Delayed Game Policy
Adopted May 17,2000
 

Situation 1: -- Visiting team contacts home school and states it will be late. Officials are to wait 1 hour after game start time for visiting team to arrive.  If visiting team arrives within the 1-hour window, visiting team has 10 minute to dress and 20 to warm up.

Situation 2: -- Visiting team contacts home school and states it will be more than one hour past game start time to site.  Home team has option of waiting.  Officials are required to wait only one hour; after one hour to wait is at officials' discretion.  If officials leave, game is rescheduled by both AD's.  Upon arrival (if officials still on site), visiting team has 10 minute to dress and 20 to warm up.

Situation 3: -- Visiting team has failed to contact home school.  Officials are to wait 30 minutes after game start time before leaving.  If visiting team arrives within 30-minute window, visiting team has 10 minutes to dress and 20 to warm up.  If visiting team arrives after 30-minute window (and officials have left site), game is rescheduled at discretion of both AD's.

Applying to Situations 1,2 and 3: -- Officials cannot declare a game forfeited.  The decision to forfeit is made by the Commissioner.  The conference office will pay officials that travel to site for game that is not played.

OFFICIAL INTERPRETATION:

Question:  A team arrives later than expected.  When does the contest start?

Answer:    If the team arrives more than 30 minutes before the scheduled contest start, the contest will start at the scheduled time.  If the team arrives less than 30 minutes before the scheduled start, the visiting team has 10 minutes to dress and 20 minutes to warm-up

Examples for a scheduled 4:00 pm game:

  • Bus or vans arrive at 3:25 pm.  The game starts at 4:00 pm as scheduled.
  • Bus or vans arrive at 3:35 pm.  The game starts at 4:05 pm.
  • Bus or vans arrive at 4:10 pm.  The game starts at 4:40 pm.