2016-2017 Handbook

 

 

 

 

NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL

ATHLETIC FEDERATION

 

 

 

www.nssaf.ca

 

 

 

HANDBOOK

 

 

2016 - 2017

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

INTRODUCTION                                                                                                        PAGE

Historical Sketch                                                                                                                 4

Statement of Beliefs ………………………………………………………………………………………………..       5

Code of Ethics                                                                                                                    5

 

CONSTITUTION

.... 1    Name ....................................................................................................................  7

.... 2    Purpose ................................................................................................................  7

.... 3    Membership ..........................................................................................................  7

.... 4    Organization .........................................................................................................  7

.... 5    Board of Governors ..............................................................................................  7

.... 6    Executive Director ................................................................................................  7

.... 7    Regional Directors ................................................................................................  8

.... 8    District Coordinators .............................................................................................  8

.... 9    Membership Fees .................................................................................................  8

.. 10    Amendments ........................................................................................................  8

 

BY-LAWS

     1    Eligibility for Membership ......................................................................................  9

     2    Duties of the Principal ...........................................................................................  9

     3    Duties of the Board of Governors .........................................................................  9

     4    Duties of the Chair of the Board of Governors ......................................................  9

     5    Duties of the Executive Director ...........................................................................  9

     6    Duties of the Regional Director ...........................................................................  10

     7    Duties of the District Coordinator ........................................................................  10

     8    Fiscal Year and Finances ...................................................................................  10

     9    Regions and Districts ..........................................................................................  10

   10    Amendments .......................................................................................................  10

 

REGULATIONS

     1    Board of Governors ............................................................................................. 11

     2    Regional Directors ............................................................................................... 11

     3    School Eligibility & Membership ........................................................................... 11

     4    Student Eligibility ................................................................................................. 12

   4A    Recruiting ............................................................................................................. 14

     5    Classification of Schools ...................................................................................... 14

     6    Registration Fees ................................................................................................. 15

     7    Athletic Contests .................................................................................................. 15

     8    Officials ................................................................................................................ 17

     9    Non Federation Competition ................................................................................ 17

   10    Protests and Appeals ........................................................................................... 17

   11    Suspensions ........................................................................................................ 18

   12    Responsibilities ...................................................................................................  19

12A    Behaviour ............................................................................................................  20

   13    Financial Responsibilities ...................................................................................  20

13A    Entry Fees ..........................................................................................................  20

   14    Adoption of a New Sport .....................................................................................  21

14A    Dropping a Sport .................................................................................................  21

   15    Awards ................................................................................................................  21

   16    Sites and Dates ..................................................................................................  23

 


SPORT REGULATIONS AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

   17    Badminton ............................................................................................................ 26

   18    Baseball ............................................................................................................... 28

   19    Basketball ............................................................................................................ 30

   20    Competitive Cheerleading ................................................................................... 32

   21    Cross Country ...................................................................................................... 34

   22    Curling ................................................................................................................. 36

   23    Football ................................................................................................................ 37

   24    Golf ...................................................................................................................... 39

   25    Hockey ................................................................................................................. 41

   26    Rugby .................................................................................................................. 44

   27    Skiing - Downhill................................................................................................... 46

   28    Snowboarding ...................................................................................................... 48

   29    Soccer .................................................................................................................. 51

   30    Softball Fast Pitch ................................................................................................ 53

30A    Softball Slo-Pitch ................................................................................................. 55

   31    Table Tennis ........................................................................................................ 57

   32    Track & Field ........................................................................................................ 59

   33    Volleyball ............................................................................................................. 66

   34    Wrestling .............................................................................................................. 68

 

APPENDICES

Organizational Structure.................................................................................................. 71

Personnel 2016-2017...................................................................................................... 72

Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students.............. 75

Planning for Provincial Finals ......................................................................................... 76

   

 


AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF SCHOOL SPORT IN

NOVA SCOTIA

 

Interscholastic sport has been a part of school life in Nova Scotia since the beginning of this century. In the early years, however, it was sporadic and unorganized: games between school teams were usually by invitation, and few schools other than county academies were large enough to field athletic teams. Some schools found extramural competition in local or church leagues.

Beginning in the mid-twenties, the Halifax Herald began offering annual trophies to the winners of play downs in Rugby, Hockey, Basketball and Baseball. Although relatively few schools participated, these competitions did at least embody the idea of organized interscholastic sport on a province-wide basis.

Other provincial meets soon followed: the Acadia Relays, from 1928; the annual fall track meet at Dalhousie University from about 1930; and the “Olympiad” held in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Exhibition in 1931. This latter event, also sponsored by the Herald was modeled on the Olympic Games; it lasted for several days, and the six representatives from each county in the Province were billeted by the Exhibition.

The Nova Scotia Headmasters’ Association was conceived and organized in the early 1930’s under the leadership of Dr. C. Wilson Smith, Professor of Education, of Dalhousie University. It began as an informal association of school principals to discuss educational problems and policies. It soon became apparent that the athletic program was one of the major problems before the new association:

there was urgent need for better control and organization of interscholastic athletics.

The problem was met by appointing an official or ‘czar’ for each sport who had complete responsibility for rules and procedure, organization and scheduling at the provincial level. This system functioned relatively well until the war years, when interscholastic competition was discontinued except on an invitational basis.

In 1944, a Provincial Physical Education Office was established. One of the first tasks was to make a complete survey of the school sports program in the Province and, as a result, an Athletic Committee of the Nova Scotia Headmasters’ Association was established to operate and control interscholastic activities. For the next 25 years this Committee administered a rapidly expanding program of interscholastic athletics, including both team and individual sports.

The great increase in scope and variety of the athletics program resulted in the need for an administrative structure that concerns itself exclusively with athletics. Accordingly, the Nova Scotia Headmasters’ Association agreed upon the dissolution of the Athletic Committee in June, 1969, and its replacement by an organization to be known as the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation.

In August of 1973, the NSSAF took another step forward with the appointment of a full-time Director made possible by a grant from the Department of Education. The Federation also accepted an invitation from Sport Nova Scotia to have its office located within the Sport Nova Scotia complex at 5516 Spring Garden Road.

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Federation are contained in this publication.


STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

 

The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation believes that:

1.    Interscholastic athletics should be an integral part of the school program at the secondary level, not apart from it.

2.    All concerned with school athletics shall encourage and promote positive race relations, cross cultural understanding and human rights with respect to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, ability, lifestyle, diversity and religion.

3.    Students should be encouraged to participate in a variety of school activities.

4.    All participants in interscholastic athletic competition are to compete with the highest degree of good sportsmanship and fair play and promote good, friendly relationships.

5.    All members of the coaching staff should cooperatively strive to serve the best interests of the student.

6.    Generally, sport seasons should not overlap. Students should not find it necessary to divide or choose their athletic interests before one sport season is completed and another begins.

7.    Member schools should establish policies for starting dates for team selection and practice time, which ensure that the “in season” sport is given a legitimate opportunity to develop.

8.    Taking part in school sport should be enjoyable as well as provide opportunities for personal growth and skill development.

9.    Administrators and coaches should cooperatively establish school policies and procedures for the interscholastic athletic program which address areas such as:

       a)  requirements for participation

            -  academic performance

            - standard of conduct

            - attendance

       b) adherence to NSSAF eligibility

       c) adherence to NSSAF regulations

10   The demands being placed upon students and coaches in an athletic program should be closely monitored and evaluated in terms of the overall objectives of education. Student-athletes and teacher-coaches need time for other pursuits during the season. The schedule of games and practices should provide days off for those involved to rest; to be with their families; to do school work; to prepare lessons, etc. or to pursue another interest.

 

Approved by the Board of Governors, November 1991.

 

 

 

 

CODE OF ETHICS

 

It is the duty of all concerned with School athletics:

1)    To encourage and promote friendly relationship and good sportsmanship throughout each school by requiring courtesy and proper decorum at all times.

2)    To encourage and promote positive race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights with respect to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, ability, lifestyle, diversity and religion.

3)    To insist upon implicit compliance with all rules and regulations of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation.

4)    To secure approved officials for all contests.

5)    To recognize that good sportsmanship is as important as victory, by approving and applauding good team play, individual skill, and outstanding examples of sportsmanship and fair play exhibited by either team.

6)    To take special care to treat visiting teams and officials as guests, extending to them every courtesy.

7)    To be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

8)    To respect the judgment and integrity of referees, judges and other officials, realizing that their decisions are based upon game conditions as they observed them.

9)    To identify any member school which may be suspected of recruiting student athletes from other schools for the purpose of participating in their interscholastic program.

       Recruiting is considered to be contact by a coach or other school representative intended to influence a student to attend a school for the purpose of athletics other than the school he/she would normally attend.

       Contact is permissible only after the student’s enrolment in the school is approved by School Board Authorities.

       Recruiting is a serious breach of the Code of Ethics and as such should be brought to the attention of the Board of Governors through the Executive Director. Individuals found to be involved in recruiting shall be liable for suspension.

10)  To educate student-athletes concerning the dangers and ethical violations of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Individuals found to be involved with using performance-enhancing drugs shall be liable for suspension.

11)  To promote fair and equitable competition in all contests and to recognize the educational need to control games involving teams that are over-matched by employing strategies to limit the negative experience of lopsided contests.

12)  To ensure that all NSSAF activities are tobacco free for all players, coaches, parents, officials and spectators.

 

The athlete, in addition should:

1)    Play hard and to the limit of his/her ability, regardless of discouragement. The true athlete does not give up, nor quarrel, cheat, bet or ‘play to the grand- stand’.

2)    Maintain a high degree of physical fitness by observing team and training rules conscientiously.

3)    Abstain from the use of performance enhancing drugs.

4)    Play for the love of the game.

5)    Set a high standard of personal cleanliness and appearance.

6)    Demonstrate respect for the diversity among participants as it relates to race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights.

7)    Demonstrate qualities of fair play in contests involving teams/individuals that are over-matched.

 

The coach, in addition, should:

1)    Maintain self-control at all times, accepting adverse decisions without public display of emotions, or of dissatisfaction with the officials.

2)    Employ accepted educational methods in coaching, giving all players an opportunity to use and develop initiative, leadership and judgment.

3)    Take a strong stand against profanity, abusive language, gambling and similar violations of a true sportsman’s code.

4)    Pay close attention to the physical condition and well-being of all players, refusing to jeopardize the health of any individual for the sake of improving the team’s chance to win.

5)    Promote and demonstrate respect for the diversity among participants as it relates to race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights.

6)    Recognize contests that become non-competitive and use the opportunity to promote fair play, provide additional game time for less skilled athletes and promote the ideal of ‘Education through Sport’. Participation in school sport should be enjoyable and fulfilling. Student-athletes should be assured of experiencing competitive educational opportunities through meaningful playing time.

“The true sportsperson is always a gentleman/lady. He/she plays fair; is clean of body, mind and soul and is courteous to friend and foe. He/she meets victory without boasting, defeat without bitterness, and all life with a smile. He/she loves his/her friend, his/her country and his/her God.”

There is no place in school athletics before, during or after competitions for the use of drugs or alcohol of any kind. Any use of drugs or alcohol that can be directly associated with any school athletic event must be reported to the Regional Director. The Regional Director shall make a full report to the Executive director who shall take whatever appropriate action is necessary. This would certainly include any post-game celebrations at the site of the event or traveling home from the event. The Principal shall investigate and report in writing to the Regional Director and/or Executive Director breeches of the Code of Ethics and/or Regulations governing behaviour of student-athletes and/or coaches of the school for which he/she is responsible.

 

The NSSAF follows the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development School Network Access and Use Policy.

 

Please see link below.

 

https://www.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/pubdocs-pdf/provincialschoolcodeofconduct.pdf

 

Violations of the Code of Ethics may lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspensions.

 


CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

1.    The name of this body shall be the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, hereinafter referred to as the Federation.

 

ARTICLE 2 – PURPOSE

The purpose of the Federation shall be:

1.    To encourage a friendly and harmonious relationship among secondary schools of Nova Scotia through the promotion of athletic activities deemed advisable and looked upon as promoting and contributing to the generally accepted objectives of secondary education.

2.    To encourage in the students of the secondary schools of Nova Scotia desire for clean amateur sport, stressing the values, appreciations and skills involved in all competitive activities.

 

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

1.    The Principal of the School has the ultimate responsibility for the interscholastic athletic program of the school. Membership in the Federation will be open to any secondary school in Nova Scotia upon application by the Principal.

 

ARTICLE 4 – ORGANIZATION

1.    The Federation shall be operated by a Board of Governors, an Executive Director, Regional Directors and District Coordinators.

 

ARTICLE 5 – BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Composition - The Board of Governors shall consist of:

1.    One male and one female member elected by each of the four permanent regions (Western, Capital, Northumberland, Highland).

2.    A representative of the Nova Scotia Department of Education. (This is to be a permanent appointment.)

3.    Up to three (3) Members-at-Large may be appointed at the discretion of the Board.

4.    A Chair is elected by the members of the Board.

5.    Past Chair ~ The Chair shall be immediate Past Chair and shall assume such office upon the election of his/her replacement as Chair.

6.    Ex-officio Members appointed as deemed necessary.

 

Eligibility

1.    To be eligible for membership on the Board of Governors, one must be actively engaged in administration at the secondary school level of a member school or schools (Department Head, Vice Principal, Principal, Supervisor or Senior Administrator).

2.    To be eligible for the Chair, a board member must be in at least the second year of his/her term.

3.    Term of Office:  Elected members of the Board of Governors shall hold office for four (4) years except in the case of a member who is elected Chair in the final year of his/her term. Members shall be eligible for re-appointment after an absence of two years. Members-at-Large shall be appointed for a two-year term (maximum of two terms).

4.    Members must be employed in the region they represent.

5.    Chair:  The Chair shall hold office for three years.

6.    Upon becoming Chair, the individual ceases to be the representative of a particular region, and the Board shall have the power to fill the vacancy either through appointment or election.

 

Vacancies

1.    The Board of Governors shall be empowered to fill vacant positions between normal times of appointment.

2.    Meetings - The Board of Governors shall hold:

3.    An Annual Meeting and a Semi-Annual Meeting at times determined by the Board of Governors. Notice of such meetings, together with proposed agenda, shall be given at least two weeks in advance.

4.    Additional meetings when deemed necessary.

 

Quorum

1.    A quorum for the transaction of business of the Board of Governors shall be seven (7) members.

 

ARTICLE 6 – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

1.    The Executive Director shall be the employee of the Board of Governors. Terms of employment are those as stated in the contract between the Board of Governors and the Executive Director.

 


ARTICLE 7 – REGIONAL DIRECTORS

1.    The Regional Directors shall be appointed by the Board of Governors for an initial period of one (1) year with additional yearly appointments up to a maximum of five years and shall be subject to reappointment after an absence of two years. In extenuating circumstances, the Regional Director may request a one-year extension. The request shall be made to the Executive Director and shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Governors.

2.    The Assistant Regional Director’s Term of Office will be the same as Regional Directors.

3.    Junior High Coordinators shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for an initial period of one (1) year with additional yearly appointments up to a maximum of three (3) years and shall be subject to re-appointment after an absence of two (2) years.

 

ARTICLE 8 – DISTRICT COORDINATORS

1.    Each District Coordinator shall be appointed by the District Organization for an initial period of one year, with additional yearly appointments up to a maximum of three years and shall be subject to re-appointment after an absence of two years.

2.    In extenuating circumstances, the District Organization may request a one-year extension. The request shall be made to the Regional Director and shall be subject to the approval of the Regional Director and the Executive Director.

 

ARTICLE 9 – MEMBERSHIP FEES

1.    Each member school shall be required to pay an annual membership fee as set by the Board of Governors.

 

ARTICLE 10 – AMENDMENTS

1.    Notice of proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be sent, by member schools, to the Board of Governors, through the Executive Director, six (6) weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

2.    Notice of the proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be forwarded, by the Executive Director, to all members of the Board of Governors four (4) weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

3.    Amendments to the Constitution may be made by a majority of the membership of the Board of Governors. Proxy votes will be permitted.

 


BY-LAWS

 

ARTICLE 1 – ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

1.    A school, approved for membership, shall be accepted upon payment of a fee.

2.    Membership shall entail an obligation to abide by the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

 

ARTICLE 2 – DUTIES OF THE PRINCIPAL

1.    The Principal has the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the interscholastic athletic program of his/her school.

2.    It is the Principal’s responsibility to ensure that the goals and objectives of the interscholastic athletic program are consistent with the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

3.    The Principal shall designate a staff member who will, under the direction of the Principal, coordinate all matters associated with the NSSAF

 

ARTICLE 3 – DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Board of Governors shall:

1.    Have general control over all activities involved with member schools and teams in any sport sponsored by the Federation.

2.    Have the final authority to interpret and enforce provisions of the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

3.    Appoint, from among the nine elected or appointed members, a Chair who will vote only in the case of a tie. This appointment will be for a two-year period.

4.    Appoint an Executive Director.

5.    Determine policy, procedures and regulations for provincial play-offs.

6.    Raise and disburse funds necessary for the operation of the Federation.

7.    On its own initiative or on an appeal from a member school, uphold or set aside the decision of the Executive Director.

8.    Appoint Advisory Committees where deemed necessary.

9.    Cause an annual report and financial statement to be prepared and sent to all member schools.

10.  Select a Chair-Elect at the February meeting of the year in which the Chair completes his/her term of office.

 

ARTICLE 4 – DUTIES OF THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Chair of the Board of Governors, or his/her designate, shall:

1.    Call and preside at all Board Meetings.

2.    Be an ex-officio member of all Committees of the Board of Governors.

3.    Prepare, in consultation with the Executive Director, all agendas for Board Meetings.

4.    See that the Federation is represented as required.

5.    Oversee the evaluation of the Executive Director and inform the Board at the Annual Meeting, presenting a progress report concerning the process initiated.

 

ARTICLE 5 – DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director shall:

1.    Be the Executive Director of the Federation subject to the advice of the Board of Governors.

2.    Act as Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation.

3.    Interpret the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation and enforce all rules prescribed therein.

4.    Coordinate the activities of the Regional Directors and through them the District Coordinators.

5.    Make arrangements for the conduct and management of all provincial play-offs after consulting the Board of Governors as to the site and proposed plan of management.

6.    Attend all meetings of the Board of Governors and serve as Secretary of the Board.

7.    Be an ex-officio member of all Committees of the Board of Governors.

8.    Make every effort to develop a high standard of sportsmanship among schools, athletes and the general public.

9.    Maintain the liaison with the Department of Education, Department of Health Promotion and Protection, Provincial Sport Organizations, Sport Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.

10.  Represent the Board on all matters pertaining to the interscholastic program in the schools of Nova Scotia.

11.  Prepare an annual report of the activities of the Federation to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.

12.  Present an independent audited financial statement to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.

 


ARTICLE 6 – DUTIES OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR

The Regional Director shall:

1.    Be responsible for the organization and administration of all interscholastic athletics in the region and its districts in accordance with the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

2.    Meet with the various districts in the region to assist in all matters concerned with the conduct of the interscholastic athletic program.

3.    Be responsible to the Board of Governors through the Executive Director.

4.    Resolve all matters at the regional level.

5.    Prepare an annual report of the activities in his/her region to be forwarded to the Executive Director.

6.    Prepare an audited financial report to be forwarded to the Executive Director.

7.    Appoint a Committee of at least three to conduct the election of the regional representative to the Board of Governors.

 

ARTICLE 7 – DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT COORDINATOR

The District Coordinator shall:

1.    Be responsible for the organization and administration of all interscholastic athletics in the district in accordance with the Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

2.    Call meetings through the Principals of member schools in his District to plan all matters concerned with the interscholastic athletic program.

3.    Be directly responsible to and have direct communication with the Regional Director.

4.    Resolve all matters at the district level.

 

ARTICLE 8 – FISCAL YEAR AND FINANCES

1.    The fiscal year shall be April 1st to March 31st.

2.    Dues and fees shall be paid by September 15th.

3.    Method of audit, at the various levels, shall be determined by the Board of Governors.

 

ARTICLE 9 – REGIONS AND DISTRICTS

The Province shall be divided into four (4) permanent regions within which are district associations. These are:

              REGIONS                       Districts

Highland                                       Cape Breton/Victoria

                                                      Inverness/Richmond

 

Northumberland                          Antigonish/Guysborough

                                                      Colchester County (Hants East, Hants North, Musquodoboit Valley)

                                                      Cumberland

                                                      Pictou

 

Capital                                          Halifax Regional Municipality

 

Western                                        Lunenburg/Queens

                                                      Shelburne/Yarmouth

                                                      Kings/West Hants

                                                      Annapolis/Digby

 

ARTICLE 10 – AMENDMENTS

1.    Proposed amendments to the By-Laws may be submitted by member schools to the Board of Governors through its Executive Director.

