Team Rules and Expectations

Philosophy

Our philosophy is to get as many interested student athletes involved as possible. While we are limited to how many players can participate in Varsity and JV matches, we will continue to include a developmental team. There will be no "cuts" in this program. If you are interested in playing, we want you to join the program and will do everything we can to help you grow your game. We will continue to go this route to help grow and enhance the future of the golf program. We will still be naming Varsity and JV rosters, but they will be fluid and even though some people may not participate in matches this year, we want them to practice with the team and be an integral part of the program going forward. We want to help grow this program from the bottom up to become an environment of learning, fun and ultimately success on the golf course.

Criteria for deciding rosters will be as follows:
1. Performance in qualifying rounds
2. Performance in practices
3. Performance in matches
4. Attitude in all aspects of the program
5. Willingness to help others and being an active leader in the program

Training Rules

The golf team's training rules follow those enforced by the State High School League. There will be NO smoking, chewing, drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of any illicit substances allowed. Any participant in violation of these training rules will receive a three week or three event (which ever is longer) suspension from the team. If this violation occurs prior to team selection, the participant forfeits the opportunity to attempt to qualify for the team.

Lettering

To earn a Varsity letter a player must compete in at least eight (8) Varsity matches or have their score count in six (6) matches. An 18 hole tournament counts as one match. The four North Suburban Conference Tournaments and the Section 6AAA Tournament shall count as two (2) matches.

Each competitive match requires 6 participants. The top 4 scores in each match count towards that team's total. Two scores are thrown out.

A senior who has been a member of the Varsity Team for three years will receive a Varsity Letter.


All-Conference and All-Conference Honorable Mention Awards

The top fourteen (14) players in the North Suburban Conference will be selected to receive All-Conference Distinction. The ranking of players will be determined by calculating the average of each player's eight best 9-hole rounds. To be eligible, a player must compete in a minimum of eight 9-hole conference competitions. The Mid-season and End-of Season Tournaments count as two. Players ranking 15 - 20 will receive Honorable Mention Distinction.

Captain Selection

The Captain this season will be Billy Nicholls. Billy was chosen because of his great work ethic and his great attitude no matter how he was playing. We will be keeping a close eye on everyone as they are all future captain prospects. Next season's Captain nomination is not necessarily limited to one golfer.  We are looking for players to step up as leaders with positive attitudes, regardless of age.  The Captain's responsibilities this year include:
1. Communicating information between players and coach.
2. Modeling behavior consistent with team goals during
competition and practice.
3. Promoting a cohesive team atmosphere.
4. Helping to promote the golf program at the youth level through school visits and summer camps.
5. Organizing the end of the year banquet.

Academics

All players are expected to be making satisfactory academic progress in each of their courses of study. SCHOOL COMES FIRST! All players are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.5 or above in order to participate on the team. Receiving a failure (F) grade in any individual course will result in temporary dismissal from the team until a passing grade has been attained.

In addition, the following behaviors could result in temporary suspension from team competition:
1. Unexcused absences from classes.
2. In-school or Out of school disruptions or discipline concerns.


Behavioral Expectations

1. Respect the equal authority and decisions of all coaches
and supervisors.
2. Respect and treat each other with the dignity appropriate of
young men working toward a common team goal.
3. Act in a mature fashion both on and off the course.
Remember, you will be competing and practicing at public and exclusive private
venues throughout the city. Your behavior and conduct
reflects the entire community of St. Louis Park.
Represent our school and community in a mature and
honorable manner.
4. Encourage each other both on and off the course. Help each other improve.
5. Dress appropriately: Collar shirt, non-denim pants or
shorts, golf shoes, hat worn forward.
6. HAVE FUN- Golf is a great game that can be enjoyed well into our golden years. We want to promote a fun environment that is welcoming to all involved. 

Attendance

Each player is responsible for notifying either Coach Okey or Coach Jones prior to missing a practice or match. The student or parent should call even if the player is absent from school that day. Advanced notice is preferred whenever possible.

Transportation

Any parent available to aid in the transportation of players to and from matches or practices are asked to notify Coach Okey or Coach Jones.

Please contact any of the coaches if you have any additional questions or concerns. Simply click on "Coaching Staff" to access contact information.

We are very excited about enhancing the golf program and look forward to helping you become as great as you want to be.