Chicago Public League
2019 – Water Polo
Terms and Conditions
Coordinating Regional Athletic Director – Jaton Jackson email@example.com
Season schedule release
Garfield Park Office
All coaching certifications due (including WSI)
Central Office Sheets Due
Friday 3 /1/2019
First interscholastic contest
IHSA Online Season Summary Form Deadline
City Playoff Seeding Meeting
Garfield Park Office
IHSA Online Team Seeding Deadline
City Playoffs and Championship
Saturday 4/27/2019 – 5/3/2019
4:00 pm – 8:00 PM
Consolation Round & Finals
4:00 pm – 8:00 PM
IHSA Sectional Preliminaries & Quarterfinals
Mon.-Thurs., May 6-9, 2019
IHSA Sectionals Semifinals
IHSA Sectionals Finals
IHSA State Finals
Thurs-Sat, May 16-18, 2019
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
Minimum Students on Roster
Minimum on Game Day
NFHS/IHSA Standards for all uniforms
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.
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
Visiting Team Requirements
Coach Expectations and Requirements
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.
Number of Officials
2-3 for Semis and Championship
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.
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
Tie breaker rules
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr.
Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr.
1st or 2nd year enrolled in HS
1st year enrolled in HS
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.
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.
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:
Playoff Roster Max
Max Student Promotion
Softball (Fast Pitch)
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.
The following instructions must be followed for the Game Day Eligibility Trade Process from athletic directors to coaches:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Office of Sports Administration on the day following the contest.
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.