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CCS Bylaws

2002-2003
California Interscholastic Federation Constitution and Bylaws

A MEMBER OF THE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

ARTICLES Article 13 Boxing

Article 1 Name and Purpose

Article 14 Badminton
Article 2 Jurisdiction Article 15 Baseball
Article 3 The Federated Council Article 16 Basketball
Article 4 Meetings Article 17 Cross Country
Article 5 Finances Article 18 Field Hockey
Article 6 Constitutional Amendments Article 19 Football
Article 7 Committees Article 20 Golf
Article 8 Miscellaneous Article 21 Gymnastics
  Article 22 Lacrosse
BYLAWS Article 23 Skiing
Article 1 Amendments, Delegates and Meetings Article 24 Soccer
Article 2 Eligibility Requirements Article 25 Softball
Article 3 School Regulations Article 26 Swimming and Diving
Article 4 CIF Amateur Standing Rule Article 27 Tennis
Article 5 General Rules Article 28 Track and Field
Article 6 Outside Competition Article 29 Volleyball
Article 7 Sanctioned Events Article 30 Water Polo
Article 8 Awards for CIF Competition Article 31 Wrestling
Article 9 All-Star Competition Financial Principles and Audit Policy
Article 10 International Competition Equity Complaint and Appeal Procedure
Article 11 Appeals and Delegated Powers Policy and Procedures for New Events
Article 12 Approved Sports Article/Bylaw Changes for 2002-2003

 

ARTICLE 1
NAME AND PURPOSE


10. This organization shall be known as the California Interscholastic Federation.
11. PURPOSE

The purposes of this organization are:

A.




 
To serve as an organization through which member high schools may mutually adopt rules and regulations relating to interscholastic athletics (grades 9 through 12), and establish agreed upon minimum standards for certain aspects of the interscholastic athletic program; to guide schools and school districts in the discharge of their responsibilities for, among other considerations, the health, safety, general welfare and educational opportunities of the students taking part in interscholastic athletics.
B.


 
The CIF is limited to facilitating the establishment of these regulations and minimum standards and to the application of appropriate sanctions when failure to meet these standards, rules, and regulations comes to the attention of the CIF.
C. To cultivate more cordial and friendly relations among schools through good standards of sportsmanship.
D.




 
To promote the acceptance of the CIF Operating Principles and Code of Ethics of the California Interscholastic Federation (adopted November 1999 Federated Council).

NOTE: The CIF Operating Principles are defined as the 16 principles of the Pursuing Victory With Honor program adopted by the Federated Council in November of 1999 (See Article 1, Section 12).
E.

 
This organization does not contemplate pecuniary gain nor profit to the members hereof and it is organized for non-profit purposes.
F.

 
To promote equal opportunities for all the youth in California secondary school athletic programs regardless
of race, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.
G.




 
Member schools are responsible for monitoring and assuring compliance with these standards, rules and
regulations except as set forth above, as well as responsibility for any matters of school administration or pupil supervision. Membership of schools in the California Interscholastic Federation is contingent upon compliance with the rules and regulations of the organization’s constitution and bylaws (Approved May 2001 Federated Council).

 

12. CIF OPERATING PRINCIPLES/PURSUING VICTORY WITH HONOR

The CIF Operating Principles are the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory With Honor program as follows:

1.


 
The essential elements of character building and ethics in CIF sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
2.


 
It’s the duty of school boards, superintendents, school administrators, parents and school sports leadership -including coaches, athletic administrators, program directors and game officials - to promote sportsmanship and foster good character by teaching, enforcing, advocating and modeling these “six pillars of character.”
3.



 
To promote sportsmanship and foster the development of good character, school sports programs must be conducted in a manner that enhances the academic, emotional, social, physical and ethical development of student-athletes and teaches them positive life skills that will help them become personally successful and socially responsible.
4.


 
Participation in school sports programs is a privilege, not a right. To earn that privilege, student-athletes must abide by the rules and they must conduct themselves, on and off the field, as positive role models who exemplify good character.
5.


 
School boards, superintendents, school administrators, parents and school sports leadership shall establish standards for participation by adopting and enforcing codes of conduct for coaches, athletes, parents and spectators.
6.

 
All participants in high school sports must consistently demonstrate and demand scrupulous integrity and observe and enforce the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
7.

 
The importance of character, ethics and sportsmanship should be emphasized in all communications directed to student-athletes and their parents.
8.


 

School boards, superintendents, school administrators, parents and school sports leadership must ensure that the first priority of their student-athletes is a serious commitment to getting an education and developing the academic skills and character to succeed.

9.




 
School boards, superintendents, principals, school administrators and everyone involved at any level of governance in the CIF must maintain ultimate responsibility for the quality and integrity of CIF programs. Such individuals must assure that education and character development responsibilities are not compromised to achieve sports performance goals and that the academic, social, emotional, physical and ethical well-being of student-athletes is always placed above desires and pressures to win.
10.

 
All employees of member schools must be directly involved and committed to the academic success of student-athletes and the character-building goals of the school.
11.




 
Everyone involved in competition including parents, spectators, associated study body leaders, and all auxiliary groups have a duty to honor the traditions of the sport and to treat other participants with respect. Coaches have a special responsibility to model respectful behavior and the duty to demand that their student-athletes refrain from disrespectful conduct including verbal abuse of opponents and officials, profane or belligerent trash-talking, taunting and inappropriate celebrations.
12.





 
School boards, superintendents, and school administrators of CIF member schools must ensure that coaches, whether paid or voluntary, are competent to coach. Training or experience may determine minimal competence. These competencies include basic knowledge of: 1) The character building aspects of sports, including techniques and methods of teaching and reinforcing the core values comprising sportsmanship and good character. 2) The physical capabilities and limitations of the age group coached as well as first aid. 3) Coaching principles and the rules and strategies of the sport.
13.

 
Because of the powerful potential of sports as a vehicle for positive personal growth, a broad spectrum of school sports experiences should be made available to all of our diverse communities.
14.


 
To safeguard the health of athletes and the integrity of the sport, school sports programs must actively prohibit the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and performance enhancing substances, as well as demand compliance with all laws and regulations, including those related to gambling and the use of drugs.
15.



 
Schools that offer athletic programs must safeguard the integrity of their programs. Commercial relationships should be continually monitored to ensure against inappropriate exploitation of the school’s name or reputation. There should be no undue influence of commercial interests. In addition, sports programs must be prudent, avoiding undue dependency on particular companies or sponsors.
16.



 
The profession of coaching is a profession of teaching. Along with the mental and physical dimensions of their sport, coaches, through words and example, must also strive to build the character of their athletes by teaching them to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and good citizens.
(Approved February 2002 Federated Council)

 

13. PROPERTY

The property of this organization is irrevocably dedicated to charitable and educational purposes, meeting the requirements for exemption provided by Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. No part of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof nor to the benefit of any private persons. Upon the dissolution or winding up of the organization, which is dedicated to charitable and educational purposes meeting the requirements for exemption provided by Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this organization, shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If this organization holds any assets in trust, such assets must be disposed of in such manner as may be directed by decree of the Superior Court of the county in which the organization has its principal office, upon petition therefore by the Attorney General or any other person concerned in the liquidation, in a proceeding to which the Attorney General is a party.


14. NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the CIF not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin or sexual orientation in its athletic programs and related activities, in the employment of personnel, or in the selection of delegates to the Federated Council, committee members, officers or other such positions.

 

 

ARTICLE 2
JURISDICTION


20. SECTIONS

The CIF State shall consist of Sections, one of which shall be the CIF State, and remainder of which shall be those geographic Sections as may be created by the Federated Council. The geographical Sections, with their representatives on the Federated Council, are: Central (2), Central Coast (2), Los Angeles (2), North Coast (2), Northern (2), Oakland (1), Sac-Joaquin (2), San Diego (2), San Francisco (1), and Southern (4). Any Section which does not have a woman on the Federated Council as a regular representative shall select a woman as an additional representative. Section votes shall be divided equally among its representatives. All Sections consisting of more than two districts shall have a superintendent (deputy, associate, assistant superintendent) as a voting member of their governing board. Each Section shall make an attempt to have their governing body reflect the ethnic and gender population it represents.* Any Section or Allied Organization which has an even number of representatives on the Federated Council shall have gender balance. The number of votes approved for each Section at the Federated Council will be determined every year in the spring and any necessary adjustments in the number of votes become effective in the first regular meeting of the following year.

Any Section or Allied Organization which has an odd number of representatives on the Federated Council shall achieve gender balance as closely as possible, unless the Allied Organization has only a single representative. Any Section of more than two districts shall have a school board member as a voting member of its governing board. In a Section where a Board of Managers is comprised of superintendents of all constituent school districts, the school board member may serve as a voting member of the Board of Managers or another Section governance body in accord with Section provisions. (Revised October 2001)
*see also article 3, section 31
NOTE: Hereinafter, the term "Section" shall refer only to geographic Sections.


21. FORMATION OF NEW SECTIONS/GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

A.



 
New Sections
Petitions for the formation of new Sections shall be made directly to the Federated Council. Approval of a proposal to form a new Section will be accomplished by a majority vote of the Federated Council present at a regular meeting of the council. (Approved May 1997 Federated Council)
B.




 
Existing Section
Approval of a proposal to amend an existing Section, or Sections, will be accomplished by a majority vote of the Federated Council present at a regular meeting of the council. Such proposals will be presented at a regular Federated Council meeting prior to the meeting where a vote is taken on the proposal. (Approved May 1997 Federated Council)
C. Format for Section Modification
The following conditions must be considered for Section modification:
  1.

 
Feasibility study must be made to include the following Remainder of Old Section
financial considerations:
  a). Income projection a). Same
    i). Dues structure   i). Same
    ii). Playoff revenue   ii). Same
    iii). Other revenue   iii). Same
  b). Expense projection b). Same
    i) Proposed budget   i). Same
  2. Membership consideration for proposed Section Remainder of Old Section
    a). Public schools a). Same
    b). Non-public schools b). Same
    c). Demographics c). Same
      ii). Distances   ii). Same
      iii). Geography   iii). Same
  3. Governance consideration for proposed Section Remainder of Old Section
    a). School representation a). Same
    b). League representation b). Same
    c). Committee/Council/Board Structure c). Same
  4. Voting summary for proposed Section members
    a). Public school vote  
    b). Non-public school vote  
    c). Additional demographic information (e.g., size of school, location of school etc.)
    d). Governing Board of the School Districts (Approved May 2002 Federated Council)
  5. Voting summary for existing Section
    a). Total Section vote  
    b). Public school vote  
    c). Non-public school vote
    d). Demographic data (e.g., size of school, location of school etc.)
  6. Submittal to Section relation committee
    a). Presentation of proposal  
    b). Presentation of feasibility study
 
 
    c). Voting summaries
    d). Written opposition report(s) (optional)
    e). Public hearing
    f). Recommendation by committee to State Federated Council
(Approved February 1984 Federated Council).
D.



