Effective as of August 1, 2016
Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics
PO Box 451373
Los Angeles, California 90045
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2016
ARTICLE I – General Provisions
1. Name: The name of this organization is Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics, doing business as FIYA. FIYA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization formed under the nonprofit laws of the State of California.
2. Role: FIYA serves as a full service governing body for interscholastic youth sports on the elementary school level (with emphasis on middle schools) in Los Angeles County.
3. Vision & Mission: The creation of FIYA fulfills a vision that elementary schools with a well-balanced athletic program will produce better educated youth for society. FIYA intends to fulfill its vision by working directly with elementary schools in Los Angeles County to offer athletic opportunities to its student athletes and to assist schools by helping develop their athletic program. In short, FIYA’s mission is strengthening schools through sports.
4. Values: In order to achieve its vision and carry out its mission, FIYA shall govern itself it accordance with the following value statements: (i) Child-centered – FIYA always will be guided first and foremost by what is best for the children in the program; (ii) Positive and Enthusiastic – as youth sports are meant to be fun, FIYA shall conduct itself in a positive and upbeat manner at all times; (iii) Fairness and Integrity – FIYA shall treat all participants fairly, honestly and with transparency in accordance with its policies; and (iv) Quality - our focus is on the people we serve and we will strive for excellence through self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
· To provide a quality youth sports program for elementary schools.
· To tie a youth’s athletic experience with education, thereby creating a well-rounded individual for society.
· To encourage schools to get parents involved with sports, thereby strengthening the school’s support system.
· To develop community, school spirit, team spirit and personal esteem.
· To teach youth about sportsmanship, competition, teamwork and perseverance.
· To provide as many athletic opportunities to appeal to as many youth as possible.
· To always keep youth active and to teach about proper exercise and nutrition in a fun and positive environment.
ARTICLE II – Provisions for Schools
1. Membership: Any elementary and/or middle school within Los Angeles County may seek to participate in FIYA. Schools, including their student athletes, coaches and parents/spectators, are required to adhere to the regulations promulgated herein in order to maintain good standing.
2. Athletic Program: As part of its mission, FIYA is committed to assisting elementary schools with the formation and development of a strong athletic program. FIYA recommends that each elementary school maintain an athletic director or coordinator to handle the administrative aspect involved with youth sports. The athletic director should be familiar with the contents of the FIYA Regulations Manual and share important information with its coaches, players and parents.
3. Student Safety: Schools participating in FIYA should ensure that the safety of its students is a top priority. All adults involved with a particular school’s afterschool athletic program should be properly screened and certified by the school he/she represents. FIYA recommends that the certification include livescan fingerprinting and child abuse guidelines training as well as first aid and CPR.
4. Communication: FIYA recommends that each school have at least one school personnel, preferably the school’s designated athletic director as well as principal, provide its email address to FIYA. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school name and address and request to be added to FIYA’s email distribution. FIYA mainly communicates its information via email and/or its website (www.onfiya.org). FIYA also maintains a Facebook account (www.facebook.com/onfiya) and Twitter account (@FIYAthletics). As representatives of the participating school, school administrators should maintain sole responsibility in communicating with FIYA personnel and at least one school administrator should be present at all FIYA events to assist in monitoring the school’s athletes and spectators.
5. Registration: For each FIYA sports event, a school must submit a FIYA registration form by the stated registration deadline. The registration form can be located on FIYA’s website under the Registration tab. The general registration fee for a League Event is $495 per team (unless otherwise specifically stated) and is due upon the start of the season. The registration fee for a Tournament Event varies and will be stated on the information as it relates to the specific tournament event. Generally, there are no refunds given for registration fee payments after the registration deadline if the school and/or athlete are unable to compete.
