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Bylaws and Eligibility Standards

NYSPHSAA, Inc.

BYLAWS and ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

 

These standards are the rules of the New York  State  Public  High  School  Athletic Association, Inc. and apply to grades 9-12.  Athletes  must  meet  all  standards  of eligibility for practice and competition. "All schools agree to abide by the minimum eligibility rules adopted by the Central Committee in all interscholastic competitions." – NYSPHSAA, Inc., Constitution, Article II. (2). They are effective August 1, 2014.

 

  1. AGE AND GRADE: Regulation of the Commissioner of Education: A student shall be eligible for interschool competition in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 until his/her nineteenth birthday. If the age of nineteen years is reached on or after July 1, the student may continue to participate during that school year in all sports. NOTE: Students may be eligible regardless of age or grade if they have been approved through the State Education Department's Selection/Classification Program. The 15 year old below the 9th grade needs only to meet selection/classification maturity standards to be eligible at the high school  level. (Duration of Competition #8)

Reporting Procedure: All violations shallbe reported to the League and Section.

 

  1. AMATEUR:
    1. A student who represents a school in an interscholastic sport shall be an amateur in that sport. An amateur is one who engages in athletic competition solely for the pleasure of the activity and for the physical, mental, and social benefits derived from participation. When competing in non-NYSPHSAA sponsored events, an athlete forfeits amateurstatus in a sport by:
      1. Competing for money or other compensation (allowable entry fees, travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted.)

2. Receiving an award or prize of monetary value which has not been approved by this Association. NOTE: Only awards or prizes having a monetary value of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or less per competition will be approved by the Association. When honoring student-athletes for success in NYSPHSAA sponsored championship events, Boards of Education are encouraged to approve limited awards that are appropriate to highschool level competition.

  1. Capitalizing on athletic fame by receiving money or gifts of monetary value (scholarships to institutes of higher learning are specifically exempted).
  2. Signing a professional playing contract in that sport.
    1. Instructing, supervising, or officiating in any organized youth sports program, recreation, playground, or camp activities will not jeopardize  amateur standing. Receiving compensation for officiating shall not affect amateur standing.
    2. A student who violates the above rule may apply to the league or to the designated body within that section for reinstatement one year from the date of the latest violation.

Reporting Procedure: All violations shall be reported to the League and Section.

 

 

  1. APPEAL PROCEDURE: The NYSPHSAA, Inc. is an association of member schools. Therefore, appeals will only be entertained from school, leagues and sections.
    1. All questions of eligibility and all questions regarding the  implementation  of  the rules and regulations of the NYSPHSAA, Inc.  or of any  of its subdivisions shall be referred to the league president for a decision unless the league provides for another method for reaching a decision. The league shall be guided by the constitution, bylaws, rules, regulations, and sports standards of the league, the section, and the association. A school which does not belong to a league may apply to the section president for a decision. All appeals are to be in writing and are to be initiated at the league level. NOTE: While an appeal is being processed a student(s) may participate in practice sessions commencing from  the date the appeal was filed. It is provided, however, that all questions pertaining to general eligibility involving a Sectional activity shall be taken directly to the Athletic Council or its designee: and it is  provided further, however, that during regional and state championship activity, all questions concerning the rules and regulations of the NYSPHSAA, Inc. and questions of general eligibility shall be  referred  to  the Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA,  Inc. or his or her  designated representative for such contest if he or she is unavailable. Because of time constraints, the decision of the Athletic Council or the Executive Director as the case may be, will be final with no right of formal appeal to the Appeal Panel or other administrative body. Any and all questions and/or protests as to game/meet rules or as to the conduct of the game or meet shall be heard and decided by the game/meet committee established by that Section or State Sport Championship  Committee  as  the  case may be; and all such decisions shall be final with no right of appeal.
    2. Appeals from the decision of league presidents and section presidents may be made to the Athletic Council which will review the evidence, may hear arguments, and shall have the power to affirm, reverse, or modify the decisions of the league or section president. The decisions of game officials shall be final unless the individual league or section has made provisions for review. In any event, the Appeal Panel will not review any such decisions.
    3. An appeal from the decision of the athletic Council may be taken to the Appeal Panel of the NYSPHSAA, Inc., which shall review the evidence, may hear arguments, and shall have the power to  affirm, reverse, or modify the decision of the Athletic Council. Such decisions shall not be reversed or modified unless the Appeal Panel finds that:
      1. The decision of the Athletic Council clearly is contrary to the evidence presented.

2.   The facts found by the Athletic Council constitute a violation of the Association's Constitution, standards or rules, or Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, or

3.    A procedural error affected the reliability of the information that was utilized to supportthe finding of the Athletic Council.

 

 

 

 

  1. An aggrieved party shall be one or more member schools of the NYSPHSAA, Inc., and the notice of appeal shall be signed by the chief school officer of the schools involved. The aggrieved party must notify the Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA, Inc., of its intention to appeal to the Appeal Panel not later than fifteen (15) calendar days from the date the aggrieved party received written decision of the  Athletic Council and submit a statement indicating whether the aggrieved party desires to submit its appeal in writing only or whether they desire to make oral argument by either telephone conference call or in person. A filing fee of $200.00 must be received from the aggrieved party prior to the appeal hearing. The Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA, Inc., shall notify the parties of the  date  by  which written presentation must be submitted and the date, place and time for any oral arguments.

A written brief shall contain: 1) A table of contents, 2) A concise statement of the nature of the appeal and the questions involved, 3) A concise statement of the facts with the supporting references to the transcript of any proceedings had or to a summary of the proceedings as submitted by the recording secretary if there be no transcript, 4) The arguments, which shall be divided into points by appropriate and distinct headings, 5) Exhibits, if any.

  1. The Appeal Panel shall be comprised of three persons consisting of the NYSPHSAA, Inc., current past president, who shall serve as chairperson, one representative from the coordinators of a sectional appeals committee, and one representative from section executive directors/secretaries. Should a representative from any of these categories be unable to serve, the Executive Director of NYSPHSAA, Inc., and/or Counsel shall serve in an ex-officio capacity.
  2. Expenses incurred by the Appeal Panel members shall be shared in the following manner: One-fourth from the NYSPHSAA, Inc., one-fourth from the section involved and one-half from the appellant. Expenses include all necessary  and  customary travel expenses, including, but not limited to mileage, lodging and meals. When telephone conference calls are requested a fee of $300 will be paid in full by the appellant(Jan. 2012).
  3. If a section is involved in an appeal, no representation shall be selected from that section.
  4. The decision of the Appeal Panel shall be the final administrative appeal through the NYSPHSAA, Inc., and shall be final.

