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 Article V - Association Guidelines for Each Activity

Section I: Basketball

The following guidelines will be in affect for both boys’ and girls’ basketball.

Northern Middle School Athletic Association will follow all MHSA rules unless otherwise stated
in the NMSAA constitution

 

a) All teams in this division may play man-to-man or zone defense, in both full and half court situations.

 

in 7th & 8th grade NO PRESS is allowed once ahead by twenty (20) points.

 Note: There will be one warning  for an infraction of the above rule; a second infraction will result in a technical foul.  Host schools are responsible to informing officials of NMSAA basketball rules. 

b) A 30-point Mercy Rule will go into affect after halftime. The game will continue with a running clock except for time-outs and/or injury.

c) Seventh & Eighth grade teams will play seven (7) minute quarters. Overtime periods will be three (3) minutes in length.

 

d) “Fifth” quarters will be played upon agreement by both schools.

 

e) Girls’ participants will use the regulation “girls’” basketball in all contests.

 

f) Boys’ participants will use the regulation “boys’” basketball in all contests.

 

g) Schools are responsible to send a roster of players, with uniform colors and numbers, to each divisional school and NMSAA President or other designated officer by the Wednesday before the first weekend of play or the first game (or any game thereafter) would be forfeited until the roster has been turned in to the designated officer. A player may be listed on only one roster. Rosters may be amended due to injury, transfer, ineligibility, or by an appeal to league president for special circumstances. This roster must include both “dark” and “light” uniform numbers and grade of each participant. If schools do not have both “dark” and “light” uniforms, they are to designate this on their rosters.

 

Players listed on the 8th grade roster may only play on the 8th grade team.

Players listed on the 7th grade roster may only play on the 7th grade team. No roster may be amended after the 21st day after the 1st day of official practice. Any team using an unofficial roster is subject to forfeiting their contest.

 

h) If a 7th grade team has to use one (1) eighth grader throughout the season, that eighth grader will be allowed to play on that 7th grade team in the 7th grade tournament.  If a 7th grade team utilizes more than one (1) eighth grader on its team throughout the season, that team must play in the 8th grade tournament.  Seventh graders may play on the 8th grade tournament team.  Exceptions to this rule may be made at the tournament seeding meeting.

Students may play only on one tournament team.

 

i) All member teams will play each other at least once during the season. Each year home games will be rotated. The first scheduled game (against each opponent) will be counted as the conference game.

 

 

POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT:

 

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Divisional Tournament Seeding

The following guidelines will be in affect for the boys’ and girls’ divisional basketball tournament seeding:

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Teams will be seeded at the pre-tournament meeting by virtue of the following, in this order:

1) Records of the first conference games played against each member school.

2) Head-to-head competition

3) Coin flip

PLAYOFFS/FINAL FOUR:

-All preliminary and “final four” tournament officials for basketball will be MOA officials.

-The playoffs will begin on a weekday prior to the Divisional “Final Four” scheduled for a Saturday.

-A team fee of   $50.00  for the Final Four Tournament will be paid to the host school

-Schools that host the preliminary and final four tournaments are responsible to provide all necessary personnel to run the tournament. These personnel must be experienced..

Section II: Wrestling

 

The following guidelines will be in effect for wrestling.

Northern Middle School Athletic Association will follow all MHSA rules unless otherwise stated
in the NMSAA constitution

  • Member Schools: Browning, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, De La Salle, East Glacier, Fairfield, Havre, Rocky Boy and Shelby.
  • Non Member Schools: Belt, Cascade, CJI, Fort Benton, Heart Butte, Simms, Stanford-Geyser and Valier.
  • Divisional Tournament Name: Northern/Southern Middle Schools Athletic Association Divisional Wrestling Tournament.
  • Weight classes are as follows: 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 150, 165, 185, and 285.
  • Eligible wrestling participants: All 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Equipment: Appropriate shoes and no loose fitting t-shirts. Head gear and hair nets are required as per MHSA rules.
  • Bouts will consist of three (3) one and a half (1:30) minute periods. The overtime periods will be as follows: 1:00, :30, :30, and :30 (second sudden death).
  • Wrestlers will get a 1 pound growth allowance in March and an additional pound at the divisional tournament.
  • Northern/Southern Divisional Tournament:
  • Wrestlers will be seeded at a seeding meeting using the following criteria. All criteria should be considered in seeding.
  • Overall record
  • Record at weight
  • Record against common opponents
  • Past divisional placing
  • Common Sense
  • A committee of 3 coaches not involved in the seeding will make the final decision if no decision is reached within 10 minutes.
  • The seeding meeting will be held the Wednesday or Thursday before the divisional tournament at a site convenient for all teams.
  • Wrestlers will weigh-in on site of the divisional tournament.
  • The Northern/Southern Divisional Tournament will be hosted on a rotating basis. Beginning in 2000, the rotations will begin with the South. In the event a team cannot host, then it will be offered to another team in that division. The geographical divisions will be as follows: North – Browning, Chester, Conrad, Cut Bank, De La Salle, East Glacier, Heart Butte, Shelby and Valier. South – Belt, Cascade, Choteau, Fairfield, Fort Benton, Simms, Stanford-Geyser.
  • A Team may score any twenty (20) wrestlers for the team awards.
  • All wrestlers (Varsity and JV) will be eligible for individual placing and awards.
  • All other rules will follow the National Federation Wrestling rules.
  • Entry Fees for invitational meets will be $15.00. Schools that host an invitational meet will be exempt from paying any entry fees during the regular season. Entry fees for all teams of the Divisional meet will be $50.00. 

