.
  • Be respectful to our officials.
  • Take time to learn the rules and strategy of the game. By doing so, your spectator experience will become richer. 

Please note: a student-athlete who looks into the stands repeatedly for approval or disapproval during a game may be experiencing higher than normal anxiety.

COMMUNICATING WITH COACHES 

THE 24/48 RULE

Sports and competition can become emotional. We love to watch our children and teams try their best and compete, but we may not always agree with how certain situations play out. For this reason, Selkirk Storm Athletics endorses the 24/48 rule. This rule states that parents and/or spectators who have a sport-related issue that requires direct contact with the coach or athletic/tournament-director wait 24 hours from the time of the incident to allow reflection and emotions to cool. The issue then must be brought to the coach’s attention in the next 48 hours, or be forever dropped. This system is used in many sports and has the best chance success rate in resolving issues. Coaches usually enjoy and appreciate feedback so long as it is done in a civilized manner. The 24/48 rule allows emotional topics to be discussed with part of the emotion removed, and also does not interrupt practice/game time.

PARENTS

As parents, we want to see our children succeed and be happy. As sports get more competitive, the risk of these two factors not happening increases. Coaches like to hear from you, however, please consider the following;

  • Insist that your son/daughter try to work out their sport-related issue directly with their coach before enlisting your assistance. Learning to deal with authority figures is a major benefit of participating in organized sport.
  • Avoid jumping to conclusions. Remember that some teenagers tend to exaggerate both when praised and criticized and that complicated decisions such as playing time are usually a product of many factors.
  • Parents are encouraged to let their children experience sport for themselves. Although it may be difficult, it is often more beneficial to ‘step back’ and allow children to make their own experiences. Of course, if the case of clear physical or emotional distress arose, it would be important for parents to become involved.

“There are four positions on an athletic field: spectator, referee, coach, and player. You get to choose one, and only one.” – Bruce Brown

Parents and Athletes

Student Athlete Code of Conduct Student Athlete Code Of Conduct
Parent Athlete Letter Selkirk Storm Athlete Letter To Parents

Working Together

Selkirk has been very fortunate to not only have great athletes in the past, but great support from their families and the community as well. We always welcome your questions and comments.

Potential Known Risks

It is important for all parents to be aware of the potential risks of playing on a school sports team. These risks include:

  • Road conditions
  • General risks associated with participating in school sport such as injury
  • Supervision- at any sports activity it is important for parents to understand that athletes will be both directly supervised and indirectly supervised. Direct supervision includes the times when an athlete is with their coach(es) and/or chaperone(s). This includes practice and game times. Indirect supervision includes times when an athlete may not be with his/her coach(es) and/or chaperone(s). An example would be shopping at a mall. In cases of indirect supervision, athletes will always be given cell phone number and know where to find his/her coach(es)/chaperone(s). In cases of indirect supervision athletes will be expected to be with another athlete ("buddy") at all time.

Athlete Fee

There is a $25 athlete fee charged per sport played.  This fee covers a team photo for each player and the cost to replace team uniforms regularly.  

Tournament Fees

Tournament fees are charged at Selkirk to cover the associated costs incurred to participate on a team. These fees are charged per tournament or playday. Team expenses are on a cost sharing basis and will cover items such as entry fees, transportation, accommodation, and coach’s expenses.  Athletes are responsible for their own food and personal expenses. Fees can be paid to either the Athletic Director or team coach. Cheques are recommended and should be made out to Selkirk Secondary. If financial assistance is needed, please contact the Athletic Department.

Practice and Game Day Attendance

School policy mandates that students attend all classes, including those outside of the timetable, on days of competition or practices. Students are not permitted to sleep-in for extra rest or miss class to prepare for events. Attendance up to the designated departure time is mandatory, but classes beyond departure can be excused once the teacher signs-off on the permission form. In the case of an excused absence such as a medical appointment, a note from the appointment is sufficient. 

Media in Schools

Outside Media Release and Personal Consent Information forms must be completed and returned to Selkirk's office. Non-submitted forms will result in your child's photo not being in the yearbook, team photos, etc. If you have questions, please contact SD6's Information and Privacy Officer: Cheryl Lenardon ​

Coaches Roles and Responsibilities

Selkirk Coaches act as Team Managers and are responsible for communicating with parents and players. This will include changes to practices, games, and travel times. Coaches are also responsible for organizing Parent Drivers if required. A manifest of parent contact information is created once the team roster is submitted to the Athletic Director.

Please refer to the Selkirk Storm Coaches Contract And Expectations for more details.

