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14 DE Admin. Code 1008
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. §122(d)
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 1008 DIAA Junior High and Middle School Interscholastic Athletics. This regulation was originally published on July 25, 2015 and August 1, 2015 in the News Journal and Delaware State News with proposed amendments. Those amendments incorporated the ability for the DIAA Board to waive the age rule for students with physically or mentally limiting disabilities; update the middle school wrestling weight control program; bring practice regulations more in line with national best practice models; provide member schools with a policy to determine appropriate placement for transgendered students participating on interscholastic athletic teams; update coaches’ regulation to mandate an approved concussion course; and make non-substantive changes to improve readability. Comments were received from the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) and the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, and a thorough review was done by the DIAA Board of Directors. Comments received which are incorporated herein are: (1) the definition of “Student with a Disability” has been changed to include students with 504 plans; (2) the Department clarified language regarding the conditions for students who play sports outside of their school noting that, “nothing in this regulation shall be construed as prohibiting schools from providing transportation or school supplied assistive technology and equipment to or for non-school activities for students with disabilities; (3) a definition of Superintendent was added; and (4) language was also added regarding the eligibility of a child in DSCYF custody. Other minor grammatical changes were made throughout the regulation. This is part of a series of comprehensive reviews and updates to be made to all DIAA regulations.
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation is related to the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association and does not directly affect any changes to student achievement as measured against the state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation is related to the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association and does not directly affect any changes to students’ ability to receive an equitable education.
1.51 Definitions
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 Programor 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.
PrincipalorHeadmaster means the Administrative Head of School and includes but is not limited to Head of School, Administrator, Executive Director, or Charter Head.
Relative Caregiver” means 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, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, 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 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Superintendent” means the chief school officer of a school district.
1.12 National Federation of High School Associations
1.12.1 DIAA is affiliated with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The playing rules, codes of conduct, sanctions, and other rules of guidelines in the NFHS rules books are adopted except as modified by the DIAA Board of Directors.
1.12.1.1 The playing rules of the United States Tennis Association, the United States Golf Association and the United States Lacrosse Association are adopted for the sports of tennis, golf and girls’ lacrosse respectively except as modified by the DIAA Board of Directors.
1.23 Conferences
1.23.1 Member schools may establish voluntary conference organizations that may be composed of public and nonpublic schools. When established they must submit its proposed membership and its constitution and bylaws to the DIAA Board of Directors and must be approved by the DIAA Board of Directors before the schools may enter into any contractual agreements.
1.23.1.1 All subsequent amendments to the constitution and bylaws of the conference must be compatible with all provisions of the DIAA Regulations; interpretations and rulings of the Executive Director, Sportsmanship Committee, and Board of Directors; state tournament regulations; and DIAA approved playing codes.
1.34 Contracts
1.34.1 Contracts between DIAA member schools or between DIAA mMember schools and full member schools of comparable state associations are encouraged but not required.
1.34.1.1 Conference master contracts are approved substitutes for individual contracts.
1.34.1.2 In the case of a dispute and provided either a signed individual contract or conference master contract was received in the DIAA office or postmarked prior to the contest in question, appeal may be made to the Executive Director or the DIAA Board of Directors which, after review of the circumstances, may assign an appropriate penalty.
1.34.1.2.1 Without a signed individual contract or conference master contract, a member school has no right of appeal to the Executive Director or the DIAA Board of Directors.
1.34.2 Contracts between DIAA member schools and nonmember or associate member schools of comparable state associations are required.
1.34.2.1 A copy of the signed contract must be either received by the Executive Director or postmarked prior to the contest for which the agreement was drawn up. Failure to file a signed contract as prescribed shall result in the DIAA member school being assessed a $50.00 fine.
1.34.2.2 In the case of a dispute, a member school has no right of appeal to the Executive Director or the DIAA Board of Directors unless a signed individual contract is in place.
1.34.3 Contracts shall be interchanged according to the following provisions:
1.34.3.1 Contracts on the accepted form shall be arranged by the competing schools for each season's interscholastic athletic contests.
1.34.3.2 Contracts shall be drawn up by the faculty manager or other designated staff member of the home school of the earlier contest.
1.34.3.3 A signed contract or any part thereof may not be nullified or modified except by mutual agreement of both schools involved.
1.34.4 If a game is not played, it shall be considered a “no contest.” Notwithstanding the above, if a signed individual contract or conference master contract was received in the DIAA office or postmarked prior to the contest in question and one of the participating schools breached the agreement, the non-breaching school may appeal for a forfeit to the Executive Director or the DIAA Board of Directors. If the Executive Director or Board finds a forfeit is appropriate, the no contest shall be replaced with the forfeit.
1.45 Equivalency Rules
1.45.1 A full member school shall not participate in a scrimmage or contest with an instate middle school that is not a member in good standing of DIAA.
1.45.1.1 Scrimmage is defined as: an informal competition between schools in which officials are not compensated, a final score is not kept, the time periods are permitted to be modified, the results of the competition are not reported to the media, the coaches are permitted to interrupt the play to provide instruction and the competition is strictly for practice purposes. All participating schools must consider the event to be a scrimmage and therefore cannot count the results as part of their regular season results.
1.45.2 A full member school shall not participate in a scrimmage or contest with an associate or nonmember school of another state association unless the opposing school, as part of a written contract, certifies that its contestants are eligible under the rules of its home state association.
1.45.3 An associate member school shall not participate in a scrimmage or contest with an in state school that is not a member in good standing of DIAA unless the opposing school complies with the conditions specified in 1.45.2. However, the opposing school shall be exempt from those rules which DIAA has waived for its associate member school.
1.45.4 Member schools shall not participate in a practice, scrimmage, or contest with a non school sponsored team.
1.45.5 Member schools shall not participate in a practice, scrimmage, or contest with a non-middle school team.
1.45.6 Member schools shall not participate in a practice, scrimmage, or contest with elementary, high school or college-aged students. This provision shall not apply to games played against the alumni or faculty of the school when the game is sponsored by school authorities.
1.45.7 A school which participates in a game against an illegal opponent shall be required to forfeit the contest and be assessed a $500.00 fine.
2.2.1 With the exception of boarding school students, a student must be living with his/her their custodial parent(s) legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver in the attendance zone of the school which he/she attends in order to be eligible for interscholastic athletics in that school. In cases of joint custody, the custodial parent shall be the parent with actual physical placement as determined by court action. In the case of shared placement or where residential placement has not been determined by a court, the parent(s) must commit to sending the student to a particular school for the year. Maintaining multiple residences in order to circumvent this requirement shall render the student ineligible.
2.2.1.1 A student who, pursuant to established school board policy or administrative procedure, remains in a school he/she has they have been attending after his/her their legal residence changes to the attendance zone of a different school in the same school district, may exercise, prior to the first official student day of the subsequent academic year, a one time election to remain at his/her their current school and thereby not lose athletic eligible. If a student chooses to remain at his/her their current school and then transfers to the school in his/her a new attendance zone on or after the first official student day of the subsequent academic year, he/she the student shall be ineligible under Section 2.4.
2.2.1.3 A student may be residing outside of the attendance zone of the school which he/she they attends if the student is participating in the Delaware School Choice Program as authorized by 14 Del.C., Ch.4.
2.2.1.4 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, his/her their custodial parent, legal guardian or Relative Caregiver is a full time employee of that district.
2.2.1.5 Notwithstanding 2.2.1, a student shall be eligible at a public school, charter school or career technical school if he/she is enrolled in accordance with 14 Del.C. §202(f), the Relative Caregivers School Authorization.
2.2.1.5.1 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 him/her them as the student’s legal guardian.
2.3.1 A student must be legally enrolled in the junior high or middle school which he/she they represents in order to participate in a practice, scrimmage, or contest.
“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.
“Student With a Disability” means a “child with a disability” as that term is defined 14 DE Admin. Code 922.
2.3.3 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 student’s 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 his/her their home school, the student must receive a release from the choice district in order to legally enroll at his/her their home school. Without a release, the student would not be legally enrolled and consequently would be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics.
2.3.7 An ineligible student who practices in violation of 2.3.1 through 2.3.6 shall, when he/she the student regains her their eligibility, be prohibited from practicing, scrimmaging or competing for an equivalent number of days.
If a student has previously participated in interscholastic athletics, he/she they shall be ineligible for a period of ninety (90) school days commencing with the first day of official attendance in the receiving school unless one of the following exceptions applies:
2.4.2.1 The transfer is within a school district and is approved by the district's sSuperintendent pursuant to established school board policy or administrative procedure. This provision shall not apply to a student who transfers to his/her home a feeder pattern school from a “choice school” within the district and who has not completed the two year attendance requirement unless he/she they satisfiesy the conditions stipulated in 2.4.2.5.1 through 2.4.2.5.4. This provision shall also not apply to a student who transfers from a “choice school” to another “choice school” within the district (2.4.6.1).
