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Merced College Football Programs
The Academic Support is to complement the
learning environment here at Merced
The program will enable the student athlete to excel in the classroom by
creating an environment that will offer each student athlete additional
support. The program will support the educational tools necessary to achieve
an undergraduate degree. This program will also increase both the retention
and matriculation rate here at
Participating in college athletics requires an
additional time commitment, over and above a studentís regular academic
workload. If not managed properly, this additional commitment can take away
from study time and class preparation. The time constraint cannot be
alleviated. The subsequent difficulties that student athletes may encounter,
however, as a result of participation in intercollegiate athletics, can be
of primary importance to the Department of Athletics staff and coaches. When
student athletes have avenues for assistance, which are supported and
encourage by coaches and staff, their productivity and willingness to learn
increases two fold. Ultimately, the Department of Athletics staff and
coaches will judge success not by wins and losses on the playing fields, but
by the percentage of student athletes that finish with a degree.
Participation in intercollegiate athletics may supplement
their academic pursuit, but it will not replace it. The focus of the
Department of Athletics must be upon the support of the student athleteís
quest of academic development thru the use sport as the motivational tool.
All incoming student athletes wishing to participate in football must
enroll and complete the Academic Success Class offered in the fall
semester. No completion or failure of the class the student athlete must
retake or complete all academic requirements before competing for the
college in football.
All student athletes participating in football must complete weekly
academic progress reports during the fall and bi-monthly in the spring.
Each professor must verify the studentís grade with his or her
Once a student athlete has received consecutive deficiency an Academic
Action Plan must be complete by the student. The student and professor
must meet and sign the plan verifying that both have meet an agreed upon
those steps that the student will take to become academically eligible.
All incoming students will meet weekly with Head Football Coach
concerning their academic progress to date. The student will also
complete a weekly time management plan that both the student and coach
will agree upon.
If a current student is placed on probation at any point than at the
discretion of the Head Coach, the student may be required to participate
in the Academic Success Program and/or Weekly Academic Meetings until he