2021 NEW SPORTS OFFERING
PAA MIDDLE SCHOOL TACKLE FOOTBALL
! Under Construction for 2021 !
For the first time ever, PAA member schools/parishes will join together to form 5th-8th grade tackle football teams. If you have a rising 5th-8th grader, sign up at the link below to reserve your son’s spot on a team. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus at this time, there is no financial obligation to signing up. Once we get the go-ahead to offer football in the fall, we will send you a second registration with options and more information. Sign up link: TBD
PAA VOLLEYBALL RULES
2020-2021 COVID-19 Game Guidelines/Modifications
(copied and modified from TSSAA guidelines)
- If a game administrator’s meeting is required, social distancing is recommended and face mask are required.
- Captain’s meeting – only one player from each team and the officials will be present. Social distancing is recommended and face mask are required.
- Sites must limit number of attendees to 50 people MAXIMUM. This includes players, coaches, officials, scorekeepers, administrator, spectators, etc.
- Limit the number of bench personnel.
- Only coaches (maximum of 2) and players in uniform are allowed on the bench.
- Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing. All chairs and/or rows must be in the coaches’ box.
- Create separation between the team bench and spectators seating behind the bench.
- Personnel not in the game should adhere to any local face covering requirements.
- All personnel should bring their own water bottles as sites may not have concession stands or access to water fountains.
- All Players must wear a face covering during the game.
- Balls should be sanitized and wiped clean after each serve. PAA recommends an adult stationed with cart and 5 balls, minimum, with sanitizer for cleaning between serves.
- The host should sanitize the table before and after the game.
- Limit seats at the table – home team scorer only. Social distancing is recommended. Other personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, etc.) should be placed at an alternate site.
- Face coverings are required for table personnel.
- Suspend post-game protocol of shaking hands with the opposing team.
** The COVID-19 Guidelines must be enforced by the school administration at each site. **
(Leagues – Junior Girls: 7th/8th Varsity, 7th/8th Jr. Varsity.
Lassie Girls: 5th/6th Varsity, 5th/6th Jr. Varsity)
- ALL NFHS rules apply except in the following situations:
- The officials’ association will assign one game official.
- Member institutions shall provide two (2) line judges, preferably adults, at the request of the officials.
- Teams shall be outfitted with numbered jerseys, which have logos/monograms to identify the sponsoring institution.
- To inhibit runaway scoring, coaches shall substitute freely in accordance with game rules when scoring becomes lopsided.
- Both divisions shall use only six players when the ball is in play.
- The PAA shall sponsor a season-ending tournament for teams. Schools desiring to host the tournament should notify the Director’s office.
- A maximum of 20 matches may be played during the season – tournaments count as 2 games.
- For the LASSIE DIVISION only, the serving line shall be 5 feet inside the regulation end line. The net height shall be exactly 7 feet.
- The PAA does NOT use the Libero in the Lassie division of play.
- Junior division teams may elect to play using the Libero.
- The Libero must wear a solid color numbered jersey that is in a contrasting color to the rest of the team.
- Junior Division – NFHS Indoor approved ball
- Lassie Division – Volley-Lite ball
- Junior Girls will use rally scoring
- 2 out of 3 games to 25 pts. no cap
- Third game is to 15 – win by two- no cap.
- A let serve will be playable.
- Lassie Girls will continue to use traditional side-out scoring:
- 2 out of 3 games to 15
- Must win by two with no cap.
- There is no let serve in the Lassie division.
- Schools may have Varsity or Jr. Varsity teams.
- If any player on a team has played club ball, the player, or team, must play in the Varsity division.
- Players are not allowed to switch teams during the season.
- Varsity players may not play on Jr. Varsity teams.
- Varsity players may not play on Varsity teams.
- 1st and 2nd grade
- 3rd and 4th grade
- 5th and 6th grade
- 7th and 8th grade
- Proper placement in divisions
- Divisions will be offered in the above divisions for both boys and girls.
- Boys are not allowed to play in the girls’ division. If a team is not able to enter both a boys’ and a girls’ team in a division, a girl may be permitted to play in the boys’ division. This should be noted on the roster when it is submitted. (Per PAA handbook – a student must play in his/her appropriate division and not play either up or down a division. Exclusions to this rule must be handled prior to the beginning of the season by requesting a hardship/appeal on this rule.)
