Johnson State College
Student Athlete Handbook
By: Athletic Department
Purpose of the Student-Athlete Handbook
This handbook is designed to provide you as a member of an intercollegiate athletic team at Johnson State
College an immediate source of information regarding the college’s, NCAA’s, NAC’s, and in particular the
Athletic Department’s policies, guidelines, regulations and operating procedures. This handbook is not
intended to be a complete source book but rather an overview that will cover the essentials to assist you in
getting started in your student-athlete experience at JSC. Please refer to the Johnson State College
catalogue and student life handbook as your primary sources of information.
Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement
The mission of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Johnson State College is to provide a comprehensive
and competitive program of varsity-level sports for the skilled student-athletes. As an integral part of the
Division of Student Life, intercollegiate athletics will be conducted to further the larger College mission.
The Intercollegiate Athletic Program will actively support the College’s pursuit of academic excellence and
strive to provide public service to the citizens of Vermont, the nation and the world. The Intercollegiate
Athletic Program will be administered in a way that contributes to the personal development of all student
Recreation and Intramurals Mission Statement
The mission of the Recreation and Intramural programs is to provide recreational, intramural and wellness
opportunities for the Johnson State community. Through a wide variety of activity offerings, the
Recreation and Intramural programs strive to provide opportunities that foster physical, social and
emotional wellness. Offerings have been designed to provide equal opportunity for participation regardless
of gender, age, race, interests, or motor skill level.
NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational
experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to
establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as
an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant
role as educators. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural
diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. (Revised: 1/10/95, 1/9/06
effective 8/1/06) To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
(a) Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place
greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general
public and its entertainment needs;
(b) Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or
performance; (Revised: 7/24/07)
(c) Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including
student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
(d) Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities for their students;
(e) Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their
relationships with student-athletes;
(f ) Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;
(g) Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and
controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the
administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development,
certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission; (Revised: 1/9/06
(h) Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to
the admission process; (Adopted: 1/12/04 effective 8/1/04)
(i) Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general
student body; (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)
(j) Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the
general student body; (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)
(k ) Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and
(l) Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents; (Adopted: 1/12/99)
(m) Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
(n) Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include
opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities,
competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.
Varsity Sports Offerings:
Johnson State College offers 12 varsity sports to its student athletes. The traditional seasons are as follows:
Fall: M & W Cross Country; Men’s Golf, M & W Soccer; Women’s Tennis, Women’s
Winter: Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Spring: Men’s Lacrosse; Women’s Softball; Men’s Tennis
The 12 varsity sports offered at Johnson State College are associated with conferences in the northeast as
well as nationally. Johnson State College is affiliated with the following associations:
National Collegiate Athletic Association – NCAA
The NCAA is a national organization designed to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the
educational process and the student-athlete is an integral part of the student body. Thus, the NCAA draws
a clear line between intercollegiate athletics and professional sports.
NCAA policies include issues of admissions, financial aid, eligibility and recruiting. All member
institutions are obligated to apply and enforce the NCAA rules and regulations. If an institution fails to
fulfill its obligation, the NCAA will take appropriate action.
North Atlantic Conference – NAC
The North Atlantic Conference is a NCAA Division III member whose purpose is to sponsor and promote
intercollegiate sports; establish and implement uniformity, efficiency, integrity and harmony; to promote
the role of the educational programs of the member institutions and to abide by the philosophy of the
NCAA Division III at all times. Members of the NAC are accredited four-year degree-granting colleges in
New England or by invitation.
The following schools are full members of the North Atlantic Conference:
Castleton State College – Castleton, VT Lyndon State College – Lyndonville, VT
Colby-Sawyer College – New London, NH Maine Maritime Academy – Castine,
Green Mountain College – Poultney, VT ME
Husson University – Bangor, ME U Maine Farmington – Farmington, ME
Johnson State College – Johnson, VT New England College – Henniker, NH
Thomas College – Waterville, ME
The following schools are associate members of the Conference:
Lasell College – Newton, MA (field hockey only)
Rivier College – Nashua, NH (field hockey only)
St. Joseph’s College of Maine – Standish, ME (baseball, field hockey only)
Simmons College – Boston, MA (field hockey only)
Sport Sponsored Championships in NAC:
The NAC sponsors championships and post-season tournament opportunities in the following sports:
M & W Cross Country, Field hockey, Men’s Golf, M & W Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball
M & W Basketball
Baseball, Men’s Lacrosse, Softball, and Men’s Tennis
Sport Sponsored Championships in North Eastern Athletic
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) have entered into a
partnership to expand associate membership. The NEAC will gain associate members in the sports of
baseball and women's tennis while the NAC will add members for men's tennis and women's lacrosse.