 

 

 

 

  1. Any member school which institutes an unsuccessful legal action or appeal to the courts or the Commissioner of Education to overturn, stay or enjoin an eligibility ruling or a rule or rules of the NYSPHSAA or its subdivisions will be liable  for reasonable costs and attorney fees incurred by the NYSPHSAA, section(s) or leagues in defending against such action. Further, should the Association or its subdivisions be forced to initiate legal action  to  collect  the aforementioned costs and attorney fees, the member school shall be additionally liable for  the Association's reasonable costs and attorney fees resulting from the collection action and shall be deprived of all rights to participate in any  post  schedule championship conducted by the  NYSPHSAA or its sections.

Any member school which does not make final payment of costs and fees by June 30 of that year shall be denied membership in the Association.

  1. Eligibility Standards may be made more restrictive by individual sections. Any appeal involving a more restrictive standard shall not be heard by the Appeal Panel and the decision of the section shall be final. NOTE: If a school, League, or Section becomes a plaintiff or defendant in litigation based on the enforcement of its own rules, NYSPHSAA, Inc., rules, or the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, this Association offers consultative legal advisement. Requests for consultation are to be directed to the President or the Executive Director, who may refer  the question to Counsel. The authorization for payment of legal fees for representation by this Association is limited to actions in which the NYSPHSAA, Inc. is the primary defendant or respondent. After the local action is completed, the Association may offer to appear amicuscuriae duringAppellant Review.

 

  1. APPROVED OFFICIALS: Officials shall qualify through completion of the Officials' Five Point Program. Each approvedofficialshall:
    1. Observe the constitution and bylaws of their local and state official’s  organization.
    2. Attend interpretation meetings and clinics of the local organizationeach year.
    3. Give satisfactory evidence of proficiency in the mechanics of officiating and of competent performance related to the specific sport.
    4. Pass the National Federation State, or other approved rules examination.
    5. Be listed with the NYSPHSAA, Inc., Executive Director.

NOTE: To insure quality competitive experiences, the selection and assignment of officials must provide priority to competent officials (those who have been trained and tested in the approved rules and regulations of the specific game to be officiated). (See OCF section of the Handbook)

 

 

 

 

  1. ASSUMED NAME: Participating under an assumed name in any athletic contest shall make the student/athlete ineligible for the remainder of that sport season. The Section may extend the period of ineligibility in that sport to one year from the date of violation. The coach responsible for the student's participation will be ineligible to coach for the remainder of the season and furthermore, the Section may extend the period of ineligibility as deemed appropriate.

 

  1. BONA FIDE STUDENTS: Regulation of the Commissioner of Education: A contestant must be a bona fide student of the high school represented and must be taking at least four subjects including Physical Education. A foreign exchange student may be considered a bona fide student if all of these eligibility rules are satisfied. A student in an education program in two schools may represent only the home school. NOTE: A  student  in shared services, part-time or full-time program, taking the equivalent of four subjects including Physical Education, is considered as being registered in the home school. Exceptions for special cases must be approvedby League and Section.

A student who satisfies all eligibility standards, enrolled in the equivalent of three requirements for graduation, may be enrolled in one or more college courses for advance placement. The student must be earning a minimum of three  high  school credits and Physical  Educationto be eligible.

For assistance in determining the eligibility of students enrolled in a GED program, please  contact the NYSPHSAA office.

Students may only be selectively classified into a member school. Furthermore, to be eligible to be selectively classified into a member schools' athletic programs a student must be registered in that school district.

COMBINING OF TEAMS - The joining together of students from two or more member schools in the same district or  close proximity to form a single team shall be permitted subject to the  followingconditions:

  1. Permission must be obtained from their league and section on an annualbasis.
  2. Section approval must be reported to the NYSPHSAA, Inc., Executive Committee. NOTE: If a combined school team goes  beyond  sectional  level  competition  their  boys and girls grade 9-11 enrollment shall be combined, using the below criteria, for state level competition. (2015-16 and 2016-17)

 

 

  1. The school(s) with the higher (est.) classification number will have a percentage of the other school(s) classification number added according to the graduated scale below. The percentage is dependent upon the association’s “5 sport classification cut-off numbers".

 

Class AA = 50%                 Class B = 30%            Class D = 20% Class A = 40%                                   Class C = 30%

 

3.   Section shall determine the deadlines for schools to merge or demerge programs.

 

  1. If a non-public school is part of the merger, the “merged” team may be subject to the Section’s Classification of Non-Public School Committee.
  2. If a merger is denied by the Section, schools have the ability to resubmit a merger using 100% of all schools BEDS enrollment numbers. (July 2016)

 

Reporting Procedure: All violations shall be reported to the League and Section.

 

  1. COLLEGE: A student is no longer eligible to represent the school in that sport in that season if the student participates in practice or competition with or against any individual or team(s) representing a college that season. Prior to completion, the NYSPHSAA Executive Director may grant an exemption of the College Rule for an individual sport athlete when vying for a standard that would qualify them for the Olympic trials and/or Olympic Games when this opportunity is not offered through the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and/or the National Federation of State High School Associations. The exemption would permit a student to participate as an "unattached" individual with no affiliation to their school team in a competition against open and college competitors in an approved competition set forth by the Olympic Committee without violating the College Rule. (Jan. 2012)

Reporting Procedure: All violations shallbe reported to the League and Section.

 

  1. DURATION OF COMPETITION: Regulation of the Commissioner of Education: A  pupil shall be eligible for  senior high school athletic competition in a sport during each of four consecutive seasons of such sport commencing with the pupil's entry into the ninth grade and prior to graduation, except as otherwise specified by the Commissioner Regulations. A pupil enters competition in a given year when the pupil is a member of the team in the sport involved, and that team has completed at least one contest. The eligibility for competition of a pupil who has not attained the age of 19 years prior to July 1 may be extended under the following circumstances.
    1. If sufficient evidence is presented by the chief school officer to the section to show that the pupil's failure to enter competition during one or more seasons of a sport caused by illness or accident beyond the control  of  the  student,  such  pupil's eligibility shall be extended accordingly in that sport.


 

In order to be deemed sufficient, the evidence must include documentation showing that as a direct result of the illness or accident beyond the control of the student, the pupil will be required to attend school for one or more additional semesters in order to graduate.

Appeals shouldbe filed with the Section office.