2.    The By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Governors by a majority vote of those present. Proxy votes will be permitted.

3.    Approved amendments to the By-Laws shall be effective August 1st, following their approval.

 


REGULATIONS

 

REGULATION 1 – BOARD OF GOVERNORS

1.1  Method of Election

       When a replacement is required for one of the regional representatives on the Board of Governors, the Committee of at least three members, appointed by the Director of the region concerned, shall:

       -  Call for and receive nominations from each district within the region;

       -  Obtain the agreement of each nominee to act if elected;

       -  Conduct a vote among all member schools within the region;

       -  Report the results of the election to the Board through the Regional Director.

1.2  Rotation

       In order to provide for the rotation of elected and appointed Board Members, the present members shall relinquish their offices as follows:

2016  - Tim Simony                                        (Capital)

2016  - Karen Hudson                                    (Capital)

2017  -  Vernon Taylor                                    (Northumberland)

2017  -  Joyce Millman                                    (Northumberland)

2018  -  Jackie Ashford Ray                            (Chair)

2018  -  Darrell LeBlanc                                  (Past Chair)

2018  - Janice Campbell                                (Highland)

2018  - Stephen MacNeil                               (Highland)

2018 -  Robert Carreau                                  (Member-at -Large)

2019  -  Janice Foote                                      (Western)

2019  -  Mark MacLeod                                   (Western)

       The transfer of office shall take place during the Annual Meeting in the year indicated.

1.3  Committees

       1.3.1   Special Committees

                  Special Committees of the Board of Governors may be appointed from time to time as required.

       1.3.2   Commissioners of Sport – The Federation considers it advisable to seek out and appoint persons to act as Commissioners in each sport sponsored. From time to time these persons may be selected and their responsibilities shall be:

                  -  To meet with the Board of Governors, Executive Director and/or the Regional Directors upon invitation or as the need arises;

                  - To be in a consultative and advisory position to all school athletics in the following areas:

                     •  Selecting of officials and referees;

                     •  Adopting and adapting rules of play;

                     •  Advising and assisting in finding suitable locations and facilities for the conduct of provincial play downs or championships;

                     •  Acting as liaison between the Federation, member schools and amateur sport organizations.

1.4  Meetings

       • Annual:  The Annual Meeting of the Federation shall be held in April or May.

       • Semi-Annual:  The Semi-Annual Meeting of the Federation shall be held in November.

       • Two additional one-day meetings shall be held each year. Attendance

           -  Regional Directors may attend any meeting of the Board of Governors at the expense of the Federation, upon the invitation of the Chair.

           -  Representatives of member schools, as well as the District Coordinators, may attend the Annual and Semi-Annual Meetings at their own expense.

 

REGULATION 2 – REGIONAL DIRECTORS

2.1  Meetings

       As required for the conduct of the business of the Federation, the Executive Director shall arrange meetings of the Regional Directors.

2.2  Expenses

       The expenses of the Regional Directors in attending the above meetings and in carrying out their responsibilities within their regions, shall be borne by the Federation. All such claims shall be made on routine forms and supported by receipts. Expenditures from regional funds shall be accounted for in the manner prescribed in By-Law 6 – Section 6.1.

 

REGULATION 3 – SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY AND MEMBERSHIP

3.1  School Eligibility

       3.1.1   A school must be a member of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation to be eligible to participate in activities sponsored or controlled by the Federation.


       3.1.2   Any school, public or independent (as defined in Section 3) in the Province of Nova Scotia, may become a member of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation by the payment of the prescribed membership fee and any other fees deemed advisable by the Board of Governors.

       3.1.3   Membership requires adherence to the Code of Ethics, Regulations and By-Laws of the NSSAF. The Board of Governors, upon recommendation of the Executive Director and Regional Directors, may declare any member school found to be in repeated violation of the NSSAF Code of Ethics, Regulations or By-Laws or determined to be in conflict with the aims and objectives of the Federation as being not in good standing. Any school declared not in good standing shall be ineligible to participate in activities sponsored or controlled by the Federation. Any school declared not in good standing may apply to the Board of Governors for reinstatement thirty (30) school days after receiving notification. The Board of Governors shall have the authority to reinstate the school, to maintain the declared status, or to take other action as deemed appropriate.

3.2  Payment of Membership Fees

       The membership fee must be paid to the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation by September 15th of the current academic year. Schools submitting their registration forms to the NSSAF after June 30th will be liable to a $25 fine for late registration.

3.3  Definition of a School

       For competitive purposes within this Federation, a school is defined as an administrative unit, containing Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, or Grades 10, 11 and 12.

       3.3.1   Schools containing Grades 7-12 shall register all eligible students in Grades 10-12. This will make all students in all Grades (7-12) eligible for competition.

       3.3.2   Schools containing Grades 10-12 shall register all eligible students.

       3.3.3   In school systems where there is one senior high school with one junior high school feeding the senior high school (under one administration), Grades 10-12 may be registered. This will then make all students (Grades 7-12) eligible for competition.

3.4  Junior High School Participation

       A junior high school is considered to be an administrative unit, administered by one Principal, and includes Grades 7 and/or 8, and/or 9. These students may participate in the following sports and/or any combination of these:

                                                           Badminton            Cross Country       Downhill Skiing       Wrestling

                                                           Snowboarding       Table Tennis         Track & Field

       - Regional Championships for Junior High Schools in team sports may be declared at the discretion of the Regional Director.

       - Any junior high schools wishing to take part in Regional play must be a member of the NSSAF.

 

REGULATION 4 – STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Any time member schools compete, the following shall govern eligibility:

In order to participate in NSSAF competition, a student must be in attendance at the school he/she is representing.

Furthermore, any student who is registered as a regular student shall be eligible to compete as hereinafter provided.

4.1  In order to participate in NSSAF competition, any student who is registered as a regular student shall be eligible to compete. In semestered schools, a regular student is defined as one who is registered in a minimum of three courses in each semester at the school or enrolled in cooperative work placement.

4.2  Age:

       4.2.1   HIGH SCHOOL  -  The age limit for all student-athletes is UNDER 19 YEARS as of September 30th of the current school year.

                  JUNIOR HIGH   -  The age limit for all student-athletes shall be UNDER 16 YEARS as of September 30th of the current school year. The grade level the student is designated as being at as of September 30th establishes eligibility for the school year.

       4.2.2 a If a Junior High/Middle School student, at a D1 or D2 school, plays (name on game sheet) in three games at the high school level, he/she loses eligibility for junior high/middle school sport for that activity for the remainder of the school year. The total number of games played at the Junior and Senior level count towards the game cap for the individual. For the purposes of counting games: tournament play involving three of more schools shall be counted as one game for each day of competition to a maximum of three. Qualifiers, Regionals – every game counts toward maximum of three allowable. A student who plays at a provincial championship at the high school level is ineligible to compete in further junior high/middle school play that year in that sport.

       4.2.2 b For Junior High/Middle School students attending D3 and D4 schools, there is no limit to the number of games that can be played at the High School level. The total number of games played at the Junior and Senior level count towards the game cap for the individual. For the purpose of counting games: tournament play involving three or more schools shall be counted as one game for each day of competition.

       4.2.3   If a Junior Varsity student-athlete plays (name on game sheet) in four games on the high school’s first team following the declaration deadline, he/she loses eligibility for the junior varsity school sport for that activity for the remainder of the school year. For the purpose of counting games: tournament play involving three or more schools shall be counted as one game for each day of competition to a maximum of three. Qualifiers, Regionals - every game counts toward maximum of three allowable.

4.3  A student shall be eligible for three consecutive years beginning the first year of high school (Grade 10).

       4.3.1   In exceptional circumstances a school may request that a year of eligibility be re-instated. In order for a school to appeal for consideration, the student must have:

                  -  not competed in any NSSAF sanctioned activities in the year in question and:

                  -  lost the majority of the school year in question as a result of exceptional circumstances as determined by the Executive Director which may include but is not limited to injury or illness (medical documentation required).

                  *** For purposes of this Regulation, the majority of the lost year shall be interpreted as not having attended more than 50 school days.

       4.3.2   Under no circumstances shall a student be granted a fourth year of participation.

       4.3.3   Students who participate in Department of Education-approved International Exchanges shall not lose a year of eligibility.

4.4  Grade 6 students who are part of the school population of a member school shall be eligible to compete in NSSAF activities conducted in age group classifications and in team sports at the Junior High level. No Grade 6 student shall be eligible to participate in team sport at the High School level.

4.5  If a school uses an ineligible student in a contest, such contest shall be forfeited to the non-offending school or schools.

4.6  Only an amateur in a particular sport may represent his school in that sport. (Definition of “amateur” shall be as stated by the National Sport Governing Body.)

4.7  No student who is declared ineligible, by the Principal or by the NSSAF, shall be permitted to participate in competition.

4.8  In NSSAF sports designated as Boys or Girls, only students of the designated sex, or students following the Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Nonconforming Students may participate in the designated classification. However, if a school elects not to have a female team in a gender-designated sport, a female student-athlete may try out for the male team within the school. The onus is on individual schools to provide programs consistent with NSSAF-sanctioned activities.

4.9  The school at which a student is registered in Grade 10 shall be the school in which he/she shall be eligible to participate in NSSAF activities for three (3) consecutive years.

       4.9.1   That any student-athlete who transfers schools after establishing his or her school of eligibility is ineligible in the new school for any sport he/she has represented in the former school in the previous year, unless one or more of the following applies:

                  a)    The transfer is accompanied by a change of legal residence by the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian with whom s/he has been living in the previous school enrolment.

                  b)    The student is transferring to a school within the School Board to pursue a full educational program (minimum of three full courses) or to access a service that is essential to his/her educational needs not available in the former school.

                  c)    The student has been moved to a new school by a School Board initiated transfer, a court, or any government agency acting within the scope of its authority.

In sections b and c above, the receiving school shall apply to the NSSAF for approval of change of schools affecting eligibility. The receiving Principal is required to meet all of the requirements of the NSSAF student-athlete transfer form. This form verifies that the student has not transferred for athletic purposes.

       4.9.2   Any student who transfers from any school to an NSSAF junior high or high school member during the school year shall be required to be in attendance at the new school for thirty (30) school days from the date of enrolment prior to participating in NSSAF sanctioned activities.  In addition, the student is not eligible for any sport in which he/she represented the former school in the current or previous school year, unless one or more of the conditions described in Regulation 4.9.1 above are met.

       4.9.3   A student-athlete who transfers from any school to an NSSAF member school during the school year with a status of ineligibility for disciplinary or academic reasons retains such status at his/her new school for the same period of time as determined by the former school and/or agent of the NSSAF.

       4.9.4   Once a student transfers and represents the new school in school sport, s/he is eligible in that school only for the remainder of his/her three years of eligibility.

4.9.5   For the purposes of this regulation, a student shall be considered to have transferred when he/she has been in attendance at the new school for thirty (30) school days or he/she represented the new school in an NSSAF sport.

4.10    That students who are part of a Department of Education-approved International Student or Exchange Program shall be eligible immediately provided they meet the age requirement.

4.11    Students registered in a Sport-Specific School Program/School shall not be eligible for competition in NSSAF sanctioned events in the sport(s) which are the focus of the Program/School. However, these students are eligible to represent their school in any other NSSAF sports.

4.12    Students must be accompanied to competitions by a teacher or other responsible adult designated by the Principal. Failure to comply shall result in loss of eligibility of the student(s) for that competition.

4.13    Students are expected to maintain acceptable academic performance as determined by the Principal. Principals are urged to establish procedures which will review student-athletes’ academic performance to ensure that the student continues to progress satisfactorily while participating in interscholastic athletics.

4.14    Appeals on student eligibility shall be authorized by the Principal and referred to the Executive Director.

                  -  Eligibility appeals for fall sports should be received by September 30th.

                  -  Eligibility appeals for winter sports should be received by December 1st.

                  -  Eligibility appeals for summer spring sports should be received by March 31st.

 

REGULATION 4 A - RECRUITING

Recruiting is considered to be contact by a coach or other school representative intended to influence a student to attend a school for the purpose of athletics other than the school he/she would normally attend. Contact is permissible only after the students’ enrolment in the school is approved by School Board authorities. In cases where a member school has been identified as being suspected of recruiting (a violation of the Code of Ethics) student eligibility will be determined in the following way:

       a)  The Executive Director will conduct a full investigation of the allegation.

       b)  The Executive Director will determine the eligibility of the student or students involved.

       c)  The parties involved have the right to appeal to the Board of Governors if so desired.

 

REGULATION 5 - CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOLS

5.1  Beginning September 2016 the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation will have a maximum of three divisions In any sport. Classification will occur on a sport by sport basis. Sports that have less than three divisions will not be affected.

       Sports with sufficient participating member schools for three divisions will be allocated Into divisions based on the declared list of schools from the previous season of play. The total number of schools will be divided evenly Into three divisions.

       Consideration will be made for placement to reflect appropriate groupings with the Intent that no division has less than 30% of the total number of participating schools. Any additional schools will be added according to student population.

5.2  Special Schools

       Classification of independent, private or parochial schools, with pupils of one sex only, will be determined by the number of eligible students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 according to the following formula:

       Division 1 School – 325 students and above

       Division 2 School – 150 - 324 students

       Division 3 School –149 students and under

5.3  Enrolment

       The enrolment figures to be used for classification referred to in Sections 1 and 2 above are those of September 30th in the academic year preceding competition.

5.4  Competition

       5.4.1   Schools may enter one team per sport in:

                  badminton, cross country, curling, football, rugby, skiing, table tennis, track and field, and wrestling.

       5.4.2   Schools may enter more than one team in:

                  golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, rugby, slo-pitch softball and fast pitch softball. Second teams in Soccer and Basketball shall be considered Junior Varsity. Second teams in cheerleading are permitted provided they do not compete at the same level as the first team.

       5.4.3   Third year students are not eligible to participate on a second team from a school. Second year students are not eligible to participate on a third team from a school.

       5.4.4   Schools registering more than one team for provincial play must meet all the commitments of the first team in order to maintain eligibility at the other level(s). It is understood that the school’s first team is its best team. Manipulating the make-up of teams to present a stronger “second” team will be considered a breach of ethics and shall be dealt with accordingly. The second team of a school shall be entered one division lower than its first team. The third team of a school shall be entered two divisions lower than its first team.

       5.4.5   Schools choosing to play in a higher division must stay at that level for a minimum of two years.

       5.4.6   Schools Changing Divisions (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball)

                  5.4.6 A   To be considered by the Executive Director and Regional Directors when schools apply to change Divisions:

•  review of current record

•  review of previous year

•  review of team roster returning players, etc.

•  has the school traditionally (over a period of years) been unable to compete in their appropriate division by enrolment

•  record of competition vs. division school wishes to enter

•  examination of the increase in the student enrolment which causes the change in division. Is it a significant increase or a marginal increase?

                  5.4.6 B   If a school team is to compete at a lower division:

• may not host Regional/Qualifier or Provincial Championship in the first year

• only in extraordinary circumstances would a school team be allowed to remain in the lower division for more than two consecutive years

• subject to annual review at declaration time.

                  5.4.6 C   If a school requests a higher division:

•  subject to same review as schools applying for lower division

• may not host Regional/Qualifier or Provincial Championship in first year

**** Schools moving up who also declare a second team in their appropriate division by enrolment shall not be restricted from using third year students on the second team.

5.5  Addition or Deletion of Sports after June 30

       Schools may change their sports registered in provided they do so by notifying the Executive Director before September 26th.

5.6  Prior to Declaration Date (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Rugby), Students may move between schools’ first and second team (or third). Once the school has declared, players are not permitted to change teams.

 

REGULATION 6 – REGISTRATION FEES/CHAMPIONSHIP FEES

6.1  The registration fees for member schools shall be:

       700 students and above – $985

       300 to 699 – $795

       151 to 299 – $635

       150 students and below– $485

       Junior High/Middle School – $170

       Championship fees shall be:

       Team - $125; Basketball and Hockey Team - $200; Female Golf - $45; Individual - $15

       Cross Country, Badminton, Table Tennis, Skiing, Snowboarding, Track & Field, Wrestling - $45 - per classification. Max - $120.

6.2  Registration Fees are to be paid to the Executive Director of the NSSAF.

6.3  A $25 fine is to be levied to schools that register past the June 29th registration date. A late fee of $25 will be charged for all forms not submitted on time to the NSSAF office.

6.4  Schools hosting a Provincial Championship in a particular sport shall not be required to pay a championship fee in that sport.

6.5     Insurance fees for hockey are as follows:

       Boys – $400

       Girls – $145

       Junior High – $55

 

REGULATION 7 – ATHLETIC CONTESTS

The following applies to all competition leading to a Provincial Championship:

7.1     The Board of Governors shall establish locations, dates and rules of play, and other necessary policies for all Provincial Championships.

7.2     The Executive Director shall:

          -  After consultation with the Regional Directors, present to the Board of Governors, a proposed plan for provincial play-offs with dates and suggested sites.

          - Delegate responsibilities in the organization and administration of these championships.

7.3     By May, the Board of Governors will circulate information to all eligible schools, stating the regional location (exact location if known) and date of all NSSAF Championships for the following school year.

7.4     In all district and regional competition, teams shall follow the rules of the NSSAF as established by the By-Laws and Regulations of the Federation.

7.5     District Associations shall operate under the umbrella constitution of the NSSAF. Any additional local rules are subject to approval of the Board of Governors or the Executive Director on behalf of the Board. The approval may be granted by the Board at the Annual Meeting or by the Executive Director on behalf of the Board during the year. Failure to comply could result in loss of eligibility.

7.6     District winners must be declared on or before the date set by the Regional Director.

7.7     All Regional winners must be declared at least one week in advance of the dates set for provincial playoffs. However, there may be circumstances, which will not permit a region to comply with this regulation. In such cases, the Regional Director and the Executive Director shall have the authority to exercise judgement in determining the final date when a regional winner must be declared.

7.8     Each team travelling to a Provincial Championship must be accompanied by a teacher or an adult designated by the Principal.

7.9     Schools that do not plan to compete in team sports at the Regional and Provincial Level must declare their intentions two days after the district final. Failure to do so will result in enforcement of Regulation 11. Schools may opt out of the qualifying tournament process following completion of the Regional Championship by notifying their Regional Director via email by 8 AM the day following the completion of the Regional Championships. The email must be sent by the school administration and must contain the reasons (ie-strength of team, financial) for opting out. Failure to do so will result in enforcement of Regulation 11.

7.10   In situations where representation to the Provincial Championships would be direct due to numbers of schools registered or active in specific sports in the region, schools must compete with and eliminate at least one other school within the home region or another region in order to advance to a Provincial Championship. Schools identified as host schools for the NSSAF Championship in Volleyball, Hockey, Basketball and Softball will automatically advance to the championship but shall participate in Regionals. If there is no regional in the host region the Executive Director in consultation with the Regional Directors may require the applicant to participate in another Regional Championship or may waive the need for the applying school to participate in the Regional Championship (i.e. - Is the team top 8 caliber). In the sport of soccer if a school is the lone entry in their Region and it is their turn to host they may host a NSSAF Soccer Championship if they advance through a qualifier. If this school does not advance through the qualifier, the Regional Champion of the next scheduled host region would advance directly to the NSSAF Championships. In cases where a Region absorbs a school from another Region (for this purpose), the hosting region shall not lose any of its pre-determined number of representatives advancing. The Executive Director, in consultation with the Regional Directors, shall decide where this shall apply.

7.11   In order for a team championship to be declared at the District or Regional level, a school must compete with and eliminate at least one other school from the District or the Region. For a Provincial Championship, there must be at least two Regions competing for a Championship to occur.

7.12   Start-Up Dates/Game Limits

          7.12.1  The start-up date means that NO organized team try-out, team practice or game may be held until the first day approved by the NSSAF. This does not preclude activities open to all students in the school. It is directed at team functions. Prior to the start-up date, schools may not conduct team activity sessions or organize any team or individual event, which is part of the selection process. On the start-up date, it is understood that all eligible students shall have a meaningful opportunity to try out.

                                                                        Try-out/Practices                  1st Game/Competition                                     Limit

                                                                        No Earlier Than:                   No Earlier Than:

                             Football                             August 15th                              3rd day of school                 12 Games

                             Soccer                               August 15th                              3rd day of school                 18 Games

                             Baseball                           August 15th                              3rd day of school                 10 Days of Competition

                             Cross Country                 3rd day of school                     2nd Friday of September          8 Days of Competition

                             Golf                                    3rd day of school                     2nd Friday of September          8 Days of Competition

                             Volleyball                         3rd day of school                     3rd Friday in September          22 Days of Competition

                             Hockey                              2nd Friday September             2nd Friday in October               42 Games

                             Basketball                        3rd Friday in October               2nd Friday in November           32 Games

                             Cheerleading                   November 1st                           1st Friday in January              8 Days of Competition

                             Curling                              November 1st                           2nd Friday in November           8 Days of Competition

                             Wrestling                          November 1st                           3rd Friday in November           15 Days of Competition

                             Skiing                                December 1st                           1st Friday in January              8 Days of Competition

                             Snowboarding                 December 1st                           1st Friday in January              8 Days of Competition

                             Badminton                       February 1st                             3rd Friday in February             12 Days of Competition

                             Rugby                               February 1st                             1st Friday in April                     16 Games

                             Table Tennis                    February 1st                             3rd Friday in February             10 Days of Competition

                             Track & Field                   March 1st                                  3rd Friday in April                     12 Days of Competition

                             Softball                             March 1st                                  3rd Friday in April                     14 Days of Competition

                      Game Limits Count all games or days of competition prior to NSSAF Regional play-downs. Note: Tournament play involving three or more schools shall be counted as one game for each day of competition to a maximum of three.

          7.12.2  Schools found to be in violation of the Start-up Dates/Game Limits/End of Season Regulation shall be declared ineligible for NSSAF play-offs.

          7.12.3  Jamborees may be conducted one week prior to 1st game date. These are to be one-day events conducted as training sessions, not games or tournaments. Principals must submit the Sport Jamboree Form 30 days prior to the event.

7.13   Once the NSSAF Champion has been declared, all school-sponsored representative teams in that sport shall be terminated until the following school year. The school shall not organize tryouts, practices, games or provide funds, uniforms, referees or transportation as any such support shall be considered to constitute sponsorship. This is not intended to interfere with intramural programs in any way.

7.14   Outside Sponsorship:

          7.14.1  Schools acquiring sponsorship must be certain that the sponsor is of an acceptable nature as determined by the Principal, Superintendent and School Board.

          7.14.2  Schools hosting NSSAF championships must adhere to the requirements of any contract between the NSSAF and its sponsor or sponsors.

          7.14.3  Sponsors names or logos appearing on school uniforms shall be limited to a maximum size of 8.75 cm (3 1/2”) and shall be displayed on the jersey, warm up tops, and team jackets only.

7.15   No high school invitational tournaments shall be held in the same sport on the weekend, which the NSSAF is declaring a championship in that sport.

7.16   At Regional and Qualifying Events or Provincial NSSAF Championships, no individual awards may be presented other than those provided by the NSSAF.

7.17   Any coach under the age of 21 must be accompanied at all times by a teacher on staff. The head coach of any NSSAF activity must have reached the age of majority (19).

7.18   All school coaches are required to complete this three-hour school based KSISS training session by September 2012. Only coaches who have completed the Keeping the School in School Sport program and are registered on the NSSAF database are eligible to coach in NSSAF Regional or Provincial competition effective September 30, 2012. The following sports also have a recommended level of competency for school coaches:

            Sport                       Jr High/Middle School                   High School

            Soccer                     Soccer for Life Trained                    Soccer for Life Trained

            Hockey                    Development 1 Trained                   Development 1 Trained

            Wrestling                Part A Intro to Competition             Part A Intro to Competition

            Football                   Community Initiation                        Competition Introduction Trained

                                                                                                          Assistant Coach-Competition Intro. Position Coach

            Volleyball               Development Coach Level 1          Development Coach Level 1 Trained

            Table Tennis          Community Trained                         Intro. to Competition Trained

            Baseball                 Rookie Coach Trained                     Baseball Regional Coach Clinic

            Rugby                     N/A                                                      Community Rugby Coach Trained

            Snowboarding       Comp Intro Trained                          Comp Intro Certified

            Badminton             Community Coach Initiation           Community Coach Initiation

            Basketball              Learn to Train                                    Train to Train

            Curling                    Club Coach Youth Trained             Youth Club Coach

            Golf                          N/A                                                      Community Golf Coach

            Fast Pitch               N/A                                                      Community Sport Ongoing Participation Trained

            Slo-Pitch                 N/A                                                      Community Sport Ongoing Participation Trained

            Track and Field     Sport Coach                                      Club Coach Trained

            Downhill Skiing     CSCF EL Certified                           DL Trained

            Cheerleading         NSSAF Approved Clinic                 NSSAF Approved Clinic

          The NSSAF recommends coaches pursue concussion training through the NCCP on-line module.        

          The following sports have mandatory levels of coach certification:

          Rugby

          All school Rugby Coaches must complete the IRB Rugby Ready Module (online) by the start-up date for the 2015 Rugby season as established by the NSSAF and NSSAF Rugby coaches must complete NCCP Community Contact Rugby Coach Trained by March 1, 2017.

          Football

          By August 1st, 2016, all Head Coaches must be trained as a Competition Introduction Head Coach (NCCP). By August 1st, 2016, all Coordinators must be trained as a Competition Introduction Coordinator (NCCP). By August 1st, 2016, all Coaches must be trained as a Competition Introduction Position Coach (NCCP). Making Headway in Football e-learning module is required training.

          Volleyball

          By November 1st, 2017 all Division 1-4 Volleyball Coaches must complete the Development Coach Workshop (Level -1)

          Hockey

          By March 1st, 2017 all Division 1-3 Hockey Coaches must complete the NCCP Development 1 Trained.

          Soccer

          By September 2017 all Division 1-4 Soccer Coaches must complete NCCP Soccer for Life Trained.

7.19   Member schools shall honour all commitments. Once a school agrees to compete with another school or to attend an NSSAF sanctioned event hosted by a non-member, that school is obligated to fulfill its commitment. Failure to do so may, following investigation, result in disciplinary action by the NSSAF.

7.20   School teams shall not compete in any athletic activity involving non-school teams. Exceptions may be granted for competitions against age appropriate teams from countries where sport is not conducted in the school system or for special circumstances such as alumni games, fundraisers, etc. Schools shall comply with Regulation 9 in seeking sanction for these events.

7.21   Member schools shall not participate in any competition:

          - prior to 3 pm on the province-wide Conference Day;

          - prior to 1 pm on Remembrance Day.

7.22   School sport competitions should generally be held outside of regular class hours during the week and on Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning and afternoon on weekends. Should it be necessary to schedule competition on Sunday, no games or events shall begin before 1 pm.

 

REGULATION 8 – OFFICIALS

Before any Provincial Championship event, the officials shall be approved by the Board of Governors through the Executive Director and/or Regional Directors.

 

REGULATION 9 – NON-FEDERATION COMPETITION

Schools wishing to participate in any Non-Federation athletic activity shall ascertain sanction of the Board of Governors for each event, in advance, by writing the Executive Director. This includes such events as:

- Invitational School Tournaments or

- Meets hosted by Universities, Private Organizations, other Provinces, etc.

 

REGULATION 10 – PROTESTS and APPEALS

From time to time, disputes may arise among member schools, which require arbitration. A member school shall have the right to protest or to appeal any decision of an agent of the Federation. The judgement of game officials is not considered grounds for protest. In instances where a school wishes to protest or appeal, the following shall apply:

10.1   All protests or appeals must be written and signed by the school principal with copies to the principal of the other school(s) involved.

10.2   The District shall organize to provide opportunity for its member schools to protest or to appeal a decision.

10.3   If an established league exists, the Executive of the League shall be the first level to hear and rule upon protests and appeals.

          In other disputes among schools at the District level, the district Coordinator shall be the first level to hear and rule upon protests or appeals.

10.4   In disputes involving schools from outside the district, but within the region, the Regional Director shall hear and rule upon any protests or appeals.

10.5   In disputes involving schools from two or more regions, the Executive Director shall be the first level to receive and rule upon protests or appeals.

10.6   In regional playoffs, all protests or appeals shall be sent to the Regional Director with copies to the Executive Director, the principal of the other school involved and the referee or other official in charge of the contest under protest within twenty-four hours of the completion of the competition being protested. The Regional Director, or in his absence the Executive Director, shall rule upon the protest within twenty-four hours of its receipt.

10.7   In order for a school to appeal a decision to the next level, it must:

          - provide evidence that the rules of play or the Regulations of the NSSAF have been misinterpreted or not applied in the original decision and/or

          - provide information which was not available when the original decision was reached.

10.8 Should any school wish to appeal a decision rendered, it may do so by requesting the next level of the Federation to hear the protest or appeal. The levels of appeal shall be:

          Level 1 - League Coordinator or League Executive;

          Level 2 - District Coordinator;

          Level 3 - Regional Director;

          Level 4 - Executive Director;

          Level 5 - Appeals Committee of the Board of Governors.

          •  Appeals to this level are to be directed to the Chairperson. The Appeals Committee shall consist of the chairperson and one Board Member from each Region.

          •  The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

          If any of the previously mentioned agents of the NSSAF is involved with the original decision, he/she shall not rule on the appeal or protest of that decision. Involvement in the original decision disqualifies you from ruling on that protest or appeal.

10.9   In Provincial Championships, any protest shall be directed to the Tournament Director/Meet Convener for an immediate decision.

10.10 All appeals to the Board of Governors require a $100 fee to accompany the appeal, which will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

 

REGULATION 11 – SUSPENSIONS

11.1   The appropriate agent of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation shall have power to suspend, to fine or otherwise to penalize any athlete, coach or member school for the violation of any of the rules of the Federation or for other just cause. Where the penalty is not prescribed, the period of suspension or other penalty shall be left to the discretion of the appropriate agent of the Federation. Suspensions must be served in meaningful school games. Meaningful games are regularly scheduled school games, sanctioned school tournament games and pre-approved school exhibition games verified, in writing, by the Regional Director. Exhibition games approved after a suspension has occurred will not count as meaningful games.

          Clarification: “Appropriate agent” to be determined as follows:

          In any competition between schools within the District, the District Coordinator shall have the authority to suspend or otherwise penalize. If there is an organized league within the District, the League Executive may suspend or otherwise penalize, but they must report the action to the District Coordinator.

          In any competition between schools from different districts within the Region, the Regional Director shall have authority to suspend or otherwise penalize. In any competition between schools from different Regions, the Executive Director shall have authority to suspend or otherwise penalize.

          NOTE: In Exhibition Tournaments and in the absence of the appropriate agent of the Federation, the Tournament Director shall have authority to suspend. The suspension must be reported to the appropriate agent (District Coordinator, Regional Director or Executive Director) of the Federation as soon as is reasonably possible.

11.2   Suspension of Individuals

          11.2.1  Physical Abuse of Official - incidental touch, hold or push of an official Minimum 10 games. Maximun remainder of sport season.

                      -deliberate attempt to strike, trip, or contact an official in an aggressive manner- Minimum remainder of sport season. Maximum one-year suspension from all interscholastic sport.

          11.2.2  Verbal Abuse of Official

-   First Offence - minimum three game suspension;

-   Second Offence - indefinite suspension and report to appropriate NSSAF agent.


          11.2.3  Attempt to Injure

-   First Offence - minimum three game suspension and report to appropriate agent;

-   Second Offence - minimum remainder of sport season;

-   maximum one year suspension from all inter-scholastic sport.

          11.2.4  Fighting

-   First Offence - three game suspension;

-   Second Offence - five game suspension;

-   Third Offence - indefinite suspension and report to appropriate NSSAF agent.

                      Exception - if fighting occurs in the last ten minutes of game, add one more game to the above offences.

                                       - the instigator of the fight will receive an additional one game suspension;

                                       - the aggressor in the fight will receive an additional one game suspension.

                      Exception - In the deciding game of a series in Inter-District, Regional or Inter-Regional play, a player penalized for fighting in the last ten minutes will not be suspended for any game of the succeeding series.

          11.2.5   Profanity

- First Offence - suspension for the rest of the game, plus the entire next game;

- Second Offence - suspension for the rest of the game, plus the next two games.

                       Exception - If the profanity occurs in the last ten minutes of the game, add one more game to the above offences.

          11.2.6   Objectionable Language/Behaviour with respect to race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights shall result in game ejection and minimum of one additional game suspension.

-   Second Offence of a similar nature shall result in indefinite suspension pending the outcome of an investigation by the NSSAF.

          11.2.7   Any player ejected from a game must serve a minimum of one game.

                       Additional games shall be assessed as prescribed by Regulation 11.

          11.2.8   Any coach ejected from a game must serve a minimum suspension of two games. A suspended coach shall not perform any function associated with his/her coaching duties on the day(s) of competition nor have any sport related contact with team members or assistant coach(es) on the day(s) of competition.

                       Additional games shall be assessed as prescribed by Regulation 11.

•  A second game ejection in the same sport season shall result in a minimum four game suspension.

•  A third ejection in the same sport season shall result in an indefinite suspension and report to the appropriate NSSAF representative for investigation and action.

                       Note - The ejection must be a result of the coach’s direct actions.

          11.2.9   Sympathetic Suspension - Any player suspended for flagrant violation of the rules of any sport in an Organized league may be declared ineligible for Federation play until such time as suspension is lifted and/or the case is reviewed by the NSSAF or its agents.

          11.2.10 In the case of suspensions incurred during Regional and Provincial Playoffs, the suspension must be served during succeeding Federation playoffs.

          11.2.11 Student athletes reported for Physical Abuse of an official shall be suspended immediately from further participation. This suspension shall be an indefinite suspension pending outcome of an investigation of the incident. The investigation shall be conducted by the Executive Director. Member schools shall have the right to protest or appeal the decision to the Board of Governors. This protest or appeal must be initiated by the principal of the member school directly impacted.  

 

REGULATION 12 – RESPONSIBILITIES

There are times when rules and regulations - and even responsibilities - fall in the category of being taken for granted.

12.1   Participating Schools are responsible for:

          12.1.1  The development of good sportsmanship. A school shall be responsible before, during and after a contest or meet for the proper conduct of its coaches, athletes, students and other spectators. There is really no need to define this rule. It means exactly what it says: The responsibility for the conduct of all persons belongs to each individual school involved in a game or meet. Obviously, this includes the way coaches act and the way players act, but it also involves the way students act and it even involves actions and conduct of “other spectators”, such as adults who attend games. And equally important, the role relates not just to the gymnasium or the field, but beyond these and other playing facilities into the parking lots and the streets in the immediate area. The school is responsible! Any responsibility here would imply that necessary precautions are taken (not just by the host school, but also by the visiting school) to guarantee that all who are involved as spectators show proper conduct. The referee or other game official may warn and, if necessary thereafter, order forfeiture by the offending team or school if the conduct and control of all parties concerned, including spectators, interrupts or adversely affects the normal procedure and progress of a contest.

          12.1.2  Controlling the number of spectators in relation to seating capacity and arranging adequate protection and security procedures.

          12.1.3  Extending every courtesy to game officials such as prompt payment, parking, private dressing facilities, etc.

          12.1.4  Identifying to the Board of Governors through the Executive Director any member schools suspected of recruiting student athletes.

          12.1.5  Notifying the Regional Director and/or Executive Director three weeks before the District final in the event that the school does not plan to compete in a team sport (for which they are registered) at the Regional and Provincial level.

12.2   The Coach is responsible for: (See Code of Ethics)

12.3   The Official is responsible for:

          -  Officiating the game according to the existing rules, without regard to future status.

          - Conducting himself as a professional, both on and off the playing field.

 

REGULATION 12 A – BEHAVIOUR

Ultimately, the member schools are responsible. However:

12 A.1  The teacher/coach, in keeping with the educational aims and objectives of school athletics, must bear the responsibility of preparing and supervising the students under his/her charge during the time which they are away from school or home for the purpose of representing their school in an athletic competition.

12 A.2  The consumption of any alcoholic beverage at any time during or after the competition is forbidden. Although some participants may be of legal drinking age, it is in the best interest of the sport and the school that during any competition, complete abstinence is practiced. Drugs, other than those prescribed by a medical doctor for which written proof be shown, are forbidden. Deviation from this may, following investigation, result in suspension of individuals or teams or other appropriate reprimand as decided by the NSSAF

12 A.3  Teams staying in a motel/hotel shall be subject to all provisions of this regulation for the duration of their stay.

12 A.4  Team members being billeted by a community shall be responsible to their billets. Any unfavourable conduct not in keeping with the NSSAF regulations shall be investigated and dealt with accordingly.

12 A.5  If damage is incurred to a motel/hotel by members of a school team, the NSSAF may, following investigation, suspend the team or school involved, as well as ensure that restitution is made.

12 A.6  Damage to lockers, gym equipment or incidents of theft by members of a visiting team may result, following investigation, in the suspension of individuals or teams. The offending school shall be responsible for restitution.

12 A.7  Where disqualification of an individual or team takes place during the  actual competition, this shall only occur after consultation and agreement with the Federation agent in whose area the competition is being held.

12 A.8  The teacher/coach will immediately be notified of the disqualification and a letter sent to the Principal of the school involved. The player(s) or team shall not compete further in the competition.

12 A.9  The Principal shall investigate and report in writing to the Regional Director and/or Executive Director breeches of the Code of Ethics and/or Regulations governing behaviour of student-athletes and/or coaches of the school for which he/she is responsible.

 

REGULATION 13  – FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The NSSAF is financially responsible for the operation of all provincial championship competitions. The Federation will be responsible for the allocation of any profits as well as for the payment of all justifiable expenses.

Net profits from tournament play will be divided on the following basis:

              50% to the NSSAF

              50% to the host school or equivalent organization

In a home and home total point series at the Inter-Regional and Provincial level, any profits will be retained by the host schools. The NSSAF will underwrite the expenses of officials only, should there be a deficit.

 

REGULATION 13 A –  ENTRY FEES FOR REGIONAL AND QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

13 A.1  Host schools shall be permitted to charge entry fees under the following conditions:

             -   Fees are to be used for payment of officials only;

             -   All gate receipts are to be applied to cost of officials;

             -   If gate receipts cover cost of officials:

                 no fee is to be charged to participating schools and any previously collected fee is to be returned to participating schools;

             -   If gate receipts cover only a portion of the cost of officials: the remainder of the cost of officials will be divided equally among all participating schools.

             -   The amount of the entry fee for Regional and qualifying tournaments must be approved by the Regional Director;

             -   A statement of revenue and expenses shall be forwarded to the Regional Director within two weeks of the conclusion of the tournament.

13 A.2  Any school incurring a loss as a result of rental fees for non-school facilities may recover the loss by dividing it equally among participating schools.

             PLEASE NOTE: Although it is recognized that there may be other expenses associated with hosting these events, the responsibility for these expenses lies with the host school. As a school playing host to other schools, it should be expected that there is some expense associated with being a host. The visiting schools are already being confronted with travelling and other expenses associated with travelling and it is common courtesy to receive these visiting teams with warmth and cordiality by providing them with certain items or services that may be of some expense to the host school.

 


REGULATION 14 – ADOPTION OF A NEW SPORT

The following criteria must be met in order for a new sport to be adopted by the NSSAF:

       •  Interest be indicated by two or more regions.

       •  That proposals for new sports be introduced at the Fall Meeting of the District Coordinators Workshop.

       •  That a list of reasons why a sport should be recommended for adoption by the NSSAF be prepared and circulated to the Annual Board Meeting as a notice of motion.

       •  That the Executive Director instruct the District Coordinators to discuss possible adoption of this new sport within their own district with the thought of bringing this information to the Spring Workshop.

       •  Final recommendation by the District Coordinators to be made at the Spring Workshop.

       •  The Board of Governors then to make a final decision re the District Coordinators recommendation at the Annual Meeting in the Spring.

 

REGULATION 14 A – DROPPING A SPORT

The following criteria must be met in order for a sport to be deleted from the NSSAF.

       •  The sport is only being played in one region.

       •  That proposals for deleting a sport be introduced at the Fall Meeting of the District Coordinator’s Workshop.

       •  That the Executive Director instruct the District Coordinators to discuss deletion of this sport within their own district with the thought of bringing the reaction of member schools to the Spring Workshop.

       •  Recommendation by the District Coordinators at the Spring Workshop.

       •  The Board of Governors then to make a final decision at the Annual Meeting.

       •  In addition to the above, the status of any sport offered by the NSSAF is subject to review upon recommendation of the Board of Governors. The review shall include an assessment of the sport’s contribution to stated NSSAF objectives and shall involve consultation with participating member schools.

       •  The assessment shall be conducted by the Executive Director and Regional Directors who shall develop recommendations to be presented to member schools and to the District Coordinators Workshop.

       •  The District Coordinators Workshop will then make a recommendation to the Board of Governors.

       •  The Board of Governors will make the final determination of the status of the sport.

          -   Possible Outcomes:

          -   Sport continues as NSSAF activity with no change;

          -   Sport is suspended as an NSSAF Championship event;

          -   Sport is removed from all levels of NSSAF competition;

          -   Sport is placed on probation (defined term) with specified conditions required to regain full status;

          -   Other as determined necessary.

