NORTH COUNTY PAROCHIAL LEAGUE GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
“Sports, well understood and practiced...contributes to the development of the whole person because it demands generous effort, careful self-control, mastery of self and respect for others, complete commitment and team spirit. These values contribute to the building up of tomorrow's well-ordered society which we have characterized as the "civilization of love."” - Pope Paul VI
The purpose of the after school sports program is to teach and exemplify the basic human and Christian values of sportsmanship, cooperation, and teamwork. Its goal is to help foster friendships, provide leadership opportunities, and help the students develop a positive attitude toward sports and athletic competition. The after school sports program is not "win at all costs." It is expected that every player on a team will play in each contest. Final responsibility for enforcing this policy will be left with the individual schools. A child who has not attended school on a game day will not be allowed to participate in the game. If rule is abused it will be a forfeit of game.
SPORTS OFFERED (all sports shall have a Varsity and Junior Varsity team)
- Boys Flag Football
- Girls Volleyball
- Girls Flag Football Tournament
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Basketball
- Track Meet
- Boys Soccer
A game will be considered forfeited if a team does not have the minimum number of eligible players within fifteen minutes of scheduled game time or uses an ineligible player during the game.
The fees per game per school are as follows:
FOOTBALL $40 per official
VOLLEYBALL Officials provided by home team
BASKETBALL $26 per official
SOCCER $24 per official
To be eligible to compete in the after-school interscholastic sports program, a player must meet the following criteria:
1) All players must be enrolled in the parochial school they represent and be in the 8th grade or under.
2) All Varsity players must be 14 years old or younger as of September 1st.
3) All players wishing to play J.V . must be in the 6th grade or under and be 12 years old or younger on September 1st. (exceptions will be determined by the school administrators.)
4) It is recommended that all players maintain at least a 2.0 GPA with no "F" grades. Final eligibility decisions based on grades will be left to the individual school principal.
Players may play for one team per sport only. Exception - If and only if a varsity team is forced to forfeit or play without any substitutes, they may have a J.V. player fill in.
LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT RULES
Teams will play approximately one game per week, and regular season play will consist of a single round robin schedule within the division plus a few inter-divisional games when warranted. A single elimination playoff will be held to determine the league champion (optional). The 4th place team will play at the 1st place team; the 3rd place team will play at the 2nd place team. The winners will advance to the championship game, to be played at the highest seed. The playoff games will be held starting shortly after the regular season ends. The number of teams qualifying for the playoffs will be listed on the initial schedule for each sport.
Final league standings will be based on the following:
1) Overall win/loss record
2) Head to head competition
3) Win/loss record against common opponents
Protests concerning an officials' judgment call will not be considered. Only protests concerning rule interpretation or player eligibility will be accepted. A $25.00 fee will be charged for all protests.
In case of rule interpretation, the coach must inform the official at the time of the incident that the game is being played under protest. A written protest must then be delivered to the league director within 48 hours. Protests will be upheld only if the official's interpretation was incorrect and the mistake was deemed to have affected the outcome of the game. In this case, the game will be replayed from the time of the protested incident.
In the case of player eligibility, a written protest must be delivered to the league within 48 hours of the contest in question. If the protest is upheld, the offending team will be forced to forfeit the game, and all others in which the illegal player participated. The league maintains the right to check on player eligibility even in the absence of a formal protest.
Coaches are reminded that they serve as role models for their players and as such should be teaching the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and cooperation. Their job is to ensure that the after‑school interscholastic sports program is a positive experience for all involved. Therefore, poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Any player or coach who is ejected from a game will be forced to sit out of the team's next game as well. In addition, the school's athletic director will investigate any reports of repeated poor sportsmanship, and with permission from the school principal, will retain the right to suspend players and/or coaches if necessary.
Providing scorekeepers is the responsibility of the schools involved in the contest. Each school will be responsible for having a scorekeeper at each of their games.
Postponements are strongly discouraged. However, it is possible that it may be necessary for a team to reschedule one of their contests. In this case, the referee contact must be called by 12:00 noon the same day as the game so that the other team may be notified and a new game time may be scheduled. League requirement states that in order to cancel referees you must give 24 hour notice to the referee contact.
In cases of inclement weather, coaches will be notified if games have been postponed. Otherwise, assume games are going to be played. If contests must be postponed, they will be rescheduled at the end of the season and the remainder of the schedule will be unaffected.