Athletics Harmful Substance Policy

Participation in interscholastic athletic programs at The Overlake School is an important part of co-curricular life, yet remains a voluntary activity.  By going out for a team, students accept the responsibility of complying with WIAA regulations governing the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products and prescription drugs.

The Overlake School is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (W.I.A.A.). Therefore all W.I.A.A. rules apply to student-athletes at Overlake and every other member school. The rules which apply concerning the possession, use, or sale of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products are outlined in the W.I.A.A. Official Handbook, under section 18.23.0.

The WIAA rules governing illegal drugs and prescription (legend) drugs are clear:  A student athlete engaged in the possession, use, or sale of illegal or non-prescribed prescription drugs shall be removed immediately from the team for the remainder of the season.  In order to be eligible participate in the next interscholastic sport season, the student shall meet with school eligibility board consisting of the Dean of Students, the Athletic Director, and the two Faculty Representatives of the Student Review Board to request approval to participate.  This board will meet with the student and then make a recommendation to the Upper School Head who will make the final ruling on future athletic eligibility. A student athlete who incurs a second violation will be ineligible to participate in any interscholastic competition for one year from the date of infraction; for a third violation, the player will be permanently ineligible for interscholastic competition. In addition to the W.I.A.A. penalties, Overlake students are subject to the disciplinary procedures outlined in The Overlake School Handbook.

Alcohol & Tobacco:
For athletes in season, the possession, use, or sale of alcohol and tobacco products is contrary to WIAA training rules.  Athletes who violate training rules outside of school events may incur consequences determined by the Athletic Director in consultation with the coach.


The length of the sport season is defined as the opening day of practice to the final playoff date of the team.

Disciplinary consequences for school-related infractions and their effect on athletics:
If a student is suspended from school for a school related incident, they are not allowed to participate with their respective team in any way for the duration of the suspension.  This includes both in-school suspensions as well as out of school.  If a student is given a consequence other than suspension, the student’s ability to participate in sports activities will be determined by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Athletic Director.  In the event that a consequence for school related incidents conflicts with any athletic activity, the disciplinary consequence will take priority.  This includes practices, games, playoffs or any other sports related activity.  If a situation arises where a student is involved in a disciplinary incident and they are referred to the Student Review Board for their actions, they are allowed to participate in all athletic activities during the period in which the Student Review Board is deliberating.  The only exception to that rule is in the event that the Dean of Students determines that it is not safe or the behavioral incident is of an egregious nature.  In this situation, the school reserves the right to suspend students’ ability to participate in any sports activities while awaiting the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings.