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14 DE Admin. Code 1009
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education ("State Board") to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics. This regulation is being amended in consultation and cooperation with the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA). The regulation is being amended to add sections that specify the purpose of the transfer, passing work, and years of participation eligibility rules; clarify the transfer and years of participation rules as to eighth grade students who are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the high school level; organize existing sections of the transfer rule for clarity; change the time period for the subsection that allows a student who has previously participated in interscholastic athletics to transfer one time from the first year of eligibility to the first and second years of eligibility; change the transfer options permissible under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to conform to federal and state law; and to eliminate the prohibition against practicing if a student is ineligible under the passing work rule. It is important to note that the amendments to the published regulation were a result of input and engagement from the DIAA Rules and Regulations Committee and focus groups, member schools, athletic directors and the Governor appointed DIAA Board of Directors ("DIAA Board").
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on April 1, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". Comments were received from Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) noting that: (1) Section 2.4.4.1.4.2 disallows a student from engaging in all athletic activities unrelated to sports played at a former school. The Department notes that while most of the language in Section 2.4.4.1.4.2 is not new, language was added regarding students in their second year of eligibility for interscholastic athletic participation at the high school level. The intent of Section 2.4.4.1.4.2 is to prevent multi-sport athletes from benefitting by transferring schools more than once in the same school year; (2) Section 2.4.7 disallows a student transferring to a choice school in grades 10-12 from participating in any sport offered at former school even if the student did not participate in any sports at the former school. The Department notes that the language in Section 2.4.7 aligns with current Title 14 Delaware Code Ch. 4, §410; (3) the Department retained the word "athletics" in Section 2.4.7 to avoid any implication that the DIAA is regulating non-athletic activities. The Department originally struck the word "athletics" and added "contests or competitions" to align this section with Title 14 of the Delaware Code Ch. 4, §410 and to clarify that students can participate in practices in the sports that are regulated by the DIAA; (4) Section 2.7.3 omits the concept that an IEP team is the primary decision-maker in the context of participation in athletics and imposes a burden of proof on a student with an IEP to justify participation in athletics, which is a foreign concept in special education. The Department notes that Section 2.7.3 is existing language and it applies equally to all students regardless of disability. (5) the regulation does not address how the participation of students with disabilities is affected by participating in unified sports and suggested inserting an exception to Section 2.7 for students with disabilities. The Department appreciates the suggestion to clarify students with disabilities' participation in unified sports. The DIAA Board has not discussed any changes to date regarding students with disabilities who participate in unified sports.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics in order to add sections that specify the purpose of the transfer, passing work, and years of participation eligibility rules; clarify the transfer and years of participation rules as to eighth grade students who are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the high school level; organize existing sections of the transfer rule for clarity; change the time period for the subsection that allows a student who has previously participated in interscholastic athletics to transfer one time from the first year of eligibility to the first and second years of eligibility; change the transfer options permissible under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to conform to federal and state law; and to eliminate the prohibition against practicing if a student is ineligible under the passing work rule.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1009 DIAA High School Interscholastic Athletics in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on July 27, 2017. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 27th day of July 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 27th day of July 2017
State Board of Education
Administrative Head of Schoolmeans the chief or head individual in charge of the school traditionally referred to or generally known as the principal or headmaster.
Attendance Zone means the geographical area set by law or the governing body of a public school that entitles a student to attend a certain public school.
Board means the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors established pursuant to 14 Del.C. Chapter 3.
Department means the Delaware Department of Education.
Guardian or Legal Guardian means an individual who legally has responsibility for the care and management of the student during the student’s minority. The relationship is a legal one and must be created by a court order signed by a judge, commissioner, or master of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Individualized Education Program” or “IEPmeans a written statement for a child with a disability as defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 922.
Legally in attendance means present at school as determined by a pre-established written policy adopted by the local school board or governing body of the school.
Member school" means a full or associate member school of the DIAA.
Principalor Headmastermeans the Administrative Head of School and includes but is not limited to Head of School, Administrator, Executive Director, or Charter Head.
Relative Caregiver” means, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §202(f)(1), an adult who, by blood, marriage or adoption, is the child’s great grandparent, grandparent, step grandparent, great aunt, aunt, step aunt, great uncle, uncle, step uncle, step parent, brother, sister, step brother, step sister, half brother, half sister, niece, nephew, first cousin or first cousin once removed but who does not have legal custody or legal guardianship of the student.
School day(s) means actual school attendance days during the regular academic school year including a partial day that students are in attendance at school for instructional purposes as adopted by the district or governing body of the school not to include weekends, holidays, summer school, etc.
State Board means the State Board of Education of the State of Delaware pursuant to 14 Del.C. §104.
Student With a Disability” means a “child with a disability” as that term is defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 922 or a qualified person with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Superintendent” means the chief school officer of a school district.
2.2.1.5 A student who is a non resident of Delaware shall be eligible to attend a public school, charter school or career technical school if, in accordance with 14 Del.C. §607, the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian or Relative Caregiver is a full time employee of that district.
2.2.1.6.1 An exception would be a student whose Relative Caregiver does not provide the documentation required by the Relative Caregiver School Authorization (proof of relation and proof of full time care) but is permitted to register on the basis of a petition for the transfer of guardianship. A student who registers on the basis of a petition for the transfer of guardianship is not eligible to scrimmage or compete until the Relative Caregiver has provided the aforementioned required documentation or has received a signed court order designating the Relative Caregiver as the student’s legal guardian.
2.2.1.7 A student who reaches the age of majority (18) and leaves their parents' place of residency and jurisdiction thereof, and moves to another attendance zone to continue their high school education shall be ineligible to participate in athletics for 180 school days commencing with the first day of official attendance on or after their 18th birthday. This provision shall not apply to a student participating in the Delaware School Choice Program, as authorized by 14 Del.C. Ch. 4, provided the student’s choice application was properly submitted prior to a change of residence.
“Campus” means a contiguous land area containing one or more school buildings.
“Special School or Program” means a school or program approved by the Department of Education with the approval of the State Board of Education to serve students with disabilities, but does not include alternative schools.
2.3.4 A student who is participating in the Delaware School Choice Program, as authorized by 14 Del.C. Ch. 4, is obligated to attend the choice school for a minimum of two (2) years unless the students custodial parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver relocate to a different school district or the student fails to meet the academic requirements of the choice school. If a student attends a choice school for less than two (2) years and subsequently returns to their home school, the student must receive a release from the “choice district” in order to legally enroll at their home school. Without a release, the student would not be legally enrolled and consequently would be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. Notwithstanding this section, the transfer regulation still applies to all students participating in the Delaware School Choice Program who transfer to another school regardless of whether they are released by the sending school or are not released.
The intent of the High School Transfer Rule is to deter students from transferring schools for athletic purposes, to help [impair discourage] recruitment, and to reduce the opportunity for undue influence to be exerted by persons who seek to benefit from a student's athletic talent. DIAA recognizes that, because of the number of transfers that occur each year, it is difficult to carry out that intent if an individualized determination is required for all students who transfer schools. The exceptions in subsection 2.4.4 of this regulation involve circumstances in which establishing a hardship for eligibility purposes is not required; strict enforcement of the rule will not serve to accomplish the purpose of the rule; the spirit of the rule will not be offended or compromised; the principle of educational balance over athletics will not be offended or compromised; and there is no safety risk to teammates or competitors.
2.4.12.4.2 Definitions:
First year of eligibilitymeans the school year during which a student first enters ninth grade becomes eligible for and participates in high school interscholastic athletics and ends ending on the day prior to the first day of school of their the student’s second year of eligibility.
One school year means the number school attendance days [or required hours] in a school year as adopted by the student’s district or school. (i.e. 180 attendance days).
Previous participation means having competed participated in interscholastic athletics in grades 9 through 12 at the high school level, including eighth grade students pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1009-2.7.3 and students enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
Receiving school means the school a student transfers to after leaving their his or her previous school.
Second year of high school eligibility means the next school year after a student first enters ninth grade becomes eligible for and participates in high school interscholastic athletics and includes sophomores, and repeating freshman freshmen, and freshmen who participated during the eighth grade.
Sending School means the school a student transfers from to go to a different school.
Transfermeans the student has officially withdrawn from the sending school and has officially enrolled in the receiving school in accordance with the receiving school’s established registration process.
2.4.3 Previous interscholastic athletic participation High School Transfer Rule
2.4.3.1 First Year of Eligibility Unless one of the exceptions found in subsection 2.4.4 of this regulation applies, a student who has previously participated in interscholastic athletics that transfers to a DIAA member school shall be ineligible in all sports that the student previously participated in during the preceding 180 school days. The period of ineligibility shall be one school year commencing with the first day of official attendance in the receiving school. The period of ineligibility shall continue to the next grade/school year, if necessary, until the total number of school days in the school year has passed.
2.4.3.1.1 A student who has previously participated in interscholastic athletics may transfer one time during their first year of eligibility without loss of athletic eligibility. However, students shall not participate in a contest at the varsity level for two different schools in the same sport during the same school year unless one of the exceptions applies.
2.4.4 Exceptions to the High School Transfer Rule
2.4.4.1 The period of ineligibility shall not apply if the transfer is the result of the student being homeless as defined in the McKinney-Vento Act, 42 U.S.C. 11434a(2). A student, the student's family, and the student's receiving school are not required to submit a waiver request and establish the conditions for granting a waiver set forth in subsection 9.1.1 of 14 DE Admin. Code 1006, including hardship, and the period of ineligibility shall not apply if the student meets one of the following exceptions and the student's transfer was not for athletic advantage as provided in subsection 2.4.6 of this regulation:
2.4.4.1.1 Notwithstanding the above, the student shall be ineligible under the applicable transfer ineligibility clause where the student’s homeless status is created by the student or their family for the primary reason of: McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Students) - The period of ineligibility shall not apply if the transfer is the result of the student becoming homeless as defined in the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youths Act, 42 U.S.C. §11434a(2).
2.4.4.1.7.1 Sole, Joint, or Shared Custody - In cases of [sole,] joint, or shared custody once a primary residence is established, a change in a student's primary residence without court action renders the student ineligible unless one of the other exceptions in subsection 2.4.4 of this regulation applies.
2.4.4.3.3 The transfer is the result of a change in residence by the custodial parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver to the attendance zone of a public school that student was not attending. If, as a result of the change of residence, the student could now enroll in a different public school, the student may make a one-time election and select any school including a private school. A change in residence has occurred when all occupancy of the previous residence has ended and a new legal residence has been established. Maintaining dual residency for purposes of athletic eligibility shall render the student ineligible.
2.4.4.3.4 If the student is in their second year of eligibility and the transfer is a result of a seat opening in the receiving school if the student had previously applied to the school and had been rejected due to a lack of capacity. For this exception to apply, the receiving school must have appropriate documentation including: a student application from a previous school year; a letter in response to the application notifying the student that they were not accepted; and a letter dated after the start of the school year offering the student a seat in the receiving school
2.4.5 Transfer Because of a Financial Hardship: If a waiver of the transfer ineligibility clause High School Transfer Rule is requested due to a financial hardship, the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver is responsible for providing documentation to the DIAA Board of Directors to support the request.
