Island Interscholastic League
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League is a voluntary organization of principals who pledge their high schools and participants to follow the Rules and Regulations of the League. There are fifty-four (54) public, private, and parochial high schools who make up the membership. These schools sponsor athletic activities in twenty-four (24) sports. Over twenty-thousand (20,000) young men and women compete annually in thousands of competitions among Rhode Island Interscholastic League member schools. The purpose of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is to supervise and administer the athletic programs, contests, and schedules and matters related thereto in participating schools of the State of Rhode Island.
The Mission of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is to provide educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletics and to provide governance and leadership for its member schools in the implementation of athletic programs.
To achieve this mission, the league adheres to these governing values:
The RIIL, established in 1932, is a voluntary, private, incorporated, non-profit association. The League does not receive any state appropriations. Membership dues and fees, tournament and championship gate receipts, as well as corporate sponsorship, make up the major revenue base of the RIIL.
The legislative body of the League is the Committee on Athletics, which consists of principals and assistant principals of the fifty-four (54) member high schools. This committee meets on a monthly basis. All meetings are open to the public and anyone that wishes may attend.
Standing Committees are appointed by the Chairperson of the Committee on Athletics with the approval of the Committee on Athletics. Standing Committees are established for each sport. Others are established to address issues of general concern to the RIIL Membership and to plan programs and activities for the members. Membership on standing committees is open to superintendents, school administrators, athletic directors, AGWS members, coaches, game officials, physicians, and athletic trainers. Recommendations are made by these committees to help the Committee on Athletics set rules and regulations and to provide programs for its schools.
Athletic competition is a major component in the education of the majority of students attending the fifty-four (54) RIIL member schools. Research indicates that student-athletes have better grades than non-athletes and that student-athletes have higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates than non-participants.
Within high school sports programs, young people learn the values of:
and enjoy team activities which will benefit their future. Ethical conduct, integrity, playing within the spirit of the rules, and good sportsmanship are important components of the high school athletic program.
Good sportsmanship, ethical behavior, integrity, respect for others, and having fun are the guiding principles that permeate all interscholastic activities in the RIIL. Each individual, regardless of their role, is expected to model sportsmanship because of the influence on the behavior of others.
"Good Sports Are Winners"
Citizenship. It is what we stand for. It is what we can and must deliver on behalf of this system called secondary school education. Sports and activities provide not only the opportunity to teach and learn respect for self and respect for others, they also place participants in a unique context - competition - that can further instill and hone values necessary for the development of respect for self and respect for others.
The following are the sports of the RIIL:
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, or handicap in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
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