 
Guidelines/Criteria for a New Section Formation
Preamble: For the purposes of forming a new Section, the following are factors to be addressed in any application. Variations from these guidelines could affect the terms of participation as a member of the CIF.
 
  1.

 
Sections shall abide by the CIF Constitution, Bylaws and the Operating Principles of the organization as found in the Pursuing Victory With Honor Program.
  2. All Sections shall be contiguous.
  3. Sections shall be geographically configured, considering physical and natural boundaries.
  4. Sections’ formation shall be flexible and responsive to address the changing demographics and long-term growth in California.
  5. Sections’ formation shall address the needs of all schools, non-public and public schools within the geographic boundaries of the new Section.
  6. Shall consist of multiple leagues.
  7. Shall consist of multiple school districts.
  8. Sections shall have sufficient resources to provide adequate governance and services to their member schools.
  9. Sections’ formation shall take into consideration the financial impacts on local schools.
  10. Sections’ formation application must address the impact on opportunities to participate in State Championships.
  11. Sections must be of sufficient size to address issues of economic viability, competitive opportunities and State competitions.
    (Approved May 2002 Federated Council).

 

22. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE EVALUATION

Evaluation of the governance structure shall include the following:
  A.



 
The purpose of the Governance Structure Evaluation is to regulate/standardize/direct a regularly scheduled evaluation of the governance structure of the CIF. Governance Structure is defined for this purpose as including issues of the CIF's geographic structure/alignment; representation; local authority; communication; and financial aspects of our membership.
  B.




 
Governance Structure Committees shall be formed by the President with representation from leagues of more than one Section which are generally geographically proximate. The CIF will be divided into these Governance Structure Committees. In forming these committees, consideration will be given to the number of leagues, the student population represented, geographic barriers and size. Ease of travel to governance structure meetings will also be a factor in determining the committee makeup.
  C.



 
For each Governance Structure Committee, a chairperson from among the representatives designated by each league, shall be appointed by the CIF President. Among the chairperson's responsibility is to set agendas, notify members of the date and site of meetings and report the outcome of all meetings to their constituents and to the CIF Federated Council.
  D.


 
The Governance Structure Committees shall bi-annually review the current governance structure of the CIF, and review, recommend or develop proposals for changes to the governance structure of the CIF. Each Governance Structure Committee may address other issues of benefit to its member schools.
  E.


 
Each Governance Structure Committee shall submit a written report to the Federated Council. The Federated Council shall take final action on any proposals that come from any Governance Structure Committee.
  F.



 
The CIF Governance Structure Steering Committee shall be appointed by the CIF President with the following representation: The chairperson of each of the CIF Governance Structure Committees outlined in B above and chaired by the CIF Past-President. (Approved February 1997 Federated Council)


23. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the California Interscholastic Federation shall be open to public and private high schools of the State of California. Membership shall be granted upon approval by the California Interscholastic Federation Section in which the school is located.

24. ORDER OF JURISDICTION

This Constitution and Bylaws are binding on all schools, leagues and Sections. The order of descending jurisdiction is as follows: Federated Council, Section, league and school. The school, the league or the Section may enact regulations which are more stringent than those adopted by higher authority. The Federated Council is the governing body of the CIF and shall establish policy. Within the framework of that policy, local Sections may establish local rules and regulations as long as they are no less stringent and do not violate state policy rules or intent.


25. JURISDICTION

All students, attending either public or private high schools in any Section under the jurisdiction of the Federation will be subject to the rules of eligibility of the Federated Council for participation in athletic contests between/among schools and are accountable to said body for violations of same.


26. RATIFICATION OF REPRESENTATIVES

Each local school district board of education or private school governing board will ratify to the appropriate CIF Section office, by August 15, of each year, the appointment of individuals and alternates by name or by title who will be school representatives to the athletic leagues for the upcoming year. In the absence of the appropriate filing, all voting privileges for the affected school(s) shall be suspended.

 

ARTICLE 3
THE FEDERATED COUNCIL

 

30. MEMBERSHIP

The governing body of the California Interscholastic Federation shall be known as "The Federated Council." The Federated Council shall consist of representatives elected from each Section, a representative from the State Department of Education, representatives from Allied Organizations selected by those organizations, the President, President-Elect, and immediate past President of the Federated Council.

A.

 
Representatives elected from each Section shall be elected to hold office for two years. If a Section has more than one representative on the council the terms will be staggered.
B.



 
With the exception of the Past-President, Section Past-President, the representative from the State Department of Education, and representatives of Allied Organizations, any individual not directly accountable to, or voting member of, a local board of education or school(s) governing body shall not be a voting member of the State or a Section-governing and/or policy-making body.
C.



 
Any member of the Federated Council who changes professional status in such a manner that no longer qualifies the individual as a member of the governing body, may not continue as a voting member of the body. The individual shall be replaced, by the rules of the State or Section, by the next regular meeting of the body.
D.











 
A voting representative to the Federated Council from an allied organization must be in a current role performing the daily responsibilities associated with the title or the organization (i.e., the representative from the Association of California School Administrators must be an active administrator in California; the representative from the Association of Private School Organizations must be currently affiliated with one or more of the private schools represented; the representative from the California School Boards Association must be an active board member; the California State Athletic Directors Association representative shall be an active athletic director, etc.). If the status of the representative changes in such a manner so that the representative is no longer in an active role that truly reflects the general membership of the allied organization, the organization must replace the representative with one who is in such a role in order to have full voting representation at the Federated Council. Allied Organizations will certify that representatives comply with this bylaw and send such certification to the State Executive Director by August 15 of each year.
E. Representation on the Federated Council for Allied Organizations will include the following:
  1. California Coaches Association, two representatives.
  2. California State Athletic Directors Association, two representatives.
  3. California School Boards Association, one representative.
  4. Association of California School Administrators, one representative.
  5. California Association of Private School Organizations, one representative.
  6. California Superintendents Liaison Committee, one representative.
  7. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, one representative (Approved May 1998, Federated Council)
  8. California Association of Directors of Activities, one representative (Approved May 1999 Federated Council).
NOTE: An allied organization with two representatives shall have one male and one female representative. (Approved May 1997 Federated Council)


31. REPRESENTATION REFLECTING THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE STATE AND SECTION
 

  The following is in effect:
  A.










 
By the fall of 1997, any CIF Section which does not have at least one regular representative of an ethnic or racial minority group found in the demographics of the Section's student population, shall select an additional representative who is a member of an ethnic or racial minority group found in the demographics of the Section's student population. The Section's number of votes shall continue to be based upon the weighted votes formula, however, the votes shall be split equally amongst the voting representatives. The expenses of the additional delegate shall be paid by the CIF State consistent with the expense formula for all other Section representatives to the Federated Council. The ethnic and racial composition of the Federated Council shall be reviewed in the fall of 2000 to determine the progress which has been made toward achieving a governance structure reflective of the ethnic and racial diversity of the student population in the State of California. Implementation date: the 1997 fall meeting of the Federated Council.
  B.




 
By the fall of 2002, each CIF Section shall send a delegation of representatives to the Federated Council which is reflective of the student demographics within the Section and will include at least one representative of an ethnic or racial minority group found in the demographics of the Section's student population.
(Approved May 1997 Federated Council)


32. CRITERIA FOR ALLIED ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP ON THE CIF STATE FEDERATED COUNCIL

  Each Allied Organization represented on the Federated Council shall:
  A.

 
Be composed of a membership which has direct responsibility or legislative responsibility for interscholastic athletics.
  B. Be able to demonstrate statewide representation.
  C.



 
Be able to define its constituency which will include, but not be limited to, the number of interscholastic athletes it represents, the number of schools represented which participate in CIF activities, and that it has the capacity to select representatives to the Federated Council that reflect our State's student gender and ethnic make-up.
  D.

 
Be able to demonstrate that its representative will have a viable system of communication to its members within its organization.
  E.












 
Have a commitment to providing educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletics. Prior to being formally accepted as an allied organization, each interested group, including those presently represented on the Federated Council, shall complete a Request for Inclusion application. An organization's request for inclusion on the Federated Council as an allied organization must be submitted to the Executive Director by January 15 of the school year prior to the desired effective date of inclusion. The request will be reviewed by a membership committee designated by the Executive Committee. A recommendation by the membership committee for approval or disapproval of the Request for Inclusion will be made to the Executive Committee by April 15 and action on the Request for Inclusion will be scheduled for the spring meeting of the Federated Council. If an allied organization is approved for membership, the organization is approved for a four-year renewable term, unless the organization should, during the four-year term, no longer meet the criteria for membership and inclusion as defined by the Federated Council. (Approved May 1997 Federated Council).


33. ELECTION AND ELIGIBILITY

The governing body of each Section shall determine how its own representatives to the Federated Council shall be elected consistent with the Education Code. Voting members of the Federated Council shall not be paid employees of the CIF Sections.

34. POWERS AND DUTIES OF FEDERATED COUNCIL

A. Determine the credentials of its own membership.
B.


 
Exercise jurisdiction over all interscholastic athletic games, events and meets involving CIF member schools. The Federated Council delegates jurisdiction to each CIF Section for all interscholastic athletic games, events, and meets in which only CIF member schools of that particular Section participate.
C. Be responsible for State and regional California Interscholastic Federation playoff contests.
  (1) Determine time and place.
  (2) Prescribe conditions and provide for appointment of officials.
  (3)

 
Define expected duties of contest officials as part of a contract with them. [C(2),(3), Approved May 1997 Federated Council]
D. Act as final court of appeal in protests.
E.



 
Establish and enforce penalties for any violation of the Constitution, Bylaws, or other rules of the Federation. Schools, leagues, and Sections may establish and enforce penalties, provided that such penalties are not in conflict with penalties that have been established by higher authority. See Article 2, Section 24, for order of descending jurisdiction.
F. Determine which athletic activities shall be conducted by the Federation.
G. Prescribe ways and means by which standards of eligibility shall be met.
H. Elect its own officers.
I. Institute and conduct impeachment of officers of the Federation or Sections thereof.
J.




 
For any matter of appeal not covered in the Constitution and Bylaws, an appeal to the Federated Council will be heard by the Council's appeals committee, a three-person committee, selected by the Council President from a standing appeals committee of seven Federated Council members appointed annually by the President of the Federated Council. The decision of this committee is final and will be reported to the Federated Council at its next meeting following the resolution of the appeal (Approved May 1999 Federated Council).
K. Award life passes to its members after three years of service.

ARTICLE 4
MEETINGS


40. SCHEDULE FOR FEDERATED COUNCIL

The Federated Council shall hold three meetings annually unless the adopted budget should require, in the judgement of the Executive Committee and the Executive Director, the elimination of one meeting annually. Any change in the Federated Council meeting schedule, which results in the elimination of a meeting, shall be approved by the council (Revised February 1999 Federated Council).


41. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FEDERATED COUNCIL

  At the annual meeting, the Federated Council shall:
    A. Approve credentials of new members.
    B. Appoint standing committees.
    C. Receive reports from officers and committees.
    D. Consider new policies, new business, and such other matters as may seem necessary.

42. ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF THE FEDERATED COUNCIL

The officers of the organization are the President, President-Elect and the Past President. Each officer will serve on the Executive Committee and will be elected in accord with provisions of Article 7, Section 70.
(Approved October 2000 Federated Council).


43. QUORUM FOR MEETINGS OF THE FEDERATED COUNCIL

A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of Council members.


44. MEETINGS AT LEAGUE, SECTION AND STATE LEVEL

All league, Section and State meetings are subject to the notice and hearing requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9, Division 2, Title 5 of the Government Code). A summary of these requirements shall be printed as an appendix to the CIF Constitution and Bylaws each year. (Approved October 2000 Federated Council).

ARTICLE 5
FINANCES


50. REIMBURSEMENT

The expenses of each member of the Federated Council and Section Commissioners may be paid by the Federation for attending meetings of the Council.
 

51. ASSESSMENT

The expenses of the Federated Council shall be met by an assessment levied upon each Section at the beginning of the school year.
 

52. FISCAL LEGISLATION

Legislation which has a fiscal impact upon the CIF State budget shall be submitted, no later than March 10, to the CIF State Executive Committee for their review in developing a recommendation for the Federated Council at its spring meeting. ("Legislation" is interpreted to mean legislation or business internal to CIF and/or its member Sections).
 

53. INDEMNIFICATION OF SECTIONS

The CIF shall indemnify Sections against documented net revenue loss as a result of a Section's participation in a system-wide merchandising or sponsorship program in lieu of a Section-based program of like kind for a period of one year. Sections so indemnified shall in future years of participation in that same system-wide program re-pay such amounts as they received in indemnified loss by receiving 10 percent per year less than they would have received without such indemnification, provided that such reduction shall not cause a Section to receive less than the revenue documented for purposes of indemnification plus 5 percent annual growth. Indemnification of loss shall cease after
one year.


ARTICLE 6
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT


60. PROCEDURE

This Constitution may be amended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote of the entire Federated Council provided the amendment was proposed at the previous meeting.


ARTICLE 7
COMMITTEES

70. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The CIF Executive Committee shall consist of no more than nine members of the Federated Council.

  A. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
  1.

 
Review, monitor and update goals of the CIF as indicated within the CIF strategic plan and/or the committees’ own process and procedures.
  2. Develop operational procedures.
  3. To review annual budgets prior to proposal to the Federated Council.
  4. To set dues.
  5.

 
To be the decision making body between meetings of the Federated Council when it is not necessary to call an emergency meeting.
  6. To advise the Executive Director or liaison activities with groups and organizations outside the CIF.
  7. To review the agenda of the Federated Council meeting prior to each council meeting.
  8. To review committee reports and presentations prior to the presentation at the Federated Council.
  9. To recommend positions, considerations and actions to the Federated Council.
  10. To employ an Executive Director and contribute to the evaluation of the Executive Director.
  11. To consider and recommend salary and other benefits.
  12. To review and control expenditures and other fiscal operations.
  13. To monitor the office structure and operation.
  14.

 
To advise the Executive Director on issues, programs and matters brought to the committee by the Executive Director.
  15. Other duties as prescribed by the Federated Council. (Revised May 2002 Federated Council)
    B. Composition of the Executive Committee
    1. Officers -- a President, President-Elect and Past-President; AND
    2.

 
There will be an additional five members of the committee who will be representatives of Sections and/or no more than one member representing the group of Allied Organizations; and
    3.

 
One at-large representative from the Federated Council who shall be selected in an effort to reflect both gender and ethnic representation on the Federated Council.
    C. Limitations Upon Membership of the Committee
    1.

 
No Section shall have more than one member eligible to be elected to the Executive Committee unless another committee member from the Section is an officer or at-large representative.
    2.


 
The group of Allied Organizations shall have no more than one member eligible to be elected to the Executive Committee unless another Allied Organization representative is an officer or at-large representative on the committee.
    3.

 
No Section may have more than one representative serving as an officer at any one time (see exception 70 G2).
    4.
 
Only one person from the group of Allied Organizations may serve as an officer at any one time.
    D. Terms of Office
    1.


 
The President-Elect will serve two years before assuming the presidency. The President-Elect shall assume the office of President immediately following service in the office of President-Elect. (Revised, May 2002 Federated Council).
    2. The President shall serve a two-year term.
    3. The Past-President shall serve a two-year term immediately following service as President.
    4.

 
Other committee members including the at-large representative shall be chosen annually to serve one-year terms. An Executive Committee member may serve for three consecutive terms of one year.
    5.




 
If there is a break of one year in the service of an Executive Committee member as a member of the committee, that member may be eligible for nomination, election and service for three additional terms of office as an Executive Committee member but no one shall be eligible to serve more than a total of seven years on the committee.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council).
    E. Nominations
    1.


 
Each year, the President shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of at least five members. Members of the nominating committee shall be selected from among the Federated Council and may include no more than two current members of the Executive Committee.
    2.

 
The Executive Director and the President shall be ex-officio members of the nominating committee.
 
    3.

 
Nominations for the Executive Committee shall be presented to the Federated Council at the meeting prior to the election.
    4. Nominations for President-Elect will occur in even numbered years.
    5.

 
Each person nominated for an officer or other Executive Committee seat must be a current member of the Federated Council at the time of nomination and election.
    6.

 
The nominating committee will name at least seven candidates for one-year terms for the Executive Committee and at least two candidates for President-Elect.
    7.

 
Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the Federated Council meeting whereupon nominations are presented.
    8.



 
Nominations for an at-large representative will be solicited from Sections and Allied Organizations after the election of Executive Committee members for the following year. The Executive Committee, at its June meeting, will select a candidate from among those nominations to serve as an at-large representative for the following year.
    F. Elections
    1. Elections will occur at the final meeting of the year of the Federated Council.
    2.


 
Elections for Executive Committee members, other than officers and the at-large committee member will be held annually. (The at-large representative will be chosen annually following the election for other Executive Committee members).
    3.

 
Should a second candidate be nominated from any Section or the group of Allied Organizations, only the candidate with the most votes (more votes) from that Section/or group is eligible for election.
    4.

 
The nominees, from among those eligible for election who receive the most votes, will be elected.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)..
    G. Change in Status or in Workplace, Vacancy
    1. Change in Status
      With the exception of the Past-President, the representative from the State Department of Education and representatives of Allied Organizations, any committee member whose status changes so as not to be directly accountable to, or a voting member of, a local board of education or school(s) governing body shall not continue to be a voting member of the Executive Committee. With the exception of the current officers that committee member shall be replaced at the next Executive Committee meeting by the individual (if eligible) receiving the next highest vote during the last regularly held election, or in the case of the at-large representative, a new representative will be appointed by the Executive Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. In the event there is no one eligible, an election will be held to fill the vacancy at the next regularly scheduled Federated Council meeting.(Revised, February 2002 Federated Council).
      a). Presidency
        When the status of the President changes, the President-Elect will succeed to the position of President. If there is not a President-Elect eligible, the Past-President shall be asked to serve in the place of the President-Elect until the President-Elect is eligible.
      b). President-Elect
        When the status of the President-Elect changes, the President shall authorize a new nomination and election process to be initiated so that nominations are presented at the next possible Federated Council meeting and elections are held at the meeting following nominations.
      c). Past-President
        In the event the status of the Past-President changes, that person may continue service until the end of the term for which she/he was elected.
    2. Change in Workplace, No Change in Status
      When the workplace of an officer changes after election as President-Elect, but that person is still able to continue as a voting member of the Federated Council (Article 3, Section 30, membership), that person may complete the terms of office through the term of Past-President. When that change in workplace is a change to another Section, representatives from both Sections will be eligible to be nominated for the office of President-Elect while that officer is still in service.
    3. Vacancy
      When a vacancy on the Executive Committee occurs caused by circumstances other than those listed above in this Section the following shall occur:
      a). President-Elect
        The President shall call for the nominations to be made for the next possible meeting of the Federated Council and an election to be held at the subsequent regularly scheduled meeting or the President may authorize a nomination process to be immediately initiated if in her/his judgment time permits adequate notice to the Federated Council and other interested parties, so that an election may be held at the next possible Federated Council meeting.
      b). Presidency
        The President-Elect will succeed to the position of President. If there is not a President-Elect eligible to serve, the Past-President shall be asked to serve in the place of the President-Elect until the President-Elect is eligible.
      c). Past-President
        The President may appoint someone to the office who has served previously as a Past-President. The President may ask this appointee to serve out the complete term of the person compelled to vacate the office of Past-President.
      d). Other Executive Committee Members
        The position will remain vacant until the next Executive Committee meeting by the individual (if eligible) receiving the next highest vote during the last regularly held election, or in the case of the at-large representative, a new representative will be appointed by the Executive Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. In the event there is no one eligible, an election will be held to fill the vacancy at the next regularly scheduled Federated Council meeting. (Revised February 2002 Federated Council).

ARTICLE 8
MISCELLANEOUS

80. POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

No substantial part of the activities of this association shall consist of carrying on propaganda, and the association shall not participate in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.


81. POLICY BOOK

  The CIF State office shall prepare a policy book containing all policies passed by the Federated Council not specifically included in the Constitution and Bylaws. Policies from before 1992 are to be added as identified in minutes of the Federated Council.
    A. All Sections are to be provided with a policy book that is updated annually by the CIF State office.
    B. Copies of individual policies shall be available on written request to the State or a Section office.
    C. Each Section shall develop and pass administrative regulations to implement policies not the exclusive responsibility of the CIF State office.
    D. Copies of regulations for individual policies shall be available upon written request to the Section involved.

82. FINANCIAL POLICIES

All funds handled by any of the CIF entities, whether those funds be donations, corporate-sponsored donations, fees or dues, are monies designed for the furtherance and administration of athletics for the students of the schools in California. Adopted principles and policies are generally designed to be consistent with the State law governing schools. The adopted financial policies and regulations apply to all CIF entities (State, Sections and leagues) and to all CIF personnel (staff and elected representatives) unless a specific distinction has been recognized and authorized in writing. An adequately financed program of competitive athletics is essential for California's youth to receive a well-rounded education. Specific financial policies may be found in the CIF State Policy Book included within this volume as an appendix.

CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION BYLAWS

ARTICLE 1
AMENDMENT, DELEGATES AND MEETINGS


100. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Federated Council by a majority vote. The effective date shall be July 1 following adoption of the amendment unless the motion carries a specific implementation date.


101. PROXY VOTING

Whenever a Federated Council member is unable to attend any meeting of the Federated Council, the member may authorize another Federated Council member to vote in member's stead, provided authorization is in writing and delivered to the President prior to the meeting.


102. ALTERNATES

The governing body of each Section or other entity with representation on the Federated Council may name an alternate to vote at a Federated Council meeting whenever a regular member is unable to attend, provided the President is notified, in writing, prior to the meeting and the alternate meets the requirements as set forth in Article 3, Sections 30 and 31, of the Constitution.


103. WEIGHTED VOTING

Votes cast at any Federated Council meeting shall be determined according to a weighted voting plan. The number of votes approved for each Section at the Federated Council will be determined every year in the spring and any necessary adjustments in the number of votes become effective in the first regular meeting of the following year. CIF Section votes shall be based upon one vote per 0-25 member schools plus one vote per 0-25,000 students enrolled in the CIF Section. The CIF Southern Section shall have weighted votes equal to double the second largest sized CIF Section. The composition of member schools and enrollment shall be reviewed every year based upon the prior year’s CBEDS enrollment, and adjusted accordingly (Revised May 2000 Federated Council).
Weighted votes on the Federated Council shall be allocated as follows: Central 9, Central Coast 12, Los Angeles 10, North Coast 14, Northern 6, Oakland 2, Sac-Joaquin 16, San Diego 11, San Francisco 2, Southern 32, State Department of Education 1, President 1, President-Elect 1, Past-President 1, California Coaches' Association 1, California School Boards Association 1, Association of California School Administrators 1, California Superintendents' Liaison Committee 1, California State Athletic Directors Association 1, California Association of Private School Organizations 1, California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 1, California Activities Directors Association 1 (Total 126). (Revised October 2001 Federated Council)
 

104. AGENDAS

A.

 
CIF State Agendas will be posted for public inspection at the respective CIF Section office for at least one week prior to the meeting.
B.

 
CIF Section Agendas will be posted for public inspection at the respective CIF Section office for at least one week prior to the meeting.
C.

 
The CIF State and each CIF Section shall notify media outlets that service its respective area of its schedule
of meetings for the year, and the times and locations where its agenda will be posted.
  Note: In accordance with Section 33353 of the Education Code, meetings of the California Interscholastic Federation are subject to the Brown Act, Government Code 54952 (and following code Sections). This applies to CIF State meetings as well as to meetings of the Sections and leagues. A guide to the conduct of these meetings, written by the CIF general counsel, can be found at the end of the bylaws portion of this book .

105. REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH CIF RULE

The membership of any school, league, or other subordinate unit of the CIF, which has willfully refused to comply with a rule, policy or principle of the CIF shall be suspended, thereby denying CIF competition to such school, league or subordinate unit, until the school, league or subordinate unit achieves compliance with said rule, policy or principle. The imposition of the suspension called for in this bylaw may be temporarily suspended at the discretion of the Executive Director provided that the school, league or subordinate unit is (1) making a good faith effort to come into compliance with the rule, policy or principle in question and (2) provides assurances that it will be in full compliance by a certain date which is acceptable to the Executive Director. The membership of any school, league or other subordinate unit of the CIF which has willfully refused to comply with a rule, policy or principle of the CIF, and which fails to undertake efforts to come into compliance, or to come into compliance within a reasonable time after being notified of such non-compliance, shall be revoked (adopted May 2001 Federated Council).

 

ARTICLE 2
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS


200. GENERAL PROVISIONS

A. STUDENT PARTICIPATION
  Only students regularly enrolled in public and private CIF member schools, grades 9-12, shall be permitted to participate in the California Interscholastic Federation and shall represent only that school of enrollment except as provided in Bylaw 302. Interscholastic sports teams composed of boys and/or boys and girls shall be conducted in accordance with these Bylaws. Girls interscholastic sport teams shall be conducted according to these Bylaws, including certain additional rules and modifications pertaining to girls' sports teams and mixed sports teams.
B. TEAM DESIGNATIONS
  Schools shall designate the type of team for each sport according to the following:
  (1)

 
Student Team: Whenever the school provides only a team or teams for boys in a particular sport, girls are permitted to qualify for the student team(s).
  (2)


 
Boys' Team: Whenever the school provides a team or teams for boys and a team or teams for girls in the same sport, girls shall not be permitted to qualify for the boys' team(s) in that sport, nor shall boys be permitted to qualify for the girls' team(s) in that sport.
  (3)




 
Girls' Team: Whenever the school provides only a team or teams for girls in a particular sport, boys shall not be permitted to qualify for the girls' team in that sport unless opportunities in the total sports program for boys in the school have been limited in comparison to the total sports program for the girls in that school. Permission for boys to qualify for a girls' team must be secured through petition by the school principal to the CIF State Federated Council.
  (4)




 
Mixed Team: (Coed) Whenever the school provides a mixed or coed team in a sport in which the game rules designate either a certain number of team participants from each sex or contains an event that designates a certain number of participants from each sex, boys shall not be permitted to qualify for the girls' positions on the mixed team nor shall girls be permitted to qualify for the boys' positions on the mixed team.
C. LIMITATIONS
  If a boys' team has been created in a sport after a boy has competed on a girls' team or student team (see 200.B.3) that boy must compete on a boys' team in that sport. If a girls' team has been created in a sport after a girl has competed on a boy's team or student team (see 200.B.1) in that sport, that girl must compete on the girls' team. The above limitations are binding upon all CIF Sections (Approved May 1997 Federated Council)
D. STUDENT ELIGIBILITY - PENALTY FOR PROVISION OF FALSE OR FRAUDULENT INFORMATION
  (1)



 
If it is discovered that any parent, guardian, caregiver or student has provided false information in regards to any aspect of eligibility status on behalf of a student, that student is subject to immediate ineligibility for CIF competition at any level in any sport for a period of up to 24 calendar months from the date the determination was made that false information was provided. (Revised October 2001 Federated Council).
  (2)





 
If it is discovered that persons associated with the student or the school (coach, teachers, parents, friends, etc.) provided false information in order to fraudulently gain favorable eligibility status for a student, that student is subject to immediate ineligibility for competition at any Section member school at any level in any sport for a period of up to 24 calendar months from the determination that false information was provided whether the student was aware of the fraudulent information or not. (Revised October 2001 Federated Council).
  (3)


 
Any contests in which a student or students participated based on false information or fraudulent practices regarding eligibility status shall be forfeited according to the guidelines set in accord to the rules of the CIF Section.
  (4) TEAMS
    (a)



 
If it is determined that someone associated with a school (including, but not limited to, a coach) knowingly participates in either providing false information or using fraud or knowingly allows others to do so, in order for a team to meet qualification standards in any event, that team will be subject to immediate ineligibility for further competition in that sport that season.
    (b)

 
Any contest in which that team has participated based on false information or fraud shall be forfeited according to the guidelines of the CIF Section or the CIF State.
  (5) SCHOOL PERSONNEL INVOLVEMENT
    If any school personnel (including but not limited to a coach) knowingly participates in either providing false information or allowing others to provide false information in order to gain favorable eligibility status for a student, or team information to meet qualification standards for participation in any contest including playoffs or championships, sanctions may be imposed on the school including but not limited to: probationary status, prohibitions against playoff participation, forfeitures, revoking of CIF or Section membership, etc.
  (6) ASSUMED NAME
    In addition to any sanctions or penalties arising from the provisions above, a student shall become ineligible for CIF competition in the respective sport for competing in CIF competition under an assumed name. (Adopted May 1999 Federated Council)
E. PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT
  A student shall become ineligible for CIF competition if he/she participates in any tryout for a professional team in any CIF approved sport from September 15 to June 15 unless:
  (1)

 
His/her principal has given written approval to a request for such participation from a professional team, and
  (2) The tryout is limited to five students or less.
    NOTE: See Bylaw 1200 for approved sports.

201. AGE REQUIREMENT

  No student whose 19th birthday is attained prior to June 15, shall participate or practice on any team in the following school year. A student whose 19th birthday is on June 14, or before, is ineligible. This bylaw may be waived by Section action, provided the Section adopts criteria for such a waiver which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
  A. Such a waiver would not grant more than four years (eight semesters) of eligibility; and
  B. Such a waiver would not grant more than four years' participation in any sport; and
  C. That a hardship exists which, in the judgment of the Section, requires a waiver. "Hardship" is defined in
Bylaw 215. (Approved May 1997 Federated Council)


202. EIGHT SEMESTERS

  A.





 
A student who first enters the ninth grade of any school following the student's completion of the eighth grade in any school may be eligible for athletic competition during a maximum period of time that is not to exceed eight consecutive semesters following the initial enrollment in the ninth grade of any school, and said eligibility must be used during the student's first eight consecutive semesters of enrollment at that school or any other school. Each California Interscholastic Federation Section may, at its discretion, establish rules and procedures for waiving the limitation on semesters of eligibility, providing:
    1.

 
The student is required by the student's school principal to return to grade eight from grade nine and the student did not take part in an interscholastic contest while in the ninth grade, for the first time OR
    2.




 
The student, because of mid-year completion of an eighth grade or a mid-year completion of the ninth grade in a junior high school, is required by the student's school principal to repeat a semester of work in order to conform to a school program having annual terms, AND that the student has not taken part in an interscholastic athletic contest while enrolled for the first time in the semester which the student's school principal required the student to repeat.
      B.



 
Other than paragraph (1) and (2) above, relief under this rule may only be granted when the conditions set forth in Bylaw 204, below, are found to be present. Any other or part rationales or bases for relief under this bylaw or Bylaw 203 are disapproved (Approved May 2001 Federated Council).

203. DEFINITION OF A SEMESTER OF ATTENDANCE

A.

 
Enrollment and/or attendance for 15 school days or more shall count as one of the eight (8) semesters as specified in Bylaw 202.
B.

 
Participation in one or more interscholastic athletic contests shall count as one of the eight (8) semesters as specified in Bylaw 202.


204. WAIVER OF THE CHARGE OF A SEMESTER OF ATTENDANCE

Each California Interscholastic Federation Section may, at its discretion, establish rules and procedures for waiving
the charge of one or more of the eight maximum semesters of competition during the period of the student's absence from school PROVIDED

A.

 
Serious illness, injury, or attendance in special schools (as referenced in Education Code 56361), prevents the student from meeting one or more of these requirements, OR
B.

 
The student is required to remain out of school because of exceptional hardship (see Bylaw 215 for definition of hardship); OR
C.

 
The student is required to remain out of school for more than half of any semester during his/her high school career due to an exceptional hardship (see Bylaw 215); OR
D.

 
Documentation can be provided that substantiates that the student has extended his/her attendance beyond eight (8) semesters due to health or hardship circumstances without any athletic motivation; AND
E. That student was eligible under all rules in the semester immediately prior to his/her absence; AND
F.

 
All other rules such as age and number of seasons of sport shall apply. (Approved May 2001 Federated Council – formerly was Bylaw 205).

205. SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY

A. INITIAL ELIGIBILITY
  In order to be eligible, any student entering from the eighth grade into a CIF four-year high school, a junior high or a junior high under the provisions of Bylaw 302, must have achieved a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in enrolled courses at the conclusion of the previous grading period.
    (1) PROBATIONARY PERIOD
    The governing board of each school district, private school, or parochial school may adopt, as part of its policy, provisions that would allow a student who does not achieve the above requirement in the previous grading period to remain eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics during a probationary period. The probationary period shall not exceed one semester in length, but may be for a shorter period of time, as determined by the governing board of the school district, private school, or parochial school. A student who does not meet the above requirements during the probationary period shall not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics in the subsequent grading period. For the purpose of determining the maximum length of a semester, the measure shall be the maximum number of days comprising a semester as used in that school during the year in question.
B. CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY
    (1) MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
    A student is scholastically eligible if:
    (a) The student is currently enrolled in at least 20 semester periods of work.
    (b)

 
The student was passing in the equivalent of at least 20 semester periods of work at the completion of the most recent grading period.
    (c)

 
The student is maintaining minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements as prescribed by the governing board.
    (d)

 
The student has maintained during the previous grading period a minimum 2.0 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, in all enrolled courses.
    (2) PROBATIONARY PERIOD
    The governing board of each school district, private school, or parochial school may adopt, as part of its policy, provisions that would allow a student who does not achieve said educational progress in items (c) or (d) above in the previous grading period to remain eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics during a probationary period. The probationary period shall not exceed one semester in length, but may be for a shorter period of time as determined by the governing board of the school district, private school, or parochial school. A student who does not achieve said educational progress as defined in items (c) or (d) during the probationary period shall not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics in the subsequent grading period. For the purpose of determining the maximum length of a semester, the measure should be the maximum as used in
that school.
    (3) GRADING PERIOD
    The grading period is that time when all students in a school are graded. If two grades are given at the end of a grading period, scholastic eligibility shall be established according to the grade issued for credit.
    (4) INCOMPLETE GRADES
    A grade(s) of "Incomplete" shall not be considered a passing grade under this Bylaw unless, by operation of a school grading policy, said "Incomplete" grade shall become a passing letter or (numeric) grade without further achievement or accomplishment by a student, at a certain time. When an "Incomplete" grade is issued which does not automatically become a passing grade, as indicated immediately above, such "Incomplete" grade shall not satisfy the requirement of this Bylaw until academic deficiency which gave rise to such "Incomplete" grade shall have been satisfied and a passing grade has been substituted for the "Incomplete" grade. Upon such substitution, the substituted grade shall be considered in determining scholastic eligibility as established by evaluation of previous grading period grades and the substituted grade. A scholastically ineligible student may become immediately scholastically eligible upon such evaluation.
C. NON-TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS
  In schools operating on other than the traditional program (i.e., for schools such as those with a modular or
flexible scheduling, special programs for the physically-disabled, or continuous progress programs) the
principal shall certify as to the scholastic eligibility of each student based upon satisfactory progress in
accordance with the standards defined above. Students may apply college course units to satisfy the 20
semester periods of work requirement and the grade point average requirement. (NOTE: For crediting
purposes the grading period closes with the last day of school in the given grading period. In determining
eligibility, one grading period does not end until the next one begins). Students who are eligible for
differential standards of proficiency pursuant to Section 51412 of the Education Code are
covered by that Section.
D. WAIVER OF THE 20 SEMESTER PERIODS OF WORK
  Each California Interscholastic Federation Section may, at its discretion, establish rules and procedures for waiving the requirement of passing in 20 semester periods of work during the regular school grading period immediately preceding that of competition, PROVIDED
  (1)

 
Serious illness, injury, or attendance in special schools (as referenced in Education Code 56261), prevents the student from meeting one or more of these requirements, OR
  (2)

 
The student has been traveling abroad with the consent of the student's parents and circumstances
prevented further school attendance, OR
  (3) The student is returning from an American abroad school attendance program, OR
  (4)

 
The student is returning from school attendance abroad because of a bona fide change of residency
by the student's parents or legal guardian, OR
  (5)

 
The student is required to remain out of a U.S. school because of exceptional hardship, (see Bylaw
215 for definition of hardship); AND
  (6)

 
That the student was eligible under all rules in the semester immediately prior to his/her absence;
AND
  (7)

 
All other rules such as age and number of seasons of sport shall apply. (Approved May 2001
Federated Council – formerly was Bylaw 204).

206. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDITS

Credits earned in physical education may count toward the 20 semester periods of work requirement (see Bylaw 205C1).


207. SUMMER SCHOOL CREDITS

Summer school credits shall be counted toward making up scholastic deficiencies incurred in the grading period (semester) immediately preceding. Summer school courses failed shall not impair an athlete's scholastic eligibility achieved in the semester immediately preceding. A course taken by contract or independent study during the summer must meet the following four criteria:
A. The course(s) must be approved by the local board of trustees as a valid part of the district's school program.
B. The student receives a passing grade in the courses taken.
C. The personnel providing the instruction and course supervision is approved by the board of trustees.
D. The school credit is recorded on student's transcript.
   
208. ACCELERATED PROGRAMS
  Students studying on an accelerated program that includes one or more advanced (either high school or college) courses while enrolled in high school may substitute passing grades in these courses for one or more required semester units; evaluation of these courses is to be done by the high school principal.

209. NON-TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS

In schools where other than traditional semester programs are offered, the principal of each individual school shall be responsible for determining the equivalent of 20 semester periods.
 

210. MILITARY SERVICE

A student is eligible immediately for athletic competition when returning from military service provided:
  A. The student was eligible when the student entered into the Armed Forces, and
  B. The student enrolls in the same school which the student attended before leaving for the service, or enrolls in the school in the district in which the student's parents reside, and
  C. The student enrolls in school not later than the succeeding semester after being discharged, and
  D. Provided student did not receive a dishonorable discharge, and
  E. The student is fully eligible under all other rules of the California Interscholastic Federation.

211. RESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY

A student has residential eligibility upon initial enrollment in:
  A.

 
The ninth grade of any California Interscholastic Federation high school, a California Interscholastic Federation junior high school, or a junior high school under provisions of Bylaw 302, or
  B.

 
Tenth grade of any California Interscholastic Federation high school from ninth grade of a junior high school in California.

212. FOREIGN STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

A student who participates in an interscholastic athletic contest or is enrolled in and/or attends a school for 15 school days or more shall be considered to have been “enrolled” in that school and shall be classified as a transfer student if the student subsequently enrolls at another school. A waiver of the transfer rule may be granted to foreign students in accordance with the following:
  A. APPROVED FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
    Upon written application, a waiver of the transfer rule may be granted to students in approved foreign exchange programs, provided the student has been placed with a host family in compliance with CIF Bylaw 510 (undue influence). The student will have the choice of attending either: a) the public school in the host family's public school attendance area; b) a private school located in the host family's public school attendance area. To gain residential eligibility at any other school, the student must receive written approval from both the principal of the public school located in the host family's attendance area and the principal of the other school.
    (1)


 
An approved foreign exchange program that fails to fulfill the CIF State conditions for exempt status shall be subject to immediate suspension of its exempt status and subject to permanent loss of its exempt status after due process has been fulfilled.
    (2)


 
Students involved in an approved foreign exchange program whose placement is not in accordance with CIF State conditions for exempt status are subject to loss of their residential eligibility (waiver of the transfer rule).
    (3)




 
Students who have graduated from high school are ineligible to participate in CIF competition, unless the educational program in the student's country completes high school (graduation) after the student's 10th or 11th year of regular schooling (not including pre-school or kindergarten classes), in which case the student may have CIF athletic eligibility through the 12th consecutive year of regular school attendance after initially enrolling in the first grade (not pre-school or kindergarten classes).
    (4)



 
Foreign exchange students, who are participating in a CIF approved foreign exchange program, must conform to the maximum of eight consecutive semesters rule. Foreign exchange students who are not in compliance with the eight consecutive semester rule, may apply for waivers under the rules established by the CIF State and the respective CIF Section of the student's current CIF school.
    (5) The student must be eligible under all other CIF and Section rules.
    (6) The following are approved foreign exchange programs:
     
  • Academic and Cultural Exchange (ACE) German School Committee
  • American Field Service (AFS) Homestay Education and Cultural Foundation (HECF)
  • American Homestay Adventures Inc.
  • American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation (AIFS) International Education Ltd. (INTER-ED)
  • American Intercultural Student Exchange (AISE) International Fellowship Inc. (IF)
  • American International Youth Student Exchange Program (AIYSEP) International Student Travel (International Sprach-und Studienreisen GmbH) (IST)
  • American Scholastic Associates International, Inc (ASA) International Student Exchange (ISE)
  • American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers-ASSIST (private schools only) Into EdVentures (EV-USA)
  • AMICUS International Student Exchange Jan’s International Association
  • Aspect Foundation NACEL Open Door Inc.
  • ASSE – International Student Exchange Programs Northwest Student Exchange
  • AYUSA International Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (OCEAN)
  • Better Exchange for Student Teenagers (BEST) Pacific American Cultural Exchange (PACAM)
  • Bridges International Student Exchange Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE)
  • Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) Peoplelink (PL)
  • Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA) Program of Academic Exchange (PAX)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Redwood International Student Exchange (RISE)
  • Cultural Academic Student Exchange (CASE) Rotary International Youth Exchange (WESSEX and SCANEX)
  • Cultural Homestay International (CHI) Student Travel Schools Foundation (STS)
  • Educational Consultants International (ECI) Two Worlds United
  • Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT/SHARE) United Students Association, Inc. (US)
  • EF Foundation for Foreign Study United Studies Student Exchange
  • Face the World Foundation World Experience Teenage Student Exchange (WE)
  • Foreign Study League Scholarship Foundation (FSL) World Heritage International Student Exchange (WH)
  • Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange (FACE WEST) Youth Exchange Service, Inc.
  • Foundation for Worldwide International Student Exchange (WISE) Youth for Understanding (YFU)
  • German School Committee
  • Homestay Education and Cultural Foundation (HECF)
  • International Education Ltd. (INTER-ED)
  • International Fellowhip Inc. (IF)
  • International Student Travel (International Sprach-und Studienreisen GmbH) (IST)
  • International Student Exchange (ISE)
  • Into Ed Ventures (EV-USA)
  • Jan's International Association
  • NACEL Open Door Inc.
  • Northwest Student Exchange
  • Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (OCEAN)
  • Pacific American Cultural Exchange (PACAM)
  • Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE)
  • Peoplelink (PL)
  • Program of Academic Exchange (PAX)
  • Redwood International Studetn Exchange (RISE)
  • Rotary International Youth Exchange (WESSEX and SCANEX)
  • Student Travel Schools Foundation (STS)
  • Two Worlds United
  • United Students Association, Inc. (US)
  • United Studies Student Exchange
  • World Experience Teenage Student Exchange (WE)
  • World Heritage International Student Exchange (WH)
  • Youth Exchange Services, Inc.
  • Youth for Understanding (YFU)
     
  B. ALL OTHER FOREIGN TRANSFER STUDENTS
    Any other foreign transfer student’s eligibility must be approved by the CIF Section.
  C. APPEALS
    Appeals of eligibility involving foreign students should be in accordance with CIF State Bylaw 1100.
NOTE: Only programs registered with the Attorney General's office may place international students in a California School (Government Code 12630). The list above reflects the list approved by both CIF and those registered with the Attorney General. No other exchange programs will be recognized by the CIF as being approved exchange programs for 2002-2003. When, or if, a program is registered with the Attorney General and approved by the CIF, the name of that program will be listed on the CIF web site (www.cifstate.org).
  D. TRANSFER STUDENTS
    All transfer students shall submit a completed CIF Pre-enrollment Contact Affidavit (CIF Form 510) with the appropriate transfer application(s) as required by their respective CIF Section under Bylaw 212.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)

213. MARRIED STATUS

A student who marries and lives with the student's spouse has residential eligibility in the school in the attendance area in which the student resides.

214. TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY

A student who participates in an interscholastic athletic contest or is enrolled in and/or attends a school for fifteen (15) school days or more shall be considered to have been “enrolled” in that school and shall be classified as a transfer student if the student subsequently enrolls at another school.
  A.

 
A student may have transfer eligibility provided the student is compelled to move from any school to a CIF school due to:
    (1)



 
A bona fide change of residence (see Bylaw 219) from one school attendance area to the attendance area of the new school by the parents, legal guardian(s) or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility (Bylaw 211) at the prior school OR
    (2)

 
A ruling by the Board of Education of a school district which has two or more high schools, provided the change of schools is not the result of disciplinary action.
  B.



 
When a student transfers from one school to another without the student's parents, legal guardian(s), or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility (Bylaw 211), moving to the new school's attendance area, the student will be ineligible even though a new legal guardian(s) or caregiver is appointed.
  C.







 
A student who transfers from a school located in the United States, a U.S. Territory, a U.S. Military Base or Canada (to be referred to as School A) to school B, without a change of residence on the part of his/her parents, legal guardians or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility from school attendance area A to school attendance area B, shall be residentially eligible for all athletic competition EXCEPT varsity level competition in sports in which the student has competed in any level of interscholastic competition during the 12 calendar months preceding the date of such transfer, provided the athletic eligibility is approved by both principals of the schools involved.
    (1)

 
The student shall be ineligible for all sports for one calendar year in the event that either or both principals decline to approve athletic eligibility.
    (2)

 
The student shall become eligible under the rule after one calendar year from the date of first attendance at school B.
    (3)





 
No student shall be eligible to participate in the same sport at two different schools in the same school year, unless the Section determines that the transfer from School A to School B: was the direct result of a hardship, as defined in Bylaw 215 and/or the Section policy for waiving Bylaw 214; OR: a bona fide change of residence by the student with the student’s parents, legal guardian(s), or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility, to School “B’s: attendance area.
    (4) Section Waivers of Ineligibility at the Varsity Level
      a.




 
Each CIF Section may waive the ineligibility at the varsity level, in consideration of, but not limited to, students transferring under the provisions of a governing board’s intradistrict or interdistrict transfer policy, a governing board’s open enrollment policy or hardship circumstances, provided the Section establishes rules and procedures pertaining to the regulation of this bylaw.
      b.


 

All transfer students shall submit a completed CIF Pre-enrollment Contact Affidavit (CIF Form 510) with the appropriate transfer application(s) as required by their respective CIF Section under CIF Bylaw 214C.5 or 212.

    (5) Pre-Enrollment Communication or Contact
      A student who transfers from School A to School B as described in 214.C above, shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics at School B until application under the appropriate CIF/Section procedures is completed including the following:
      a. The following is required for transfer waiver applications to be considered:
        1.











 
The principal and athletic director of school “A” shall attest that to the best of their knowledge they have no credible * evidence of any person: who is connected with the athletic department of school “B”; or is part of the booster club of school “B”; or who is acting on their behalf having communication, directly or indirectly, through intermediaries or otherwise with the transfer student, student’s parents, guardian or caregiver, or anyone acting on behalf of the student, prior to the completion of the enrollment process.

*Credible evidence is considered as evidence which proceeds from a trustworthy source; evidence which is so natural, reasonable, and probable as to make it easy to believe; information which is obtained from authentic sources or from the statements of persons who are not only trustworthy, but also informed as to the particular matter; that which is not mere speculation, or rumor.
        2.





 
The principal, athletic director and head coach of School “B” shall certify that to the best of their knowledge, no person: who is connected with the athletic department of school “B”; or is part of the booster club of school “B”; or who is acting on their behalf has had communication, directly or indirectly, through intermediaries or otherwise with the transfer student, student’s parents, guardian, or caregiver, or anyone acting on behalf of the student, prior to the completion of the enrollment process.
        3.








 
Any pre-enrollment communication as described above, must be disclosed in full, and in writing, to the appropriate Section. The Section Commissioner shall determine if the pre-enrollment communication is a possible violation of CIF 510.
b. A student with whom contact or communication has occurred, as described in paragraph “a” above, and who meets all other CIF/Section transfer waiver requirements, may become eligible upon determination that: the communication was completely unrelated to any aspect of School B; AND was of a type that, from the objective point of view of a reasonable person disinterested in the win/loss record of School B, does not have an effect upon the integrity of interscholastic athletics at school A or school B.
    (6) PENALTIES
      Deliberate failure of the School B persons, identified in paragraph A above, to disclose any pre-enrollment contact, or communicate, in writing to the appropriate Section as described in A.3 above may result in:
      a. A forfeiture of all games in which the student participated; AND/OR
      b.



 
Disqualification from playoff and championship competition for all seasons in which the student is a member of the school’s team. (A student shall be considered a member of the school’s team if he or she participated in any aspect of an interscholastic contest, no matter how brief such participation may have been.); AND/OR
      c.

 
The forfeiture of all games or events won during the time the student was a member of the school’s team; AND/OR
      d.

 
The divestment, from the school, of all trophies, banners and other indicia of athletic success obtained while the student was a member of the school’s team.
  D.

 
This rule also applies to students 18 years of age or older and emancipated minors.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)

215. HARDSHIP WAIVERS

A hardship is defined as an unforeseeable, unavoidable, and incorrectable act, condition, or event, which causes the imposition of a severe and non-athletic burden upon the student or his/her family. Due to hardship circumstances
experienced by the student, the following Bylaws may be waived, provided that the CIF Section has established rules and procedures regulating same:
  A. Transfer penalty (Bylaw 214B-C)
  B. Twenty semester unit requirement (Bylaw 205C)
  C. Charged semester of attendance (Bylaw 204)
  D. Age requirement (Bylaw 201)


216. CONTINUING TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY

When a high school student, whose parents, legal guardian(s) or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility at the prior school move from a residence in public high school attendance area A to a residence in public high school attendance area B, has a choice among continued attendance at the previous school, attendance at school B, or attendance at a private school. The student is eligible if the student remains in high school A, or if the student enrolls and attends class immediately, or no later than the beginning of the next school year, in school B or a private school.


217. DISCIPLINE, EXPULSION, AND TRANSFER FOR DISCIPLINARY REASONS

A student who is expelled by a public school district in the State of California pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 6 of Part 27, Division 4 of Title 2 (commencing with Section 48900) of the Education Code of California, or from a public school from any other State, shall be ineligible to practice, or compete with any CIF team or individual sport program that is under the jurisdiction of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the period of the expulsion.

If a student is compelled to transfer from any public or private school for disciplinary reasons, that student shall
have restricted eligibility and be ineligible for varsity competition for one year following the transfer.(May 1997 Federated Council)


218. BOARDING SCHOOL

A high school student who transfers to or from the status of a full-time resident at a 24-hour boarding school shall be residentially eligible immediately on the first transfer, but all residence requirements shall apply on any subsequent transfer. To be considered a 24-hour boarding school student, the student must have resided in the boarding school for a period of 50 days immediately prior to the transfer.


219. ANTICIPATED RESIDENCE CHANGE/BONA FIDE RESIDENTIAL DEFINED/BONA FIDE CHANGE OF RESIDENCE DEFINED

If a student transfers to a high school in advance of the anticipated change of residence by the student's parents, legal guardian(s), or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility the student shall become eligible when the said parents, guardian, or caregiver actually complete a bona fide change of residence to that school's attendance area.

A bona fide residence is defined as the location where the student's parent(s), guardian(s), or caregiver(s) (with whom eligibility has been established) live with that student and thereby have the use and enjoyment of that location. A student (with the student's parent(s), guardian(s), or caregiver(s) with whom eligibility has been established) may only have one bona fide residence at one time.

A bona fide change of residence shall be defined as movement to a different residence where the student's parent(s), guardian(s), or caregiver(s) (with whom eligibility was established) live with that student and thereby have the use and enjoyment of that location. Evidence that a bona fide change of residence has occurred may include:
  A. Telephone and utility service operative at the student's new residence and terminated at the former residence.
  B. Vehicle registration listing the new address.
  C. Voter registration listing the new address.
  D. Real estate documents indicating and verifying a change of residence (sale and purchase, for instance).
  E. Court documents indicating a change of residence.
  F.

 
Other documentation that a Section or school district may require that establishes that a person is living at the new address. (Approved May 1998 Federated Council)

220. RETURN TO PREVIOUS SCHOOL

When a student eligible in School A transfers to School B and is residentially not eligible, the student may return to school A and be residentially eligible provided the student did not participate in an interscholastic athletic contest while at school B and provided the student's parents, guardian, or caregiver still reside in school A's attendance area. Each California Interscholastic Federation Section may, at its discretion, establish procedures for granting immediate eligibility when a student has participated in an interscholastic athletic contest in the second school.

221. COURT ORDER

If court action requires a student to transfer from one school to another when there has been no corresponding
change of residence on the part of the student's parents, legal guardian or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility, student will be ineligible in the new school unless approved by action of the CIF Section. (A recommendation by a social worker of a welfare department for a change in residence would not constitute a court order).

222. CONTINUATION SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY

  A. CURRENT ELIGIBILITY
    While enrolled in a continuation school, a student is only eligible to represent the continuation school of
attendance.
  B. TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY
    A student who transfers from continuation school to the student's school of residential eligibility is eligible immediately provided:
    (1)

 
The student is currently enrolled in the school of residential eligibility in at least 20 semester periods of work.
    (2)

 
The student was currently passing in at least 20 semester periods of work or a maximum program in the continuation school when the student transferred to the school of residential eligibility.
    (3)

 
The student is maintaining minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements as prescribed by the governing board.
    (4)

 
The student has maintained during the previous grading period a minimum of passing grades which is defined as at least a 2.0 grade point average in all enrolled courses on a 4.0 scale.
      (a)










 
PROBATIONARY PERIOD
The governing board of each school district, private school, or parochial school may adopt, as part of its policy, provisions that would allow a student who does not achieve said educational progress in items (3) or (4) above in the previous grading period to remain eligible to participate in interscholastic activities during a probationary period. The probationary period shall not exceed one semester in length, but may be for a shorter period of time as determined by the governing board of the school district, private school, or parochial school. A student who does not achieve said educational progress as defined in items (3) or (4) during the probationary period shall not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics in the subsequent grading period. For the purpose of determining the maximum length of a semester, the measure should be the maximum as used in that school.
    (5)





 
Student was eligible under all rules at the time student was transferred from student's school of residential eligibility to continuation school. Exception: if a student spends a full grading period or more in the continuation school and passes all required subjects which that continuation school considers to be a full program, even if it is less than 20 semester periods, the student is eligible immediately upon transfer to student's school of residential eligibility as long as the student meets the requirements of Bylaw 205C(1).
    (6)

 
Semesters of attendance at continuation school are to be counted as part of student's eligibility as defined in Bylaw 203.

223. INTRA-INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS/OPEN ENROLLMENT

Each Section shall adopt rules and procedures that provide for athletic eligibility pursuant to the provisions of State
Education Code Sections 35160.5 (b)(1) and 48209.1 et. seq. ("open enrollment" and school choice legislation). (Refer also to Bylaw 214 C.4.)


224. SPRING GRADUATION

Students graduating at the end of a school's spring semester, shall have continuing eligibility until all CIF spring competition is completed.

225. CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL PROFICIENCY EXAM

A student who successfully passes the California High School Proficiency Examination and withdraws from high school has one opportunity to re-enroll in high school and be eligible immediately for athletic competition provided the student:
  A. Was eligible under all rules of the CIF at the time of withdrawal from school, AND;
  B. Meets all rules other than (a) and (b) under Bylaw 205C(1) of the CIF at the time of re-enrollment, AND;
  C.


 
Re-enrolls in the same school which the student attended prior to withdrawal, or enrolls in the school of the attendance area to which the student's parents, legal guardian(s) or caregiver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility have moved, AND;
  D. Is within four years of the student's first entry into the ninth grade.


226. POST-INJUNCTION REMEDIES

If a student-athlete, who is ineligible under the terms of the Constitution, Bylaws or other legislation of the California Interscholastic Federation, is permitted to participate in interscholastic competition contrary to such CIF legislation, but in accordance with the terms of a court restraining order or injunction operative against the CIF and said injunction is subsequently voluntarily vacated, stayed, reversed or finally determined by the courts that injunctive relief is not or was not justified, the CIF or its Sections, may take any one or more of the following actions against the school in the interest of restitution and fairness to competing schools:
  A.

 
Require that individual records and performances achieved during participation by such ineligible student-athlete shall be vacated or stricken;
  B.

 
Require that team records and performances achieved during participation by the ineligible student-athlete shall be vacated or stricken;
  C.

 
Require that individual awards earned during participation by such ineligible student-athlete be returned to the CIF, the sponsor or the competing institution supplying same;
  D.

 
Require that team awards earned during participation by such ineligible student-athlete be returned to the CIF, the sponsor or the competing institution supplying same;
  E.

 
Require that team victories achieved during participation by such ineligible student-athlete shall be abrogated and the games or events forfeited to the opposing schools;
  F.

 
Make a determination of future ineligibility for one or more CIF championships, or playoff competition, in the sports in which said ineligible student-athlete participated;
  G.

 
Make a determination of future ineligibility for invitational and postseason meets and tournaments in the sports in which the student-athlete participated;
  H.





 
Require that a school which has been represented in a CIF championship or playoff event by an ineligible student-athlete return its share of the net receipts from such competition in excess of the school's actual cash expenses with reference to such event or, if such funds have not been distributed to said school, require that said funds be withheld by the State Executive Director or Section Commissioner. Funds remitted or withheld pursuant to the above, shall be utilized by the CIF in either the State or Section scholar-athlete or drug abuse programs.
  I.




 
When a student-athlete competing as an individual is declared ineligible subsequent to the competition, or a
penalty has been imposed or action taken as set forth above, the student-athlete's performance shall be stricken from the championship's records, the points the student-athlete has contributed to the team's total shall be deleted, the team standings shall be adjusted accordingly and any awards involved shall be returned to the CIF. The placement of other individual competitors shall be altered appropriately.
  J.





 

When a student-athlete representing a school in team events is declared ineligible subsequent to the
competition, or a penalty has been imposed or action taken as set forth above, all records of the team's performance shall be deleted, the team's place in the final standings shall be vacated and the team's trophy, banner, patches and other indicia of victory shall be returned to the CIF. In the event the student-athlete's school has been previously declared champion, the runner-up school shall be declared champion and all records adjusted accordingly.

ARTICLE 3
SCHOOL REGULATIONS

 

300. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION


Schools shall be responsible to furnish eligibility information as required by the CIF State Federated Council, local Section, or leagues, for students participating in interscholastic athletics.


301. PRINCIPAL'S RESPONSIBILITY

The principal of each school shall be held responsible for the amateur standing and eligibility of the school's teams and team members under CIF rules. Ineligible students shall not compete as representatives of the school in any CIF contest. In CIF competition, no person shall be permitted to participate as an unattached athlete or an unofficial entrant.
NOTE: See Bylaw 500.


302. MULTI-SCHOOL TEAM

  A.

 
CIF member schools may allow only students currently enrolled, in grades 9-12, in their school, to participate in any CIF competition (see Bylaw 200A).
  B.

 
Any non-CIF member school that wishes to have its students participate in CIF competition must apply for multi-campus status through a CIF member school.
  C.




 
Any CIF member schools that wish to allow participation on its team(s) by students, who are currently enrolled in non-CIF member schools or programs which do not offer any interscholastic athletic programs [such programs or schools would include, but not limited to, alternative schools, (defined in Education Code 58500), junior high schools, necessary small schools, charter schools and independent study schools], may request approval to do so under the following conditions:
    1.

 
The administrative responsibility for all students involved in athletics shall rest with the principal of the CIF member school for which the student(s) is competing. Such responsibility shall include:
      a.

 
Verification that residential eligibility of the student(s) is limited to the public school in whose attendance area his/her parents, legal guardians, or caregivers resides; or a private school; AND
      b.

 
Verification that students participating in the athletic program meet all the CIF member school scholastic eligibility requirements; AND
      c.

 
The regular grading period of the CIF member school shall be used to determine the scholastic eligibility of all students.
      d.



 
In the case of an independent study program, it must be confirmed that the student’s registration is accepted by the local school board and the courses taken by those students meet the standards adopted by the school board in whose attendance area the students resides and that also meet the appropriate ED Code requirements; AND
      e.

 
Determination that students participating in the athletic program meet all other eligibility requirements of the CIF, its Section, its league, and the CIF member school.
    2.



 
For the purposes of determining dues, legal and liability assessments, realignment issues CIF State
and Section divisional placement, the enrollment figures for non-CIF member school/program students residing in the CIF member school’s attendance area must be included in the CIF member school’s enrollment using the CBEDS enrollment figures.
    3.


 
The application process must start with the principal of the CIF member school. Written certification that all the conditions listed above will be met, as well as approval, must be obtained from the following:
      a. CIF member school principal: AND
      b. CIF member school governing board(s); AND
      c. Non-CIF member school or program administrator in charge; AND
      d. Non-CIF member school governing board (if applicable)
    4. Additional approvals must be obtained, in the following order, from:
      a. The CIF member school’s League; AND
      b. The CIF member school’s Section; AND
      c. The CIF State Executive Committee
    5. Appeal’s Procedure (Applies only to #4 above)
      a.


 
If the CIF member school is unable to obtain written approval from the appropriate league, then it may appeal for approval, in writing, to its CIF Section, but only after exhausting any and all appeals’ procedures established by the respective league.
      b.



 
If the CIF member school and its league are unable to obtain written approval from the appropriate CIF Section, they may appeal for approval, in writing, to the CIF Executive Committee, but only after exhausting any and all appeals’ procedures established by the respective CIF Section.
    6.

 

Renewal applications, including all signatures in #3 and #4 above, for multi-school teams under this bylaw must be filed annually prior to the ensuing school year.

  D.



 
Continuation Schools
Continuation schools may not apply for multi-school team status as provided for under this provision. For continuation school eligibility, refer to bylaw 217 and 222.
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)


303. SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Students attending special schools (as defined in Education Code 56300 et. seq.) may be permitted to compete as representatives of the CIF member schools provided:
  A. Student is eligible under all other rules of the California Interscholastic Federation; AND
  B.


 
It is agreed that the administrative responsibility for the student involved in athletics shall rest with the principal of the school for which student is competing; AND
  C. Permission is secured from the appropriate Board of Education; AND
  D. Permission is secured from the CIF Section.

304. HOME STUDY, HOME SCHOOLING
 

Students who are not enrolled in programs under the jurisdiction of a member school’s governing body are not eligible to participate in CIF competition. Such programs would include, but not be limited to, home schooling or home study wherein parents, or other persons, are responsible for instruction and evaluation.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)


305. GRADE LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

Only ninth grade through twelfth grade students may practice with or compete on a high school team. Ninth grade students of a junior high school which is located on the same campus and is under the supervision of the same principal as the senior high school may practice with and compete on the high school team. For a multi-school situation, see Bylaw 302.
 

306. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

An annual physical examination, or a statement by a medical practitioner, certifying that the student is physically fit to participate in athletics is required before a student may try out, practice, or participate in interscholastic athletic competition. A student will be excused from this physical examination provided there is compliance with the Education Code provisions concerning Parents' Refusal to Consent.
 

307. SUPERVISION REQUIREMENT

No CIF team shall participate in interscholastic or approved competition with any other team unless the CIF team is under supervision as required by the California Administrative Code Title V or Bylaw 506 B.


308. SUNDAY RESTRICTIONS

In order to provide at least one day of respite from involvement in interscholastic athletics each week, no interscholastic games or practices of any kind are to be held on Sunday. (May 2000 Federated Council)


309. DONATED EQUIPMENT

Schools, teams and/or individuals associated with interscholastic athletics which are under the control of school governing boards are prohibited from accepting a donation of any and all athletic equipment of any description or any and all apparel of any description which is associated with interscholastic athletics except as provided for by Education Code Section 41032(a). In the case of private schools, such donations must be accepted by resolution of the governing authority of such private school.


310. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK


Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; Revised November 2000 Federated Council).

 


ARTICLE 4
CIF AMATEUR STANDING RULE

 

400. CIF SPONSORED COMPETITION
 

A student is governed by CIF amateur rules when the student participates in CIF competition. A student who violates CIF amateur or award rules shall be barred from CIF competition in that sport until appeal and reinstatement as an amateur by the CIF Federated Council. A student may apply to the CIF Federated Council for reinstatement when the student can again qualify as an amateur in that sport.


