Middle Atlantic District
Boys’ Basketball Operating Rules
Section1 – Name, Duties and Objectives
1.2Duties and Objectives
1.1 Name – The name is the Middle Atlantic Boys’ Basketball Committee of the Middle Atlantic District of the Amateur Athletic Union, hereinafter referred to as the MAD-BBC.
– The MAD-BBC has the duty to hold an annual meeting, the date of which shall be approved by the District Executive Committee; to adopt at an Annual Meeting, rules of operation of the MAD-BBC to be submitted to the Executive Committee for approval and which shall not conflict with the provisions of the AAU Constitution, Bylaws, National Policies or National Sport Committee rules; to determine whether to establish a Committee operating account and if so to comply with all relevant AAU procedures and policies; to conduct the District championships; and to file all appropriate paperwork and reports required with the District and National AAU. Further, the MAD-BBC shall also facilitate the recognition of outstanding athletes in the sport of boys’ basketball who exhibit leadership, high moral character, sportsmanship, the ideals of amateurism and academic excellence.
Section2 – Membership
– In order to be a voting club member of MAD-BBC, a club must have registered five (5) individual members in the sport. Each voting club member shall have one representative on the MAD-BBC.
– There shall be no voting by proxy; a club by written notice to the District Secretary, or at a meeting, may withdraw its representative and substitute a new representative.
Section3 – Committee Governance
The governing members of Middle Atlantic Boys’ Basketball Executive Committee shall be a District Sport Director, Assistant District Sport Director, Secretary, Treasurer and three (3) At-Large members
. No individual may hold more than one office at the same time within MAD-BBC. Only members of the MAD-BBC Sport Committee are eligible to hold office.
s of Office
– All members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a term of four years or until a successor is chosen. The duties of the membersare hereafter set forth, and shall include such others as may be designated by the Sport Committee and the Executive Committee.
3.1.1 District Sport Director
To call two (2) meetings per AAU calendar year: Annual Meeting, and Bid/Selection Meeting.
To be a member of all Committees
To conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
The Director can suggest policy but does not have a vote. However, if elected to a committee the Director retains voting power.
Receive nominations for the Awards program.
To attend all appropriate meetings and those deemed necessary by the Governor of the Middle Atlantic District.
Presents the budget for the Sport Committee to file with the District Executive Committee.
To approve event sanctions in the sport. The District Sport Director shall be elected per the election procedures specified in AAU National Policy (elected).
3.1.2 Assistant District Sport Director -
Shall carry out assignments of the District Sport Director and has the power to act in the absence of the District Sport Director.
Assist the District SportDirector in the operation of the MAD-BBC.
Complete the term of the District Sport Director in cases of resignation, illness or death.
Conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order. To attend all committee meetings of the MAD-BBC (elected).
3.1.3 Secretary -
Receives all reports from the sub-
Records minutes of each Executive Committee and MAD-BBC meeting and forwards copy of it to the Secretary of the Middle Atlantic District within thirty (30) days.
Receives all written complaints from MAD-BBC Infractions/Disciplinary Committee and forwards to the Chairman.
Maintains MAD-BBC files. Forwards information to the Webmaster that needs to be posted on the MAD-BBC website (elected).
Receive all monies of the MAD-BBC and pays all bills of the MAD-BBC.
Keep a ledger of all deposits in appropriate account.
Reports at each meeting the financial status of the MAD-BBC.
Whenever required by the Sport Committee or Executive Committee, turns over to the Committee, all moneys, account, books, papers, vouchers and records, including bank and check books, pertaining to the office, and turns over the same to a successor when elected.
The Treasurer is bonded (at the expense of the Committee) for an amount to be designated by the Executive Board, but not less than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
Serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.
Applies for the MAD Grant Program and report amount received.
One of three (3) people with the power to write checks for the MAD-BBC. (Treasurer, District Sports Director and Assistant Sports Director) All checks greater than or equal to $250.00 require two signatures
Shall forward a monthly treasury report to the Secretary to be posted on the MAD-BBC website. (Elected)
3.1.5 At-Large -
Assigned duties to potentially include: Maintaining order during all meetings, and serve as the Webmaster. Assigned duties will be determined by the District Sport Director (1 elected and 2 appointed).
In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of District Sport Director, the Assistant District Sport Director will fill that position until the next District Sport Committee Annual meeting. If a vacancy occurs in any appointed position, the Director shall make a new appointment. If a vacancy occurs in any elected position, the executive committee makes a new appointment until the next annual meeting when an election can take place.
