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Modified Sports Standards

MODIFIED SPORTS STANDARDS CHART FOR INTERSCHOOLCOMPETITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORT

 

Number of Practices Prior to First Scrimmage

Team/ Individual

 

Number of Practices Prior to First Contest Team /Individual

 

Team and Individual Maximum No.

Contests

 

Minimum Time Between Contests*

 

Individual Limitations per Day

 

RULES

 

TIME AND DISTANCE LIMITS

Badminton

6/4

6/4

14

1 night

2

matches* 1 contest

USBA

 

Baseball

10/8

12/10

14

1 night

2 games*

NFHS

7 innings

Pitcher

10

12

 

2 nights*

1 game

 

Pitchers*

 

Basketball

 

8/6

 

10/8

 

14

 

2 nights

 

1 game

NFHS-Boys NCAA-Girls

7 minute quarters

Bowling

3/3

3/3

14

1 night

3 games

USBC

 

Cross Country

 

8/6

 

8/6

 

10

 

3 nights

 

1 run

 

NFHS

 

 

Field Hockey

 

8/6

 

10/8

 

12

 

2 nights

 

1 game

 

NFHS

25 min. halves

 

Football

 

13/12

 

17/16

 

7

 

4 nights

**

 

1 game

 

NFHS

10 min. quarters

Golf

 

3/3

 

3/3

14

 

1 night

 

1 match

USGA&

Local Course Rules

 

 

Gymnastics

 

10/10

 

15/15

 

10

 

2 nights

3 events*

1 contest

NFHS-Boys USAJO-Girls

 

 

Ice Hockey

 

10/10

 

15/15

 

14

 

2 nights

***

 

1 game

 

NFHS

13 min. periods

Lacrosse- Boys

10/8

12/10

12

2 nights

1 game

NFHS

9 min.

quarters

Lacrosse– Girls

 

10/8

 

10/8

 

12

 

2 nights

 

1 game

 

US  Lacrosse

25 min. halves

 

 

Skiing

10/8

10/8

12

2 nights

2events

FIS & ESA

 

 

Soccer

 

8/6

 

10/8

 

12

 

2 nights

 

1 game

 

NFHS

15 min. quarters

Softball

8/6

10/8

14

1 night

2 games*

ASA

7 innings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming/ Diving

 

10/8

 

12/10

 

14

 

2 nights

3 events*

1 contest

 

NFHS

 

Tennis

6/4

6/4

14

1 night

2

matches*

USTA

 

Outdoor Track

 

10/8

 

10/8

 

10

 

2 nights

3 events*

1 contest

 

NFHS

 

 

Winter Track

 

10/8

 

10/8

 

10

 

2 nights

3 events*

1 contest

 

NFHS

 

 

 

Volleyball

 

 

8/6

 

 

10/8

 

 

14

 

 

2 nights

 

 

2

 

NCAA-Girls and Boys

 

 

 

 

Wrestling

 

 

 

12/10

 

 

 

15/13

 

 

 

14 pts.

 

 

 

2 nights

 

 

 

2 bouts *

 

 

 

NFHS

Maxof 10 pts. Thru 2 pt. contests

 

(*) See detail sin Game Rules Section

*Except in football and  cross country, contests may be played with only one night’s rest three nights/scrimmage (**) Three nights/scrimmage

(***) In Ice Hockey, contestsmay be played  with only one nights  rest three times perseason  scheduling or rescheduling. See details in GameRules section.

 

 

NYSPHSAA, Inc.

MODIFIED GAME RULES AND GAME CONDITIONS

 

Situations not covered by the following  specified modified rules shall be governed by the Eligibility Standards of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc.

 

With Sectional approval, variations of modified athletic game rules and conditions may be adopted  selectively for use by specified conferences or leagues.

 

1.Badminton

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Games Rules:

  1. NAGWS Rules
  2. Contests should consist of 4 singles and 4  doubles  matches,  unless  agreed  upon prior to the contest.
  3. For the purpose of ensuring that every eligible badminton player  has  the opportunity to play in a match, each may play one (1) additional singles or doubles match per day. The individual limitations/day for badminton (References; Modified Sports Standards Chart, NYSPHSAA Handbook) shall be increased to two (2) matches per day, provided that every individual eligible player plays once before any player plays twice.

 

2.BASEBALL

Game Conditions:See MS Chart

  1. Pitchers must participate in at least 15 practices before an interschool game.
  2. Doubleheaders: A team may play two (2) games in one day twice during a season, either a doubleheader against a single opponent, or two successive games  against two different opponents. The following doubleheader restrictions must be followed:
    1. The maximum number of doubleheaders allowed is two (2).
    2. A  team  may  not  play three (3)  games  in  two  (2)  consecutive days.  No  more than three (3) games a week may be played.
    3. Pitching limitations remainthe same.
    4. Each game of the doubleheader is to be six (6) innings. No team may play more than 14 innings in one day. This allows a total maximum of two  (2)  extra innings in the event of tie game(s).
  3. Equipment–
    1. Catchers shall  wear  the  full  protective equipment of  helmet,  mask  with throat protector, chest protector, shin guards and cup.
    2. Batters and base runnersshall wear protective headgear.
    3. Any player warming up a pitcher, on or off the diamond, shall wear a mask.
    4. Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles  and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program. Shoe with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.

