Frequently Asked Questions

This is the Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference (NVIAC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Look here first if you have any questions about the NVIAC teams or any aspect of the league. If you don't see a question/answer here, send the questions (and an answer if you've found one) to the webmaster (webmaster@nviac.com), we can get them added to this page and the next time the answer will be here.
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• General

Q: What is NVIAC's Purpose? From the NVIAC Constitution ARTICLE I - BACKGROUND, Section 2: To bring glory to Jesus Christ. The member schools of the NVIAC, realizing the benefits that occur for our students from uniting in our athletic goals, shall strive to promote and administer athletic competition which will enhance the development of our students and the relationships of the member schools.
Q: What schools make up the NVIAC?The current member list is here.
Q: To whom do we address concerns, compliments or complaints?Feedback is always welcome, as the NVIAC organization seeks to improve its practices so that we can do even more to bring glory to Jesus Christ. If you have feedback of any kind, your first point of contact is your organization's coach or Athletic Director (AD).

(NOTE: If the feedback involves the website, please send your email to webmaster@nviac.com. If the matter needs to be referred to the Executive Board, the webmaster will do so and let you know). If you are not satisfied with the results, there are steps to take in resolving conflicts in the NVIAC Procedure Manual, Article I, Section 2.

Finally, if you wish to personally contact the President of NVIAC, click on the Contact Us link and your comment or question will go directly to the current President. Again, please contact your AD before sending NVIAC issues to the President.

• Guidance

Q: What are the NVIAC Constitution and Procedure Manual?The Procedure Manual provides more dynamic procedures to augment expand on the basic guidance in the Constitution. See the NVIAC Constitution, ARTICLE I - BACKGROUND, Section 1. PRECEDENCE - The NVIAC is governed by the provisions contained in this Constitution, NVIAC Procedure Manual, and NVIAC minutes approved by the Governing Body. If a conflict arises, the precedence will be the Constitution, Procedure Manual, and NVIAC Minutes, in that order.
Q: What is the NVIAC Code of Conduct?Every player, coach, assistant, and parent must sign the NVIAC Code of Conduct form that is on the NVIAC forms page.
Q: What is the Best Christlike Character Award and trophy? Each season, the Best Christlike Character Award (see the NVIAC Constitution, Article V, Section 11-c) is determined by an assessment of a school's whole attitude: players, coaches, and fans. Athletic Directors (or their representatives) from teams participating in regular-season play will cast one vote at the end of regular-season play to elect the team for The Best Christlike Character Award. The Best Christlike Character trophy will be the same size as the First Place trophy.
NOTE: For coaches, there's an aid for keeping track of the their evaluations of teams as they play: the Christlike Character Sportsmanship Evaluation Sheet spreadsheet can be downloaded from the NVIAC Forms page
Q: What is the latest guidance on Concussion injuries?Please see the NFHS Training Site. Click here to go there.
Q: What rules govern NVIAC play?The rules are detailed in the NVIAC Procedure Manual, Article VI.
Q: What are the rules and guidance for NVIAC Flag Football?The I9 rules govern the play, with slight modifications, as needed.
Current guidance from VAA, who has taken leadership for this sport:
A. Games will be played at Virginia Academy and Leesburg Christian.
B. Games will be at 4:30 and 5:30.
C. There will be 2 divisions with a random drawing to determine who is in each division.
D. Make sure your flag football team does not have pop flags. Use tear away flags.
E. Make sure every player wears a mouthguard.
F. Make sure your coaches go through concussion training and know concussion protocol
Q: What are the ages and grades for Middle School and Varsity team?Please see the NVIAC Constitution, Article V, General Rules, Sections 4 and 6, and Article VII, Definitions, paragraphs a and b for details, but briefly, the eligibility requirements -- for homeschoolers in particular -- are these: "students planning to graduate within the next four years are not eligible to play on MS teams". Middle School players are 8th grade and below (5th graders okay if the school wants to do that) -- no 9th graders can play on a Middle School team.
Q: Can a soccer player play in the next game if he or she gets a red card?Yes, but if a player gets a Red card (or two Yellow cards, which equate to a Red), they cannot play in the very next NVIAC League game. If tournament play is next game, they miss the tournament game. See the NVIAC Procedure Manual, ARTICLE VI - NVIAC SANCTIONED SPORTS AND GAME RULES, Section 3-a-6.
Q: What are NVIAC health requirements (forms, shots, screenings) for participation?NVIAC does not have specific health requirements for athletes. We leave this to individual schools Most schools have a requirement of a yearly physical and a medical release form signed by the parents, but nothing is tracked by NVIAC, so participating teams can make their own determination on health requirements for athletes.
Q: Where can I find the Tournament Winners?Open the Tournament page and click on the Tournament Winners Summary link. You can choose by team or years.

• Miscellaneous

Q: Where can I find a list of all games played?Click on the Standings Menu option and scroll to the bottom for a list of all games played by this League Division. List of games played
This table is sortable -- click on any column heading to sort on that column. While you can verify the games on the Standings grid at the top of the page, you can get a vertical list of games played in this table -- it may make it easier to search for a missing game. First click on the W column and check off the games on the team's list of games won. Then click on the L column and check off the games on the team's list of games lost.
Q: How can I view the NVIAC pages on my smartphone?Click to see the Smart Phone access information on the NVIAC help page.
Q: How does the site work?Extensive help is available. Please choose About NVIAC-Help to open the NVIAC website Help Page.