3.3 Executive Committee –
The Executive Committee of the MAD-BBC
District Sport Director
Assistant District Sport Director
Three (3) At-Large members
The Executive Committee shall conduct the business of the MAD-BBC between the Sport Committee meetings.
In cases of emergency, call a meeting of the MAD-BBC Executive Committee to add any provisions to the MAD-BBC operating rules .The Executive Committee shall assume original jurisdiction in any matter where, in its opinion, the best interests of the MAD-BBC are compromised.
To set the time and place of all regular and special meetings of the MAD-BBC.
To explain, define and interpret any provisions of the Boys Basketball Handbook, the AAU Code Book or MAD-BBC Operating Rules
Section4 – Meetings
A notice for all regular meetings will be sent out to all members of MAD-BBC after approval of the District Secretary 30 days prior to said meeting date. A notice for Executive Committee meeting will be sent out 14 days prior to said meeting. A notice for Special meetings will be sent out 15 days prior to said meeting.
4.2 September/Annual Meeting
– The annual meeting date shall be on the first Monday in the month of September except when Labor Day falls on this day, in which case the meeting will be moved to the second Monday and conducted by District Sport Director. The annual meeting shall be for the purpose of electing members of the Executive Committee (every four years – concurrent with the District Executive Committee) adoptingrule changes, ratifying the acts of the Executive Committee, receiving annual reports, and conducting any other business that may arise.
4.3November Bid/Selection Meeting -
The Meeting shall be for the purpose of purpose of bidding and selecting clubs to host District Championships, setting up the tournament committee members and reviewing their responsibilities, receiving reports and any other business that may arise. The Meeting will be held on the first Monday in the month of November.
4.4 Quorum –
A quorum for meetings of the MAD-BBC shall consist of at least five (5) clubs. A quorum for Executive Committee meetings shall consist of at least (5) members. A quorum for Finance Committee and Infractions/Disciplinary Committee shall consist of at least two (2) members.
4.5 Rules of Order
– unless otherwise provided, the current Roberts’ Rules of Order shall govern parliamentary procedures.
4.6 Treasury Report
- An updated treasury report must be given at the beginning of every meeting.
– Standing Committees
5.1 Infractions/Disciplinary Committee (IDC)
- The IDCis responsible for investigating, reviewing and holding, when necessary, hearings concerning formal complaints of violations of any part of the AAU Code and MAD-BBC operating rules. Actions of the IDC shall follow the AAU Code.
- The IDC will be comprised of three (3) members elected by MAD-BBC.
5.1.3 Required Bond
– In order for any complaint to be filed with MAD-BBC, a bond of one hundred ($100) must be presented. This bond will be held by the treasurer of MAD-BBC to defray any and all costs incurred during the investigation of the complaint. If the complaint is upheld, then the bond will be returned.
– Any decision of the Middle Atlantic Boys’ Basketball Committee may be appealed to the Middle Atlantic Review Committee.
5.2 Finance Committee (FC)
Ensure the financial integrity of the MAD-BBC. Receive and deposit all monies received by the MAD-BBC. Pay bills and disbursements. Discuss ways to fund programs of the MAD-BBC. Report on the financial status at quarterly meetings of the MAD-BBC. Submit a report to the Treasurer of the District at its annual meeting. Propose the budget to the Executive Committee.
5.2.2 Composition -
The FC will be comprised of two (2) members elected by the MAD-BBC and the Treasurer.
Tournament Committee (TC)
Receive and review all documentation, and birth certificates with team application no later than the Credentials meeting. Seed teams using the previous years’ finish in the District Championship (DC). Attend the Credentials meeting, the Monday before the DC to certify all documentation. Assure that Tournament Directors forward all documentation to the National Boys Basketball Committee and to the District Sport Director. Must have a member of the committee at every DC event.
- The Tournament Committee will be comprised of the Tournament Directors. Assistant District Sport Chair, Secretary, a member of the Finance Committee and one (1) At-Large member. The District Sport Director will appoint the Chair.
Section6 – Proof of grade & Athlete Eligibility
Proof of grade must be available for review, by an AAU designee at all AAU sanctioned competitions. Acceptable documents include the following:
i. A photocopy of that portion of the athletes’ report card for the current school year which shows name, grade and school.
ii. Confirmation of grade level from a school administrator (guidance counselor, principal, dean, etc.) on school letterhead
d. Proof of age must be available for review, by an AAU designee at all AAU sanctioned competitions. Acceptable documents include the following:
i. A photocopy of his certificate of live birth from the State, County or Municipal Bureau of Vital Statistics on the place of birth (HOSPITAL RECORDS NOT ACCEPTED)
ii. A photocopy of the delayed registration of birth if the athlete's birth was not recorded on his day of birth, issued by the same governing bodies.
iii. An unexpired Passport
iv. Valid Drivers License or State issued I.D.
