Trans Valley League
Rules, Regulations and Policies
League meetings are held once a month or as needed. The initial
meeting will be in August and the final in May of each school year.
The site will rotate among the league schools. Students may
be included in two meetings per year.
2. Ties for League Championship:
Ties for championship will remain. Co-championships will be
declared. There will be no playoffs. (Playoff representation
can be found in the individual sport rules)
3. Scheduled Games:
A school must field a team for all scheduled games. Games not
played or delayed because of events beyond the control of the
responsible administrative authority will be rescheduled or started
late by mutual consent
of the coaches. If the game is not played or rescheduled, the
may be referred to the TVL Protest Committee and handled like any other
protest. In case of football facility failures, the game should
played on the Saturday following, if possible.
Games interrupted because of events beyond the control of the
responsible administrative authority will be continued from the point
of interruption unless teams agree otherwise, or there are conference,
league or state
association rules that apply.
Any game suspended by a power failure should be played the next day.
After a wait of 45 minutes, mutual agreement by the principals or
designees may declare a winner.
4. Administrative Supervision:
The host school is to provide the necessary security and administrative
supervision for all TVL contests. For football games and boys
basketball games, schools must be represented by an administrator or
designee. For other night events the home school is to provide an
administrator or designee who is not the coach of the game in progress.
Supervision should also be provided for other contests where
there is potential for distruption. Host school supervisors shall
make themselves known and contact the visiting supervisor upon his/her
arrival. The visiting supervisor shall seek their counterpart and
introduce themselves upon arrival at their host school.
5. League Sports:
If half or more of the schools on the varsity level participate in
a given sport, that sport becomes a league sport. Exception:
"Half the schools participating" and "Seven (7) wrestlers necessary for
a team" rules are waved for girls wrestling for the year 2018-19,
(Refer to Girls Wrestling rules)
All schedules will be adopted on a two year basis. The second
year's schedule is to reverse the location, but use comparable dates
with adjustments as needed.
A. Varsity--Open competition, except that students
less than 15 years of age may not play varsity football. (May be
appealed. See Section Rules)
B. Junior Varsity--Open to students that are either
freshmen, sophomores or Juniors in school standing.
Frosh/Soph--Open to students that are freshmen and Sophomores.
C. A student has 4 years of continuous eligibility
from the time he is enrolled as a freshmen. No student will be
eligible for frosh/soph competition after his forth semester of
D. The following regulations apply for freshemen,
sophomores or juniors moving between varsity and non varsity;
a. Football, basketball,
baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer: A student may move up and
the first regularly scheduled league game, following which movement may
only be up. (Section Rule 502.7 d. If a practice meet,
match or game is held after league competition starts, the athlete may
move to a higher classification and may return to the original
classification when league competition resumes.)
b. Track, wrestling, tennis,
golf, cross country: There will be no restrictions on moving a
up and down, until that participant must be declared in the
process for section competition.
A. It is always illegal for a student to
participate in more than one classification in any one day.
B. In any sport when both individual and teams
qualify for section competition, an individual from a league school
which does not field a team in that sport may qualify for competition
in the league qualifying contest by the following:
Compete in a minimum of two (2)
league contests prior to the league qualifying contest. The
athlete will compete in these contests unattached and will not score
points or affect the outcome of the league contest.
An athlete in the league qualifying
contest who has qualified under the provisions of this section can not
points in the league qualifying contest or affect the team outcome of
contest. The Athletic Director of the athlete's school will make
arrangements in advance for the athlete to compete in league and
qualifying contests. Individual sports representatives will be
responsible for developing regulations to allow for this provision to
C. Individual exceptions will be handled by
the TVL Executive Board.
9. Penalty for Rule Violations:
Any school that cleary violates league rules will have to forfeit said
league contests as determined by the TVL Executive Board.
10. Cancellation of Games Because of Fog:
A. If either school determines that a game
should be postponed, that school should make every effort to notify the
opposing school by 2:00 p.m.
B. If a game is canceled because of fog, it
will be rescheduled for the first possible date (time mutually agreed
upon by the schools involved) following the cancellation.
C. The TVL President is to be notified of canceled
Coaches, Athletic Directors and Administrators shall be aware of
the dangers of lightning. Games are to cease and all are to take
cover when danger presents itself. MCAA rule: "Hear it, fear it.
See it, flee it."
12. Starting Times:
Refer to individual sports sections.
13. Face Paint and Noisemakers:
Students attending TVL sporting events may not wear masks, face paint
or any object that obstructs the ability of school officials to
identify a student. Bandanas or hairnets shall not be worn.
All decisions regarding appropriate dress are at the discreting of
administrators and school officials and are not limited to this policy.
Artificial noisemakers at indoor events are prohibited, except for
organized pep bands and pep squads in uniform. This includes
by people in the stands.
Home schools may set up tunnels. Visiting schools no tunnels.
14. Non League Schools:
A non TVL school may be approved for league competition by the TVL
Each Home school may set rules and limits for cheerleaders during
All CIF rules will prevail, except where the league is more restrictive.
17. 17. Season of Sport
League teams shall participate as per Sac Joaquin Section Bylaws:
Article 5. General Rules 504.9 Season of Sport
The following exception are in effect for the Trans Valley
1. Pitchers and Catchers may early start as stated
in Section Bylaw Article 5 General Rules
504.9 Preseason Dead Periods #3. Note: Pitcher and Catchers.
2. There shall be no “Limited Periods” as stated in Section Bylaw
Article 5 General rules
504.9 Limited Periods a, b, c, d, and e.
*Note: 504.9 Limited Periods f. Out of Season and g. Summer Rules, are
Spring football Practice is allowed. Practice dates May 15-30,
2018 Comparable dates for future years.
2019: May 14-29 2020: May 12-27 2021: May 11-26 No variance
to practice dates for finals, senior day, etc.
1. Practice is allowed Monday-Friday for a maximum
of 1.5 hours per day.
2. No Saturday and/or Sunday practices
3. No outside competition of any kind
4. Footballs are allowed
5. No football equipment allowed (No helmets, pads,
etc.) (bags, shields, OK)
6. No Helmets and Shoulder Pads
7. All football activities must meet the provisions
of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section bylaws 2003.1, 2003.2 and 2003.3
The TVL approved number of officials required to conduct a contest
is as follows:
Football: Varsity & JV will have at least
Frosh and Frosh/Soph will have at least 3
Basketball: Varsity will have at least 2
JV will have at least 1
Frosh and Frosh/Soph will have at least 1
Volleyball will have at least 1
Wrestling will have at least 1
Softball will have at least 1
Baseball will have at least 1
Soccer will have at least 1
Back to "Constitution
& Sport Rules" Page
Back to Home Page