2016-17 Sports Regulations For High School & Junior High Competition

2016-2017 Sports Regulations

For High School & Junior High Competition

Policy regarding scrimmages:

Scrimmages between member schools shall be permitted between the date of first legal practice and the final day of State Tournament play. Teams may travel up to and including 100 miles from the home high school base for scrimmages, providing such is effected without loss of school time.  On a non-school day, a team may exceed this 100 mile limit with local school administration approval. Teams may scrimmage a high school team from another contiguous state (plus Kansas), provided that the school is a member institution of that state’s activity association and that it falls within the 100-mile scrimmage radius. If a school is scrimmaging at an out-of-state school, the scrimmage rules of that state shall apply. Iowa scrimmage rules will apply for scrimmages held in Iowa. A scrimmage shall be defined as that which takes place between member schools at one site on one calendar day, as well as established definition relating to the mandatory absence of scorekeeping and spectator charge. In order for a player to be charged with a scrimmage, she must have participated in the scrimmage.

High School players choosing to participate on a non-school (club) team cannot scrimmage against a college team, college players representing their collegiate institution, or if sponsored by a college.

Volleyball

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 6 (August 8, 2016)
  • First Game: Monday, Week 8 (August 22, 2016)
  • Playing Dates: 14  (9 playing dates for junior high)
  • Teams may play 14 dates at each level of play (9th, jv, varsity, etc.)
  • Regional Tournament Dates: 1A: Oct. 18, 24, 27, Nov, 1;  2A: Oct. 18, 24, 27, Nov. 1 3A,  4A & 5A: 19, 35, 31
  • State Tournament: Nov. 8-11, US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids
  • Scrimmages: 3
    • Can use officials and clock. Cannot charge admission or keep score.
  • No junior varsity teams are allowed in varsity tournaments.
  • No jamborees allowed
  • A maximum of six matches per team per day.
  • The maximum number of teams in a tournament is four per court (Exception – Conference Tournaments)
  • Junior high volleyball tournaments are legal.
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates:  Sept. 6, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17

Volleyball Individual Participation Limitations

Players are limited to six matches per day.

Swimming & Diving

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 6 (August 8, 2016)
  • First Competition Date: Monday, Week 8 (August 22, 2016)
  • Swimming  Dates: 12
  • Diving Dates: 12
  • Scrimmages: 0
  • Regional Diving Meet: Thursday, Oct. 27
  • Regional Swimming Meet: Saturday, Oct. 29
  • State Swimming & Diving Meet: Nov. 4-5, Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: Meet Results MUST be updated by the end of every Tuesday during the regular season.

Cross Country

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 6 (August 8, 2016)
  • First Competition Date: Monday, Week 8 (August 22, 2016)
  • Playing Dates: 10
  • Scrimmages: 0
  • State Qualifying Meet: Thursday, Oct. 20
  • State Cross Country Meet: October 29, Fort Dodge
  • Scrimmages: 0
  • Junior high and high school students may not run together in the same race.
  • All Classes will run seven, count five at State Qualifying and State Meet (may run six/count four during regular season).
  • Jewelry is legal except for a watch with GPS capabilities.

Basketball

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 19 (November 7, 2016)
  • Jamboree Date Allowance: Monday, Week 19 (November 7, 2016) through date of 1st scheduled game.
  • First Game: Friday, Week 20 (November 18, 2016)
  • Playing Dates: 21 games (12 games for Junior High)
  • Scrimmages: 3
  • No junior varsity teams are allowed in varsity tournaments.
  • One jamboree per school is allowed. The jamboree shall consist of a maximum of two eight minute quarters.
  •  A school may participate in up to two games on a non-school day.
  • Regional Tournament Dates: 1A: Feb. 9, 14, 17, 20  2A: Feb. 11, 14, 17, 20  3A: Feb. 11, 15, 18 4A & 5A: Feb. 15, 18, 21
  • State Tournament: Feb. 27 – March 4, 2017; Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: Dec. 5,  Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6

Basketball Individual Participation Limitations

Each individual player has a 21-game season limitation.   A student who plays 0-2 quarters in a day is charged with 0 games against this limitation.  A student who plays in 3-6 quarters in a day is charged with 1 game against this limitation.  A student who plays in 7-8 quarters in a day is charged with two games against this limitation.

Junior high students have a 12-game season limitation. Junior high students may play in no more than six quarters in a day.  Participation in 1-6 quarters in a day constitutes participation in a game, and junior high students are limited to one game per day on a school day.  No junior high jamborees or tournaments are permitted.

A junior high team will be allowed to play in two games on a non-school day.The player limit will be eight quarters for that day.

