CONSTITUTION By-Laws ARTICLE I POWERS AND DUTIES
OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS
Sec. A Admit to membership in the league any school eligible under
this Constitution provided two-thirds of the membership approve.
Sec. B Amend this Constitution and its By-laws for the government of
the league and of itself.
Sec. C Fix and enforce penalties for any violation of the Constitution,
by-laws and other rules of the league.
Sec. D Determine what forms of athletic activities shall be conducted
by the league.
Sec. E Instruct the Commissioner concerning his duties
Sec. F Investigate the eligibility of any league athlete under question
and render decisions concerning such protests.
Sec. G Collect and disburse the funds of the league.
Sec. H Institute, locate, conduct and manage all championships meets
and tournaments of the league.
Sec. I Approve all athletic schedules of the league.
Sec. J Levy assessments by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Managers.
Sec. K Approve all awards and honors made by or in the name of the
Sec. L Decide on all protests relating to athletic matters which may
arise in connection with league athletic contests unless other wise provided
for in this Constitution.
Sec. M Exercise, or provide for the exercise of, all functions of the
league not elsewhere provided for in this Constitution and its By-laws.
ARTICLE II POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
Sec. A Preside at all meetings, appoint committees and perform such
other duties usually required of a presiding officer and vote on all
motions and By-laws.
Sec. B Appoint a certified public accountant to make the tri-annual
audit of the league’s financial accounts.
ARTICLE III POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT
Sec. A Assume the powers and duties of the President in the absence
of the President.
ARTICLE IV POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER
Sec. A Keep a complete record of all business transacted at each meeting
of the Board of Managers and Executive Committee; carry on all official
correspondence and perform such similar duties as usually evolve on such
a position. Sec. B Insure that all necessary preparations are made for league tournaments
and meets, these to include fees and necessary expense.
Sec. C Insure that all league schedules for the following year are
drawn up and presented for approval by the Board of Managers no later
than the May meeting.
Sec. D Attend the league’s CIF Section meetings.
Sec. E Act in liaison capacity between the league schools and the various sports officials associations. The Commissioner may provide a list of certified officials associations to the Board of Managers and league schools.
Sec. F Take charge of all league moneys, deposit same in a bank or
depository approved by the Board of Managers and pay all bills against
the finances of the league.
Sec. G Keep member schools informed of current information pertinent
to the league athletic program.
Sec. H Carry out such other duties as directed by the Board of Managers. Sec. I Cancel games in an emergency.
ARTICLE V DUTIES OF PRINCIPALS
Sec. A Attend all Board of Managers’ meetings. In the event of
the absence of the principal, a voting alternative administrator may
represent the school.
Sec. B Be cognizant of league and CIF information communicated to him/her.
Insure that such information is made known to pertinent members of each
school staff and be responsible for the enforcement of league and CIF
regulations as they affect each school.
Sec. C Insure that league athletic schedules, as they affect each school,
are carried out and any changes in such schedules are by his/her approval.
Sec. D Do all that is reasonable to insure that standards of sportsmanship
are maintained by his/her school staff and students.
ARTICLE VI FINANCES
Sec. A The Board of Managers shall be responsible for determining how
the league shall finance its operation. It shall authorize assessments
and collect and disburse funds.
Sec. B A proposed budget prepared by the Commissioner for the ensuing
year shall be considered by the Board of Managers at its May meeting
for approval by them.
Sec. C When assessments are levied against member schools on the basis
of enrollment, the date of October 1 of the current school year shall
be used as the date for determining enrollment.
ARTICLE VII ATHLETIC CONTEST OFFICIALS
Sec. A The Commissioner shall act in a liaison capacity for the league schools and their selected officials associations. Matters of mutual concern to the league
and the officials’ associations may be presented to the Board of Managers and the Commissioner. Contest officials must be CIF/CCS certified.
Sec. B The approved schedule for official’s fees, in each sport,
shall be published by the Commissioner and distributed to each member
school at the start of the school year prior to the first athletic contest
of the year.