6. Sports Offerings: FIYA endeavors to offer as many sports opportunities as possible. FIYA organizes its sports offerings as either League Events or Tournament Events. League Events occur over an eight to ten week period and involve a regular season game schedule consisting of approximately 8 games and includes city-wide playoffs for Division 1/1A qualifying teams. Tournament Events are generally a one day event and often have an individual and a team competition. While demand will dictate the specific sports offerings in a particular year, FIYA intends to offer the following:
FALL – Girls Volleyball*, Flag Football*, Cross Country, Table Tennis
WINTER – Girls Basketball*, Boys Basketball*, Bowling, Whiffle Ball, Spirit
SPRING – Girls Soccer*, Boys Soccer*, Track & Field, Archery*, Futsal*
SUMMER – Volleyball* and Basketball*
* denotes a League Event.
The rules for the above listed sport will be listed in the Appendix to the FIYA Regulations Manual. FIYA is open to organizing any sport not listed above if enough schools warrant the demand. Please contact FIYA to request a particular sport.
7. Divisions: FIYA also organizes its sports offerings based on grade level (and size of school):
Division 1 is the most competitive level and is for student athletes in grades 8 and below who are enrolled in the school and meet the requirements set forth in the student athlete section of the FIYA Regulations Manual.
Division 2 is a development level and is for student athletes in grades 6 and below who are enrolled in the school and meet the requirements set forth in the student athlete section of the FIYA Regulations Manual.
Division 3 is an introductory level and is for student athletes in grades 4 and below who are enrolled in the school and meet the requirements set forth in the student athlete section of the FIYA Regulations Manual.
FIYA recognizes that the enrollment size of a school can have a competitive impact. FIYA strives to equally match the competition level between schools. To the extent practicably possible, FIYA will offer Division 1A. The A designation is for schools whose total student enrollment in the main grade levels is approximately 100 or less OR is for those schools whose teams comprise of players with limited playing experience. For Division 1A, the main grade levels are 7th and 8th grades. By way of example, if a school’s total enrollment of all of its 7th and 8th graders is 100 or less, it qualifies for Division 1A.
Schools may petition FIYA to play in a Division for which its enrollment numbers do not qualify. Each case will be considered on a case by case basis. Schools that petition to play ‘up’ a Division have a better chance of having its petition approved than schools that petition to play ‘down’ a Division.
High School Division – FIYA mainly focuses on elementary schools. However, to the extent FIYA can assist schools with high school division athletes, FIYA will endeavor to organize sports in partnership with such high schools.
8. Centralized Facilities: FIYA’s policy is to conduct its League Events at a centralized facility which means multiple games each game day at a single facility. Such policy enhances the quality of the league, provides a safer and more enjoyable playing atmosphere for all participants and reduces the administrative expenses. FIYA desires to work with its participating schools who have facilities to host League Events. This policy can help host schools who have acceptable playing venues on its campus to reduce their costs of transporting their athletes as well as reduce some of its registration costs.
9. Game Schedules for League Events: FIYA issues draft game schedules for League Events shortly after the registration deadline and prior to the start of the season. A school through its coach and/or athletic director shall be given the opportunity to request adjustments to the draft game schedules. It is highly recommended that the coach and/or athletic director compare the entire draft game schedule to its school calendar to ensure that there are no conflicts. If there are any unavoidable conflicts, then the coach and/or athletic director should request changes to the draft schedule. Once game schedules are finalized, however, schools should adhere to the final game schedule. A team that fails to show up to a game on the final game schedule will be assessed a forfeit loss which is treated as a negative in the league standings.
10. Rescheduling Games from Final Game Schedules: FIYA recognizes that there may be rare circumstances which require a game on the final game schedule to be rescheduled. The most acceptable type is when the host facility becomes unavailable. FIYA will reschedule such games due to facility issues. FIYA also recognizes that a school might have a subsequent academic or other event which creates an unavoidable conflict with the final game schedule. A school must contact FIYA only about the potential rescheduling of a game; schools should not contact the opponent or the facility. If a school provides written notice to FIYA at least 72 hours prior to game time about an unavoidable conflict and a request to reschedule a game, FIYA will notify the opponent and the facility. If the opponent and the facility is willing to accommodate a rescheduling of the game, then FIYA will endeavor to reschedule the game. An agreed upon rescheduled game will become an official part of the final game schedule. If an opponent/facility is not willing or unable to accommodate a rescheduling of the game, then the opponent will be credited with a victory. So long as the written notice was provided in timely fashion, the requesting school will only be marked with a loss, not a forfeit. In the event of a reschedule due to a facility issue, if a facility is unable to provide time for a rescheduled game, then the game will not count as a win or a loss for either team in the final standings. If a school provides less than 72 hours written notice about its unavailability to play a game on the final game schedule, then such game is subject to a forfeit loss.