2.4.6 Transfer Because of Custody Change: In cases of joint or shared custody when a primary residence is established, a change in a student's primary residence without court action subjects the student to the applicable ineligibility clause. Transfers for Athletic Advantage - The exceptions listed in subsection 2.4.4 of this regulation shall not apply if the transfer was for athletic advantage. If the student transfers for athletic advantage, the student may still request a waiver of the transfer rule. A transfer for athletic advantage includes but is not limited to any transfer where the primary reason for student's transfer was for any of the following:
2.4.7 Pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 4 a student who transfers from a school of choice to another school of choice in grades 10, 11, and 12 shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics contests or competitions during their the student’s first year of attendance at the receiving school unless the receiving school sponsors a sport(s) not sponsored by the sending school in which case the student shall be eligible to participate in that sport(s) only.
2.6.12.6.2 In order to be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, including practices athletic contests and scrimmages, a student must pursue a regular course of study or its equivalent as approved by the local governing body, and must be passing at least five (5) credits. Two (2) of those credits must be in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, World Language, or Social Studies. However, in the case of a student in the twelfth grade, the student must be passing all courses necessary for graduation from high school in order to be eligible for participation. A course necessary for graduation shall be any course, whether taken during or outside the regular school day, that satisfies an unmet graduation requirement.
2.6.1.12.6.2.1 A student who is receiving special education services and is precluded from meeting the aforementioned academic requirements due to modifications in the grading procedure or course of study shall be adjudged eligible by the principal or headmaster if the student is making satisfactory progress in accordance with the requirements of their his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP).
2.6.22.6.3 A student whose work in any regular marking period does not meet the above standards shall be ineligible to participate in an interscholastic athletics, including practices, athletic contest or scrimmage for the next marking period.
2.6.2.12.6.3.1 In the case of a conflict between the marking period grade and the final grade, the final grade shall determine eligibility.
2.6.2.22.6.3.2 The final accumulation of credits shall determine eligibility for the first marking period of the following school year. When a student makes up a failure or earns the required credit(s) during the summer, the student shall become eligible provided they he or she successfully complete the course work prior to the first official student day of the school year.
2.6.2.32.6.3.3 Written verification of the successful completion of a correspondence course must be received before a student shall regain eligibility.
2.6.32.6.4 A student forfeits or regains eligibility, in accordance with the provisions of this rule, on the day report cards are issued when marking period grades are issued or published. The calendar used to establish when marking period grades are issued or published must be established by the governing body of the school prior to the start of the school year.
2.6.42.6.5 Local school boards and nonpublic schools may establish more stringent requirements for academic eligibility than the minimum standards herein prescribed.
2.7.1 No student shall represent a school in an interscholastic athletic contest or scrimmage after four (4) consecutive years from the date of the student’s first entrance into the ninth grade unless a waiver is granted for hardship reasons. The intent of the Years of Participation Rule is to promote timely progress toward graduation by discouraging students from delaying or interrupting their high school education; to disallow students to enroll for one semester each school year to increase athletic ability and skill; to promote equality of competition; to diminish risks stemming from unequal competition; and to place emphasis on the academic mission of the school. In addition, the intent of the rule is to help to prevent redshirting; to avoid exploitation by coaches who otherwise might seek to obtain transfers or to delay a student's normal progress through school; and to prevent displacement of younger student-athletes by older student-athletes who wish to unfairly prolong their high school athletic careers.
2.7.1.2 “Hardship” shall be defined as extenuating circumstances peculiar to the student athlete caused by unforeseen events beyond the election, control or creation of the student athlete, their family, or school which (1) deprive the student of all or part of one of their opportunities to participate in a particular sports season; and (2) preclude the student from completing the academic requirements for graduation within the normal period of eligibility; and (3) deprive the student of all or part of one of their opportunities to participate in a particular sport. The waiver provision is intended to restore eligibility that has been lost as a result of a hardship situation. Injury, illness or accidents, which cause a student to fail to meet the basic requirements, are possible causes for a hardship consideration.
2.7.1.2.3 The burden of proof rests with the student in conjunction with the waiver process as described in 14 DE Admin. Code 1006.9. Claims of extended illness, debilitating injury, emotional stress, etc., must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. Evidence must be submitted to verify that the student, their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver sought assistance to ameliorate the effects of the hardship condition.
