Albuquerque Parochial and Independent (Schools) Athletic League

Constitution and Bylaws

05/2019 version

Items voted and amended in 2018-19 Highlighted in YELLOW

Albuquerque Parochial and Independent (Schools) Athletic League

Constitution and Bylaws

  1. Constitution
  1. Article One: Name
  1. This organization shall be known as the Albuquerque Parochial and Independent (schools) Athletic League (APIAL).
  1. APIAL serves the greater Albuquerque metro area, as well as schools located outside the metro area that include, but are not limited to the following cities/towns:
  1. Santa Fe
  2. Belen
  3. Rio Rancho
  4. Bernalillo
  5. Los Lunas
  6. East Mountain
  7. Moriarty
  8. Grants
  9. Dulce
  1. Article Two: Mission Statement
  1. To promote the spiritual, academic and physical welfare of its youth as well as good sportsmanship and fair play through all activities sponsored by APIAL.
  1. Article Three:  Membership
  1. APIAL is formed by and for the benefit of the parochial and private independent schools of Albuquerque. APIAL exclusively serves parochial, private and independent schools only. Any school prior to June of 2016 will be allowed to remain apart of the APIAL league as long as membership criteria is met. Any non-member school may be admitted by league meeting the league criteria (see Appendix A) and obtaining a majority vote of the existing school members.
  1. The following schools are presently members of APIAL
  1. Our Lady of the Annunciation
  2. Bosque School
  3. Our Lady of Fatima
  4. Holy Ghost
  5. Hope Christian
  6. Immanuel Lutheran
  7. Menaul
  8. Oak Grove
  9. Our Lady of the Assumption

      (10) Queen of Heaven

      (11)     St. Charles

  1. St. Mary’s ABQ
  2. St. Therese
  3. San Felipe
  4. Sandia Prep
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas
  6. Shepherd Lutheran
  7. St. Mary’s Belen
  8. Santo Nino Regional Catholic School
  9. 21st Century Academy
  10. Santa Fe Prep:
  11. Christ Lutheran: full inclusion May 2018
  12. St Francis: full inclusion May 2018
  13. AHSA: Probationary inclusion May 2018
  14. NB3 Foundation: Probationary inclusion March 2018

  1. It is Mandatory for member schools to participate in at least three sports for both boys and girls. Participation may be for mid-school and/or elementary athletics. Teams in good standing for multiple years within APIAL will be evaluated at the end of each year for continued membership.
  1. Elementary only members will be considered full members if the meet they meet the following criteria:
  1. Have facilities secured to host games
  2. Participate in 3 boys and 3 girls sports minimum
  3. Vote on elementary matters only
  1. All league members are required to travel a minimum of one time per school year to the following cities for at least one sport. (volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball)
  1. Santa Fe (Santo Nino)
  2. Belen (St. Mary’s Belen)
  1. Rule applies to full APIAL members only.
  1. Schools that do not meet all league requirements may submit a written proposal for review by the league board and member athletic directors at a scheduled APIAL meeting.
  2. Athletic Directors will review continued membership.
  1. Article Four: Sports/Activities Sponsored by APIAL
  1. Mid School Boys Division
  1. Flag Football
  1. Co-ed
  2. 5-8th grades combined
  3. Upper Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  4. Lower Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting

  1. Basketball
  1. 5th-8th grade combined
  1. Division set forth for Girls and Boys basketball using a 3 game round robin scheduled pre-season tournament. Results of 3 games are scored and divisions are determined based on results from the Pre-Season Round Robin.
  1. Cross Country
  1. 1st-8th grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade
  3. C-team Division - 5th & 6th Grade
  4. Any Grade can Run up in competition. Exception Elementary is not eligible for Mid-School Results.
  1. Track & Field
  1. 5-8th grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade and below to 5th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade and below to 5th grade
  1. Golf
  1. 5-8th Grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade and below to 5th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade and below to 5th grade
  1. Soccer
  1. Co-ed 5th-8th grade combined
  1. Upper Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  2. Lower Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  1. Archery
  1. Team and Individual Competition Open to Grades 5-8th. Must have taken Archery Course at school to be eligible for competition.
  1. Chess
  1. Team and Individual Competition Open to Grades 1-8.
  1. Volleyball
  1. 5th-8th Grade combined
  1. Division set forth for Volleyball using a 3 game round robin scheduled pre-season tournament. Results of 3 games are scored and divisions are
  1. Mid School Girls Division
  1. Volleyball
  1. 5th-8th Grade combined
  1. Division set forth for Volleyball using a 3 game round robin scheduled pre-season tournament. Results of 3 games are scored and divisions are determined based on results from the Pre-Season Round Robin.
  1. Flag Football
  1. Co-ed
  2. Upper Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  3. Lower Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  1. Basketball
  1. 5th-8th Grade combined
  1. Division set forth for Girls and Boys basketball using a 3 game round robin scheduled pre-season tournament. Results of 3 games are scored and divisions are determined based on results from the Pre-Season Round Robin.
  1. Cross Country
  1. 1st-8th grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade
  3. C-team Division - 5th & 6th Grade
  4. Any Grade can Run up in competition. Exception Elementary is not eligible for Mid-School Results.
  1. Track & Field
  1. 5-8th Grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade and below to 5th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade and below to 5th grade
  1. Golf
  1. 5-8th grade combined
  1. Varsity - 8th grade and below to 5th grade
  2. Junior Varsity - 7th grade and below to 5th grade
  1. Soccer
  1. Co-ed 5th-8th grade combined
  1. Upper Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  2. Lower Division - Placement determined by Athletic Director at Scheduling Meeting
  1. Archery
  1. Team and Individual Competition Open to Grades 5-8th. Must have taken Archery Course at school to be eligible for competition.
  1. Chess
  1. Team and Individual Competition Open to Grades 1-8.
  1. Elementary Division
  1. Cross Country
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Track and Field
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Basketball
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Soccer
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Golf
  1. Skills clinics only.
  1. Volleyball
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Flag Football
  1. Co-ed
  1. Rookies 1st-2nd grade
  2. Juniors 3rd-4th grade
  1. Cheer/Dance/Spirit
  1. Co-ed
  1. Chess
  1. Competes in Elementary & Mid School Competitions. Competition is not dependent on grade level.
  1. Article Five: Game Scheduling and Sport/Activity Seasons
  1. Game Scheduling and Planning take place at all Required Attendance Athletic Director Meetings. Any additional information needed for schedule planning and implementation handled via Online Athletic Director Forms. Forms are posted and available on the Athletic Directors tab on League Webpage. Any late submission of information is subject to APIAl Executive Board Approval.  Divisions, teams, etc are determined according to each sports specifications. See Article 4 for outline.
  2. Mid School Sport Seasons
  1. Girls Volleyball - August - October
  2. Cross Country - August - October
  3. Soccer - August - October
  4. Golf - August - November (fall season) and March - May (spring Season)
  5. Girls Basketball - October-December
  6. Boys Basketball - January-March
  7. Flag Football - October-November
  8. Softball - March-May
  9. Track and Field - March-May
  10. Boys Volleyball - March-May
  11. Archery - Competitions set monthly starting October - November. Number of competitions set at the August AD Meeting.
  12. Chess - Competitions set monthly starting as early as september - April. Number of competitions set at the August AD Meeting.  
  1. Inclusive dates of sports will be announced prior to school year. This will be completed and communicated at the May general AD meeting.
  1. Elementary Sport Seasons
  1. Cross Country - August - October
  2. Track and Field - August - October
  3. Volleyball - August - October
  4. Flag Football - October - December
  5. Cheer/Dance/Spirit - November-March
  6. Soccer - February - March
  7. Basketball - March - May
  8. Golf - Skills clinics congruent with mid school golf schedule
  9. Summer League - May-August
  10. Chess - Competitions set monthly starting as early as september - April. Number of competitions set at the August AD Meeting.  
  1. Other APIAL Sponsored Sports/Activities
  1. Sport Specific Camps (dates are not specific to particular time or season during the year)
  2. Holiday Tournament - held during winter/christmas break.
  1. Article Six: Levels of Competition Rules
  1. If a school has multiple teams per level (e.g., two boys’ JV basketball teams), players cannot float between teams.
  1. Rule applies to both mid-school and elementary athletics.
  1. No floating athletes between levels (e.g., C-team player may not play on C-team and JV at the same time during the same season).
  1. Rule applies to both mid-school and elementary athletics.
  1. Once an athlete has moved from a lower level of competition to a higher level of competition, they must remain at the higher level of competition for the remainder of the season and for tournament play.
  1. Athletes must compete in at least one contest at a higher level to be eligible for tournament play.
  1. Athletes may not be moved up in competition level immediately before tournament play, even in the event of the following:
  1. Injury
  2. Suspension
  3. Individual family travel
  1. Absolutely no floating of elementary athletes to mid-school competition regardless of skill level or desire to move athletes up in competition. (No 4th grader may participate in Mid-School Athletics)
  2. Each mid-school season will have a 1st and 2nd place championship and consolation championship winner for the following sports:
  1. Volleyball
  2. Basketball (Boys and Girls)
  3. Soccer - if enough teams to provide for a consolation tournament
  4. Flag Football - if enough teams to provide for a consolation tournament
  5. Softball - if enough teams to provide for a consolation tournament.
  1. Each mid-school season will have a 1st and 2nd place championship event for the following sports:
  1. Track and Field
  2. Golf
  3. Cross Country
  1. Each Mid School Place finisher will be awarded team trophies at the end of each sport season.  
  2. No elementary season will have a place finisher for any sport.
  1. Article Seven: Member Voting
  1. Each member school shall have one vote pertaining to all APIAL matters. All votes are subject to school administration approval.  
  1. The athletic director or designated representative with written authorization from school administration shall have the power to vote.  
  2. Athletic directors are expected to have communicated all matters requiring votes to administration prior to meeting being held and votes being submitted. Votes will be held at AD meetings, as well as online votes that require immediate results.
  1. A quorum is above half the total number of member schools. Once a quorum is reached the vote is officially complete and implemented into APIAL decision/policy.
  1. Elementary members only may only vote on matters that pertain to elementary athletics (unless serving on APIAL executive board).
  2. Mid-school only members may only vote on matters that pertain to mid-school athletics (unless serving on APIAL executive board).
  1. Article Eight: APIAL Executive Board
  1. The executive board of APIAL shall consist of the following:
  1. League Director
  2. President
  3. Vice-President
  4. Secretary
  5. School Administrator
  1. Duties of the executive board shall include resolution of any conflicts between schools and approve all of the recommendations brought forth from the APIAL director and league members.
  2. Election of the Executive Board
  1. The member schools board member shall serve a 2 year term
  2. Members are nominated and elected at the April general athletic director meeting.
  3. Board positions of Vice President and Secretary shall terminate at the end of each odd year
  4. Board positions of President shall terminate at the end of each even year.  
  5. School administrator board member shall serve for one full year and be recommended and elected each April general athletic director meeting.
  1. Article Nine: APIAL Meetings
  1. Meetings shall be held each month starting in August. The last meeting of the year will be held in May. A quorum (one over half) of the Executive Board must be present at each meeting throughout the year.
  1. All meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Exception will be made if a holiday falls on the 2nd monday or meetings must be moved to suit season demands.
  1. Athletic directors or their representatives shall attend every monthly meeting. Each athletic director/representative shall carry the voting rights for his/her school and is entitled to one vote.
  2. The administration and their representatives are invited to be present at all meetings.
  3. Place of meetings for the upcoming year to be decided upon at the May general meeting.
  4. The Executive Board may call special meetings
  1. Article Ten: Dues & Invoicing
  1.  Each member school, including probationary schools, shall pay a fee of:
  1. $500 for mid-school athletics
  2. $500 for elementary athletics
  1. All mid-school dues shall be paid within 30 days of the first APIAL meeting of the school year. The League Director will bill schools for money due.
  1. All dues and invoices not paid within 30 days of invoicing will be subject to a $25.00 weekly fine until paid in full. Penalty requires APIAL Executive Board consent.
  1. In the event of inability to pay dues, a school must submit a review request for a payment plan or an extension.
  1. All elementary dues shall be paid within 30 days of the October APIAL meeting. The League director will bill schools for money due.
  1. All original dues and invoices are to be paid in full from beginning of the season scheduling. If modification is needed to invoiced totals, Athletic Director will submit request to APIAL Executive Board to review game totals billed. At season's end APIAL will reimburse totals for schools over billed due to cancellations and any unforeseen circumstance resulting in loss of games played.
  2. All dues & billed invoices not paid within 30 days of invoicing will be subject to a $25.00 weekly fine until paid in full. Penalty requires APIAL Executive Board consent.
  1. In the event of inability to pay dues, a school must submit a review request for a payment plan or an extension.
  1. A review shall be made of fees at each May meeting to determine any changes for the following school year.
  2. The disposition of monies remaining in the APIAL account shall be decided upon the May meeting each year.
  3. Game Cancellations - Officials will be paid in full for all games scheduled. Any contest cancelled less than 24 hours in advance results in the school being fined and charged for the following:
  1. Fine of $150 per occurrence
  2. Fees and Fines are subject to APIAL Board Review and Approval.
  1. In the event a fine is implemented due to cancelled games, schools have a 30 period to submit payment.
  2. Any non or late payment may result in suspension from APIAL until fines are paid in full.
  1. Any game cancelled for reasons outside of APIAL and School Control less than 24 hours results in officials being paid in full
  1. Weather
  2. Facility issues (leaky roof, Lighting, Heating, School & Church Function cancelling Gym use)
  1. Additional Officials Fees may be invoiced due to Outlined Cancellations Guidelines at seasons end.
  1. Athletic Director Duties:
  1. accurately communicate and determine fees according to each school.
  2. Communicate and ensure timely payment of all fees/dues with member schools finance department.
  3. Submit amended fees/structure to Board Review Prior to seasons end.

