The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Legislative Council voted on March 7th to require EVERY coach to complete the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coach Education Program or an approved equivalent. All head and assistant coaches hired before April 1st, 2009, whether paid or volunteer, must complete the training before the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. Coaches hired after April 1st, 2009 have 45 days from the date of hire to complete the training. (Source:

RRCS / AIA Requirements:

All participants in interscholastic activities must be in compliance with all student eligibility rules. These eligibility rules include enrollment, attendance, domicile, transfer, recruiting, academic and scholarship, age limit/birth record, physical examination, parent/guardian consent, student insurance/student insurance waiver, amateur standing, clinic/summer camps, competition on school sports only and try-outs.

Parent Participation: We want parents to play an active role in student athletics, both as a spectator and as an interactive part in their students’ athletic endeavor. Interactive means, parents and school staff need to communicate and coordinate on a routine basis with coaches and athletic director.

Additionally, cost for equipment, travel, transportation, lodging, food, and athletic membership sometimes occur. Request of parents to participate in-part or in-full to recover the cost may arise.

The school district will always be responsible for student athletes that live in the “Dorm.” This means we will take care of lodging, food, and transportation home.

Those student athletes that are “Day” students will be required to make their own arrangements home after all athletic events. Students will not be allowed to participate in their sport, if full compliance to pick-up and transport from school to home after the athletic events or contest (regardless of the time the athletic event ends). The coach and/or athletic director will be responsible for making all necessary arrangements for transportation with parents.

Academics and Scholarship Rule: A student must be enrolled in four credit classes and have received passing grades in all credit earning courses. Seniors who are on track to graduate may enroll in two credit-earning classes and still be eligible. Grading periods and eligibility will be one week in length. A grade of “F” is considered non-passing and will render a student ineligible. However, eligibility may be regained at next eligibility reporting cycle if there are no failing grades on the report.

Birth Certificate – Age limit: If a student becomes 19 years of age after September 1st, he/she is eligible for the remainder of the school year, and if he/she becomes 19 of age on or before September 1st, he/she is not eligible for any part of that school year. A birth certificate must be on file in the Athletic Office for all sports and AIA sanctioned programs.

Domicile Rule: A student is privileged with eligibility for interscholastic competition only at the school in which his/her parents are domiciled.

Competition on school Team Sports Only: A student who is a member of a school team shall not practice or compete with any other group, club, organization, association, etc. For purposes of this rule, the interscholastic seasons 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.

Eight Semesters Eligibility Rule: A student is privileged with eligibility for four seasons in each sport and/or activity and for no more than eight semesters of eligibility after he/she enrolls in the ninth grade. The 7th and 8th semesters must be consecutive. The other semesters of eligibility need not be consecutive.

Insurance: Students must show proof of insurance or Indian Health Waiver.

Participation in Athletics: Parents are responsible to inform the school/coaching staff of any student illness or injury that may have an impact on the student’s health and safety during participation in physical education and the athletic programs.

Physicals: Students must complete a physical exam by a medical doctor and have the results on file before being issued equipment and before beginning practice.

Athletic Director
Rough Rock Community School
(928) 728-3733