2.7.2 Satisfactory completion of studies in accordance with promotion policies established by the local governing body shall determine when a student is beyond the eighth grade. Years of Participation Rule
2.7.3 Limited Participation - Eighth Grade Students Waiver of the Years of Participation Rule
2.7.3.1 A high school may elect to allow students in the eighth grade to participate at the high school level to extent allowed in this section if the eighth grade is part of the same administrative unit as grades 9 through 12. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, prior to allowing any eighth grade participation, Member schools are required to adopt policies consistent with this section and submit a request to the DIAA Board of Directors for approval. The request must provide sufficient evidence to determine that the school is eligible to permit eighth grade students to represent the school in high school interscholastic athletics. The burden shall be on the school to establish they are eligible under this regulation. "Hardship" shall be defined as extenuating circumstances peculiar to the student athlete caused by unforeseen events beyond the election, control or creation of the student athlete, the student's family, or school which (1) deprive the student of all or part of one of the student's opportunities to participate in a particular sports season; and (2) preclude the student from completing the academic requirements for graduation within the normal period of eligibility; and (3) deprive the student of all or part of one of the student's opportunities to participate in a particular sport. The waiver provision is intended to restore eligibility that has been lost as a result of a hardship situation. Injury, illness or accident, which cause a student to fail to meet the basic requirements, are possible causes for a hardship consideration.
2.7.3.1.3 The burden of proof rests with the student in conjunction with the waiver process as described in Section 9.0 of 14 DE Admin. Code 1006. Claims of extended illness, debilitating injury, emotional stress, etc. must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. Evidence must be submitted to verify that the student, their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver sought assistance to ameliorate the effects of the hardship condition.
2.7.4 Seventh grade students shall not be permitted to participate on high school interscholastic teams. Satisfactory completion of studies in accordance with promotion policies established by the local governing body shall determine a student is beyond the eighth grade.
2.7.5 Participation of Postgraduates Limited Participation - Eighth Grade Students
2.7.5.1 Participation shall be defined as taking part in a school sponsored practice, scrimmage or contest on or after the first allowable date for practice in that sport. A high school may elect to allow students in the eighth grade to participate at the high school level to extent allowed in this section if the eighth grade is part of the same administrative unit as grades 9 through 12. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, prior to allowing any eighth grade participation, Member schools are required to adopt policies consistent with this section and submit a request to the DIAA Board of Directors for approval. The request must provide sufficient evidence to determine that the school is eligible to permit eighth grade students to represent the school in high school interscholastic athletics. The burden shall be on the school to establish they are eligible under this regulation.
2.7.5.2 Postgraduates shall not be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. All graduates of recognized high schools shall be considered postgraduates. It is the school's discretion to allow eighth grade participation at the high school level.
2.7.5.3 A regularly enrolled student taking courses in an institution of higher education shall be eligible provided he/she meets all other DIAA requirements. Effective with the 2016-2017 school year, only rising eighth graders who have been in regular attendance at the eligible school for at least one full school year immediately prior to the eighth grade are eligible to represent the school in high school interscholastic athletics. Students who transfer into the eligible school for the eighth grade are ineligible to represent the high school at any level in any interscholastic sport. This subsection does not apply to schools that begin with the eighth grade.
2.7.5.4 Students whose commencement exercises are prior to the completion of the school's regular season schedule and the state tournament shall be eligible to compete. A junior high or middle school student who participates in a sub varsity or varsity contest at the high school level shall be ineligible to participate at the junior high or middle school level in the same sport during the same season. This subsection does not preclude an eighth grade student from participating in a try-out at the high school level while still retaining middle school eligibility.
2.8.1.1 Foreign Exchange (J-1) Students - For purposes of these regulations a foreign exchange student shall possess a J-1 Student visa. The J-1 student visa is for students participating in study-based exchange and visitor programs in the U.S. These programs are sponsored by an educational or other nonprofit institution, which must be accredited through the Exchange Visitor Program designated by the U.S. State Department. All foreign exchange programs which are included on the Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and are two (2) semesters in length shall be considered as recognized. Students participating in a CSIET foreign exchange program are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for one school year provided they are otherwise eligible.