  1. If the chief school officer demonstrated to the  satisfaction of the  section that the pupil's failure to enter competition during one or more seasons  of  a sport is caused by such pupil's enrollment in a national or international student exchange program or foreign study program, that as a result of such enrollment the pupil will be required to attend school for one or more semesters in order to graduate, and that the pupil did not  enter competition in any sport while enrolled in  such  program, such pupil's eligibility shall be extended accordingly in such sport.

Appeals shouldbe filed with the Section office.

 

  1. FOREIGNSTUDENTS and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

The following criteria apply to all Foreign Exchange and International students:

  1. Students who have been graduated from the secondary school system in their country are ineligible for the interschool athletic program.
  2. No member of the school's coaching staff  or  athletic  director,  paid  or  voluntary, shall serve as a host family. School districts may apply to the Section for a waiver if the student is living with a member of the school's coaching staff or  athletic director and if the student has not played the sport competitively.
  3. There shall be no evidence that a student, school or other interested party has influenced the assignment of the foreign exchange or international student to  a school for athletic purposes.
  4. Studentsmust possess the appropriate visa.
  5. The foreign exchange and international student must comply with all  other NYSPHSAA and NYSED eligibility requirements.

In additionto the aforementioned criteria, the following applies too:

  1. FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS - All Foreign Exchange Students must be reported to the Section office using the appropriate form.  Athletes are not permitted to practice before the form has been submitted. Athletes are not permitted to compete without approval from the Section.
    1. Foreign Exchange Student definition: A foreign exchange student is a student that is enrolled in a NYSPHSAA member school that is a participant in a foreign exchange program. The foreign exchange program may or may not be accepted for listing by the CSIET.

 

 

 

  1. A bona fide Foreign Exchange student may be immediately eligible the first year in residence and be limited to one year eligibility provided the student (a) is a participant in an established foreign exchange program accepted for listing by the Council of Standards for International Travel (CSIET) and (b) complies with all State Education  Department and NYSPHSAA, Inc., standards. Students that are not in an approved CSIET program are subject to the Transfer Rule. NOTE: CSIET list is available at  www.nysphsaa.org
  2. There shall be no evidence that a student, school or other interested party has influenced the assignment of the foreign Exchange student to a school for athletic purposes. The foreign exchange program must assign students to host families by a method that ensures that no student, or his/her parents, school or other  interested  party  may  influence  the  assignment for athletic or other purposes. The Foreign Exchange student may not be selected or placed on any basis related to his/her athletic interests or abilities. School districts will be notified by NYSPHSAA if a student is considered to be a "Direct Placement" by CSIET standards. Those Foreign Exchange students who are Direct Placements are subject to the Transfer Rule#30

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - When needed, International students must receive a waiver of the Transfer Rule to be eligible to practice or  compete. Schools must submit the required transfer form to the Section office. Athletes are not permitted to practice before the form has been submitted. Athletes are not permitted to compete withoutapproval.
    1. International Student definition: An International student is a student that is enrolled in a  NYSPHSAA  member  school,  who  is  not  enrolled  in  a foreign exchange program nor living with his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided  for at least six monthsprior).
      1. All international students are considered to be transfer students. Eligibility is determined under the transfer rule. NOTE: If an International student has participated in an organized sports program in a particular sport, equivalent to or on a higher level than our high school programs, he/she is ineligible to participate in  that sport for one year.

b. There shall be no evidence that a student, school or other interested party has influenced the assignment  of  the  International  student  to  a  school for athletic  purposes:

NOTE: Noncompliance with one or more of the foregoing provisions shall render the Foreign Exchange or International student ineligible for interscholastic athletics at any high school which is a member of the NYSPHSAA.(2010)

 

 

 

 

10. HEALTH EXAMINATION: Regulation of the Commissioner of Education: A student who may engage in interschool competition shall  receive  an  adequate  health  examination and health history update when required, and may not practice or participate without the approval of the school medical officer. NOTE: Physicals for participation in  school sports may be scheduled at any time during the calendar year. The results of  the physical shall be valid for a period of 12 months during the last day of the month in which the physical was conducted. Unless the medical examination is conducted within 30 days of the start of a season, a health history update is required. Any pupil, whose safe participation is in  question as  a  result of  the  health  history interview, or injury, or prolonged absence, must be prequalified by the school physician prior to participation. If the 12-month period for the physical expires during a sports season, participants may complete the season as long  as a health history was conducted prior to the season. For example, a physical conducted on August 1 would be valid through August 31. If a student plays beyond August (ex. football), the student may complete that sports season as long as an interval health history was conducted before the start of the season. Immediately following the  last sanctioned tournament  competition  for that season, a new physical is required if the student is going to play another sport. Sport season includes tryouts. NOTE: The Handbook Committee recommends that each incidence of prolonged absence should be reviewed individually by the coach and the athletic director, consulting with the school physician when necessary,  and  a reasonable amount of practice time and playing time be established based on the athlete's readiness for safe return to competition.

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS: Member schools may sponsor contests for their athletic teams with foreign countries secondary school teams for the purpose of cultural exchange and competition under the following conditions:
    1. League, Conference and Sectional schedule may not be  altered  to accommodate such a contest.
  1. Teams with whom contests are scheduled must be comprised of players comparable in ages to our seniorhigh school level.
  2. All competitors on the New York State high school team must be eligible according to NYSPHSAAInc. , regulations.
  3. All contests must be scheduled according to appropriate sport standards.
  4. No such competition may take place four  weeks prior to the starting date of that sport season as establishedby the Section.
  5. The number of organized practice sessions in preparation for international competition shall be restricted to the number required before a first contest in that sport.
  6. The Section must approve the plans and the  NYSPHSAA,  Inc.,  Executive  Director must be notifiedat least sixty days prior to the scheduleddeparture.

 

 

 

  1. When hosting an international contest, sanctioning request forms must be initiated by the host member school through NFHS (www.NFHS.org). One application per state will be filed when a foreign team tours and plays more than one school.
  2. When hosting an international contest, the contest must be conducted within the school's sport season as established by its Section Athletic Council and must be counted as one of the maximum number of contests. The hosting of a scrimmage with a foreign school's team does not require sanctioning. It is the school's responsibility to determine that the criteria listed in this section and Eligibility Standard #12; InterschoolScrimmage/Practice Sessions satisfied.
  3. A complete report, including a detailed financial statement, involving all phases of the competition shall be filed with the NFHS and the State Association within thirty

(30) Days following final competition.

 

National Federation Sanction is necessary for international competition. Forms for requesting this sanction must be completed online using the NFHS web site (www.NFHS.org/scanctioning) and must be filed 60 days prior to date of competition.

 

  1. INTERSCHOOL SCRIMMAGE: A scrimmage is a practice that  is  a  SIMULATED CONTEST. In scrimmages: (a) both squads use the same field simultaneously with both coaches making corrections and giving instructions, (b)  GAME  RULES  MUST  BE ALTERED - SEE SPORT SPECIFIC  REQUIREMENTS  (High  School  Sport  Standards),  (c) no official score is kept, (d) time period(s) are defined in the Sport Standards section of the NYSPHSAA Handbook, (e) no admission is charged. The use of officials would be permitted and encouraged whenever possible for the purpose of instruction regarding the rules and proper application of rules.

 

  1. INTERSTATE CONTESTS: Sanctioning is a means of encouraging well-managed competition. The sanctioning program has the primary purpose of protecting the welfare of high school students. A secondary purpose of the sanctioning program is to protect the existing programs sponsored by member schools. Schools may obtain information regarding the sanctioning process and print Application for Sanction forms (NYSPHSAA or NFHS applications) from the  NYSPHSAA web site (www.nysphsaa.org).
    1. When schools schedule interscholastic contests with schools in other states,  each school will observe its own state regulations and standards of eligibility.
    2. No member school will engage in athletic competition, scrimmage and/or practice with an out-of-state  school which is not a member in good standing of  its respective state high school athletic association or has not been approved by the respective state association if the school is ineligible to join. Furthermore, member schools will not compete in any interstate contest which is sponsored solely by an outside agency. For dual contests it is the school's responsibility to determine that these criteria are satisfied.

 

 

  1. A member school wishing to host a  contest involving an  out-of-state school  must file an application for Sanction for any contest involving four or more schools, or any contest involving three or more states. Timeline, application fee and application form informationis available on the NYSPHSAAweb site, www.nysphsaa.org.
  2. A member school planning to participate in an interstate contest involving four or more schools, or any interstate contest which is co-sponsored by an organization other than a member high school, must give notice of entry to the NYSPHSAA, Inc., office so that the school may receive verification that the contest has been sanctioned. NOTE: Failure  to comply with the above regulation may cause a  team or individuals to be ineligible from that date of participation for the remainder of that sportseason.

NOTE: NYSPHSAA will approve events that have non-member schools participating provided there can be no directcompetitionwith a non-memberschool.

 

  1. MIDDLE OR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: Member schools with students in grades 7, 8, or 9 have agreed to abide by the rules of our Modified Programs. Situations not covered in the Modified Rules will follow the high school standards.

 

  1. MIXED COMPETITION: Regulation of the Commissionerof Education. Male and female pupils on interschool athletic teams. See Commissioner Regulation.
    1. Equal opportunity to participate in interschool  competition  either  on  separate teams or in mixed competition on the same team shall be provided to male and female students, except as hereinafter provided. In schools that do not provide separate competition for male and female students in a specific sport, no student shall be excluded from such competition solely by reason of sex except in accordance with the provision of sub clauses (b) and (d)  of this  clause.  For  the  purpose  of this clause, baseball and softball shall be considered to constitute a single sport.
    2. In the sports of baseball, basketball, boxing,  field  hockey, football,  ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, speedball,  team  handball,  power  volleyball  where the height of the net is set at less than eight feet, and wrestling, the fitness of a given student to participate in mixed competition shall be determined by a review panel consisting of the school physician, a physical education teacher  designated by the principal of the school and if requested  by the parents of the pupil, a physician selected by  such  parents. Such panel shall make its determination by majority vote of the members, and in accordance with standards and criteria issued by the department.
    3. Where a school provides separate competition for male and female pupils in interschool athletic competition in a specific sport, the superintendent of schools, or in the case of a nonpublic school or school system which elects to be governed by this clause, the chief executive officer of the school or school system, may permit a female or females to participate on a team organized for males. However, where separate competition is provided, males may not participate on teams organized for females. NYSPHSAA NOTE: This clause is to meet the needs of the exceptionally talented girl.

 

 

 

 

  1. Where a school does not provide separate competition for male and female pupils in interschool athletic  competition  in  a  specific  sport,  the  superintendent  of  schools, or in the case of a nonpublic school or school system which elects to be governed by this clause, the chief executive officer of the school or school system,  or  the section may decline to permit a male or males to participate on a team organized for females upon a finding that such participation would have a significant adverse effect upon the opportunity of females to participate successfully in interschool competition  in  that  sport.

The NYSPHSAA requires that the names of girls and boys who participate on a team of the opposite sex be submitted to the league and section before any interschoolcontest in that sport. Teams withmultiple representations of boys and girls must be declared  either  a  girls  or  a  boys’  team  by  their  schools, prior to  the  first competition.

NOTE: Teams organized for one sex may only practice and compete against teams of that same sex. Furthermore, once an individual competes on a team for  one  sex during a season, he/she may not compete for or against a team organized for the other sex during that season. (Representation #25)

 

  1. NATIONAL TEAM/OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS:  A  student  may participate as an individual as a member of a National Team or in an Olympic Development Program during the school year. To participate in NYSPHSAA programs in that sport, individuals must meet the sports' standards.

 

  1. NON-FEDERATION MEMBER SCHOOLS: No scrimmage or game shall be played with other than public and those private and parochial  schools  that  belong  to  the  New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations. Verification of membership may be  securedfrom the NYSPHSAAwebsite (www.nysphsaa.org).

All other schools which are registered with the State  Education  Department  shall apply for Friends and Neighbors status  to  be  eligible  to  compete  with  NYSPHSAA, Inc., member schools. Applications must be processed through the Sectional Athletic Council in which the school is located. The application shall contain the agreement to abide by the NYSPHSAA, Inc., rules and will be signed by the applicant. The application, with an administrative fee of two hundred dollars, shall be forwarded by the Section Secretary to the Executive Director of the State Association with recommendations and substantiating statements for or against approval. The State Executive Committee shall make the final determination. Approval shall only be for a period of two years at which time schools may reapply for Friends and Neighbors status. NOTE: 1) Friends and Neighbors schools may compete against NYSPHSAA, Inc., member schools only through the league level of play. 2) Friends and Neighbors schools are eligible to compete with NYSPHSAA, Inc., member schools in all Sections excluding post-scheduled contests. 3) The two hundred dollar feeis payableevery year.

 

 

  1. OUTSIDE AGENCIES: Cooperation is permitted with any organization, college, or university, which may offer encouragement and/or the use of facilities for competition. An application form must be submitted to the Section Athletic Council prior to the planning of a contest. Approval may be given if these conditions are satisfied:
    1. A school, league, Section or the Association must cosponsor the activity.
    2. Secondary school personnel shall be responsible  for planning and for conducting the activity.
    3. The contest shall be developed with due regard for health and safety standards as set forth by the Commissioner's Regulations, and policies and standards of the NYSPHSAA, Inc.
    4. Insurance shall be provided which will protect the participants in case of injury and the  organization or institution against liability.
    5. The philosophy and standards which are to be followed shall be consistent with those listed in the NYSPHSAA, Inc., HANDBOOK.
    6. Financial arrangements are to be clearly specified in the application for approval.

 

 

  1. PENALTIES:
  1. If a school uses an ineligible student  in  any  interscholastic  contest,  such  contest shall be forfeited to the opposing schools. In individual sports, the use of an ineligible player would result in the contest being forfeited, however, the performances and outcomes of the other individuals would stand.
  2. Procedures to address forfeitures during post scheduletournaments shall be as follows:
    1. Team Sports: Participation by an ineligible player or team in any post schedule tournament game (sectional, intersectional, regional, semifinal or final) shall result in forfeiture of that game. At the time of discovery the school declared ineligible will be disqualified from the tournament immediately and their last opponent will advance in their place. Schools eliminated prior to the last opponent will not reenter tournament competition.
    2. Individual Sports: Participation by an ineligible contestant in  any post schedule tournament competition (sectional, intersectional or state championship) shall result in the forfeiture of that competition. The contestant will be disqualified from the tournament immediately and his/her last opponent  will  advance  in their place. Individuals eliminated prior to  the last  opponent will not  reenter the tournament  competition.
  3. If an individual or team exceeds the maximum number of contests permitted, the penalty is team ineligibility from the date of violation for the rest of the season. In the sports of wrestling, cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, swimming and diving when an individual exceeds the maximum number of contests, only the individual would no longer be eligible for that season. When an athlete exceeds the maximum number of contests the level in which the student-athlete participated as an  ineligible competitor will be affected.

 

 

 

 

  1. For any violation of eligibility or sports standards a school authority may be censured, placed on probation, or suspendedby the Section Athletic Council.
  2. Consistent with good ethical standards the prompt reporting of the  knowledge of an infraction shall be made to the proper authorities in writing.
  3. School Districts may appeal to the Section to gain relief from the prescribed penalty if the violation of eligibility standards resulted from circumstances out of the  District's control.
  4. If a coach/supervisor violated the NYSPHSAA Code of Conduct the following actions will be taken:
    1. The school and Sectionwillbe notifiedimmediately.
    2. Documentation of the incidentwill occur.
    3. A recommendation from the Section for disciplinary action will be given.

 

If a student or team  is ineligible according to NYSPHSAA, Inc., Bylaws and Eligibility Standards or Commissioner's Regulations but is permitted to participate in interschool competition contrary to such rules but in accordance with the terms of a court restraining order or injunction against his/her school and/or the NYSPHSAA Inc., and side injunction is subsequently voluntarily vacated, stayed, reversed, or finally determined by the courts that injunction relief is not or was not justified, any one or more of the following actions may be taken against such school in the interest of restitution and fairness to competing schools.

  1. Require that individual or team records and performances achieved during participation by such ineligible student shall be vacated or stricken.
  2. Require that team victories shall be forfeited to opponent.
  3. Require that team or individual awards earned by such ineligible student be returned to the Association.

 

  1. POST-SCHEDULE: No team or individual student may represent its school in any post- schedule contest other than those conducted by school or State Association authorities in accordance with approved standards. NOTE: If contests are within the season established by the Section, within the maximum number allowed and conducted  by school authorities, they are  allowed.

 

  1. POST SEASON: No team, or individual student, may represent its school in any post- season games, meets, or tournaments.

 

 

 

22.PRACTICE SESSIONS: Athletes must meet all Standards of Eligibility to participate in practice.
  1. An organized practice in grades 7-12 is a session for the purpose of providing instruction and practice in physical conditioning activities, skills, team  play,  and game strategy designed expressly for that sport under the supervision of a qualified coach appointed by the Board of Education of the local school district.  Such instruction and practice shall be held only during the season designated for that sport. Athletes who switch from one sport  to  another sport  are  permitted  to count conditioning practices toward their new sport as follows (excluding bowling, golf, and rifle):
    1. Sports with less than ten (10) practices for the individual before the first contest  will be allowed to carryover three (3) days.
    2. Sports with ten to fifteen (10-15) practices for the individual before the first contest will be allowed to carry over four (4) days.

 

NOTE: Athletes whose seasons are lengthened due to participation in NYSPHSAA Regional and Championship contests are allowed to c o u n t conditioning practices towards their new sports as follows: 1) sports with less than ten (10) practices for the individual before the first contest will be allowed to carry over three (3) days;

2) sports with ten to fifteen (10-15) practices for the individual before the first contestwill be allowed to carryover four (4) days.

  1. No student or team may be permitted to participate in school organized practice or play on seven consecutive days during  the regular season. Specifically, during the regular season, physical and/or instructional activities related to the sport on seven consecutive days are prohibited. NOTE: Any contests  leading  up  to  Sectional play is considered regular season." Only one practice session a day and only six days of a calendar week may be counted toward the total practice sessions required. A practice session conducted on the same day as a game cannot  be counted to meet the minimum practice requirement to be eligible for that day's contest. All required practice sessions shall be organized  and  planned  for  a reasonable length of time and shall  include vigorous activity  specific  to  the  sport for the purpose of improving the physical condition of the players. Each of the required number of practices for an individual must include vigorous activity; however, practice sessions required for the team beyond those needed by the individual may be used solely for meetings, film review and similar activities. NOTE: Practice is considered an integral part of the interschool program  in  that sport. An individual must be eligible according to age and all other Eligibility Standards to participate in practices or competitions with the high school squad in that sport.

 

 

  1. School sponsored activities conducted out of the sport season such as general conditioning, weight training, weight lifting, intramurals, recreation, open gyms, club activities and camps are permitted: 1) if such programs are not mandated by coaches or school personnel; 2) if such programs are available to all students.
  2. Non-school sponsored activities are permitted if such programs are not mandated by coaches or school personnel. It is recommended that no school equipment be used for these programs as per State Comptroller Opinion 85-37.
  3. Upon returning from military training, student-athletes shall be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics once they have completed the required number of practices. Eligibility for participation will also include meeting all eligibility requirements imposed by the Commissioner of Education and NYSPHSAA such as, but not limited to, health examination, age, grade, etc.
  4. Schools that have made arrangements with another member school to share the use of a practice facility may do so without violating the Scrimmage Regulation as long as the athletes/teams do not scrimmage before the required number of practices has been completed.