2.4.2.3 The transfer is in accordance with 14 Del.C. §202(f), the Caregivers School Authorization.
2.4.2.3.1 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 him/her them as the student’s legal guardian.
2.4.2.4 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.
2.4.2.6.1 Notwithstanding the above, the student shall be ineligible under the ninety (90) school day ineligibility clause where the student’s homeless status is created by the student or his/her family for the primary reason of:
2.4.3 Transfer Because of Financial Hardship. If a waiver of the ninety (90) school day ineligibility clause is requested due to financial hardship, the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver’s responsible for providing documentation to the DIAA Board of Directors to support the request.
2.4.3.1.2 A statement from the pPrincipal or hHeadmaster of both the sending and receiving schools that the student is not transferring for athletic advantage (2.4.5).
2.4.5 A change of custody or guardianship for athletic advantage shall render a student ineligible under the ninety (90) school day ineligibility clause. A transfer for athletic advantage shall include, but not be limited to, if the reason for student’s transfer was for any of the following:
2.4.6 A student who transfers from a public, private, or charter school to a school of choice, as authorized by 14 Del.C., Ch. 4 shall be eligible immediately provided the transfer occurs after the close of the sending school's academic year and prior to the first official student day of the receiving school's academic year.
2.4.6.1 A student who transfers from a school of choice to another school of choice shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics during his/her their 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 only.
2.4.7 A student who transfers from a school of choice to either a private school, public school, or, after completing his/her their two year commitment, to a public charter school, shall be eligible immediately provided the transfer occurs after the close of the sending school’s academic year.
2.4.8 If a student transfers with fewer than ninety (90) school days left in the academic year, he/she they shall be ineligible for the remainder of the school year but shall be eligible beginning with the subsequent fall sports season provided he/she is they are in compliance with all other eligibility requirements.
2.5.1 A student may not participate in an interscholastic sport unless he/she is they are considered an amateur in that sport. A student forfeits his/her their amateur status if he/ she does they do any of the following:
2.5.1.5 Receives cash or a cash equivalent (savings bond, certificate of deposit, etc.), merchandise (except as permitted by 9.1.4) or a merchandise discount (except for discount arranged by school for part of team uniform) a reduction or waiver of fees, a gift certificate, or other valuable consideration as a result of his/her their participation in an organized competition or instructional camp or clinic. Accepting an event program or a complimentary item(s) (T shirt, hat, equipment bag, etc.) that is inscribed with a reference to the event, has an aggregate retail value of no more than $150.00, and is provided to all of the participants, shall not jeopardize his/ her amateur status.
2.5.1.7 Uses his/her their athletic status to promote or endorse a commercial product or service on the internet; in a newsprint, radio, or television advertisement or any other form of media; or personal appearance.
2.5.3 A student who forfeits his/her their amateur status under the provisions of this rule is ineligible to participate at the interscholastic level in the sport in which the violation occurred. He/she They may be reinstated after a period of up to 180 school days provided that during the suspension, he/she they compliesy with all of the provisions of this rule. The suspension shall date from the time of the last offense.
2.6.1.1 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 pPrincipal or hHeadmaster if he/she the student is making satisfactory progress in accordance with the requirements of his/her their iIndividualized eEducation pProgram (IEP).
2.6.2.2 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, he/she they shall become eligible provided he/she they successfully completes the course work prior to the first official student day of the school year.
2.6.3 A student forfeits or regains his/her their eligibility, in accordance with the provisions of this rule, on the day report cards are issued.
2.6.5 An ineligible student who practices in violation of 2.6.1. 2.6.2 or 2.6.3. shall, when upon he/she regainsing his/her their eligibility, be prohibited from practicing, scrimmaging, or competing for an equivalent number of days.
2.7.1 No student shall represent a school in an interscholastic athletic contest or scrimmage after four (4) consecutive semesters from the date of his/her their first entrance into the seventh grade in schools which restrict participation in interscholastic athletics to students in grades 7 and 8 unless a waiver is granted for hardship reasons.
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, his/her their family, or school which (1) deprive his/her them of all or part of one of his/her their opportunitiesy to participate in a particular sports season; (2) preclude his/her them from completing the academic requirements for graduation within the normal period of eligibility; and (3) deprive his/her them of all or part of one of his/her 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. Claims of extended illness, debilitating injury, emotional stress, etc., must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. Evidence must be submitted to verify that the student or his/her their parent(s), or legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver sought assistance to ameliorate the effects of the hardship condition.