Sec. C Official’s fees must be paid by the home school except
when otherwise directed by the Commissioner.
Sec. D An official on the staff of the league school is not to be assigned
to officiate any athletic contest in which that school is a participant.
This rule does not apply for athletic contest for which the official’s
associations or the Commissioner do not assign officials.
ARTICLE VIII ELIGIBILITY OF ATHLETES
Sec. A In order to be eligible to compete in athletics in the league
an athlete must be eligible in all respects according to CIF regulations.
Sec. B It is the responsibility of the Principal or their designee
to verify the eligibility of their school athletes.
Sec. C Once a season has begun, to be defined as 9:00 A.M. on the first
day allowed for practice, no transfer of eligibility shall be signed
by a principal unless (1) the school a student wishes to transfer from
offers no team in a sport, or (2) the student prior to the beginning
of a season, has completed all paperwork requesting an open enrollment
of an intradistrict or interdistrict transfer.
Sec. D An exceptional Varsity athlete in an individual sport may be
allowed to increase his/her number of competitions during a regular season
with the approval of the league president and the league commissioner.
ARTICLE IX CODE OF SPORTSMANSHIP
Sec. A The Board of Managers may develop and distribute to member school,
a Code of Sportsmanship. It shall encourage in all member schools a continuing
program for the teaching of sportsmanship to all their students and their
- We shall treat the teams and spectators of visiting schools as our
- We shall avoid rowdyism, profanity or uncouth actions of any nature.
- We shall respect our school campus and those of other schools, and
avoid any action which is in any way destructive to them.
- We shall respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and
avoid derisive action or words toward them.
- We shall enthusiastically support our cheerleaders and respect the
cheerleaders of our opponents.
- We shall respect skillful and courageous performance by all participants
in the athletic contest and at all times refrain from unsportsmanlike
remarks to or about visiting team members and spectators.
- Necessary comments or discussions with a game official shall be
made by the head coach only, and he or she shall be the only coach who
approaches the officials.
ARTICLE X PROTESTS
Sec. A A protest of the eligibility of any athlete shall be made in
writing by a member principal to the Commissioner and the President of
the League, setting forth in detail the points protested. The principal of the school in which the protested athlete is enrolled
must submit to the Board of Managers through the Commissioner, a certified
statement of the athlete’s eligibility. If such proof is not produced
within seven days the athlete shall be (suspended) declared ineligible
and all contests in which he/she was a participant shall be forfeited.
Sec. B Protests relating to game or contest officials and their work
or actions shall be in writing to the Commissioner and to the President
and shall be postmarked within two school days after the game or contest.
The protest must be made by the principal of the school concerned. The
Commissioner will study the facts of the case and recommend appropriate
action concerning the protest to the Board of Managers for final decision.
No contest may be protested unless the official rule book for that sport
has provisions for protest.
Sec. C A protest concerning students and staff of league member schools
in relation to the athletic programs shall only be made by the principal,
or principal designee of the school concerned. The protest setting forth
the details of the case will be submitted in writing to the Commissioner
and President with a copy to the principal of the other school involved.
The Board of Managers will consider the problem and determine an appropriate
course of action.
Sec. D Recommendations, decisions and actions by the Board of Managers
in matter of protest shall be final (unless and appeal is made by the
principal of the school involved in the protest to the Board of Managers).
ARTICLE XI CONDUCT OF ATHLETES
Sec. A Gross violations of the principles of sportsmanship by athletes
will be called to the attention of the principal of the athlete’s
school. The principal is charged with the responsibility for taking appropriate
steps for remediation.
Sec. BA player who is disqualified by an official shall not participate anymore in that game or contest or in the next game or contest that his or her team plays, including a post season game. A second disqualification will result in the player being dropped from the sport for the balance of the season and from any all-league awards. When a player is ejected he or she must remain under the supervision of the coach. During the next game under suspension, the player may not be in uniform or sit on the team bench. Suspended players may not attend games as a spectator, except when the coach is required to provide supervision in the absence of a parent.
