A Summary of WEBSTER UNIVERSITY CHESS STUDENT-ATHLETE HANDBOOK
Below are some of the key rules for members of the Webster University Chess Team:
1. PHILOSOPHY OF THE CHESS PROGRAM
The Webster University chess program provides services in the areas of intercollegiate chess in concert with the mission of the University.
The chess program mission is to provide an environment which will enrich learning, personal and professional growth. In providing this learning environment, the program places emphasis on the academic success of student-athletes.
2. INTERCOLLEGIATE CHESS AT WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
Webster University plans to field a maximum of 4 intercollegiate teams (16 players) for the annual PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship, and 6 players for the Final Four Chess Championship when applicable. In order to be eligible to be selected for the teams, players must be at SPICE for training at least 10 hours per week, and attend all team meetings timely. If you are unable to attend any of the training sessions or meetings, you must notify the Director / Coaching staff in advance.
PanAm InterCollegiate Championship - The schedule is the same every year: Depart St Louis in early morning on December 26 to head to the tournament. The closing ceremony is usually at 3:00 pm on December 30. Therefore, no flight should be booked before 5-6 pm. This year the event will be held in Charlotte, NC.
Final Four Championship: It varies from year to year but it is usually the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April.
3. STUDENT-ATHLETE RESPONSIBILITIES
As a member of a chess team at Webster University you are expected to follow these rules:
a. Always represent Webster with exemplary behavior, ethical conduct, and sportsmanship.
b. Maintain eligibility academically with regard to GPA (3.00 and above____), class load, and credits earned.
c. Follow policies and procedures concerning conflicts between classes and practices and contests.
d. Assume responsibility for assigned chess books and/or equipment; lost items will be billed to the student-athlete.
e. Participate in coach and program evaluations.
f. Follow SPICE Chess Department and specific team rules and policies.
g. Attend all informational meetings and eligibility meetings with the Chess Director or designee.
Failure to comply with the above rules will result in disciplinary actions, which may include suspension from the team, and or revocation/reduction of chess scholarship.
4. ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
The student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum institutional credits required by the US College Chess Committee during any competitive season.
Student MUST maintain a minimum of a 3.00 GPA or higher in all semesters to maintain chess scholarship.
Webster University believes that our student-athletes are students first. Student-athletes are expected to attend classes and adhere to the attendance policy outlined by their professors.
Student-athlete must attend all training sessions as required unless they conflict with classes or exams. If you are unable to attend any of the training sessions, you MUST notify the Director / Coaching staff in advance. Failure to show up without notification will result in disciplinary action, which may include reduction of chess scholarship.
When a student-athlete is required to miss a class to attend chess tournaments, he/she should not be penalized for this absence. However, it is the responsibility of the student-athlete to notify each instructor in advance of the absence, to make necessary arrangements for missed assignments, quizzes and exams and to seek ways to compensate for the missed class content. Returning home late after an away tournament is not an acceptable excuse for missing a class the following morning.
One of the most important goals of the chess staff at Webster University is to see every student-athlete graduate. In order to assist in the transition from high school to college or grad school, the chess staff, in partnership with the faculty, will be monitoring the academic status of each student-athlete regularly during the year. Both formal (mid-semester progress reports) and informal (e-mail, phone calls) means will be used. All information gathered by the chess department regarding a student-athlete’s academic progress will be kept strictly confidential.
5. TRAINING GUIDELINES
The coaching staff will make every effort to schedule training at times that will allow the most team members to attend and this may result in different training times on different days of the week.
All Webster University student-athletes and members of the teams are expected to dress in a manner that represents the University in a positive way. Coaches may have specific dress requirements for their team members.
All members of the travel party are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during travel and at the site of the tournaments. The supervising chess staff member is responsible for enforcing appropriate conduct.
SANCTIONS: Student-athletes could face discipline and even dismissal for violations of team, department, College policies.