 

 

Game Rules:

  1. Regulation game shall be 7 innings. With Section/League approval, a “Mercy Rule” will be permitted; allowing a game to end after a team at the short end of the 15 run rule has completed their fifth at bat. (Dec. 2010)
  2. A pitcher may pitch no more than 12 full innings in any one calendar week and no more than 7 innings in any one game. After pitching 4 or more full innings in any one game there must be at least 2 nights of rest before pitching again.  When removed, the contestants may play any other position.
  3. Designatedhitter will not be allowed.
  4. An extra player, referred to as EP is optional (on a game-by-game basis), but if one is used, it must be known prior to the start  of  the  game  (official lineup card) and be listed on the scoring sheet in  the  regular  batting order. If the EP is used, he must be used for the entire game.  Failure to complete the game with the EP results in the forfeiture of the game (except in case of injury or ejection from game with no eligible players left to enter, the rules permit play with eight men). If an EP is used, all 10  players bat, but only 9 can play defense each inning. The person designated as the EP (not a defensive player at the start of the game) may at a later time play a defensive position; the defensive player now is only a batter for that inning and not a fielder. There will always be one player in the lineup not on the field defensively. The EP may be substituted for at any time, either by a pinch-hitter who then becomes the EP. The substitute must be a player who has not yet been in the game. Substitutes and re-entry will be treated as in the past. A starter may re-enter the game into his same batting order position.
  5. The re-entry rule may be waived only if an injured player must be replaced and all eligible substitutions were used during the game.
  6. With Section/League approval, when the team at bat has two outs with the catcher on base, a pinch runner may be used to allow the catcher to  get his/her gear on prior to the third out. (The pinch runner is a player who is a substitute, or in the case that all substitutes have been used, a player off the bench who is not currently in the lineup. This rule does not  change  the normal substitution rules and does not overshadow the need to get all players in the lineup; it allows for cutting  time off the transition between innings).
  7. With Section/League approval,  a  new  substitution  game  rule  may  be  used to maximize modified players’ participation in their baseball/softball  games. The official lineup card will list all players on the team in  a  designated batting order, allowing any of the players listed in a slot to bat when that slot occurs.

 

 

 

3.BOYSBASKETBALL

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. The maximum length of the quartershall be seven (7) minutes.
  2. If a game is tied at the end of regulation play, there will be an overtime period of four (4) minutes duration. If it is still tied, the game will end in a tie.
  3. Free substitution is facilitated by permitting substitutions on:
  1. Any dead ball
  2. Any violation
    1. Sections may adopt the use of a small ball. The section shall determine the actual size of the ball.
    2. The three (3) point shot is not allowed.

 

4.GIRLS BASKETBALL

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. NCAA Women’s Rules. The thirty-second clock rule shall be optional.
  2. The maximum length of the quartershall be seven (7) minutes.
  1. If a game is tied at the end of regulation play, there will be an overtime period of four (4) minutes duration. If it is still tied, the game will end in a tie.
  2. The three (3) point shot is not allowed.

 

5.BOWLING

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. All  competition  shall  be  conducted  under  United  States  Bowling  Congress Rules and  NYSPHSAA, Inc., requirements.
  2. At no time shall the foul line rule be set aside.

 

 

6.CROSSCOUNTRY

The Section Athletic Council shall determine the date for the mid-season change-over.

Game Conditions:

  1. See MS chart
  2. Equipment – only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and molded cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
  3. Pilot Program: Section III shall be permitted to adopt a two year (2015/2016) pilot program in modified cross country that will permit modified cross country runners to wear spiked running shoe. With section/league approval, other sections may participate in this pilot program. Each section/league participating will be required to provide injury data after the 2015 and 2016 modified cross country season.

 

 

 

Game Rules:

  1. NFHS Rules
  2. The maximum distance shall be 1-1/2 miles in the first half and should increase to 2 miles in the second half of the season, on the date designated by the Section Athletic Council.
  3. For multi-school contests referto General Eligibility Rule #10.

 

7.FIELDHOCKEY

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. NFHS Rules
  2. Halves shall consist of 25 minutes, maximum
  3. Substitution: Utilize the NFHS Rollingsubstitution rule.
  • Time outs: A time out may be called by a team when the ball is dead. Play is restarted as though time out had not been called. Duration of the time out is two (2) minutes. Three (3) time outs may be called by each coach; two (2) in one half and one (1) in the other half.
    1. Equipment: Only sneakers or shoes  with  molded  soles  and  molded  cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modifiedsport.

 

8.FOOTBALL

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Administration:

Modified football should be administered so that all safety precautions are in effect. Every effort should be made during practice and game situations to pair contestants of as nearly equal ability as is possible. Factors to be considered in the selection of squad members are age, weight, physiological maturity, skills, coordination and desire.

Tests:

Each pupil should be carefully checked to determine readiness before being allowed to participate in interschool contests as follows:

  1. Physical - Medical examination which shall include a thorough review  of health history before, and as needed, during  the season. Tetanus shots as recommended.
  2. Maturity – Careful evaluation of the individual’s age, weight, height, physiological maturity and degree of coordination with relation to all of the others, especially  one above or below average of others in height, weight, physiological maturity as related to age, should be made.
  3. Individual Skills – A thorough program of screening for a period  of  two weeks shall be conducted. Basic conditioning, running, cutting, falling, rolling, catching, line, and backfield fundamentals, blocking and  tackling  techniques, ball handling drills should be participated in. Dummies and sleds should be used and  no one should be permitted in  live contact drills until ability has

 

 

been proven to partake in them. Match participants of equal size and ability for participation during live contact drills.

