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8 C. D. E. F. G. H. process must be started prior to the beginning of the season and all team members must be aware of expectations. If it becomes obvious that a student cannot fulfill the obligations of the primary sport or that by limited participation in the secondary sport a question of the ability to safely participate is raised, the student may find himself or herself in a position of having to withdraw from one of the activities. Dropping or transferring sports: Quitting is a less than desirable habit to acquire. On occasion however, an athlete may find it necessary to drop a sport for good reason. If this is the case, the athlete will be responsible for informing the coach in person and to check in all equipment issued within 24 hours of the decision. If an athlete wishes to change sports after having won a letter or award in one sport, he/she should consult with both head coaches concerned. This procedure assures a smooth transfer that is in the best interest of all parties involved. Equipment: School equipment assigned to the student/athlete is her/his responsibility. She/he is expected to keep it clean and in good condition. Loss and/or the destruction of any  school  issued  equipment  are  the  athlete’s  financial  obligation. Missing practice: Perfect attendance for all practices is the expectation for all Okemos athletes. If it is necessary for an athlete to miss a practice, the coach of that team shall be notified prior to the absence. Unexcused absences are unacceptable and can lead to consequences  related  to  the  athletes’  status  on  the  team. Travel: In general, Okemos athletes travel to and from athletic contests in transportation provided by the athletic department. There will be times and/or situations however when athletes will have to provide their own transportation either to practices or contests. Parents will be encouraged to monitor self-provided transportation situations for their athlete. College recruitment: College recruitment information is available in the both the guidance and athletic office. Current NCAA qualifications and standards for recruitment are located in the section VII of this handbook. Athletes should make the head coach aware of their situation in regards to being recruited. Conflicts in extracurricular activities: We believe that the opportunity for participation in a wide variety of student-selected   activities   is   a   vital   part   of   the   student’s   educational   experience. A comprehensive and balanced activities program is an essential complement to the basic program of instruction offered at Okemos High School and will enable the student to take maximum advantage of his/her education. Such participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, to the activity, to the student body, to the community and to the student. Participation in these activities will provide students with the opportunity to develop personal values, skills and a positive attitude toward work and leisure time activities. The athletic and fine arts programs will be available to all students who demonstrate an interest in participating, regardless of their individual abilities. Accordingly, appropriate skill levels will be established within activities, when feasible, so those students may participate as fully as possible regardless of their ability levels. However, an individual student who attempts to participate in several co-curricular activities simultaneously might on occasion, be in a position of a conflict of obligations. If it becomes obvious that a student cannot fulfill the obligation of a school activity without continuously inviting