BY-LAWS OF THE PATOKA LAKE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
I. Duties of the Publicity Director
A. The Publicity Director, as of August, 1993, will assume all treasurer responsibilities for the PLAC conference.
B. The Publicity Director will maintain the following records to be kept indefinitely.
1. All-conference teams.
2. Team standings and records.
3. Individual records submitted by each coach's association.
C. The Publicity Director will issue press releases concerning the following to member schools and newspapers serving all member schools.
1. Results of cross-country, golf, track, (boys and girls) conference meets.
2. Final standings and pertinent statistics for football, volleyball, basketball (boys and girls), baseball, and softball.
3. Team sport all-conference selections.
4. Results of conference academic competition at the high school level.
D. The Publicity Director will prepare and mail statistic sheets needed to complete number 2 & 3 of Part C above.
E. The Publicity Director will prepare a booklet in the fall with the previous year's records and standings.
F. The Publicity Director will prepare a conference directory each fall.
G. The Publicity Director will prepare an information packet for coaches of football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball to be used at their conference selection meetings.
H. Points of Emphasis
1. Host of individual conference meets should send in the results of the meet to the Publicity Director immediately following the meet.
2. At the end of each season, each coach's association should send the Publicity Director a complete listing of all team records and individual records they want kept. These could accompany all-conference selections in team sports.
II. Patoka Lake Athletic Conference Coaches Association
A. Each conference sport will have coaches' organization known as Patoka Lake Athletic Conference (Sport Name) Coaches' Association. Only varsity coaches will have membership. The chairman of the association will be the varsity coach of the school whose principal is president of the PLAC. In the event that the PLAC president's school does not participate in that sport, then the chairman of the Coaches' Association will be from the same school as the vice-president of the PLAC.
The chairman of the Coaches' Association will be responsible for submitting All-Conference team members to the PLAC Publicity Director. The chairman of the Coaches' Association will be responsible for submitting a complete listing of team and individual records to the PLAC Publicity Director. This is to be done in conjunction with the submitting of the All-Conference team.
III. Team Awards
A. The PLAC will purchase a team championship trophy for each high school PLAC sport. The trophy will be a traveling trophy and will have a small plate for engraving for each new champion. The champion will retain the trophy until another school wins it. The trophy will be given to the new champion at either the conference meet or the next regular PLAC Board of Director’s meeting. In the event that co-champions of the sport exist, the trophy will be displayed in each co-champion's school an equal amount of time and the order of rotation will be determined by a coin toss(es). The school that wins the championship will be responsible for having the plate engraved. Also see Article VI Section 2 of the Constitution. It will be at the discretion of individual junior high schools to purchase conference champion trophies.
B. The PLAC will award team ribbons to each member of the first, second, and third place teams in the high school PLAC cross-country meet.
IV. Individual Awards
A. The PLAC will purchase certificates that will be presented to each All-Conference athlete.
B. In high school cross-country, the PLAC will award a 6" shield shaped plaque to the first individual finisher in the PLAC meet, medals to places two through ten, and ribbons to the eleventh through fifteenth place finishers.
C. In high school golf, the PLAC will award a 6" shield shaped plaque to the low medallist scorer in the PLAC golf meet.
D. In high school boys and girls track, the PLAC will award a medal for the first place finisher in each event, and ribbons to the next five places. Also, the boy and girl receiving the most points will be awarded a 6" shield shaped plaque.
V. Dates and Sites of PLAC Conference Meets
A. The PLAC Cross Country meet will be held on the Tuesday before the IHSAA Sectional and will be held at Paoli.
B. The date of the PLAC golf meet will be determined each year at the March meeting of the Board of Directors.
1. U.S.G.A. rules govern all play except where local rules prevail.
2. The tournament will be medal play, playing five (5) golfers and counting the low four (4) scores. Team ties for first place will be determined by having the four teammates from each team that caused the tie play a sudden death playoff. Adding all four scores after each hole played, low total wins. Tie for medalist will be sudden death playoff.