The NEAC sponsors championships and post-season tournament opportunities in the following sports:
NCAA Eligibility Standards
According to the NCAA 14.01.2, to be eligible to compete or practice with a varsity team, all student-
1. Be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of study
2. Be in good academic standing
3. Maintain satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree.
Any student-athlete who fails to meet any of these academic eligibility guidelines is immediately ineligible
to practice or compete. A student-athlete will remain ineligible until the following semester, or the
semester in which they are again declared in Good Academic Standing by this institution. The Athletic
Department will, throughout the year, be tracking the academic progress of all student-athletes including
attendance, mid-term grades, number of credit hours being taken, credits earned, and overall cumulative
grade point average. Student-athletes may receive credit for their participation in a varsity sport. To
receive this credit, it is your responsibility to register for the varsity team credit through the Registrar’s
Office. The NCAA also has additional eligibility requirements for transfer students. Please see the
Director of Athletics if you have any questions regarding your eligibility status.
All Student-Athletes must sign an NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility Form and a NCAA
Drug Testing Consent Form. These forms are administered to you by the Director or
Assistant Director of Athletics prior to your first competition.
Responsibility of the Student-Athlete
A Johnson State College student-athlete has the unique opportunity to pursue athletic excellence, coupled
with an exceptional academic experience. Through intercollegiate athletic participation, a student-athlete
has the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and personally in ways quite different from the general
Johnson State College student-athletes are expected to assume the responsibility of conduct themselves at
all times with honesty, pride, sportsmanship and integrity. Student-athletes must remember that they
represent the College as well as themselves.
As a student-athlete and member of the Johnson State College Intercollegiate Athletic Program, I am
1. Respect the rights of others and conduct my actions
with integrity, ethical behavior and proper decorum that 8. Respect the integrity and judgment of officials.
demonstrate a concern for my role in the greater
College community. 9. Refrain from making native public statements of a
negative about the athletic staff, coach, teammates,
2. Accept an active role in the greater College community team, College officials, NCAA, NAC Conference.
that will instill those attributes of caring and
commitment that are required to be a successful person. 10. Demonstrate a firm commitment to team goals and
support my teammates in their efforts to achieve their
3. Maintain and promote good physical, mental, and goals.
spiritual health practices.
11. Readily take advice from coaches and follow their
4. Comply with all State laws in addition to College, instructions.
NCAA, Athletic Department, and team policies,
guidelines, rules and regulations. 12. Willingly accept full responsibility for my actions and
not make excuses.
5. Meet my academic obligations by vigorously pursuing
the highest standard of academic excellence. 13. Accept rigorous training and constructive criticism.
6. Avoid unsportsmanlike acts – control my temper, avoid 14. Demonstrate an intense desire to reach my full potential
profanity, and reject retaliation or revenge. to be the best I can.
7. Take pride in my accomplishments, giving appropriate 15. Students are responsible to understand and abide by
credit to those who have helped make success possible behavioral expectations as outlined in the Johnson State
and displaying modesty in victory and graciousness in College Student Handbook.
The North Atlantic Conference of which Johnson State College is a member of has adopted the NCAA
Division III Commissioners Association policies on sportsmanship this year.
“As NCAA Division III student-athletes we commit ourselves to sportsmanship by demonstrating respect
toward ourselves and others. This includes demonstrating fair play, taking responsibility for our actions and
representing the spirit of Division III intercollegiate athletics. We encourage our teammates, opponents, fans,
coaches and referees to help us in promoting this philosophy.”
You have a responsibility and are expected to adhere to the spirit and ethics within the above quote. We
expect all of our student-athletes to be competitive and passionate about their respective sport, but also be
respectful to all parties encountered throughout the athletic season; coaches, teammates, officials,
opponents, fans, and event staff.
