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Coaches' Eligibility Policy

The Coaches' Eligibility Policy was established by the MPA membership to provide proper training of coaches, to ensure the safety of student athletes, and to improve the overall quality of the interscholastic program.

A person shall be eligible to coach in any interscholastic high school athletic contest, provided the person satisfies all of the following conditions (for purposes of this section, "coach" shall mean all persons who coach an interscholastic high school athletic team in any way, whether for pay or as a volunteer at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman level):

  • The person's appointment as coach must be approved by the local educational agency responsible for the member school at which the person coaches.
  • The coach must be at least 20 years of age or a high school graduate at the commencement of the sport season for which the person has been appointed to coach. For purposes of this section, a season shall be deemed to have commenced on the first day on which the team practices, including practices scheduled to determine the members of the team.
  • The coach must sign a statement acknowledging that he/she has read, understood, and agreed to comply with and abide by all MPA bylaws, policies, and the Code of Ethics.
  • The coach must have successfully completed a coaching eligibility course. (Refer to Appendix R, Coaches' Eligibility, on page 39 of the MPA Handbook and Directory).
  • The coach must have successfully completed a sport first aid course. Every coach must take a first aid course every five years.
  • Every coach must have successfully completed a basic CPR/AED program and must maintain/carry a current CPR-AED card.

A coach who fails to satisfy, comply with or conform to the requirements of this section shall be ineligible to coach in any interscholastic athletic contest.

Implementation

All coaches shall have a period of twelve (12) months after their date of hire or appointment to satisfy the requirements of successfully completing the coaching eligibility course, the sport first aid program and the CPR/AED program. Components A,B and C must be met prior to the start of the season.

The principal (or his/her designee) is responsible for determining the eligibility of coaches prior to the start of each sport season.

The school must maintain a current portfolio for each coach containing evidence of compliance. The MPA may request access to the portfolio if a challenge occurs. Coaches should also maintain copies of their portfolio.

The association strongly suggests that this information be reviewed at a meeting of all coaches prior to the start of each season. A pre-season meeting may be used to discuss the school's athletic philosophy when reviewing the MPA Handbook, Code of Ethics, and bulletins. Several athletic administrators have suggested that each coach submit a copy of his/her eligibility card and the sign-off sheet when returning their coaching contracts.

If a coach changes assignments to another school, the school of hire will be expected to review the coach's portfolio and eligibility.

Upon receipt of verification of completion of the components of the Coaches' Eligibility standards, the Maine Principals' Association will issue an eligibility card free of charge to the school's athletic administrator for distribution to the inpidual. A fee will be charged for replacement cards. A file of coaches who have completed eligibility requirements will be maintained by the MPA office.

Acceptable / Equivalent Programs

In the MPA Bylaws, Article II, Section 3 Coaches' Eligibility and Appendix R, reference is made to equivalents for both coaching eligibility courses and sport first aid programs. The following information is provided to assist the high school principal in determining what programs are acceptable and to help determine what is an equivalent program.

Any of the following will meet the requirement of the coaches' eligibility course:

  1. NFHS Online Fundamentals of Coaching Course
  2. UMaine/MCSC Maine Coaching Eligibility Course
  3. ASEP Coaching Principles Course
  4. "Coaching Principles" reflected on a college transcript
  5. Physical Education major at college
  6. Coaching minor at college
  7. Equivalent Instruction: Course content must include the course content listed below:

An equivalent program in "Coaches Eligibility" is defined as one in which the following topics are thoroughly covered:

  • Role of the coach
  • Development of a coaching philosophy
  • Sport psychology
  • Proper nutrition and health
  • Physical training and conditioning
  • Communication and motivation

Any of the following will meet the requirement of the sport first aid course, taken after January 1, 2005 and renewed every five years:

  • NFHS Sport First Aid Program
  • Maine Athletic Trainers' Association course
  • ASEP Sport First Aid course
  • First Aid reflected on college transcript, taken after January 1, 2005 and renewed every five years
  • American Red Cross - Sport Safety Training
  • Equivalent Instruction: Course content must include the course content listed below:

An equivalent program in "Sport First Aid" is defined as one in which the following topics are thoroughly covered:

  • Your Role on the Athletic Health Care Team
  • Sport First Aid Game Plan
  • Anatomy and Sport Injury Terminology
  • Primary Survey and Providing Life Support
  • Secondary Survey and First Aid Techniques
  • Moving Injured or Sick Athletes
  • Respiratory Emergencies and Illnesses
  • Closed Head and Spine Injuries
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Sudden Illnesses
  • Weather-Related Problems
  • Upper Body Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Lower Body Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Facial and Scalp Injuries
  • Skin problems

Any of the following will meet the requirement of the CPR/AED requirement:

  • American Red Cross (1 year certification)
  • American Heart Association (2 year certification)
  • Emergency and Safety Institute (2 year certification)

An equivalent program in "CPR/AED" may be provided by a certified instructor through inpidual schools. Examples of certified instructors may be:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • School Nurse
  • EMT

The course fees are the responsibility of either the inpidual coach seeking eligibility or a sponsoring school.

Sample Coaches' Eligibility Certification Form

I certify that I have completed the following requirements set forth by the Maine Principals' Association's By-laws related to coaches' eligibility:

  1. I have been approved by the local educational agency.
  2. I am at least 20 years of age or am a high school graduate.
  3. I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the MPA's Bylaws, policies, and Code of Ethics. (MPA Handbook)
  4. I have successfully completed the Maine Coaching Eligibility Course or an equivalent which has been approved by the principal of the school where I coach.
  5. I have successfully completed the Maine Athletic Trainers' Association program or an equivalent which has been approved by the principal of the school where I coach.
  6. I have successfully completed a basic CPR-AED program.

Evidence of completion is on file with my principal or his/her designee.
Name (Please Print):________________________________________________
Signature:_________________________________________________________
Date:____________________________

Forms

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Interscholastic Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for Secondary School Activities

It is the duty of all concerned with secondary school activities programs to..

  1. Cultivate an awareness that participation in high school activities is part of the total education experience and, as such, no one should either seek or expect academic privileges for the participants.
  2. Emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play as they related to the lifetime impact on the participants and spectators.
  3. Develop an awareness and understanding of all rules and guidelines governing competition, both in letter and intent, and to comply with them in all activities.
  4. Recognize that the purpose of activities in school programs is to develop and promote the physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being of individual participants.
  5. Avoid any practice or technique which would endanger the present or future welfare or safety of a participant.
  6. Avoid practices which force or encourage students to specialize or which restrict them from participation in a variety of activities.
  7. Refrain from making disparaging remarks to opponents, officials, coaches, or spectators in any aspect of school activities.
  8. Vigorously encourage the development of proper health habits and discourage the use of chemicals, including alcohol and tobacco.
  9. Exemplify proper self-control at all times and accept adverse decisions without public display of emotion or dissatisfaction.
  10. Encourage everyone to judge the true success of the activities programs on the basis of the attitude of the participants and spectators, rather than on the basis of a win or loss.

Code of Ethics for Coaches

National Federation Coaches Association

The function of a coach is to education students through participation in interscholastic competition. An interscholastic program should be designed to enhance academic achievement and should never interfere with opportunities for academic success. Each student-athlete should be treated as though he or she were the coaches' own, and his or her welfare should be uppermost at all times. Accordingly, the following guidelines for coaches have been adopted by the NFCA Board of Directors. 

The coach shall be aware that he or she has a tremendous influence, for either good or ill, on the education of the student-athlete and, thus, shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character.

The coach shall uphold the honor and dignity of the professional. In all personal contact with student-athletes, officials, athletic directors, school administrators, the state high school athletic association, the media, and the public, the coach shall strive to set an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct.

The coach shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse.

The coach shall avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with players.

The coach shall promote the entire interscholastic program of the school and direct his or her program in harmony with the total school program.