Sec. CIf a coach is ejected from a contest (league/non-league, pre or post season) he or she must sit out the remainder of that contest and the next contest in which his or her team participates. The coach has one minute to leave the playing site of said contest. The coach must be out of sight of game officials/ umpires/players and other team persons. If a head coach is ejected and there is no certified or certificated person to take his or her place the game will beforfeited.
Sec. D Player ejection appeal process
ARTICLE XIICONDUCT OF COACHES
- Appeal must be in writing from the principal of the team on which
the ejected player is a member.
- The appeal must be made within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion
of the contest.
- The appeal must be submitted to the Commissioner.
- The Commissioner will convene a panel that will consist of three
(3) administrators (excluding the schools involved) to hear the appeal.
- After hearing all of the testimony from all involved and reviewing
any material brought forward, the panel will render its decision. Video
may only be used to exonerate a player.
- If the Commissioner is not available, the league president or his designee
will convene the appeals panel.
- The determination of the panel will be final.
Sec. A If a coach is ejected from a contest (league/non-league, pre
or post season) he/she must sit out the remainder of that contest and
the next contest in which his/her team participates. The coach or player
has one minute to leave the playing site or said contest. This person
must be out of sight of game officials/umpires/players or other team
persons. If a head coach is ejected and there is no certified or certificated
person to take his/her place, the game will be forfeited. Sec. B If a coach is ejected from a previous contest and, not following
the SCCAL By-laws, participates in the next contest anyway, that contest
will be forfeited and the coach must sit out the next contest.
Sec. C Appeal process
- The appeal must be in writing to the principal of the coaches school.
- The appeal must be made within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion
of the contest.
- The appeal must be submitted to the commissioner.
- The commissioner after reviewing the appeal, if necessary, will convene
a panel that will consist of three (3) administrators (excluding the school
involved) to hear the appeal.
- After hearing all of the testimony from all involved and reviewing any material
brought forward, the panel will render its decision. Video may only be used
to exonerate a coach.
- If the commissioner is not available the league president or his designee
will convene the appeals panel.
- The determination of the panel will be final.
ARTICLE XIII AWARDS AND
Sec. A A suitable program and system for awards and honors for teams
and individual athletes shall be developed and controlled and annually
reviewed by the Board of Managers.
Sec. B Suitable awards shall be presented to schools winning league championships
or co-championships, and to individuals with a medal for first through fourth
place in varsity competition, and ribbons for other places.
- Team awards: Varsity - Pennants, Frosh, F/S, JV - Certificates
- Individual awards:
- Cross Country: Individual for 1st -6th places. Varsity: medals 1st-
4th, ribbons for 5th, 6th. F/S 12 ribbons
- Girls and Boys Tennis: Individual for 1st singles, 2nd singles, 1st doubles
2nd doubles. Varsity 6 medals. F/S 12 ribbons.
- Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving: Individual for 1st - 6th in 8 singles
races and 3 relays. Varsity 84 medals, 62 ribbons. F/S 126 ribbons
- Wrestling: Individual Varsity, JV and novice for 1st - 4th place in 14 weight
classes. Varsity 56 medals. F/S 56 ribbons. Novice 56 ribbons.
- Boys and Girls Track and Field: Individual for 1st - 6th in 14 single events
and 2 relays. Varsity 17 medals, 95 ribbons. F/S 102 ribbons.
- Golf: Individual for 1st - 6th . Varsity: 4 medal 2 ribbons. F/S: 6 ribbons
- (Cross Country and Track Awards are donated by Wharf to Wharf)
Sec. C Individual championship and all-league certificates will be
issued for varsity teams in football, volleyball, water-polo, basketball,
soccer, baseball, softball and golf.
Sec. D League championships will be awarded to the team having the
bests standing in dual competition in all sports except those whose By-laws
provide for other means of deciding team championships.