Academics must be your first priority at all times. The following information is crucial to your academic
performance and progress here at Johnson State College. Student-athletes attend Johnson State College for
the primary purpose of education. Nothing should interfere with this purpose. Athletics are a part of
education, requiring from the student-athlete self-discipline in organizing a study schedule and work habits
that will contribute to educational success. Student’s grades should not suffer because of athletics, this can
occur, however, because of the student’s inability to organize properly and to cope with the responsibilities
of being both a student and an athlete. The college expects student-athletes to organize and discipline
themselves with a personal commitment to both their education endeavors and athletic pursuits.
Requisite to being an athlete is accepting the full responsibility of being a student. In order to have a
smoothly functioning athletic program, strict adherence to the following is of vital concern:
1. Attendance at all academic classes is mandatory. Failure to attend classes invariably has always
reflected back negatively on the team and its purposes. Away and home games can, at times,
result in a loss of classroom time. Consequently, unnecessary skipping of class should not be the
decision of choice.
2. To a scheduled exam you should report to your professor immediately that a conflict might exist,
so that the proper procedure can be taken to rectify the matter. Whenever possible, any excused
absences stated on a course syllabus should be used for the days of scheduled games.
3. When establishing an academic schedule, the student-athlete should consider their involvement in
athletics, but should never avoid scheduling a course of importance or interest simply to avoid
conflicts with athletic participation.
It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to make up the work and get all necessary information from
any classes missed. Student-athletes may not miss a class for practice. You are expected to attend all
scheduled practices; however, regularly scheduled classes take precedence. The Department of Athletics
expects from you the acceptance of the responsibility of notifying your professors of away trips of sporting
conflicts. This should be conducted well in advance so that it doesn’t interfere with the professor’s
organized schedule of instruction.
Whenever a school vehicle, chartered vehicle or rented vehicle is used for the transportation of student-
athletes to an athletic contest, all athletes are to travel to and from the contest with the team. The only
exception to this policy will be when permission from the Athletic Director is obtained in writing prior to
the departure from school. Exceptions must be requested and granted prior to departure.
You are representing Johnson State College and are expected to act as ladies and gentlemen. Your conduct
should, at all times, represent the College in the best possible manner. Locker rooms should be left in neat,
orderly condition with showers turned off. If damage or an incident occurs, the Athletic Director should be
notified of the situation as soon as possible.
The consumption or transportation of any and all alcoholic beverages is prohibited from the time a
team leaves the campus until the team returns. This includes restaurants, hotels, and private vehicles.
Under NO circumstances is alcohol allowed on any college vehicle or any vehicles used in transporting
student-athletes to or from any athletic event. This policy includes both the consumption and transportation
of alcoholic beverages, open or unopened. Any student-athlete who violates this rule will be subject to
banishment from all varsity intercollegiate sports for up to one year.
Teams staying at hotels are responsible for paying for all charges not specifically approved for
lodging. This includes room service, pay TV, phone calls, etc. The coach or student-athlete is responsible
for paying the bill at the hotel prior to departure.
Two/Three Sport Athletes
This policy is in place for the well-being of the student-athlete. Coaches are required to respect the
decisions of a student-athlete’s participation on multiple sport teams.
1. Any student-athlete at Johnson State College has the option to compete on up to three varsity teams
during one academic year.
2. Team in season always takes priority over non-traditional or pre-season training.
3. No student-athlete may participate in two practices on the same day, without permission from the in-
season coach and athletic trainer.
4. No student-athlete may participate in a game and a practice on the same day.
5. All student-athletes must have one day off every seven days.
6. The student-athlete is not required to participate in any non-traditional or pre-season training while
participating with an in-season team.
7. In-season coach may prohibit student-athlete from any non-traditional/pre-season participation through
conference championships or extended tournament play.
8. In-season student-athlete may attend non-traditional practices / pre-season training to meet team, meet
coaches and plan for fundraising if necessary.
9. Two / three-sport athletes will not be penalized for missing non-traditional / pre-season training due to
10. Student-athletes are encouraged to take at least one full day off in-between seasons.
Your personal behavior and appearance are a direct reflection on you and the athletic program. Therefore,
it is important that you look respectable when representing Johnson State College at home or away at any
official athletic function. The coach of each sport will inform the team members of proper attire at the
beginning of the season. However, you should exercise good judgment in the suitability of your attire as it
pertains to the appropriateness of the occasion. You must assume the ultimate responsibility for your
The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited by NCAA guidelines:
Gambling Policy and Statement
The NCAA has established strict guidelines concerning student-athletes' involvement in gambling and
bribery. Student-athletes shall not knowingly participate in any gambling activity that involves
intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card, or any other method
employed by organized gambling.
