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									                             2008-09 HILLTOPPER BASKETBALL INFORMATION SHEET
                                   (Keep this sheet for future reference, subject to change)

         The coaching staff is pleased that you have chosen to try out for a spot in the Hilltopper Basketball Program. If you
are successful, you must understand that along with the privilege of playing basketball come some responsibilities. Please read
over the following pages and then have your parents read them

1.       NUMBER OF PLAYERS: It is important to know the following approximate numbers will make each team.
              VARSITY............ 12 players as determined by the coaching staff from any grade.
              J.V........................ 15 players as determined by coaching staff
              C-Team................ 15 to 20 players preferably from the 9th and 10th grades

2.       GRADES: Our concern for our players begins with their commitment to getting a quality education. Academic
progress and class conduct will be checked weekly or as needed. Poor marks will result in a conference with the player and his
parents. Failure in any two classes or a grade point average below a 2.0 for a nine weeks grading period will result in a player's
being ineligible for all games in the next three week period. A three week evaluation will then be made to determine if they
will have regained eligibility for game competition. An ineligible player will continue to practice while regaining eligibility
after approval from the High School Administration. Ineligible players may be dropped from the program. Parents are
encouraged to work with coaches and teachers to help motivate players to maintain satisfactory grades.

3.        BEHAVIOR: Inappropriate classroom behavior will not be tolerated. Players may be warned, counseled, punished,
suspended or dismissed from the team for continued problems in this area. Respect for all those in authority is critical. Each
player must understand that athletes have a responsibility to be good role models for the youth in our community. Each athlete
will be held accountable for all of his choices! Character Counts! Do right & do your best!

4.       AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICE: Formal workouts will begin for all teams on Monday November 3rd! Practice will
be approximately 2 hours in length, and may be held every day except Sunday. Attendance for these practices is mandatory
unless prior arrangements have been made. Athletes involved in a Fall Sport will tryout and then begin practicing after that
season is over. Additional strength , shooting and conditioning sessions may be required before or after school and carry the
same expectations.

5.       ATTENDANCE AT PRACTICES AND GAMES: All players are expected to be present for every practice and game
on time, unless they are personally too ill to attend, have a family emergency, or representing Los Alamos High School in
another activity. You must call in to your team Coach or the High School Athletic Office 663-2531 prior to an absence
for any scheduled team activity. Approved absences may be subject to make up work. (practice, extra drills, running, etc.).
Unexcused absences can result in suspension or expulsion. It is the player’s responsibility to be on time for practice.
 “On Time” means, dressed and ready to play at the time appointed by the coach. Tardiness without prior notification to a coach
may result in the player observing practice and a conditioning makeup the following morning.

6.      HOLIDAYS: Because the basketball season falls during 2 major holiday periods, players must understand that their
attendance during these holiday periods is necessary. The following guidelines will help you plan your holidays with your

                  THANKSGIVING:        VARSITY – Practice Monday, Game Tuesday @ Kirtland Central
                                                     off Wednesday and Thursday 11/26 and 11/27
                                       J.V.- Practice Monday and Game on Tuesday will be off Wednesday and Thursday
C-Team - Practice Monday Game on Tuesday
                                                  off Wednesday and Thursday
                                  There will be practice Friday at 1:00 pm and Game @ Santa Fe Saturday 11/30
                                         We play our 1st games Tuesday 11/25th

                  CHRISTMAS:                 VARSITY – Off 12/24 thru 12/26. We will resume practice on Thurs. Dec. 27 th.
                                                            The varsity plays in a Tournament in Roswell 12/31/08-1/3/09
                                             J.V. off Dec. 24th and 25th. We will resume practice on 12/26.
                                             C-Team off Dec.24th and 25th. We will resume practice on 12/26.
                                            C Team and JV have a Tournament in Espanola 12/27, 29 and 30th.

7.        ATTITUDE: Attitude is everything…we must do everything in our power to display and exhibit a positive mental
attitude. The proper Practice Attitude will ensure the development of a true competitive spirit and good work habits. This is a
choice we make every day. Alert, Active & Aggressive! There is only one way to play…Hard!
8.        GROOMING: Since basketball players will represent Los Alamos High School, they are expected to be modest and
neat in their appearance and in accordance with the following guidelines: Dress - neat, clean clothes appropriate for school.
Pull pants up! Hair - neat haircut, approximately the same length all over the head or neatly tapered. Keep nails trimmed
short. No jewelry in the gym at practice/games. Players may recommend game day dress for the team to their coach for his
consideration. The final decision for game day dress is the coach’s decision. Travel sweats, shirt and ties etc. may be required.

9.      OPEN GYM: During the season we will try and get times set up for players to shoot on their own to improve in areas
they may feel they are deficient This will usually occur in the mornings and on weekends. This is an optional activity.
10.       EQUIPMENT: In season: A reversible jersey and green shorts will be provided. Players must suit up every day for
practice in the proper uniform. Practice top and green shorts. All shoes must be in good condition and the proper size. Players
need good support and must take care of their feet.
          Each player will be issued a game uniform. Players are expected to dress for games in clean and neat uniforms. The
player will be responsible for all equipment issued to him until the end of the season. If lost or stolen, the player will be
required to pay for the replacement of his equipment. Practice and game uniforms should be washed in cold water. Do not use
bleach. Do not wash uniforms with any other colored items that can fade into your uniform. Use only low heat to dry your
equipment. Always use your lock, and keep everything locked up.
11.      WEARING EQUIPMENT: Players should never wear any school equipment off campus or after school. This is to be
used in official workouts only. Players will wear their uniforms during games only. To minimize wear, please shower and
change into your clothes after each game.
12.      GAME DRESS CODE: Players are representing Los Alamos High School when we attend games and tournaments.
Unless otherwise instructed, the following guidelines should be followed: General appearance must be neat and clean. Shirts
must be neat and clean. Players may select game day dress which must be approved by their coach. Travel sweats, shirt and ties
etc. may be required by the coaches.
13.      RIDING THE BUS: All players are required to ride the team bus to games. There are very few exceptions. Players
may be released to a parent only if there are unusual circumstances. Arrangements must be made in advance. Players may ride
home with their parents only. Parents must sign player out after the game. Players are encouraged to ride home on team bus
especially during weekend trips.
14.      INJURIES: Players and parents are asked to communicate with the coaching staff and our professional athletic trainer
when dealing with injuries and illnesses. The trainer should be consulted if you have questions, and notified before a player is
taken to a doctor. The trainers will work with the doctor to ensure that the player is properly treated, rehabilitated, and released
from the doctor's care before returning to practice. Our trainer, is willing to work with you.
15.        ABSENCES: If a player is going to be absent from school, the coaches should be contacted prior to practice or game

If, at any time problems develop, feel free to contact the coaches or the trainer with questions or information that would be
helpful to us. We are committed to each player's development as a person, as a student, and as a basketball player. Please
assist us in this endeavor.
                                   Home phone numbers (please call before 9:00 pm) Other numbers:
Coach Kirk.......................672-1635       Coach Kluk……..672-0278
Coach Kirk Mobile #......690-0330               Coach Altherr .…..231-3561, H- 661-4237
Coach Black……………716-1149                        Athletic Office…..663-2531
Coach Archuleta......... 412-5313
Trainer Mick Matusak 663-2622
Please be reminded that basketball at Los Alamos High School is a commitment not only for the student-athlete, but for his
family as well. Sacrifices must be made, but the rewards far outweigh the obligations. GOOD LUCK!!!


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