The coach shall master the contest rules and shall teach them to his or her team members.

The coach shall not seek an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.

The coach shall exert his or her influence to enhance sportsmanship by spectators, both directly and by working closely with cheerleaders, pep club sponsors, booster clubs, and administrators.

The coach shall respect and support contest officials.

The coach shall not indulge in conduct which would incite players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of officials or players is unethical.

Before and after contests, coaches for the competing teams should meet and exchange cordial greetings to set the correct tone for the event.

A coach shall not exert pressure on faculty members to give student-athletes special consideration.

A coach shall not scout opponents by any means other than those adopted by the league and/or state high school athletic association.

Middle Level Activities

Philosophy of Middle Level Activities

An understanding of the physical, social, and emotional complexities and of the great variation among students at the middle level is of vital importance in developing a philosophy for activities at this level.
A wide variety of activities, both non-athletic and athletic, should be available to middle level students. As a rule, they should not interfere or distract from instructional time. The emphasis should be on creating a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for students, while broadening their education in areas such as sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship, and participation in life-long activities. Middle level activities should help each student gain the knowledge and skills associated with the activity for his or her enjoyment and benefit.

Position Statement Guidelines

  1. "Middle level schools should focus on creating teaching and learning environments which are developmentally appropriate for young adolescents" (McEwin, Dickinson & Jenkins, 1996) in the total academic/athletic curriculum.
  2. Schools should give priority to strong, well-organized intramural activity programs which are based on the assessed needs of students. Interscholastic activity programs should maximize student participation and develop out of these intramural programs.
  3. Middle level activities should be encouraged at local and/or league levels with a limited number of contests and should not be carried to the levels of state competition.
  4. Decisions regarding intramural and interscholastic activity programs should be governed by a sincere concern for the safety, health, developmental needs, and educational well-being of middle level students by providing an enjoyable experience for all participants.
  5. It is recommended that all middle level coaches meet the Coaches' Eligibility Standards set by the MPA. All middle level coaches should be responsible to the principal/athletic director.
  6. Programs should exist to develop good citizenship, leadership, and character. They should teach common courtesy and respect for rules and organizations by persistently teaching principles of justice, fair play, and good sportsmanship, and by emphasizing the discipline required in extensive training and practice.
  7. When working with others in a democratic society, a person must develop self-discipline, respect for authority, and the spirit of hard work and sacrifice. The team and its objectives should be placed higher than personal desires.
  8. Middle level activities should help students to develop desirable personal health habits, to be active contributing school citizens, and to maintain physical fitness through exercise and sound health habits.
  9. Equitable Programming - - Reasonable playing time for athletes should be assigned in each contest provided that each athlete has put forth appropriate effort and commitment to the teams. The philosophy of the program is to provide a quality developmental athletic activity for all students.

General Activity Information

(applicable to all athletic activities) 2012-2013

Rules

National Federation rules will be used in all sports except golf (PGA), skiing (MPA rule book), and tennis (USTA/MPA rule book).

Electronic Forms

Commensurate with the 2003-2004 school year, each high school principal will be issued a pin code number which must be used on all forms being submitted.  We recommend that the principal keep his/her code number confidential because it provides access to a school's site and the confidential information it contains.  Submission of a form with this code constitutes the assumption of the principal's responsibility for the information submitted.

Classification

Classification in all activities is based on school enrollments as of April 1, 2013 and shall remain in effect through June 2015.  Teams applying to play in a larger enrollment class are committed to that change for a period of four years.

Eligibility

School principals are required to verify the eligibility of all participants in MPA-sponsored activities, both regular season and tournament competition.  (See Bylaws, Article II of the Handbook for complete eligibility rules.)

The Maine Principals' Association is responsible for high school athletics.  All members of high school teams (including managers) must be enrolled in grades 9-12.  Mascots and bat boys/girls must also meet this requirement for safety reasons.  Please do not allow students below grade nine to participate in these capacities.