3. The meet will be an 18 hole event. If weather causes a delay or postponement, all golfers must have completed 9 holes. If this has not happened, the meet will be rescheduled to the rain date and started over. (Rain date will be one week from original date).
C. The high school PLAC Boys and Girls Track meet will be held the Friday before the Girls IHSAA Track Sectional. The meet will be held at Mitchell High School on even calendar years (e.g. 1994, 1996) and at Perry Central on odd calendar years (e.g. 1995, 1997).
VI. All-Conference Selection Methods
A.All conference selection meetings will be held at the Board of Directors meetings in November, March, and June. Meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. (E.S.T.). The coach from the school in which the league president resides for that year will conduct the meeting. In event that the school does not participate in that respective sport, the coach from the vice-president's school will conduct the meeting.
B. In order to place players in nomination for the All-Conference team, a representative from the school must be present at the PLAC coaches' meeting. That representative must have a list of their coach's nominations and be prepared to vote.
1. Nominations will be made using each teams own statistics.
2. Each school will nominate by the following procedure:
First place team nominates 5.
Second place team nominates 4.
Third place team nominates 4
Fourth place team nominates 3.
Fifth place team nominates 3.
Sixth place team nominates 2.
Seventh place team nominates 2.
If two teams tie, the number of nominations goes to the higher number. The coaches will then vote on twelve from these nominations:
3. There will be a minimum of 23 names on the ballot. Twelve will be selected as All-Conference team members.
4. A coach cannot vote for own team players.
5. Selection will be made by vote tally.
6. Should a tie result, a re-vote will take place only on members involved in the tie.
D. Cross Country
1. The first ten (10) place finishers in the PLAC Cross Country meet will make up the PLAC All-Conference Cross-Country team.
1. The All-Conference football team will consist of 30 players plus a place kicker and punter.
2. Offensive positions will consist of 5 interior linemen, 3 receivers, 1 quarterback, and 4 running backs, and 2 at-large players. Defensive positions will consist of 4 down linemen, 4 linebackers, and 4 defensive backs, and 2 at-large players.
3. Coaches will place athletes on the All-Conference team using these guidelines:
- First place team 8
- Second place team 7
- Third place team 6
- Fourth place team 4
- Fifth place team 3
- Sixth place team 2
1. Coaches do have the option of naming fewer athletes than the number listed. Other coaches could then increase their number if needed. Example: The first place team might name only seven, allowing the fifth place team to then name three.
F. Boys and Girls Basketball
1. The number of nominations will be determined by the number of PLAC games won during the season according to the following scale:
- 0 wins – No more than one (1) nomination
- 1 or 2 wins - At least one (1) but no more than two (2) nominations
- 3 or 4 wins – At least two (2) but no more than three (3) nominations
- 5 or 6 wins – At least two (2) but no more than four (4) nominations
1. Each coach will vote for twelve (12) players, ranking them 1-12 with the best player getting 12 points.
2. The top twelve (12) players by points will be selected as the All-Conference Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Team
3. Coaches cannot vote for their own player.
4. Ties would be voted on.
5. Ties would be ranked and given a point value. (Example, 3 tied for the last position: rank the 3 players 1st = 3 points, 2nd = 2 points, and 3rd = 1 point).
G. Baseball and Softball
1. The All-Conference team shall be made up of fifteen (15) players.
2. Each coach may nominate five (5) players from his team.
3. The ballot may contain up to thirty-five (35) names.
4. The coaches will vote for the fifteen (15) players of their choice.
5. Coaches cannot vote for players on their own team.
6. Coaches may add or delete names to the ballot with the consent of a majority vote of the coaches.
7. The fifteen (15) players with the most votes are All-Conference. Ties must be broken.
1. The All-Conference team will be the low eight (8) scorers in the conference meet. Ties must be broken.
I. Boys and Girls Track
1. The first place finishers of each individual events and members of the winning relay teams will be designated as All-Conference.