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  CGMSAL Constitution  
 

Tuesday, August 10
CGMSAL Constitution Updated: 8/10/10

 

                       Central Georgia Middle School Athletic League  Constitution and By-Laws  Revised August 10, 2010              

             I.      Membership

A.    The league will consist of 15 schools.

B.     The league will sanction the following sports: football, girls softball, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, baseball, girls and boys track.

C.     Each member school must be represented at each league meeting.

D.    Admission to the league requires approval by an 80% majority vote by the league members.

E.     Each new school seeking admission to the league must field a football team and boys and girls basketball teams that will participate in the league.

F.      Any school wishing to withdraw from the league must have an affidavit signed by the school principal to the league secretary no later than April 1.

G.    League dues are $175 per year and payable to the league secretary by September 1.  There will be a $50 fine for late dues.  If dues are not paid the school will forfeit all games until the dues and late fees are paid in full.

          II.      Officers

A.    The league will have a president and secretary.  The president will preside over meetings and work with the secretary on business for the league.  The secretary will conduct all league business and serve as league treasurer.  The league secretary will receive a supplement of $1000 per year.

B.     The president and secretary will be elected at the spring meeting of each year and take office at the end of the meeting.

C.     The secretary will plan the agenda and keep the minutes of each meeting.

       III.      Rules and Procedures

A.    The league will have three regular meetings each year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.  Date, time, and location of the meetings will be voted on by the league.

B.     Each member school must have a representative at each meeting.  Each school will get one vote.  There will be a $25 fine for each school that does not attend a regular scheduled meeting.

C.     In the event that a school can not attend a meeting, they may vote on a specific issue by sending a proxy to the league secretary prior to the meeting.

D.    The league secretary may call for special meetings during the year.

       IV.      Sanctions and Appeals

A.    Rule Infractions

1.      The GHSA rules will be adhered to regarding unsportsmanlike conduct for coaches and players.  The school or schools affected must police themselves.  If a player or coach is ejected, his or her name should be reported to the league secretary the next day.

2.      Misconduct on school property that would threaten the safety and well-being of a visiting school could result in forfeiture of a contest pending a protest hearing.  The school administration should see that adequate supervision is present at each and every game (administrator, teachers, coaches, law enforcement personnel, etc.).  Schools must have a safety and supervision plan for each and every sport.  The plan should include administrators, teachers, coaches, and security that will be provided.  Immediate access to 911 emergency services should also be included.  Schools should make an attempt to provide separate seating for home and visiting spectators.  Should a problem arise, the host school is responsible for the discipline of those involved (pressing charges, suspension, etc.).

B.     Appeals and Protests

1.      A school may file a protest with the league secretary.  The protest must be in writing, signed by the principal, and submitted within two working days of the incident.  A copy must be sent to all school principal involved in the protest.  Each school involved in the protest will be allowed to submit a rebuttal within two working days.  The league secretary will form a protest committee made up of three league coaches who will hear both sides of the protest and render a decision.

2.      A school may file an appeal with the league secretary.  The appeals committee will consist of three league coaches appointed by the league secretary who have no connection with the schools involved.  If a school is appealing a decision made rendered on a protest, the appeal committee must not be the same coaches as the protest committee.  If the appeal is granted, the appeal committee will decide how to rectify the situation.  All parties involved must abide by the decision of the committee.

          V.      Changes of the Constitution and By-Laws

A.    In order to change the constitution and by-laws there must be two readings of the proposal.  A vote can take place immediately following the second reading.  The proposal must carry a majority vote (51%) from the members attending the meeting to pass.  Each school may only cast one vote.

       VI.      Player eligibility

A.    A player is ineligible if he or she has attained his or her fifteenth birthday prior to April 1 prior to the year of eligibility.  A school principal may question the league secretary regarding eligibility of another school.  The word of a school’s principal will be accepted in all matters of eligibility.  One school cannot legally look at another school’s records.

B.     Each participant must pass 70 percent of subjects that carry credit toward grade promotion.  This will be for the semester that precedes the sport.  The participant must be enrolled in the school of participation and be taking a full course load during the semester of participation.  The minimum passing score in each course it 70.

C.     Each school is to send an eligibility list to the league secretary two weeks prior to the first contest.  Failure to comply will result in a warning by phone.  If the eligibility is not received within 48 hours of the phone call a $25 fine will be imposed.  A forfeit will be declared for each game played without the eligibility form on file with the league secretary.