Competition in boys' basketball shall be in the following grade divisions: 1st grade (Authorized for competition at the District Level Only) 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade.
For the purpose of determining grade eligibility, the grade of the athlete on October 1, 2010 shall be the determining date.
Competition Divisions for District Qualifying, Super Regional and National Championships
12th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 12th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 19 on August 31, 2011.
11th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 11th grade as of October 1, 2010 can be no older than 18 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 12th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 11th grade division they can be no older than 17 on August 31,2011
10th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 17 on August 31, 2011 For an athlete that is in the 11th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 10th grade division they can be no older than 16 on August 31,2011
9th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 16 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 10th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 9th grade division they can be no older than 15 on August 31,2011
8th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 9th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 8th grade division they can be no older than 14 on August 31,2011
7th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 8th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 7th grade division they can be no older than 13 on August 31,2011
6th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 7th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 6th grade division they can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2011
5th Grade Division
. An athlete must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than12 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 6th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 5th grade division they can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2011
4th Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 5th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 4th grade division they can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2011
3rd Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 4th grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 3rd grade division they can be no older than 9 on August 31, 2011
2nd Grade Division
An athlete must be in the 2nd grade as of October 1, 2010 and can be no older than 9 on August 31, 2011. For an athlete that is in the 3rd grade as of October 1st, 2010 wanting to petition to play down, in the 2nd grade division they can be no older than 8 on August 31,2011
The AAU is a grade based organization. Each grade division consists of a 24 month age window which determines an athletes’ participation in that division.
If an athletes’ age is outside the 24 month window for their grade, the athlete must play up to the grade division that is normal and customary for their age. If an athlete is in any grade above what is normal and customary for their age, that athlete may petition to play down provided they meet the established criteria
Section 7 – Competition Rules
Basketball Size - The "undersized" basketball shall be used for all 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade division competitions. Circumference shall be 28.5.
Game Time: The game time will also be the forfeit time. No grace period will be allowed
All tournament directors shall conduct their tournaments in accordance with all rules and procedures as established by the Amateur Athletic Union, the National Boys’ Basketball Committee, the MIDDLE ATLANTIC DISTRICT OF AAU, and the Middle Atlantic Boys’ Basketball Committee. The High School Federation Rules shall follow rules of play. In all cases where the High School Federation rules and the rules of the AAU National Boys’ Basketball Committee disagree, the rules of the AAU National Boys’ Basketball Committee shall prevail. (Please refer to the current AAU Boys’ Basketball Handbook http://www.aauboysbasketball.org/RulesInfo/RulesHandbook.aspx
Playing Times Division Quarters Halftime/Warm up Times/Overtime
1st Grade 6 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
2nd Grade 6 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
3rd Grade 6 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
4th Grade 7 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
5th Grade 7 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
6th Grade 7 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 3 Minute Overtime
7th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime
8th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime
9th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime
10th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime
11th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime12th Grade 8 Minute Quarters 5 Minutes 4 Minute Overtime
Section 8 – District Championships
The MAD-BBC holds annually such championships as deemed best by the Sport Committee. The MAD-BBC is in charge of the Middle Atlantic District Championship event for each age group. Qualifying teams from such competition shall have the right to advance to National Championships.
8.1 Entries and Fees
8.1.1 All entry forms must be filled out online and submitted via email. Entry fees shall be mailed to the MAD-BBC, submitted on-line or presented at the Credentials Meeting. Both the entry fee and form must be received by the established deadline for any teams to be entered in the District Championships.
8.1.2 No tournament game may be scheduled earlier than the first date listed on the entry form for that age division.
8.1.3 Tournament fees for District Championships are four hundred fifty dollars ($450) with the exception of the following three grade divisions; 2nd grade, 3rd grade
and Seniors, where the fee will be three hundred dollars ($300). A late fee of fifty dollars (50) is to be submitted in addition to the tournament fee if entry form is approved for submission after the deadline.
8.1.4 Team rosters must be filled out online. Report cards, birth certificates and AAU membership cards shall be
submitted via online roster, mailed directly to the MAD-BBC or presented at the credentials’ meeting, which is scheduled on the Monday prior to the first game in the grade division. Any club that submits a birth certificate, AAU card or any of the credentials after the deadline will incur a $10.00 processing fee per member (bench personnel or athlete) for whom credentials are late. Also any club that submits a roster change after the deadline will incur a $10.00 processing fee.
