PHOENIX DAY FOR THE DEAF IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE ARIZONA INTERSCHOLASTIC ASSOCIATION (AIA) AND FOLLOWS ITS VISION AND MISSION.
The AIA Executive Board has adopted the following as the Vision Statement of the AIA. The AIA staff, Executive Board, and member schools continue to embrace this vision by engaging its mission operationally through the many tournaments and services that are provided to the schools, fans and most importantly the students we serve.
- Vigorously defend and promote current direction regarding the positive developments in the management of AIA business efficiently and effectively in accordance with state law, federal law and industry best practices/policies.
- Create a culture that fosters self-governance and ethical behavior.
- Teach, Enforce, Advocate, and Model the principles of the Arizona Accord and Pursuing Victory With Honor.
- AIA must be an advocate for activities programs promoting and defending AIA’s mission.
Create and sustain an ethical culture through activities that encourage maximum student participation by providing AIA member schools with an even playing field to ensure fair and equitable competition in interscholastic activities.
Interscholastic activities are beneficial to the total education program.
- Committed to the inclusion of equitable interscholastic opportunities for both boys and girls in all Arizona high schools.
- There is a need to maintain a proper balance between the academic programs and extracurricular activities of the member schools.
Legislative authority in all matters pertaining to interscholastic activities of member schools is vested in the Legislative Council, which is comprised of 48 representatives from the six conferences and the Arizona School Boards Association.
The Legislative Council meets once annually unless circumstances necessitate that a special meeting is held. A special meeting can be called at the discretion of the President of the AIA Executive Board or upon written request to the President by five or more members of the Legislative Council.
The Executive Board applies, interprets and impartially enforces the rules and regulations contained in the AIA Constitution and Bylaws. The nine-member Executive Board is comprised of one administrator from each of the five Conferences and representatives from Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Arizona School Administrators, Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona North Central Association. The Executive Director, who oversees the daily operation of the AIA, is a nonvoting member of the Executive Board.
The AIA operational budget is financed by membership dues, varsity sport participation fees, officials’ registration fees and sales of such items as rule books. Net play-off gate receipts are disbursed annually to AIA member schools to offset membership dues and participation fees. As a service to its member schools, the AIA issues payments for student excess accident (catastrophic) insurance and officials’ mileage. All financial records are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.
The AIA’s comprehensive dues structure has facilitated fiscally sound decision-making crucial to optimal utilization of its funds and has resulted in an accountable, fiducially responsible organization.