Sec. E In the determination of league standings, a win equals two (2)
points and a tie equals (1) point except in baseball where the rules
call for replaying the game is case of a tie.
Sec. F Where regular play results in a tie for the championship there
will be no playoff and an award will be given to each team which tied.
Playoffs, when necessary will be played to determine the league representatives
for a league approved post-season tournament.
ARTICLE XIV SCHOOL COLORS
Official colors for shirts and jerseys of league school teams shall
be one or a combination of colors as follows:
- APTOS: Midnight blue and silver (Mascot: Mariners)
- HARBOR: Forest green and yellow gold (Mascot: Pirates)
- SAN LORENZO VALLEY: Red, black and white (Mascot: Cougars)
SANTA CRUZ: Red and white (Mascot: Cardinals)
- SCOTTS VALLEY: Maroon and Vegas gold (Mascot: Falcons)
- SOQUEL: Blue, gold and white (Mascot: Knights)
- ST. FRANCIS: Burgundy and Gray (Mascot: Sharks)
- Mt.MADONNA: Black and white (Mascot: Hawks)
ARTICLE XV STUDENT ADMISSION
Sec. A Student admission rates shall be granted to visiting students
of member schools. Such students must prove their status in a manner
agreeable to the host school.
Sec. B Cheerleaders, song leaders, majorettes and band members of a
visiting school, when in uniform, shall be admitted free.
ARTICLE XVI PASSES
Sec. A League passes shall be issued annually to each member school
by the Commissioner. These passes are good for admission to any league
contest, for administrators and coaches only.
Sec. B League passes permit the bearer and one guest to be admitted
on one pass. The Southern Conference pass is “non-transferable” from
signed bearer and the name of the bearer shall be typed in by the issuing
Sec. C The Commissioner shall issue league passes to representatives
of news gathering agencies.
Sec. D The “staff” passes will be in the possession of
the distributed by the school’s athletic director. The term “staff” is
meant to include certificated and classified personnel working with that
high school and one guest. Staff passes are only good for all home and
away games for competing schools.
Sec. E Officials will be admitted to any SCCAL contest in the sport
in which they officiate upon presentation of a proper and valid “officials” pass.
Sec. F Lifetime passes are to be honored the same as Southern Conference
Sec. G CCS passes are to be honored the same as Southern Conference
ARTICLE XVII CONTESTS CANCELLATIONS
Sec. A When weather conditions or other situations warrant the cancellation
or postponement of an athletic contest, the principal of the host school
or his representative shall be responsible for informing contest officials
and the Commissioner.
Sec. B The principal, or his representative, of the school requesting
the cancellation or postponement shall communicate with all schools involved
as soon as possible. Should officials arrive to work a contest, having
not been informed, the host school is obligated to pay them half fees.
Any arrangement for re-scheduling postponed contest must be by agreement
of the principals involved.
ARTICLE XVIII ROOTING SECTIONS
AND GAME ADMINISTRATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Sec. A The host school administrators will be responsible for security
and supervision at the home site. This will also include the designation
of the visiting school seating and rooting section area. The visiting
school administrators will be responsible for their student body and
fans in this area.
Sec. B For all football, basketball and other selected sports teams,
the visiting team plus its rooters shall always be accompanied by an
administrator or faculty representative. Upon his or her arrival the
following procedure should take place.
- 1. During all SCCAL football games the home team administrator will
meet with the visiting team administrator fifteen minutes before kickoff
at the visitors’ bench. The referee at said contest should also
be made aware of the administrators in attendance and their whereabouts
during the contest.
- During all SCCAL basketball games the home team administrator will
meet with the visiting team administrator fifteen minutes before tip-off
at the scorers table. The referee at said contest should also be made
aware of the administrator in attendance and their whereabouts during
- At all other selected sporting contest the same procedure should
be followed. A similar plan of supervision at league tournaments and
meets shall be implemented with school resource personnel.