8.1.5 Standard Software will be used to schedule each District Championship. Schedules should be posted on Wednesday prior to the first game in the age group.
8.1.6 All athletes and coaches must be registered members of the MIDDLE ATLANTIC DISTRICT OF AAU. Contact the MIDDLE ATLANTIC DISTRICT OF AAU Registrar for information and fees or register online at http://www.aauboysbasketball.org/
8.1.7 The Tournament Committee Chairperson and the MAD-BBC will provide the paperwork for Medals for all District Championships.
8.1.8 All rosters must list at least two adults (coach, asst. coach, etc.).
8.2 Seeding/Credentials Meeting -
All those clubs in good standing with the AAU and the MAD will receive notification of the Credentials Meeting for each age group.
8.3 Registration Materials must be in the possession of the Tournament Committee by the closing deadline on the day of the credentials meeting. No other methods of application are acceptable after this deadline..
8.3.1 All express mail must be received prior to the Credentials Meeting. Registration Materials will be defined as:
184.108.40.206 Complete roster (player uniform number if available, name, home town, state, AAU card number, Grade, date of birth, Coach’s information), Team Entry Form, Grade Exception Form, copy of Birth Certificate, and Entry Fee (cash, credit/debit card on line, cashier/certified check or money order only).
8.3.2 All teams from the year before will be seeded according to finish.
8.3.3 In cases of a tie, the team that was seeded higher the year before will receive the higher seed.
8.3.4 Each club must have the Entry Fee for their team(s) at the Credentials Meeting. No arrangements will be honored unless arranged prior to credentials meeting with, TC Chairperson or tournament director.
.3.5 All non-seeded teams will be drawn randomly.
8.3.6 Each team drawn in order past the seeded teams will be entered according to pull.
8.3.7 If a seeded team does not return, the next lower seed advances up the bracket.
8.3.8 During the draw process, if two teams from the same club play first round games, the next team drawn takes their place, and the next open spot goes to that team which was not inserted. If a continual problem exists due to the total number of teams, and the fact that a club enters more than two teams per age group, it may be necessary for teams within the same club to play each other in the first round.
220.127.116.11 The team with the same name holds the right to that slot provided the club contact is the same as the year before.
18.104.22.168 If the team does not come back with the same name but has the same head coach and 60% of their former team roster, and there is not another team with the same name, then they will have the slot.
22.214.171.124 If a team comes back from the same program but does not have the same head coach or roster they still have the slot.
126.96.36.199 If the team slot is missing (considering above) the next team will move up and the take that slot until the seeded spots are filled.
188.8.131.52 The next set of teams that are not seeded but have their completed paperwork will be drawn from a hat and placed accordingly.
184.108.40.206 Those teams with incomplete paperwork will be drawn last and filled into those slots still available to fill the bracket.
220.127.116.11 If a team is slotted and they do not play, found with paperwork issues and unqualified to play, that slot will be held as a bye and the bracket will not be redrawn. (That team will lose 50% of their entry fee).
18.104.22.168 If the event starts and the team fails to appear, found after the start to the first game with paperwork issues and is unqualified to play, they will lose their entire entry fee.
22.214.171.124 All teams that finish will be seeded into the next years' tournament.
8.3.9 The Tournament Director must have a completed bracket within 2 days of the draw.
8.3.10 All consideration will be given to provide best possible times for those teams traveling over two hours to their game.
SECTION9 – District Tournament Site Selection
9.1 Tournament Bids
–All Bids for the age group qualifiers will be conducted in the fall on the same day at the November/Bid/Selection meeting.
9.2 Eligibility to Bid
9.2.1 All current clubs (with five members) who have had a team participate in a national qualifying tournament the previous year and who have hosted a successful tournament before will have an opportunity to bid.
9.2.2 Clubs must be in good standing- no suspensions, no history of “insufficient funds” for payment, (failure to pay insufficient funds immediately after notification suspends the club from participation in MAD-BBC), all previous qualifying tournament documents forwarded to National Boys Basketball. Clubs who previously have not met Host requirements are not eligible to bid. Clubs or tournament directors of clubs who have not hosted a basketball tournament in the past (does not have to be an AAU sanctioned event) are not eligible to bid.
9.3 Bid Fees
– Tournament bid fees for District Championships are five hundred dollars ($450.00). These fees are charged only to those organizations receiving approval of their bids. Payment must be received at the time of the Bid request and will be returned if no Bid is awarded. Bid fees will be collected by MAD-BBC Treasurer and clubs will be certified to bid and vote by the MAD-BBC Executive Committee.
