§ 301 Purpose.
There is hereby established the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Association is intended to preserve and promote the educational significance of interscholastic athletics; ensure that interscholastic sports remains compatible with the educational mission of the member schools; provide for fair competition between member schools; promote sportsmanship and ethical behavior; establish and enforce standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and spectators; protect the physical well-being of athletes; and promote healthy adolescent lifestyles. To these ends, the General Assembly intends for the Association to work in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education toward full implementation of this chapter.
§ 302 Definitions.
The following definitions apply to this chapter:
(1) “Association” means the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
(2) “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
(3) “Department” means the Delaware Department of Education.
(4) “Member school” means a full or associate member school of the Association.
(5) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
(6) “State Board” means the State Board of Education.
§ 303 Rules and regulations.
(a) The Association shall be a unit of the Department of Education. The General Assembly intends for the Association to work in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education in the development of rules and regulations relating to member school interscholastic athletics. The Association and the Department of Education are authorized to develop all necessary policies and procedures to implement the provisions of this chapter.
(b) The Association, in consultation and cooperation with the Department, shall develop rules and regulations relating to secondary and middle school interscholastic athletics for schools in the State. Such regulations shall include the regulation of athletic programs of all public schools in the State and such nonpublic schools as may elect to become member or associate member schools as provided in regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, eligibility of students to participate in interscholastic athletes, nonschool competitions, coaches and sports officials of interscholastic sports in the State, sanctioning of school team competitions, and other matters affecting interscholastic athletics in the State. However, the Association shall not approve any rule or regulation that denies a student the right to simultaneously try out for, practice with, or participate in games on a team similar to the school team on which that student is a member, except that such dual membership and participation on a similar team shall be authorized only upon written consent by the parent, custodian or guardian of the student. Such written consent shall clearly state the authority to participate on a particularly specified team of a designated organization or institution.
(c) The Association shall adopt rules and regulations as to which sports over which they have jurisdiction.
(d) The Association shall adopt rules and regulations applicable to member schools regarding the appropriate recognition and management of student athletes exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with a concussion. The rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the following requirements which shall be effective no later than the 2012-2013 school year:
(1) Each student athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian shall annually sign and return a concussion information sheet designed by the Association prior to the athlete initiating practice or competition.
(2) Each coach shall complete concussion training consistent with a timetable and curriculum established by the Association.
(3) A student athlete shall be promptly removed from play if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or exhibits signs or symptoms of concussion until completion of assessment by a qualified healthcare professional or medical clearance.
(4) Written clearance for return to play after a concussion shall be from a qualified physician (Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) only.
(e) The Association shall adopt rules and regulations applicable to member schools regarding student athletes and awareness, recognition, and management of sudden cardiac arrest which shall be effective no later than the 2015-2016 school year. The Association, either through rules and regulations or policy adopted pursuant thereto, at a minimum, shall:
(1) Develop and make publicly available a sudden cardiac arrest information sheet that includes information regarding the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest;
(2) Prior to participating in practice or competition, require each student athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian, sign and return a sudden cardiac arrest information sheet designed by the Association;
(3) Require each student athlete to complete a heart history questionnaire as part of the preparticipation physical examination;
(4) Hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) certification for all school-appointed head coaches, which includes training on the use of an automated external defibrillator; and
(5) Present to coaches and officials sudden cardiac arrest awareness information.
§ 304 Other duties, powers and authority.
The Board shall have such duties, powers and authority as may be necessary for the enforcement of this chapter and for the enforcement of the Department’s rules and regulations adopted under this chapter, which must include all of the following:
(1) To establish annual membership fees.
(2) To establish standing committees.
(3) To determine the existence of violations of the rights and regulations by full and associate member schools and penalize violations by official reprimand, placement on probation, fine, suspension or other action as deemed appropriate.
(4) To investigate, conduct hearings and take action on alleged violations committed by schools, athletes, coaches, administrators, officials or spectators of the Department’s rules and regulations made under this chapter.
(5) To interpret the Department’s rules and regulations made pursuant hereto, conduct hearings and take action on requests for a waiver of the rules and regulations.
(6) To establish fees for officiating contests and competitions.
§ 305 Composition of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
(a) The Board shall consist of 19 voting members and 1 nonvoting member as follows:
(1) Two school district superintendents/assistant superintendents, who shall be residents of different counties.
(2) Three representatives of school district boards of education, who shall be residents of different counties.
(3) Three public school principals/assistant principals, 1 of which shall be from each county.
(4) Two public school athletic directors/coaches, who shall be residents of different counties.
(5) Two nonpublic school representatives, of which 1 shall be a secondary school administrator and 1 shall either be a secondary school athletic director or coach.
(6) One Department of Education representative, which may be the Secretary of Education or the Secretary’s designee, who shall be the nonvoting member.
(7) One physician licensed by the Delaware Board of Medical Practices knowledgeable about sports medicine.
(8) Six public members, of which 2 shall be from each county. The public members shall be residents of Delaware for a minimum of 3 years and shall be knowledgeable about athletics, but shall not be employees of any member school or have a material financial interest in providing goods or services to the Association or any member school.
(b) Voting board members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Governor shall take into consideration geographic representation, knowledge of athletics in general, and an interest in high school athletics in deciding whether or not to appoint a nominee.
