MAISL News & Important Information
MAISL will post important information on this page for your review. This will include notices of schedule changes, game delays, postponements or cancellations.
Basketball - Intentional Foul versus Flagrant Foul
We have had some questions regarding the difference between these two (2) fouls and hope this provides some clarification
An intentional foul does not carry an ejection as part of the penalty. The signal is both fists raised and the wrists crossed.
A Flagrant Foul is a "Technical Foul" and does require an ejection. One example of a Flagrant Foul can be similar to an Intentional Foul, yet deemed more severe and unnecessary. Another is any form of unsportsmanlike conduct (words/inappropriate language, fighting, other actions, etc).
Please see the Sports Schedule Page for information regarding the MAISL SPORTS INFORMATION LINE
What if games are delayed, postponed or cancelled:
MAISL will use the following procedures to inform school and teams about game changes. These may change from sport to sport. Please remember that there will be times that the ONLY method of notification will be via the MAISL Sports Information Line aka MAISL Message Center (845-2333) since we can change that from any telephone and do not need an internet connection
If severe weather is in the local area and we are able to make a decision early we will post to the MAISL Sports Information Line 845-2333 and send a fax out to schools by approx. 1:45PM. If weather is "expected" but not here or may alter it's course, teams are expected to show up at Vilas Park and games may be at "Referee's Discretion".
Volleyball & Basketball
1 - A message will be posted to the MAISL Sports Information Line - 845-2333
2 - A note will be placed on the website Homepage directing you to this page for more info
3 - Individual MAISL Reps. will be called and it is their responsibility to call their school's coaches
4 - A complete message will be posted on the News/Important Notice Page
Basketball - A new Winter Weather Policy is being formulated and will be posted here prior to the start of the 17-18 Season
Same procedure as listed for Volleyball & Basketball
If changes are made far enough in advance we will alter the league schedules on the Schedules Page of this website and send out revisions to all schools via fax and email
What is a "weather advisory" per Carlos Tucker-Channel 15 -- "heads up weather is on the way - it is not a watch or a warning"
Only the MAISL Chairperson and/or the Program Commissioners can make changes in game status.
If your information is not verified as coming from one of these sources we ask that you assume all games will play as scheduled until you are told information has come from the individuals listed above.
Any game day changes in schedule and posting of information will be made a minimum of 1 hour prior to the first scheduled match/game of the day. Program Commissioners and the MAISL Chairperson will confer with each other and possibly host schools as to status of roads and venues. We will take into consideration current weather conditions, forecasted weather, road conditions and venue locations.
MAISL asks that when you read or listen to a message about game changes that you review the entire message as we may be selective in changes.
Simply put: Some games may be changed and some may not so PLEASE, read and listen to everything before you determine if you are to attend a game/match.
Neither our participating schools nor the local school public school districts have a "hard and fast rule" when it comes to snowfall. This has always been a decision made on a case by case basis. There is a policy for extreme cold weather conditions and MAISL will adhere to that as we assume our schools will too by closing their facilities to competition. Policy states that schools do not close for a Wind Chill Advisory, therefore if the National Weather Service posts an "Advisory" we will still follow our schedule of games for that day.
Safety of our athletes, coaches and fans is our primary concern. Decisions will be made only after things have been fully discussed and of course, any school Principal can make a personal choice regarding the status of their respective school's teams and venue.
Copied from the Madison Public Schools website:
When schools are closed because of extreme cold
When the National Weather Service has a wind chill WARNING for Dane County in effect for the time just before the school day begins, we will make a decision if our schools should close. It is quite likely we will make the closing decision on the morning of the day in question. If there is a wind chill ADVISORY (not a WARNING) for the county, schools will likely be open. (Thresholds from National Weather Service)
Update - January 2016
Madison Public Schools have made an adjustment regarding Temps/Wind Chills. They may no longer use
the -35 threshold but "will consider" closing at -25. This is NOT a mandatory decision if temps are -25 but
a new position that will be implemented on a case by case basis.