9.4 Bid Process
9.4.1 Bids from the floor shall be accepted at the Bid/Selection meeting from those clubs meeting the eligibility requirements in Section 9.2
9.4.2 The Sport Director or designee accepts all bids for the age group.
9.4.3 Bids are listed in the front of the room for the membership to vote on.
9.4.4 The clubs that are present and eligible vote on each age group
9.4.5 If no bids are received, then the site selection will be determined by the Executive Committee and may, be awarded to the Executive Committee of BBC or the Executive Committee may award the Bid to a club.
9.4.6 After bid is awarded, host club will have thirty (30) days to provide letter/contract for proof of gym agreement. If proof is not provided site selection can be awarded to another club at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
9.4.7 Once a club has been awarded a Bid, it is not eligible for additional Bids.
9.4.8 A club cannot host two (2) age groups in succession, i.e. 12 under in 2006, 13 under in 2007.
9.5 District Championship Tournament
- All events will play down to the final four teams.
9.5.1 Requirements of Host Organization – The host organization must do the following:
126.96.36.199 Provide a safe and secure gym with with regulation size courts as per NFHS that are approved by MAD BBC Executive Committee.
Provide game and practice ballsThat are appropriate in size to the respective grade division. All courts must have fiberglass backboards with center squares in place.
188.8.131.52 Assign competent scorers and timers.
184.108.40.206 Name an adult (at least 21 years of age) tournament director who is a one-year active participant with AAU.
220.127.116.11 Assign a competent individual to collect AAU tournament admission.
18.104.22.168 Conduct an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the district final four tournament, including the presentation of trophies to the top four teams and AAU medals to the top three teams.
22.214.171.124 Assign and pay officials who are registered and/or licensed by their state organization (PA,NJ,DE).
126.96.36.199 Attempt to secure reduced lodging rates for participating teams.
188.8.131.52 Notify teams of game times at least 3 days prior to the beginning of competition.
184.108.40.206 Forward necessary copies of rosters, score sheets, pool play and tournament bracket (showing team names, scores, and dates of play and a list of final standings) to the MAD-BBC District Sport Chair. and to National Sport Committee. Indicate the total number of teams that participated in the District Championship in the age group that was hosted. This documenting information should be received on the Monday following the tournament from the hosting Tournament Director.
220.127.116.11 Tournament Directors must assure club representation at a) Tournament Director meetings, b) two (2) age group events in addition to your host event and c) the Final Four weekend.
18.104.22.168No Tournament Director will receive final tournament fee payment unless all of these directives have been completed. Tournament Directors will receive half of their money the Monday before respective event. All other funds will be handed out the Monday following the Final 4 Weekend. All obligations must be fulfilled before final payment is made.
9.5.2 Requirements of Executive Committee – The Executive Committee must do the following:
22.214.171.124 Receive all entries and fees and distribute appropriate portion of each team fee (amount to be determined annually per team) to the host club.
126.96.36.199 Approve the tournament brackets and seedings.
188.8.131.52 Along with the FC and IDC operate the Championship Final Four Weekend (CFFW) event.
184.108.40.206 All monies from the CFFW will be collected and deposited by the Treasurer in the MAD-BBC account.
220.127.116.11 Supply all trophies and medals for 1st
18.104.22.168 Send tournament evaluation forms to each participating team in the various district tournaments.
SECTION 10 – Fees and Dues
Receipts and income derived from all sources must be used for paying the costs of the MAD-BBC administrative or promotional expenses, for the promotion of amateur Boys’ Basketball, or for the general welfare of the MAD-BBC as a whole.
SECTION11 – Miscellaneous
– By District Sport Committee.
An elected or appointed officer may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members voting of the MAD-BBC at any special or Annual Meeting. At least fifteen (15) days’ written notice must be given to every member of the MAD-BBC before any vote may be taken.
11.2 Amendments to Operating Rules
– Any provision of these bylaws may be amended at the Annual meeting of the MAD-BBC by a majority vote of the members voting. The committee may review proposed amendments at the annual meeting.
– Upon dissolution, the net assets of the MAD-BBC will not insure to the benefit of any private shareholder, individual or corporation, but will be distributed to the MIDDLE ATLANTIC DISTRICT OF AAU, to be used exclusively for the promotion of Amateur Athletics.
11.4 Compliance with National AAU Boys’ Basketball Rules and the AAU Code
– These MAD-BBC Operating Rules are patterned after and intended to be in compliance with any national rules governing the same. Should there be a conflict of rules, the national rules shall prevail.