  1. Team Skills – Team play leading to game situations should be  taught through controlled scrimmages with contestants placed in groups of similar maturity and skills.
  2. Desire – Observation of the individual’s alertness and general desire to participate must be noted. (The above mentioned types of testing and teaching, with complete cataloging  of  the individual’s ability, should  enable the coach to screen all candidates and determine their readiness for competition.)

 

THE MODIFIED PROGRAM OF FOOTBALL FOR BOYSIN GRADES 7-8-9.
  1. Equipment–
    1. Properly fitted equipment of good quality is mandatory for safe participation in  football.
    2. All essential protective devices are to be used.
    3. In addition to the normal pads and helmets, dental and face protection guards should be provided.
    4. Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program.  Shoes  with  metal  posts  and  spikes are not permitted in any modifiedsport.
    5. All protective pads shouldbe covered by the uniform.
    6. If protective pads are exposed, the uniform part should be replaced or repaired.

 

Game Conditions for 11-Man and 8-Man Football:

  1. The first three (3) days of practice sessions must be non-contact exercises and equipment shall be limited to the helmet, face mask, dental protection device, T-shirt, supporter, shoes, ankle supports, socks, shoes, protective pads for elbow and/or knee areas. During the next five (5) days the addition of shoulder pads, along with the use of blocking dummies, sleds, and other similar teaching and training devices is permissible. No scrimmages or live contact drills are allowed. The next five  (5)  days  shall  consist  of  contact with full protective equipment and the use  of  training devices. Scrimmages are permitted on the fourteenth (14th) day.  Four  (4)  additional  practice days must be held prior to the first contest.
  2. No  school  team,  or  individual  player, may  participate  in  more  than seven

(7) games. Teams may play 3 games in a 14 day period . A minimum of four (4) nights of rest must elapse between any  games.  The  time between football scrimmages and the time between football games and scrimmages must be three (3) nights.

  1. At least sixteen (16) players must be dressed and available to play on an 11- man team; at least sixteen (16) players for  an  8-man  team  for  all interschool contacts, both scrimmages and contests.

 

 

Game Rules for 11-Man Football:

  1. Time periodsshall be 10 minute quarters.
  2. Team offensive formations are limited to standard formations, no unbalanced lines allowed. There may be a maximum split of 1 yard between linemen. If a wide receiver is employed, the maximum split from the tackle cannot be more than 10 yards. On the snap of the ball, there may be only two (2) players outside of  the normal tackle alignment on either or  both sides of the field. Motion is allowed toward  the two (2) receiver  side  of  the  formation provided the ball is snapped before the player crosses the middle of the formation. If the ends split  on  punt formation, the  team must punt. There are no “walkaway” ends when receiving the punt from this formation. Definition of side  of formation – the half of  the  formation from midline of the center that has a set back to that side and two (2) players outside the tackle. All downfield blocking must be done above the waist. Until the snap the defense shall be allowed to use 4, 5, or 6 man fronts (4 and 6 man fronts must align head up, no gap alignments allowed and cannot cover the center)(5 man fronts must be aligned heads up on center and guards or tackles, no gap alignment). Defensive lineman are not permitted to move until the snap of the ball; linebackers must be stationary and at least 3 yards off the line of scrimmage. Press coverage is not allowed against the receiver except when the receiver is within 5 yards of the offensive tackle. Penalties: improper formation– 5 yards; down field blocking – 15 yards.

3.   No kick-off – start play from own 35 yard line.

  1. Two (2) points shall be allowed for a kick extra point and one (1) point for a run or pass. (Optionalfor section wide use with approvalof the section.)
  2. Safety– scoring team put ball in play on 50 yard line.
  3. All downfield blocking must be done above the waist. Downfield blocking is interpreted as any blocking of an opponent taking place downfield from the free blocking zone,  which for this rule is extended from sideline to sideline. The downfield blocking rule is also in effect whenever a defensive team becomes an offensive team as the result of receiving a punt, pass interception, or the recovery of certain types of fumbles.  The point that offensive play begins extending from sideline to sideline, would be interpreted as the inception of that play and thus, for rule clarification purposes, would be the scrimmage line for that play (i.e. the point the punt or interception was received). The penalty for a violation of this rule will be 15 yards as spelled out in Rule 9, Section 1 of National Federation Football Rules.
  4. Sections may adopt the use of a small ball.
  5. Coaches shall be permitted on the field in the experimental five quarter football program. (Optional for sectionwide use with approval of the section.)
  6. When an offensive team employs a wide receiver (split end or flanker), the defensive end to the side of the formation may assume a “walkaway” position. The end may align at a maximum depth  even with  the  two  (2) inside linebackers and no wider than half the distance between the wide receiver and the next lineman.

 

 

  1. With   Section   approval,   schools   will   be   allowed   to   use   two   (2)   wide receivers on opposite sides of the formation.