 

  1. PROFESSIONAL TRYOUTS: No tryouts for, or practice, with  a  specific  professional team and their affiliates, are approved except during the summer vacation. A student who participates in such a tryout is  ineligible  to  represent  the  school  in that sport. (See Amateur Rule,) A school may apply on behalf of the student to their section for reinstatement  one  year  from the date of the latest violation.

 

  1. RECRUITMENT AND UNDUE INFLUENCE: Recruiting and Undue Influence is defined as the use of influence by any person connected directly or indirectly with a NYSPHSAA school to induce a student to transfer from one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic purposes - whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a  member of NYSPHSAA.
  1. The use of undue influence to secure a student  for  competitive  purposes  in  a sport is prohibited. An infraction shall cause the student to forfeit eligibility in that sport for one year from the date of enrollment. The offending school  shall  be subject to provisions of Bylaw#19 (D).
  2. Evidence of undue influence includes, but is not limited to, personal contact by coaches and sponsors in an attempt to persuade transfer, gifts of money, jobs, supplies, clothing, free transportation, admission to contests, invitation to attend practices and/or games,  or free and/or reduced tuition.

 

 

 

 

25.REPRESENTATION:
  1. A contestant or athletic team shall not represent  a  school  except  in  conformance with all rules and regulations. It shall be the duty of trustees and boards of education to require that athletic activities be limited to competition between secondary school students.

To  be eligible for  sectional, intersectional  or  state competition, a  team must  have competed in six (6) school scheduled contests which occurred on six (6) different  dates during the season.

Team Sports: For the sports of baseball, basketball ,  field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball an individual is  eligible  for  the  team  if he/she has been an eligible participant on a team in that sport in that school for a minimum of six (6) scheduled contests during the regular season. For football, a student must be an eligible participant for a minimum of three (3) contests. For Competitive Cheerleading, a student must be an eligible participant for a minimum of two (2) competitions.

Team/Individual and Individual Sports: For the sports of archery, badminton, bowling, cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track and wrestling an individual must also have represented their school in six (6) scheduled contests during the season to be eligible. These required contests must occur on six (6) different  dates  and  must  be  conducted prior to the conclusion of the team's regular schedule.

Section  Athletic  Councils  may  request  in  writing  approval  of  the  State  Executive Committee to adjust the numberof school scheduledcontests requiredon an annual basis.

The request is to be submitted prior to the governing board meeting. School districts may submit a written request to the Section for adjustment of contests for individual participant based on medical documentation that confirms the individual was not able to participate in the required number of contests. NOTE: For the sports of golf and girls gymnastics, a waiver of the Representation Standard may be granted by the NYSPHSAA Executive Director when a student has qualified for participation in the current school year's NYSPHSAA Championship event and has subsequently transferred to a NYSPHSAA member school. The athlete  must  meet  all  other eligibility standards, including transfer, to  receive the waiver.

  1. All games, meets, and tournaments must be conducted by appropriate secondary school authority.
  2. Participation by a student in more than one sport in the same time division shall be determined by the Section Athletic Council.
  3. Games and practice between students and adults (alumni or faculty) are not approved.
  4. To avoid unfair advantage a student who elects to participate in an interschool sport may not  represent a school in that sport in a subsequentseason in that school year.

 

 

 

  1. SENIOR ALL-STAR CONTEST: A senior all-star contest shall be any athletic contest for which admission is charged or donations accepted in which one or more of the competing teams is composed of one or more players who during the school year was a member of the high school team in the same sport, and whose participation  in the senior all-star contest is based on outstanding performance as a member of the high school team.
  1. The only senior all-star contests approved by the NYSPHSAA, Inc., are those approved by a section. These contests must be approved first by the Section in which the contest is to be held, by the NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Director, and reported to the Executive Committee.
  2. Only seniors who have completed their secondary school eligibility in that sport may compete in  these contests. Special circumstances may be appealed to the Section Executive Director.
  3. A contestant may participate in any approved senior all-star contest in the same sport during the  school year.
  4. All approvedsenior all-star athlete contests must be conducted within the approved sport season.
  5. All application criteria established for the Senior All-Star Contest must be followed. The criteria and contest application shall be obtained from the Section Secretary or Association office.

 

  1. SPORTSMANSHIP: The Association recognizes and appreciates that  the influence and responsibility of the school administration with regard to good  sportsmanship extends to all levels of competition. However, it must also be seen that the NYSPHSAA has been vested with the responsibility to ensure that all contests under its jurisdiction are conducted satisfactorily. This standard applies to all regular season and post schedule play.

 

As of July 1, 2013, the Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act-Section 52.2, Part 80 and 57-4) is to provide all public school students with an environment free from harassment, bullying (including cyber bullying) and discrimination, as well as to foster civility in public schools. The Dignity Act focuses on the prevention  of discrimination behaviors, including harassment/bullying through the promotion of educational measures meant to positively impact school culture and climate, which includes the interscholastic programs.

 

 

a.Coach
  1. Any coach excluded by a certified official from an interschool competition for unsportsmanlike conduct, including taunting, is ineligible to coach any interschool competition in that sport until after the next previously scheduled contest at the same level (e.g. junior varsity, varsity,  etc.)  has  been completed. In individual sports a multi-day contest is considered to be a contest. Disqualification from one season carries over to the next season of participation. The coach may not be present at the game site nor communicate in any manner during the contest with any person present at the site.

NOTE: "Not being physically present at the site" means a disqualified coach is not to be present in the locker room, on the sidelines, in the stands or site area before, during or after the game/meet. (See definitions section of the handbook)

Any coach that does not serve the penalty for violating the Sportsmanship Standard will be ineligible to participate in the next two regularly scheduled contests. If the coach continues to not serve the penalty, the matter will be referred to the Section for further action. If the coach is involved in the NYSPHSAA play-offs, the matter will be referred to the Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA.

 

Any coach:

  1. Who receives a disqualification penalty in a sport shall not  participate  in the next regularly scheduled contest;
  2. Who receives a second disqualification penalty in the same sport  in  the same season shall not participate in the next two regularly scheduled contests; and
  3. Who receives a third disqualification penalty in the same  sport  in  the same season will not be allowed to participate for the rest of the season (regular season or post schedule play), the Section Athletic Council will assess  the  penalty carrying over into the nextseason of participation.
  4. The Section Athletic Council will have the authority to extend the period of ineligibility in those cases where the actions of the individual that was disqualified from a contest or scrimmage are warranted. The period of ineligibility cannot exceed one year from  the date of the disqualification.
  5. A coach who strikes, shoves, kick or  makes other physical contact with the intent to annoy, harass or intimidate another person (e.g. official, another coach, player, fan) shall be expelled immediately and banned from further participation or coaching in all sports for a period of time to be determined by the section not to exceed one year from the date of the offense.