Sec. C In all game situations where supervision by administrators is
necessary the visiting schools should secure a league schedule and either
by phone, mail, fax or email. let the home team know who your attending
administrator will be previous to the contests.
Sec. D Mechanical noise-makers, painted faces, thunder sticks or megaphones
are not allowed at any athletic contest at any league school.
Sec. E A visiting band of not more than 16 pieces are allowed at basketball
games by permission of the host school.
ARTICLE XIX MEDICAL CARE
The coach of the visiting team must have in his possession, for each
member of his squad, a league approved medical care permit for emergency
medical care. This must be signed by the appropriate parent or guardian.
ARTICLE XX OFFICIAL RULES
Sec. A The National Federation Rule book for football, swimming, diving,
volleyball, basketball, wrestling, soccer, baseball, softball, water
polo and track shall be the official rule books for these sports.
Sec. B In those sports for which no official rule books are designated
in this article, the Commissioner shall inform member schools as to the
source for authoritative rules.
ARTICLE XXI SPORTS REPRESENTATIVES
Sec. A Coaches of each sport will select one of their group to serve
as assistant representatives for a two year term. Sec. B The athletic director of the school, to which the assistant
representative in paragraph one (1) above, is attached will serve as
representative for that particular sport.
Sec. C All communication for a particular sport will be directed to
the representative who, in turn, will forward the communication to his
Sec. D Duties:
- 1. Represent the coaches of his/her sport in league and section action
and see that pertinent information is communicated to these coaches.
- Attend (or designate and alternate) all meetings called by the CCS
chairman for this sport.
- Prepare league schedules on a one year basis and present these schedules
to the Board of Managers (via the Commissioner) at least one month before
the Board’s May meeting.
- Regularly review the By-laws for his/her sport.
ARTICLE XXII BY-LAW FORMAT ARTICLE ( ) (NAME OF SPORT)
Sec. A Season
Sec. B Teams (by priority, start of games and length of periods
Sec. C Contests, scrimmages and tournaments
Sec. D Eligibility and movement of players
Sec. E Championships and Individual Champions
Sec. F Officials
Sec. G Equipment and facilities
Sec. H Order of events and Methods of scoring
Sec. I Weight divisions, Entries per division and Weigh-in times
Sec. K Medical Attention
Sec. L Movies
Sec. M Miscellaneous
ARTICLE XXIII RECRUITING
No athletic recruiting is allowed. No letters may be mailed for athletic
recruiting. Financial aid is to be given for need only. There can be
no transfer or enrollment out of attendance areas for athletic reason
ARTICLE XXIV SCHEDULING
Sec. A All schedule changes must be approved in writing by both principals,
seven calendar days in advance of the proposed change. Acts of God (rain)
Sec. B Game time of SCCAL member schools shall be regulated by the
following statement and consideration.
- Game times of all athletic events shall be decided by the home school.
- The least amount of the visiting school’s schedule class time
interrupted shall be the prime consideration in game contract. .
Sec. C No athletic event may be scheduled during the final two weeks
of the school year without the approval of the Board of Managers.
Sec. D Any competition involving opponents not on the school team concerned
will be considered a “contest” as applied by the By-laws.
Sec. E Any school playing more contests than allowed by the Constitution
will reduce the number of contests for the next year at a ratio of two
for one, i.e. if a school plays two games over the maximum, that school
could schedule a maximum of four games less than allowed by the Constitution
for the next season.
ARTICLE XXV SCRIMMAGES
Sec. A Any competition or scrimmage not involving players of the same
school will be considered a game.
Sec. B A team qualifying for the CCS playoffs may schedule a scrimmage
or a game provided they do not exceed the approved game limitations before
the first CCS playoff contest.
ARTICLE XXVI PRACTICE SESSIONS
Sec. A Teams and individuals shall be limited to one practice session
on any day that school is in session.
Sec. B Teams may not practice on Sundays.