 

REGULATION 15 – AWARDS

The Federation, in an attempt to give recognition to those who contribute to interscholastic athletics over several years, and to acknowledge outstanding contributions, shall provide the following awards:

15.1   The Hugh A. Noble Distinguished Service Award and The Dorothy G. Walker Distinguished Service Award:

          -  These shall be the highest awards given by the Federation. The awards will be presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation in a way which has had a positive impact on school sport.

          -  The recipients shall be selected on a regional basis as follows:

             Hugh A. Noble: Western, Northumberland, Highland and Capital.

             Dorothy G. Walker: Capital, Western, Northumberland and Highland.

          -  The Committee for selection shall consist of the Executive Director (Chair), Regional Director for the region from which the recipient shall come, and the Board members who represent that region.

          -  Nominations with full resumes must be submitted to the appropriate Regional Director one month prior to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.

          -  The recommendation of the Selection Committee shall be represented to the Board at the Annual Meeting and shall be subject to its approval.

15.2   Citation:

       -  Citations may be awarded as a tribute to an individual who has made a specific contribution in an area of secondary school sport, which is not adequately recognized by the Certificate of Recognition.

       -  Applications shall be submitted to the Regional Director or Executive Director and shall be acted upon by the Awards Committee.

15.3   Certificate of Recognition:

          To be eligible one must have:

          a) minimum of five years coaching in schools.

          b) demonstrated adherence to Code of Ethics of NSSAF

          c) recommendation of Regional Representatives who shall in turn report them to the Executive Director. Names of candidates shall be submitted to the Regional Director who shall in turn report them to the Executive Director.

15.4   Media Award:

          To be eligible one must be:

          a) employed in the news media;

          b) contributed in a significant way to the promotion of school sport. Names of candidates shall be submitted to the Regional Director by the District Coordinator. Each District may present one Media Award per year.

15.5   Certificate of Appreciation:

          To be awarded to any individual who has contributed to school sport. This could include coaches, parents and any other individuals who assist in providing programs for student-athletes.

          -  Requests for Certificates may be made by Principals, Event Organizers, etc. to the District Coordinator.

15.6   NSSAF Fair Play Award:

          Presented to one High School and one Junior High/Middle School in each School Board to recognize school sport programs which, throughout the year, demonstrate commitment to the ideals of Fair Play and good sportsmanship.

          -  Schools may be nominated by the Principal, District Coordinator, Regional Director or other appropriate NSSAF representative.

15.7   Ron O’Flaherty Scholar Athlete Award:

          -  $750 scholarship to be awarded at the Senior High School level to the top female and top male from each Region. Scholarship recipients will receive payment upon confirmation of registration at post secondary institution;

          -  Scholar-Athlete plaques to be presented at the Junior High/Middle School level to the top female and top male from each Region;

          -  School may nominate one female and male annually.

          -  All school nominees shall receive a certificate.

15.8   NSSAF Good Sport Award

          The NSSAF “Good Sport” Award is available to member schools at the Junior High/Middle School level. The award is intended to recognize those student-athletes who “best demonstrate commitment to fair play, ethical behaviour and integrity and who show respect and concern for others while participating in school sport.” The NSSAF will provide upon request a large plaque for display at the school.

          This plaque will have name plates for several years. Schools will then purchase keeper plaques for the student-athletes (one female and one male) through the NSSAF office.

 


REGULATION 16 – 2016/2017 SITES & DATES

 

SPORT                                                 REGION                                    EVENT                                                                        DATE

 

Baseball                                                                                                  Start-up Date                                                               August 15

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                                                    September 8

                                                                                                       Declaration Deadline                                                               September 9

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                                               October 7

                                                               Northumberland                      Provincial Championships                                                               October 14-15

 

Golf                                                                                                            Start-up Date                                                               September 8

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                                               September 9

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                                               September 26

                                                               Northumberland                       Provincial Championships                                                               October 3

                                              

Cross Country                                                                                       Start-up Date                                    September 8

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    September 9

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    October 17

                                                        Highland/Western                         Provincial Championships                                    October 24

 

Soccer                                                                                                      Start-up Date                                                               August 15

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                                                    September 9

                                                                                                                   Declaration Deadline                                                               September 16

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                                               October 22

                                                                                                                   Qualifying Events                                                               October 28-29

                                                                                     Junior Varsity   Boys & Girls Championships                                                               October 28-29

-                                              Boys – Northumberland

-                                              Girls  – Northumberland

                                                                                See Below           Provincial Championships                                    November 4-5

 

Football                                                                                                   Start-up Date                                    August 15

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         September-9

                                                                                                                   Declaration Deadline-2017 season-April 21                                                                                  

                                                                                                              T.B.A.           Provincial Championships                                    T.B.A.

                                                                                    

 

Volleyball                                                                                                Start-up Date                                    September 8

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         September 16

                                                                                                                   Declaration Deadline                                    October 14

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                                               November 19

                                                                                                                Qualifying Events                                    November 25-26

                                                                    See Attached                  Provincial Championships                                    December 2-3

Basketball                                                                                          Start-up Date                                    October 21

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         November 11

                                                                                                                  Declaration Deadline                                    December 2

                                                                 Junior Varsity                 Regionals to be completed by                   February 11

                                                                     Div. 1-4                             Regionals to be completed by                                    February 18

                                                                 Junior Varsity                 Qualifier Tournaments                               February 17-18  

                                                                     Div. 1-4                             Qualifier Tournaments                                  February 24-25

                                                                   Junior Varsity               Boys and Girls Championships                  February 23-25

                                                                   Girls - Western

                                                                   Boys - Capital

                                                                      See Below                      Provincial Championships                          March 2-4

                                                                                  

Wrestling                                                                                                 Start-up Date                                    November 1

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    November 18

                                                                                                                   Regionals                                        February 24-25

                                           Northumberland-Hants East                Provincial Championships                                    March 3-4

Snowboarding                                                                                       Start-up Date                                    December 1

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    January 6

                                                                              Martock                     Provincial Championships                                    March 6(7)

 

Skiing                                                                                                       Start-up Date                                    December 1

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    January 6

                                                                             Wentworth                 Provincial Championships                                    March 8 (9)


Curling                                                                                                     Start-up Date                                    November 1

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         November 11

                                                                                                                   Declaration Date                                    January 13

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    March 4

                                                                             Capital                        Provincial Championships                                    March 23 - 25

Hockey                                                                                                    Start-up Date                                    September 9

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         October 14

                                                                                                        Declaration Date                                        January 13  

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    March 10

                                    Girls Div 1         Western                                     Provincial Championships                                    March 24 - 26

                                Girls Div 2  Northumberland                           Provincial Championships                                    March 24 - 26

                                    Div 1                  Highland                                   Provincial Championships                                    March 24 - 26 

                                    Div 2                  Highland                                   Provincial Championships                                    March 24 - 26

                                    Div 3                  North/Western                          Provincial Championships                                    March 24 - 26

 

Badminton                                                                                              Start-up Date                                    February 1

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         February 17

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    April 13

                                                                                        Capital           Provincial Championships                                    April 21-22

 

Cheerleading                                                                                         Start-up Date                                    November 1

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    January 6

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    April 13

                                                                               Northumberland     Provincial Championships                                    April 22

 

Table Tennis                                                                                         Start-up Date                                              February 1

                                                                                                       1st Competition                                            February 17  

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                      April 29

                                                                               Capital                    Provincial Championships                           May 6                                                               

 

Slo-Pitch                                                                                                  Start-up Date                                    March 1

                                                                                                        Declaration Deadline                                    April 13

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         April 21                                                                

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    May 27

                                                      Div 1 Boys – Capital                       Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

                                                      Div 1 Girls – Capital                        Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

                                                      Div 3 Boys – Capital                     Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3 

                                                      Div 3 Girls – Capital                        Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

 

Fast Pitch                                                                                                Start-up Date                                    March 1

                                                                                                        Declaration Deadline                                    April 13

                                                                                                                   1st Game                                         April 21

                                                                                                                    Regionals to be completed by                                    May 27

                            Div 1 Boys –  Western/Northumberland              Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

                            Div 1 Girls –  Highland                                           Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

                                   

 

Rugby                                                                                                      Start-up Date                                    February 1

                                                                                                       1st Game                                           April 7

                                                                                                       Declaration Deadline                                  April 13 

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    May 27

                                    Boys D 1- Northumberland                               Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3        

                                    Girls D-1- Northumberland                             Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3                                                                  Boys D 2- Northumberland                                    Provincial Championships                                June 2 - 3    

                                    Girls D-2- Northumberland                             Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3                        

                                             

 

Track & Field                                                                                          Start-up Date                                    March 1

                                                                                                                   1st Competition                                    April 21

                                                                                                                   Regionals to be completed by                                    May 27

                                                                                Capital                  Provincial Championships                                    June 2 - 3

                                             

 

 

HOST REGIONS (2016 – 2020)

 

SOCCER

 

                                    2016-2017                          2017-2018                          2018-2019                  2019-2020

 

Div 1 Boys                 Western                             Highland                            Capital                                     Northumberland

Div 1 Girls                  Capital                                 Western                             Northumberland                                         Highland

Div 2 Boys                 Western                              Highland                              Capital                                                       Northumberland

Div 2 Girls                  Capital                                Western                             Northumberland                                         Highland

Div 3 Boys                 Western                              Highland                            Capital                                                       Northumberland

Div 3 Girls                  Highland                             Western                             Northumberland                                        Capital

JV Boys                     Northumberland                Highland                            Capital                                                       Western

JV Girls                      Northumberland                Capital                               Western                                                     Highland

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

                                    2016-2017                          2017-2018                          2018-2019                  2019-2020

 

Div 1 Boys                 Northumberland                Capital                               Western                                             Northumberland

Div 1 Girls                  Northumberland                Highland                            Capital                                               Western

Div 2 Girls                  Northumberland                Highland                            Capital                                               Western

Div 3 Boys                 Highland                            Capital                               Western                                             Northumberland

Div 3 Girls                  Highland                            Capital                               Western                                              Northumberland

 

 

BASKETBALL

 

                                    2016-2017                          2017-2018                          2018-2019                  2019-2020

 

Div 1 Boys                 Highland                            Capital                               Northumberland                             Western

Div 1 Girls                  Northumberland                Highland                            Western                                         Capital 

Div 2 Boys                 Western                            Northumberland                Highland                                        Capital

Div 2 Girls                  Western                            Capital                               Northumberland                            Highland

Div 3 Boys                 Capital                               Highland                            Northumberland                             Western

Div 3 Girls                  Northumberland                Western                             Highland                                       Capital

JV Boys                      Capital                               Northumberland                Highland                                        Western

JV Girls                       Western                            Highland                            Northumberland                            Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BADMINTON

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Badminton shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Badminton Nova Scotia (www.badmintonns.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 17

17.1   Classification

        Senior            –  under 19 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

        Intermediate  –  under 16 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

        Junior            –  under 14 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

17.2   Students may qualify for team and/or individual play. Once a student competes in team play, he/she shall only be eligible to participate in individual competition in the same classification.

          On the first day of competition, team championships will be declared in each classification. On the second day of competition, individual championships will be declared in each classification.

          In each class there will be the following events:

          Boys Singles             Girls Singles

          Boys Doubles           Girls Doubles           Mixed Doubles

17.3   Regional Representation

          For each event in each class in individual play, the first and second place finishers will advance to the provincial final. An athlete may compete in only one event in individual play. Team Play – Two teams per region in each classification will advance to the Team Championship Final. Schools advance as a team from Regional Play. An athlete may compete in only one event in team play.

17.4   Team Competition

          17.4.1  Team Competition:

                      - A student may compete in only one event.

                      - A student may not change events.

                      - A team must be represented in a minimum of four of the five events.

          17.4.2  Once a team qualifies at the District or Regional level, it may not be changed. The individuals on the team must compete in the same event and classification as in prior competition.

          17.4.3  In the event of injury, illness or other exceptional extenuating circumstances which may occur between the District and Regional Championships or between the regional and Provincial Championships, an athlete may be replaced prior to competition subject to approval of the Regional Director.

          17.4.4  Format for NSSAF Championship (recommended for District and Regional competition if the format allows). 

                      Single Round Robin in two sections with cross over play-off. Each classification will be divided into two sections as follows:

                      Sect. A:    Highland #1                      Sect. B:     Capital #1

                                      Capital #2                                           Highland #2

                                      Northumberland #1                            Western #1

                                      Western #2                                        North. #2

                      Playoff - 1st place Sect. A plays 2nd place Sect. B

                                  - 1st place Sect. B plays 2nd place Sect. A

                                  - The winners meet to determine the champion and runner-up.

                                    The losers meet to determine 3rd place.

                                  - In the case of fewer than seven teams advancing in any event, a single round robin shall be used.

          17.4.5  Tie Breaking - If two teams are tied, consider the match between the tied teams. If three teams are tied, calculate points for and against among the tied teams. If still tied, calculate points for and against in total round-robin.

          17.4.6  Scoring – Scoring for team competition is determined by head to head competition of all teams in their pools. For each individual match won you receive a single point for your team with a maximum of 15 points for the round robin. (For example Team A defeated Team B, C and D in all five events 5-0 giving them the maximum of 15 points). At the conclusion of the round robin the top two teams would crossover to play the top two teams in the other pool. At this point it is then a match where you must win three of five events to advance to the final.

17.5   Individual Competition

          17.5.1  Format for NSSAF Championship (recommended for District and Regional competition if the format allows). Single Round Robin in two sections with cross over play-off. Each classification will be divided into two sections as follows:

                      Sect. A:    Highland #1                      Sect. B:     Capital #1

                                      Capital #2                                          Highland #2

                                      Northumberland #1                            Western #1

                                      Western #2                                        Northumberland. #2

 

Playoff - 1st place Sect. A plays 2nd place Sect. B

              - 1st place Sect. B plays 2nd place Sect. A

              - The winners meet to determine the champion and runner-up. The losers meet to determine 3rd place.

              - In the case of fewer than seven teams advancing in any event, a single round robin shall be used.

          17.5.2  Scoring;

-   In the round robin all games of the match are to 21 points.

-   A match consists of the best of three games to 21 points.

-   At 20 all, the side which gains a two-point lead first wins that game.

-   At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point wins that game.

-   The side winning the games serves first in the next game.

-   When the leading score reaches 11 points, players have up to a one-minute interval/break.

-   Up to two minute intervals between each game Is allowed.

-   Players change ends at the end of each game.

-   In the third game, players also change ends when the leading score reaches 11 points.   

          17.5.3  Method of Breaking a Tie in an Event

-   If three players are tied, compare the point spread among the three individual players.

-   If two players are tied, the game (or match) between them shall determine the higher place finisher.

-   Scores must be reported by both participants (winner & loser)

          17.5.4  During competition, a player unable to continue play shall forfeit all matches (0-21).

          17.5.5  A player who becomes injured or ill prior to competition shall be replaced by the next highest finisher in the event at the previous competition.

          17.5.6  In doubles only, if one player is unable to advance due to injury, illness or other exceptional extenuating circumstances, he/she may be replaced prior to competition subject to the approval of the Regional Director.

17.6   Awards

          -  Individual Competition - NSSAF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.

          -  Team Competition - NSSAF Gold medallions to players on winning team. Championship Banner for the winning school in each classification. Silver medallions for members of second-place team. Bronze medallions for members of third-place team.

17.7      Rules of Play

          17.7.1  For both individual and team competition, shall be the NSBA rules for badminton. The shuttle to be used shall be determined in consultation with the N.S. Badminton Association (presently MAVIS 300). White or yellow shuttles may be used as determined by the championship committee. Once a colour has been declared, it will remain that colour for the tournament.

          17.7.2  CSA-approved eye protection is mandatory for all doubles competition (including warm-up).

17.8      The request for an umpire shall be honoured.

17.9      Regulations for Playing Area

             A minimum of six courts with a minimum ceiling height of 6.1 metres (20 feet) is provincial final.

 

 

Safety Protocols

Equipment

-      A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

-      A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

-      Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

-      Racquets must be inspected regularly for breakage and to determine proper grip.

-      CSA-approved eye protection is mandatory for all doubles competition (including warm-up and practice sessions).

-       The shuttle to be used shall be determined in consultation with the N.S. Badminton Association (presently MAVIS 300).

-      White or yellow shuttles may be used as determined by the championship committee. Once a colour has been declared, it will remain that colour for the tournament.

 

 Clothing/Footwear

-        Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

-        No hanging jewelry.

 

 Facilities

-        Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

-        Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

-        Court boundary lines must be clearly defined.

-        A minimum of six courts with a minimum ceiling height of 6.1 metres (20 feet) required for provincial championships.

 

Supervision

             In the area supervision required.

 

BASEBALL

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Baseball shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Baseball Nova Scotia Midget AAA (www.baseballnovascotia.com) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 18

18.1   Classification

          Open

18.2   Regional Representation

          TBA

18.3   Awards

          - Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallion to members of championship team and coach (maximum 18).

          - NSSAF Silver Medallion to members of runner-up team and coach (maximum 18).

18.4   Type of Final

          To be announced.

18.5   Rules of Play

          Baseball Canada, Baseball Nova Scotia Midget AAA

          - All bats are to be wood or wood composite. Bats greater than minus three (3) shall not be permitted.

          - The Baseball Nova Scotia Pitch Count rule will be in effect at NSSAF Baseball events.

 

 

 

 Safety Protocols

Equipment

-   A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

-   A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

-   Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

-   Wooden bats must not be cracked. All bats must have proper grip.

-   Bats/gloves must comply with the current Baseball Nova Scotia rules.

-   The batter, on-deck batter, bat boy/bat girl, base runners and base coaches (e.g., first and third base coaches) must wear a properly fitting batting helmet with flaps, covering both ears certified by a recognize safety standards association.

-   Catcher must wear all equipment specified under Baseball Nova Scotia rules, i.e. all catchers are required to wear a mask with throat protector, helmet, chest protector, shin guards, cup and a cup-type supporter.

-   Warm-up catchers must wear a mask with throat protection.

-   Suitable pelvic area protection must be worn by all players.

-   All equipment not in use must be kept out of the playing/practice area.

-   Bases must be properly secured.

-   All equipment must be checked regularly by the coach/teacher to determine that it is in good working order.

-   Where pitching machines are being used, they must be inspected prior to use and be under the direct supervision of a teacher/coach.

-   Student umpire must wear mask and chest pad when positioned behind home plate.

 

Clothing/Footwear

-   Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

-   Baseball Nova Scotia approved footwear (e.g. metal cleats, molded cleats) may be  worn.

-   The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Baseball Nova Scotia

 

Facilities

-   Determine that all facilities are safe for use

-   Diamond must be level and groomed.

-   Practice fields must be level, and away from traffic and other activities.

-   Entrance gates to the playing field must be closed at all times.

-   Dugouts and/or players’ benches must be screened to protect players.

-   Holes and severely uneven surfaces must be reported to the coaches, convenor, students and officials. Coach must notify appropriate school teacher/supervisor

-   If, in the opinion of the umpire, after consultation with both coaches, the field is deemed to be unsafe for play, the game must be rescheduled.

-   There must be sufficient turf for safe footing and traction.

-   Prior to use, backstops, fences and fields must be checked for hazards. Any hazards found must be reported to students and appropriate officials.

-   Modify the activity to avoid hazards (e.g., mark hazards with cones, cover hole in fence with mat).

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

In-the-area supervision is required.

 

 

 

 

 

BASKETBALL

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Basketball shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Basketball Nova Scotia (www.basketballnovascotia.com) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 19

19.1   Classification

          Division 1, 2, 3, Junior Varsity, Boys & Girls

19.2   Regulations for Playing Area

          The gymnasium to be used for a Provincial Basketball Final to be left to the discretion of the Executive Director.

19.3   Awards

          - Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallion to members of championship team and coach (maximum 18).

          - NSSAF Silver Medallion to members of runner-up team and coach (maximum 18).

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallion to members of third place team and coach (maximum 18).

19.4   Type of Final

          -  Single Elimination Consolation Tournament.

             In NSSAF Championship Tournaments where teams are seeded, the higher seed shall be designated Home Team throughout the tournament.

          - Junior Varsity – TBA

19.5   Rules of Play – FIBA with the following modifications:

          -  The shot clock shall be 24 seconds for Senior and Junior High/Middle Schools.

          -  The time between periods shall be one minute.

          -  Half-time shall be 10 minutes.

          -  The maximum number of players shall be fifteen (15).

          -  The recommended playing time for Junior High/Middle School competition shall be eight min. quarters.

          -  Shot clocks shall be mandatory for all Provincial Championships.

          -  If schools cannot agree on the game ball, the Spalding TF1000 series will be used.

          -  Dunking is not permitted during the warm up in NSSAF competition.