Gambling is a serious problem and can have tragic consequences for the student-athlete who may be
tempted to engage in such activities. Gambling and bribery pose a significant threat to the integrity of
intercollegiate athletics. NCAA Bylaw 10.3 states that student-athletes and staff members of the athletic
department shall not knowingly:
Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate
Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team;
Accept a bet on any team representing the institution; or
Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a
bookmaker, parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.
Student-athletes are also responsible for the following:
Reporting to the coach or assistant athletic director for student services any offers of gifts, money, or favors
in exchange for supplying team information or for attempting to alter the outcome of any contest;
Maintaining a clear understanding of what constitutes gambling and bribery activities and reporting any
Contacting the coach or other department personnel (e.g., sports information office staff) when questions
concerning appropriate release of team information occur; and
Recognizing that participation in gambling or bribery activities will result in disciplinary action by the
NCAA as well as local, state, and/or federal prosecution of the involved individual(s).
A violation of NCAA rules on gambling on a professional or collegiate sporting event will have the
following sanctions for student-athletes:
If a student-athlete solicits or accepts a bet involving a professional or collegiate sporting event, the student-
athlete will be ineligible for one full year and will be charged with the loss of one season of eligibility.
If a student-athlete solicits or accepts a bet on a collegiate sporting event involving Johnson State College, or
engages in activities designed to influence the outcome of a contest (i.e., "point shaving"), the student-
athlete will permanently lose all remaining eligibility in all sports.
Athletic Training Staff:
Head Athletic Trainer: Renee Breault MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Betsy O’Rourke ATC
Team Physician: Dr. Brian Huber
JSC Health Services Director: Jeanie Cass Nurse Practitioner
Procedures and Regulations
1. All student-athletes at Johnson State College must have a complete medical history and physical
examination prior to participation in practices or games for any varsity athletics team. This includes
examinations done by a physician of the student-athlete’s choice or a physical performed by the
campus health center.
A. Follow up physical examinations must be completed every year for each student-athlete during
B. All student-athletes must have a completed medical history and pre-participation physical
examination prior to receiving treatments for any injuries.
2. All student-athletes must complete the following paperwork prior to athletic participation. The
required forms to be filled out and signed include: emergency contact information, insurance
information and informed consent statements.
3. All injuries sustained as a result of participation in practices or competition must be reported to either
the head athletic trainer or the assistant athletic trainer immediately.
A. The Athletic Department will assume no financial or legal responsibility for injuries that are
not reported to the athletic training staff within 3 days of the time of injury.
B. The athletic department also holds no responsibility for injuries that are sustained outside of
practice, competition or competition travel situations.
4. All student-athletes who become injured or ill may return to participation only after receiving
permission from the athletic training staff.
A. The coaching staff may not allow any student-athlete to participate without the permission of
the athletic training staff.
B. The athletic training or coaching staff will not allow a student-athlete to participate if
participation in practice or competition will place the individual at risk for further serious injury or
affect the general health or safety of the student-athlete.
C. Student-athletes who do not comply with the recommendations of the athletic training staff
regarding safe return to participation and referral to a medical specialist
(i.e. orthopedic surgeon) will not be allowed to participate in practices or competitions.
5. In the event of an injury at a contest not held at Johnson State College seek consultation for the host
college’s athletic training staff.
A. If the injury is severe or requires that the athlete be transported to the emergency room, a
member of the coaching staff will call the Head Athletic Trainer or Assistant Athletic Trainer. If
the athletic training staff can not be reached, the coaching staff should attempt to call the Athletic
B. These numbers will also be available on the emergency contact numbers list provided by the
athletic training staff.
6. The athletic training staff will keep accurate records of all injuries.
7. The training room will not treat the general student population without referral and or prescription
from a physician. This includes students who participate in club sports activities or are injured in
A. Upon receipt of a prescription and referral for treatment, the athletic training staff reserves the
right to schedule those treatments during hours when the training room is not in use for the
preparation of a practice or competition. No treatments will be scheduled during times when a
practice or competition is taking place.
