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ILH Guidelines


(Revised 2012-2013)

ILH Coaches’ Code of Conduct


  1. Coaches are accountable to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.  All practices should be consistent with the rules of the game and the educational purposes of the institution.
  2. Coaches shall observe the letter and intent of the rules of the sport and insist that athletes and teams under their direction do the same.
  3. Coaches shall clarify in advance and act in full accordance with institutional, ILH and State governing body rules while avoiding actions that may violate the legal and/or civil rights of others.
  4. Coaches shall carry out all obligations of employment contracts, unless released from those obligations.  When considering interruption or termination of service, coaches shall give appropriate notice.
  5. Coaches shall treat all persons with dignity and respect providing a model of fair play and sportsmanship.
  6. Coaches shall honor all professional relationships with athletes, colleagues, officials, media representatives and the public.  They shall avoid conflicts of interest and exploitation of those relationships, especially by outside parties. 
  7. The athletes' education shall be held to be foremost.
  8. Coaches shall have a primary concern for the health, safety, and personal welfare of each athlete.
  9. Coaches shall honor and treat with respect contest officials.

ILH Athletes' Code of Conduct


  1. Athletes shall observe the letter and intent of the rules of their sport.
  2. Athletes shall treat all persons with dignity and respect providing a model of fair play and sportsmanship.
  3. The athletes' education shall be held to be foremost.
  4. Athletes shall honor and treat with respect contest Officials.

Schedule


The Championship for football shall be determined by the format listed below.  

In computing the relative standing of teams in a football series, the following method: 

  • Two points awarded for a win.
  • One point for a tie.
  • No points for a loss.

The Varsity Division is classified into two (2) divisions based on the 2011-12 ILH Declarations.  Division I will consist of three teams, and Division II will consist of three teams.

Schedule format


  1. Each team will play every team in their division twice, and the teams in the other division once.  
  2. The varsity schedule will be a rotation between division and integrated division games and upon completion, finish with divisional play.
  3. The schedule rotation order shall be adjusted so that any one team does not follow one other team through the entire round or for the purpose of promoting the most attractive games.
  4. The ILH Executive Director and the ILH Football Coordinator shall set specific game times listed on the schedule.  Game times may be adjusted during the season.
  5. The Junior Varsity schedule consists of four teams and shall be a double round schedule for a total of six games. 
  6. The Intermediate consists of seven teams that will play a one round schedule for a total of six games.  (The schools may scrimmage with each other under the guidelines of Section I – Practice #1-4)
  7. There shall be a season limit of twelve games including non-league and league games.  (Note: Play-off games are not considered as part of the twelve game football limitation.)

Determination of a Champion


  1. All scheduled league games will count toward the championship. The team with the best record in Division I and the team with the best record in Division II will be the division champions. 
  2. If any two teams are tied for the lead in Division I and/or Division II, there shall be a play-off between these two teams for the championship.
  3. If all three teams in Division I are tied for the lead, the tie breaker steps shall be to eliminate one team and the other two teams shall play-off for the championship:
    1. The best two records vs Division I teams.
    2. The best two records vs Division II teams.
    3. The best two records of the schedule’s integrated portion (3 games).
    4. Draw cards** (play-off).
  4. If all four teams in Division II are tied for the lead, the tie breaker steps shall be to eliminate one team and the other two teams shall play-off for the championship:
    1. The best two records vs Division II teams.
    2. The best two records vs Division I teams.
    3. The best two records of the schedule’s integrated portion (3 games).
    4. Draw cards** (play-off).
  5. In the Junior Varsity and Intermediate divisions if there is a two-team tie at the end of the regular season to determine the championship, the tie shall be played off. If three or more teams are tied for first at the end of the regular season, the League shall decide the means of determining the championship.
  6. Any ILH varsity football game that ends in a tie at the end of regulation time will be decided by the recommended NFHS tie-breaking procedure modified with starting at the 20-yard line.
  7. Any ILH Junior Varsity or Intermediate Playoff Game that is tied at the end of regulation will be declared a tie and recognized as co-champions.

Game Management


The League shall determine the location of seats of members at Varsity football games in which their teams are participating.

Each varsity team will provide seven ILH approved Wilson NCAA GST 1003 brand footballs, supplied by the league, to be used in each of its ILH varsity season games.

Additional ILH approved Wilson NCAA GST 1003 brand footballs may be used in a ILH varsity season game if approved by ILH football game Officials prior to the start of the game.

JV will be provided with one ILH approved Wilson NCAA GST 1003 brand football supplied by the league and the Intermediate will be provided with two Wilson NCAA GST 1003 brand footballs.  Additional ILH approved Wilson NCAA GST 1003 brand footballs may be used if approved by ILH football game officials prior to start of the game.