19.6. Third year Student-Athletes are now permitted to participate in all NSSAF sanctioned JV basketball contests.

19.7   Team members are not to change into game uniforms on the court/sidelines. They must change in a locker room.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

 Equipment

-   A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

-   A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

-   Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

-   In situations where student athlete’s follow-through could result in contact with a wall and/or stage, protective gym mats or padding must be placed beyond the “key” area.

-   Portable basketball systems must be internally weighted to prevent tipping or movement.

-   Set up/movement of portable basketball systems must be done by a trained adult.

-   The height of an adjustable basket must not present a safety concern.

 

Clothing

-   Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

-   The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Basketball Nova Scotia

 

Facilities

-   Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

-   Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

-   Protective padding must be used on rectangular backboard lower edges and corners.

-   Winch for moving backboards up and down must not be located directly under the supporting wall- mounted structure.

-   When raising or lowering baskets, the trained person operating the winch must be able to see that the area under the basket is clear.

-   Floor sockets must have cover plates.

-   If, in the opinion of the referee, after consultation with both coaches, is that the facility is deemed to be unsafe for play, the game must not be played or must be rescheduled.

 

Supervision

In the area supervision required.

 

 

 

 

 

COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Competitive Cheerleading shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Cheerleading Nova Scotia (www.cheerns.com) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 20

20.1   Classification

          Open

20.2   Regional Representation

          In order to compete at the Regional or Provincial levels, a team must have competed in at least one competition prior to April 1st of the current school year.

          Number of teams/region to advance to be determined annually by the NSSAF.

          Schools in the Host Region may bid to host Provincial.

20.3   Awards

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions (maximum 26) to members of Championship team and coaches. Championship Banner to the winning team.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions (maximum 26) to members of runner-up team and coaches.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions (maximum 26) to members of third place team and coaches.

20.4   A team shall consist of a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of twenty-four (24) members.

20.5   Time limit for routines shall be a maximum of two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30).

20.6   The NSSAF Championship to be held at a Place and Date TBA, shall consist of:

          EITHER if seven (7) or fewer teams are entered in the championship Competition, all teams will perform in the morning. The order of performance will be determined at the start of the competition by a drawing done by each team’s coach. In the case of the “pool” system being used, the drawing will take place just before each pool of teams begins to compete. A separate draw will take place for the championship round. The team with the highest score will be declared the winner and the team with the second highest score will be declared the runner-up.

          OR

          If eight (8) or more teams are entered in the Championship Competition, a drawing will be held on the day of the competition (and with all of the coaches present) to determine whether a team will compete in “Pool A” or “Pool B”, each pool having one-half (or one-half, plus or minus one) of the teams entered. The competition would run with all of the teams from Pool A performing, then a 10-15 minute break for the judges, followed by all of the teams from Pool B performing. After a minimum 30-minute break, the four (4) teams with the highest scores, regardless of which pool each team was in, will go on to the “Championship Round”. From this round the team with the highest score will be declared the winner and the team with the second highest score will be declared the runner-up. Team standings will be determined by the sum of the first round and the championship round.

20.7   While the NSSAF Competitive Cheerleading Championships are intended to be a finale to the cheerleading season, the cheerleading team, with the school’s approval, may lead the cheering at events for the full school year. However, the performance of jumps, gymnastics and stunts at an event should only occur when (a) the team has mastered them in a gym; (b) there is a safe performance area; and (c) a qualified cheerleading coach is present to direct the team.

20.8   The Head Coach of a cheerleading team must have completed an NSSAF- approved Coaching Clinic.

          - A Coach who has completed the NSSAF-approved Coaching Clinic must be present at all practices and competitions. The list of persons who have completed the program will be available from the NSSAF office.

          - All competing teams must be accompanied by a teacher or adult designated by the Principal who is responsible for the conduct and safety of the team members.

20.9   The Scoring Judges (not the Tally Judges) assigned to a competition shall stop a team from competing or interrupt a team’s performance if any of these rules are violated. In any event, at the end of the competition, one of the judges shall convey the reason for the stoppage or interruption to the teacher/designate responsible for the team and a written explanation must be sent by the judges or their association to the NSSAF within one (1) week of the competition.

20.10 Any competing team, which does not complete its routine for any reason shall not receive a score.

20.11 Performing any Illegal or Not Permitted Stunts shall result in disqualification, which will be reported to the NSSAF by the coach of the hosting team. Judges reserve the right to disqualify a team if there are more than two different rule infractions in a single routine or if a rule infraction poses a significant safety hazard to team members.

20.12 A Participant who is bleeding, has an uncovered open wound or an excessive amount of blood on the uniform shall stop performing to receive proper medical treatment.

20.13 A Participant who is rendered unconscious or apparently unconscious shall not be permitted to resume participation in the competition being held on that day without written authorization from a physician, the original of which must be presented to the judges prior to the Participant taking to the floor.

20.14 Rules of Play: As approved by the NSSAF and circulated to participating schools. Official copies are available through NSSAF office.

20.15 Cheerleading mats are mandatory for all competitions. A minimum of 54x42 foot (nine panels) matted competition surface is required for provincial championships. A minimum of seven panels (42x42), are required for all other competitions.  

20.16 A team must compete in the same level, in at least one competition prior to April 1st of that season to be eligible to compete at a regional competition.

20.17 The “cheer” component is not required. The coach may decide whether to do a cheer in the routine or not. If a cheer is done it must be within the two minutes and 30 seconds.

20.18 Level placement is done on a competition-to-competition basis. It is the coaches’ responsibility to notify the event host upon registration (at least two weeks prior to event) which level their team will compete in.

20.19 Junior High teams may compete in level 2 or level 3; Senior High teams may compete in level 2 or level 4.  

          •• Please Note: Regulation 7.17 – Any coach under the age of 21 must be accompanied at all times by a teacher on staff.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

1.      All athletes must be supervised during all official functions by a qualified director/coach.

2.      Coaches must require proficiency before skill progression. Coaches must consider the athlete, group and team skill levels with regard to proper performance level placement.

3.      All teams, gyms, coaches and directors must have an emergency response plan in the event of an injury.

4.      Athletes and coaches may not be under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, performance enhancing substances or over-the-counter medications that would hinder the ability to supervise or execute a routine safely, while participating in a practice or performance.

5.      Athletes must practice and perform on an appropriate surface. Technical skills (stunts, pyramids, tosses or

tumbling) may not be performed on concrete, asphalt, wet or uneven surfaces or surfaces with obstructions.

6.      Soft-soled shoes must be worn while competing. No dance shoes/boots, and/or gymnastics slippers (or similar)

allowed. Shoes must have a solid sole.

7.      Jewelry of any kind, including but not limited to, ear, nose, tongue, belly button and facial rings, clear plastic

jewelry, bracelets, necklaces and pins on uniforms is not allowed. Jewelry must be removed and may not be taped over. Exception: medical ID tags/bracelets.
Clarification: Rhinestones are legal when adhered to the uniform and illegal when adhered to the skin.

8.      Any height increasing apparatus used to propel an athlete is not allowed. Exception: spring floor.

9.      Props are not necessary for the performance of a routine.  Flags, banners, signs, pom pons, megaphones and pieces of cloth are the only props allowed. Props may not have sharp, unyielding, and/or pointed edges. No prop may be weight-bearing and/or athletes are not permitted to bear weight on any prop. Props with poles or similar support apparatus may not be used in conjunction with any kind of stunt or tumbling. All props must be safely discarded out of harm’s way (example: throwing a hard sign across the mat from a stunt would be illegal). Any uniform piece purposefully removed from the body and used for visual effect will be considered a prop once it is removed from the body.

11.   On the level grid, all skills allowed for at a particular level encompass all skills allowed in the preceding level.

12.   Required spotters for all skills must be your own team’s members, and be trained in proper spotting techniques.

13.   Drops including but not limited to knee, seat, front, back and split drops from a jump, stunt, or inverted position are not allowed unless the majority of the weight is first borne on the hands or feet, which breaks the impact of the drop. Shushinovas are allowed.

Clarification: Drops that include any weight bearing contact with the hands and feet are not in clear violation of this rule.

14.   Routine performance time may not exceed 2:30. Timing will begin with the first movement, voice, or note of music, whichever comes first. Timing will end with the last movement, last voice, or note of music, whichever comes last. Clarification: All Star Prep routines shall not exceed 2:00.

15.   Athletes must have at least one foot, hand or body part (other than hair) on the performing surface when the routine begins.

Exception: Athletes may have their feet in the hands of base(s) if the base(s) hands are resting on the performing surface.

16.   The competitors who begin a routine must remain the same throughout the course of a routine. A performer is not permitted to be “replaced” by another performer during a routine.

17.   An athlete must not have gum, candy, cough drops or other such edible or non-edible items, which may cause choking, in her/his mouth during practice and/or performance. 

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CROSS COUNTRY

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Cross Country Running shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Athletics Nova Scotia (www.athleticsnovascotia.ca), Orienteering Nova Scotia (www.orienteeringns.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 21

21.1   Classification

          Senior            – under 19 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

          Intermediate – under 16 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

          Junior            – under 14 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

21.2   Regional Representation

          Top five (5) teams per Region/Classification and the remainder of any of the top fifteen (15) finishers. For greater clarity, no runner shall advance if not a member of a top five team or one of the top fifteen finishers.

21.3   Distances

          Senior Boys 7k                   Senior Girls 5k

          Intermediate Boys 5k         Intermediate Girls 4k

          Junior Boys 4k                   Junior Girls 3k

21.4   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school in each classification.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions to runners and coach of each winning team.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions to runners and coach of each runner-up team.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions to runners and coach of each 3rd place team.

          -  NSSAF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher in each event.

21.5   Rules of Play

          - International Amateur Athletic Federation rules will be used with the following modifications:

          -  Maximum number of runners for Provincial Final - seven on each team with first four finishers to count for Team Championship.

          -  Individual runners are eligible to compete.

21.6   A school may enter as many athletes as they want at the District and Regional level, but may only advance 7 runners to form one team (per classification) to the NSSAF Championships.

21.7   Breaking of Tie

          In the event of a tie, it shall be resolved in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer the first place.

21.8   NOTE: Schools hosting Cross Country Meets should ensure that runners are given ample opportunity to spread out at the start of the race.

21.9   Course design shall include as much natural terrain as possible, while preserving the safety of the participants.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

Equipment

1.1    A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

1.2    A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

1.3    Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

 

Clothing/Footwear

2.1    Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

2.2    No bare feet.

2.3    The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

3.1    Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

         When running off school site:

3.2    Prior to initial use of the route, coach or convenor must do a safety check “walk through”’ in order to identify potential hazards.

3.3    If the cross-country route or orienteering course is on grass and/or in a wooded area, coaches or convener must do a safety check “walk through” after a substantial rainfall and/or windstorm, in order to identify potential hazards.

3.4    If the route has been affected by weather conditions and degradations of the course occur during competition, ongoing safety assessments must be conducted by coach or convener, and the route changed if necessary.

3.5    Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

3.6    The competition route must have marshals stationed throughout, all hazards well marked, and gate and funnel markers set to enhance safety.

3.7    Start and finish area must provide a wide, flat surface.

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

In-the-area supervision is required.

 

 

 

CURLING

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Curling shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by the Nova Scotia Curling Association (www.nscurl.com) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 22

22.1   Classification Open Boys, Open Girls, Mixed

22.2   Regional Representation

          To Be Determined.

22.3   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions to (six) members of Championship Team and Coach.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions to (six) members of Runner-up Team and Coach.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions to (six) members of 3rd place Team and Coach.

22.4   Type of Final

          If six or fewer teams – Round Robin. If more than six – Double Knockout.

22.5   Rules of Play

          -  Canadian Curling Association.

          -  Modification: Boys - eight ends Girls - eight ends

          -  Maximum number of curlers for Provincial Final: Boys, Girls and Mixed - four

          -  A spare may be used at any time and shall be permitted to play any position providing he/she enters at the beginning of the game. The spare must remain in competition until the game is completed.

          -  In Mixed Curling, each team shall consist of two male students and two female students who shall play alternating positions.

          -  A student may not compete in both Mixed Curling and Boys/Girls Competition.

          -  In Mixed Curling, the host school shall provide a pool of players from which spares must be selected (unless a school has its own spare in attendance) in the event of injury. A student may not be selected if he/she attends one of the schools competing in the game in question.

          -  A 10-minute warm-up period will be permitted before each game. At the discretion of the host committee, when time is at a premium, the warm-up may be reduced to five minutes. The warm-up shall take place on the sheet of ice to be used by both teams and shall include sliding, sweeping and delivering rocks.

          -  The Four Rock Free Guard Zone Rule shall be in force for all NSSAF competitions.

          - Teams must start Regional and Provincial Competition with four curlers.

22.6   Wheelchair athletes are permitted to compete following NSCA regulations.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

Equipment

-   A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

-   A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

-   Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

-   Equipment rules mandated by the curling club must be followed.

Clothing/Footwear

-   Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

-   Clothing and footwear must be appropriate for cold temperature activity.

-   Curling shoes with a removable gripper on sliding shoe, or shoes with a removable slider, or the sliding shoe taped.

-   The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the Nova Scotia Curling Association

Facilities

-   Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

-   Curling surface must be free of obstacles and hazardous cracks.

 

Supervision

In the area supervision required.

 

 

FOOTBALL

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Tackle Football shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by the Football Nova Scotia (www.footballnovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 23

23.1   Classification

          Open

23.2   Regional Representation

          To Be Determined

23.3   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions (55) to members of championship team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions (55) to members of runners-up team and coach.

23.4   Type of Final

          A championship game for Division 1 (Tier 1 and 2) and 2.

23.5   Rules of Play

          - Rules of Play – Canadian Amateur Rule Book for Tackle Football.

          - Modifications are contained in the NSSAFFL Operations Manual available on the NSSAF website.

23.6   Championship Sites

          TBA

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Parents must be informed of the importance of an annual equipment inspection by an accredited equipment reconditioner.

A member of the coaching staff must supervise the issuing and proper fitting of equipment including equipment supplied by the athlete.

Coaching staff must approve any exchange of equipment among players.

For all contact situations, the minimum protective equipment that must be worn includes:

·   full fit interior mouth guard

·   properly fitted helmet

·   shoulder pads

·   hip-tailbone pads

·   thigh pads

·   knee protection

Student athletes must receive instruction on how to adjust and maintain equipment properly, prior to wearing football gear.

Helmets must bear a clearly legible and legal NOCSAE warning sticker, in order to prove that the helmet meets the NOCSAE safety standard.

Football helmets and shoulder pads must be inspected annually and reconditioned as determined by an accredited equipment re-conditioner.

Football helmets are to be recertified by an accredited equipment re-conditioner after three years of use.

For helmets that have air, bladder inflation devices must be accessible on-site.

Football helmets must be replaced after 10 years from date of manufacture.

For students who request to supply their own football helmet, coach is to check that the helmet meets the following NOCSAE reconditioning and recertification standards:

·   a recertification statement and label on the inside of the helmet with the:

·   name of the recertifying company

·   date of recertification – within the last three years and that the helmet is less than 10 years from date of manufacturer.

All shields (visors) must be clear. Coloured or tinted visors must not be worn unless medical certification by an ophthalmologist is presented.

Down-box and yardage sticks personnel must be trained in safe use of equipment.

Blocking sleds must be checked regularly to make sure they are safe for use.

Practice equipment, such as blocking sleds and bags, must be kept at a safe distance from practising players when not in use.

Goalposts must be padded if in field of play. Padding must be 1.8m (6’) high.

Use footballs appropriate to the size and ability of group (e.g., smaller football or foam ball).

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Suitable footwear that satisfies football regulations and that is properly maintained.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Football Nova Scotia.

Clothing in practices and games must be suitable for weather conditions.

 

Facilities

Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles.

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Playing area must be inspected regularly, free from debris and obstructions and well removed from traffic areas.

Holes and severely uneven surfaces must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, students and officials, as well as the principal.

Boundary lines must be clearly visible.

Lime must not be used to line the field.

Spectator stands and player benches must be well removed from playing field.

Perimeter of field must be marked (e.g., collapsible flags or soft pylons).

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off school property activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of student athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Training must include flexibility, strength and cardiovascular enhancing activities.

Each athlete must have actively participated in at least eight days of practices before playing in first game.

Coaches need to assess heat, humidity and physical condition of athletes when planning practices.

There must be a minimum of 72 hours between athlete participation in any regulation football games (e.g., between club competition and interschool competition, or between interschool competitions).

Any player with a playing cast must provide a doctor’s note or parent’s signed permission, indicating it is safe for him/her to play.

Any knee braces or casts must be approved by the official prior to the commencement of the game.

Any exposed orthopaedic apparatus must be soft or padded.

Safe blocking and tackling techniques (e.g., head-up tackling) must be taught and reinforced throughout the season. No head blocking or spear tackling techniques must be taught.

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

Constant visual supervision during initial practice of contact skills.

Subsequently, on-site supervision is required.

 

 

GOLF

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Golf shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by the Nova Scotia Golf Association (www.nsga.ns.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 24

24.1   Classification Open Boys, Open Girls

24.2   Regional Representation

          Top four teams/Region and any of the top five finishers at the Regional Tournament who are not on a school team advancing. In Regional competition for boys, up to four participants may compete on a team, a school. The top three scores will count and all team members will advance. In Regional Competition for girls, up to four participants may compete. The top two scores will count and all team members will advance.

24.2.1 Schools may enter multiple teams in Regional Competition but only one team from any school may advance to Provincial Championships.

24.3   Team Composition

          Boys:  Three or four players – top three scores to count.

          Girls:   Two, three or four players – top two scores to count.

          - Individuals are permitted to compete in District, Regional and Provincial competition.

24.4   Rules of Play

          -  RCGA rules govern play.

          -  Conduct determined to be detrimental to the best interest of the games, both on and off the course will result in disqualification.

          -  Dress shorts or golf slacks or skirt and a golf shirt with a collar. Hat, if worn, is to be turned around properly. NO JEANS.

          -  The list of approved balls will be posted at the starter’s desk. Players should have a personal identification mark on their ball.

          -  Competitors may not receive advice during play. The penalty is disqualification. Team coaches, parents and other spectators are expected to maintain a reasonable distance from the golfers.

          -  In the event of a tie for the overall championship, a sudden victory play-off will be held with the tied teams.

          -  Caddies and /or golf carts not permitted.

24.5   Awards:

          NSSAF Gold, Silver, Bronze Medallions to top three individuals in each Division.

          Championship Banner – Boys

          Championship Banner – Girls

          Gold Medallions to championship team and coach – Boys and Girls Silver

          Medallions to runner-up team and coach – Boys and Girls Bronze

          Medallions to third place team and coach – Boys and Girls

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., grips must be regularly checked and repaired as needed).

Regulation golf balls must not be used on school property except for putting, chipping and with the use of driving cages.

Golf cages must be in good repair and be securely attached to surface.

Fully equipped golf bags must be appropriate in size and weight for athletes.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the Nova Scotia Golf Association.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Adequate space must be provided for full backswing and follow through.

Gym (putting only).

School property.

Golf domes.

Putting course.

Driving range.

Golf Course.

Regardless of facility, the hitting area must be well marked and controlled.

Special Rules/Instructions

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Athletes must receive instruction on proper golf etiquette.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Establish a safe routine for hitting and retrieving golf balls, and a designated safe area for use of regulation balls while chipping.

All rules of play must be followed (e.g., at driving range, golf course).

During instruction, or while waiting to practice hitting or swinging, non-active players’ clubs must remain on the ground or in their bag.

Athletes must have an opportunity to develop skills before playing on golf course.

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

On-site supervision for instruction, when chipping with regulation golf balls and practicing at a range facility.

In-the-area supervision is required on a golf course.

 

 

 

 

HOCKEY

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Hockey shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Hockey Nova Scotia (www.hockeynovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 25

25.1   Classification

          Division 1, 2, 3 Boys, Division 1, 2 Girls

25.2   A student may participate in one classification only.

25.3   Regional Representation

          TBA

25.4   Regulations for Playing Area

          The selection of the best available rink(s) in the vicinity of the “host” school should be considered.

25.5   Awards

          - Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallions (21) to members of championship team and coach.

          - NSSAF Silver Medallions (21) to members of runners-up team and coach.

25.6   Type of Final

          -  Round Robin - 15 minute periods

          -  The final game in Championships determined by tournament play shall begin before 3:00 pm

          -  In NSSAF Championships where teams are seeded, the higher seed shall be designated Home Team throughout the tournament.

25.7   Rules of Play

          Hockey Nova Scotia Rules with the following modifications:

          25.7.1 A   If a player takes part in any Hockey Canada registered Senior A, Junior A, Junior B, Junior C or Major Midget Game on January 1st or later, he shall be ineligible for NSSAF hockey for the remainder of the school year.

         -   Game being defined as Exhibition, All-Star, League and Play-off; and/or any time a player’s name appears on a game report.

