Water Polo

Water Polo Governing Rules            

1.    GOVERNING RULES    6/17

    1.1    All water polo competition in CIF Central Section shall be conducted in accordance with the current National Federation Water Polo Rules along with State and Central Section CIF regulations and procedures.

    1.2    The CIF Central Section Water Polo Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each participating league.  The CIF president shall appoint the chairperson.

2.    GENERAL RULES

    2.1    The length of quarters for dual games is seven (7) minutes for varsity  and six (6) for junior varsity (National Federation Rule 11, Article 1).

3    CLASSIFICATION OF TEAMS

    3.1    Teams shall be classified as varsity and junior varsity for dual games, and no seniors will be allowed to compete at the junior varsity level.

    3.2    Only varsity teams will participate in championship playoffs.

4.    SEASON OF SPORT

    4.1    The season of sport for water polo is defined as that period which starts with the first inter-school game (scrimmage, non-league, or league), and ends with the last regularly scheduled league or playoff game.

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 
A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.
B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).
Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).

    4.2    There must be 10 days of practice prior to the first scrimmage/game.  

    4.3    There shall be no inter-school scrimmages prior to the date set by CIF.

    4.4    Schools shall be limited to a maximum of twenty-eight (28) contact points during a season, excluding playoffs.

4.5  NO TEAMS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS; BEACHES; ETC., DURING THE "CONDITIONING TWO WEEK PERIOD" PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON.

 

5.    PLAYOFF PROCEDURES

    5.1    The date and place of the Section Championship  will be determined by the Board of Managers (Commissioner)

     5.1.1    Section Championship sites shall be limited to Clovis West, Clovis, Clovis East, Clovis North, Granite Hills, Buchanan, Exeter, Golden West, Kingsburg, Central, Sanger, Sunnyside, El Diamante, Garces, Lemoore, Tulare Union, Tulare Western, Yosemite, Bullard, Fresno, Dinuba, Garces, Madera South, Reedley.

NOTE: POOLS WILL BE APPROVED BY THE SECTION OFFICE. (Approved April 2012.)

    5.2    The Section champions will be permitted to enter a post season invitational tournament in another section, if invited.

    5.3    The Section Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and the three Area Supervisors shall meet prior to playoff dates for seeding of teams for the playoffs. NOTE: The Committee will seed Division 1, 2, and 3.

    5.3.1    The tournament shall consist of three Divisions as set by the Central Section Board of Managers. All Divisions will have a 16 team bracket.

    5.3.2    The Seeding Committee will use the following criteria to seed the brackets:

        Each category is worth 1 point. The school that scores 4 points will receive the high seed. This criteria is to be used if there is a tie between two or more teams are being considered for a certain seed.( Approved, Board of Managers, Apr. 2017)

                Categories are:

  1. COACHES MANDATORY RANKINGS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SEED
  2. HEAD TO HEAD
  3. OVERALL RECORD
  4. RECORD VS. COMMON OPPONENTS
  5. MAXPREPS STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
  6. PLACE IN SAME LEAGUE
  7. MAXPREPS RANKINGS

         

    5.3.3    All play-off contests, through the semi-finals, will be hosted by the highest seeded team. The Championship game MUST be played at an approved site. (Board of Managers Oct., 2008 )

    5.3.4    The order of seeding of the boys brackets and girls brackets shall be rotated annually. The boys will seed first in the even number years and the girls first in the odd numbered years.

    5.3.5   Play-off contests shall be played as follows:

    5.4    Officials for playoffs shall be assigned by the officials associations.

    5.5    Officiating fees shall be in accordance with the current CIF Central Section contract with the associations.

    5.6    Awards shall be in accordance with the current CIF Central Section Awards and Entry Fee regulations.

     5.7    Financial Regulations

    5.7.1    Each principal (or designee) of a host school shall be responsible for seeing that financial regulations pertaining to playoffs, such as admission prices, game expenses, financial statements, etc., are strictly adhered to.

     5.7.2    Admission Prices are set by CIF.  See playoff admission prices in Awards and Entry Fee Addendum.

     5.7.3    Passes:  Without exception, regular season CIF passes, league passes and school passes are not to be honored at playoff contests.  Only CIF Central Section Playoff Passes, CIF Lifetime passes, or State CIF Courtesy or Lifetime passes are to be honored.

     

  EJECTIONS

6.1   

APPEALS PROCEDURE – First and Second Ejection

All appeals MUST come from the school Principal or his/her designee. Only misidentification and misapplication of a rule may be appealed. NO JUDGMENT DECISIONS by officials may be appealed.

 Ejections and Appeals

    First ejection

        Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

    Second ejection

         Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

    Third ejection

         Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

7.0   FORFEITS

 

NEW FORFEIT RULE PENALTY

 

 If an ineligible student participates in a contest, or contests, the school must forfeit

the contest, or contests, and the ineligible student shall not compete in any sport until

his/her eligibility is attained.

 

     If it is determined that an ineligible student competed due to the failure of the School 

Administration to properly notify those responsible for playing the student, an appeal by 

the Principal may be directed to the Section Commissioner regarding the forfeiture of

the game, or games.  The appeal must be in writing, stating specifically the circumstances surrounding the oversight in playing the student.  The final decision regarding the appeal will be determined by the Section Commissioner. 

 

Criteria for consideration of appeal:

 

  1. What caused the ineligible player to participate in the contests(s)

  2. Score of contest(s)

  3. Amount of participation in contest(s) by ineligible participant

  4. What part of did the ineligible student have on the outcome of the contest(s)

 

Notification of the use of an ineligible player MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY, and appealed within in 5 days of the infraction.

 

Notification of an alleged infraction by another school, MUST also be reported IMMEDIATELY, to allow the offending school an opportunity to respond.