2.7.2 No student shall represent a school in athletics after six (6) consecutive semesters from the date of his/her their first entrance into the sixth grade in schools which permit students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to participate in interscholastic athletics unless a waiver is granted for hardship reasons as defined in section 2.7.1.
2.7.2.1 No student shall have more than three (3) opportunities to participate in a fall sport or combination of fall sports, in a winter sport or combination of winter sports, or in a spring sport or combination of spring sports.
2.9.1 If a school uses an ineligible athlete, the administrative head or his/her their designee shall notify the opposing school(s) or event sponsor, in the case of a tournament or meet, and the Executive Director in writing of the violation and the forfeiture of the appropriate game(s), match(es) or point(s) won.
2.9.2.2 The offending school may appeal to the DIAA Board of Directors for a waiver of the forfeiture penalty. If the forfeiture penalty is waived, the offending school shall be reprimanded and fined a minimum of $200.00 but no more than $1,000.00 and referred to the DIAA Sportsmanship Committee for consideration of further action unless the athlete or his/her their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) knowingly withheld information or provided false information that caused his/her them to be eligible for interscholastic competition. The burden of proof, in both cases, rests entirely with the offending school. A forfeit shall constitute a loss for the offending school and a win for its opponent for purposes of standings. A forfeit shall be automatic and not subject to refusal by the offending school's opponent.
2.9.3 The deliberate or inadvertent use of an ineligible athlete in the sports of cross country, wrestling, swimming, track, golf, and tennis shall require the offending school to forfeit the matches won and points earned by the ineligible athlete or by a relay team of which he/she was they were a member. The points contributed by an ineligible athlete to his/her their team score shall be deleted and the contest score as well as any affected placements will be adjusted according to the rules of that sport.
2.9.4 If an ineligible athlete participates in interscholastic competition contrary to DIAA rules but in accordance with a temporary restraining order or injunction against his/her their school or 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 as stipulated in 2.9.1 and 2.9.2 shall be imposed.
2.9.5 The intentional use of an ineligible athlete by a mMember school or repeated indifference to its responsibility to determine the eligibility of its athletes will subject the school to additional penalties which may include suspension for the number of days up to the length of the school year from the date the charge is substantiated.
2.9.7 If an athlete or his/her their parent(s, legal guardian(s), or Relative Caregiver knowingly withholds information or provides false information that causes him/her the athlete to be eligible for interscholastic competition, the athlete shall be suspended from participation in any sport at any DIAA member school for up to the number of days up to the length of the school year from the date the charge is substantiated.
3.1.1 A student shall not be eligible to try out, practice, scrimmage, or compete in an interscholastic contest unless he/she has been adequately examined by a licensed physician (MD or DO), a licensed nurse practitioner, or a licensed physician's assistant verifies in writing on or after April 1 and before beginning such athletic activity for the current school year that the student has been adequately examined within the last 12 months and is cleared medically to participate. However, should any conditions found in subsection 3.1.3 of this regulation occur since the last examination, a reexamination is required before the student can be medically cleared. A student who participates in a contest without a preparticipation physical evaluation shall be considered an ineligible athlete and the school subject to the penalties stipulated in 2.9.
3.2 Wrestling Weight Control Program Middle School Wrestling
3.2.1 Weight Control Program - Each year, four (4) weeks from the first day he/she the student appears at practice, a wrestler must establish his/ her minimum weight class at a weigh in witnessed by and attested to in writing by the athletic director or a designated staff member (excluding coaches) of the school the wrestler attends. A wrestler may recertify at a lower weight during the 4 weeks from the first day he/she they appears at practice. However, once certified at a weight, a wrestler may not weigh in more than one class above the weight of the certification without automatically recertifying at a higher weight. Once recertified to a higher weight class the wrestler can no longer recertify lower. After 4 weeks from the first practice day a wrestler may not compete in a weight class below his duly established weight class.
3.2.43.2.1.1 By the end of four (4) weeks of practice, a certified team roster listing the established minimum weight class of each wrestler shall be sent to the Executive Director of DIAA. Further, duly attested notices of additions to the certified roster shall be sent to the Executive Director without delay.
3.2.2 The weight classifications shall be as follows:
3.2.5.1.3 A team which begins its season in October shall receive a one pound growth allowance in November and an additional pound in December. A team which begins its season in November shall receive a one pound growth allowance in December, an additional pound in January, and a third pound in February.