Bowling

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 19 (November 7, 2016)
  • First Meet: Monday, Week 21 (November 21, 2016)
  • Playing Dates: 12
  • Scrimmages: 0
  • Team Limitations: Two (2) matches per day at any level
  • Individual Limitations: Six (6) games in a calendar day.
  • Note: 5 Baker games = 1 game
  • State Qualifying Tournaments: Week 33 (Feb. 14)
  • State Meet: Class 1A (Feb. 20), Class 2A (Feb. 21), Class 3A (Feb. 22) Des Moines
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: TBA

Track & Field

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 33 (February 13, 2017)
  • First Meet: Monday, Week 33 (February 13, 2017)
  • Playing Dates: 12 (7 for Junior High)
  • Scrimmages: 0
  • Junior High invitational meets are limited in size to equal that of  the number of lanes on the track.  Junior High students are limited to four  events per meet, no more than three may be running.
  • Any indoor meets run prior to the first outdoor competition do not count towards the 12 date limitation.
  • State Qualifying Meets: Week 45 (May 11, 2017)
  • State Track & Field Meet: Week 46 (May 18-20, 2017)
  • Jewelry is legal except for a watch with GPS capabilities
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: April 10, April 24 and May 8

Golf

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 37 (March 13, 2017)
  • First Meet: Wednesday, Week 38 (March 22, 2017)
  • Playing Dates: 12  per level of competition
  • If a meet is cancelled due to weather prior to completion, the schools should attempt to find a date to make-up or complete.  If no date can be found, each school involved can enter another meet to take the place of the one which was not completed.
  • The maximum number of dates of high school competition (grades 9-12) a girl can play is twelve.
  • Girls Regional Golf (First Round): Week 46 (May 15, 2017 – Classes 1A, 2A, 3A)
  • Girls Regional Golf (2nd Round): Week 47 (May 22, 2017 – All Classes)
  • Girls State Golf: Week 48 (May 30-21): Class 1A/2A: American Legion, Marshallotwn; Class 3A/4A: Coldwater Golf Links, Ames; Class 5A: Lake Panorama National, Panora.

Tennis

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 37 (March 13, 2017)
  • First Meet: Wednesday, Week 38 (March 22, 2017)
  • Playing Dates: 12   per level of competition
  • Scrimmages:  1    One scrimmage date is allowed per school and it must take place after the completion of the regular season and before the first day of the state tournament.
  • Regional Team: Week 45-46 (May 13, 20)
  • Regional Individual: Week 46 (May 18)
  • State Team Tournament: Week 47-48 (May 22-23, June 3,); Class 1A: Iowa City ; Class 2A:  Ankeny
  • State Individual: Week 47 (June 1-2); Class 1A: Iowa City; Class 2A: Ankeny

Soccer

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 38 (March 20, 2017)
  • Jamboree Date Allowance:  Monday, Week 38 (March 20)  through date of 1st scheduled game.
  • First Game: Monday, Week 40 (April 3, 2017)
  • Playing Dates: 17 matches
  • Scrimmages: 1
  • Regionals:  1A: May 30, June 2, 5; 2A: May 25, 30, June 5; 3A: May May 27, 31, June 5
  • State Tournament: June 8-10, Des Moines
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: April 18; May 2; May 16
  • Individual Participation – There is no season match limitation for an  individual player.  Individual player limitation may not exceed six (6) halves in a calendar day.
  • One jamboree per school is allowed. The jamboree shall consist of  a maximum of one 40 minute half.
  • No junior varsity teams are allowed in varsity tournaments.
  • No more than five matches may be played in one tournament, and no more than three matches in one day.  Regularly scheduled regular season matches may not be part of a tournament.

Softball

  • First Practice: Monday, Week 45 (May 8, 2017)
  • First Game: Monday, Week 47 (May 22, 2017)
  • First Tournament: Friday, Week 47 (May 26, 2017)
  • Playing Dates: 40 Games
  • Scrimmages: 3
  • Regional Dates: 1A: July 3, 5, 7, 10; 2A: July 3, 5, 7, 10; 3A: July 5, 7, 10; 4A: July 6, 8, 11 5A: July 6, 8, 11
  • State Tournament: July 17-21; Fort Dodge
  • QuikStats Reporting Dates: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 3
  • Pitchers and catchers may voluntarily practice on pitching under a coach’s supervision at any time during the year using equipment  required for their positions (balls, gloves, pitching rubbers, mounds,  plates, catcher’s equipment.  No bats, helmets or pitching machines  are allowed.)
  • A team is permitted to play no more than three games in any single day. Tournaments may include no more than 16 teams.  No more than four games per team may be played in any tournament.   A school  may play in only one tournament at a time and play no more than  three games on a calendar day.  No junior varsity teams are allowed  in varsity tournaments except in emergency situations (must be approved by the IGHSAU).

Softball Individual Participation Limitations

Eight grade students are eligible to practice (including scrimmages) with the high school team on May 8, 2017 and compete on May 22, 2017.  Eighth graders may compete on the junior high team, high school team, or both.  If competing in junior high and high school, they may only play in three games on a calendar day.  Their season limitation is 65 total games. Graduated  sixth graders may participate (practice or play) on the junior high team, once their sixth grade their school year is completed.

Individual Limitation = 65 games. Three games per day limit. (Includes all levels of play)