Constitution, By-laws & Policies

The IHSA Constitution and By-laws are the framework of rules that govern interscholastic competition among IHSA member schools. Every provision of the Constitution and every By-law was voted into effect by the membership and can be changed only by a vote of the membership. The Board of Directors approves interpretations for situations that need elaboration or are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and By-laws.

IHSA Policies and Procedures are enacted by the Board of Directors to provide guidance for the day-to-day administration of IHSA sport and activity programs and the operation of the Association.

The IHSA Handbook is a compilation of all these items, published every summer for the coming school term.
 


IHSA Handbook (2013-14)

Effective July 1, 2013
 

Constitution, By-laws & Illustrations

  • All Sections (or download a specific section below)
  • Definitions
  • Section 1 -- IHSA Constitution

    1.000 Constitution
    1.100 Name and Objectives
    1.200 Membership
    1.300 Board of Directors
    1.400 Powers and Duties of Board
    1.500 Officers
    1.600 Dues and Assessments
    1.700 Legislative Commission
    1.800 Meetings of the Association
    1.900 Amendments

  • Section 2 -- School By-laws

    2.000 School By-laws
    2.010 Compliance with Rules
    2.020 Responsibility of Principal
    2.030 Cooperative Teams
    2.040 Sportsmanship of School Representatives
    2.050 Schools with which Contests May be Held
    2.060 Multiple School Interscholastic Activities
    2.070 Qualifications of Coaches
    2.080 Selection and Use of Licensed Officials
    2.090 Athletic Season Limitation
    2.100 All-Star Teams and Games
    2.110 Officials' Rules Meeting Attendance
    2.120 Coaches' Rules Meeting Attendance
    2.130 Principals' Rules Meeting Attendance
    2.140 Participation Limitations During Strike
    2.150 Physical Examination
    2.160 Classification
    2.170 Distribution of Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs

  • Section 3 -- Athletic By-laws

    3.000 Athletic Eligibility By-laws
    3.010 Attendance
    3.020 Scholastic Standing
    3.030 Residence
    3.040 Transfer
    3.050 Participation Limitations
    3.060 Age
    3.070 Recruiting
    3.080 Amateurism
    3.090 Use of Assumed Name
    3.100 Independent Team Participation
    3.110 Coaching School Participation
    3.120 All Star Participation
    3.130 Use of Players
    3.140 Misbehavior during Contests
    3.150 Special Provisions For Summer Participation
    3.160 Open Gym Limitations
    3.170 Classification

  • Section 4 -- Activity By-laws

    4.000 Activity Eligibility By-laws
    4.010 Attendance
    4.020 Scholastic Standing
    4.030 Participation Limitations
    4.040 Age
    4.050 Use of Assumed Name
    4.060 Misbehavior During Activities
    4.070 Use of Participants
    4.080 Spirit Limitations

  • Section 5 -- Season By-laws

    5.000 Sport Season By-laws
    5.010 Boys Fall Baseball
    5.020 Boys Spring Baseball
    5.030 Boys Summer Baseball
    5.040 Boys Basketball
    5.050 Boys Bowling
    5.060 Boys Cross Country
    5.070 Boys Football
    5.080 Boys Fall Golf
    5.090 Boys Gymnastics
    5.100 Boys Lacrosse
    5.110 Boys Soccer
    5.120 Boys Swimming
    5.130 Boys Spring Tennis
    5.140 Boys Track and Field
    5.150 Boys Volleyball
    5.160 Boys Water Polo
    5.170 Boys Wrestling
    5.180 Girls Badminton
    5.190 Girls Basketball
    5.200 Girls Bowling
    5.210 Girls Cross Country
    5.220 Girls Fall Golf
    5.230 Girls Gymnastics
    5.240 Girls Lacrosse
    5.250 Girls Soccer
    5.260 Girls Fall Softball
    5.270 Girls Spring Softball
    5.280 Girls Summer Softball
    5.290 Girls Swimming
    5.300 Girls Fall Tennis
    5.310 Girls Track and Field
    5.320 Girls Volleyball
    5.330 Girls Water Polo
    5.340 Competitive Cheerleading
    5.350 Competitive Dance
    5.360 Scholastic Bowl

  • Section 6 -- Penalty By-laws

    6.000 Protest and Penalty By-laws
    6.010 Penalty for Violating Rules
    6.011 Players Ejected for Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    6.012 Coaches Ejected for Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    6.020 Forfeiture of Contest
    6.030 Protest Procedure
    6.040 Breach of Contract (Between Schools)
    6.050 Breach of Contract (Between School and Official)

Policies & Procedures

  • Accommodation Policy
  • News Media Policies
  • Other Policies

    1. Philosophy Underlying Eligibility By-laws
    2. Eligibility Rulings from IHSA
    3. Emancipated Student Eligibility
    4. Foreign Exchange Student Eligibility
    Criteria for Approval of Foreign Exchange Student Programs
    5. Approved Foreign Exchange Programs
    6. Strike Policy
    7. Making the Weekly Eligibility Check
    8. Sanction Policy
    9. Non-Faculty Coach Policy
    10. Travel Policy
    11. College Auditions
    12. School Equipment Use Policy
    13. Football Policies
    14. Guidelines for Adding/Deleting State Series Programs
    15. Guidelines for Non-School Competition
    16. Emerging Sports Policy
    17. Classification System
    18. Grouping and Seeding State Tournament Series
    19. Criteria for Increasing Classes
    20. Approved School Policy
    21. Alcoholic Beverages and IHSA State Series Events
    22. Criteria for Selection Sites for IHSA Meets and Tournaments
    23. IHSA Performance-Enhancing Drug Testing Policy
    24. IHSA Public Information Policies
    25. Code of Conduct
    26. Application for Approval of Cooperative Team
    27. Statement Regarding Non-Discrimination
    28. Entry Policy and Procedures
    29. Prayer at IHSA State Series Contests
    30. Affirmative Action Policy
    31. Trademark and Royalty Policy
    32. Corporate Sponsorship Policy
    33. IHSA Member School Publicity Policy
    34. Policy and School Recommendations for Transgender Participation