APIAL Elementary FAQ’s

Please scroll down to view questions specific to each sport. If you need further clarification, please contact your school’s athletic department.  Thank you!

Registration Questions

  1. How do I register my child for Elementary Athletics?
  1. Complete the registration form online available online off the APIAL Homepage. htosports.com/apial
  1. When will I know what team my child is on after registering?
  1. Teams will be set by your school’s AD prior to the season starting. Most likely one week before games/competition begins.
  1. When does registration open for each sport?
  1. Volleyball - Open 7/1/2018
  2. Cross Country - Open 7/1/2018
  3. Track and Field - Open 7/1/2018
  4. Golf - Open 7/1/2018
  5. Soccer - 12/8/2018
  6. Basketball - 2/11/2019
  7. Flag Football - 9/17/18
  8. Cheer Dance Spirit - 9/17/18
  1. When does registration end?
  1. Volleyball - September 5, 2018
  2. Cross Country - Open throughout Cross Country Season
  3. Track and Field -Open throughout Track Season
  4. Golf - Open throughout Golf Clinic Season
  5. Soccer - January 14, 2019
  6. Basketball - March 11, 2019
  7. Flag Football - 10/8/18
  8. Cheer Dance Spirit - 10/8/18

Volleyball Questions -

  1. Where can I find rules for elementary volleyball
  1. Rules for volleyball are available off the APIAL home page titled APIAL Rules Documents
  2. Elementary volleyball rules will follow 3-4 grade Rookies volleyball rules.
  1. When will games be for volleyball?
  1. Game dates/times/locations are yet to be determined. Games will be weekdays between 4PM-7:00PM depending on how your school Athletic Director schedules games. Games will be scheduled on saturdays as well. Only 1-2 saturdays total for each team.
  1. Do elementary volleyball players use a different ball?
  1. YES, they use what is called a volley-lite ball.
  1. Can boys participate in elementary volleyball?
  1. YES, elementary sports are open to boys and girls.

Golf Questions -

  1. How long are skills clinics for elementary golf?
  1. Skills clinics last between 1.5-2 hours depending on number of participants present. 
  1. Does my child need their own set of clubs?
  1. NO, APIAL will provide youth sets of clubs to be used for instruction for golf clinics. However, it is recommended that your child have their own, so that they become used to using the same clubs each time. Cost is relatively inexpensive for a starter set, but it is not necessary to purchase clubs.
  1. Do i need to be present for the clinic?
  1. Parents are advised to stay for the clinic, however, not help in the instruction. We ask that parents do not assist in the instruction portion of skills clinics.
  1. What are the fee’s for golf clinics?
  1. Registration fee subject to school price point
  2. Individual fees for golf clinics in the fall are yet to be determined.
  3. Golf lesson prices by comparison range between 150-300 per hour.
  4. APIAL offers a much cheaper and cost effective alternative.

Track & Field Questions

  1. Where can I find rules for Elementary Track & Field?
  1. Rules can be found off the apial home page under APIAL RULES Documents.
  1. What events will be held for Elementary Track & Field?
  1. Running Events will be: 50M Dash,  100M Dash, 200M Dash, 400M Run (1 lap), 800M Run (2 Laps)
  2. Relay Events will be: 4X50 Relay,  4X100 Relay, 4X200 Relay, 800M Medley (100M, 100M, 200M, 400M)
  3. Field Events will be: Long Jump, Shot Put (1 kilogram = 2.2lb), Discus(500gram = 1.1 lb)
  1. Will Track and Field Events be Scored?
  1. Regular Season Meets will not be scored
  2. Track Finals will be scored
  1. Rookies Level will be scored separately.
  2. Juniors Level will be scored separately.
  3. Running Events will be scored according to placements in heats ran for each event. (events will not be timed)
  1. 1st place = 5 points
  2. 2nd place = 4 points
  3. 3rd place = 3 points
  4. 4th place = 2 points
  5. 5th place = 1 point
  6. All other placements = 0 points
  1. Relay Events will be scored according to placements in the heats ran for each event: (events will not be timed)
  1. 1st place = 10 points
  2. 2nd place = 7 points
  3. 3rd place = 5 points
  4. 4th place = 3 points
  5. 5th place = 1 point
  6. All other placements = 0 points
  1. Field Events will not be scored. Events will be open for athletes to practice and learn skills for field events.
  1. How many events can my child participate in?
  1. At the moment we are limiting the events to 4 events per athlete total. In the event that we have high volume we will cap it at 4. In the event we have low numbers we will allow for more event participation.
  1. How long are track meets going to last?
  1. Meet length depends on amount of registered athletes. Rough estimate is 2-3 hours maximum.
  2. Also without distance events, meets should progress quickly.
  3. Anticipate the 1st meet to last a bit longer until athletes and parents get acclimated.
  1. What days are meets held?
  1. Dates TBD

  1. Will track conflict with cross country?
  1. No, meets for cross country are on wednesdays, meets for track will be scheduled on differentiating days.

Cross Country Questions

  1. When will Elementary athletes Run their race?
  1. Elementary cross country races will run before Mid-School Races.
  1. What is the Distance for Elementary Runners?
  1. 1 Mile (approximately)
  1. What level does the athlete need to compete in?
  1. 1-2 grade Rookies, 1-4 grade Juniors
  1. Can I run with my elementary student?
  1. YES, absolutely, parents are encouraged to run, especially with their 1-2nd grader. They cannot assist them in any way other than pointing the direction they will be running.
  1. Will track conflict with cross country?
  1. No, meets for cross country are on wednesdays, meets for track will be scheduled on differentiating days.

Soccer Questions

  1. Are teams co-ed?
  1. Yes teams are comprised of boys and girls.
  1. What are the age divisions?
  1. Rookies division - 1-2nd grade
  2. Juniors division - 3-4th grade
  1. Where are games played?.
  1. Games played outdoor at APIAL member schools and city park space.
  1. Games start at 3:45 and 4:45 Start times
  2. Games held at St. Charles, Hope, Assumption, Bosque, SPX, and city parks.
  1. What are the rules?
  1. Outdoor rules available on APIAL Rules Documents.
  2. Rules can be found on APIAL homepage under APIAL RULES DOCUMENTS
  1. When will practices be?
  1. Practices are dependent on schools/teams. Coaches will contact parents once teams are set.
  1. Will Games be Officiated?
  1. Yes APIAL will have 1 official for each game. In the event that there is not an officials (extreme cases) coaches will both officiate the game, or appoint a volunteer to officiate.
  1. What size ball to the kids use?
  1. Ball size for each division - Rookies Size 3, Juniors Size 4.

Basketball Questions

  1. Are teams co-ed?
  1. Yes teams are comprised of boys and girls.
  1. What are the age divisions?
  1. Rookies division - 1-2nd grade
  2. Juniors division - 3-4th grade
  1. How are teams formed?
  1. Each school will have their own team if they have the required amount of participants at their school per team. For basketball the minimum is 7 participants.
  2. If a school does not have the required amount then APIAL will combine schools to create a APIAL team of athletes from multiple schools.
  1. Where are games played
  1. Games are played at APIAL member schools gymnasiums.
  1. What are the rules?
  1. See APIAL RULES DOCUMENTS of the APIAL homepage.
  1. What size basketball will the divisions use?
  1. Rookies - 27.5” ball
  2. Juniors - 28.5” ball
  1. When will practices be?
  1. Practices are dependent on schools/teams. Coaches will contact parents once teams are set.

Flag Football Questions - Coming Soon

Spirit/Cheer/Dance Questions - Coming Soon