 

Game Rules for 8-Man Football:

  1. 11-manrules are used for 8-manfootball with modifications.
  2. The field size shall be 80 yards between the goal lines and 40 yards wide with 15 yard side zones and team box boundaries being between the 25 yard lines.
  3. At least Five (5) offensive players shall be on their line at the snap with three

(3)  Players assigned  in the backfield.  Note:   Line  splits,  formations,  motion, etc. as per existing modified rules.

  1. Until the snap, the defense shall be 4-2-2 with four (4) players in an imaginary, straight line 2 yards off the ball. Two (2) linebackers must be at least 1 yard behind the deepest lineman; two (2) defensive backs must be at least 3 yards behind the deepest linebacker.
  2. No kick-off. Start playfrom own 30 yard line.
  3. Safety– scoring team puts ballin play on the 40 yard line.

 

 

Football Contact Limitations: Contact in the sport of football for High school and modified football teams shall have no more than two “Full-Contact practices” per week during the season; with no Full-Contact” session to exceed 90 minutes. “Full-contact” means a practice where drills or live action is conducted that involves collisions at game speed, where players execute tackles and other activity that is typical of an actual tackle football game. Limitation of “Full-Contact practices” will begin with the 13th day(high school and the 14th day (modified).

 

9.GOLF

Game Conditions: See MS chart Game Rules:

  1. USGA Rules

 

10.BOYS GYMNASTICS

Game Conditions: See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. NFHS Rulesshall govern
  2. A  gymnast  may  enter  three  (3)  events  with  the  exception  of  two  team members whose entries may be unlimited.
  3. Events – Special  Specifications-Minimum  Exercise  (specific  events for  meets and their order may be determinedby League or Section).
    • Free Exercise – 40’ x 40’ mats placed diagonally across 40’ square. Exercise should combine elements of agility, tumbling, strength and flexibility. The  competitor should move in different direction and utilize entire areas. The minimum time of routing is 45  seconds with  a maximum time of 70 seconds.

 

 

  • Long Horse Vaulting – 47” height with type of takeoff board determined by League or Section. Two vaults may be performed utilizing National Federation Table of Difficulty with best vault to score.
  • Side Horse – Gymnast must work on all three parts  of  horse  without stops or holds and with a minimum of four moves.
  • Horizontal Bar – An adult spotter (the  gymnast’s coach) must be used. The exercise should consist of a minimum of six moves including a mount and dismount with a minimum of holding and stopping.
  • Parallel Bars – The exercise should consist of a minimum of  six moves, including a mount and dismount, and consist of swinging and vaulting movements combined with strength and holding positions. Movements below and above the bars should also be shown as well as one change of direction.

 

  • Still Rings – The exercise should consist of a minimum of six moves, including mount and dismount, and should include swinging, strength and hold positions.

 

Specific Rules for Events

  1. Safety and Spotting – a contestant shall be allowed to have a spotter while performing without deduction, unless spotter aides or assists contestant.
  2. The coach shall check all apparatus for safety and correct height setting.
  3. The use of 4” landing mats are recommended on all events with the equivalent of 4” of mats required under the  horizontal  bar,  still  rings  and vault landing area. A 12” mat may be used for dismounts without deduction.

 

11.GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Rules
  2. A  gymnast  may  enter  three  (3)  events  per  meet,  however,  two  (2)  team members are permitted to enter all events.
  3. Each  team  shall  be  permitted  at  least  15  minutes  of warm-up  before  the start of the meet.
  4. Specific Rules for Events:
    • It is the coaches’ responsibility to check all apparatus for safety and correct settings.
    • Only unaltered manufactured vaulting boards shall be used.
  5. Required dimensions and specifications for events:
    • Vaulting: Competitors can set the vault from 100cm to 135 cm. The horse may be adjusted only once per team; therefore, lineups should reflect this change if needed.
    • Uneven Bars: Either bar can be adjusted to accommodate the gymnasts within the manufacturer’sspecifications.

 

 

  • Balance Beam: Height between 100cm and 125cm.

 

12.ICE HOCKEY

Administration

  1. Tests:   Every   contestant   should   be   carefully   checked   to   determine   his readiness before  being allowed to participate, as for football, with exception of: Individual Skills –  A thorough program of physical conditioning, skating and ice  hockey  skills should be conducted prior to permitting one to participate in live contact drills. No one should be permitted in live contact drills until ability has been proved in the  individual skills. (It  is recommended that  all players  watch the  USA Ice  Hockey video covering  the proper techniques  of body checking.)
  2. Equipment:
  1. All players, including the goalkeeper, shall wear all protective equipment.
  2. Properly fitted equipment of good quality is mandatory for safe participation in ice hockey.
  3. The essential protective equipment must include an  ice hockey  helmet with a Face mask, elbow pads, ice hockey shoulder pads, ice hockey pants, shin guards, ice hockey gloves, neck guard, ice hockey skates and a mouthpiece.
  4. It is recommended that a player’s personal equipment be tested for safety protection in a manner that is satisfyingto the individual school district.
    1. For the purposes of  scheduling or  rescheduling, the minimum time interval between ice hockey contests may be decreased from two (2) nights to one
  1. night, with the following restrictions:
    1. This may occur no more thanthree (3) times per season
    2. A team may neverplaythree (3) days in a row.
    3. There shall not be more than  three (3) contests played per calendar week.

