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CCS Athletic Eligibility Policy

CCS ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY
(See Article 2, CIF Bylaws; also see Article VI, CCS Bylaws)

(Revised:  1/8/81; 1/12/84; 4/25/85; 6/6/85; 6/92; 6/94; 6/96;5/97)


OUTSIDE COMPETITION 19 YEAR OLDS 8 SEMESTERS (5TH YEAR STUDENTS)


GENERAL STATEMENT:
The CIF Constitution and Bylaws provide the framework for determining athletic eligibility for students as established by the Federated Council of the CIF. Several Articles of the CIF Constitution and Bylaws provide that CIF Sections may establish rules and procedures, make more stringent rules applicable to Section member schools, and provide for appeals of eligibility decisions. Then Central Coast Section has established several such procedures.

OUTSIDE COMPETITION--(PROHIBITION AGAINST JOINING TEAM AFTER LEAGUE HAS STARTED)
CCS Bylaw Article VI, Section 5, is explicit and self-explanatory

AGE REQUIREMENT (19 YEAR OLD--NO WAIVER)
CCS Bylaw, Article VI, Section 6, is explicit and self-explanatory

RESIDENTIAL (transfer) ELIGIBILITY
CCS Bylaw Article VI, Section 3 fixes responsibility and procedures to be followed as they relate to 
CIF Bylaws 211.C, 214.C, 219, 220, & 221
Each of the foregoing CIF Bylaws is concerned with waiver of residential requirements and allows for granting immediate eligibility under certain conditions for students who are ineligible by operation of CIF Bylaw 214 (Transfer Rule).


According to CIF Bylaw 214C.(3), Sections may waive the varsity ineligibility of a transfer student.
The following are the policy and procedures established by the Central Coast Section Board 
of Managers that govern waivers for such transfer students.

1. CCS ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY WAIVER POLICY #1
STUDENTS INITIAL TRANSFER DURING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

  • Students who transfer for the first time following their initial enrollment in ninth grade in any school, from any school in the U.S. a U.S. Territory, a U.S. Military base or Canada where they established residential eligibility (e.g. attended for more than 15 days and/or participated in any athletic contest in any sport at any level) shall be eligible for VARSITY COMPETITION in all sports at the new school under the conditions outlined below.
  • Any student not meeting these conditions will NOT be granted a waiver and will be restricted from varsity competition as outlined in CIF Bylaw 214.
  • Any student not submitting an application on which the CCS Commissioner has taken action, is NOT eligible at the new school for ANY sports participation and should, under no circumstances, be allowed to compete.

IN ORDER FOR A STUDENT TO BE APPROVED FOR A WAIVER OF THE CIF TRANSFER RULE FOR THEIR FIRST TRANSFER IN HIGH SCHOOL, 
THEY MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

A. NOT TRANSFERRED BEFORE The student has not transferred previously in their high school career AND
B.  ACADEMICALLY ELIGIBLE The student was academically eligible at the previous  school at the time of his/her transfer. AND
(Students who do not meet this requirement will become eligible upon the completion of one full grading period at the new school in which the student meets the academic eligibility standards.)
C.   NO UNDUE INFLUENCE There is no evidence of the use of undue influence by anyone associated with the new school to secure the student?s attendance nor the former school to retain the student. AND
D.   ELIGIBLE UNDER ALL OTHER RULES The student meets all other CIF, CCS, District, league and School eligibility rules AND
E.   NOT A DISCIPLINARY TRANSFER The transfer is not a result of a disciplinary problem or action by the school.AND
F.    NO PARTICIPATION IN THE SAME SPORT AT TWO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
 The student may not participate in the same sport in the same school year at two different schools. AND
G.  BOTH PRINCIPALS AGREE Both principals agree to varsity eligibility in all sports.  (Principals SHALL NOT agree to varsity eligibility if any of the above conditions have not been met.) AND
H. FINAL APPROVAL - CCS COMMISSIONER The CCS Commissioner has the final approval for all such requests.
I.  APPEALS OF PRINCIPALS DISAPPROVAL Appeals of any requests denied by the two principals shall be considered by the CCS Commissioner. Any appeals based upon a student not meeting one or more of the criteria above, shall be considered only when documentation can be provided showing a hardship circumstance (as outlined in #2 A-F below) that directly caused a student to be unable to meet such criteria.
J. APPEALS OF CCS COMMISSIONER DENIAL Appeals of any requests denied by the CCS Commissioner shall be considered by the CCS Eligibility Committee.

USE CCS FORM 214I -- "INITIAL TRANSFER" and
CIF/CCS FORM 510-PRE-ENROLLMENT CONTACT AFFIDAVIT

(Available at either your former or current school site)

CCS RESIDENTIAL (TRANSFER) ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY #2 TRANSFERS SUBSEQUENT TO THEIR INITIAL TRANSFER ("HARDSHIPS")

This policy pertains to students who are transferring a second, third or more time(s).  Any student transferring subsequent to (after) their initial transfer as outlined in CCS Athletic Eligibility Policy 1 INITIAL TRANSFER from any school in the U.S. a U.S. Territory, a U.S. Military Base or Canada, where they established residential eligibility (e.g. attended for more then 15 days and/or participated in any athletic contest in any sport at any level) shall be eligible for all sports EXCEPT varsity level competition in any sport in which they participated at the previous school, at any level, (Frosh/Soph, JV or Varsity) in the twelve months immediately preceding their transfer.