Goal posts shall not be decorated.

A school’s band is not allowed to perform whenever the opposing team has possession of the football in front of their band.  First offense: Warning; Second Offense: Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty issued to head coach; Third Offense: Second Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty issued to head coach, and head coach is ejected.

At the end of each game, All Levels: All players shall return immediately to their team box areas to meet with their coaches.  Then under the supervision of their coaches the team members will move on the field, between the 40 yard lines, for congratulatory purposes with the opposing team.

Varsity: If there is an overtime session, there is no warm-up or practice on the playing field area between the end of the game and the start of the overtime session.

Pre-game and half-time activities:

  1. No pre-game activities will be allowed on the playing field prior to the start of the game unless mutually agreed by the participating schools and approved by the ILH Office.
  2. All half-time entertainment activities are to be cleared through the ILH Office at least three weeks in advance.  Homecoming activities will have preference over other requests and homecoming activities will only be shared by mutual agreement, otherwise requests will be honored in order of date received.
  3. No more than two homecoming dates will be accepted for any triple-header playing date.
  4. Half-time restrictions for bands:
    1. School bands shall not assemble or enter field for half time performances from the opponent’s sideline.
    2. Half-time band or special activities must be clear of the field within 12 minutes. 
    3. During triple-headers these half-time activities are restricted to 10 minutes.
    4. No horses are to be allowed on the Stadium field.

The Alma Mater and National Anthem shall be played before the game and will be followed by the toss of the coin. Order shall be: Mauka alma mater – visiting team, Makai alma mater – home team, and then the National Anthem played by the school on the Makai side.  

When 2 or more games are scheduled, the National Anthem shall be played prior to the first game only. For campus games, the school designated as the “home team” shall play the National Anthem.  There shall be no playing by the band or singing of any school songs, alma mater, etc. at the conclusion of football games at Aloha Stadium.  Violation of this policy is subject to penalty.  Allowed at school campus sites provided notice is given to host site athletic director prior to the start of the game.

For Varsity, Junior Varsity and Intermediate games the home team shall be responsible for the presence of a doctor.  Officials shall not start a game unless a doctor is present.  If no doctor is present within 30 minutes after the scheduled starting time, the game shall be postponed and re-scheduled for a later date.

When two or games are scheduled at Aloha Stadium, the coin toss between the captains of both teams shall be conducted in front of the locker rooms during the fourth quarter of the prior game.  A succeeding game will start 25 minutes after the field is clear of the previous game, provided that no game starts earlier than a scheduled starting time.

Each school is allowed only two school photographers on the field during their scheduled game, and must wear their game provided School Photographer pass.

At Aloha Stadium and/or School Field Sites - School and/or media photographers, video camera personnel and reporters on the field shall not occupy or operate within the 25-yard line to 25-yard line of each team sideline bench area during the game.

Each game date at Aloha Stadium will have (4) four upper level passes for each football team to use for filming/scouting from upper level seating area of stadium. 

Each football game at Aloha Stadium will have (45) forty-five game field passes provided for each scheduled participating team.  These passes are for coaches (football and cheerleaders), doctors, trainers, managers, statisticians and administrators.  (School Photographers see #12 above. Bus Drivers, Chaperones for cheerleaders and band must have an ILH Official Pass or ILH Adult Activity Card for access – or must pay admission for entry.)

Games passes at Aloha Stadium must be worn and visible at all times for stadium personnel.

No outside food is allowed in Aloha Stadium.

Jersey Colors


Teams scheduled are to be listed as “home team” and “visiting team”: the “home team” shall wear dark colored jersey, the “visiting team” light colored jersey. 

If there is a conflict in colors, it shall be the responsibility of the “visiting team” to wear a contrasting color, which must be their lightest.  (Note exceptions on schedules for JV and Intermediate team colors.)

Scouting and Movies


No member shall scout another team at any practice session.  Scouting shall only take place at inter-school scrimmages or inter-school games. 

Scouting includes assignment of any coaching staff member, school personnel, or other interested school backer, to observe another team.

Junior Varsity and Intermediate Games


The home team shall notify the ILH Executive Director or, if he is not available, the ILH Football Coordinator, of any schedule changes due to bad weather or any other reason within the league policies.  The Executive Director or the Football Coordinator will notify all football schools of the schedule change.

Each school is to supply a scoreboard and visible timing device for its Junior Varsity and Intermediate home games.  The official timer will handle the scoreboard and time for all games.  Schools will assist as requested.

Junior Varsity and Intermediate games shall be worked with five field Officials.  

