All Grade 8, 9, & 10s have to play a summer and winter sport – the winter sport must be rugby or hockey. If the Teacher in Charge (TIC) of soccer deems a player good enough to play 1st XI soccer in Grade 8, 9 or 10, he may play this exclusively without playing rugby or hockey. If a 1st team soccer player also plays A team in hockey or rugby, his commitments to hockey and rugby take precedence. U15 and U17 soccer can only be played in conjunction with hockey or rugby. All Grade 11 and 12s are expected to play hockey or rugby but may choose another activity with the permission of their House Head. Grade 11 and 12s must be involved in a significant sport/activity throughout the year in order to qualify for matric colours. Boys may NOT miss weekend fixtures during term time for the following reasons: Family weekend away NBTs University open days Academic reasons Birthday parties Driving lessons or exams Chess is NOT a sport but rather a cultural activity. Outside sport Participation at a WP or National level in non-school sports will exempt the student from summer or winter sport provided an application be made in writing to the Vice-Principal of Sport. Cross Country A boy wanting to do Cross Country in Grade 8, 9 or 10 as their main sport needs to run all Cross Country races in Term 2 and place in the top 20 of each race while still attending hockey or rugby. If this is achieved by end of term 2 he may be considered for dropping hockey or rugby to further concentrate on Cross Country. Squash Players of WP standard will be allowed to play squash as their main sport. Golf Players of 1st team standard will be allowed to play golf as their main sport. Practices Attendance at all practices is compulsory. If injury rules a player out of competing, they will be expected to attend practices as a non-playing member. Boys with academic commitments that impact on their ability to attend 100% of the practices must apply to the TIC of their sport, and the Vice-Principal of Sport to have one, or more, of their practices set aside. Changing sports Changing sporting codes may only be done by first obtaining a signature from the TICs of both sports. Selection The selection of teams is at the discretion of the coach. Teams are selected through a consultative process between coaches in the same age group. No player may be promoted or demoted more than 1 team at a time. Selection anomalies or inconsistencies may be reviewed by the TIC of the sport. Such cases may be brought to the attention of the TIC by parents, in writing. However, parents are expected not to engage coaches, or the TIC in a debate around selection issues. Support Spectators are encouraged to support good play. Spectators are discouraged from shouting instructions to players or the umpire / referee. Spectators may never encroach onto the field of play and must remain behind barriers / ropes at all times. Where these are absent, they must at least observe a 1 meter distance from the playing perimeter.