Basic Training Room Rules
Shirts, shorts, and shoes must be worn at all times unless otherwise instructed by
Please shower post-event before treatment
No profanity to be used in SHAPE Facility to include training room
Be respectful of all others; staff, students, community
No loitering in the training room; space is a premium so if you are not receiving
treatment please don’t hang out in the training room
No food or drink while in training room unless instructed
No cell phone use while in training room
Training room supplies are for athletic participation only and not to be used as your
personal convenient store for bandages and such
Be on time for all scheduled appointments; we are busy and it isn’t fair to others
when you are late
If you want to get back to playing as soon as possible, healthy, and ready to compete
then be consistent with your rehabilitation program
JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE
STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)
Helping Johnson State College be the premier institution within the Vermont State College
community through excellence and respect of its student-athletes.
To give student-athletes a voice and a means of connecting with the department, college
community and each other
Citizenship, Community, Personal Growth, Wellness, Athletic Excellence, and Academic
A. Improve the overall collegiate experience for student-athletes
B. A voice for student-athletes within the athletics program and campus community.
C. Actively provide student-athletes with educational and leadership opportunities to promote
personal growth and team building.
Academic and Peer Advising
Career Services Program
Student Conduct Policy
Student-Athlete Day (awards, guest speaker)
Leadership and Growth Opportunities
NCAA Leadership Conference
Internships and field experiences
Advocate for Student-Athletes
Counselors for Sports Camps/Weekends
Executive Committee Member
Community Service and Outreach
Readers as Role Models
Food and toy drives
Community Clean up
Summer camps and clinics
Kid’s Night Out
Drop & Swap
If you would like to seek out to become a member of the SAAC please see the Athletic Director or
Assistant Athletic Director.
2011-12 Johnson State College Academic Calendar
August 22, 2011
First Day of Classes, Fall 2011 Semester
September 5, 2011
September 30, 2011
Fall Break Begins
October 1, 2011
Residence Halls Close at 10 a.m.
October 3, 2011
October 9, 2011
Residence Halls Open at Noon
October 10, 2011
Fall Break Ends/Classes Resume
November 18, 2011
November 28, 2011
Thanksgiving Break Ends/Classes Resume
December 9, 2011
Last Day of Classes, Fall 2011 Semester
December 12, 2011
December 16, 2011
Last Day of the Fall 2011 Semester
January 16, 2012
Spring 2012 Classes Begin
February 17, 2012
Winter Break Begins After Last Class
February 18, 2012
Residence Halls Close at 10 a.m.
February 20, 2012
February 26, 2012
Residence Halls Open at Noon
February 27, 2012
Winter Break Ends; Spring Semester Classes Resume
April 2, 2012
May 4, 2012
Last Day of Classes, Spring 2012 Semester
May 7, 2012
May 12, 2012
ATHLETICS/SHAPE STAFF & COACHES CONTACT SHEET
SHAPE FACILITY MAIN PHONE: 802-635-1485
PUBLIC SAFETY MAIN PHONE: 802-635-1205
ATHLETICS FAX: 802-635-1497
All #’s area code 802 unless otherwise noted
Jamey Ventura Director of Athletics (W) 635-1285
Michael Osborne Assistant Director of Athletics (W) 635-1470
Michael.Osborne@jsc.edu Sports Information Director (C) 917-3084
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Wendy Velander SHAPE Facility Coordinator (W) 635-1334
Wendy.Velander@jsc.edu Intramural Director
Renee Breault Head Athletic Trainer (W) 635-1487
Betsy O’Rourke Assistant Athletic Trainer (W) 635-1487
Ben Wells Athletics Graduate Assistant (W) 635-1221
Benjamin.Wells@jsc.edu Assistant Men’s & Women’s Soccer Coach
TBA Faculty Athletic Representative TBA
Camille Campanile Head Men’s Cross Country Coach (W) 635-1468
Camille.Campanile@jsc.edu Head Women’s Cross Country Coach
Lou Jarvis Head Men’s Golf Coach (H) 651-0604
Ray Campanile Head Men’s Soccer Coach (W) 635-1221
Raymond.Campanile@jsc.edu Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Michele Whitmore Head Women’s Tennis Coach (W) 635-1452
Mark Kaufman Head Women’s Volleyball Coach (H) 229-4489
Greg Eckman Head Women’s Basketball Coach (C) 233-6012
Matt Heitman Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach (C) 619-325-9342
Robert Gervais Head Women’s Softball Coach (W) 933-2171 x33
Allie Cunningham Assistant Softball Coach (W) 635-1672
Laura Laramee Head Men’s Tennis Coach (W) 635-1468
Laura.Laramee@jsc.edu Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach