Chicago Public League

2019 – Water Polo

Terms and Conditions

Coordinating Regional Athletic Director – Jaton Jackson jjackson286@cps.edu

Calendar

Event

Day/Date

Time

Location

Season schedule release

Monday  1/7/2019

Pre-season Meeting

Thursday  2/21/2019

6:00 PM

Garfield Park Office

All coaching certifications due (including WSI)

Friday  2/22/2019

Season/Practice Starts.

Monday  2/25/2019

Central Office Sheets Due

Friday 3 /1/2019

First interscholastic contest

Monday  3/4/2019

IHSA Online Season Summary Form Deadline

Wednesday 4/24/2019

10:00 AM

City Playoff Seeding Meeting

Wednesday 4/24/2019

7:00 PM

Garfield Park Office

IHSA Online Team Seeding Deadline

Thursday 4/25/2019

12:00 PM

City Playoffs and Championship

Saturday 4/27/2019 – 5/3/2019

TBA

TBA

Semi-Finals

Thursday 5/2/2019

4:00 pm – 8:00 PM

UIC Aquatics

Consolation Round & Finals

Friday 5/3/2019

4:00 pm – 8:00 PM

UIC Aquatics

IHSA Sectional Preliminaries & Quarterfinals

Mon.-Thurs., May 6-9, 2019

TBA

TBA

IHSA Sectionals Semifinals

Friday  5/10/2019

TBA

TBA

IHSA Sectionals Finals

Saturday  5/11/2019

TBA

TBA

IHSA State Finals

Thurs-Sat, May 16-18, 2019

TBA

TBA

Terms and Conditions pertaining to Water Polo are listed here.  The General Chicago Public League Rules is an appendix to this document which lists rules that apply to each sport.  Issues of General governance, coach expectations, roster management/vertical movement/eligibility and eligibility certificates, and other issues of league contest management are addressed in this other document.  

  1. Playing Regulations

Varsity

Contest Limitations

No Water Polo team representing a member school shall, in any one season, participate in more than thirty (30) games. This includes CPS Tournament games and the IHSA Tournament Series.

Minimum Contests for Team approval

League Schedule and Playoffs

Length/Time of Contests

The official   rules of the National Federation of High Schools shall govern the competitions and is sanctioned by US Lacrosse.

Maximum Students on the Roster

25

Minimum Students on Roster

10

Minimum on Game Day

10

Uniform Considerations

NFHS/IHSA Standards for all uniforms

  1. League Play

Official Start Time of Contests

5:00 pm unless otherwise indicated on the schedule or by special consideration of the Regional Athletic Director in charge

End of the League Schedule

All league games must be completed by Tuesday April 24, 2019

Balls and Equipment

The KAP7 International, Inc. KAP 105 is the Official Game Ball for Boys Water Polo. The KAP7 —3— International, Inc. KAP 104 is the Official Game for Girls Water Polo.

Rescheduling Protocol

Any rescheduling of a league contest must be approved by the Regional Athletic Director in charge of Water Polo. The rescheduling of a league contest without approval will not be recognized as a league contest.

Home Team/Site Requirements

  1. Secure authorization for the use of the pool.
  2. Verify that the pool   is   suitable for play.
  3. Paying for officials
  4. Collecting opponent eligibility sheets with scores at the end of each game to their School Athletic Director.
  5. If  spectators  are permitted,  not  less  than 50% of  the  available  space  shall   be  set  aside  for visiting school  when     it  is  requested.
  6. Make hospitable arrangements for the referees and issue their pay prior to the start of the game.
  7. Provide the timer with a clock, and electric horn.
  8. The visiting team’s field players wear white (or light colored) caps, the home team’s field players wear blue (or dark colored) caps. The goalkeepers wear red or “quartered” (red plus another color) caps.
  9. Any game, which is not completed, due to the failure of the home management to make proper arrangements, shall be forfeited to the opponent.
  10. Notifying visiting team and officials of game cancellations at least 24 hours prior to game. Failure to properly notify will result in a forfeit and payment to officials will still be made from school and school will reimburse Sports Administration game official fee.
  11. A faculty member, student aide, or student leader should welcome the visiting team on their arrival and should be available to assist the visiting school at all times during their stay at the host school. The host school is responsible for assisting the visiting team on their departure. The coach is responsible for all players until they have left the playing site.

Visiting Team Requirements

  1. Securing transportation for team.

  2. Arriving at the host venue to start game on time.

  3. Contacting host team if team is running late.

  4. Supplying the proper equipment for their own team.

  5. Notifying host team of cancellation at least 24 hours prior to game. Failure to properly notify will result in a forfeit.

Coach Expectations and Requirements

  1. Coaches should be aware of and abide by the Code of Conduct for coaches established in the CPHSAA Constitution and ByLaws.
  2. Coaches should assist the Athletic Director in the monitoring of weekly eligibility, as well as the implementation of Individual Study Plan support for students and likewise enforce the academic eligibility rules within the program.
  3. Coaches must ensure that all details pertaining to the game are properly arranged.
  4. Coaches must ensure that provisions are made to start the game on time in order to finish the game within the limit of the building permit.
  5. Coaches shall confirm the results and fully completed eligibility sheets are immediately submitted.

Forfeitures and failure to play

A school forfeiting two or more conference games due to lack of eligible participants or game no show will lose team recognition.  A letter to the principal, athletic director and coach shall notify the school of the impending action, which will include forfeiture of the coaching stipend. Forfeiting school must reimburse expenses of non-forfeiting team.

All schools that qualify for the Public League Playoffs must fully participate in their scheduled games throughout the tournament.

  1. Officials and Fees

Varsity

Varsity Playoff

Number of Officials

2

2-3 for Semis and Championship

Fees

$55

$55

Selection of Officials

All officials must be registered with IHSA.  Assignments are made by the RAD in charge of Water Polo along with the Official Assigner.

What if Officials do not show?

If only one official works a game, he/she will be paid $10.00 in addition to the regular fee for the varsity game.

When an official arrives late or fails to appear, and both schools agree to play, the game shall stand as played.  If the official assigned arrives in time to assume control of part of the game, she/he shall begin only at the termination of a quarter and be paid for the part of the game that he/she has worked.   

If neither assigned official shows for the game, the host school should contact the RAD in charge of Water Polo for further instructions.

  1. Conference Standings

League Format and Schedule

All Teams shall play an Single Round Robin schedule

Standings                       (How standings are determined)

Team standings shall be determined on the basis of games won and lost.

Mechanism for Reporting Scores/Results

All scores should be submitted to the IHSLA website.

Score of a forfeit

5-0

Tie breaker rules

  1. Win-Loss record
  2. Head-to-head competition
  3. Common opponent
  4. Goal differential (lease amount given up)

  1. Playoffs

Championship Tournament Structure

14 Varsity Teams, Single Elimination

Distribution and Explanation of Seeds

A representative from each school must be present in order to present their team and bid for seeding. Teams that are entered into the IHSA State Series have priority seeding for CPS City Tournament. Only the CPS scheduled games are taken into consideration for Win/Loss record.

  1. Special Sport Rules and Regulations

While a member of a school team, a player shall not be allowed to represent any other organization in that sport during the official sport season.

The CPS tournament will consist of 14 teams. The tournament begins on the Friday before semi-final play. Playoff tournament must be played in a 6 lane 25 yard pool. If for any reason those teams cannot play on that Saturday, then they have to be played on the following Monday. The higher seed team will be responsible for finding the appropriate size pool if they do not have one. Under no circumstance will these games be played in a 4 lane or 20 yard pool.

  1. Eligibility Summary

The full Scholastic Eligibility Policy (No pass no play) 605.6 is can be found at http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=213

A.         Past Semester Standing

1.          A student must receive passing grades in 25 credit hours (5 half credits or their equivalent) for the previous semester. Additionally, a student with a grade point average below 2.0 must have an Individual Study Plan (“ISP”) in place to address academic weaknesses. The ISP must be approved by the Principal. If the student fails to satisfy the requirements of their ISP, the student’s eligibility to participate will be withdrawn.

B.         Present Semester Record

1.         The student shall be passing in 25 credit hours (5 half credits or their equivalent) as checked every week by the Principal or designee.

2.         For purposes of scholastic eligibility, “passing” shall be determined by a student’s grades, school attendance and attendance in class and conduct during the school day. A student who is failing one or more courses at the end of a week during the season shall be ineligible for the next week of competition.

3.         Eligibility shall be determined every week by the Athletic Director as approved by the high school principal. Eligibility shall date from Monday through Sunday of each week of the semester.

Chicago Public League Athletics

General Rules and Regulations

  1. General Information

  1. The official rules of the National Federation of High Schools Association shall govern all Public League competitions. Any exceptions to these rules are listed in the Terms and Conditions of the specific sport.

  1. The Chicago Public League is under the umbrella of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the IHSA Handbook will govern all Public League interscholastic sports unless the Chicago Public Schools Athletics Constitution and By-laws demand a stricter implementation of a rule or policy.

  1. The Chicago Public Schools Athletics Constitution and By-laws will govern local Chicago Public League activities and protocols.  

  1. Coach Expectations

  1. All coaches are especially required to abide by Article III – Specific Responsibilities of Coaches which outlines coach certification criteria, comportment and sportsmanship, and other instances of compliance.  

In order to satisfy the coaching certification requirements and individual must:

Violations of any Section of this Article could lead to disciplinary action taken against the coach and/or the school.

  1. The criteria for a coach to receive the stipend from coaching an approved team from the Office of Sports Administration is listed in the Terms and Conditions for that sport and must be fulfilled in order for a coach to be remunerated.

        

Prior to the start of each school year, the Office of Sports Administration will prepare an inventory of approved sports/levels for each school.  An approved team will either be designated full or developmental.  

An approved team (full) carries the following distinction:

The team will be included in the Public League schedule for that sport.

Coaches’ stipends will be paid by the Office of Sports Administration if the criteria for receiving the stipend (as determined by the rules and regulations of the sport) are met by the coaches at the end of the season.

Officials’ fees for Public League contests/varsity playoffs will be reimbursed to the schools.

        An approved developmental team carries the following distinction:

50% of the coaches’ stipends will be paid by the Office of Sports Administration if the criteria for receiving the stipend (as determined by the rules and regulations of the sport) are met by the coaches at the end of the season.

        A team that is not approved will not be forced to cease operation, but:

                Non Approved teams will not be included in the Public League schedule.

Coaches of non-approved teams will not be remunerated by the Office of Sports Administration.  If a non-approved team is allowed by school personnel to practice and participate in interscholastic competitions, the school assumes the responsibility of remunerating the coaches of that team or staffing those coaches as formal volunteers with the school.

Officials’ fees for unrecognized teams will not be reimbursed to the school.

  1. Head coaches are expected to assist the school athletic director in generating Central Office Record Sheets and Eligibility Rosters.  All coaches are expected to assist the school athletic director in the monitoring of weekly eligibility (active/inactive students) and likewise enforce the academic eligibility rules within the Chicago Public League program.

  1. Coaches are expected to prepare teams for competition through appropriate practice sessions.

  1. Coaches must ensure that details pertaining to contests are properly arranged and ensure that provisions are made to start contests according to the scheduled start time.

  1. Coaches are responsible for submitting league and non-league contest results to the reporting mechanism established by each sport.  Scores/results must be reported within 24 hours of the contest.

  1. Roster Management

  1. Student eligibility is governed by Articles V – Records of High School Eligibility and VI – Eligibility of the Chicago Public Schools Athletics By-laws as well as the Scholastic Eligibility Policy, Board Report 12-0822-PO2. The policy is outlined in the Athletic Director Hand Guide available to all school athletic directors and principals.

  1. All participants that represent Chicago Public League member schools for interscholastic competition must be listed as eligible on a Central Office Record Sheet (generated by IMPACT for traditional schools, computer generated for charter schools) and certified to be medically as well as academically eligible for the contest.

There are four potential teams/levels where a school principal/athletic director would have to submit a requisite Central Office Record Sheet (CORS) for the sport.  

Team

Participants

Age Requirement

Priority/Purpose

Level

Varsity

Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr.

19

Competition

3

Junior Varsity

Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr.

19

Participation

2

Sophomore

1st or 2nd year enrolled in HS

17

Development

2

Freshman

1st year enrolled in HS

16

Introduction

1

  1.  Each individual team must have a corresponding CORS, and an individual student-athlete may only be listed on one (1) CORS at a time.  

Once a freshman or sophomore student-athlete is listed on the varsity CORS for a sport, that student is not eligible to participate on lower team/levels.  Once a freshman is listed on the sophomore level CORS, that student is not eligible for the frosh team/level.

Likewise, once a freshman or sophomore player is moved up to the varsity level (e.g. during the middle of the season) and listed on the varsity CORS, that student is no longer eligible to participate on the freshmen or sophomore team/level.  Once a freshman is moved up to the sophomore level and listed on the sophomore level CORS, that student is no longer eligible for the frosh team/level.

  1. Depending on the sport, students are allowed to participate on higher level teams for particular contests.  This concept is called Vertical Movement.  Vertical movement allows coaches the flexibility to allow lower level students to gain varsity level experience while maintaining eligibility on the lower level.

Vertical Movement is only allowed between the sophomore and varsity levels and the junior varsity and varsity levels, (when there is a Sports Administration approved JV level) during the regular season.

The Terms and Conditions of the various sports will stipulate the management and allowable participation for students engaging in vertical movement.  

  1. Prior to the Office of Sports Administration-sponsored post-season playoffs and for eligibility purposes for those playoffs, vertical movement must cease and CORS/Eligibility Certificates for all teams must be locked.   Each participating team must submit locked Eligibility Certificates to the Regional Athletic Director in charge of the sport.  (Eligibility Certificates must also be traded with opponents prior to the semi-final round.)

For the Public League playoffs, team maximums are established and the number of students listed on the Eligibility Certificate, as well as those participating in contests, must not exceed this number listed in the following table per sport.  Additionally, the maximum number of students that can be promoted from lower levels for the playoffs is likewise listed:

        

Sport

Playoff Roster Max

Max Student Promotion

Baseball

27

None

Basketball

15

3

Soccer

25

5

Softball (Fast Pitch)

27

None

Volleyball

15

3

Lower level students that were not listed on the varsity playoff eligibility certificate are ineligible during the playoffs and students participating in lower level playoff tournaments are ineligible to move up to the varsity team while the lower level team is alive in their tournament.

During Public League post-season competitions, if the lower level team is eliminated from the tournament and their season has been completed, students can be moved up to the varsity team only if the playoff maximum indicated on the original playoff eligibility certificate has not been reached. Examples:

 

If a team involved in a Public League playoff tournament faces forfeiture due to the lack of players, because of ineligible students (medically, academically, or injured), that team will be allowed to supplement their roster with lower level students.

  1. The school athletic director must prepare IMPACT generated eligibility certificates signed by the principal, head coach and athletic director which certify the eligibility of students for each interscholastic contest with other Public League opponents.  These certificates must be submitted to their coach to trade with the opposing coach. Student-athletes listed on the eligibility sheet are considered to have participated in the contest, unless they are indicated as otherwise prior to the start of the contest.

The following instructions must be followed for the Game Day Eligibility Trade Process from athletic directors to coaches:

  1. Athletic Directors must inform the coach that whereas an eligibility sheet was generated for him/her, the coach should deliver an eligibility sheet back to the Athletic Director.