Game Conditions:See MS chart

  1. NFHS Ice Hockey rules and NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey Rules Addendum.
  2. One and on-half hours of ice time shall be used for a game.
  3. Gamesshall consist of three periods of 13 minutes in length (see Mod Chart).
  4. Ice resurfacing between periods is not necessary.
  5. No overtime periodsshall be permitted periods shall be permitted.

 

13.BOYS LACROSSE

Administration:

  1. Tests: Every contestant should be carefully checked to determine his readiness before being allowed to participate as for football (see above) with exception of:

Individual Skills – A thorough program of physical conditioning, running and lacrosse skills such as throwing, catching, scooping, faking and  dodging should  be  conducted  prior  to  permitting  one  to  participate  in  live  contact

 

 

drills. No one should be permitted in live contact  drills until ability has been proven in the individual skills.

Contact drills should be conductedagainstequalsonly.

  1. Equipment–
    • All players, including the goalkeeper, shall wear all protectiveequipment.
    • Properly fitted equipment of good quality is mandatory for safe participation in  lacrosse.
    • The essential protective equipment must include a lacrosse helmet with a face mask, lacrosse arm guards, lacrosse  shoulder pads,  lacrosse  gloves, and a mouthpiece. Goalkeepers must wear a chest protector and throat protection.
    • Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
    • Face masks for lacrosse competition must have a center bar.
    • With the exception of the goalie’s stick, there shall be no rule restriction on the length of the stick in modified lacrosse if the stick falls between 40-72 inches.
    • Modified lacrosse players are exempt from the uniform outer clothing and helmet color regulations (Rule 1, Section 9, article 1a and 2c).

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. The length of quarters shall be 9 minutes.
  2. Two overtime periods of 2 minutes are to be played in the event the game is a tie; and no sudden death period is to be allowed.
  3. A team shall be permitted 3 time-outs per half. The time-outs cannot be accrued in the  course of the game.
  4. A  one-arm swing  with  a  Crosse,  whether contact is  made  or  not,  shall  be considered a personal foul – slashing. This includes the over-the-head check.
  5. There is no such call as a “Brush” in the Modified Program. Contact between Crosse and helmet is a personal foul.
  6. Contact with the ball is disallowed by any offensive players when the ball is loose in the crease.
  7. Body checkingis allowed ONLY against a player whois in possession of the ball.
  8. There will be no timed counts for advancing the ball.
  9. In a 5 period lacrosse game the mercy rule shall be in effect at the end of the third period of play.
  10. A horn will be used to substitute players when the ball goes out of bounds.
  11. When a goalkeeper gets a penalty, the in home player will serve the penalty if a second goalkeeper is unavailable.

 

14.GIRLS LACROSSE

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

 

 

  1. US Lacrosse
  2. Halves shall consist of 25 minutes, maximum.
  3. Equipment–
    • Properly fitted equipment of good quality is mandatory for safe participation in lacrosse. All field players are required to wear lacrosse goggles which meet ASTM standards.
    • Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
    • All players must wearmouthpieces.
    • Goalkeepers must wear the following equipment: 1) Helmet with facemask, 2) Mouthpiece, 3) Throat protector. 4) Padding  on  hands, arms, legs, shoulders and chest to conform to US Lacrosse rules (padding does not excessively increase the size of these body parts, maximum thickness is one inch).
  4. Modified  stick-checking  in  modified  girls’  lacrosse,  as  outlined  in  the  US Lacrosse Rulebook under the Girls’ Youth Rules – Level A, must be used.
  5. A time out may be called when the ball is not in play. One time out per team, per half will be allowed. Duration of the time out will be two minutes.

 

15.SKIING

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. FIS/ESARules
  2. A skier may enter two (2) events.

 

16.SOCCER

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. NFHS Rules.
  2. The maximumlength of the quartershall be fifteen (15) minutes.
  3. Free substitution is permitted when the ball goes over the side line or end line.
  4. Equipment–
    • Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
    • An all-purpose type foam helmet may be worn  and  a  mouthpiece shall be worn by the soccer goalie for protectivepurposes.
  5. One time out period per quarter (including each overtime period) may be called whenever the ball is dead. The coach is permitted on the field during the time out period to instructthe players.
  6. The sliding tackle is not permitted.
  7. The overhead scissors kick is not permitted.

 

 

  1. Corner flag posts must be flexible in nature (wood, plastic or plastic foam) and conform to the NFHS rule standard of not being less than 5 feet high. Plastic traffic cones may be substitutedin place of corner flags.
  2. There shall be two overtime periods of four minutes  when  the  regulation game ends in a tie. A coin shall be flipped prior to the first overtime period. If time still exists after the second overtime, no further playshall be conducted.
  3. In the event of a disqualification of a player, a substitution must be made for that disqualified player. If a team has no eligible  substitute, the team may continue to play  shorthanded.
  4. The flip throw-in shall not be permitted.
  5. The NFHS regulation that the boys’ and girls’ soccer goalie uniform jersey be numbered and all white home uniforms shall be waived at the modified level for two years. (2016-2017).