          25.7.1 B   Any player who signed a card with a Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) registered major midget team is ineligible for NSSAF play until such time as he is released by HNS.

                          - AND -

                          Any player who participates in NSSAF hockey shall be ineligible for any HNS major midget team on or after the second Friday of October.

                          In the event of a dispute among the affected parties, a tribunal consisting of a representative from HNS, a representative from the NSSAF and an independent third party shall be convened to rule on the case in question. The decision of this tribunal shall be final.

25.8   Banishment from game and report to District Coordinators, Regional Directors, and Executive Director, for any player receiving five (5) penalties in one game. The time of the fifth penalty shall be served by the penalized team. A player on being assessed the fifth penalty shall be banished from the game. This banish would not carry a game misconduct.

          NOTE: In the case of suspensions incurred during Regional and Provincial Playoffs, the suspension must be served during succeeding Federation Playoffs.

25.9   Schools are asked to remind their coaches and athletes that physical abuse of an Official could lead to a one-year suspension from all high school sport.

25.10 A Match Penalty involving contact shall be considered an attempt to injure - See Regulation 11.2.3.

25.11 NSSAF school hockey teams may dress a maximum of 20 players providing two are goalkeepers; if only one goalkeeper is dressed, the maximum number dressed is 19. Division 1, 2, 3 male teams must begin the NSSAF tournament with a minimum of 13 skaters and two goalkeepers. Female hockey teams must begin the NSSAF tournament with a minimum of ten skaters and one goalkeeper

25.12 The centre ice line will be eliminated (offside passes) for NSSAF competition.

25.13 All on-ice coaches and volunteers are to wear helmets during practices.

25.14 i)      Gross Misconduct 

                                       1st Offense – Rest of game + three games

                                       2nd Offense – Indefinite pending investigation (Min. five games)

          ii)      Match           1st – Offense four games

                                       2nd Offense – Indefinite pending investigation (Min. five games).

          iii)     Boarding       1st Offense – two games (plus rule 4.6), Major Penalty    

                                       2nd Offense – three games, (plus rule 4.6), Major Penalty    

                                       3rd Offense – indefinite when major penalty is accessed.

 

          iv)     Five Minutes checking to the Head

                                       1st Offense – two games

                                       2nd Offense – four games

                                       3rd Offense – Indefinite pending investigation.

                                       (Additional game if in last 10 minutes for 1st /2nd offense)

          v)     Game Misconduct – Rest of game, plus one game.

                                       (Additional game if in last ten minutes of play)

          vi)     Objectionable Language/Behaviour           

                                       1st Offense – Rest of game, plus one game.

                                       2nd Offense – As per Regulation 11.

          vii)    Five + game checking from behind be a minimum three-game suspension (1st Offense)

          viii)   Any game Misconduct, Gross Misconduct or Match Penalty sustained in the last 10 minutes of play will automatically carry an extra one-game suspension.

          ix)    Instigator/aggressor - The instigator of the fight will receive an additional two-game suspension; The aggressor in the fight will receive an additional two-game suspension.

                  2nd offense instigator and/or aggressor is an indefinite suspension pending an investigation.

25.15 Hockey Tie Break – NSSAF Championships:

          If a game is tied at the end of regulation play, a sudden victory five-minute overtime period will be played. In the event of a penalty, the non-penalized team will add a player. In the case of a second penalty the penalized team will remove a player (5-3).

          If a game is tied at the end of the first overtime, we will play one five-minute overtime period. Each team will skate with “three (3)” skaters. In the event of a penalty the non-penalized team will add a player. In the case of a second penalty the non-penalized team will add a 2nd player (5-3).

          In both overtime periods - offsetting penalties - the manpower remains even. (4-4, 3-3)

          If still tied, it goes to a “shoot out” - five shooters alternating, one shot per shooter. If a tie still exists, sudden victory takes place in the second round of shooters. Only when all the skaters from the team with the fewest skaters on the game sheet have participated, will a team be allowed to repeat a shooter.

          NOTES:

          There will be no stoppage for cleaning ice. Teams will not change ends for overtime.

          A coin toss will determine which team shoots first in shoot-out.

          The three-point system will be used for the NSSAF championships: three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss, 0 points for a regulation loss.

          Ties During Pool Play

          After pool play, if two or more teams are tied in points, the following is the tie-breaker:

          -  Total points earned in games amongst the tied teams.

          -  Most regulation wins in games amongst the tied teams.

          -  Most OT/shootout wins in games amongst the tied teams.

          -  Goal differential in games between the tied teams (goals for, less goals against).

          -  If still tied repeat steps 1-4 but include the record of all the teams in the pool, not just tied teams.

          -  If still tied, the higher standings will be determined on the ratio of goals for, to goals against to three (3) decimal places (goals for divided by goals against). In calculating this ratio, only the records of the teams tied against each other shall be considered.

           - Fewest goals-against in games between the tied teams.

           - Fewest goals-against in all games.

           - Most goals-for in games between the tied teams.

           - Most goals-for in all games.

            - Fewest penalty minutes.

          NOTES:

          The tie breakers establish the standings in the round robin.

          A coin toss will be used to determine home team in the final between teams with identical records.

 25.16 When a penalty occurs that the resulting faceoff will take place in the offending team’s zone.  

 25.17 The Provincial Boys Championships the NSSAF will use 4 person refereeing system. 

 25.18 While on the ice, including pre-game warmups and ceremonies, all student-athletes, including goaltenders, shall wear

            a CSA approved hockey helmet, to which a CSA approved facial protector must be securely attached and not altered

            in any way. Any alteration to a CSA approved helmet or facial protector automatically destroys the certification. 

            Student-athletes shall remove their helmet during the playing of the national anthem. Student-athletes may remove

            their helmet when receiving awards.

 

 

 

 Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Sticks:

·    regulation hockey sticks

·    butt end must be covered with tape or a commercially made butt end

·    checked for cracks and splinters

Goalies must wear:

·    properly fitting CSA approved helmet with full face mask

·    throat protector

·    catcher, blocker, leg pads

·    chest and arm protector

·    cup or pelvic protector

Players must wear:

·    properly fitting CSA-approved helmet with full face mask

·    shin pads (cracked shin pads must be replaced immediately)

·    pants

·    shoulder and elbow pads

·    gloves

·    cup or pelvic protector

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Properly fitting ice hockey skates.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Hockey Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Ice surface must be free from debris and deep ruts.

Break away net mandatory.

For outside facilities (e.g., ponds, lakes), prior to activity, check with local authorities to determine whether ice is safe for skating.

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off-campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Penalties for rule infractions must be strictly enforced.

The number of games and skill competitions (e.g., agility, racing) in any one day must not present a safety concern.

Prior to the first game, multiple practices on ice must have occurred.

 

Supervision

Constant visual supervision required

 

 

 

RUGBY

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Rugby shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Rugby Nova Scotia (www.rugbyns.ns.ca ) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 26

26.1   Classification

          Division 1 and 2 Boys and Girls

26.2   Regional Representation

          Host region will have two representatives (Regional Champion plus one), Regional champions from non-hosting Regions. Region with the highest number of active teams (among the non-hosting Regions) will receive two representatives.

26.3   Regulations for Playing Area

          The field must be grass and must be newly lined or be an artificial grass surface approved by the NSSAF.

26.4   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions to members of championship team and coach (maximum 25).

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions to members of runners-up team and coach (maximum 25).

26.5   Type of Final - TBA

          The NSSAF has adopted the recommended practice duration (including games), in one day, at Provincials as included in the LTAD as described in the Rugby Canada document (90 minutes).

26.6   International Rugby Board Laws of the Game, with under 19 variations.

26.7   A team shall consist of a maximum of 25 players.

26.8   All players must wear a mouth guard.

26.9   The Gilbert Barbarian game ball is the official ball of the NSSAF Championships.               

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

Equipment

All equipment must comply with IRB Regulation 12.

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Regulation rugby balls.

Full fit interior mouth guard is required.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Cleats must be worn and must be consistent with laws of rugby.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Rugby Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Goalposts must be padded if in field of play.

Playing area must be inspected regularly, be free from debris and obstructions, allow for safe footing and traction, and be well removed from traffic areas.

Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials. Notify principal of unsafe field conditions.

Use collapsible flags or soft pylons to mark corners, mid-line and 22m (66’) line, or flags off the sidelines.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation.

Any exposed orthopaedic apparatus (e.g., knee brace) that presents a safety concern to other players must be soft or padded. Such devices must be approved by the official prior to the commencement of the game.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Tackling skill progressions must be taught and practiced prior to competition.

Scrum skill progressions must be experienced prior to competition.

Line-out lifting skill progressions must be taught and practiced prior to competition.

Training must include flexibility, strength and cardiovascular-enhancing activities.

Players must be physically prepared for contact.

Prior to the first league game, 8 days of practices must have occurred.

No eye or sport glasses are permitted.

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

Athletes must receive instruction on safety procedures related to severe weather conditions (lightning, funnel clouds, severe winds, tornadoes.

 

Supervision

Constant visual supervision during initial instruction and practice of contact skills.

Subsequently, on-site supervision is required.

 

 

SKIING – DOWNHILL

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Downhill Skiing shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Alpine Ski Nova Scotia (www.alpineskinovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 27

27.1   Age Classification

          Senior – Under 19 years as of September 30th of the current school year

          Intermediate – Under 16 years as of September 30th of the current school year

          Junior – Under 14 as of September 30th of the current school year

27.2   Events

          Giant Slalom

27.3   Regional Representation

          TBA

27.4   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions (six) to members of championship team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions (six) to members of runners-up team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions (six) to members of 3rd place team and coach.

          - NSSAF Gold, Silver, Bronze Medallions to top three individuals in each Division.

27.5   Schools may enter individual skiers to compete for the individual championship. Of the individual skiers entered, schools may chose one male team and one female team in each age classification. Each team shall consist of five skiers of which the three best scores count as the team time. It is possible for a skier to qualify as an individual and as a team member.

27.6   Eligibility:

          - In order to compete in the NSSAF final, an athlete must have competed in at least two regional races in the same age classification (i.e. an intermediate skier may not ski with the senior ski team at the provincial unless they have skied two regional races as a senior).

27.7   CSA-approved helmets must be worn.

27.8   No Giant Slalom or Downhill Racing Suits will be permitted.

27.9   Rules of Meet

          Alpine Ski Canada

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Athletes must check all equipment prior to use and report concerns to coach.

 

Alpine Skiing

In practice and competition, athletes must wear:

·   A properly fitted (as per manufacturer’s guidelines) and properly worn hard shell crash helmets which provide complete head protection (front and back) and full ear protection. Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) approved slalom helmets with a chin guard attached to the helmet and bearing the following certification codes (ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, or Snell S98)

There must be a functioning, reliable communication system covering the course.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity must be worn (e.g. use layering principles, hats, mitts or gloves).

No long scarves.

Long hair must be tied back or tucked in.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Alpine Ski Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Only commercially operated ski facilities with suitable teaching areas must be used.

Members of a recognized ski patrol must patrol the area.

The facility provider must define skiing area to the students so they are aware of the boundaries and hazards for the activity.

Course poles must be full-length breakaway style, and in good repair.

Race course must be set by experienced, qualified course-setter.

Course must be away from dangerous obstacles.

Safety walls, nets or barriers must be placed where required.

There must be a clear run-out at the end of the course.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Parents/guardians must be informed of the following:

·   location of activity is is off campus

·   means of transportation

·   importance of sun protection

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with level of competition.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Proper racing techniques must be taught prior to competition.

Activities/competitions must be based on skills that are taught.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Athletes must be taught the importance of skiing/snowboarding in control at all times.

Athletes must ski/snowboard in areas identified as appropriate by the qualified instructor.

Provide opportunity for athletes to re-hydrate during practice and before/after competition.

 

Supervision

In-the-area supervision is required.

A vehicle for emergency purposes must be accessible.

Certified Alpine Officials must preside over all racing competitions.

Members of a recognized ski patrol must patrol the area and be present on the course when a race is in progress

 

 

 

SNOWBOARDING

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Snowboarding shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Snowboard Nova Scotia (www.snowboardnovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 28

28.1   Age Classification

          Senior – Under 19 years as of September 30th of the current school year.

          Intermediate – Under 16 years as of September 30th of the current school year

          Juniors - Under 14 years as of September 30th of the current school year

28.2   Events

          Single Snowboarder Cross (SBX).

28.3   Regional Races:

          - A school may enter more than one team/classification in the Regional races, but only one team/classification per school may advance to the NSSAF Championship race.

          - Each team shall consist of five snowboarders. Two timed runs, “best run counts” will be the format used at the NSSAF Championships. For the team Championship the best run of each of the four individuals will count towards the team total.

          - The teams that are entered for the first Regional race must remain the same with the exception of two substitutions. In other words, if you have A, B and C teams, you may move two racers back and forth per team, but the others remain constant. This will allow for possible injuries or other eventualities.

          - Last minute changes will be a ‘one for one’ substitution of racers from another team. The whole team will not be rearranged. (If racer two of team A is ill, racer one from team B may replace him. Who in turn may be replaced by someone else.)

          -  Schools may also enter individual snowboarders. An individual snowboarder can only compete for the individual championship.

28.4   Regional Representation: TBA

          World Cup Points are scored as follows:

          1st - 25          4th - 12           7th - 9            10th - 6         13th - 3

          2nd - 20         5th - 11           8th - 8            11th - 5         14th - 2

          3rd - 15         6th - 10           9th - 7            12th - 4         15th - 1

28.5   Eligibility:

          In order to compete at the NSSAF championship race, an athlete must have competed in at least two regular season races.

28.6   CSA-approved helmets must be worn during practices, as well as during the race.

28.7   Rules of Meet: NSSAF and CSF

28.8   Schools will be responsible for timing, gate keeping and other race duties.

          These can be arranged in cooperation with the ski hill operators. Gatekeepers are appointed from among coaches and other volunteers There must be enough gatekeepers so that all gates are watched. Gatekeepers should be located where they have a good view of several gates.

28.9 Competitors are required to follow the rules of NSSAF, the ski facility and the skier’s (boarder’s) responsibility code. Failure to do so shall result in a disqualification. This includes profanity.

28.10 Team rosters must be relayed to the Chief of Race three working days before the scheduled race. Teams registering late will race at the end.

28.11 Racers will be given a one-minute grace period after their start number is called. Failure to arrive on time will result in a DNS.

28.12 Racers that DSQ, DNS or DFN the first run will be allowed to take a 2nd run at the end.

28.13 All racers should inspect the race course with their coach. During course inspection, skiers are not allowed to ski through or to shadow the course. Face bibs should be visible during this time if weather permits.

28.14 In the event of a dispute, the jury decision will be final. Composition of the jury is as follows:

          -  Chief of Race

          -  Technical Delegate

          -  Referee (appointed from among the coaches before the race)

          -  Start Judge (starter)

          -  Finish Judge (timer)

          The inclusion of the Technical Delegate for Regional races is optional.

 

28.15 Awards

          -  Championship banner and six NSSAF gold medallions to snowboarders and coach of the winning team.

          -  Six NSSAF Silver medallions to snowboarders and coach of the runner-up team.

          -  Six NSSAF Bronze Medallions to snowboarders and coach of 3rd place team.

          -  Gold, Silver, Bronze Medallions to top three individuals in each Division.

28.16 Three Regional races will be held prior to the NSSAF Championship race.

          Regional race dates will be arranged by the Chief of Race for each specific Region.

28.17 Start List

          The start list will be made up by a draw of school names. Each team will place one racer on the list before any team has two racers. The order will be repeated until all racers are listed. The order in which the snowboarders will race for their team is based upon their seeded position within the team, as provided by their coach.

          In Regional races, all A team racers will race first followed by B teams, etc. The start list for the second run will depend upon the criteria followed by the Region hosting the race. For example, in Capital Region, the order for the second run is based on the first run finish (fastest to slowest), but the order of the first 16 men and to 10 girl racers is reversed.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Athletes must check all equipment prior to use and report concerns to coach.

In practice and competition, athletes must wear:

·   a properly fitted (as per manufacturer’s guidelines) and properly worn snow sport helmet certified by a recognized safety standards association (e.g. ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell S98) for snowboarding

·   ensure:

§ skis, snowboards and poles are appropriate for the size and ability of the student;

§ all bindings are in working order and set to the proper tension,

§ all bindings meet current approved guidelines; and

§ boots and bindings are compatible.

When renting equipment, the facility operator must provide:

·   boards, skis, and poles appropriate for the size and ability of the athlete;

·   boards and skis with edges and bases must be in good condition;

·   an inspection and adjustment of boots and bindings by a knowledgeable equipment technician on-site;

·   snow sport helmets that are in good condition and are certified by a recognized safety standards organization (e.g. ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS 98);

    a check that rental helmets are properly fitted (as per manufacturer’s guidelines) and properly worn

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity must be worn (e.g. use layering principles, hats, mitts or gloves).

No long scarves.

Long hair must be tied back or tucked in.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Alpine Ski Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Only commercially operated ski facilities with suitable teaching areas must be used.

Members of a recognized ski patrol must patrol the area.

The facility provider must define skiing area to the students so they are aware of the boundaries and hazards for the activity.

Course poles must be full-length breakaway style, and in good repair.

Race course must be set by experienced, qualified course-setter.

Course must be away from dangerous obstacles.

Safety walls, nets or barriers must be placed where required.

There must be a clear run-out at the end of the course.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Parents/guardians must be informed of the following:

·   location of activity is is off campus

·   means of transportation

·   importance of sun protection

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with level of competition.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Proper racing techniques must be taught prior to competition.

Activities/competitions must be based on skills that are taught.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Athletes must be taught the importance of skiing/snowboarding in control at all times.

Athletes must ski/snowboard in areas identified as appropriate by the qualified instructor.

Provide opportunity for athletes to re-hydrate during practice and before/after competition.

 

Environmental Considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, UV index, frostbite)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

 

Supervision

In-the-area supervision is required.

A vehicle for emergency purposes must be accessible.

Certified Alpine Officials must preside over all racing competitions.

Members of a recognized ski patrol must patrol the area and be present on the course when a race is in progress

 

 

SOCCER

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Soccer shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Soccer Nova Scotia (www.soccerns.ns.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 29

29.1   Classification

          Division 1, 2, 3, Junior Varsity, Boys & Girls

29.2   Host Region

          The Regional Champion of the designated Host Region shall advance directly to NSSAF Championship.

29.3   Qualifying Events

          Schools competing on the first day may request to play the game at a mutually agreed-upon site. This is subject to approval of the NSSAF Regional Director or Executive Director.

29.4.  Regulations for Playing Area

          The minimum size of the playing area shall be 50 yards by 100 yards. The field must be grass and must be newly lined or be on an artificial grass surface approved by the NSSAF. Soccer nets must be provided.

29.5   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallions (22) to members of championship team and coach.

          - NSSAF Silver Medallions (22) to members of runners-up team and coach.

          - NSSAF Bronze Medallions (22) to members of the third place team and coach.

29.6   Type of Final

          Single-elimination consolation (two days).

29.7   Rules of Play

          FIFA

          -  Games shall consist of two 45-minute halves.

          -  Maximum number of players - 20.

29.8   Third year Student-Athletes are now permitted to participate in all NSSAF sanctioned JV soccer contests.

29.9   The official ball for the NSSAF Provincial High School and Regional Junior High/Middle School Championships is the Nike Catalyst.

29.10 Cards from one competition will not carry over to another competition. i.e. Cumulative yellow and red cards will not be carried forward from League to District to Regionals to the NSSAF Championships. Suspensions as a result of the card system will carry forward from League to District to Regionals to the NSSAF Championships.

29.11 Tie-breaking Methods:

          a) 15-minute sudden victory period. If still tied, change ends and play an additional 15-minute sudden victory.

          b) Penalty kicks shall be taken in accordance with the procedure outlined in the Laws of the Game and Universal Guide for Referees (FIFA).

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Shin pads must be worn.

Size and weight of soccer ball must be appropriate to the age and skill level of participants.

Outdoor soccer balls must not be used indoors for games or shooting on goalie, but may be used for indoor drills.

Sponge, futsal or indoor soccer balls are to be used for indoor school soccer games.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Molded cleats only. No metal or compound cleats.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Soccer Nova Scotia.

 

 

Facilities

Indoor playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes and officials. Notify principal of unsafe field conditions.

Outdoor playing area must be free from debris and obstructions and be well-removed from traffic areas.

The teacher/coach must make a pre-activity check of the facilities prior to use.

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Limit time spent on heading drills.

No tackling from behind.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off-campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation.

An exposed orthopaedic apparatus that represents a safety concern to other players must be soft or padded. Such devices must be approved by the referee prior to the commencement of the game.

