Life of an Athlete

Life of an Athlete




  1. Philosophy - The NYSPHSAA, Inc. recognizes the use of mind-altering/performance enhancing chemicals as a significant health problem for many adolescents, resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning and the total development of each individual. The use of mind- altering/performance enhancing chemicals for some adolescents affects curricular participation and development of related skills. The lives of other adolescents are affected  when family  members, team members and other significant persons use these chemicals.


  1. Position Statements - It is the position of the NYSPHSAA, Inc. that:
    1. Scholastic athletes and other students should abstain from the use of alcohol and controlled substances as well as refrain from using tobacco and smokeless tobacco.
    2. Coaches and other adult school personnel should demonstrate responsible use of alcohol  and tobacco in an appropriate setting and abstain from the use of controlled substances.
    3. No coach should use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs before, during or immediately after or  until his/her supervisory duties are completed.
    4. Adults should abstain from the use of  1) alcohol before and during, and 2) tobacco during meetingswhen business related to athletics is conducted.


C.Guidelines  for Developing aCode of Conduct for Schools
  1. Statement  of Purpose
    1. To emphasize the school’s concerns for the health of students in areas of safety while participating in activities and the  long-term  physical  and  emotional  effects  of chemical use on their health.
    2. To promote equity and a sense of order and discipline among students.
    3. To confirm and support existing  state  laws  and  local  regulations  which  restrict  the use of such mind-altering/performance enhancing chemicals.
    4. To establish standards of conduct for those students who are leaders and standard- bearers among their peers.
    5. To assist students who desire to resist peer pressure that directs them toward the use of mind-altering/performance enhancing chemicals.
    6. To assist students who should be referred for assistance or evaluation regarding their use of mind-altering/performance enhancing chemicals.


  1. Model Code

A student shall not (1) use a beverage containing alcohol; (2) use tobacco; (3) use steroids; (4) or use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell or give away any controlled substance defined by law as a drug. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by her/his doctor.




  1. Consequences for Code Violations: Consequences for rule violations should incorporate the followingstandards:
    1. A standard if Certainty: An expectation by those to be affected by the rule that it will be applied with a measure of consistency and uniformity to all involved.
    2. A Standard of Severity: An expectation that the consequences for the violation are fair for the act committed and that those affected will be encouraged to follow through with the consequences, including coaches, students, and parents.
    3. A Standard of Celerity: An expectation that the due process will promptly be applied following an alleged violation.






Each section must hold at least one chemical health  workshop during the school year emphasizing educational and preventative strategies, and attended by representation from each school in  their section. The chemical health workshops were mandated in 1990-91.






All student-athletes and their parents/guardians  should  consult  with  their  physicians  before  taking any supplement product. In addition, coaches and school staff should not recommend or supply any supplement productto student-athletes.