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Is your team eligible to compete at State?

Similar to the annual state tournament for the top high schools in Oregon, the State Basketball Championship is intended to crown the top teams that represent their local high school.  The original of all State Tourneys, the Oregon Championship remains school-based only.  There is no club division.

To be eligible for the State Basketball Championship, all teams must first qualify at a weekend tournament or through their league.  View List of Qualifier Tourneys and Leagues.

*Division Assignment rules*
Appeals may be submitted beginning January 27th.

- Teams representing 5A and 6A high schools in Oregon must register for, and compete in, the Gold (upper) Division at State.  Any exceptions must be approved through a formal appeal to the State Committee.  
- Teams representing 1A-4A high schools plus “B” teams of 5A-6A high schools will compete in the Silver division at State, unless a team desires to register for the Gold Division.
The deadline to submit an appeal is on TBA 2020 (Girls) and TBA 2020 (Boys).


Team Eligibility and Roster Rules

All teams must also meet the Eligibility Rules below and provide required player documentation before State tournament play.

1. Team Representative.  Each team must appoint a team representative, for example a coach, team manager, or team 'mom'.  The team representative is responsible for submitting all player eligibility information (listed below) and tracking the team's approval status via the team's online SportsEngine account.

2. Grade Level.  If a team is comprised of students in multiple grade levels, that team must play at State in the grade of the player in the highest grade level.  For example, if a team is comprised of nine 6th graders and one 7th grader, then the team must play at the 7th grade level.

3. Same School requirement.    
Teams must be comprised of players who meet one of the following two tests:
(a) Live in same High School Boundary:  A minimum of 90% of a team's players must reside within the same public high school boundary (This rule does not guarantee an automatic exception for any player who lives outside the same public high school boundary, as these players still need an exception form submitted, see Rule #4 below).    To meet this test, the Team Representative must provide report cards, progress reports or online student information that show the players' grade level and home address.  Parents may make a copy of a report card/progress report and black out any of the grade performance information for privacy reasons.  If the student documentation does not show the player's home address, then a copy of a utility or cable bill must accompany the documentation.
(b) Attend same Elementary or Middle School:  Teams must be comprised of players who attend the same elementary or middle school. To meet this test, the Team Representative must provide either (1) a copy of each player's school ID card, OR, (2) a report card, progress report or an online student information page showing the player's school name and grade level.  Teams representing a private high school must meet test 3(b).

4. Exceptions to Same School requirement (Rule 3a).   Exceptions to the Same School requirement noted in Rule 3 may be granted by the State Eligibility Committee on a case by case basis.  Teams must submit a Request of Player Exception form to the State Committee with pertinent details and receive approval for the exception before that player is eligible to compete at State. 

5. Multi-team play.   A player may play for more than one team given that (a) the player is listed on both rosters and meets all other eligibility rules, and (b) the teams are in different grades.  As noted in paragraph 2, a player may play up a grade but not down a grade. 

6. State Eligibility Rule.  The State Championship is restricted to in-state teams only, unless an out of state team that qualifies in a Oregon league or tourney does not have its own State Championship (i.e ID, MT, and CA teams).

7. Proof of Eligibility.  Immediately after registering it's team entry, an automated email will be generated and sent to the listed Team Representative.  The email will include specific instructions for submitting each players' eligibility documentation, i.e. copy of report card or middle school ID card.  Proof of Eligibility for each player must be submitted no later than Monday, February 24th, 2020 (Girls) and Monday March 2nd, 2020 (Boys).  

School Division - POE Report Card Example (Click)
School Division - POE Desktop Student Profile Example (Click)
School Division - POE Mobile Student Profile Example (Click)

8. Individual Waiver Forms.  Each player must have a parent or legal guardian complete an online Release of Liability Form.   Specific instructions and a link to the Waiver will be included in post-registration email to each Team Representative for distribution to parents.

9. Tracking team eligibility approval.  All teams may use the Team Login via our online system to follow the approval status of its team (the Sports Engine account that signed up the team at registration). 

Use this link for help managing your roster:   Manage Team Link

You'll be able to view each players approval status and team approval status.  When all listed players have submitted the necessary eligibility documentation, the team's displayed status will be changed from "Pending" to "Approved".

**At the discretion of the Committee, certain exceptions to the Eligibility rules may be made.  Any exception would be rare and only granted if, in the Committee's view, the exception does not materially alter the talent level and competitive nature of the affected division.  The State Committee also has discretion on decisions with players and team rosters who do not meet the spirit of the State Tournament.

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