Section 1. PROCEDURE
A school filing a protest shall make out the protest in triplicate. One copy will go to the Executive Director/Assistant Executive Director; the second through the Executive Director to the school or schools protested against, and the third copy is to be retained by the protesting school. The protest must be signed by the Principal or Acting Principal and postmarked not later than forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of the game or contest. The protest must be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 which is to be returned to the school in the event the decision is in favor of the protesting school, but forfeited to the RIIL Treasury in case of an adverse decision. This protest shall include all facts relevant to the protested situation. The procedure for handling protests is:
Section 2. TIMELINESS AND BURDEN OF PROOF
For purposes of this Article, time is of the essence, and no waivers shall be granted. The burden of proof as to being within the stipulated time frames rests exclusively on the protesting school.
Section 3. NOTIFICATION OF OFFICIALS
The Committee will refuse to accept a protest if the protesting team fails to notify the officials of the game at the time of the incident or the first opportunity to do so that the game is being finished under protest. In non‑officiated sports, the opposing coach must be notified of the protest at the first opportunity to do so.
Section 4. PROTEST SIGNIFICANCE
The Committee will entertain no protest where the protested call did not have a significant effect on the outcome of the contest nor will the Committee accept protests involving judgment calls made by officials. The Executive Committee of the sport involved will make this determination.
Section 5. CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION
In Championship Tournament Competition, the Executive Committee of the sport by a unanimous vote will make the final determination of a protest, the provisions of this Article notwithstanding.