Any player with a playing cast must provide a doctor’s note or parent/guardian signed permission indicating it is safe for him/her to play.

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

On-site supervision is required.

 

 

SOFTBALL – FAST PITCH

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Fast Pitch Softball shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Softball Nova Scotia (www.softballns.net) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 30

30.1   Classification

          Division 1 Boys         Division 1 Girls

30.2   Regional Representation

          TBA

30.3   Regulations for Playing Area

          The playing area shall be one approved by the Board of Governors in consultation with Softball Nova Scotia.

30.4   Awards

          - Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallions (17) to members of championship team and coach.

          - NSSAF Silver Medallions (17) to members of runners-up team and coach.

30.5   Type of Final

          TBA

30.6   Rules of Play - Softball Canada with the following modifications:

          30.6.1      If a student pitches for a senior team under the jurisdiction of Softball Canada within the school season, he/she is ineligible to pitch for the school team.

          30.6.2      A student shall be eligible for either Fast Pitch or Slo-Pitch, but not both.

          30.6.3      Metal cleats shall be prohibited.

          30.6.4      The double base shall be mandatory for all NSSAF competition.

30.7   Boys Fast Pitch Ball – K-Master-C120YCC 12”

          Girls Fast Pitch Ball – Worth Red Dot PX2RYLC 0.47 12”

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Wooden bats must not be cracked. All bats must have proper grip.

Bats/gloves must comply with the current Softball Canada Association rules (e.g., Amateur Softball Association bat policy (ASA2004)).

The batter, on-deck batter, bat boy/bat girl, base runners and base coaches (located behind first and third base) must wear a properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn batting helmet with flaps, covering both ears certified by a recognized safety standards association.

Helmet chinstraps are mandatory and must be worn as designed by manufacturer.

Catchers must wear protective equipment including: mask with throat protector, helmet, chest protector, shin guards, cup and a cup-type supporter.

Warm-up catchers must wear a mask with throat protection.

Suitable pelvic area protection must be worn by all players.

All equipment must be checked regularly by the coach/teacher to determine that it is in good working order.

Where pitching machines are being used they must be inspected prior to use and be under the direct supervision of a teacher/coach.

Student umpire must wear mask and chest pad when positioned behind home plate.

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No metal or compound cleats. Molded cleats only.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Softball Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

For indoor practices, playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

Diamond must be level and groomed.

Practice fields must be level and away from traffic and other activities.

Backstops must be checked for broken wire prior to use.

Entrance gates to the playing field must be closed at all times.

Dugouts and/or players benches must be screened to protect players.

Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be reported to the coaches, convenor, athletes and officials. Notify principal of unsafe field conditions.

If in the opinion of the umpire, after consultation with both coaches, the field is deemed to be unsafe for play, the game must be rescheduled.

There must be sufficient turf for safe footing and traction.

Prior to using back-stops, fences and fields must be checked for hazards. Any hazards found must be reported to athletes and appropriate officials.

Modify the activity to avoid hazards (e.g., mark hazards with cones, cover hole in fence with mat).

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect athlete’s participation (see Generic Section).

Any exposed orthopaedic apparatus (e.g., knee brace, cast) which presents a safety concern to other players, must be soft or padded. Such devices must be approved by the official prior to the commencement of the game.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off school property activity and the means of transportation used.

Training must include flexibility, strength and cardiovascular enhancing activities.

Before sliding is permitted, appropriate sliding techniques must be taught to minimize the risk of injury.

Warm-ups and drills (e.g., hitting, throwing, stretching) must each be in a designated area so that one activity does not present a hazard to another.

Players must be taught to drop or lay the bat down after hitting, not release it during the follow through of the swing.

Pitchers are limited to the Softball Canada Association limits.

Players not involved in the game must be in dugouts or players’ benches.

The location of spectators must not present a safety concern.

When practicing indoors with a regulation bat:

·   use a batting cage

·   use a pitching machine in a confined area free from student traffic or use a pitcher behind a protective cage or batters hit off a tee (in each case batters hit into a cage)

·   All non active players must be behind cage, no fielders allowed

 

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

On-site supervision.

 

SOFTBALL – SLO-PITCH

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Slo Pitch Softball shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Softball Nova Scotia (www.softballns.net) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 30 A

30 A.1  Classification

             Division 1 Boys                         Division 3 Boys

             Division 1 Girls                          Division 3 Girls

30 A.2  Regional Representation

             TBA

30 A.3  Regulations for Playing Area

             The playing area shall be one approved by the Board of Governors in consultation with Softball Nova Scotia.

30 A.4  Awards

             -   Championship Banner to winning school.

             -   NSSAF Gold Medallions (17) to members of championship team and coach.

             -   NSSAF Silver Medallions (17) to members of runners-up team and coach.

30 A.5  Type of Final

             TBA

30 A.6  Rules of Play - Softball Canada with the following modifications:

             30 A.6.1 A student shall be eligible for either Fast Pitch or Slo-Pitch, but not both.

             30 A.6.2 Metal cleats shall be prohibited.

             30 A.6.3 The double base shall be mandatory for all NSSAF competition.

             30 A.6.4 That the following Slo-Pitch balls be used for NSSAF play:

                           -  Boys – Worth Grey Dot YS40RSC3 0.40 COR 12”.

                           -  Girls – Worth Green Dot YS11RSS3 0.44 COR 11”. 

                           Other balls of the same size and COR are fine. They must have a leather cover. Examples of other names are: Demarini, Easton, Spalding. Balls should be consistent within a game (example: use all K-Master balls for a game, not mixed and matched with other brand names.)

             30 A.6.5 The Mercy Rule is set at 10 runs after five innings.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Safety bag must be used at first base.

Wooden bats must not be cracked. All bats must have proper grip.

The batter, on-deck batter, bat boy/bat girl, base runners and base coaches (located behind first and third base) must wear a properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn batting helmet with flaps, covering both ears certified by a recognized safety standards association.

Where helmets are equipped with chin straps, they are to be done up; otherwise, the helmet must fit such that it will stay on the head.

All defensive players must wear baseball gloves.

Student umpire must wear mask and chest pad when positioned behind home plate.

Catcher must wear shin protectors, chest protector and a mask with throat protector.

The catcher is to wear suitable pelvic area protection.

Use softball appropriate to the skill level of the athletes.

Bases must be properly secured.

All equipment not in use must be kept out of the practice/playing area.

All equipment must be checked regularly by the coach/instructor to determine that it is in good working order.

Where pitching machines are being used they must be inspected prior to use and be under the direct supervision of a teacher/coach.

 

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Molded baseball cleats or running shoes must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Softball Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

For indoor practices, playing surface must provide safe footing and traction and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs).

Goalposts must be padded if in field of play.

Playing area must be inspected regularly, be free from debris and obstructions, and be well removed from traffic areas.

The outside playing surface must provide safe footing and traction.

Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes and officials. Notify principal of unsafe field conditions.

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off-campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Training must include flexibility, strength and cardiovascular-enhancing activities.

Players must be physically prepared for contact.

Non-fielding players must be on the bench or in the designated area of bench.

To avoid dangers of a slipped bat, non-fielding players must stand well back of the batter’s box, must be on the bench, or must be behind a screen or fence, with fingers kept away from the screen.

Use a commitment line on third-base line.

All plays at home plate must be force plays. No tagging at home plate.

Players must be instructed to drop or lay the bat down after hitting, not release it during the follow through of the swing.

Before sliding is permitted, appropriate sliding techniques must be taught to minimize the risk of injury.

The location of spectators must not present a safety concern.

When practicing indoors with a regulation bat:

·   use a batting cage

·   use a pitcher behind a protective cage or batters hit off a tee (in each case batters hit into a cage)

·   all non active players must be behind cage, no fielders allowed

 

Environmental Considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

 

Supervision

On-site supervision is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE TENNIS

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Table Tennis shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Nova Scotia Table Tennis Association (www.nstta.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 31

31.1   Classification – Open Boys, Open Girls

         Senior            – under 19 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

         Intermediate   – under 16 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

         Junior             – under 14 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

31.2.  Regional Representation

          Number of teams advancing per region - one.

          A team shall consist of four players, one of which will be an alternate in case of injury or substitution.

31.3   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions (five) to members of championship team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions (five) to members of runners-up team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions (five) to members of runners-up team and coach.

31.4   Type of Final

          Single Round Robin in each event in each classification.

31.5   Rules of Play

          Official rules for Table Tennis as per Table Tennis Canada

          In the case of a team tie in round play:

          -  compare the records between the teams tied. - If still tied;

          -  compare matches between tied teams. - If still tied;

          -  compare overall record in round robin play.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Regulation size paddles and table tennis balls are required.

Tables and paddles must be in good condition.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Nova Scotia Table Tennis Association.

 

Facilities

Surrounding area must be free of all obstacles and must provide safe footing and traction.

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

There must be room for mobility around tables.

Smooth, level and dry floor surface.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off- campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Athletes must be instructed on safe set up and dismantling of tables.

 

Supervision

In-the-area supervision is required.

 

 

 

Track & Field

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Track and Field shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Athletics Nova Scotia (www.athleticsnovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 32

32.1   Age Classification

          Senior            – under 19 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

          Intermediate   – under 16 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

          Junior             – under 14 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year

32.2   Events

SENIOR BOYS                INTERMEDIATE BOYS         JUNIOR BOYS

100 m hurdles                  100 m hurdles                        100 m hurdles

100 m                               100 m                                     100 m

200 m                               200 m                                     200 m

400 m                               400 m                                     400 m

800 m                               800 m                                     800 m

1500 m                             1500 m                                   1500 m

3000 m                             3000 m                                   3000 m

4x100 m relay                  4x100 m relay                        4x100 m relay

4x400 m relay                  4x400 m relay                        4x400 m relay

Pole Vault                        Pole Vault -

Discus                              Discus                                    Shot Put

Long Jump                       Long Jump                             Javelin

High Jump                        High Jump                              Discus

Javelin                              Javelin                                    Long Jump

Triple Jump                      Triple Jump                            High Jump

Shot Put                           Shot Put                                 Triple Jump

SENIOR GIRLS               INTERMEDIATE GIRLS        JUNIOR GIRLS

80 m hurdles                    80 m hurdles                          80 m hurdles

100 m                               100 m                                     100 m

200 m                               200 m                                     200 m

400 m                               400 m                                     400 m

800 m                               800 m                                     800 m

1500 m                             1500 m                                   1500 m

3000 m                             3000 m                                   3000 m

4x100 m relay                  4x100 m relay                        4x100 m relay

4x400 m relay                  4x400 m relay                        4x400 m relay

Pole Vault                        Pole Vault -

High Jump                        High Jump                              Shot Put

Triple Jump                      Long Jump                             Javelin Long

Jump                                Triple Jump                            Discus

Javelin                              Javelin                                    High Jump

Discus                              Discus                                    Triple Jump

Shot Put                           Shot Put                                 Long Jump

32.3   Regional Representation

          -  At the District level, student-athletes are permitted to enter a maximum of six events, including relays.

          - A competitor must compete in his/her event at the Regional Level in order to qualify for the NSSAF Championships.

          - If NSSAF meet is on an eight-lane track:

             1.   The first four placing in track events and the first four in field events will advance to the provincial meet. Fifth-place finishers shall be listed as alternates.

             2.   Four relay teams from each region in each relay.

32.4   Awards

          Division 1, 2, and 3 overall Banners will be awarded.

          A Championship Banner only will be presented to the overall winner in Senior, Intermediate and Junior age classifications.

          -  Championship Banner to winning schools in each classification as follows:

             (Total - six teams).

             Senior Girls           Intermediate Girls            Junior Girls

             Senior Boys           Intermediate Boys           Junior Boys

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions to members of championship team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Silver Medallions to members of second place team and coach.

 

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions to members of third place team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Gold, Silver and Bronze medallions to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each event.

          -  All Special Athletes will receive a participation certificate.

32.5   Rules - IAAF with the following modifications:

             Starting Heights at the NSSAF championships will be:

             Senior/Intermediate Girls         Pole Vault                1.40 m

             Senior/Intermediate Boys        Pole Vault                1.80 m

             Senior Boys                             High Jump               1.45 m

             Intermediate Boys                   High Jump               1.40 m

             Junior Boys                              High Jump               1.25 m

             Senior Girls                              High Jump               1.25 m

             Intermediate Girls                    High Jump               1.25 m

             Jr. Girls                                    High Jump               1.15 m

             Shot Put

             Senior Boys - 6 kg                   Junior Girls - 3 kg

             Intermediate Boys - 5 kg         All other classes - 4 kg

             Discus

             Intermediate Boys - 1.5 kg      Senior Boys - 1.75 kg

             Junior Girls - .75 kg

             All other classes - 1 kg

             Javelin

             Intermediate Boys - 700 grams   Senior Boys - 800 grams

             Intermediate Girls - 500 grams   Junior Girls - 400 grams

             All other classes - 600 grams

          Hurdles

          Junior Girls                           80 m          30”                 .76m

          Intermediate Girls                80 m          33”                 .83m

          Senior Girls                          80 m          33”                 .83m

          Junior Boys                          100 m        33”                 .83m

          Intermediate Boys                100 m        36”                 .9m

          Senior Boys                         100 m        39”                 1m

          Hurdle Placement                80 m          100 m

          From start to first hurdle       12 m          13.00 m

          Between each hurdle           8 m           8.5 m

          From last hurdle to finish     12 m          10.5 m

 

32.6   Individual student athletes are permitted a false start each in all individual track events. Student athletes who are charged a 2nd false start in an individual event will be disqualified from that event.

 

 

 

 Safety Protocols

DISCUS

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Discus size must be appropriate for the size and sex of the student.

Discus must not be cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged and must be checked regularly.

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles and must provide safe footing and traction.

The throwing area must be free of obstacles and completely closed to traffic (no other activity must be located in the area where discus is taking place).

The landing area must be well marked and void of people during the activity.

Students may wear 5mm spikes on rubberized or asphalt jumping surfaces.

Track shoes with spikes removed must not be worn.

 

 

HIGH JUMP

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Landing Mats:

The landing area must be a minimum mat surface of 3m x 5m x .5m (10’X16.5’X20”) as per IAAF Standards.

Checks mats regularly for damage and repair or replace as necessary.

Jumping pits used adjacent to one another must be of the same thickness and compaction rating and be covered to prevent an athlete from slipping between pits upon landing.

Cross Bars:

Fibreglass crossbars must be used in competition.

Regularly check crossbars for cracks.

Weighted rope or elastic may be used for warm-up or practice.

High Jump Standards:

Check standards regularly for damage. Repair or replace as needed.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No bare feet or socks without shoes.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Indoor and outdoor approach areas must be smooth, traffic-free and provide safe footing and traction. Activity and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs).

 

 

HURDLES

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Check for safety of hurdles (e.g., stable, no splinters, cracks or other hazards).

Check safety of starting blocks if they are used.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No bare feet or socks without shoes.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

Track spikes as allowed by competition facility or IAAF rules.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Indoor surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

Activity in appropriate area, which provides a clear, flat surface.

All tracks must be inspected annually and maintained as necessary.

Run-out areas must be in place.

 

 

JAVELIN

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Javelin must be appropriate in size for the age, sex and strength of the athlete during practices. For competitions: Girls, 600g. Boys midget and junior, 600g. Boys senior, 800g.

Javelin must not be cracked, bent or otherwise damaged and must be checked regularly.

Turbo javelins/turbojavs and other equivalent commercially made equipment may be used for practice. No homemade equipment.

Ensure equipment joints and noses are tight before throwing.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

The throwing area must be free of obstacles and completely closed to traffic (no other activity can be located in the area where javelin is taking place).

The landing area must be well marked and void of people during the activity.

The run up area must provide safe footing and traction.

 

 

POLE VAULT

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Bamboo poles must be totally wrapped with tape before using.

Weighted rope or elastic may be used rather than a crossbar, for practice.

Check crossbars and fiberglass poles for cracks regularly.

Landing Pits:

·   Landing pits must be specific to pole vaulting and be a minimum of 5m (excluding the front pieces) x 5m x 0.8m as specified by the International Athletic Federation (IAAF). The front pieces must be at least 2m long.

·   Landing mats must not slide on impact.

Poles:

·   Poles must be approved as specified by the International Athletic Federation (IAAF).

·   Poles must be appropriate to weight of athlete.

·   Standards:

·   Standard must be secure and vertical.

·   Check standards regularly for damage and repair or replace as needed.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Track spikes as allowed by IAAF and competition facility.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Vaulting trough must be solid and free from cracks or splinters.

Run-up area markings must prevent other participants from interfering with competitor in progress.

Approach must be clear of obstacles, clean and free of puddles and provide safe footing and traction.

Front edge of vaulting trough must be flush with runway.

 

 

STEEPLECHASE

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Barriers must be free of splinters, cracks or other hazards.

Where water pits are used, steeplechase barriers must be securely in place.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Practice surfaces must be free of debris and provide safe footing and traction.

Water pit must not be used in practices and competitions unless it is filled with water.

Prior to each use, coach/convener must inspect running area to determine it is safe for use.

 

 

SPRINTS/400M/800M/1500M/3000M/RELAYS

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Check batons for cracks or splinters.

Check safety of starting blocks, if they are used.

Starter pistol must be locked away safely when not in use.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No turf shoes.

5mm spikes on rubberized or asphalt tracks or 9mm spikes on cinder tracks may be worn.

Track shoes without spikes may not be worn.

No bare feet or socks without shoes.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

 

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Practice surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

Athletes running off-site for practice must use approved route.

All tracks must be inspected annually and maintained as necessary.

“Blacktop” strips and open fields may be used if areas are suitable, smooth, clean, level and safe footing and traction.

Run-out areas must be in place for all running events, school hall and stairway running.

 

Indoor Running – Use of Hallways

At turnaround or end points, designate a safety or slow down zone (e.g. using pylons).

Designate a safety zone (e.g. using pylons) for all doors that open out into the hall.

Where school hallways or stairways are used for training purposes, appropriate safety measures must be in place:

·   all classroom doors that open out have to be secured open, flush with hall wall

·   hallway protrusions must be clearly marked

·   inform appropriate staff members of times and location of indoor practices

·   no running to take place where showcases presents a hazard

·   hall double doors have to be secured open

·   monitors must be positioned at corners

·   floor surface must be dry and provide good footing

·   stairways must have a railing

·   students must be instructed on safety procedures for running stairs (e.g. one step at a time, blind spots, spatial awareness, using railings for balance, maintaining body control, respect for personal space)

 

 

JUMPS

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Rake.

Shovel or spade.

Keep rake, shovel, and spade away from pit and run-up when not in use.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No bare feet or socks without shoes.

Athletes may wear spikes up to 9mm (.25”) on rubberized, asphalt, grass or gravel surfaces.

Track shoes without spikes may not be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Athletics Nova Scotia.

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

·   Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential hazards and severely uneven surfaces which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes, and officials.

·   Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).

Surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles and must provide safe footing and traction.

Runway must be free from water puddles.

Pits must be filled with sand in accordance with International Federation (IAAF) rules (30 cm/12”).

Determine landing area is well raked and free of foreign objects.

Determine take off area is firm and flat and swept if ‘blacktop’. Boards must be level and firmly attached.

For the long jump, there must be a distance of 1m (3'4") to 3m (10') between take-off board and front edge of pit.

In triple jump determine that the take off areas are at an appropriate distance from the pit to allow for a safe landing on the second phase (step).

Dig pit at least once a season and after heavy rain.

Pits must not be located in high traffic areas or near other activity sites, (e.g., ball diamonds).

Pits must have a minimum width of 2.75m (9’).

Refrain from jumping if there are slippery conditions.

Establish a procedure to initiate jumping (e.g., remove a cone from the take-off board when ready).

If athletes are rakers, they must be trained. As part of training, include rules such as:

·   remove rake before next competitor begins approach and hold rake prongs downward

·   begin raking after competitor is out of pit

·   rake sand into the middle as opposed to out to the sides

·   rakes not in use prongs down

Determine that spectators and participants stay back from pit and runway

 

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

No athlete may participate in a competition without prior skill development and practice.

A student athlete’s fitness level must commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off school property activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

.

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

·   environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)

·   accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity

·   previous training and fitness level

·   length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

Athletes must receive instruction on safety procedures related to severe weather conditions (e.g., lightning, funnel clouds, severe winds, tornadoes [see Appendix F - Lightning Protocol]).

 

Supervision

Constant visual supervision during initial skill instruction.

On-site supervision after skills have been taught.

 

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Volleyball shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Volleyball Nova Scotia (www.volleyballnovascotia.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 33

33.1   Classification

          Division 1, 3, Boys

          Division 1, 2, 3 Girls

          33.1.1 For second teams from any school, grade 12 players are eligible to play in regular season and tournament play but are not eligible for regional or provincial playoffs.

