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Section 150 – Basketball Qualifications

Athletic By-Laws
Sections 130-198

  1. DISTRICT PLAY.  Teams must qualify for the state play-offs by competition in district play.
  2. STARTING DATE. Starting date for  practice, scrimmages, first playing date, and district certification are shown on the TAPPS current calendar.
    • No team shall compete in more than
      • three (3) individual tour­naments,
      • plus 22 games in a season,
      • up to and including the last date for certifying district champions.
    • Schools may substitute
      1. two (2) games for each tournament dropped-
      2. or-add an additional tournament for each 2 dropped games.
      3. These changes should be clearly noted on the school’s official schedule.
    • Games Per Day. No high school team or individual shall participate in more than two interschool basketball games per day including tournament games.
    • Games after district certification
      • No VARSITY games may be scheduled or played after the certification date, except by teams who are in the play-offs.
      • No additional games may be played by a team once it has been eliminated from the playoffs.
      • no SUBVARSITY games can be scheduled or played after the district certification date.
    • All District games must be played and all District games count as varsity games on the schedule.
    • No game is to be scheduled on Sunday.
    • Those students who play on both the JV and Varsity may play in no more than 3 tournaments plus a total of 28 games (Varsity and JV games combined). The student is allowed only three (3) tournaments and games cannot be substituted for additional tournaments.
    • A district tournament or district play-off does not count as one of the three tour­naments.
    • Teams in the play offs are allowed one practice game between each round of the play offs. These games do not count toward the total games allowed.
    • A varsity starter shall not play on a junior varsity team unless the opposing coach gives his permission, and there are not enough junior varsity players to begin the contest. Under no circumstances should a varsity starter be allowed to play when there are junior varsity player(s) on the bench.
    • Schedules should be input into TAPPSter prior to the first interscholastic contest and should be updated as changes occur.
    • Rosters should be input into TAPPSter prior to the first district contest and updated as changes occur.
  5. DISTRICT TIES. If not previously scheduled, the district executive committee may authorize a single elimination game or single elimination tournament to resolve district ties. A one-game playoff could break a two-way tie.  A single elimination tournament could resolve a tie between three or more schools.  Note: These games must be completed by the district certification deadline and will not count on the 22 allowed games.
    • Teams shall qualify for the play-offs according to Section 141.
    • The district president shall certify the district champion and other play-off qualifiers to the TAPPS office by the deadline shown on the current year’s TAPPS calendar.