- Teams playing in multiple leagues
- Teams are not allowed to play in another league during the PAA soccer season.
- PAA does not dictate policy on individuals playing on dual teams with the exception that a player may not play on 2 teams that are in the PAA league.
- Schools/Churches are permitted to enforce their local policy.
- All players must wear soccer shin guards properly. Shin guards must be put on the foot first and then completely covered by socks. (do not put the sock on first, then the shin guard, then pull the sock over the top of the shin guard).
- No player is allowed to wear any type of jewelry. Band-aids are not allowed to be placed over earrings.
- Barrettes, bobby pins, plastic clips, metal clips or any type of hair accessory are not permitted. (Soft scrunchies, rubber bands, all fabric pony tail holders are acceptable). Nothing with metal or a hard surface/coating is allowed.
- Soccer cleats are preferred but tennis shoes may be worn. Cleats must be soccer cleats (no football, baseball, cross-country). Toe-cleats may not be removed to try and make a different type of cleat a soccer cleat.
- Schools/churches with multiple teams in one division
- When a school/church enters more than one team in a division, all teams must be evenly balanced regarding age, grade, and ability.
- If, in the opinion of the league office, a team is intentionally stronger than the others – the school/church will be given the option of redistribution of that team or withdrawing from the league.
- Players “switching” teams
- Players are not allowed to switch back and forth among teams (if school/church enters multiple teams in a division) during the season. The player must participate on the team that his/her name appears on the roster. IF, in an emergency situation, a team needs to borrow a player – written notification must be made to league office as well as notification to the opposing team.
- Heading and Punting
- In the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th divisions no player shall be allowed to head the ball.
- In the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th divisions the goalie is not allowed to punt the ball. The ball must be placed on the ground or passed to another player.
- These rules are established in agreement with US Soccer to reduce the risk of concussions in athletes 10 years of age or younger.
- No team trophies are awarded, and league standings are not
- Disqualified or ejected players
- In the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th divisions – a player who has been ejected (given red card) may not return to play in that game but can be
- In the 5th/6thdivision, a player who has been ejected may not return to play in that game and may NOT
- In all divisions, a report should be filed with the League Office within 24 hours of the occurrence – a determination will be made after reviewing reports from teams and officials as to the length of the suspension the player will serve. (See Code of Conduct in PAA handbook. In some instances, a red card can be given in soccer when a 2-game suspension may not be warranted – these situations will be dealt with individually)
- Disqualified coaches
- Coaches must immediately leave the field and the site. Coaches should immediately notify their Athletic Director and provide a written report of the occurrence. Report should be forwarded to league office and will be reviewed. (See Code of Conduct in PAA )
- If the team does not have an approved assistant coach on the sideline, the game will be stopped at the point of the disqualification of the
- Length of games
- 1st/2nd grade – Four quarters of 12 minutes each
- 3rd/4th grade – Four quarters of 12 minutes each
- 5th/6th grade – Two halves of 30 minutes each
- 7th/8th grade – Two halves of 35 minutes each
- Size of ball
- 1st/2nd grade – #3 soccer ball
- 3rd/4th grade – #4 soccer ball
- 5th/6th grade – #4 soccer ball
- 7th/8th grade – #5 soccer ball
- Either team may substitute: after a goal, between periods, after an injury, or before a goal
- Only the team in possession may substitute; after the ball goes out-of-bounds at the touch
- Once that team has stopped play for a substitution, the other team can then also
- Team/Coaches boxes and spectator restraining lines
- Coaches area (boxes) will be established not to exceed 1/3 the length of the field (approximately 30 yards) and no closer than 3 feet from the touch line. All substitute players and coaches must remain in the box.
- Spectators shall sit or stand no closer than 3 yards from the touch
- Persistent, illegal coaching from the touch line outside of team and coaches’ box shall result in a warning by the referee the first time and an indirect free kick thereafter awarded by the referee, from the point of
- Any coach who enters the field of play without permission of the referee, for any reason except in the case of an injured player, will be issued an automatic yellow card. A second such occurrence in the same game will result in an automatic red card, and the coach must leave the field and site. In the event of such an occurrence, the referee shall not have the option of whether or not to issue the
- 1st/2nd grade thru 5th/6th grade will measure 6’ x 16’ (inside dimensions).
