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Athletic Executive Committee

  1. Composition:
    • The Athletic Executive Committee is composed of eleven members, 10 members to be elected by the membership, one from the North and South Regions of each classification and one member selected by the Executive Board from any of the classifications. Member schools from each classification will nominate and vote for the Executive Committee representative from their classification and region only.  Nominations by member school representatives will be sent to the TAPPS office for the Director to compile a ballot form to send to member schools of each classification for a vote.
    • A President and Vice-president shall be elected from the eleven committee members by the committee members.  Committee members are appointed to a place (numbered 1 through 11) and serve two-year terms, including the President.  Each committee member is subject to re-election within the membership and may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.
    • After three consecutive terms a committee member may be re-elected after going off the executive committee for a two-year term.  Elections will be held each March with the new terms beginning with the annual meeting in June. 
    • If it is necessary for a committee member to resign from the executive committee prior to the end of his/her term, an election will be held to fill the vacant position.
      • The TAPPS office will solicit nominations for a period of one week.
      • Nominations must include a biography outlining the candidate’s history at TAPPS schools and other institutions.
      • The TAPPS office will prepare and distribute a ballot of the nominated candidates. Voting will occur over a period of one week.
    • A majority of the Athletic Executive Committee must be present to act on association business. A majority number of votes of the quorum in attendance shall be required in order for the Committee to pass any motion.
  2. Responsibility:
    • To Assist, advise and recommend to the Executive Board policy and procedure changes of the association in the area of Athletics.
    • To assist the Director and Board when needed in the execution of Regional and State athletic play-offs.
    • To have appeal jurisdiction in all disputes arising between a district executive committee and its district member.  To have jurisdiction in all inter-district disputes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Decisions handed down by the Athletic Executive Committee may be appealed to the TAPPS Executive Board.
  3. PENALTIES THE ATHLETIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CAN IMPOSE.

Subject to provisions below, the following constitute the penalties that may be imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee following a determination of a violation of the TAPPS constitution, by-laws and contest rules.

  • For Student Representatives: The penalties that may be imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee on a student representative of a participant school for violations of ethics, sportsmanship codes, eligibility rules, contest plans or reporting practices are: reprimand, individual suspension, and disqualification of individual district and state honors.
    • Reprimand: A reprimand shall be in writing and shall state the violation found, with one copy going to the school and one copy being attached to the minutes for the meeting.  A reprimand may include a probationary period of up to three years, and may include any reasonable conditions, which if not fulfilled, may result in a more stringent penalty.
    • Individual suspension: If the Athletic Executive Committee finds that a student has failed to comply with the rules it may suspend the participant student from competition, including practice, in all germane activities for one day to three years.  Suspension may include a probationary period of up to three years and may include any reasonable conditions, which if not fulfilled may result in additional suspension.
    • Disqualification of individual district and state honors: The disqualification of individual honors shall deny the awarding of all-district and all-state honors for one year.
    • Note: A student representative may appeal penalties imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee through the member school of the student to the TAPPS Executive Board.
  • For Participant School: The penalties that may be imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee on a participant school for violations by participant school’s student representative, fans, patrons or personnel, of ethics, sportsmanship codes, eligibility rules, contest plans or reporting practices are: private reprimand, public reprimand, probation, forfeiture of contest, disqualifications from germane activity, and suspension recommended.
    • Probation: A given period of time during which a member school, employee(s) of the member schools or a specific program of the member school is subject to critical examination and evaluation to determine if the subject on probation is in compliance with the TAPPS constitution, by-laws, and contest rules.  If the component, while on probation, is found to be in violation of the constitution, by-laws or contest rules, that component will be subject to more stringent sanctions.
    • Private Reprimand: A private reprimand may be oral or in writing and shall not be published in the TAPPS newsletter.  A penalty stronger than private reprimand to the school should be strongly considered in cases involving patron or fan misconduct.
    • Public Reprimand: A public reprimand shall be in writing, published in the TAPPS newsletter and website, and state the violation found.  A public reprimand may include a probationary period of up to three years, and may include any reasonable condition, which, if not fulfilled, may result in a more stringent penalty.
    • Forfeiture of Contest:
      1.   Minimum penalty for ineligible contestant.  The Athletic Executive Committee shall forfeit the contest won by the individual or school as a minimum penalty, if it finds that an individual contestant was not eligible to participate in the contest.
      2. Mandatory forfeiture for participation of an ineligible student under court order.  If a student, who is determined to be ineligible, participates in a TAPPS contest under a temporary or other court order, the Athletic Executive Committee shall forfeit the contest.
      3. Violations by personnel or participants.  The Athletic Executive Committee may order contests to be forfeited prior to or after the competition for violations of rules by covered school personnel and/or participants if an unfair advantage was gained.
    • Disqualification:
      1. Disqualification from district honors.  Disqualification from district honors shall deny the awarding of district championship honors and deny participation in TAPPS contest beyond the district level for a period of up to three years.  Disqualification from district honors may include any reasonable conditions, which, if not fulfilled, may result in an extension of the disqualification or recommendation of suspension to the TAPPS Executive Board.
      2. Mandatory disqualification.  The Athletic Executive Committee shall disqualify a participant school or member from all germane activities if the participant school has failed materially and knowingly and intentionally permitted an ineligible individual to represent it in a TAPPS contest.
    • Suspension Recommended:
      1. If in the opinion of the Athletic Executive Committee the offense is of sufficient gravity to warrant suspension in the germane activity, the committee may impose suspension.
      2. Suspension shall deny participation in specified TAPPS activities for a period of one to three years.  Suspension may include a probationary period of one to three years, and may include any reasonable conditions, which if not fulfilled, may result in additional suspension.
      3.  A suspended school may not play or scrimmage a TAPPS participant school at the varsity or sub-varsity level in grades nine through twelve in the activity from which it was suspended.  A contract for a germane competition by the suspended school with a member school district or one of its member schools shall be null and void.Note: A participant school may appeal penalties imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee to the TAPPS Executive Board.
  • For School Personnel: The penalties that may be imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee on school personnel found to have cause violations of ethics, sportsmanship codes, eligibility rules, contest plans or reporting practices are: probation, reprimand, public reprimand, game suspension, suspension recommended.
    • Probation: A given period of time during which an employee(s) of the member school is subject to critical examination and evaluation to determine if the subject on probation is in compliance with the TAPPS constitution, by-laws and contest rules.  If the employee, while on probation, is found to be in violation of the TAPPS constitution, by-laws or contest rules, the employee will be subject to more stringent sanctions.
    • Reprimand: A reprimand shall be in writing and shall state the violation found, with one copy going to the school and one copy being attached to the minutes of the meeting.  A reprimand may include a probationary period of up to three years and may include any reasonable conditions, which, if not fulfilled, may result in a more stringent penalty.
    • Public reprimand: A public reprimand shall be in writing, published on the TAPPS website, and state the violation found.  A public reprimand may include a probationary period of up to three years, and may include any reasonable conditions, which if not fulfilled, may result in more stringent penalty.
    • Game suspension: The Athletic Executive Committee may issue an order to suspension to a covered school employee suspending the employee from participating in any germane contest plan from one to ten games.
    • Suspension recommended: If in the opinion of the Athletic Executive Committee the offense is of sufficient gravity to warrant suspension in the germane activity for up to three years, the committee may impose suspension.

Note: School personnel receiving any of the above penalties are ineligible to receive individual TAPPS honors or hold district or state office during the traditional school year in which the penalties are imposed or during a probationary period.

Note: School personnel may appeal penalties imposed by the Athletic Executive Committee, through the membership school, to the TAPPS Executive Board.