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Unified Sports

A Guide

to Starting Your Program

CUSD Unified Sports

Table of Contents

Unified Facts and General Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 4

· Mission Statement/Constitution

· What Are Unified Sports?

Coach Certification Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 7

· Required Courses

· Compensation & Expectations

· Facilities & Transportation

· Scheduling Officials

Participants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 12

· Athletes Vs. Partners

· Varsity Letters Vs. Community Service

· Attracting Athletes

· Parent letter Sample

· Parent Informational Meeting Flyer Sample

· Parent Meeting Agenda Sample

· Attracting Partners

· Announcements

· Buddies Clubs

· Club Fair/Open House

· Campus clubs who need community service hours (NHS)

Unified Cheer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18

· Sample Roster

· Sample Practice and Performance Schedule

· Rules

Unified Football. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 20

· Sample Roster

· Sample Practice and Game Schedule

· Rules & Field Diagram

· Announcement for the Game

Unified Soccer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 30

· Sample Roster

· Sample Practice and Game Schedule

· Rules

Unified Track & Field. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 38

· Sample Track Meet Invitation

· Sample Practice and Meet Schedule

Unified Basketball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 40

· Sample Practice and Game Schedule

· Rules

Fundraising. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 42

· Spirit Links

· Miracle Minute

Project Unify/Unified Sports

ARTICLE I: CLUB NAME

The name of this club will be Project Unify.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The purpose of the Project Unify club is to provide a wide variety of activities for students in Special Education. It will support Unified Sports along with other activities that promote the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities and their non-disabled peers. These activities may be achieved through field trips, community-based instruction, vocational situations and any other activities that may be appropriate. With these extra experienced students in Special Education can further develop skills to enhance their education and enable them to be productive citizens.

Unified Sports: The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and Special Olympics have joined together to create Unified Sports in schools. The mission of Unified Sports® philosophy revolves around an inclusive program that combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

ARTICLE III: MEMEBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

1. Members must be enrolled in one or more class at Chandler High School and/or be dedicated to the enrichment of the education of students with intellectual disabilities.

2. Members must demonstrate appropriate behavior both in school and out in the community.

3. Members must have satisfactory academic standing and citizenship status.

4. Members will pay dues of $3.00.

5. Members of the Unified Sports team must have an athletic clearance packet and meet the criteria for all Chandler High School athletes.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND DUTIES

Officers will not be elected. The sponsor will assign students necessary duties after conducting interviews with students who are interested in officer positions.

President

· Keep monthly calendars of all events, meetings, etc.

· Help plan all activities throughout the year

· Keep accurate member attendance at all meeting and activities.

Vice President

· With help of the president keep monthly calendars of all events, meetings, etc.

· Help plan all activities throughout the year

· Help accurate member attendance at all meeting and activities.

· Represent the president when he/she is not available

Secretary

· Help President with roster and phone numbers, keep updated all year.

· Take notes at each meeting

· Make an attendance sheet for every meeting

Treasurer

· Oversee all fundraising activities

· Help coordinate fundraising

· Keep track of all the money that gets raised and put in the account

Historian

· Take Pictures at all events

· Help any officers when needed

· Call Places for fundraisers

· Make Scrapbook at the end of the year.

ARTICLE V: REVENUE

Money for this club will be obtained from fundraisers, donations, gifts and vocational contract work.

What are Unified Sports?

The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and Special Olympics have joined together to create Unified Sports in schools.

The mission of Unified Sports® is to create an inclusive program that combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

At CUSD Unified Sports are considered varsity sports. Each participant who completes the season and attends all required practices and events receive a Varsity Letter from their home school. All participants must also complete an Athletic Clearance Packet.

What does the Unified Sports program look like at CUSD?

CUSD schools participate in unified cheer, flag football, soccer, track & field and basketball. Listed below are the time frames for each season.

Cheer – Cheer participates in practices and performances from August to May. Members of the unified cheer team practice weekly and cheer at all unified games as well as selected varsity football games and basketball games. In the past we have also performed at the AIA Regional Cheer Competition and during sports assemblies hosted by each school.

Flag Football – Flag football is in season from August to October. The Unified Football team plays games, that consist of two 20 halves, against other CUSD and FUSD schools. At the end of the season, participating teams will compete in a tournament.

Soccer – Soccer is new to the 2016-2017 school year! CUSD schools will now be offering this sport from October to December 2016. Each school will have approximately 6 games and will have 1 tournament that will conclude the soccer season.

Track & Field – Track & field is in season from January to March. Unified Track teams compete against each other at a minimum of two meets. We also participate in the Annual Chandler Rotary meet.

Basketball – Basketball season is from March to May. The Unified Basketball team plays full games consisting of four 8 minute quarters against other CUSD and FUSD schools. At the end of the season, participating teams will compete in a tournament.

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

ATHLETIC Coaching Requirements (Unified)

The following items are required and must be presented to Chandler Unified School District Athletic Office before coaches will be allowed to work with student-athletes.

· CPR Certification attached to the District form (Free Course option available)

**MUST BE ADULT/CHILD/INFANT

http://www.onlinecprcertification.net/cms/blscprcourse.php

· NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certificate (Not Cheer) www.nfhslearn.com

· Cheer coaches : Coaching Cheer and Dance www.nfhslearn.com

· NFHS Concussion Course Certificate www.nfhslearn.com

· NFHS Coaching Unified Sports Course Certificate www.nfhslearn.com

· Heat Acclimatization & Heat Illness Preventions Certificate www.nfhslearn.com

· Pursuing Victory With Honor video watch & sign log sheet. Site

· Risk Management Video watch & sign log sheet. Site

Additional courses for cheer coaches only:

· AACCA Spirit Safety Certification www.nfhslearn.com

In addition, if the coach is not a current employee, they must do the following:

· Online Application If not a posted position, have them use the volunteer coach application

· Current fingerprint card, fingerprints are taken at site or district office. They are submitted and reported back from the state

· This process could take as long as eight weeks.

· Background check – if paid coach HR will check, if volunteer coach Site will check.

· Make sure that you have three valid references.

· Volunteer Form – Required for all volunteer coaches. Volunteer & Out of District Coaches-**Once Human Resources and the District Athletic Office clears the coach, they will be contacted by Human Resources to pick up a CUSD badge.

UNIFIED CHEER COACHES

Please note that you will be required to update your NFHS Rules certification year each and your AACCA S

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