Forfeitures

Forfeitures of MPA-sponsored events are generally not allowed.  There may be cases because of concerns for the safety of the student athletes or the inability of a school to field a team for an extended period of time which, after consultation the appropriate MPA committee, will lead to a forfeiture.

Ejection Rule

In all team and individual sports (varsity or subvarsity), ejection or disqualification from a game, meet, or match for unsportsmanlike behavior of any form, by a coach or a player shall result in the suspension of that player or coach. The coach or player ejected from a contest must sit out all contests at all levels until the coach or athlete completes the ejection penalty by sitting out the next game at the level from which he/she was ejected. This rule applies to a game, meet, or match suspended before completion as well as a completed contest.  This penalty may not be served by sitting out an exhibition, subvarsity, or other competition.  A suspended coach may not be present at the game site.  Not being physically present at the site means the 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.  Any coach or player ejected from the last game, meet, or contest of a sports season shall serve a one game suspension in the opening countable game, meet, or contest in the next varsity sport in which he/she participates.  He/she may participate in preseason scrimmages and exhibition games.

This policy will not prevent standing committees from imposing more restrictive disciplinary action.

Assault Provisions

A coach who intentionally strikes, shoves, kicks, or makes other physical contact with an official before, during, or after an interscholastic contest, as determined by the school, shall be disqualified immediately and his/her coach's eligibility will be suspended for one full year. At the end of the suspension, the coach may request the reinstatement of his/her eligibility. At this time, the Interscholastic Management Committee will place the request on their next meeting agenda, at which meeting the coach and principal must attend.  The Interscholastic Management Committee will make the determination whether or not to reinstate the coach's eligibility.

Any member of the team who intentionally strikes, shoves, kicks, or makes other physical contact with an official before, during, or after an interscholastic contest, as determined by the school, shall be disqualified immediately and shall be ineligible to participate in all sports for one full year.  NOTE:  Member of the team includes player, manager, score keepers, timers, and statisticians.

Adopted:  11/18/99

Tournament Play-Off Format

The format for play-off games in sports using Heal point qualifying statistics is the same; 67% of the teams in each region (east/west by class) will qualify for the tournaments in all Heal point sports.  The brackets are:

When more than eight (8) qualify, pairings shall be:

  • Prelim games - 8 vs 9, 7 vs 10, 6 vs 11, etc.  (Winner retains the higher seed bracket position but original seed position determines home team designation.)

When eight (8) qualify or after prelims, pairings shall be:

  • Quarter-Finals - 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5
  • Semi-Finals - 1/8 winner vs 4/5 winner, 2/7 winner vs 3/6 winner
  • Finale - Winners play each other

When fewer than eight (8) qualify, pairings will be the same as an eight team bracket with one or more teams receiving first round byes.

Tournament Expenses

In regional tournament games played at a school site, the host school is responsible for all officials' fees, crowd control, and site expenses.  The host school may charge admission to defray expenses.  The visiting school shall be notified of this charge.  In state finals, MPA will be responsible for all expenses except those of the teams.

Tournament Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for all MPA conducted activities are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.

Radio and Television Broadcasts

Radio and television stations wishing to air MPA-conducted activities must receive permission from the MPA Executive Director and pay any attendant fees.

Awards

The following team and individual awards are presented by the MPA at the conclusion of each season's regional and state tournaments.  The Association pays all attendant costs of these awards.  Schools wishing to purchase additional medals for their own team members may do so by contacting:  Mike Dinn, Dinn Brothers Trophy, Inc., 221 Interstate Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089 - Telephone – 800/628-9657.