3.2.54 Schools which desire to conduct their wrestling program at a time other than the specified season must request permission from the Executive Director.
3.2.35 With the exception of the above weight classifications Except as modified by this section, the current edition of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Book shall apply.
4.1.6 No mMember school shall participate in a post season contest without the written approval of the Executive Director.
5.1.1 Sponsoring Interscholastic Teams: Interscholastic competition is defined as any athletic contest between students representing two (2) or more schools. Member of school clubs who participate in noncompetitive, recreational activities or compete unattached are not considered to be engaged in interscholastic competition. Students are considered to be representing a school if the school does any of the following:
5.1.3.1 Level 1 or developmental sport, less than seven (7) participating schools. DIAA rules and regulations shall not be in effect.
5.1.3.2 Level 2 or recognized sport, seven (7) or more participating schools. Participating schools must petition the DIAA Board of Directors for official recognition of the sport.
5.1.3.2.2 Withdrawal of level 2 status: If, for two (2) consecutive years, less than the required number of schools participate in a sport, DIAA may withdraw official recognition for a period of time as determined by the Board of Directors.
5.2.1 Member schools may participate in tournaments and meets involving four (4) or more schools only if the event has been sanctioned by DIAA and, if applicable, by the NFHS. Tournaments and meets shall be sanctioned in accordance with the following criteria:
6.3.2.4 The school coach may not require his/her athletes to participate in a camp or clinic or provide instruction to his/her returning athletes in a camp or clinic except as in accordance with 7.5.
6.4.1 A mMember school may open its gymnasium or other facility for informal, recreational activities in accordance with the following provisions:
6.4.1.4 A coach may not predetermine that the open gym will include only his/her their sport and publicize the open gym as being restricted to that sport. It is the responsibility of the adult supervisor to permit as many different activities as the facility can effectively and safely accommodate.
6.4.1.8 Open gyms may not be limited to members of a particular team, but they are restricted to students enrolled at the school and are not available to students enrolled at other schools regardless of grade.
6.6.1 A student may participate on a nonschool team or in a non-school individual event both during and out of the designated sport season. However, the student owes his/her their primary loyalty and allegiance to the school team of which he/she is they are a member. A school shall have the authority to require attendance at practices and contests and students not in compliance shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the school.
6.6.2.5 The school coach may not require his/her athletes to participate in non school competition or provide instruction to his/her athletes in non school competition except as in 7.5.
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.
7.1.2 All head coaches shall be required to attend the DIAA rules clinic for their sport or, if applicable, pass an open book rules examination supplied by the DIAA office. A school shall pay a $50.00 fine and the head coach shall be placed on probation if he/she they fails to attend the DIAA rules clinic or pass the open book rules examination in his/her their sport. Failure to comply for a second consecutive year shall result in the school paying a $50.00 fine and the coach being suspended for up to five contests as determined by the Executive Director.
7.2.1 An emergency coach shall be defined as an individual who is either not certified by the Department of Education, or is certified by the Department of Education but is not employed for the school year or whose professional assignment is less than 1/2 half of the school day. An individual who meets the requirements of a certified coach as specified in 21.1, but whose professional assignment is located in a different school or district than his/her coaching assignment shall not be considered an emergency coach by DIAA.
7.2.3.3.1 He/she A coach must be officially appointed by the local Board of Education. The sSuperintendent or his/her designee may temporarily appoint an individual if a coaching vacancy arises and the sport season begins during the interim between meetings of the local Board of Education.
7.2.3.3.2 His/her The coaching salary must be paid exclusively by the local Board of Education.
7.3.1 Students who are practice teaching in a mMember school shall be permitted to assist in all professional activities during their practice teaching period.
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 his/her their assigned sport to returning members of the teams of the school at which he/she they coaches, or transfer students from other schools who play the coach’s sport.
7.5.1.1 A coach shall not be allowed to participate on a team in his/her their assigned sport with the aforementioned players.
7.5.1.2 A coach shall also be prohibited from officiating contests in his/her their assigned sport if the aforementioned players are participating except in organized league competition.
7.5.1.3 A certified, emergency, or volunteer coach shall not be allowed to provide instruction during the designated season in his/her their assigned sport to current members of the teams of the school at which he/she coaches outside of school sponsored practices, scrimmages, and contests.