D.    Eighth grade students are eligible to participate at the junior varsity level at their local high school.  However, if they participate at the junior varsity level, they may not participate in that same sport at the middle school level during the same season.  Eighth grade students may participate at the middle school or junior varsity level, but they may not participate in both during the same season. 

1.      The exception to this rule is that a player who participated on the middle school level may join the junior varsity team after the conclusion of the middle school season.

2.      Middle school teams found to have students participating in both middle school and junior varsity competition during the same season may be subject to forfeiture of games in which those students participated. 

    VII.      Schedules

A.    Member schools must play a region schedule in football and basketball.  This implies a home and home schedule for each two year period.

B.     No schedules are to be made prior to the spring meeting.

C.     Schedule changes should be reported to the league secretary prior to the first contest.

D.    Regular season game limits:

1.      Football- 6

2.      Softball- 12

3.      Basketball- 15

4.      Baseball- 16

5.      Track- 6

6.      These games do not include pre-season and post-season tournaments as provided for in the CGMASL.

E.     Member schools must contract with an officials association certified by the GHSA.

F.      Member schools will request of the officials association not to assign officials who reside in the county of the home team.

 VIII.      Rules and Procedures

A.    Baseball

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first game.

2.      A minimum of two certified umpires will officiate each game.

3.      GHSA and state standards will govern any rules not set forth by CGMSAL.

4.      If a team does not show up for a scheduled game without 24 hours notice, they will be responsible for the cost of the umpires.

5.      A single elimination tournament will be played at the end of the regular season including the top four teams.

6.      Admission prices will not exceed $5 for both regular season and tournament games.

7.       Trophies will be awarded to the regular season winner, the tournament winner, and the tournament runner-up.

8.      Extra innings will be played to break a tie.  If the curfew stops the game, revert back to previous innings to determine the winner. 

9.      Baseball will use National Federation Rules.

10.  The only exception to NFR rules will be the use of a (-5) length to weight ratio bat.

B.     Basketball

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first game.

2.      A minimum of two certified referees will officiate each game.

3.      GHSA and state standards will govern any rules not set forth by CGMSAL.

4.      If a team does not show up for a scheduled game without 24 hours notice, they will be responsible for the cost of the officials.

5.      All officials must sign the score book.

6.      If the officials arrive late to the game, both coaches can agree to lengthen warm-up time, shorten half-time, or shorten quarters before the game begins.

7.      Games should begin at 5:00 unless agreed upon by both coaches.

8.      Playing time- 10 minute warm-up, 6 minute quarters, and 6 minute half-time.

9.      The home team will wear light colored jerseys and the visiting team will wear dark colored jerseys unless an agreement is made prior to the game.

10.  Girls’ teams will use a smaller size ball approved by GHSA.

11.  A tournament will be held at the end of regular season play to include the top four teams from each region for a total of 8 teams.

12.  Trophies will be awarded to each regular season winner, tournament winner, and tournament runner up.

13.  Admission prices will not exceed $5 for both regular season and tournament games.

14.  The host school will pay all game costs and retain all profits from gate and concessions.

15.  If a school does not show up for a game without prior notice, that school must pay the host school $250. 

16.  If both schools agree not to play a game, both schools will take a loss.

C.     Football

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first game.

2.      A minimum of three certified referees will officiate each regular season game.  A minimum of four certified referees will officiate each playoff game.

3.      Games will be played on Wednesday or Thursday unless agreed upon by both coaches.

4.      GHSA and state standards will govern any rules not set forth by CGMSAL.

5.      If a team does not show up for a scheduled game without 24 hours notice, they will be responsible for the cost of the officials.

6.      All officials must sign the score book.

7.      If the officials arrive late to the game, both coaches can agree to lengthen warm-up time, shorten half-time, or shorten quarters before the game begins.

8.      Games should begin at 5:00 unless agreed upon by both coaches.

9.      Playing time- 8 minute quarters will a 10 minute half-time

10.  Each team will use a middle school size football.

11.  In the event of a tie, the ball will be placed on the 10 yard line and each team will have 4 downs to score.  A coin toss will determine which team will have first possession and which end zone will be used.  The game will end in a tie if the curfew is reached and no winner has been determined. 

12.  The home team will wear dark colored jerseys and the visiting team will wear light colored jerseys unless an agreement is made prior to the game.

13.  A tournament will be held at the end of regular season play to include the top four teams from each region for a total of 8 teams.