 

17.SOFTBALL

Game Conditions:See MS chart

  1. Any pitcher pitching more than four (4) innings in one game must have at least two (2) nights of rest before pitching again. When removed from pitching, the contestant may play any other position.
  2. Ten (10) playerteams optionalwith sectionapproval.
  3. Doubleheaders: A team may play two (2) games in one day twice during a season, either a doubleheader against a single opponent, or two successive games against two different opponents. The following doubleheader restrictions must be followed:
  1. The maximum number of doubleheaders allowedis two (2).
  2. A team may  not play three (3)  games in  two (2)  consecutive days. No more than three (3) games a week may be played.
  3. Pitching limitations remainthesame.
  4. Each game of the doubleheader is to be  six  (6)  innings. No  team  may play more than 14 innings in one day. This allows a total maximum of two (2) extra innings in the event of tie game(s). See Mod chart for other requirements.

Game Rules:

  1. ASA Rules, seven (7) innings. With Section/League approval, a “mercy rule” will be permitted; allowing a game to end after a team at the short end of the 15 run rule has  completed their fifth at bat. (Dec. 2010)
  2. With Sectional/League approval, the modified softball pitching distance may be establishedat 40’ or 43’/ (May 2011)
  3. A player may re-enter the game once.
  4. Equipment–
    1. Catchers shall wear the full protective equipment: 1) Helmet, 2) Mask, 3) Chest Protector, 4) Shin Guards,5) Throat Protector.
    2. Batters and base runnersshall wear protective headgear.

 

 

  1. Any player warming up a pitcher, on or off the field, shall wear protective equipment.
  2. Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and  molded  cleats  are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
  1. The re-entry rule may be waived only if an injured player must be replaced and all eligible substitutions were used during the game.
  2. With Section/League approval, when the team at bat has two (2) outs with the catcher on base, a pinch runner may be used, a player off the bench who is not currently in the lineup. This rule does not change the normal substitution rules and does not overshadow the need to  get  all  players  in the lineup; it allows for cutting time off the transition between innings.)
  3. In Modified Softball, with section/league approval, innings 1-6 may be completed at five (5) runs or three (3) outs and the seventh inning shall be played as a normal inning, with three (3) outs and no run restrictions for that inning. (Oct. 2011)
  4. With Section/League approval, a new substitution game rule may be used to maximize modified players participation in their baseball/softball games. The official lineup card will list all players on the team in a designated batting order, allowing any of the players listed in a slot to bat when that slot occurs.

 

18.SWIMMING & DIVING

Administration:

Schools  may  have  the  option  of  running  combined  modified  and  varsity swimming and diving meets, alternating the events.

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. The NFHS Rules of Swimming and Diving shall be followed except as indicated below.
  2. A swimmer is permitted one false start before disqualification. The use of the no re-call false start rule shall not be utilized.
  3. Swimmers may compete in a maximum of three (3) events. (1 relay and 2 individual, or 2 relay and 1 individual)
  4. The events and their order shall be:
    • 200 yd./m. medley relay
    • 200 yd./m. freestyle
    • 100 yd./m. Individual medley
    • 50 yd./m. freestyle
    • Diving competition shall consist of (1) voluntary dive (not to exceed 1.8) which shall be done first: week 1-forward group; week  2-back  group; week 3-inward group (begin rotation over), and three (3) optional dives: two (2) of the three (3) must be from different groups.
    • 50 yd./m. butterfly (optional– 100 yd. butterfly)
    • 100 yd./m. freestyle
    • 50 yd./m. backstroke (optional– 100 yd. backstroke)
    • 50 yd./m. breaststroke (optional – 100 yd. breaststroke)

 

 

  • 200 yd./m. freestyle relay
Order of Events for Combined Modified/Varsity Swimming Meets
  1. Modified 200 yd./m. medley relay
  2. Varsity 200 yd./m. medleyrelay
  3. Modified 200 yd./m. freestyle
  4. Varsity 200 yd./m. freestyle
  5. Modified 100 yd./m. individual medley
  6. Varsity 100 yd./m. individual medley
  7. Modified 50 yd./m. freestyle
  8. Varsity 50 yd./m. freestyle
  9. Modified diving (1 voluntary + 3 optional dives) – two separate diving events are to occur with all modified diving completed before varsity diving occurs.
  10. Varsity diving (1 voluntary+ 5 optionaldives as per NFHS rules book)
  11. Modified 50 yd./m. butterfly
  12. Varsity 100 yd./m. butterfly
  13. Modified 100 yd./m. freestyle
  14. Varsity 100 yd./m. freestyle
  15. Varsity 500 yd./m. freestyle
  16. Varsity 200 yd./m. freestylerelay
  17. Modified 50 yd./m. backstroke
  18. Varsity 100 yd./m. backstroke
  19. Modified 50 yd./m. breaststroke
  20. Varsity 100 yd./m. breaststroke
  21. Modified 200 yd./m. freestyle relay
  22. Varsity 400 yd./m. freestylerelay
  1. With prior mutual agreement of teams, league or section races may be conducted by seeded heats  with the  winners  established on time alone. No final events may be conducted.
  2. For multi-school contests, refer to General Eligibility Rule #10

 

19.TENNIS

Game Conditions: See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. USTA
  2. Contests should consist of 4 singles and 4 doubles matches,  unless  agreed upon prior to the contest.
  3. One 8 game set shall be played. A  4  point  scoring  system  shall  be  used with no deuce point. Sections may modify the scoring system.
  4. For the purpose or ensuring that every eligible tennis player has the opportunity to play in a match, each may play one (1) additional singles or doubles match per day. The individual limitations/day for tennis (Reference: Modified Sports Standards Chart, NYSPHSAA Handbook) shall be increased to two (2) matches per day, provided that every individual eligible player plays once before any player plays twice.