  1. Coaches must bring a copy of the IMPACT generated eligibility sheet (computer generated sheet for charter schools) signed by the coach, Athletic Director, and Principal to the game to exchange with your opponent.

  1. Only students that are printed on the sheet through IMPACT are eligible to participate in the contest.
  1. Charter schools must trade a simulation sheet with all of the appropriate signatures.
  1. In sports where there is not a scorebook or other means of registration where       a jersey number or event entry can help verify the identity of a student, a numerical roster should be submitted in addition to the eligibility sheet to allow the opposing coach to be able to identify a student by jersey number, in the event of a protest.

3.        After the game, the coach must submit the eligibility sheet collected from the

opponent to his/her Athletic Director.  The sheet now becomes the Record of Contest and should contain the score of the game, the names of the officials that worked the game, and any comments that you have about the game.

4.        The Athletic Director is responsible for filing the traded document at the school to be

retrieved later, if necessary. Eligibility certificates should be maintained at the school for 5 years.  Certificates can be stored in a folder or electronically by season or sport, but must be made available if needed by any agent of the District.

5.        If a team does not trade:

  1. The game is automatically played under protest.
  2. The coach of the team that has an eligibility certificate prepared should write on top of their certificate, “the opponent did not trade” and return this certificate to his/her Athletic Director.
  3. If there is no scorebook, an alternative roster should be created by the team that

did not trade to indicate the participating players and to create a record to be compared with the actual eligibility certificate, and traded with the opponent.

  1. The team that was not prepared and did not trade a formal eligibility certificate

must submit the actual eligibility certificate to the opponent, on the next school day after the contest.  If the team does not comply, the team with the prepared eligibility sheet can contact the Office of Sports Administration in order to have the contest declared a forfeit.

  1. Once the prepared team receives the eligibility certificate, then they should send their eligibility certificate to the opposing team.
  1. Both athletic directors should then file the collected eligibility sheets which now

serve as the records of contest. If there is a conflict in the sheet and/or the scorebook detected by the athletic director or coach, that certificate should be submitted immediately for further review. If there is an infraction, or if the school does not comply, the game will be forfeit.

6.        If neither team trades:

  1. The game is automatically played under protest.
  2. Teams should submit the eligibility certificate to the opposing team, as well as the

Office of Sports Administration on the day following the contest.

  1. Both Athletic Directors should then file the collected eligibility certificates which now serve as the records of contest. If there is a conflict in the sheet and/or the score book detected by the athletic director or coach, that sheet should be submitted immediately for further review.  If there is an infraction, or if a school does not comply, the game will be forfeit.  If neither school complies, the game could be determined to be a double forfeit.

7.        The ability to submit eligibility certificates the following day is a concession and should not be the rule.  Programs/coaches whose use of this concession resulting in multiple occasions where certificates were not traded are subject to probation or suspension due to non-compliance.

Note: At the end of the season, each school should have a file copy of the number of eligibility certificates equal to the number of Public League contests conducted. Failure to maintain post-game eligibility certificates can lead to probation and sanctions to coaches and/or schools.

  1. League Regulations

  1. If a team does not show for a contest, the Regional Athletic Director (RAD) in charge of the sport has the exclusive authority to determine whether the contest shall be recorded as a forfeit or be rescheduled.

  1. Two forfeits resulting from the failure to show for contests (with the appropriate number of athletes) will result in the loss of approval/recognition for that team.  Article X – Cancellations and Forfeitures of Contests of the Chicago Public Schools Athletics Bylaws addresses cancellations and forfeitures of contests.

  1. Contest results can be protested according to Article XI – Infractions and Protests of the Chicago Public Schools Athletics Bylaws if there is some irregularity or infraction occurring during the contest.

  1. The maximum admission price that individual schools can establish for a Chicago Public League regular season contest is $5.00.

  1. Scores must be reported by the home team to the mechanism of collection within 24 hours of the contest.