11. Awards: FIYA issues team awards for league champions in Division 1 and Division 2. For Division 1/1A, FIYA provides a city wide playoff format and will issue team and individual awards to the finalists. Commencing in the 2015-16 school year, FIYA will recognize league sportsmanship awards in Division 1 and Division 2 by posting team winners on its website.
ARTICLE III – Provisions for Student Athletes
1. Eligibility: In order to participate in FIYA, a student athlete must: (i) be a full-time student enrolled in the elementary school he/she represents, (ii) maintain the school’s academic standards for student athletes, including standards for conduct and effort and (iii) meet the grade and age requirements as set forth in Section 2 below. Any student athlete enrolled in a home school program must petition FIYA to determine whether such athlete is allowed to play in FIYA for a particular elementary school. Until such petition is approved in writing, FIYA maintains the sole discretion on how to deal with a non-petitioned home school athlete.
2. Grade Level and Age Requirement: FIYA is for student athletes in grades 8 or under. No high school student may participate in FIYA regardless of age. For Division 1 participation, a student athlete, regardless of grade level, may not participate in FIYA if he/she is 15 years old on or before August 31. For Division 2 participation, a student athlete, regardless of grade level, may not participate in FIYA if he/she is 13 years old on or before August 31. For Division 3 participation, a student athlete, regardless of grade level, may not participate in FIYA if he/she is 11 years old on or before August 31.
3. Academic Standards: Student athletes must meet its school’s academic standards including conduct and effort. Each school is responsible for establishing and monitoring the academic progress of its student athletes. FIYA recommends an academic average of C in all core subjects.
4. Suspended Student: If a school takes disciplinary action against a student that results in a student being suspended from school, then the suspended student shall not be eligible to participate in FIYA during the suspension.
5. Sportsmanship: Each student athlete participating in FIYA shall endeavor to exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. FIYA reserves the right to discipline any student athlete who does not exhibit good sportsmanship. In addition, game officials have the authority to remove a player from a game if the officials determine that the player needs a cooling off period in order to maintain control of the game as well as to assist the player in question to regain his/her composure. It is within the game officials’ discretion in consultation with the coach to allow the removed player to re-enter the game. Game officials also have the ability to eject a player from a game. Any ejected player shall automatically serve a minimum one game suspension.
6. Pre-Game Pledge: Prior to each FIYA competition, players shall gather to say the FIYA Pledge: I pledge to always show respect for my teammates, opponents, coaches and officials; to show good sportsmanship in both winning and losing; and to compete to the best of my ability at all times.
ARTICLE IV – Provisions for Coaches
1. Coach’s Role: A coach in youth sports plays an incredible role in the lives of children. Valuable life lessons and important virtues are taught and developed on the playing field. A coach therefore assumes the role of a teacher in FIYA and in light thereof, each coach shall act, speak and dress in a manner consistent with a professional teacher. In addition, a coach is responsible for the conduct and supervision of the student athletes and the spectators for his/her team as well as supporting the officials' decisions during the game. In light of this, coaches should share with their parents and spectators the FIYA Adult Code of Conduct listed in Article V.
2. Coach Requirements: To coach in FIYA, the following requirements are necessary: A coach must be at least 18 years old, have 1st Aid/CPR training, attend a youth coach workshop that has been approved by FIYA and submit any necessary personnel documentation as required by the school for which he/she coaches.
3. Rosters: As a nonprofit entity, FIYA’s sustainability is aided by collecting data from participating schools. In light of this objective, schools agree to submit to FIYA prior to the completion of the regular season, a FIYA Participating School Roster. For a copy of the FIYA Participating School Roster, please see the Registration Tab of the website.