Fall Season

CROSS COUNTRY
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
State individual finishers (first ten)
Regional individual finishers (first ten)
FIELD HOCKEY
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
FOOTBALL
Trophy: State champion team
Plaque: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
Regional champion team members
GOLF
Trophies: State champion team
Individual schoolboy champion
Individual schoolboy runner-up
Individual schoolgirl champion
Individual schoolgirl runner-up
Plaque: State runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
SOCCER
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
VOLLEYBALL
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members

Winter Season

BASKETBALL
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
CHEERLEADING
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
ICE HOCKEY
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
SKI
Trophies: State champion team
State champion ski meister
Plaques: State runner-up team
State event champion
Medals: State champion team members
State event champion individuals
State runner-up team
SWIM
Trophy: State champion team
Plaque: State champion runner-up team
Medals: State champion individuals
(places 1-8 per event)
TRACK (INDOOR)
Trophy: State champion team
Plaque: State champion runner-up team
Medals: State champion individuals
(places 1-7 per event)
WRESTLING
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
Regional champion team members
State champion individuals
(places 1-4 per weight class)
Regional champion individuals
(places 1-4 per weight class
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members

Spring Season

BASEBALL
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
LACROSSE
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
SOFTBALL
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
TENNIS
Trophies: State champion team
State singles champion
State singles runner-up
State singles semi-finalists
Plaques: State runner-up team
Regional champion team
Regional runner-up team
Medals: State champion team members
State runner-up team members
Regional champion team members
Regional runner-up team members
Singles Qualifiers
TRACK (OUTDOOR)
Trophy: State champion team
Plaques: State runner-up team
Medals: State champion individuals
(places 1-7 per event)

Sport Season Policy

Introduction

The MPA Sport Season Policy has been written and accepted by the membership for the following reasons:

  • to provide a “level playing field” between schools, so that one set of students is not placed at a disadvantage to others with whom they compete for state championships;
  • to create definable seasons of competition which allow students to participate in various activities without coaches feeling the need to “compete” with each other for athletes within their own school;
  • to discourage specialization in the sense that students are not deprived of a variety of cocurricular experiences which the high school “exploratory” life stage provides;
  • to create a corridor which protects some personal time for students between activities;
  • to provide opportunity for families to clearly define times for vacations and other family functions; and
  • to prevent the exploitation and “burn out” of participant student athletes and coaches.

Section 1

MPA member schools are required to limit all participation, play, or practice in a sport by all teams and individuals to the season to which the sport is assigned. This policy applies to all team and individual interscholastic competition grades 9 through 12 during the school year only and does not apply during the summer recess.

A coach, paid or volunteer, may coach a team that his/her high school aged son/daughter plays for outside the MPA assigned sport season if the son/daughter is the only student from that high school on that team. All other aspects of the sport season policy will apply.

In order to provide a window of personal time similar to the time available prior to the winter and spring sports seasons, summer recess is defined as the time period between the last day of the spring sport season to August 1 or fourteen (14) days prior to the beginning of the fall sport season, whichever occurs later. This does not exclude individual students from attending camps during this two-week period of personal time as long as all other Sport Season Policy requirements are met. Individuals choosing to attend camps during this two-week period may use school protective gear or track and field implements depending on each school’s policy. Schools wishing to attend a football camp off campus may not leave until the Monday morning of the first day of practice.

The principal of an MPA member high school may request a waiver for a spring sports season coach to continue to have contact with specific spring student athletes during the two-week period prior to the fall sport season. The request must be in writing and must be received by the Executive Director no later than July 25. The Executive Director is authorized to grant waivers only in unusual and specific instances (Example: American Legion coach). This waiver process is not intended to permit a coach to extend a summer program or to work at a camp during this two-week period. The principal may also request a waiver for a ski coach to coach his/her athletes in the New England competition that occurs just after the completion of the MPA ski season.

Booster Clubs are an extension of the athletic program and, therefore, are subject to the restrictions of the Sport Season Policy. It is understood that fund raising is exempt from this restriction for boosters clubs and coaches but not athletes.

The sport seasons shall be preceded by a practice period of a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three weeks. During the practice period, teams may participate in clinics, scrimmages, round-robins, exhibition games, and invitational events.

MPA sports committees will establish dates for last countable games and play-off/tournament games.

Exceptions to the Sport Season Policy have been granted for teams invited to participate in MPA invitational tournaments, the Aroostook potato harvest, Deering-Portland and Cony-Gardiner football game, skiing (when weather conditions dictate delays), and faculty/student exhibition games conducted following the sports season.

