IHSA Position Statement
The Wasco Diamonds board of directors understands the desire and potential benefits of holding limited team practices and engaging in legitimate competitions during the school year for Diamonds teams having high school students on the team (14U, 16U and 18U). The board gives cautious approval to such practices but only within the strict confines of the rules and regulations of the IHSA regarding such situations.
Team practices are permitted by the IHSA for teams having high school students on the team when the practice results in a legitimate competition within two weeks of the practice(s). In the event a Wasco Diamonds team with high school players on the team wishes to hold a team practice(s) or a practice(s) with more than two athletes from the same high school attending the practice(s), with the intention of playing a legitimate competition within two weeks of the practice(s), the following rules must be followed:
The team must run the practices with a legitimate game scheduled within two weeks of the first practice session.
The game must be held at a facility that is utilized for softball games.
The game must be against a competitive team outside of the Diamonds program, the same or older age group, with a certified umpire and an official scorebook.
The cost of the game (facility rental, umpires, fees) will be fully borne by the team.
The following is a review of some of the applicable regulations from the IHSA (in a condensed format – for full regulations, go to IHSA.org). It is the responsibility of each coach to adhere fully to IHSA regulations.
Participation on a Non-school Team:
During the school season for a given sport, a student shall not participate on any non-school team while a member of their school team for the given sport. The phrase "participate on any non-school team", is defined to mean engaging in any team activity, including but not limited to tryouts, drills, physical practice sessions, player evaluations, team meetings, etc. The start date for the 2004 high school softball season, as defined by the IHSA, is March 1, 2004. On or after this date and until the completion of a student’s high school softball season, a player cannot "participate" with her summer team.
A student may participate in private sports lessons anytime during the school year provided no more than two students from their high school participate in a given lesson. "Participation" not only means physical activities, but also includes being present at, watching or listening at the lesson even if it is not your scheduled lesson time. This is an issue if more than two players from a given high school are in the vicinity while a pitching lesson or batting lesson is being conducted.
Please note that violation of IHSA rules could result in up to one- year suspensions from all high school athletics.