 

 

20.TRACK AND FIELD (OUTDOOR AND WINTER)

Game Conditions:See MS chart

Game Rules:

  1. Equipment – only sneakers or shoes with rubber molded soles and rubber molded cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes  with  metal posts or spikes are not  permitted in any modified sport.
  2. A runneris permittedone falsestart beforedisqualification.
  3. A student may enter a maximum of three (3) events per day; no more than two track events or two field events may be entered each day. If a student is participating in two running events, the total distance may not exceed 1200 meters for indoor track and 2300  meters for outdoor track (total distance refers to specific events, not total distance of heats).
  4. The 55 meter 30” hurdle race with five hurdles shall have the following spacing’s:
    1. Start to first hurdle – 12 meters
    2. Distance between hurdles – 8 meters
    3. Fifthhurdle to finish – 11 meters
    4. With section/league approval, the height of the hurdles in the 55m modified boys’ hurdles may be increased from 30 inches to 33 inches. (Oct. 2011)
  5. The 200 meter 30” hurdle race with 5 hurdles shall have the following spacing’s:
    1. Start to first hurdle – 20 meters
    2. Distance between hurdles – 35 meters
    3. Fifthhurdle to finish – 40 meters
  6. The 4 K metal shot put may be used for outdoor track.
  7. A. The suggested running events and their recommended order for spring track and field meets shall be:

 

 

a.

55 m 30” hurdles

f.

200 m 30” hurdles

b.

200 m dash

g.

800 m run

c.

1500 m run

h.

3000 m run (optional)

d.

100 m dash

i.

4 x 200 m relay

e.

400 m dash

j.

4 x 100 m relay

 

 

k.

4 x 400 (optional)

 

B. The suggested field events shall be: 4 K shot put, 1 K discus, high jump, long jump, pole vault and triple jump. With Section/League approval, a six (6) pound shot put may be used for modified girls’ track and field, rather than a 4K shot put (Oct. 2011)

  1. The suggested running events and their recommended order for combined boy- girl outdoor track meets shall be:
    1. 55m 30” hurdles                                   boys
    2. 55 m 30” hurdles                                  girls

 

 

  1. 200 m dash                                            boys
  2. 200 m dash                                            girls
  3. 1500 m run                                            boys
  4. 1500 m run                                            girls
  5. 100 m dash                                            boys
  6. 100 m dash                                            girls
  7. 3000 m run                                            girls
  8. 400 m dash                                            boys
  9. 400 m dash                                            girls
  10. 200 m hurdles                                       boys

m.200 m hurdles                                       girls

  • 800 m run                                              boys
  • 800 m run                                              girls
  • 3000 m run (optional)                          boys
  • 4 x 200 m relay                                     boys
  • 4 x 200 m relay                                     girls
  • 4 x 100 m relay                                     boys
  • 4 x 100 m relay                                     girls
  • 4 x 400 m relay (optional)*                  boys
  • 4 x 400 m relay (optional)*                  girls

*The maximum distance limitation for each athlete must be upheld if this event is included.

  1. Possible events for winter track and field competition include:

 

  1. 50/55 m dash (boys)
  2. 50/55 m dash (girls)
  3. 200 m dash
  4. 300 m dash
  5. 400 m dash
  6. 600 m dash
  7. 800 m run
  8. 1000 m run

i.    1500 m run (400m, 200m, 200m, 800m)

  1. 300 m run
  2. 4 K shot put (plastic cover)
  3. Long jump
  4. Triple jump
  5. High jump
  6. Pole vault
  7. 4 x 200 m relay
  8. 4 x 400 m relay
  9. Sprint medley relay

In facilities with tracks other than 200m in length appropriate  modifications in distances are acceptable. For multi-school  contests, refer to General Eligibility Rule

#10.

21.VOLLEYBALL

 

 

Game Conditions: See MS chart

Boys’ Game Rules: NCAA

Girls’ Game Rules: NCAA

  1. Rally scoring in a five (5) game match shall be utilized at the modified level.
  2. The number of points in each game of the modified match shall be consistent.
  3. With sectional approval, either 20 or 25, but not less than 20 points per game may be used.
  4. Two (2) tosses will be permitted per turnof service.
  5. With Sectional/League approval, the service line may be moved up into the court, at a distance not to exceed two meters from the regulation service line.
  6. With Sectional approval, the use of the three (3) game match, rather than the five

(5) game match may be used.

  1. With Sectional/League approval, the Libero player may be used at the modified level. The uniform requirementfor the Libero is waived.
  2. With Sectional approval, the minimum net height shall be seven (7) feet for boys and girls.
  3. With Section/league approval, the boys’ and girls’ modified volleyball rotation may be adjusted so that when a modified athlete successfully serves five (5) consecutive serves that are not returned, that team rotates to its next server.

