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Madison Area Independent Sports League

UPDATED - January 30, 2018


MAISL Bylaws
(Approved December 4, 2017 )

Click on link for copy of MAISL Bylaws:  
https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/3885/MAISL BYLAWS 12-04-2017 (1).pdf 





Policy and Regulation

Article I - General Guidelines

A. All athletic contests are to be played under WIAA guidelines and the National Rule and Case books. MAISL variations and/or exceptions to these rules will be given to each school and coach at the coach’s meeting prior to the start of each sport season.

B. Player Eligibility
   1) Grades - Grade policies are at the discretion of each school but it is the understanding of the
        MAISL Executive Board that minimum grade standards will be maintained by each participating
   2) Disciplinary Procedures - No student under school disciplinary procedures shall be allowed to
        participate in MAISL activities without the written approval of the school principal and/or parish
   3) A player may move up or down on a roster only once without MAISL Board approval. A student
        may not play down a grade level, example: an 8th grade student can not play on the 7th         
        grade team, a 7th grade student placed on the 8th grade team due to demographics may play
        one (1) game with the 7th grade team without Board approval.
   4) No student may participate in two (2) teams of the same grade level if a school/parish has more
        than one (1) team entered in a MAISL league
   5) The MAISL Board is to vote on any exceptions or rule on any irregularities.

C. A minimum of two (2) weeks must separate the end of a sport season before the start of practice for the next sport season. Start and completion dates will be set by the Commissioners with the approval of the MAISL Executive Board.  Two week dark period between sports may be adjusted with prior approval of MAISL Executive Board.

D. Diocesan guidelines are minimum standards to be followed by all participants in MAISL activities, i.e. member schools & parishes, MAISL Board, Commissioners, officials etc.

Article II - Touch Football, Volleyball and Softball

A. The season is to consist of one (1) round, with a post season tournament after the regular season. Additional rounds may be played if determined prior to the start of the sport  season and with the approval of the MAISL Board.
   1) Football & Softball may not have a league sponsored tournament. This TBD each year

B. The champion will be determined by the best win-loss record and there will be no play-offs in the event of ties.

Article III - Basketball

A. The number of games will be in accordance with Diocesan guidelines (16). "A team is allowed four activities per week including games, practices, and scrimmages of which no more than two (2) may be practices". A week is defined as a calendar (Sunday - Saturday) week.

B. Tournaments - A team may participate in no more than three (3) tournaments during the MAISL season. This rule no longer includes the season ending league tournament, it is three (3) independent events

C. All teams may participate in non-conference games but must fulfill their weekly league obligations first. League games or tournament activities will not be rescheduled for a team to participate in contests outside of the MAISL leagues. Non-conference games count as an activity as outlined in Article III-A.

D. Champions will be determined by the best win-loss record. In the event of ties, co-champions will be named.

E. No team with a lead of fifteen (15) or more points may press. A bench technical will be assessed after one (1) warning if this rule is not followed.

F. Rough play, foul language and abuse of the officials will not be tolerated. A player and/or coach ejected for a second time during a sport season will be under review by the MAISL Board for expulsion from the league for the balance of the season.

Article IV - Penalties for Rule Violation

Player, Coach, Team and/or School/Parish violations will be handled on a case by case basis. They will be forwarded to the Rules and/or Grievance Committees prior to review by the MAISL Board as a whole. Listed below is the approved guidelines relating to rules violations of MAISL and/or WIAA rules.

A. 1st Violation - Verbal warning and/or written reprimand

B. 2nd Violation - Forfeiture of contest in question and possible suspension of individuals involved. Suspended from play in post-season tournament for that sport season.

C. 3rd Violation - Possible forfeiture of entire sport season, reprimand to school with possible suspension of all school teams for that sport season.

D. Flagrant rules violations may necessitate immediate suspensions and require the circumvention of initial penalties.

E. Disciplinary procedures may vary based upon type of violation and severity of  violation.

F. A team/squad that forfeits two (2) or more games/matches during the course of the season may be removed from participation in the "League" end of season tournament.  That team may also be assessed at fine of $250.00 for failure to participate in that event.

Article V - Awards

Trophies for the Boy’s and Girl’s champions are to be of equal size and cost.

MAISL Awards Policy:
   League Champion - Permanent trophy awarded to parish/school
   Tournament Champion - Traveling Plaque to be awarded at completion of tournament play.

Tourney Individual Awards:
5th & 6th Grade Leagues (Volleyball & Basketball)
   1st Place - Blue Ribbon or medal
   2nd Place - Red Ribbon or medal
   3rd Place or Consolation Champion - White Ribbon or medal
   4th Place or 2nd Place Consolation - Green Ribbon or medal

7th & 8th Grade Leagues (Football, Volleyball & Basketball)
   1st Place - Gold Medal w/Blue Ribbon
   2nd Place - Silver Medal w/Red Ribbon  
   3rd Place or Consolation Champion - Bronze Medal w/White Ribbon
   4th Place or 2nd Place Consolation - Bronze Medal w/Green Ribbon


Additional appropriate policy and regulation to be added to this document.
This to be used as a companion instrument to the MAISL Bylaws.

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Policy for the Diocese of Madison

Your School and/or Parish Office will have copies of the Diocese of Madison Policy Handbook available for your review. You can also view a copy online by following the instructions below.

Excerpts from the Diocese of Madison Policy Handbook as they relate to co-curricular activities: DBA 6420 – DBA 6430 & DBA 6450

These policies are shown on the Documents Page for your review and use, feel free to download and print off copies for your use (posted March 19, 2013)