Section 2

Violations of this policy will occur when MPA member schools permit a team or individuals to play or practice a sport outside the sport’s season through use of high school equipment including facilities, provision of transportation by the school or a school-affiliated organization, or use of the school name for out-of-season sports activities. Additionally, activities organized for the purpose of an out-of-season practice, as defined by the Sport Season Policy, are prohibited. Coaches or advisors are prohibited from coaching or giving instructions about a sport to members of their teams individually or collectively outside the sport season for that sport. Others who may not organize or coach include, but are not limited to, school affiliated organizations and their members, captains, and players. Exceptions to this paragraph are:

  1. A (one-time) meeting for the purpose of administrative organization is permissible.
  2. High school students may assist their high school coaches in providing instruction to middle level or elementary schools following the regular season for any three-week period designated by the high school principal.
  3. Senior athletes may work with their coach after the close of the sport season in all sports except fall cheerleading, cross country, and winter track.

Coaches whose employment by a school is limited to coaching duties shall be subject to the same restrictions as regular school employees with respect to the Sport Season Policy.

Traditionally, fall cheering squads in many schools have been chosen in the spring in order to allow the group to attend cheering camps during the summer; this is a violation of the Sport Season Policy. The rationale is to allow all students an opportunity to attend cheering camp to improve their skills before tryouts rather than the former, more restrictive practice which eliminates students before such an opportunity.

Section 3

The principal of MPA member schools is responsible to interpret both the meaning and intent of the Sport Season Policy for the local school and is also responsible for its enforcement.

Section 4

Violations reported under this policy will be dealt with as outlined in Article IV of the MPA Bylaws. Violations of this policy may result in sanctions against the school; in no case will violations of this policy affect a student’s eligibility.

Section 5

Waiver of the Sport Season Policy

Requests for waivers of the Sport Season Policy, except for end of summer recess, may be made to the Interscholastic Management Committee and must be written in advance of the effective time of the activity or date. The request for waivers of the Sport Season Policy must be made by the school principal. In no case shall the waiver be for a period of time to exceed one season. (See form, page 23).

Revised and Approved by the Membership, November 2002
Clarified by the Interscholastic Management Committee, January 2006
Clarified by the Interscholastic Management Committee, March 2009 and 2010

Student Eligibility

A student shall be eligible to participate in any interscholastic secondary school athletic contest:

  1. Who meets the eligibility rules established by the local school authorities.
  2. Who is regularly enrolled in the school which he/she represents.
    1. To be considered regularly enrolled, a student must be in attendance and academically active in the school which he/she represents. An academically active student must be pursuing a program of studies approved by the principal and superintendent of schools. Exception: At the end of the first semester, a student, who has met all school requirements for graduation and will not receive/accept a diploma until the school's May/June graduation date, may complete the winter sports season even though he/she is no longer a regularly enrolled student. All other MPA and local policies will be adhered to. (Revised 11/16/06)
    2. Students in grade 9 in separately organized junior high schools are eligible to participate in the varsity athletics program of the senior high school in their school administrative unit. This rule does not prevent schools from limiting student participation in varsity athletics to the programs of the schools in which the students are enrolled.
    3. In order to make possible the formation of all interscholastic athletic teams in smaller secondary schools, a student may be drafted from grade eight (8) of the same school system provided that such student is in satisfactory physical condition and provided that the secondary school using the student does not have an enrollment of greater than forty (40) girls or forty (40) boys. It is further understood that this extra year of athletic competition does not penalize such students under the eight semester rule. This applies to the following team sports only: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.
    4. Homeschooled students will be exempt from the enrollment rule (Article II, Section 2, Paragraph B) if their equivalent instruction program has been approved as outlined in Maine Law. Homeschooled students must meet all other eligibility rules in Article II, Section 2, of the MPA Bylaws.
    5. Out-of-district placement students shall be exempt from the regular enrollment provisions of Article II, Section 2 (B)(1) and may participate in the interscholastic program of the school in which they are placed if the following provisions are met: (1) the school accepting the out-of-district placement student requests a waiver from the Committee on Eligibility; (2) the waiver request is accompanied by a written consent from the principal of the sending school that a waiver should be granted; and (3) the Committee on Eligibility determines that it is in the best interests of the student to participate in the interscholastic program of the receiving school. For purposes of this paragraph, "out-of-district placement students" shall be defined as students placed by the PET process in a private special purpose school, as defined by the Maine Department of Education regulations.
  3. Who competes using his/her own name, substantiated by a birth certificate. Otherwise, a student is ineligible for nine weeks from the time it is discovered a false name was used.
  4. Who has refrained from participating on an outside team to which objection is made by local school authorities. A violator shall be ineligible for nine weeks after the date of discovery of participation.
  5. Who is under twenty years of age at the time of participation.
  6. Who has maintained undergraduate status in a four-year course in a Maine secondary school or its equivalent as outlined in the MPA Constitution, Article II, Section 3.
  7. Who has yet to fulfill eight full semesters at an approved secondary school or its equivalent.  
    1. A student is only eligible to compete for the first eight consecutive semesters after he or she first enrolls as a freshman in a four-year senior high school, or in the ninth grade in a junior high school.
    2. Upon application by a student's principal, the Committee on Eligibility of the Maine Principals' Association may grant no more than eighteen consecutive weeks of additional eligibility upon a satisfactory showing that:
      1. A student has failed one or more semesters because of absence due to illness.
      2. A student has been absent one or more semesters because of required military service.
      3. A student withdrew from school in order to assume full financial responsibility for the support of the family because of illness or incapacity of a parent.
        Special circumstances warrant an exception. Such cases will be reviewed on an individual basis.
        EXPLANATION: The eight semester rule refers to eight consecutive semesters in time; it does not necessarily refer to eight semesters of attendance or competition. For example, a student who registers as a freshman in September 2010, is eligible to compete in interscholastic athletics insofar as this rule is concerned until the close of the school year 2014. The pupil is not eligible to compete after that date unless the student is granted added eligibility by the Committee on Eligibility.
        If a student who enrolls as a freshman in September 2010 is forced to be absent from school to work to support his/her family during the school year of 2011-2012 and returns in September 2012 as a sophomore, he/she would then be a senior in September 2014 and would be ineligible, since the date of the termination of his/her eligibility is set the day he/she enrolls as a freshman. This date is eight semesters from his/her enrollment as a freshman.
    3. If a student is granted an additional semester of eligibility, such eligibility may be given for any eighteen consecutive weeks, not necessarily concurrent with a semester, during the student's fifth year of attendance at the specific request of the school.
    4. No student who has been enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, 12 inclusive, in any approved school, shall participate in the same athletic activity for more than four seasons except that this does not apply to the eligibility rule affecting small schools who are permitted to use eighth grade students when there are not more than forty boys or girls in grades 9-12.
    5. It is the responsibility of each school principal to verify the eligibility of each student at the beginning of each semester or equivalent
  8. Who has completed and passed work in the equivalent of four (4) full-time subjects with credit toward graduation in the most recently completed quarter or equivalent.
    1. Failure to earn passing grades in four full-time subjects (or the equivalent) shall render a student ineligible for a period of time determined by the local school.
    2. The record at the end of the marking period shall be final and scholastic deficiencies may not be removed for the purpose of meeting minimum eligibility requirements except:
      1. For those grades/credits earned in a regular accredited summer school program accepted by the school district;
      2. Incomplete grades which may be made up for credit during the first five (5) weeks of the subsequent quarter.
    3. It is understood that homeschooled students will have completed and passed the equivalent of four (4) full-time subjects which meet the requirements of the approved home school program of instruction in the most recently completed quarter.
    4. It is understood that a special education student will not be denied participation in interscholastic activities solely because the student is enrolled in a reduced course load when the reduced course load is due to the student's exceptionality, provided that the student is satisfactorily completing the requirements of the educational component of an individual education plan and is otherwise in compliance with the plan. It is further understood that the special education student not satisfactorily completing the educational components of an individualized plan or is not otherwise in compliance with the plan shall have his/her eligibility status determined in the same manner as the eligibility of a non-special education student who is not satisfying the applicable academic standards.
  9. A student who is otherwise eligible, but who was not enrolled in a given secondary school during the preceding semester, shall be considered eligible provided the pupil:
    1. Carried successfully during the preceding semester of attendance at another approved secondary school or its equivalent, the minimum scholastic requirement for eligibility of the receiving school.
    2. Completed successfully the work of an elementary or junior high school during the preceding semester.
  10. A student who fails to qualify, comply, or conform with the eligibility provisions, or who violates these eligibility provisions shall be ineligible to compete in any interscholastic secondary school athletic contest.
  11. A student transferring to a member school may be added to a varsity eligibility roster if the student is enrolled and in full attendance no later than the opening date that countable games may be played, assuming the student meets all other local and MPA eligibility rules. Students not meeting the deadline can not be added to the varsity eligibility roster during the remainder of that sport season.
    Example: If the opening date for countable games is Saturday, September 4, 2010, transfer students must be enrolled and in full attendance no later than Friday, September 3, 2010.