  • This restriction on varsity eligibility will be for a period of twelve months from the student?s date of transfer to the new school.
  • Students will not be allowed to participate in the same sport at two different schools in the same school year.
  • Waivers of this restricted varsity eligibility will be considered on an individual basis by the CCS Commissioner under the following provisions:

Hardship Waivers will NOT be granted in situations where the transfer is due to circumstances that are simply "better for" or "more desirable for" the student athlete. Hardships are compelling situations where documentation is available and can CLEARLY show that there was a significantly serious reason that left the family NO OTHER CHOICE but to transfer the student! (See Definitions following)

A. FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS
Students who transfer from a private to a public high school made as a result of a financial hardship shall be considered for a waiver of the transfer rule if the following conditions are met:
 1.  The student or his/her family can provide documentation of a CHANGE in the family financial status that has occurred SINCE the student?s enrollment in the school they are transferring from, that is significant enough to clearly demonstrate that the tuition cost of the school are no longer affordable. This change must be beyond the family?s control (Tuition increases in and of themselves will NOT be considered a financial hardship) AND
2.  The family must have applied for financial assistance at the private school or show good cause as to why they did not AND
3. The student must have been eligible under all the rules and regulations of the CIF, CCS, League, and School at the private school prior to their transfer
B.     SCHOOL DROPS A SPORT When a transfer is made as a result of a school discontinuing a particular sport program and thereby not providing the opportunity for a student to compete in a sport in which a student previously competed at that school; the student will be eligible at the new school.
C.  COURT CHANGES OF LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP    In transfers made as a result of a change of legal guardianship as determined by a court having jurisdiction to do so, the request shall be approved, PROVIDED
1. the student has changed his/her residence to that of the new legal guardian AND
2. the student attends the school in whose attendance area the new legal guardian resides; AND PROVIDED
3.  the CCS Commissioner shall have determined the change of legal guardianship was not made for the purpose of establishing eligibility in the new school

NOTE: Affidavits of responsibility or legal guardianship changes done outside the
purview court, DO NOT meet the criteria of this policy)

D.  COURT ORDERED TRANSFERS--(Other than voluntary desegregation) 
In transfers which are specifically mandated by Court Order of any court having jurisdiction to so order, the request shall be approved.
E. STUDENTS MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS
In transfers which are based upon medical considerations related to the student, the request shall be approved, PROVIDED
1.  that a medical practitioner substantiates the need for such transfer as an integral part of medical therapy or prevention or aggravation of an existing condition serious enough to warrant an absolute compelling need to transfer AND PROVIDED
2. the CCS Commissioner shall have determined the diagnosis was not made for the purpose of establishing eligibility in the new school.
F. FAMILY HARDSHIPS
Other cases may be considered on an individual basis if:
1.  There is a family hardship that is unforeseeable, unavoidable beyond the student or the family?s control and which clearly indicates that the family has no other choice but to transfer the student or cause him/her serious physical or emotional long-term hardship;    AND
2.  Provided specific, thorough documentation of the hardship can be submitted and, when appropriate, substantiated by qualified professionals outside of the family AND
3. There is no evidence that the transfer is athletically motivated AND
4. If a change of residence for the student is involved, the student attends the school in whose attendance area his/her new residence is located OR the most proximate private school in the area.
G.   DISCIPLINARY TRANSFERS
Students who transfer as a result of disciplinary action by a school whether intradistrict, interdistrict or between private and/or public schools, including, but not limited to legal expulsion or private school dismissal shall have no varsity eligibility for twelve months from their date of transfer to the new school in any sports in which they participated in the previous school at any level in the twelve months prior to their transfer. No waivers will be granted for such transfers.
H.  FOREIGN STUDENTS NOT ENROLLED IN CIF APPROVED FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM (CIF BYLAW 212)
In transfers involving foreign students who are transferring from outside the U.S., a U.S. Territory. a U.S. Military Base or Canada and who are not affiliated with a CIF-approved foreign exchange program as identified in CIF Bylaw 211c, varsity eligibility waivers will be considered under the following provisions:
1. Demonstration and substantiation of a hardship as described in F. above is provided.  OR
2.  The transfer student comes from a country which has no access to ANY foreign exchange programs OR
3. The transfer student enrolls in a CCS member high school under a formal "sister city" program that can be documented to have been formalized through the cities involved not for the purpose of athletic participation. Should a city have more than one high school, the student in the sister city program shall be eligible only at the school in whose attendance area his/her host family resides unless a hardship can be documented meeting the criteria in F above that applies to his/her need to attend a different school in that same city.

USE 214 "SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER-HARDSHIP" FORM
(available at either the former or current school site)

CIF Hardship Definition:
A hardship is defined as an unforeseeable, unavoidable act, condition or event,
which causes the imposition of a severe and non-athletic burden upon the
student or his/her family.

 

 

WAIVER OF EIGHT SEMESTERS
Applications for a waiver of CIF Bylaw 202 under the provisions
of CIF Bylaw 205 shall be granted by the CCS Commissioner according to the following guidelines:

1.  The student is required to remain out of school for a significant portion (more than half) of any semester during their high school career due to an exceptional hardship. (See CIF Bylaw 205.A.B and CIF Bylaw 215) OR
2.  Documentation can be provided that substantiates that the student has extended their attendance beyond eight (8) semesters due to health or hardship circumstances without any athletic motivation OR
3.  Documentation can be provided that substantiates that the student has been attending school out of the U.S. in a foreign exchange program, for a semester or a year and who has not participated in more than four seasons of any sport (including any season in which the student participated while out of the country). AND
4.  The student meets all other provisions of CIF Bylaw 205 C & D.

USE CCS FORM 205 
REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF BYLAW 202 EIGHT SEMESTER RULE
(available at your school site)

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