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 his/her their assigned sport to returning members of the varsity or subvarsity teams of the school at which he/she they coaches. Instructional contact with the aforementioned returning school team members shall be subject to the following conditions:
7.5.2.1 A coach may provide instruction to an unlimited number of his/her their returning school team members in formal league or tournament competition or in formal instructional camps or clinics provided the league or tournament or instructional camp or clinic is insured, organized and conducted by a nonschool affiliated organization.
7.5.2.3 A coach shall not receive any compensation, from any source, for the instruction of his/her their returning school team members. Reimbursement for out of pocket expenses (e.g. gas, food, lodging) incurred by returning school team members and coaches to attend leagues or tournaments or instructional camps or clinics are not prohibited provided that no local school or state educational funds are used.
8.1.1 The officiating of interscholastic contests in the state of Delaware which involve one (1) or more member schools shall be under the control of the DIAA and such control may include, but not be restricted to, giving examinations, evaluating officials, setting game fees, determining the number of officials per game, and assigning officials.
8.1.2.6 A membership roster indicating the number of years of experience at the subvarsity, varsity, and state tournament levels for each member and also his/her their most recent rating in a previous association. This information must be documented and is subject to verification.
8.1.7 An approved Aassociation shall serve a minimum two year probationary period during which time the association shall be evaluated. An Aassociation designated as probationary is ineligible to provide officials to work the applicable DIAA State Tournament.
8.1.7.1.4 A comparison of the percentage of games the Aassociation worked against the percentage of games worked by other DIAA recognized officials associations in that sport.
8.1.7.1.5 A comparison of the percentage of the Aassociation’s registered officials against the number who worked Vvarsity level games.
8.1.7.2 The results of all evaluations shall be shared with the probationary Aassociation at the end of each season. The association shall have the opportunity to add comments to the final evaluation.
8.1.8.3 Re-approve conditionally with Sstate Ttournament consideration based upon the Ssport worked.
8.1.8.4 Completely approve the Aassociation with full Sstate Ttournament consideration equal to any existing Aassociations(s).
8.1.9.3 Re-approved conditionally with Sstate Ttournament consideration based upon the Ssport worked.
8.1.9.4 Completely approved with full Sstate Ttournament consideration equal to any existing Aassociations(s).
8.3.3 Failure to satisfy both requirements in the same season for two (2) consecutive years shall cause the official to lose varsity officiating status during the second season. Failure to fulfill this obligation in subsequent years shall cause the official to continue to be restricted to subvarsity contests until both requirements have been satisfied in the same season.
8.3.5 If, for a legitimate reason which is documented by the president of his/her their association, an official is unable to attend the DIAA rules interpretation clinic, he/she they may view a videotape of the DIAA clinic or, in the absence of a videotape, attend a clinic conducted by another NFHS member state association provided the following procedures are observed:
9.1.1 Member schools and support groups affiliated with a mMember schools, such as an alumni association or booster club, shall be allowed to present recognition awards for team and individual accomplishments. The awards, including artwork and lettering, shall require the approval of the administrative head of the school and their value shall be mostly symbolic, not more than $250.00. Member schools and support groups affiliated with mMember schools are also permitted to sponsor banquets.
10.2.1 A school employee or Board approved volunteer may not initiate contact or request that a booster club member, alumnus, or player initiate contact with a student enrolled in another school or his/her their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or a Relative Caregiver in order to persuade the student to enroll in a particular school for athletic purposes. Illegal contact shall include, but not be limited to, letters, questionnaires or brochures, telephone calls, and home visits or personal contact at athletic contests.
10.2.2 If a coach or athletic director is contacted by a prospective athlete or his/her their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver, the former must refer the individual(s) to the pPrincipal or hHeadmaster or school personnel responsible for admissions.
10.3.1.1 Discuss the athletic program with a prospective student or his/her their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver during an open house or approved visit initiated by the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver.
10.3.1.2 Provide information concerning sports offered, facilities, conference affiliation, and general athletic policies. However, he/she is they are not permitted to state or imply in any way that his/her their athletic program is superior to that of another school or that it would be more beneficial or advantageous for the prospective student to participate in athletics at his/her their school.
10.5.1 The use of influence or illegal contact including but not limited to violations of 10.1 and 10.2 by a person(s) employed by or representing a mMember school including members of alumni associations, booster groups, and similar organizations to persuade, induce, or facilitate the enrollment of a student in that school for athletic purposes may render the student ineligible for up to 1 one full school year from the date the charge is substantiated. In addition, the offending school may be placed on probation, as determined by the DIAA Board of Directors, and the offending employee, if a coach, may be suspended for up to one (1) full school year from the date the charge is substantiated.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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