 

22.WRESTLING

Game Conditions:See MS chart

  1. A contestant (or team) may participate in competitions not to exceed 14 points during their season. Points assessed to competitions are as follows:
  1. 1 Point Meets are any competitions where a wrestler or wrestlers compete in one or two bouts.
  2. 2 Point Meets are any competitions where a wrestler or wrestlers compete in 3 or 4 bouts.
    1. No  contestant  (or  team)  can  accumulate  more  than  10  points  out  of  the maximum 14 points allowed via 2 point competitions.
    2. No contestant (or team) can accumulate more than 3 points per week.
    3. There shall be no competition between wrestlers with an age difference of more than 24 months.
    4. At least 2 nights shall elapse betweencontests.
    5. The time periods for bouts shall be as follows:
  1. If a contestant  competes in only one (1) bout per contest, the time periods are:

Program 1: Three 1 and ½ minute periods Program 2: 1st Period– 1 minute,

2nd    & 3rd periods– 1 and ½ minutes

  1. If contestant  competes in two, three or four   bouts per  contest, the time periods will be either: (1) Three one (1)minute periods, or (2) 1st period: One
    1. minute, 2nd  & 3rd periods: 1 ½ minutes.

 

There must be a 45 minute  rest period between bouts.

 

 

  1. With Section approval, a sudden victory overtime period  shall  be permitted in modified wrestling. Wrestlers must start in the standing position or the referee’s position, and the period shall not exceed 30 seconds. (May 2010)
    1. Weight Control:
  1. The Physical Education Director shall establish each wrestler’s weight class prior to the first match. A contestant may not wrestle out of this established weight class except as indicatedunder b.
  2. No attempt at weight reduction before the official weigh-in is permitted except on written permission from the parents and a written recommendation of a physician.

Once a wrestler is established in a weight class, weight reduction and participation in a lower weight class is permitted only under a doctor’s authorization and with the parent’s permission.

  1. A squad list, indicating the established weight classes for each team member as well as birth dates and ages, shall be sent to all opposing schools.
  2. Wrestler’s participating in the Modified Program may progress in weight in their individual classes at the same pound and date allowance as high school wrestlers.
    1. Weigh-ins on the day of a dual meet shall be established by the Section Athletic Council.
    2. For multi-school contests, refer to General Eligibility Rule #10
    3. With Section/League approval, wrestlers shall have the option of wearing an alternative to the traditional singlet. Uniform must include a form-fitting compression shirt and compression shorts, or a form-fitting compression shirt under the school uniform singlet.

Game Rules(Program 1)

  1. Weight Classes: the official weight classes for competition are 80, 86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116, 122, 128, 134, 140, 148. For schools having only 7th and 8th grade students a 155 pound weight class may be optional. Optional classes may be 74, 165 and unlimited classes with  contestants competing weighing within 10 pounds of each other. A minimum weight of 67 lbs. will be required to compete in the optional 74 lb. weight class.
  2. Honor Weigh-In: The procedures described in the Wrestling Weight Control Plan shall be followed.
  3. Thereis no limit to the total team boutsin a contest.
  4. Scoring: Use regular scoring system with teams receiving zero points for tied bouts or count number of bouts won or a combination of both. All bouts to count in team scoring.

Game Rules(Program 2)

  1. Weights: Weight class is listed first, variance second:70-80 lbs. (6 lbs.): 80-90 lbs. (6 lbs.); 90-100 lbs. (6 lbs.); 100-110 lbs. (6 lbs.); 110-120 lbs. (6 lbs.); 120-130 lbs.

 

 

(6 lbs.); 130-140 lbs. (6 lbs.); 140-150 lbs. (6 lbs.); 150-160 lbs. (6 lbs.); heavier weights (as much as 6 lbs.).

Variance: The variance listed above permits a contestant to compete against a

contestant who is either in a lower or upper weight group. As long as both wrestlers stay within the variance listed. (i.e. a wrestler in the 70-80 lbs. group who weighs 78 lbs. can compete with a wrestler in the 80-90 lbs. group as long as the heavier wrestlerdoes not weigh more than 82 lbs.)

  1. Matching wrestlers: both coaches will get together and match their wrestlers. All safety measures on the squad roster form are to be used to equalize competition, namely, experience, physical strength and maturity.
  2. Thereis no limit to the total team boutsin a contest.
  3. Scoring: Use regular scoring system with teams receiving zero points for tied bouts or count number of bouts won or a combination of both. All bouts to count in team scoring.

 

 

 

 

REVISED ATHLETIC PLACEMENT PROCESS SCREENING PROCEDURE MODIFIED PROGRAM PLACEMENT

 

 

The State Education Department’s Regulations for the A t h l e t i c  P l a c e m e n t P r o c e s s now include Modified  Program placement criteria. The Modified Program structure (grades 7, 8, 9) is only recognizedby the NYSPHSAA, Inc.

 

The procedures established by the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and the State  Education Department shall be followed.

 

Placement in the Modified Program shall be based on the maturation and physical fitness  standards established by the NYSED.

 

Only after evaluation and approval by the NYSED may students who  are ineligible for participation by  the  Modified  Program  standard  of age  and  grade be placed downward into the Modified (junior high school) sports programs.

 

NOTE:

Refer to the State Education Department’s manual on the Athletic Placement Process for procedures and standards.