Adequate benches must be provided in the team area, at least for the visiting team.

Each team shall be roped off to separate spectators from the players.

The ILH will provide one police officer for each game if requested by the host school.

All fields shall have 10-yard sideline markers, and they shall be marked with 5- yard lines on the field.  Campus fields shall also mark the team box area and 6-foot restraining line.

The approved ILH football will be used for Junior Varsity and Intermediate football games.  The League will provide league approved game ball - Wilson NCAA GST 1003.

Intermediate games shall be scheduled on Saturday mornings whenever possible.  Junior Varsity games shall be scheduled on Friday or Saturday afternoon avoiding any conflict with the Varsity schedule.

Mandatory player numbering as recommended in the rules shall be required for all divisions.

Field lights, if available, shall be turned on if darkness threatens the completion of a junior varsity and/or intermediate game.  For fields without lights, if darkness threatens the completion of a junior varsity and/or intermediate game, the Referee’s responsibilities are specific in the NFHS rulebook.

Football Officials Assignments Policy


The ILH Football Officials Assignment Committee shall be composed of the Executive Director, the ILH Football Coordinator, and two representatives of the football Officials association.

The Assignment Committee shall make assignments for all Varsity games, and will supervise assignments for Junior Varsity and Intermediate league games and play-off games.

A minimum rules test score of 80% will be required for varsity Officials.  Officials scoring under 70% may retest upon their request at a specified time.

A minimum rules test score of 60% will be required for Junior Varsity and Intermediate Pfficials.

The Officials association shall submit to the League a list of persons deemed qualified, by position, to work Varsity football games, and with test scores indicated.  The Assignment Committee may approve or modify this list for assignment of Officials.

The Varsity head coaches shall have a mid-season meeting if necessary for purposes of further evaluation of Officials and may make additional recommendations to the Assignment Committee.

Prior to each Varsity, Junior Varsity or Intermediate game, each head coach will be given a list of Officials assigned to his game with names, numbers and position indicated.

Additional Officials procedures:

  1. Officials may wear uniform shorts for wet or muddy days.
  2. Timers for Junior Varsity and Intermediate games shall be rotated between fields and not assigned to one field for the season.

Coaches-Officials pre-season rules clinic shall be conducted with the intent on rules interpretation of Officials “this is the way we call it”.  All head Varsity, Junior Varsity, Intermediate coaches are to required attend.

The Officials assignment committee shall assign the “best” of the league Officials to work the ILH Championship play-off game.

Game Rules


All games shall be played under the rules of the National Federation Rules with the following modifications:

  1. If at any time during the second half of the game, the winning team is leading by 35 or more points, the game clock will not stop for incomplete passes, change of possession, out-of-bounds plays, and first downs. 
  2. The clock will stop for time-outs, any score, and administration of penalties and injuries. 
  3. Should the lead fall under 35 points, the game shall revert back to normal game clock rules.

Practice


Fall Conditioning


An organized football conditioning program, shall be held as a team function.  This conditioning program shall start one week before the start of regular practice – dates for Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Intermediate to be listed on the same schedule.  Fall conditioning programs must conform to the following limitations:

  1. Not more than one session per day.
  2. Mandatory of five days of conditioning during the specified week.
  3. Shirts, shorts, helmets, shoes, and footballs only.  No other football gear may be worn or used.
  4. Conditioning and activities appropriate to the game of football be emphasized for the purpose of enhancing the welfare and safety of the athlete.

The first day of formal practice with pads (full gear) may begin on according to the HHSAA start date calendar.  Football equipment (other than shoes) may be issued three days prior to the start of practice, exclusive of Sundays.

No inter-school scrimmages shall be held until after the week of fall conditioning and three full days of football practice.  This restriction applies to all divisions, Varsity, Junior Varsity and Intermediate.

Inter-school scrimmages may not exceed four (4), except that an additional scrimmage may be held in lieu of a pre-season game. 

An inter-school scrimmage shall be defined as activity in which teams, or parts of teams of different schools, assume offense and defense against each other, and where the element of game conditions contact is present.

Conditioning Programs


  1. Out-of-season conditioning programs please refer to ILH Bylaws and HHSAA Start Date and Restriction Rule Calendar.
  2. Exception: Spring and Summer workouts in football may be conducted under the following limitations only: 
    1. During the designated HHSAA Start Date and Restriction Rule Calendar Guidelines.
    2. These workouts shall be non-contact and non-equipment sessions. 
    3. An allotment of five spring workout dates between May 1-15.
    4. Not more than one session per day.

Eligibility Lists


Football eligibility lists are to be due four (4) days prior to the first ILH league scheduled game.
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