TVL GOLF RULES (BOYS)

I. Each school will host at least one (1) home match for each opponent in this league.  Up to six players may play: the best five scores from each team will be used to determine the winner.

II. Mid Year League Tournament:  The League will sponsor a Mid Year League Tournament upon completion of the first half season.  The host school will be determined on a year by year rotation with each school taking turns. 

III. League Championship Tournament:  The League will sponsor a League Championship Tournament upon completion of the season.  The host school will be determined on a year by year rotation with each school taking turns.  The league championship tournament may be held at a home course of one of the league member schools, but should be held at a neutral course.  Coaches will be expected to help monitor the course.  Tournament Director will assign each coach a group to monitor.

IV. League Champions:  League champions will be determined by a point system based on wins during regular league matches (2 pts per win) and the League Championship Tournament, 3 pts for each team you defeat--ties split the points.   If there is a tie for league champion, head to head in regular season and league championship tournaments will break the tie.  If this does not break the tie,  i.e., split regular season and tie at league championship, then Matching Scorecards* from the League Championship Tournament will be used.

V. Matches Ending in a Tie:  In case of ties the sixth player’s score will be used.  If a tie still remains, then Matching Scorecards* will be used.

VI. All League and MVP Selection:  All League Honors based on individual points awarded for matches between league opponents and the season end League Tournament.  The league will provide patches.  Ties will not be broken.
Points for Matches
-Low gross……………….  ...6 pts
-2nd low gross…………. ….5 pts
-3rd low gross…………… ...4 pts
-4th low gross………….......3 pts
-5th low gross……………...2 pts
-6th low gross……………...1 pt


League Tournaments
-Low gross……………..    ...12 pts
-2nd low gross……...….  ....11 pts
-3rd low gross…….….…  ...10 pts
-4th low gross………....  .......9 pts
-5th low gross…………  .......8 pts
-6th low gross………...  …....7 pts
-7th low gross.......................6 pts
-8th low gross.......................5 pts
-9th low gross.......................4 pts
-10th low gross.....................3 pts
-11th low gross.....................2 pts
-12th low gross.....................1 pt

NO TIES: If top three golfers tie for Low Gross they all would receive 6 points.  The next player would receive 3 points.

VII. The League will provide 12 All League Patches and a Coach of the Year Certificate.  The player receiving the highest points will be designated Most Outstanding Player (MOP).   Each coach may recommend a candidate for MVP with the MVP Award determined by an anonymous vote from the coaches--based on the value a player brings to the team including sportsmanship--i.e. the player that shakes the coach's hand, the one your kids enjoy playing with because of attitude, follows the rules and spirit of golf, etc.  The next ten (10) players with the highest point total will be considered All League.  Coach of the Year will be determined by a vote of the coaches.

VIII. League Championship tournament Awards: Winning team of the league championship tournament will receive 6 medals, 1 for each member of the team.  Ties will be broken by the 6th players score.  If a tie still remains, then matching score cards.*
The individual with the lowest score from the league championship tournament will receive the Individual Tournament Medal.  If there is a tie for the Individual Tournament Medal it will be broken by Matching Score Cards.*

IX. Division V Tournament Qualifiers:  TVL will send three (3) teams accumulating the highest point totals from league matches and League Tournaments to the Division V Tournament.  In addition six individuals: the four (4) who have accumulated the most league points not already on one of the two teams moving on to Division and the two (2) who score the lowest at the League Championship Tournament, who are not already one of the two teams moving on to Division or one of the four that qualify from league points.

X. If there is a tie for league champion, head to head in regular season and league championship will break the tie.  If the tie is still not broken, then Matching Scorecards from the League Championship Tournament will be used.

XI.  If there is a tie for individuals qualifying by league points it will be decided by their League Championship score.  If a tie still remains it will be decided by Matching Score Cards.*

XII. If there is a tie for individual who qualify by low score it will be decided by league points.  If a tie still remains it will be decided by Matching Score Cards.*

*Matching Score Cards--In the event of a tie, scorecards will be matched on the first handicapped hole and continuing on to the 2nd, 3rd, etc. handicapped holes until an individual winner is determined.  For teams the top five (5) player's scores will be used, if there is still a tie the sixth player's score will be used, and then continue to the 2nd, 3rd, etc. handicapped holes until a winning team is determined.

XIII. Matches:  Matches will begin at 3:30 p.m., after daylight savings time matches will begin at 4:00 p.m.  The home team will declare rainouts.  A match will be considered completed if each team has played five (5) holes.  The use of summer or winter rules and the use of regular or championship tees will be decided by the host team.

XIV. Rules of Play:  All league play will be governed by USGA, NCGA and CIF.

XV. Coaching: Coaches may not give advice to players during a match.  A certified coach must accompany the players on the course during the match.

XVI. Grievances/Protests/Disqualifications: Are to be handled by the coaches of the teams involved.  If a decision is not agreed upon, refer to Constitution Article IX Protests.