(c) All members of the Board, with the exception of the Secretary of Education or the Secretary’s designee, who shall be a permanent member, and the licensed physician, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor shall be appointed for a 3-year term, provided, however, that the Governor may appoint members to terms less than 3 years if necessary to ensure that the Board members’ terms remain appropriately staggered. The Governor shall strive to assure that, the terms of the members of the Board are staggered so that the terms of no more than 7 members shall expire in any given year. Board members shall be paid $100 per meeting.
(d) A member of the Board shall serve until that member’s successor is appointed. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term of the member whom that member replaces.
(e) A person who has never served on the Board may be appointed to the Board 2 consecutive times, but no such person shall thereafter be eligible for 2 consecutive appointments. No person who has been twice-appointed to the Board or who has served on the Board for 6 years within any 9-year period shall again be appointed to the Board until an interim period of at least 1 term has expired since such person last served.
(f) Any act or vote by a person appointed in violation of subsection (e) of this section shall be invalid. An amendment or revision of this chapter is not sufficient cause for any appointment or attempted appointment in violation of subsection (e) of this section unless such amendment or revision amends this section to permit such an appointment.
(g) No school district or nonpublic school shall have more than 1 member on the Board.
(h) A member who fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings, unless excused for good cause by a majority of the members of the Board, or fails to attend at least half of all regular business meetings of the Board during any calendar year or who ceases to be a resident of the county in which such member resided when appointed to the Board shall automatically upon such occurrence be deemed to have resigned from office, and a replacement shall be appointed.
§ 306 Quorum and voting.
A majority of the voting members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum must be present to pass any motion or resolution. No motion, resolution or other act of the Association to adopt or amend the Association’s budget or rules and regulations may be adopted without agreement of the majority of the voting members of the Board. All other motions, resolutions or acts of the Association shall require a simple majority of the voting members present in order to pass.
§ 307 Chairperson; administration.
(a) The Board shall elect annually from its members a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and such other officers as it may deem necessary. In the event of a vacancy in 1 of the officers, a replacement shall be elected at the next Board meeting or a meeting called for that purpose.
(b) The Association shall hire an Executive Director to work in collaboration with the Department of Education. The Executive Director shall be an employee of the Department and receive compensation commensurate with the Department salary scale at the education associate level.
(c) There shall be a secretary who is employed by the Department of Education, and who shall serve as staff for the Association and the Department of Education. The secretary shall receive compensation commensurate with the Department salary scales and shall be evaluated according to Department policies and procedures. The Secretary of Education shall employ other such employees as provided in the budget.
(d) The Executive Director shall become a bona fide resident of the State within 6 months following the Executive Director’s date of hire.
§ 308 Meetings of the Association.
(a) The Association shall hold regularly scheduled meetings at least once a month and at such other times as the Chairperson deems necessary or at the request of a majority of the Board members.
(b) The Board shall meet at such place within the State as it may from time to time determine. The place for each meeting shall be determined prior to giving notice of such meeting.
(c) Notice of all meetings of the Board shall be given in the manner prescribed by law.
(d) Board meetings and hearings shall be open to the public in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 100 of Title 29.
(e) Minutes of all meetings shall be recorded and copies shall be maintained by the Association at the offices of the Department of Education. At any hearing in which evidence is presented, a record from which a verbatim transcript can be prepared shall be made and the expense of preparing any transcript shall be incurred by the person requesting the transcript.
(f) Board decisions in cases involving requests for waivers will be released in writing within 20 days from the date of hearing.
§ 309 Secretary; powers and duties.
The Association shall be a unit of the Department of Education. The Secretary of Education shall promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to the establishing of the Association as such a unit.
§ 310 Payment of expenses; deposits of receipt.
A special fund is hereby created and shall be known as the “Secondary Interscholastic Athletic Fund.” The expenses of the Association shall be paid from this special fund. Any appropriations made to the Department by the General Assembly for the Association shall be allocated to this fund. The Association shall be authorized to receive state appropriations, federal moneys, membership dues, tournament revenues, fees, fines, official dues, merchandising and licensing revenue, and interest. The Association is authorized to establish special fund accounts for the purposes of tracking revenue, and these accounts shall be interest bearing and not subject to reversion. The Association is exempt from the state bid law. The Association shall not operate any accounts outside of the state accounting system and the fund shall be interest bearing. Funds shall be utilized to support the activities and operations of Delaware interscholastic athletics. During the fiscal year, the expenditure of funds from the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Fund will be in accordance with the Division of Accounting budget and accounting procedures.
§ 311 Annual report.
The Association, in consultation and cooperation with the Department of Education, shall make an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 31 in each year.
§ 312 Appeals of decisions by the Association.
The Association shall decide on all controversies involving the rules and regulations, including any waiver thereof, adopted pursuant to this chapter, and any waiver of the ineligibility in § 410(a) of this title. Any party to such a controversy may appeal to the state Board by setting forth such grievance in a petition which shall be served upon the Executive Director of the Association by certified or registered mail within 30 days after receiving notice of the decision. The state Board shall provide by rules and regulations for adequate procedures for the hearing of any such appeal and shall decide the controversy. All such appeals shall be on the record, and the state Board shall overturn the Association’s decision only if it decides that the Association’s decision was not supported by substantial evidence or was arbitrary or capricious. The decision of the state Board shall be final and not subject to further appeal.