4. Medical: Coach should maintain a first aid kit and all emergency medical information for each player on the team at all practices and games.
5. Ejection: A coach ejected from a game or competition will automatically be suspended for a minimum of the next two games or competitions. A suspended coach who participates in a game/competition will cause that game/competition to be declared a forfeit and he/she will be subject to disciplinary action by FIYA.
6. Playing Time: FIYA recognizes the value of youth sports for children and the incredible role that coaches have in the lives of children. Coaches should always strive to maximize each child’s playing time. FIYA suggests the following guidelines: A Division 3 athlete should play roughly an equal amount of playing time as his/her teammates; a Division 2 athlete should have at least one quarter of playing time and a Division 1 athlete should participate in each game.
7. Officials: A coach shall endeavor to maintain a positive and professional relationship with game officials at all times. The FIYA standard is to have minimum to no dialogue with game officials during the game. In the rare cases that a coach feels the need to discuss an issue with game officials, the coach should do so calmly and privately during a stop in play.
8. Protest: A formal protest is a written objection directly associated with the FIYA Regulations Manual. Protests cannot be filed on a game official’s judgment. All protests must be signed by a school administrator and a certified coach, be accompanied by a $50 protest fee and received by FIYA within 48 hours from the starting time of the game. The written protest must contain the following information:
A) Date, time and site of game.
B) Teams involved
C) Names of officials if possible.
D) FIYA Regulation that is alleged to be violated.
E) Factual account of the incident(s) that caused the protest.
FIYA reserves the right to investigate any situation that appears to be in direct conflict with the FIYA Regulations Manual. Investigations will be handled on an individual basis depending on the severity of the violation. FIYA will issue a written decision within three (3) business days of receipt of the protest.
9. Game Start Times: The official starting time for games is what is set forth in a final game schedule. See Article II, Section 8 regarding game schedules. Teams are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time. Grace periods are subject to field/facility availability and the discretion of game officials in consultation with FIYA.
10. Game Results: It is recommended that the coach of the winning team submit the results of the game to FIYA within twenty four (24) hours of the game’s completion. Submission shall be by email or text message.
11. Standings: Unless otherwise provided, league standings will be recorded as follows: A win equals 3 points, a loss equals 0 point and a forfeit equals minus 3. See Article II, Section 9 on how rescheduled games are treated with respect to final standings. In the case of a tie in the standings, the first tiebreaker is the head to head result(s) amongst the tied teams. If the head to head tiebreaker does not resolve the tie amongst multiple teams (more than 2 teams), then a coin flip will be conducted to determine the highest place. Thereafter, head to head results will be used to determine subsequent places amongst the multiple tied teams. In the case of ties where ALL the tied teams have not played any of the other tied teams, the first tiebreaker is the record amongst common opponents in league play. If the common opponent tiebreaker does not resolve the tie, then a coin flip will be conducted to determine the highest place. Thereafter, if necessary, coin flips will continue to be used if the common opponent tiebreaker does not resolve the tie. Lastly, in cases where multiple teams (more than 2 teams) are tied and some but not all of the tied teams have played the other tied teams, the first tiebreaker will be head to head results involving all of the tied teams.
ARTICLE V – Provisions for Parents & Spectators
1. Adult Code of Conduct: Each student athlete’s parent/guardian agrees to the FIYA Adult Code of Conduct (listed below) by consenting to allow his/her child to play. “I acknowledge and agree to be bound by the FIYA Adult Code of Conduct: I understand that I represent my school and I will be a positive role model for my child and my child’s teammates and coaches at all practices, games and events. I will treat everyone in a respectful, courteous and professional manner. I will cheer positively for my team and I will refrain from any negative cheering or comments directed toward any team or person including the officials and the coaches. Questioning or commenting on officials’ calls or coaching from the sidelines are examples of negative cheering. Lastly, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the conduct of all of my family members and guests. I further acknowledge that any behavior exhibited by me or my family members or guests that is not consistent with this Adult Code of Conduct may result in me being banned by school administrators from attending any games or practices or my child not being allowed to participate in the sports program.”