- Goals for 7th/8th grade will be 8’ x 24’ (inside dimensions).
- Goals for all divisions will be equipped with regulation nets and if padded, must be properly padded & secured.
- Penalty shots
- 1st/2nd grade thru 5th/6th grade penalty shots will be taken from a distance of 8
- 7th/8th grade penalty shots will be taken from a distance of 10
- Fifty percent/equal play rule
- See Article VII section 32.
- b) The coach must make a good faith effort to keep track of the player’s time to insure compliance with the “minimum 50%/equal playing rule” each game. It is the responsibility of each school/church to monitor all their teams’ compliance with this rule.
- Coaches/teams not complying with rule are subject to league
- To report violations of this rule – a written report should be filed with the league office and a copy sent to the offending institutions athletic director. The report should contain as much information as possible so that the athletic director can conduct an investigation into the matter. Violations should be reported within 48 hours of the game. As stated above, the league office will deal with the offending teams athletic director and pastor/principal – a reply will not be made to the team/person who turned in
- Rescheduled games
- After school/church has submitted intent to enter league or the deadline to submit the information has passed – games will not be rescheduled except for rare
- The league office will determine whether or not a game will be
- Fines will be assessed for all games rescheduled, even with the league’s approval. Fines will also be assessed for any team who does not show for a
- If for any reason the league office schedules a team on a date that was submitted on the intent to enter league form – that game will be rescheduled at no cost to the teams
- Inclement weather
- It is the duty of each institution’s Athletic Director to determine whether or not that institution’s field will be playable on game See Constitution and Bylaws, Article VII sections 29-32.
- At the time a decision is made, it is the responsibility of the Athletic Director to notify the Official’s Coordinator as soon as possible and no later than 1 hour prior to the beginning of the first game on game
- Each coach will be responsible for contacting his/her
- Once it has been determined that the field is playable, it shall be solely the discretion of the designated referee as to whether or not a game shall be played, or, if in progress, halted, due to inclement weather or dangerous playing conditions
- Grades 5/6 and 7/8 shall have 2 parent volunteers as line judges.
- Only 1 coach is allowed to give tactical advice to players and that advice must be given from the coaching area (30 yards either side of center, 1 yard from touchline).
- No coach may enter the field of play without the referee’s permission (except in the case of an injured player).
- The spectator restraint line is parallel to and at least 9 feet from touchline. All spectators, substitutes, and assistant coaches must remain behind this
- No parent, spectator, sibling, assistant coach may coach/watch from touchlines or goal
- Starting Game
- 1st/2nd grade and 3rd/4th grade: The team LOSING the toss kicks off in quarters 1 and 2. The team WINNING the toss chooses the goal and kicks off quarters 3 and
- 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade: The team LOSING the toss kicks off 1st The team WINNING the toss chooses the goal and kicks off 2nd half.
- Field dimensions and goal width
Length: 65 – 70 yards
Length: 100 yards
- 1st/2nd grade thru 5th/6th grade fields – the absolute minimum width is 94 feet (goal of 16 feet plus penalty areas of 36 feet outside each goal plus three feet between penalty area and touchline). Absent severe space restrictions, the minimum width is 120 feet (40 yards).
- 1st/2nd grade thru 5th/6thgrade, the penalty area is a rectangle 88 feet wide centered on the goal,
extending 36 feet into the field.
- The goal area is a rectangle 40 feet wide centered on the goal, extending 12 feet into the
- The penalty mark is a spot 8 yards from the center of the goal (halfway between penalty area line and goal area line).
- The penalty arc is drawn outside the top of the penalty area at a radius of 20 feet from the penalty mark.
- 7th/8th grade fields – the absolute minimum width is 50
- The penalty area is a rectangle 132 feet wide centered on the goal, extending 54 feet into the
- The goal area is a rectangle 60 feet wide centered on the goal, extending 18 feet into the
- The penalty mark is a spot 12 yards from the center of the goal (halfway between penalty area line & goal area line).
- The penalty arc is drawn outside the top of the penalty area at a radius of 30 feet from the penalty mark.