33.2   Regulations for Playing Area

          A minimum ceiling height of 6.10 metres.

33.3   Awards

          - Championship Banner to winning school.

          - NSSAF Gold Medallions (16) to members of championship team and coach.

          - NSSAF Silver Medallions (16) to members of runners-up team and coach.

          - NSSAF Bronze Medallion to members of third place team and coach (maximum 16).

33.4   Rules of Play – Volleyball Canada with the following modifications:

          33.4.1      The height of the net for girls will be 2.24 metres.

          33.4.2      Maximum number of players for Provincial Final - 15 plus a manager.

          33.4.3      Twelve (12) substitutions shall be permitted for all NSSAF play.

          33.4.4      The Mikasa MVA 200 ball shall be used for NSSAF Championships.

          33.4.5      Team members are not to change into game uniforms on the court/sidelines. They must change in a locker room.

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Poles must be safely stored when not in use.

Nets must have no frayed wires.

Protective padding must be placed around the poles (including cranks and supports, extending from the floor up to the bottom of the net) as well as referee stand and, where appropriate, scorer’s table.

Antennae must be flush with the bottom of the net.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Volleyball Nova Scotia.

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Playing surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs) and must provide safe footing and traction.

When volleyball poles are removed, floor plugs must be replaced.

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Games must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Fitness development appropriate to level of competition must be addressed.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off school property activity and the means of transportation used.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation

Drills must be organized so as to minimize the risk of being hit with an errant ball.

Athletes must be instructed in the safe and correct method of setting up, adjusting and taking down nets (e.g., standing on a chair).

When facilities do not allow for safe play, (e.g., poles on sidelines, lines adjacent to walls) modify rules appropriately.

 

Supervision

On-site supervision during initial instruction of skills.

In-the-area supervision after skills have been taught.

On-site supervision during equipment set up and take down.

 

WRESTLING

 

NSSAF sanctioned competition in the sport of Wrestling shall follow the rules and regulations as defined by Volleyball Nova Scotia (www.wrestlingns.ca) with NSSAF specific regulations as follows:

 

REGULATION 34

34.1   Classification - Boys Division, Girls Division

          Senior High – under 19 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year and in Grades 10-12

          Junior High/Middle School – under 16 years of age as of September 30 of the current school year and in Grades 6-9

34.2   Eligibility

          34.2.1      To be eligible to participate, a school must enter a minimum of three competitors. This requirement may be waived if requested by the Principal who shall, in writing, authorize the coach and the student-athlete(s) to represent the school in NSSAF competition.

          34.2.2      Each school may enter one team per classification (Senior and Junior) consisting of fifteen (15) members with no restrictions on the number of participants in any weight class.

          34.2.3      It is recommended that a student attend a minimum of one school-hosted wrestling meet prior to Regional Championships.

34.3   Regional Representation

          -  To be announced. (The maximum to advance to the NSSAF Championships shall be eight per weight classification.)

          -  Regional results will be used to seed wrestlers for the NSSAF Championship. The number one seeds in the Regionals will not meet in the first round.

          Note: Regional meets shall use digital scales, which will be made available at the Provincial Championship.

34.4   Awards

          -  Championship Banner to winning school.

          -  NSSAF Gold Medallions to members of championship team and coach.

          - NSSAF Silver Medallions to members of runners-up team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Bronze Medallions to members of third place team and coach.

          -  NSSAF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallions to the first three finishers in each weight class.

34.5   Team Points

          10 points for first place            3 points for fourth place

          7 points for second place        2 points for fifth place

          5 points for third place             1 point for sixth place

          Competitors           6 or more      5            4            3             2            1

          1st Place  10          9                    7            5            4             3

          2nd Place 7            5                    4            3            2            

          3rd Place 5            4                    3            2                          

          4th Place  3            2                    1           

          5th Place  2            1                                 

          6th Place  1                                               

34.6   Senior matches will consist of two (2) three-minute rounds, with an intermission of 30 seconds between each round. Junior matches will consist of two (2) two-minute rounds with an intermission of 30 seconds between each round.

34.7   Type of Meet

          -  Double Elimination Bracket Draw

          -  In weight classes having fewer than six competitors, a single round robin shall be used. (Positive Point System.)

          -  On the first day of competition, no bouts will be scheduled beyond 9:30 pm.

          -  A definite time and space shall be scheduled for warm-ups immediately prior to competition beginning.

34.8   Rules of Play

          Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association with the following modifications:

          34.8.1      The mat area shall be 8.5m x 8.5m (28’ x 28’) maximum with a 7.3m x 7.3m (24’ x 24’) square, or a circle of 3.66m (12’) radius, marked wrestling area.

          34.8.2      Weight Classes:

                          Senior High – U 19 as of Sept. 30th.

                          Male – up to 38; 39 to 42 kg.; up to 46 kg.; up to 50 kg.; up to 54 kg.; up to 58 kg.; up to 63 kg.; up to 69 kg.; up to 76 kg.; up to 85 kg.; up to 100 kg.; up to 120 kg.; 120+

                          Female – up to 40 kg.; up to 43 kg.; up to 46 kg.; up to 49 kg.; up to 52 kg.; up to 56 kg.; up to 60 kg.; up to 65 kg.; up to 70 kg.; up to 80 kg.; Over 80 kg. and not over 90 kg.; 90 +.

                         

 

         

Junior High/ Middle School – U 16 as of Sept. 30th        

                          Male – up to 38 kg.; 39 to 42 kg.; up to 46 kg.; up to 50 kg.; up to 54 kg.; up to 58 kg.; up to 63 kg.; up to 69 kg.; up to 76 kg.; up to 85 kg.; up to 100 kg.; 100 +

                          Female – up 35 kg.; 36 to 38 kg.; up to 40 kg.; up to 43 kg.; up to 46 kg.; up to 49 kg.; up to 52 kg.; up to 56 kg.; up to 60 kg.; up to 65 kg.; up to 70 kg.; up to 80 kg.; up to 90kg.; 90 +.

          34.8.3      Competitors in all age/weight classifications must wear a proper uniform (singlet). No singlets identifying non-school organizations are permitted.

                          -   All competitors are required to wear wrestling boots.

                          -   Officials will be requested to strictly enforce rules regarding length of hair, hair ornaments, etc.

          34.8.4      Tie Break:

                          If there is a team tie at the conclusion of the competition, it shall be broken in the following manner:

                          a) comparison of first place finishes - the team with the greater number shall be declared the winner.

                          If the tie still exists, then:

                          b) compare the second place finishes - the team with the greater number shall be declared the winner.

                          This procedure to be followed until the tie is broken.

          34.8.5      Schools appoint a teacher/advisor to the Wrestling Program to ensure that NSSAF Regulations are followed.

                          Schools are advised to complete and maintain a medical profile for each participant, signed by the parent, and including such information as: previous injury or disease, allergies, medication, Health Card Number, etc.

          34.8.6      All wrestlers must compete in their own age and weight classifications.

          34.8.7      No high amplitude moves allowed.

                          On any completed move, the wrestler who is on offense must contact the mat first.

                          Violations:   First Offense – warning

                                              Second Offense – disqualification from match

          34.8.8      Senior athletes may execute consecutive gut wrenches as well as laced ankles. Junior and intermediate athletes may NOT execute consecutive gut wrenches or laced ankles.

          34.8.9      The school wrestling program should establish a weight control program which will discourage severe weight reduction and/or wide variations in weight.

                          -  Each wrestler should be required to establish his minimum weight prior to a specific date (determined by the coach as part of the plan for his weight is established, the wrestler should be prohibited from recertifying to a lower weight.

                          -  The use of plastic bags, saunas or any form of artificial weight loss is strictly prohibited. The penalty for non-compliance for athletes is immediate disqualification from the tournament without placement. Coaches promoting or knowingly allowing this form of weight loss will also be disqualified from will be reported to the NSSAF for further disciplinary action.

          34.8.10    Schools may use call-in weights for Invitational Tournaments only.

          34.8.11    In all NSSAF Regional, Provincial and exhibition tournaments in weight classes with only two competitors, a two-out-of-three match will take place.

34.9   All NSSAF wrestling competitions involving three or more schools shall be officiated by currently registered members of the N.S. Wrestling Officials Association.

34.10 Schools intending to host wrestling tournaments shall advise the NSSAF office to avoid conflict with other school invitational meets and to facilitate arrangements with the N.S. Amateur Wrestling officials Association.

 

 

 

Safety Protocols

 

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Wrestling mats being used need to be mats manufactured and approved by the manufacturer for wrestling, and be in good repair.

Determine that mats are not damaged to the point where the mat is compromised e.g. large pieces of foam missing.

Utility or add-a-mat systems may be used for practices only. Determine that mats and joining systems are in good condition.

Mats must be attached together or aligned so separation does not occur.

Wrestlers with orthodontic devices must wear appropriate mouth protection.

 

Clothing/Footwear

Appropriate clothing must be worn.

Wrestling uniforms consistent with current rules must be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of Wrestling Nova Scotia.

No bare feet.

Wrestling shoes or appropriate footwear (no sharp edges, lace tips on shoes).

Glasses not to be worn.

 

Facilities

Mat surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables chairs) and must provide safe footing and traction.

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Mat surfaces must be checked regularly for irregularities and be cleaned prior to use.

Allow suitable clearance from the edge of wrestling area to surrounding walls.

Surrounding walls must be padded if clearance from mat surface is less than 2m (6’6”).

 

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of an athlete to hospital.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Competitions must be based on skills that are taught.

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off school property activity and the means of transportation used.

An athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Athletes must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity prior to participating. Athletes must not participate in the activity until this instruction has been received.

Athletes must wrestle with partners of similar weight, strength and ability.

Maximum time limit of 3 minutes per round.

Match length may be shortened if desired.

There must be a minimum of 15 minutes between matches.

Ground or ‘par terre’ and standing wrestling permitted.

Throwing permitted only when break fall/roll techniques have been well established.

Athletes may referee under the supervision of the coach in practice.

Only trained and certified officials for competition.

Warm up activities must emphasize conditioning and flexibility.

Rules and illegal moves must be outlined.

Fingernails must be closely trimmed.

Athletes with communicable skin conditions (e.g., impetigo) must not participate in contact wrestling.

Benefits of headgear must be outlined to student athletes.

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect athlete’s participation (see Generic Section).

The hazards of improper eating practices and severe weight loss techniques must be outlined to athletes.

Universal precautions (e.g., using impermeable gloves, see Appendix P) must be followed when dealing with situations involving blood and other bodily fluids.

 

Supervision

On-site supervision is required.

Constant visual supervision is required during initial instruction of techniques for holds and releases.

 

 

 

 

 

Organizational Structure

 

 

Board of Governors

 

 

Executive Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coach Education

                        Administrative Assistant                                                                                          Coordinator

 

 

                                 Highland Reg.                           North. Reg.                         Capital Regional   Western Reg.

                                      Director                                    Director                                    Director            Director                  

 

 

                                                                                  Ass’t Regional                                            Ass’t Regional

                                                                                        Director                                                              Director

 

 

                                      Jr. High                                    Jr. High                                    Jr. High            Jr. High

                                   Coordinator                             Coordinator                             Coordinator Coordinator

 

 

                                       District                                     District                                     District               District

                                  Coordinators                           Coordinators                           Coordinators Coordinators

 

 

PERSONNEL 2015-2016

 

Board of Governors:

Chair                             

Jackie Ashford Ray                           Vice Principal                                                             

                                                          Halifax West High School

                                                          283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS       B3S 1R1

Past Chair

Darrell LeBlanc                                 Coordinator of Human Resources                             

                                                          Strait Regional School Board

                                                          16 Cemetery Road, Port Hastings, NS         B9A 1K6

Western

Janice Foote                                     Principal                                                                     

                                                          Central Kings Rural High School

                                                          6125 Highway 1, Cambridge, NS                 B0P 1G0

Mark MacLeod                                  Coordinator of Programs P-12

                                                          South Shore Regional School Board

                                                          69 Wentzell Drive, Bridgewater, NS             B4V 0A2

Capital

Karen Hudson                                   Principal                                                                     

                                                          Auburn Drive High School

                                                          300 Auburn Drive, Cole Harbour, NS          B2W 6E9

Joe Morrison                                     Principal

                                                          Millwood High School

                                                          141 Millwood Drive, Sackville, NS                B4E 0A1

Northumberland

Joyce Millman                                   Vice Principal                                                             

                                                          Cobequid Educational Centre

                                                          34 Lorne Street, Truro, NS                           B2N 3K3

Vernon Taylor                                   Principal

                                                          River Hebert District High School

                                                          2843 Barronsfield Rd., River Hebert, NS      B0L 1G0

Highland

Janice Campbell                               Coordinator of Student Success and Special Projects

                                                          Strait Regional School Board

                                                          16 Cemetary Road, Port Hastings, NS         B9A 1K9

Stephen MacNeil                              Vice Principal

                                                          Glace Bay High School

                                                          201 Reserve St., Glace Bay, NS                 B1A 4W3

Dept. of Education and Early Childhood Development

Steve Machat                                    Director,

                                                          Education Innovation Programs and Services,

                                                          Personal Development and Wellness

                                                          Box 578, Halifax, NS                                     B3J 2S9

Members-at-Large

Robert Carreau                                 Vice Principal

                                                          Ecole acadienne de Truro

                                                          50 Aberdeen Street, Truro, NS                     B2N 5B6

Beth MacIsaac                                  Superintendent

                                                          Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board

                                                          275 George Street, Sydney, NS                      BIP IJ7                

Lamar Eason                                    Coordinator of RH

                                                          South Shore Regional School Board

                                                          69 Wentzell Drive, Bridgewater, NS            B4V 0A2

 

Ex-Officio

Aaron Nutting                                    Director Provincial Services

                                                          Communities, Sport and Recreation

                                                          Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

                                                          1894 Barrington Street, 14th Floor, Halifax, NS   B3J 2A8

 

Mike Rosson                                     Assistant Executive Director

                                                          Nova Scotia International Student Program

                                                          60 Lorne Street, Truro, NS                                                                                             B2N 3K3

 

Executive Director

Stephen Gallant

 

Coach Education Coordinator

Ron O’Flaherty

 

Administrative Assistant

Dianne Weston

 

 

REGIONAL DIRECTORS/DISTRICT COORDINATORS/

JUNIOR HIGH COORDINATORS

 

HIGHLAND REGION                                     

Regional Director                                            Aurel LeLievre                                  CB Highlands

Cape Breton/Victoria                                       Steve Ranni                                      Glace Bay High School

Inverness/Richmond County                           Scott Goyetche                                                                                   Richmond Education Center

Jr. High Coordinator                                        ?

                                                                       

NORTHUMBERLAND REGION

Regional Director                                            Scott Hudson                                    St. Mary’s Ed. Ctr. Academy

Assistant Regional Director                             Andy Doucette                                  River Hebert District High

Antigonish/Guysborough                                 Corey Hayne                                     East Antigonish Academy

Colchester/East Hants                                    Alyson Bremner                                Hants East Rural High    

Pictou County                                                  Adam White                                      Pictou Academy

Cumberland County                                        Phil Scott                                                                        Springhill Jr/Sr High

Jr. High Coordinator                                        Shane Pitts                                       New Glasgow Academy

 

CAPITAL REGION

Regional Director                                            Donna Duggan                                 Halifax West High

Halifax Regional Municipality                          Sue Beazley                                                                        Armbrae Academy

Jr. High Coordinator                                        Sean Hanlon                                                                        Georges P. Vanier Jr. High

 

WESTERN REGION                                                                                               

Regional Director                                            Dale Sanford                                                                        Northeast Kings Ed. Centre

Assistant Regional Director                             Adam Aldred                                                                        Barrington Municipal High

Annapolis/Digby                                              ?                                                       

Shelburne/Yarmouth                                       John Gallant                                                                         Yarmouth Cons. Memorial

                                                                                                                                  High School

Kings/West Hants                                           Paula MacMillan                                                                                 Northeast Kings Ed. Centre

Lunenburg/Queens                                         Devin Naugler                                   Forest Heights Community School

Jr. High Coordinator                                        Rick Card                                                                                            Yarmouth Central School

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

 

The NSSAF allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression. The purpose of this document is to designate a set of guidelines in which student-athletes are able to compete on a level playing field in a safe, competitive and friendly environment, free of discrimination. Fundamental fairness, as well as local, provincial and federal rules and regulations, require schools to provide intersex and transgender student-athletes with equal opportunities to participate in athletics. These guidelines create a framework in which this participation may occur in a safe and healthy manner that is fair to all competitors.

 

The NSSAF supports:

The Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students as developed by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

 

Guideline: The student can safely and fully participate in extracurricular activities in accordance with their gender identity.

All students, regardless of their gender identity or expression, should be able to participate in extracurricular activities, including competitive and recreation athletic/sport teams, in a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment. Transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right to participate in these activities in the ways that they are safe and comfortable and consistent with their gender identity.

 

Approach

Students participate in extracurricular activities, including competitive and recreation athletic/sport teams, in ways they are comfortable and according to their gender identity.

Proactively review student athletic policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive of transgender and gender nonconforming students.

 

A student’s self-identification is the sole measure of the student’s gender identity. Requiring a transgender or gender nonconforming student to participate in activities based on the student’s sex assigned at birth, status of medical transition or to ‘prove’ their gender identity (by requiring a doctor’s letter, identity documents, etc.) is not acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Areas of Awareness for Schools:

 

Have a plan in place.

Use correct names/pronouns- according to student’s self-identification.

Gender appropriate restroom accessibility and locker room accessibility. (All students shall have access to locker room facilities that correspond to their consistently asserted gender identity. In locker rooms that require undressing in front of others, student athletes who desire increased privacy for any reason (medical, religious, cultural, gender identity etc) shall be provided with accommodations that best meet their individual needs and privacy concerns. Based on availability and the nature of the privacy concerns expressed, such accommodations could include but are not limited to: - use of a private area such as a washroom, staffroom, nurses or gym office. - development of a separate or modified changing schedule.)

Overnight trips – Transgender and gender non-conforming rooms.

Educational training for teachers, counselors, coaches, administrator and students on transgender sensitivity in relation to student.

Manner of dress according to gender identity.

Access to resources and accurate information.

A link to the Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students as developed by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development can be found at http://www.ednet.ns.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLANNING FOR SUCCESSFUL PROVINCIAL FINALS

 

1.    Appoint a Tournament or Game Director – a responsible person with organizational ability (preferably not the Coach of the host team.)

2.    Get full information on team(s) involved in the final series or tournament from Regional Director, Executive Director, or from competing schools.

3.    Check NSSAF Handbook plus Rule Books on equipment, size of playing area, and general regulations. Consult Federation Official if some regulations cannot be followed.

4.    Check with visiting team(s) on billets. Be as helpful as possible in this crucial area.

5.    Publicity – Provide radio, television, and newspapers with such information as teams, coaches, outstanding players, previous winners, records. Inform media of schedule, progress and conclusion of tournament or series.

6.    Know your own facilities well: changing area, individual team rooms, officials’ area, seating for fans. Consider crowd control, price of admission, guest dignitaries, opening ceremony, security personnel, first aid.

7.    Keep detailed account of all expenses.

8.    Be absolutely certain that approved officials handle the games. District Coordinator, Regional Director or Executive Director may have to assist. Unbiased minor officials are important too - timekeepers, linesmen, scorers.

9.    Surround yourself with assistants and committees to look after publicity, reception, finances, entertainment, etc.

10. Be courteous – Greet visiting teams and officials. Have an itinerary prepared, if possible with programmes, maps, etc.

11.  Banquet or Reception - Assistance will be necessary from school or community if Director decides elaborate refreshments are necessary.

12. Awards – Have awards available, possibly displayed during series or tournament. Know who will present awards. (If possible, NSSAF official should do this. Otherwise, or assisting, have school officials, sponsors, sports figure or community official.)

13. Keep contact with team officials during a series or tournament by periodic meetings and conversation. Talk to team officials and to referees after contests and series finals for feedback purposes and for making recommendations to the Board of Governors. Be courteous to officials and all assistants; give them the credit they deserve.

14   At the conclusion of a tournament, clear up details. A final report on game results and financial details should be sent at once to the Executive Director. Complete the Tournament Director’s Report for any final series or tournament and submit to the NSSAF within one week of the conclusion of the championship.

15.  At the beginning of the event, welcome the participants and reiterate the eligibility requirements in the event that some schools are not fully aware of them.

16.  Be prepared in case of:

       a)    team withdrawal

       b)    injury

       c)    power failure

       d)    tie games or tie in Round Robin play

       e)    protests

       f )    expected officials not showing up

       g)    equipment failure

17.  Sponsorship exposure is limited to the official sponsors of the NSSAF. No other sponsors are to be promoted by the host school.