2.10.4 If an ineligible athlete participates in interscholastic competition contrary to DIAA rules, but in accordance with a temporary restraining order or injunction against their school and DIAA, and the injunction is subsequently vacated, stayed, or reversed, or the courts determine that injunctive relief is not or was not justified, or the injunction expires without further judicial determination, the penalties stipulated in 2.10.1 and 2.10.2 shall be imposed.
3.1.6.2 The concussion protocol shall require that any athlete removed from play for a suspected concussion must be evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional. If the qualified health care professional is unable to rule out a concussion, the athlete must be referred for further evaluation and written clearance before the athlete may return to play. A qualified healthcare professional shall be defined as a MD or DO; or school nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or athletic trainer, with collaboration and/or supervision by a MD or DO as required by their professional state laws and regulations. The qualified healthcare professional must be licensed by their state, be in good standing with the State of Delaware, and if the evaluation is provided on site, must also be approved or appointed by the administrative head of school or designee, or the DIAA Executive Director.
3.2.1 For health and safety reasons, the DIAA State Wrestling Committee has established the Delaware Wrestling Weight Control Program which requires each wrestler to establish their minimum weight class via body composition testing. The Delaware Wrestling Weight Control Program as established by the DIAA State Wrestling Committee is adopted and may be amended or updated as necessary by the Delaware Wrestling Committee with approval of the DIAA Board of Directors. The program requires hydration testing with a specific gravity not greater than 1.025, which immediately precedes the body composition assessment. A minimum weight class is determined by a body fat assessment. Male wrestlers may not compete at a weight class lower than 7% body fat and female wrestlers may not compete at a weight class lower than 12% body fat. Any wrestler’s assessment that is below seven percent for males and twelve percent for females shall require a medical release signed by a licensed physician (MD or DO). The release shall not allow a wrestler to participate at a weight class below that for which the initial assessment allows. The program restricts wrestlers to an average weight loss of 1.5 percent a week, with descent, until the wrestler has reached the minimum weight determined by the initial body composition testing. A two-pound growth allowance shall be permitted on or after December 26th each year for wrestlers who have certified at their approved minimum weight class. Wrestlers shall not receive the two pound growth allowance until they have certified at their minimum weight.
5.3.1.2 A member school which does not pay all fines incurred during the school year by July1st shall be ineligible to participate in a state championship event in any sport during the following school year until such time as all fines are paid.
6.6.3 14 Del.C. §122(b)(14) requires written parental permission prior to participation on a similar team during the designated sport season. Written authorization must be on file in the student's school prior to engaging in a tryout, practice, or contest with a similar team. Consent forms shall be available in all member schools. Similar teams shall include organized intramural teams as well as non school teams in that sport.
7.5.1 From August 2nd through the first day after the last spring sport DIAA state tournament event a certified, emergency, or volunteer coach shall not be allowed to provide instruction out of the designated season in their assigned sport to returning members of the varsity or subvarsity teams of the school at which they coach or transfer students from other schools who play the coach’s sport. Coaches shall also be prohibited from coaching rising ninth graders (rising eighth graders if eighth grade is part of the same administrative unit as grades 9 through 12) who participated in his/her assigned sport at a feeder school. A rising ninth grader is a student who has completed eighth grade requirements, but is not yet enrolled in ninth grade. A rising eighth grader is a student who has completed seventh grade requirements, but is not yet enrolled in eighth grade.
7.5.2 From the first day after the last spring sport DIAA state tournament event through August 1st, a certified, emergency or volunteer coach shall be allowed to provide instruction in their assigned sport to returning members of the varsity or subvarsity teams of the school at which he/she coaches. Instructional contact with the aforementioned returning school team members shall be subject to the following conditions:
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