 

 

 

 

b.Player:
  1. Any member of a squad disqualified by a sport official for unsportsmanlike conduct, including taunting,  or for a flagrant foul shall not participate in that sport in the next previously scheduled contest with a member school or in NYSPHSAA tournament play. In individual sports a multi-day contest is considered to be a contest. The contest in  which the athlete was disqualified must count in the total maximum number of contests permitted. Disqualifications from one season carry over to the next season of participation. (See definitions section in the handbook)

 

AnyPlayer:

  1. Who receives a disqualification penalty in a  sport  shall  not  participate  in the next  regularly scheduled contest;
  2. Who receives a second disqualification penalty in the same  sport  in  the same season shall not participate in the next two regularly scheduled contests; and
  3. Who receives a third disqualification penalty in the same sport in the same season will not be allowed to participate for the rest of the season. If the third ejection takes place in the last contest of the season (regular season or post schedule play,) the Section Athletic Council will assess the penalty carrying  over  into  the  next seasonof participation.
  4. The Section Athletic Council will have the authority to extend the period of ineligibility in those cases where the actions of the individual that was disqualified from a contest or scrimmage are warranted. The period of ineligibility cannot exceed one year from the date of the disqualification.

 

  1. Any member of the squad who strikes, shoves, kicks or makes other physical contact with the intend to annoy,  harass or intimidate an official shall be expelled from the game immediately and banned from further participation in all sports for a period of time to be determined by the section not to exceed one year from the date of the offense. NOTE: Members of the squad includes player, manager, score keepers, timers, and statisticians.

 

c.Official:
  1. Unprofessional conduct on the part of the official such as, but not limited to, taunting, baiting, use of profanity, shall be reported by a school administrator from the aggrieved school to the Section Executive Director. A request will be made to the appropriate sport official’s chapter to investigate the incidence and to report their action to the  section in a timely manner.

 

 

 

  1. SPORTS SEASONS: Section Athletic Councils,  with the approval of the NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Committee, shall determine all sports seasons within the limits of the Commissioner's Regulations. NOTE: If a team competes in the same season in which a state championship (regional competition and beyond) is  conducted  as  designated  by the NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Committee, then the team and its players are  ineligible to compete in any other season in that sport in that school year.

 

29.STATE CHAMPIONSHIPCONTESTS:
  1. Contestants who have shown their proficiency in the sectional contests may be selected for a  post-schedule  contest.  All  participating  teams  and  athletes must be approved by their section to be eligible to compete in NYSPHSAA Regional and State Championships. NOTE: Any student-athlete who has tested positive for the use of anabolic/androgenic  steroids within the  preceding six (6) months of a regional or state championship event may be required by the NYSPHSAA Executive Director to provide evidence of a negative test result for anabolic/androgenic steroids prior to participating in the event involved.
  2. Plans for all state championship  contests  are  to  be  submitted  for  approval  to the  NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Committee(Constitution, Article V, (5)).
  3. Policies or procedures for state  championship contests shall  be  determined by the NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Committee or Central Committee upon the recommendation of the State Championship Committee. Any awards or items presented to participants not provided by the  Association, must receive prior approval. NOTE: No NYSPHSAA student athlete will be allowed to participate in any post schedule contests (regional, state, Federation) without completed Code of Conduct document by the school.
  4. No raffles (50/50), and other games of chance, will be permitted at any post sectional competition sponsored  by  the  NYSPHSAA.  Promotional  activities  may be permitted with  the approval of the NYSPHSAA Executive Director.
  5. If a physician is assigned and/or designated by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association or any of its subdivisions for post-schedule competition, that physician shall have the final decision-making authority concerning the entry/reentry of an athlete to competition at the particular contest; however a participating school may use its own physician for final decision-making if it provides a statement by the chief school officer stating the school agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the NYSPHSAA or any of its subdivisions from any claims or lawsuits brought against the NYSPHSAA or any of its  subdivisions based on the decision made or advice given by the school district provided physician.
  6. Each section shall determine and be responsible for the selection, methods of financing,  travel, and supervision of its contestants in a state championship contest.

 

 

  1. The State Sports Committee Coordinator shall submit complete plans and budget to the State Championship  Committee.  Financial  reports,  results,  and  requests for changes and improvements shall be submitted within 60 days after the event.

The State Sports Coordinatorsshall be responsiblefor:

  1. Conducting these contests according to the policies adopted by the Executive or  Central Committees.
  2. The selection of the Contest Director from the membership of the State Sports Committee, who shall submit plans and reports to the Coordinator to be forwarded  to the Chairman of the State Championship Committee.
  3. Reporting the results of each contest and submitting a financial report to the NYSPHSAA, Inc. Executive Director, prior to the  next  meeting  of  the Executive Committee.
  1. Dual Seasons: Approved state championship contests are to be held before the end of the season established  for  that  sport.  Only  those  sections  conducting the specific sport during the season of, or prior to, the state championship are eligible to send representatives. A Section Athletic Council  which  votes  to conduct a sport in a season other than that specified for the state championship may conduct a qualifying tournament for state championship competition in a subsequent season shall be limited to those individuals who qualified during the selected season of  competition and the number of organized practice sessions shall be no more than or less than the number required before a first contest in that sport.

 

  1. TRANSFER: (Foreign Exchange/International # 9)

NOTE: The Transfer Rule will be enforced as writtenwith no variations permitted.

  1. A student in grades 9-12 who transfers, with a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) shall become eligible after starting regular attendance in the second school. A residence change must involve a move from one school district to another. Furthermore, when a student moves from public school district to another public  school district  for athletic eligibility the student must enroll in the public school district or in  a  private school within that district's  boundaries of his/her parent's residency. For athletic eligibility, a residency is changed when one is abandoned by the immediate family and another residency is established through action and intent. Residency requires one’s physical presence as an inhabitant and the intent to remain indefinitely. The Superintendent, or designee, will determine if the  student has met district residency requirements.