Adopted by the Interscholastic Management Committee: April 27, 2005

New England Council

For more information on the New England Council, please visit http://cnesspa.ezstream.com/.

Heal Point System

The Heal Point System is designed to select teams for tournament play on the basis of athletic strength as demonstrated through the regular season schedule. The athletic strength of a team is determined by a two-step process.

In the first step, the preliminary index of the school is ascertained. This is computed by assigning forty points for each Class A victory, thirty-five points for each Class B victory, thirty points for each Class C victory and twenty-five points for each Class D victory. These points are added and the total divided by the number of scheduled games. In all cases a minimum divisor is established by the appropriate sports committee. A team with no victories is assigned a preliminary index of 1.0. [Example: If a school team had two victories over a class B school, two victories over a class C school and two victories over a class D school, they would acquire a total point rating of 180. If the school team had played an 18 game schedule, the 180 points would be divided by 18, giving a preliminary index of 10.]

The tournament index for the example school team would be determined by adding the preliminary indices of the schools from which it had won a victory. This total would be divided by 18 (the number of games in the schedule). If the two B schools had preliminary indices of 8 and 5; the two C schools 6 and 5.4; the two D schools 4.4 and 4.2; the total of these credits would be 33. Thirty-three divided by 18 (the total number of games on the schedule) would give the school team a tournament index of 1.83. For the purposes of comparing one school with another, the tournament index is always multiplied by 10; in other words, the tournament index of the school would be 18.30.

In those sports where tie contests are allowed, each participating school team is awarded one-half of the points of the opposing school. For example, a tie with a class A school team results in twenty points being awarded to the opposing school team; a tie with a class C school team results in fifteen points being awarded to the opposing school team. No team may have a preliminary index less than 1.0000, including a team with a season’s end record of no wins and one tie with a Class D team. Soccer example: 25 divided by 14 divided by 2 = .8928571. In the final Heal points, this figure will be manually increased to 1.0000.

The official Heal Points are maintained by the MPA. Heal Point standings will be released by posting them on the MPA website (http://www.mpa.cc). During the season, the preliminary and tournament index of each team will be determined by using a divisor of the total games to be played that season.

For purposes of computing the Heal Points, the preliminary index is carried out to ten (10) places and the tournament index is carried out to twelve (12) places. For reporting purposes, these indices are rounded to three (3) places and four (4) places, respectively.

A tie in the final Heal Point standings will be resolved by each standing committee for its sport. The resolution may vary from committee to committee but will have some variation of using head-to-head competition, a coin toss, or a lottery to determine seeding placement, and/or a play-off game if to determine tournament participation.

The Heal Point System is used in Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. For the 2011-2012 school year, 67% of the teams will qualify for postseason.

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