The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is the primary regulatory body for high school athletics and activities in the state of Arizona. Read Challenge FC's interpretation of the AIA general provisions.
14.4 NONSCHOOL PARTICIPATION
14.4.1 A student who is a member of a school team shall not practice or compete with any other group, club, organization, association, etc., in that sport during the interscholastic season of competition. This rule applies to the following team sports: football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, track relay and swimming relay teams. For purposes of this rule, the interscholastic season of competition shall begin with the first regularly scheduled game and conclude with that particular team's final game. Any student violating the above rule shall forfeit his/her eligibility for a minimum of the balance of the season for that sport or up to a maximum of one calendar year.
Club Interpretation: AIA season of competition starts with the first scheduled game of that season. This does not include pre-season scrimmages. For most schools, this begins the week after Thanksgiving. After this time, no additional “team” training may occur.
DETERMINATION: An individual student may take private lessons anytime except during the school day or during school practice sessions. Schools shall not pay for, arrange or in any way provide these individual private lessons. Individual private lessons shall not be used to circumvent or evade the nonschool participation rule and any such use of private lessons will be considered a violation of the nonschool participation rule. (Ex. Bd. 2/18/03)
Club Interpretation: “Private” training sessions with club trainers are permitted as long as this does not interfere with High School practices or games. The number of participants that can attend a private session is undetermined but allowable if held with not more than 4 players.
Q: May a student athlete practice or compete for any non-AIA team after the schools first regularly scheduled high school game and ret ain that year’s high school eligibility?
A: No. The player has participated with a non-AIA team after the first scheduled high school game, so that player has forfeited that year's eligibility. (Ex. Bd. 2/17/04)
Club Interpretation: NO TEAM TRAINING after High School games begin!
EXCEPTION: Athletes are permitted to tryout for and compete with the U. S. Soccer Federation and the Olympic Development Program.
Club Interpretation: ODP players are free to continue, and are encouraged, to participate with their ODP teams during the High School Season.