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MAINE PRINCIPALS ASSOCIATION BONA FIDE TEAM RULE

A member of a school team is a student athlete who is regularly present for and actively participates in team practices and competitions. Bona fide members of a school team are prevented from missing high school practice or competition to compete or practice elsewhere.

*A single waiver per student athlete per sport season may be granted by the principal on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances. (e.g. If a student/athlete were invited to participate in a prestigious weekend event then a waiver may be granted. If a student/athlete were invited to participate in a nationally recognized tournament over a school vacation then that waiver may be granted for that activity. If a student requests to miss practice every Friday because he/she is receiving specialized coaching from an outside team/coach, then a waiver should not be granted because it violates the spirit and intent of the rule.)

This policy is not intended to restrict dual sport participation in schools that allow dual participation.

***Penalty for violation of this policy:

1st Violation: Report violation to MPA office, suspension from play for one game/contest

2nd Violation: Report violation to MPA office, removal from team for remainder of season

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