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13a.06.03.00.htm 13A.06.03.00. Title 13A STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION Subtitle 06 SUPPORTING PROGRAMS Chapter 03 Interscholastic Athletics in the State Authority: Education Article, ยง2-205 and 2-303(k) Annotated Code of Maryland
13a.06.03.01.htm 13A.06.03.01. 01 Authorization.. A. The following regulations have been established by the State Superintendent of Schools to govern the athletic program for all high school students in Maryland public secondary schools which are members of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA)B. Local school systems may adopt rules governing their athletic programs that are more restrictive than those of the MPSSAA. Less restrictive rules may not be adopted.
13a.06.03.02.htm 13A.06.03.02. 02 Eligibility.. Student eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics at the high school level shall be based on the following criteria:A. Students shall be officially registered and attending the member MPSSAA school they are authorized to attend under regulations of the local school system. They may represent only the school in which they are registered and at which it is anticipated they will complete their graduation requirements.B. Each local school syst
13a.06.03.03.htm 13A.06.03.03. 03 Sports Season.. Member MPSSAA schools shall conduct all interscholastic athletic contests and practice sessions in accordance with the following:A. The sports seasons shall be defined as follows:. 1) "Fall" means the 6th Wednesday following the first Sunday of July, until the final date of the local, conference, district, regional, or State tournament.2) "Winter" means November 15th until the final date of the local, conference, district, regional, or State tournament.
13a.06.03.04.htm 13A.06.03.04. 04 Operational Guidelines.. The regulations given below are established for all MPSSAA interscholastic sports:. A. Equal Opportunity for Participation.. 1) Students may not be excluded on the basis of sex from overall equal opportunity to participate in athletic programs. If a school sponsors a team in a particular sport for members of one sex but sponsors no such team for members of the opposite sex, and before July 1, 1975, overall opportunities for members of the exclude
13a.06.03.05.htm 13A.06.03.05. 05 Violations, Penalties, and Appeals.. A. Failure to comply with these regulations shall constitute a violation which will result in the following penalties against the member MPSSAA school and either the student or the coach, or both. Depending upon the severity of the violation, more than one penalty may be imposed against the member MPSSAA school, student, or coach, or all of the above. Penalties shall be imposed in the order listed below:1) Against a member MPSSAA school:.
13a.06.03.06.htm 13A.06.03.06. 06 Classification.. A. For the purpose of parity in competition in meets and tournaments administered by the MPSSAA, member schools shall be divided into classifications based on enrollment. If, in this calculation, two or more schools with equal enrollments fall between two classifications, they shall be placed in the lower classification.B. The local superintendent of schools shall submit to the MPSSAA Executive Director a report on the actual school enrollment
13a.06.03.07.htm 13A.06.03.07. 07 State Tournament Policies.. A. The MPSSAA games or tournament committees representing all of the districts shall administer and supervise tournaments in the various sports at the district, regional, and State level.B. All participating schools shall abide by the rules established by each MPSSAA tournament committee.C. Although certain aspects of a tournament may vary from year to year, the following basic policies shall be observed by all tournament committees:
13a.06.03.08.htm 13A.06.03.08. 08 Awards and Recognition.. A. Awards may be made as follows:. 1) A school, school related, or nonprofit group may purchase and present to a student for athletic achievement a school insignia, medal, pin, or similar article;2) Awards from outside the school may be given to individual athletes or school teams provided the awards are approved by the local superintendent, meet MPSSAA guidelines, and the presentation is made at a school-approved function.B. Recognition of student
13a.06.03.09.htm 13A.06.03.09. 09 Sanction Rules.. A. Students or teams representing a member MPSSAA school shall participate only in contests conducted by educationally related organizations.B. Member MPSSAA schools may not compete in any contest in any other state if either school's participation violates the regulations or established policies of either state's high school interscholastic athletic authority.C. Sanctioning Guidelines.. 1) Sanctioning for Interstate Competition.. a) Member MPSSAA schools
13a.06.03.10.htm 13A.06.03.10. 10 Amateur Rules.. A. Students who have not used or are not using their athletic skill as players for financial gain, or who have not competed under assumed names as players, shall be considered amateurs. Employment as an instructor, counselor, or official may not be considered a violation.B. Students who have ceased to be amateurs in a particular sport may not represent their school in interscholastic athletics in that sport.C. Students who have lost amateur standing may app
13a.06.03.11.htm 13A.06.03.11. 11 Amendments.. A. Proposed written amendments to these regulations may be submitted only by a member MPSSAA school, local superintendent of schools, MPSSAA committee, or the MPSSAA Executive Director. Proposed amendments shall be received by the MPSSAA Executive Director at least 45 days before the annual meeting of the MPSSAA Board of Control.B. Upon receipt, proposed amendments shall be referred to the Constitution Committee for appropriate action and recommendation.
13a.06.03.9999.htm 13A.06.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: October 1, 1975 (2:22 Md. R. 1373). Regulations .01, .04, .07A, .09A, and .12 amended effective August 4, 1976 (3:16 Md. R. 853). Regulations .02A, F, .03B, .04, and .07C amended effective August 31, 1977 (4:18 Md. R. 1399). Regulations .02F, J; .03B; .04B; .05; and .07C amended effective September 19, 1980 (7:19 Md. R. 1808)Regulation .03B amended effective February 27, 1984 (11:4 Md. R. 317) August 27, 1984 (11:17 Md. R. 1493)
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