Section III: Girls’ Volleyball

 

The following guidelines will be in affect for girls’ volleyball:
Northern Middle School Athletic Association will follow all MHSA rules unless otherwise stated
in the NMSAA constitution

 

a)   A match will consist of the best 2 out of 3 games played to 25 (win by 2) with a cap of 30 (can win 30-29). The “if necessary” 3rd game will be played to 15 (win by 2) with a cap of 17 (can win 17-16). The host school is responsible for reporting scores the next school day after each match to the appointed record keeper.

b)   Divisional Volleyball Tournament matches will be the best two-out-of-three. Seeding for the tournament will be determined by the number of conference matches won each team. The team with the most matches won will be seated first. The team with the next highest wins will be seated second, etc. Only designated conference games will count for seeding.  Conference games may be rescheduled only by mutual agreement of both teams.

c)   Each school is responsible for providing a line judge and scorekeeper when playing both at home and away matches.

d)   Schools are responsible to send a roster of players, with uniform colors and numbers, to each divisional school and the NMSAA President or other designated officer by the Wednesday before the first weekend of play or the first game (or any game thereafter) would be forfeited until the roster has been turned in to the designated officer. A player may be listed on only one roster. Rosters may be amended due to injury, transfer, ineligibility, or by an appeal to league president for special circumstances. This roster must include grade of each participant. Players listed on the 8th grade roster may only play on the 8th grade team. Players listed on the 7th grade roster may only play on the 7th grade team. No roster may be amended after the 21st day after the 1st day of official practice, unless otherwise noted from above. Any team using an unofficial roster is subject to forfeiting their contest.

e)   Warm-up time before all matches shall be 12 minutes:  4 minutes (coin flip time and combined warm-ups), 3 min., 3 min., 2 min. (serve).

f) When calling timeouts in the first 2 games to 25, each coach will get 2 timeouts, in the deciding 3rd game to 15, each coach will get 1 timeout.

g)   Any MOA officials arranged through NMSAA shall be paid $25.00 a match. An all day tournament (more than 3 matches) would be = $85.00. Mileage will be $0.25 a mile (driver) and $0.08 (passenger).

h)   Entry fees for invitational meets will be $15. Schools hosting an invitational meet during the season will be exempt from paying any entry fees for invitational meets. Entry fees for all participants at the Divisional meet will be $50.

i)   All preliminary and “final four” tournament officials (umpires and referees) for volleyball will be MOA officials.

j)   Schools that host the preliminary and final four tournaments are responsible to provide all necessary personnel to run the tournament. These personnel must be experienced.

Section IV: Boys and Girls Track & Field:

 

The following guidelines will be in affect for boys’ and girls’ track & field:

 Northern Middle School Athletic Association will follow all MHSA rules unless otherwise stated
in the NMSAA constitution.

a) Students eligible: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

 

b) Equipment: Each participant must wear some type of tennis or track shoes. Spikes or cleats are allowed. Participants are not allowed to run in bare feet, stocking feet, or taped socks. Each team should wear a distinctive uniform.

 

c) Divisions: 8th Grade Boys and Girls.

                   7th Grade Boys and Girls.

    *A 7th grade participant may be moved up to the 8th grade division. However, he or she must compete in that same division for the entire meet.

     8th grade participants will not move down to the 7th grade division for any reason whatsoever.

 

d)   Entries: Each participant may enter a maximum of five (5) events including any relays. This rule applies to all regular season and Divisional meets.

e) Events: The following are track events available for both boys and girls:

 

BOYS                                                       GIRLS

100 meter dash                                          100 meter dash

200 meter dash                                          200 meter dash

110 meter hurdles (36” high) 8th                100 meter hurdles (33” high) 8th

400 meter dash                                          400 meter dash

400 meter relay                                          400 meter relay

1600 meter relay 4x4                                 1600 meter relay 4x4

800 meter run                                             800 meter run

1600 meter run                                          1600 meter run

Long Jump                                                  Long Jump

Triple Jump                                                 Triple Jump

High Jump                                                   High Jump

Pole Vault                                                   Pole Vault

Shot Put (8 lbs.)                                          Shot Put (8 lbs.)

Discus (HS girls’ discus)                             Discus (HS girls’ discus)

Mini-Javelin   (300 gram)                            Mini-Javelin  (300 gram)

f) The established opening heights have been:

     A and B: Pole Vault - Boys & Girls = 5’0”

     A: High Jump - Boys = 4’0”                   A: High Jump - Girls = 3’6”

     B: High Jump - Boys = 3’6”                   B: High Jump - Girls = 3’6”

 

g) Divisional Meet Awards: Individual ribbons will be awarded to the first six  (6) places in each event. Scoring for the divisional meet will be 10-8-6-4-2-1 for team scores. There will be a combined team traveling trophy given for both boys’ and girls’ team scores.

 

h) Entry fees for invitational track meets will be $15. Schools that host an invitational meet will be exempt from paying any entry fees for invitational meets. Entry fee for Divisional meet will be $50 for all participants.

 

   

CONSTITUTION | Article I - Name | Article II - Purpose | Article III - Membership | Article IV - Officers | Article V - Meetings | Article VI - Constitutional Revision

BY-LAWS | Article I - Awards | Article II - Conference | Article III - School Participation | Article IV - NMSAA Officiating Pool | Article VI - Finances | Article VII - By-Laws Revision |