Tentative dates for Coaches Meetings: (6pm in the Selkirk Library)

  • TBD  Spring Season

Requirements for Coaches

  1. Submit a Criminal Record Check that can be done at RCMP and submitted to office.  Free for volunteers
  2. Attend a Child Abuse Reporting Protocol information session annually
  3. Complete a CATT concussion training certificate online at: https://cattonline.com/school-professional/. Please forward the certificate to Drew.Wetmore@sd6.bc.ca

Parent Drivers will be organised by coaches within the first 2 weeks of the season of play and complete the following:

  • Submit a Criminal Record Check that can be done at RCMP and submitted to office.  Free for volunteers
  • Attend a Child Abuse Reporting Protocol information session annually
  • Submit a drivers abstract from the ICBC website here: ICBC Website Link
  • Submit copies of car insurance and drivers license
  • Have the vehicle inspected by an Administrator
  • Have winter tires that show the Snowflake symbol from Oct 1- April 30

Other coaching responsibilities include

  • Submit a team roster to AD for player registration on BCSS
  • Connect with Parents for players with medical alerts regarding protocol in case of a medical emergency - anaphylaxis allergic reactions or seizures
  • Communicate with team about changes to games/practices via text and/or at practices
  • Distribute and record uniforms at start of season
  • Collect uniforms after last game of season
  • Wash, record, and return uniforms

Fundraising for athletics is reserved for Senior Teams attending Provincial Tournaments to help offset the costs associated with travel, accommodation, and entry fees. All fundraising must be approved by Administration before it is organized.

Tournament Responsibilities

AWAY TOURNAMENTS

  1. Collect permission forms and fees for each away tournament.
  2. Finalize copies of team manifest and permission forms before leaving for tournaments (1 copy of manifest and all permission form at office, 1 copy of manifest and all permission form for coach, 1 manifest for the bus driver each day)
  3. All manifest changes need to be reported to the office or to Clint at 432-5336
  4. Parents may not drive a student home after a game (other than their own child) without written consent on a permission form
  5. Collect the Entry Fee Cheque, Medical Kit and Ball Bag for each tournament. 

HOME TOURNAMENTS

  1. Organize food with players for the Coaches room.
  2. Run the tournament:
    1. record game scores and results, calculate pool play results
    2. manage scorekeepers
    3. hand out info/t-shirts to all participating teams
    4. stay on site for the duration of the entire tournament to assist other team needs including first aid supplies
    5. clean up coaches room and gym at end of each day
    6. award trophy to winning team
    7. AD will open/close the school to set alarm
​Code of Conduct Letter Code Of Conduct Letter[1]
​Team list for Registration Team List For BCSS Registration
Playing Up Playing Up (1)
​​​Criminal Record Check Consent:
​Please contact the Kimberley RCMP to obtain a CRC free for Volunteers

Criminal Record Consent Form

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY AND PARENT COACHES

Selkirk Storm Athletics relies on community volunteers and parents to take on coaching roles. All coaches are required to have a Criminal Record Check valid within the previous 5 years from the Kimberley RCMP.  In addition, all coaches are required to complete an  ANNUAL Child Abuse Reporting Protocol (CARP) session with a school administrator. These CARP sessions are scheduled at the start of each school year at Selkirk and McKim. Please call the school for CARP session dates.  Coaches are also required to complete a CATT concussion training certificate online.

PLAYING UP

BC School Sport mandates that student-athletes can now play-up to a more senior team during league play without restriction on the number of days. A student-athlete who is otherwise eligible and is registered is eligible to join the more senior team in that sport after the completion of the lower age level team’s restricted competition and play-off schedule. In certain situations, it may be beneficial for athletes to play a level above what they are registered. This is not a common occurrence, but may take place in specific situations where it benefits both the team and athlete. Coaches are not to ‘recruit’ junior age players. They are to speak directly with athletic director(s) and junior coach prior to expressing any interest to the junior age player. Refer to the Playing Up document above. In these situations, the athlete, the family, coaches, and athletic directors are consulted. A final decision will be made by Selkirk’s Athletic Committee.

JUNIOR PROVINCIALS

Junior Provincials are not sanctioned by BC School Sports. Therefore, junior teams wanting to compete at a junior provincial tournament must submit a written request to Selkirk’s Athletic Directors. The request will state their reasons to participate, players and chaperones committed to going, and a breakdown of costs. The request should be done as early in the season as possible so parents/guardians can be made aware of potential costs No school funding is available. This tournament must not interfere with local zone championships. A final decision will be made by Selkirk’s Athletic Committee. 

Storm Athletics Awards

ATHLETIC AWARDS

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR 

(Bantam, Junior Boy, Junior Girl, Senior Boy, Senior Girl)

These annual awards are based on 5 specific areas of excellence.

  • Athletic Achievements
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship
  • Good Academic Standing

BILL MURPHY MEMORIAL

Recognizes a senior student who excels in academics, athletics and citizenship.

LEE HASKELL MEMORIAL

Recognizes an athlete who exemplifies attitude, effort and dedication to sport (basketball)

NICHOLAS MAYNE MEMORIAL

Recognizes an athlete who displays sportsmanship, effort and a positive attitude.