 

  1. Article Eleven: Amendments
  1. This constitution may be amended by a majority vote at any regular meeting of APIAL, provided the amendment has been proposed at two meetings (remote or mandatory attendance meetings) and voted upon at the second meeting.
  1. By-Laws
  1. Article One: Duties of the APIAL Executive Board
  1. The President shall:
  1. Shall be an athletic director from a member school.
  2. Shall approve all expenditures necessary for APIAL.
  3. Approve the purchase of end of the season awards which includes:
  1. Trophies
  2. Individual recognition awards
  1. Have access to APIAL quickbooks and is responsible for cross referencing all financial information and statements through the league and the financial institution utilized by APIAL.
  2. Provide dual signatures on all written checks for league expenses.
  3. Receives grievances from APIAL director and work with league board to resolve and issues/matters that arise.
  1. The Vice President shall:
  1. Run meeting when the League Director is unable to attend.
  2. Collaborate with the League President on all league matters.
  3. Provide dual signatures on all written checks for league expenses.
  1. The Secretary shall:
  1. Record accurately the minutes of each meeting.
  2. Prepare electronic documents to be posted on APIAL webpage before the next general meeting.
  1. The School Administrator shall:
  1. Serve as an ex-officio member of the APIAL Board.
  2. Serve a 1-year term.
  3. Is a liaison to school administrators throughout the league.
  1. Communicates all matters to and from the league and school administration.
  1. Attend all APIAL meetings.
  2. Lend insight to grievances filed with APIAL.
  1. League Director (full-time paid position)
  1. League Director Job Description 
  2. APIAL League Director is hired by the APIAL Executive Board.
  3. Salary is determined by APIAL member majority vote.
  1. Article Two: Dates of Sports Events
  1. Tournaments other than the end of the season tournament are separate from APIAL events. Participation is up to individual schools. (This includes tournaments sponsored by Knights of Columbus, or by individual member schools).
  2. The number of games for a particular sport is subject to facility availability, length of season and number of official member teams participating.
  3. Game/Match/meeting limitations:
  1. Flag Football - 8-9 games and an end of season tournament.
  1. No end of season tournament for elementary athletics.
  1. Volleyball - 8-9 games and an end of season tournament.
  1. No end of season tournament for elementary athletics.
  1. Basketball - 8-9 games and an end of season tournament.
  1. No end of season tournament for elementary athletics.
  1. Softball - 8-9 games and an end of season tournament.
  2. Soccer - 8-9 games and an end of season tournament.
  1. No end of season tournament for elementary athletics.
  1. Cross Country - 7-8 events.
  1. Final event is a championship event.
  2. No final event for elementary athletics.
  1. Golf - 8 to 10 tournaments.
  1. The last tournament of the year is the championship event.
  2. Only skills clinics for elementary athletics.
  1. Track and Field - 4 to 5 meets.
  1. Final Meet is a championship event.
  2. No championship event for elementary athletics.
  1. Article Three: Eligibility of Athletes
  1. All athletes shall be enrolled in the school in which he/she is competing. Athletes must be in grades 1-4 for elementary athletics and grades 5-8 for mid school athletics. No 9-12th grader may participate in any APIAL contest.
  1. All league members will provide APIAL with a full list of students enrolled in grades K-8 from their educational institution.
  1. Member rosters are due each year by September 1.
  1. Any school that fails to provide enrollment rosters by this date will be subject to a $25.00 fine. Penalty requires APIAL board consent.
  1. In the event of inability to pay dues, a school must submit a review request for a payment plan or an extension.
  1. Names of new students must be communicated to the APIAL League Director, who will add them to the school enrollment list to be considered eligible.
  1. A Roster of team members for each sport shall be posted online before their first contest. Rosters must include name and jersey number for each player. Online rosters will be viewed and available for each contest.
  2. All players must comply with the following before playing in any games sponsored by APIAL. Proof of:
  1. Medical Insurance
  2. Medical examination (physical) Must be yearly and is good from June 1-May 31 of each year.
  1. View and print medical history form here
  1. APIAL code of conduct, concussion, and waiver of liability form.
  1. View and print these forms here
  1. If a player is moved “up” to play a game, that player must remain on the higher level team for the rest of the season and cannot be moved to a lower level team in the same sport except for track and cross country.
  2. A student is eligible to play with the grade indicated if he/she is over the age outlined below:
  1. 7th grade - if he/she is 14 by September 1
  2. 8th grade - if he/she is 15 by September 1
  1. 8th grade students are not permitted to play at the junior varsity level.
  1. Any exception made to this rule must take place prior to the season beginning and must be addressed at one of the APIAL athletic director meetings. Exceptions to this rule require a quorum of votes from APIAL members.
  1. In order to participate in APIAL sports programs, scholastic levels must be maintained to qualify for the privilege of participation.
  1. Mid-School requirements
  1. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average by the end of each grading period.
  2. If a student with a 2.0 grade point average receives two D’s or one F on a report card, he/she shall be placed on a two-week probationary period to bring grades up.  During this time the athlete may practice with his/her team, but may not participate in games.
  3. If a student with a 2.0 grade receives an unsatisfactory mark in conduct for any reason, he/she may be placed on a 1 week probationary period to bring the mark back up.
  4. Individual schools may adopt stricter rules or standards for academic eligibility.
  5. Eligibility for Cross Country and Track and Field championships.
  1. For cross country and track and field, students must participate in at least one APIAL season meet in order to compete in the championship event.
  1. Transfer Policy
  1. Students are eligible to play upon transfer. They will have a 5 day waiting period before attending practice or games.
  2. Students ineligible due to academic reasons will be ineligible for the current season.
  1. Home School Students
  1. No home school students are admitted into APIAL athletics.
  1. Elementary requirements
  1. Schools adopt individual policies at their discretion for elementary academic eligibility.
  2. Students must remain in good standing academically with their school.
  1. Each school will set their own policy regarding academic eligibility.
  1. Transfer Policy
  1. Students are eligible to play upon transfer. They will have a 5 day waiting period before attending games or practice.
  2. Students ineligible for academic reasons will be ineligible for the current season.
  1. Article Four: Sport Specific Playing Rules
  1. Mid School Rules:
  1. Volleyball 
  2. Basketball
  3. Soccer
  4. Golf
  5. Cross Country
  6. Flag Football
  7. Track & Field
  8. Softball
  1. Elementary Playing Rules:
  1. Cross Country
  2. Track & Field
  3. Volleyball
  4. Soccer
  5. Basketball
  1. Article Five: Officials
  1. The number of officials per contest is as follows: Additional officials may be utilized for tournament play. Additional officials used will be utilized at the discretion of the Officials Coordinator and with the consent of the League Director.
  1. Flag Football - 2 officials
  2. Volleyball - 1 official
  3. Basketball - 2 officials
  4. Softball - 1 official
  5. Soccer - 2 officials
  6. Track & Field - reviewed yearly
  1. APIAL Director is meet director
  2. Other positions
  1. Shot Put Official
  2. Discus Official
  3. Long Jump Official
  4. High Jump Official
  5. Head Timer
  6. Recorder
  7. Track-meet Clerk
  1. Mid-school Officials shall be paid as follows:
  1. Each school will be billed for half the total number of season games regardless of how many home games were hosted by the school. Only regular season games and/or league scrimmage games with probationary schools will be billed. All tournament officials fees are paid by APIAL.
  1. Flag Football - each school will pay $45.00 per game for officials fees. (3 officials used per game)
  2. Volleyball - each school will pay $15.00 per game for officials fees.
  3. Basketball - each school will pay $30.00 per game for officials fees.
  4. Soccer - each school will pay $32.50 per game for officials fees.
  5. Track - each official is paid $75.00 per track meet.
  1. Schools are billed track and field dues before track season begins to cover officials costs of track and field.
  1. Schools are billed $325.00 per school/team
  1. In the event that two schools combine to make one track team, both schools will split the cost of the $325.00 track dues.
  1. Cross Country - Official paid $50.00 for each meet. 
  1. Schools are billed as follows:
  1. $50 for team with less than 5 Participants
  2. $100 for team with more 5 Participants
  3. APIAL Invitational - $5 per entry into APIAL Invitational
  1. Elementary Officials shall be paid as follows:
  1. $30 per game Soccer
  2. $25 per Game Volleyball & Basketball
  1. Fees shall be established or changed at the last meeting of the school year.
  2. In the absence of an official, each team’s coach shall determine and agree upon whom shall officiate the game/contest.
  3. The duties of the officials, as outlined by the NMAA, commence 10 minutes before each game.
  1. Article Six: Admission charges for APIAL games
  1. All gate charges for APIAL tournament games shall be $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.
  1. All tournament gate monies go to APIAL for officials expenses, awards, and other league expenses.
  1. All gate charges for APIAL season games shall be $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.
  1. All regular season gate monies go to individual hosting schools.
  1. Only team members (players, coaches, athletic directors, and principals) as per roster will be admitted free to APIAL events.
  1. Article Seven: Scorekeeper and Timekeeper
  1. For regular season and tournament games, each team will provide their own adult (must be 18+) for either scorekeeper or timekeeper.
  1. Scorekeeper is responsible for keeping the book or written record of the contest.
  1. Home team or the higher tournament seeded team on the bracket during tournament play is responsible for the scorekeeper, unless agreed upon otherwise at the officials pre-game meeting.
  1. Timekeeper is responsible for keeping the timing clock and scoreboard of the contest.
  1. Visiting team or the lower tournament seeded team on the bracket during tournament play is responsible for the scorekeeper, unless agreed upon otherwise at the officials pre game meeting.
  1. Article Eight: Sportsmanship and Conduct

Added 5/2018

A. All APIAL participants including spectators, coaches, athletes, athletic directors must adhere to maintaining a Christian atmosphere during APIAL contests and events. Any players and coaches who are not demonstrating respect for officials, or their opponents will be warned once and will be assessed a technical foul, yellow card, or flag for a second offense. Any parents or spectators identified will be warned with a general announcement on fan behavior and will be then asked to leave the facility if the conduct continues.

 

Behavior that will not be tolerated during game play:

  1. APIAL has the following guidelines regarding conduct of its members.
  1. Conduct of coaches, athletic directors, players and spectators are outlined as follows:
  1. Coaches, athletic directors, players, and spectators must conduct themselves in a Christian manner and must honor the judgement calls of the referees. Coaches and parents will be responsible for the acts of their team’s players.
  1. Any act of violence will result in immediate removal from the contest.
  2. Any further act shall constitute removal from the gym/field. This applies to all persons present at the contest.
  1. Any person removed from a contest will be unable to attend the following game/event.
  2. A second removal from a contest will result in a one-year suspension from the league for either coaches, parents, spectators, and/or athletes.
  1. Any coach or athletic director that does not conduct him/herself in a sportsmanlike manner will be suspended from participating in any contest for one full year.
  2. Principals (or their representatives) and after consultation and mutual agreement with all coaches officials, have the right to stop any game if they feel it is harmful to students. In such situations, the decision of the game will be brought to the Executive Board for final decision. Such games will end in a forfeit.
  1. APIAL has adopted the the New Mexico Activities Association fundamentals of sportsmanship as follows:
  1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the contest - Being informed is essential. Know the rules. If you are uninformed, refrain from expressing opinions on decisions made by officials, coaches and administrators.
  2. Exercise representative behavior at all times - The true value of inter scholastic competition relies on everyone exhibiting behavior that is representative of sound value base. Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or not.
  3. Recognize and appreciate skilled performances regardless of affiliation - Applause for an opponent’s good performance displays generosity and courtesy that should be regularly practiced. This not only represents good sportsmanship, but also reflects a true awareness of the game by recognizing and acknowledging quality.
  4. Exhibit respect for officials - The officials of any contest are trained, impartial arbitrators who perform to the best of their ability. Mistakes by those involved are apart of every contest. We should not rationalize our own poor or unsuccessful performance or behavior by placing responsibility on an official. A rule of good sportsmanship is to accept and abide by the decision made.
  5. Openly display respect for the opponent at all times - Opponents are guests and should be treated cordially, provided with the best accommodations and accorded tolerance at all times. Be a positive representative of your school, team and family.
  6. Display pride in your actions at every opportunity - Never allow your ego to interfere with good judgement and your responsibility as a school representative. Regardless if whether you are an adult, student, player, coach, or official, this value is paramount since it suggests that you care about yourself and how others perceive you.
  1. Article Nine: Requirements for all Athletic Directors and Coaches
  1. All athletic directors and coaches must meet requirements established by their individual schools.
  2. All coaches or their representatives must attend a coaches clinic and/or online training for each sport before a team can participate in any games. Failure to attend will result in a $25.00 fine to be collected by the League Director.
  1. Coaches’ responsibilities are as follows:
  1.  The coaches will maintain the role of coach as professional and will keep in proper perspective by:
  1. Developing and communicating clear and specific goals for the team and individual players throughout the season.
  2. Maintaining an open and honest communication with students, parents, and other coaches.