 

 

  1. A  student  who  transfers  without  a  corresponding  change  in   residence   of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months prior) is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if as a 9-12 student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer. Students who transfer from any school to the public school district of the  residence  of his/her parents (or other persons whom the student has resided for at least six months) or a private school within that district's boundaries shall receive a waiver from the Transfer Rule. Such a transfer without penalty will only be permitted once in a high school career. Schools must submit the required transfer form to the Section office. Athletes are not permitted to practice before the form has been submitted. Athletes are not  permitted to compete without approval. NOTE: A student in a foreign exchange program listed by CSIET has a one-year waiver of the Transfer Rule. If such a student elects to stay a second year  he/she  becomes  a foreign student at the start of  the school year with item (b) in effect.

Exemptions to (b): For athletic eligibility a student must enroll in the public school district or in a nonpublic school within that district's boundaries of his/her   parent's residency.

Note: Multiple High School Districts - The policies/boundaries of the school district will be followed. If the district has an open enrollment policy, the interpretation to be used will be the same as used for students of K-8 school districts. When a student enrolls in 9th grade, this is the district (building) of their residence. Any subsequent transfer would be subject to the Transfer Rule.

 

  1. The student reaches the age of majority and established residency in a district and  can substantiate that they are independent and self-supporting.
  2. If a  private or parochial school ceases to operate a student may transfer to another private or parochial school of his/her choice.  Otherwise,  a  student must enroll in the  publicschool district of his/herparents' residency.
  3. A student who is a ward of the court or state and is placed in a district by court order. Guardianshipdoes not fulfill this requirement.
  4. A student from divorced or “legally” separated parents who  moves  into a new school district with one of the aforementioned parents. Such a transfer is allowed once every six months.  The  legal  separation  agreement  must address custody, child support, spouses support and distribution of assets and be filed with the County Clerk or issued by a Judge.
  5. A student who is declared homeless by the superintendent pursuant to Commissioner's Regulation100.2.
  6. A student of a military employee who is  transferred  to  an  active  military base may enroll in the non-public school closest to their residence and maintain eligibility if the student enrolls in a non-public school immediately following the change in residence.

NOTE: It is provided, however, that each school shall have the opportunity to petition the section involved to approve transfer without penalty based on an undue hardship for the student. Educational Waivers will not be considered as an unduehardshipeffective for the 2015-2016 schoolyears.

 

 

 

 

  1. Transfer students trying out for sports before school opens in the fall shall register and be accepted by the principal of that school before the medical examination and the first practice. This shall constitute the start of the regular attendance for falls sports. NOTE: After approval by the school medical officer a student may  practice immediately and must satisfy the specific sports standard according to the number of practice sessions.
  2. Practices at the previous school may be counted  toward the minimum number of practices required provided the principal or athletic director of the previous school submits, in writing, the number and dates of such practices to the  principal  or athletic director of the new school.
  3. 7th and 8th graders that compete at the HS level will be subject to the transfer rule in “that” sport, effective  with the 2017-2018 school year.

 

  1. Proxies: In addition to the individuals designed to act as proxies in Article III Section (1)(g) and Article V Section (1) of the NYSPHSAA Constitution a member who is not able to attend a Central or Executive Committee meeting may designate the Section Executive Director of that Section to act as a proxy.

 

Transfer Appeal Guidelines:

Financial  –  Appeals  require  documented  proof  of  a  significant  loss  of  income  or  a significant increase in expenses.

  • Writtendescriptionoutlining thecircumstancesthatled to the financialhardship
  • Appropriate documentation may include:
    • Evidence of loss income or change in financial obligationthat are not self- imposed.
    • Family W2 forms – pay stubs
    • Notarizedstatementfrom parent
    • Statementfromemployer or professionalwith knowledge of circumstances
    • Most recent tax returns– two years

Health  and  Safety  –  Appeals  are  considered  for  safety,  mental  health,  personal relationships and other similar circumstances.

  • Written documentation is required from Superintendent of Schools or HS Principal of the sending school indicating the specific circumstances which necessitated thetransfer.
  • Supporting documentation from a third party outside of the school may be submitted (ex.  police report)

 

 

New York State Public High School Athletic Association Transgender Guidelines

 

 

The NYSPHSSAA recognizes the value of participation in interscholastic sports for all student athletes. The NYSPHSAA is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to participate in NYSPHSAA activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity and the New York State Commissioner of Education’s Regulations.

 

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) prohibits discrimination and/or harassment of students on school property or at school functions by students or employees. The prohibition against discrimination includes discrimination based on a student’s actual or perceived sex and gender. Gender includes a person’s actual or perceived sex as well as gender identity and expression.

 

Definitions:

For purposes of these guidelines the following definitions will apply:

 

Assigned Sex at Birth: the sex designation, usually male or female, assigned to a person when they are born.

 

Gender Expression: the manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or  mannerisms.

 

Gender Identity: a person’s gender- related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or behavior assigned  sex at birth.

 

Gender non-conforming (GNC): a term used to describe people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The term “gender variant” or “gender atypical” are also used. Gender nonconforming individuals may identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither.

 

Sexual Orientation: a person’s sexual orientation and sexual attraction to other people based on the gender of the other person. Sexual orientation is not the same a s gender identity. Not all transgender youth identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and not all gay, lesbian and bisexual youth display gender-nonconforming characteristics.

 

 

Transgender: an adjective describing a person whose sex assigned to him or her at  birth does not correspond to their gender identity.

 

Transition: the process in which a person goes from living and identifying as one gender to living and identifying as another.

 

 

Privacy Policy:

All discussions and documentation shall be kept confidential to the extent permitted  by law unless the student and the family make a specific request in writing.

 

Procedure:

< >The student and the parent(s)/guardian shall notify the Superintendent (or designee) that the student would like the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics consistent with the gender he/she identifies as.The student’s home school will determine the eligibility of a student seeking to participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner consistent with his/her gender identity where the student’s gender identity does not correspond to his/her sex assigned at birth.The Superintendent (or designee) will confirm the gender identity asserted for purposes of trying out for an interscholastic sports team through documentation from the parent, guardian, guidance counselor, or from a doctor, psychologist or other medical professional.Once a member school has rendered a determination of eligibility to try out for an interscholastic sports team or teams which corresponds to the student’s gender identity the eligibility is granted for the duration of the student’s participation in interscholastic athletics. The student must meet all NYSPHSAA standards for eligibility for practice and competition.The Athletic Director should notify the NYSPHSAA if any accommodations are needed.All appeals with respect to a District’s determination as to eligibility of a transgender student to participate in interscholastic sports will go directly to the Commissioner of Education.

 

 

Reference: New York State Education Department: Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student.