XVII. Misconduct Rules:  Grounds for disqualification:
        A. cheating
        B.  throwing clubs
        C.  obscene or vulgar language
        D.  smoking or chewing tobacco at site or match
        E.  discarding paper, bottles, etc.
        F.  failure to replace divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green
        G.  defacing or destroying club property
             Refer to Constitution Article XIII Sportsmanship Guidelines

XVIII. League Tournament Rotation for first half: Hilmar 15, Escalon 16, Modesto Christian 17, Riverbank 18, Ripon 19, Hughson 20, Mountain House 21
League Tournament Rotation for second half:  Hughson 15, Hilmar 16,  Escalon 17, Modesto Christian 18, Riverbank 19, Mountain House 20, Ripon 21

XX. Awards:  Refer to TVL Constitution—Financial Section-III Awards.

XIX. Season of Sport
League teams shall participate as per Sac Joaquin Section Bylaws:
Article 5. General Rules   504 Season of Sport
The following exception are in effect for the Trans Valley League: 
2.  There shall be no “Limited Periods” as stated in Section Bylaw Article 5 General rules
504.9 Limited Periods a, b, c, d, e, f, and g.
*Note: 504.9 Limited Periods h. Out of Season and i. Summer Rules, are in effect.

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TVL BOYS’ GOLF SPECTATOR RELEASE FORM
For the purpose of this policy, a spectator is considered to be anyone who is at the golf course and who is not a coach or player in the Trans Valley League.
The TVL firmly believes in upholding the traditions golf teaches, including, most importantly, the values of sportsmanship, integrity and honesty. We expect our players, parents and other spectators to act with courtesy and common sense at all of our events and feel very strongly about enforcing our player Code of Conduct and this Spectator Code of Conduct. All parents have the opportunity to watch their child participate in Trans Valley League play. However, in order to maintain this ability, certain guidelines must be followed. All spectators must adhere to this policy, understanding that any breach will result in removal from the golf course and possibly being banned from future events. As a spectator at the golf course you are just that – a spectator. You are not an active participant in the day’s events.
1. Spectators attend TVL events at their own risk. Spectators must observe the same golf etiquette and respect to the golf course, facilities, and policies of the host club as the players.
2. No electronic devices allowed on course during play; refrain from bringing cell phones, yardage measuring devices or radios onto the course.
3. Spectators should stay on cart paths. In the absence of cart paths, we ask that spectators stay in the rough. Please stay off fairways, tees and greens. Keep up with or ahead of your group to ensure pace of play and do not interfere with other groups’ play. Be careful to not delay play for following groups by standing in their target or landing area. Remain at least 30 yards from participants.
4. Spectators may NOT assist in looking for lost balls and acting as caddies.
5. Adhere to host facility's dress code. Some facilities may not allow blue jeans, T-shirts, etc. and may require collared shirts.
6. Spectators and spectator carts may NOT carry water, golf equipment, umbrellas, etc. for players.
7. No advice is to be given to competitors during stipulated rounds, especially if the competitor is a relation or friend. Advice (USGA Rule 8) is any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. In addition, any conversation between player/spectator may be construed as advice. This includes any conversation between player/spectator in their native language. In either instance, penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes. Players are responsible for the actions of their relatives and spectators in regards to this rule. Keeping the above statement in mind, please keep your conversation with the player to words of encouragement as long as advice is not given. Make sure to avoid all communication, verbal and non‐verbal, which may be construed by others (competitors, parents and Rules Officials) as advice. Spectators are encouraged to be reserved when acknowledging a good shot.
8. USGA Rule 6-1 states "The player is responsible for knowing the Rules." Spectators should not give rulings. Spectators are encouraged not to give information on the Rules to players because frequently the information is incorrect and/or Rule 8 (Advice) is breached. Violation of the Rules will typically lead to a penalty for the player(s) involved.
9. Possession of drugs, alcohol, smoking or chewing tobacco products or sunflower seeds by spectators while on the golf course is strictly forbidden.
10. Yelling at or discouraging a golfer, including your own child, will not be tolerated at any event. Insulting, intimidating, or communicating with any TVL golfer in a destructive manner will result in immediate removal from the golf course.
SPECTATOR PRIVILEGES
Watching a TVL event as a spectator is a privilege. Whether you are a parent or a friend of a player, your spectator privileges may be suspended if you fail to follow the spectator guidelines.
Remember that you are at a contest to support your team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule players, fans, officials, or coaches.
Student/athletes are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun! Encourage the student/athletes to play by the rules. Remember that children learn best by example, so recognize the
good play of both teams.
By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of the participants, all players will benefit. Do not embarrass any athletes by yelling at players, coaches, or officials.
Emphasize sportsmanship through your verbal and physical behavior. Know and study the rules of the sport, and support the coaches and officials on and off the field/court. This approach will
help in the development and support of the game. Recognize a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the game.
Understand the importance of coaches. They are important to the development of athletes and the sport. Communicate with them and support them.
Be a positive role model during and after all events. Remember participating in athletics and being a fan in the stands is a privilege, not a right.
Should the Trans Valley League be informed or become aware of misconduct by a parent of spectator in TVL sanctioned events, the league reserves the right to impose its own discipline or sanctions against the parent or spectator, including, but not limited to, a verbal warning, being instructed to leave the sporting event by school personnel and denial of entry or access to TVL sanctioned events.
I have read the above stipulations and will abide by the principles contained therein. I recognize that I must sign this agreement to have access to the course during Trans Valley League events.
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