14.  Trophies will be awarded to each regular season winner, tournament winner, and tournament runner up.

15.  Admission prices will not exceed $5 for both regular season and tournament games.

16.  The host school will pay all game costs and retain all profits from gate and concessions.

17.  If a school does not show up for a game without prior notice, that school must pay the host school $250. 

18.  If both schools agree not to play a game, both schools will take a loss.

D.    Softball

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first game.

2.      A minimum of two certified umpires will officiate each game.

3.      Games will begin at 5:00 unless agree upon by both schools.

4.      GHSA and state standards will govern any rules not set forth by CGMSAL.

5.      If a team does not show up for a scheduled game without 24 hours notice, they will be responsible for the cost of the umpires.

6.      A single elimination tournament will be played at the end of the regular season including the top four teams from each region.

7.      Admission prices will not exceed $5 for both regular season and tournament games.

8.       Trophies will be awarded to the regular season winners, the tournament winner, and the tournament runner-up.

9.      Extra innings will be played to break a tie.  If the curfew stops the game, revert back to previous innings to determine the winner. 

10.  Softball will use National Federation Rules.

11.  The only exception to NFR rules will be the use of a (-5) length to weight ratio bat.

E.     Track and Field

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first meet.

2.      Meets should begin at 4:30 unless agreed upon by all coaches prior to the meet.

3.      All coaches from each school should be prepared to assist in timing and judging of events.

4.      Team uniforms should be of the same color with matching shorts and shirts.

5.      A region meet will be held at a location determined before the season starts.

6.      Trophies will be awarded to first and second place teams at the region meet.  Medals will be awarded for first and second place in each event.

7.      Hurdles will be 110 meters at a height of 33 inches.

8.      A 4K discuss will be used for boys and girls.

9.      National Federation Rules will be followed for track and field.

F.      Wrestling

1.      Eligibility lists are due two weeks prior to the first match.

2.      Meets will begin at 5:00 unless agreed upon by all coaches prior to the match.

3.      A minimum of one certified official must be used.

4.      GHSA and state standards will govern any rules not set forth by CGMSAL.

5.      Weight classes will be as follows: 83, 93, 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 200, 215, 285

6.      Weigh-ins must be done the morning of the meet.  Coaches must keep a log of all weigh-ins.

7.      Tournament seeding will be determined by region team record.

8.      The GHSA wrestling bracket will be followed for the tournament.

9.      Trophies will be awarded to first and second place teams at the region match.  Medals will be awarded for first and second place in each weight class.

G.    Rules Governing all Sports

1.      For a new sport to be sanctioned by CGMSAL, there must be four or more school participating and receive a majority vote by the league schools.

2.      Ties in the standings will be determined by the following tie-breakers:

1)      head to head record

2)      fewest points/runs allowed head to head

3)      fewest points/runs allowed per season

4)      coin flip

3.      Officials for playoff games should be from neutral associations if possible.  If a neutral association is not possible, the officials must have no ties whatsoever to any team in the tournament.  (Ex. Works in the system, has a spouse or child in the system, graduated from the system, etc.)  If this does occur, a protest may be filed and the game may have to be replayed if it is found that an official has ties to a particular school.

4.      Cheerleaders in uniform should be allowed into games at no charge.

5.      Game results must be reported to the league secretary the day after the contest by phone, fax, or email.

6.      CGMSAL league passes will be issued for coaches and administrators to include the cardholder and one guest.  Each school should honor the passes.

7.      The higher seeded team will host each playoff game.  In the event that two teams have the same seeding, the east team will host in even years and the west team will host in odd years.

8.      Georgia State Standards and Georgia High School Association standards will be followed in cases that are not addressed in this constitution.

9.      There is no curfew set by CGMSAL.

       IX.      Region Alignments

A.    Football and Basketball

1.      East Region

1)      Byron

2)      Clifton Ridge

3)      Crawford County

4)      Gray Station

5)      Henderson

6)      Lamar County

7)      Monroe County

2.      West Region

1)      Carver Road

2)      Cowan Road

3)      Greenville

4)      Kennedy Road

5)      Manchester

6)      Pike County

7)      Rehoboth Road

8)      Upson-Lee

B.     Softball

1.      East Region

1)      Byron

2)      Clifton Ridge

3)      Crawford County

4)      Gray Station

5)      Henderson

6)      Lamar County

7)      Monroe County

2.      West Region

1)      Carver Road

2)      Cowan Road

3)      Kennedy Road

4)      Manchester

5)      Pike County

6)      Rehoboth Road

7)      Upson-Lee

3.      Baseball

1)      Byron

2)      Gray Station

3)      Clifton Ridge

4)      Crawford County

5)      Henderson

6)    &

   
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