- Each field shall have a centerline, with a center circle of radius 20 feet for 1st/2nd grade thru 5th/6th grade and center circle of radius 30 feet for 7th/8th grade
Maximum # of players
Minimum # of players
- League fees
- PAA soccer fees are charged per player. PAA is responsible for paying the officials coordinator, officials fees for all regularly scheduled games, training fees/rules meetings associated with officials and coaches. If enough interest, the PAA will sponsor state certification clinics. This cost will be passed on to member institution for the number of coaches who attend and gain
- Games Ending in Ties
- Regular season games that are tied at the end of regulation – will end as a tie. The 5th – 8th grade divisions traditionally have an end of the year tournament upon completion of the regular season. Because a winner must be determined to advance to the next round, the following procedure will be followed:
- One 5-minute overtime period. If the score is not tied, the one with the larger number of goals will be declared the
- If the score is still tied at the end of the first 5-minute overtime, the teams will play a second 5-minute overtime. If the score is not tied at the end of the second overtime, the one with the larger number of goals will be declared the
- If the score is still tied at the end of the second 5-minute overtime, the teams will go into a shoot-out where 5 different players from each team will go one-on-one with the opponent’s goalie. This procedure will be continued until one team has broken the
- Please note that neither the overtime periods nor the shootouts are not sudden death where the 1st
team to score wins. Each overtime period is to be played in full as well as each 5-player shoot-out per team is to be completed.
CROSS COUNTRY RULES
No PAA Cross Country for 2019 Season
PAA teams are encouraged to join MYA for this sport
- Middle School Division (6th – 8th) Course Distance is 2 Miles
- Elementary School Division (3rd – 5th) Course Distance is 1 mile
- Teams shall have a minimum of five runners for scoring in team competition
- Teams are allowed an unlimited number of runners
- Where teams consist of more than 5 runners, only the top five runners will be awarded points toward the team’s
- Runners 6 & 7 points will be used in the event of a tied score in the Team Competition
- The score of BOTH the 6th & 7th runners from each of the tied teams shall be summed. The lowest of these sums determines the “winner” of the
- In the rare case that a tie remains after summing the scores of the 6th & 7th runners, the position of each of the tied teams’ 6th runner shall be compared, the better finish of these determining the “winner” of the
- All runners shall be eligible for individual honors
- Exception: (junior division)
- To be implemented if there are less than four teams having the minimum 5 runners needed to score as a team
- Teams with a minimum of 3 runners will be able to score as a team
- Runners shall be outfitted in uniforms, which uniquely identify their sponsoring institution or team.
- PAA teams will compete in events sponsored by MYA, TMSAA, or elect to host their own event at a designated site sponsored by a PAA host school. When PAA schools are participating in events sponsored by MYA or TMSAA, all rules and policies of the host organization will govern the
- A maximum of 8 meets may be run during the
- When the number of teams in the league exceeds 8, multiple venues may be scheduled so that there are not a large number of teams at one
- Weekly meet schedule of
- 1st race Elementary Girls
- 2nd race Elementary Boys
- 3rd race Middle School Girls
- 4th race Middle School Boys
- A race official will be designated for each meet and assigned from the PAA office. This official will have the final say on all
- Each school may serve as host for a scheduled meet, as decided upon by the coaches at the rules meeting. (Host responsibilities may be assumed singly or jointly, when schools agree to share the )
- A championship meet will be held at the conclusion of the season sponsored by
- Each team must have at least 5 or more runners that have met the above requirement in order to compete for the team awards at the championship
- 1st place = 1 point
- 2nd place = 2 points
- And so on
- Teams – Lowest number of points shall be meet
- Weekly meet scoring has no championship implications
- Championship meet will be scored same as weekly meets
- Tie-Breaker (See Above)
- No runner shall be unfairly aided or impeded by another runner, coach, parent, or spectator during the course of a race. Any such action may result in the disqualification of a competitor. The performance of a disqualified runner will not be considered in the results for Individual honors or Team scoring. Actions that are deemed improper include but are not limited to:
- Tripping, pushing, shoving, kicking, and blocking deemed by race officials to be deliberate and/or non- incidental, by any runner against another runner, shall result in immediate disqualification of the offender.
- Pacing, the accompaniment of a runner by another party in order to aid the competitor in achieving a better performance, is considered unfair aid and it is therefore forbidden. A runner who is paced by anyone NOT competing in the same race is subject to disqualification.