  3. Developing and demonstrating a good knowledge base of best practices specific to their area.
  4. Supporting and collaborating with other athletic programs.
  5. Modeling and teaching skills necessary to succeed.
  6. Supporting student academic expectations, responsibilities, and achievements.
  7. Promoting, enforcing, and supporting educational institutions code of conduct, as well as the APIAL code of conduct.
  1. The coach will be a positive role model in personal management, appearance, ethics, and behavior by:
  1. Connecting athletic experiences with life experiences.
  2. Providing an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration among coaches and athletes.
  3. Becoming an integral part of, and developing rapport with, community members, administration, coaches, parents, and athletes.
  4. Modeling good sportsmanship at all times.
  5. Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for student athletes.
  6. Understanding their leadership style and its impact on student athletes.
  7. Considering important commitments of student athletes outside their sports.
  1. Coaches are allowed to practice and coach their players in non-sponsored APIAL events during the off-season.
  1. APIAL does not impose any practice limitations during the offseason.
  1. Coaches must complete the NMAA/NFHS concussion certification course.
  1. Athletic Director responsibilities are as follows:
  1. Uphold the APIAL code of conduct.
  2. Conduct oneself within the APIAL code of conduct and guidelines.
  3. Accurately and in a timely fashion, utilize the website to report game results, upload team rosters, and cross reference schedules and other important information available on the APIAL website.
  4. Complete the NMAA/NFHS concussion training course and submit certificate to APIAL director yearly.
  1. Certification is due by September 1 each year.
  1. Failure to complete will result in school suspension from league activities until the certification is complete.
  1. Follow proper chain of command to resolve issues/grievances.
  2. Follow educational institution requirements for their position.
  3. Attend all athletic director meetings or send a representative (approved by their administration) if unable to attend.
  1. After two absences from a monthly athletic director meeting, a letter to the school administration will be sent to to inform them of the absence.
  1. A $25.00 fine will be assessed to each school that does not have representation at each meeting. Fine will not be assessed if communicated beforehand why the meeting was missed for emergency reasons. It is the responsibility of the member school to make sure he/she has obtained both the written and verbal information that was exchanged at the meeting missed.
  1. Failure to do so will result in suspension from league sponsored contests until the fine is paid. If the fine is not paid and/or there is a third absence from league meetings, then a meeting between the athletic director, school administration and the Executive Board will be called to address the situation.
  1. Manage and mentor all coaches and volunteers at their educational institution.
  2. Failure to comply with AD responsibilities will result in a board review on the performance of the athletic director. The APIAL board will schedule a meeting with school administration to resolve issues that arise from athletic director performance.
  1. Article Ten: Protests
  1. No protest is considered valid unless there is a violation of the officials rules of APIAL.
  2. All protests must be in writing and submitted to the League Director. They will then be acted upon at the following general meeting.
  1. Protests requiring immediate resolution will be handled promptly by the Executive board through an emergency meeting or conference call.  
  1. Every attempt shall be made by the coach, under the supervision of the official and/or the executive board to settle the grievance at the time of occurrence.
  2. Judgement calls are not grounds for protest.
  3. Proper chain of command must be followed for a grievance to be valid and receive consideration from APIAL.
  1. Chain of Command as constituted from Top to Bottom:
  1. APIAL Board
  2. APIAL Director
  3. School Administration
  4. Athletic Director
  5. Coach
  6. Parent
  7. Athlete
  8. Spectator.
  1. Each grievance must follow the chain of command above (e.g., coach must first speak to their athletic director to air a grievance).
  2. Grievances and protests can only be formally filed by a school’s athletic director.
  3. Click the link below to view and print the APIAL grievance form.
  1. APIAL grievance form

