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. (Asterisk indicates the question was updated less than a week ago. Hover over the Question to see the date and time of the most recent update.)

>>General

Q:  What is NVIAC's Purpose?

Q:  What schools make up the NVIAC?

Q:  To whom do we address concerns, compliments or complaints?

>>Guidance

Q:  What is the NVIAC Procedure Manual and how does it relate to the Constitution?

Q:  What is the NVIAC Code of Conduct?

Q:  What is the Godly Character trophy?

Q:  What rules govern NVIAC play?

Q:  What are the ages and grades for Middle School and Varsity team?

Q:  Is it true that a soccer player cannot play in the next game if he or she gets a red card?

>>Miscellaneous

Q:  How does the site work?

Q:  Where can I find a list of all games played?

Q:  How can I view the NVIAC pages on my smartphone?


General

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Q:  What is NVIAC's Purpose? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:37 pm)

A:  From the NVIAC Constitution ARTICLE I - BACKGROUND, Section 2: To bring glory to God. 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.

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Q:  What schools make up the NVIAC? (Updated: 10/30/11 8:49 pm)

A:  The current member list is here.

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Q:  To whom do we address concerns, compliments or complaints? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:35 pm)

A:  Feedback is always welcome, as the NVIAC organization seeks to improve its practices so that we can do even more to bring glory to God. 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:

SECTION 2 -- APPEAL PROCESS

All participants should weigh their actions in light of the NVIAC Code of Conduct. All have signed onto our League's Code of Conduct as members and should use it to guide all of their actions, including conflict resolution.

All grievances should first be dealt with at the coach/AD level between the affected parties, prior to being brought before the Executive Committee.

For Tournament play the Tournament Director shall review any tournament grievance prior to bringing it to the Executive Committee.

For grievances that have been discussed but cannot be resolved, the next level of appeal is the Executive Committee.

Correspond with any member of the Executive Committee and present all particulars

The Executive Committee will meet, decide on the next course of action, and correspond with the parties involved to arrange resolution.

Finally, if 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.


Guidance

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Q:  What is the NVIAC Procedure Manual and how does it relate to the Constitution? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:39 pm)

A:  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 3. 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.

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Q:  What is the NVIAC Code of Conduct? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:41 pm)

A:  Every player, coach, assistant, and parent must sign the NVIAC Code of Conduct form that is on the NVIAC forms page.
In addition, coaches must inform all officials prior to the start of every game, as per the NVIAC Constitution, Article V, Section 2, "Prior to the start of each game, coaches of both teams must together inform the referees of the NVIAC's code of conduct." For that purpose, there are 5"x7" NVIAC Code of Conduct placards on that page.

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Q:  What is the Godly Character trophy? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:42 pm)

A:  Each season, the Best Godly Character (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 Godly Character. First, The Best Godly 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 Godly Character Sportsmanship Evaluation Sheet spreadsheet can be downloaded from the NVIAC Forms page

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Q:  What rules govern NVIAC play? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:43 pm)

A:  The rules are detailed in the NVIAC Procedure Manual, Article VI.

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Q:  What are the ages and grades for Middle School and Varsity team? (Updated: 3/25/14 1:44 pm)

A:  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.

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Q:  Is it true that a soccer player cannot play in the next game if he or she gets a red card? (Updated: 3/18/16 12:52 pm)

A:  Yes. 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.

Miscellaneous

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Q:  How does the site work? (Updated: 10/30/11 8:35 pm)

A:  Extensive help is available -- choose About NVIAC-Help to open the NVIAC website Help Page.

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Q:  Where can I find a list of all games played? (Updated: 8/30/12 5:37 pm)

A:  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.









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Q:  How can I view the NVIAC pages on my smartphone? (Updated: 11/6/14 7:17 pm)

A:  Many of the NVIAC web functions can be accessed on a browser-enabled smart phone:

http://nviac.com/sp.htm (click this link, or the image below, to open the page in a new window)

will take you to a page optimized for the small screen of your smart phone. (NOTE: The NVIAC website is already tablet-accessible.)

Smart Phone ScreenMost of the pages are similar to the current website pages, but have been reformatted to fit the small screen better. For example:

The Standings page, shows the current season's games only:

  Current Standings only
when you click on a current game, you will see the Mini-Standings page for that team. Note that from this page, you can view the Micro Standings page, or go the Full Standings page, as desired.
  Mini-Standings for team


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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