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League Director

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League President

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League Vice-President

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League School Administrator

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League Secretary

Appendix A

Criteria for admittance into the Albuquerque Parochial and Independent (schools) Athletic League

  1. School is either private, independent, or parochial from the year 2016 and beyond.
  2. A formal request in writing will be required and submitted to the APIAL Executive  Board in January of the year desired to participate, and a representative must attend the January, February, and March APIAL meetings.
  3. Requires a three sport commitment for boys’ teams and a three sport commitment for girls’ teams.
  1. Requirement for elementary participation only must follow the above guidelines. (numbers 1, 2 and 3)
  1. Schools must be responsive to transportation issues, i.e., to and from games must be committed to all scheduled games or must give a 24-hour notification to the league director and athletic director of the school.
  2. Must abide by APIAL rules (no exceptions).
  1. Sport specific rules
  2. Conduct and sportsmanship rules
  1. Must be able to at least provide facilities for home games (volleyball and basketball)
  2. If all criteria are met, the school will be placed on a two-year probationary period. After the two-year probationary period, the candidate will be evaluated and the member school will make a determination on whether to 1)allow candidate into the league, 2)not allow the candidate into the league, with a letter of explanation, 3)allow an additional probationary period of one year and at the completion be re-evaluated. After the probationary period the candidate will be eligible to place in regular season play and will be eligible for postseason tournament if they are voted full inclusion in year two of the probationary period.
  1. Probationary status is voted upon at May meeting and requires a league quorum vote.
  1. Must be represented by an athletic director of the school.
  1. Representative of the school must attend all APIAL meetings, and does not have voting privileges during the two year probationary year period, or may not be elected as an executive board member during probationary periods.

Appendix B

Criteria for evaluation

  1. Participation in sports according to league criteria.
  2. Attendance at all meetings.
  3. Submission of next year’s participation and which sports will be played.
  4. Sportsmanship of coaches and players
  5. Sustainability of facility.
  6. Upholding the APIAL constitution and bylaws