401. VIOLATIONS IN CIF SPONSORED COMPETITION

A student shall become ineligible for CIF competition in the respective sport and shall be penalized according to Bylaw 400 for the following violations related to CIF competition: (SEE “CAUTION” BELOW).
  A.

 
Receiving, from any source, an award for CIF high school competition of more than $100.00 dollars in
total value.
  B.

 
For league, Section and State playoff competition, the total value of the athletic awards will be a maximum of $250.00.
  C.



 
The total dollar value of all awards shall be determined by the price paid by the last purchaser in the acquisition of the award. If the host school or league purchases the award, the price paid by the host school or league shall determine its value. If the award is donated by another entity, the price paid by or cost to that entity shall determine its value, exclusive of engraving.
  D.





 
A student may not wear a school team uniform or any identifying school insignia while appearing in any advertisement, promotional activity or endorsement for any commercial product or service. A student may not lend his/her name and team affiliation for purposes of commercial endorsement. Any appearances, by students, for nonprofit organizations must be approved by the Board of Trustees concerned. This provision is not intended to restrict the right of any student to participate in a commercial endorsement provided there is no school team or school affiliation.
  E. Accepting payment for loss of time or wages while participating in CIF competition.
  F. Receiving payment for coaching a team in CIF competition.
  CAUTION: Compliance with these Bylaws does not ensure maintenance of eligibility under the eligibility standards of other athletic organizations (e.g. NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, California Community College Assn. and National Sports Governing Body, etc.). Students desiring information on the amateur rules of other organizations must communicate with the respective organization (Approved May 2001 Federated Council).

 

ARTICLE 5
GENERAL RULES

500. AUTHORIZED PARTICIPATION

  A.


 
All athletic activities in sports approved by the CIF involving two or more member schools must be held under rules and regulations of the participating schools’ respective league, CIF Section and the California Interscholastic Federation.
  B.

 
Ineligible students shall not compete as representatives of the school in any competition involving CIF member schools.
  C. In any CIF competition, only the following person(s) shall be permitted to participate:
    (1) An attached athlete (representing a CIF member school)
    (2) An official entrant (earning points for a CIF member school).
  D.

 
“Exhibition” competition (such as, but not limited to, fifth quarter, open lane and open court competition) involving CIF member schools may be allowed as an adjunct to regular CIF competition, provided that:
    (1)

 
Duly-appointed coaches (as specified in Bylaw 506) and contest officials are present and supervising
the activity; AND
    (2) Such contests count toward the competing individual’s allowable maximum number of contests; AND
    (3) A team score is not kept or recorded; AND
    (4)

 
Such team competition is not conducted concurrently with the regulation CIF competition (*see note); AND
    (5)

 
Such team competition is held at the same site, immediately preceding or following the regulation competition (*see note); AND
    (6)

 
Such team competition is shorter in duration than the regulation competition in that sport (*see note); AND
    (7)

 
Participants in such competition shall not compete in any regulation CIF competition in the same sport during the same day or event; AND
    (8)


 
Participants in such competition represent their own school of enrollment (i.e., competition on a “rainbow” team and/or a team made up of students representing two or more schools is prohibited); AND
    (9) Written permission is granted for such competition by the principals of all schools involved; AND
    (10)




 
Participants in such competition meet all eligibility requirements of the CIF State, CIF Section, and league.(Revised February 2001 Federated Council).
NOTE: For purposes of this rule, team sports are designated as the following: baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo.
 

501. CONTESTS SUBJECT TO CIF ELIGIBILITY RULES

  A. All California Interscholastic Federation eligibility rules apply in all games including practice games.
  B.







 
With Section approval, each school year a school may engage in one interschool playday activity per CIF-approved sport with any students not involved in that sport's interscholastic athletic program, as long as the schools involved agree in writing to indemnify and hold harmless CIF Sections and the CIF State and willingly accept full and complete responsibility for the health and safety of their students involved in the aforementioned activity. DEFINITION OF A PLAYDAY: An organized recreational activity involving teams from two or more high schools wherein the participants are not currently participating or have not been participating as a member of their school interscholastic team in that sport during the previous 12 calendar months preceding the date of the playday.

502. OUTSIDE TEAMS

  A.



 
No school belonging to the California Interscholastic Federation shall compete, scrimmage or practice with any team outside the jurisdiction of the Federation without the consent of the California Interscholastic Federation Section involved. A school disregarding this rule may be barred from participation in that sport during the following season.
  B.


 
In order to grant athletic opportunities to students who attend schools that, for a limited amount of time
cannot afford to offer a sport, an "outside team" consisting of students from these schools may be formed
and may scrimmage or practice against a CIF member school provided the following:
    (1)

 
A district board or private school governance board states that a program is not affordable for a limited time to be designated by the district board or the private school board.
    (2) A district board or private school governance board requests participation for its students.
    (3) The league against which these teams plan to compete grants approval prior to Section approval.
    (4) Approval of the Section is granted.
    (5)


 
It is understood by the officials of the requesting school(s) that this request is granted for up to a two-year term. If a request to continue is granted, it may be granted for additional terms if all provisions are met.
    (6)

 
That schools and districts recognize that such "outside teams" are not granted status as league members nor do they qualify for league, Section or State playoffs or championships.
    (7)


 
An administrator of one of the requesting schools agrees to accept responsibility and supervision of
the team and agrees that students will meet eligibility requirements expected of students in CIF member schools.

503. SUSPENDED SCHOOLS

When a school in any Section is suspended from participating in any sport, that school is not to play with any other school in the Federation in that sport during the period of suspension. Any team competing with the offending school shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Federated Council.
 

504. NON-CIF COMPETITION

If a California Interscholastic Federation high school team competes against a non-California Interscholastic Federation team in any approved competition, the activity shall be played under the high school rules for that sport.
 

505. OUTSIDE TEAM AGE REQUIREMENT

High school students or teams shall not compete or practice against other individuals or teams in football or wrestling unless the players or such teams meet the age requirements of the California Interscholastic Federation.


506. WHO MAY COACH

  A.

 

All public school teams must be coached by a person who meets the requirements of the California Education Code and the California Administrative Code Title V.

  B.


 
All non-public school teams must be coached by a person engaged by that school on a yearly contract basis as a regular member of the school teaching staff and certified by the administrator of that school as competent for the position held.

507. COACHING COMPENSATION

A coach shall not be reimbursed for coaching services from any source other than the school funds without the approval of the school's governing board, nor be subject to any bonus arrangement dependent upon the success of the school's team.


508. OUT-OF-STATE COACHING CERTIFICATION
 

Teams of affiliated California Interscholastic Federation member schools must be coached by staff members certified in their own State (for certain schools outside California).


509. PENALTY FOR NON-CERTIFICATION AND IMPROPER COMPENSATION

Any team, coached by an uncertified person, or by any person receiving any part of the salary for coaching from other than school funds without the approval of the school's governing board, is ineligible under California Interscholastic Federation rules.


510. UNDUE INFLUENCE

  A.



 
The use of undue influence by any person or persons to secure or retain a student or to secure or retain one
or both parents or guardians of a student as residents may cause the student to be ineligible for high school athletics for a period of one year and shall jeopardize the standing of the high school in the California Interscholastic Federation.
    NOTE: Undue influence is any act, gesture or communication (including accepting material or financial inducement to attend a CIF member school for the purpose of engaging in CIF competition regardless of the source) which is performed personally, or through another, which may be objectively seen as an inducement, or part of a process of inducing a student, or his or her parent or guardian, by or on behalf of, a member school, to enroll in, transfer to, or remain in, a particular school for athletic purposes.
  B.


 
A student shall become ineligible for CIF competition in their respective sport and shall be penalized according to Bylaw 400 for accepting material or financial inducement to attend a CIF member school for the purpose of engaging in CIF competition, regardless of the source.
  C.




 
All transfer students shall submit a completed CIF Pre-enrollment Contract Affidavit (CIF Form 510) with the appropriate transfer application(s) as required by their respective CIF Section under Bylaw 214C.3.a or 212.
NOTE: CIF Form 510 is available through your local CIF Section office.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)

511. SEASON OF SPORT DEFINITION

The season of sport for a school is that period of time which elapses between the first interscholastic contest and the final contest for that particular sport. The season of a sport for any individual student is that period of time which elapses between the student's first participation in an interscholastic contest and the student's final contest for that particular sport.
  A.


 
The "season of sport" shall be established for each sport by the highest CIF component level in which championship competition is conducted (i.e., State, Section or league) in that sport. To participate in state-level competition for any particular sport, a Section must comply with the CIF adopted "season of sport."
  B. The basic sports seasons are:
    Fall - August through November
Winter - November through February
Spring - February through June
Exact dates may vary from year-to-year and between Sections within the above specified basic seasons. Championship competition may extend beyond these limits.
  C.







 
Sections have the responsibility to work toward equity relative to length of season, number of contests, and number of opportunities for participation by students. The "season of sport" for State championships are:
Fall - Volleyball (girls) Winter - Wrestling (boys and girls)
Fall - Cross Country (boys and girls) Spring - Track (boys and girls)
Fall - Golf (girls – Regionals only) Spring - Golf (boys - Regionals only)
Fall - Tennis (girls - NorCal Regionals only) Spring - Tennis (boys - NorCal Regionals only)
Winter - Basketball (boys and girls)

512. LEAGUE REALIGNMENT CYCLE

Leagues that use a two-year cycle of alignment shall realign on even years only. Leagues that realign every year or "upon demand" are not to be affected by this rule.
 

513. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SEASONS

A student shall not participate in more than four seasons of sanctioned CIF competition in any given sport in a four-year high school or three seasons of sanctioned CIF competition in any given sport in a three-year high school. Activities in the summer are exempt.


514. ONE SEASON OF SPORT

Each student shall be limited to one season of a particular sport for each school year.
 

515. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Each Section shall adopt policies and/or establish procedures which will promote within its jurisdiction, equal opportunities for all students regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or physical disability.


516. SUPPLEMENTAL CROSS-LEAGUING

Each Section shall allow the formation of cross leagues for schools in which a sport or sports are not available through its immediate league.
 

517. SEASONS OF SPORT

  A.


 
Sections and/or leagues shall set seasons of sport so that they provide year-round equal opportunity for all students to participate, including interSectional competition and State championships in like sports, and softball and baseball.
  B. Section and/or leagues are encouraged to conduct all sports during the State-approved season.
  C. Member schools, through their league or Section, shall either:
    (1)

 
Schedule identical sports, and baseball and softball, with seasons of the same number of weeks regardless of the season of the year in which the sport is played; OR
    (2) Schedule all sports in a particular season of the year to be an equal number of weeks.
  D.

 
Each Section which participates in State championships in a sport shall conduct Section playoffs, if any, during the season immediately preceding such State championships.
  E.


 
State and Sections shall conduct playoffs in such a manner that teams in like sports, and in baseball and softball, during the same season are afforded equitable opportunity to participate in evening and weekend competition.

518. EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

Sections shall participate in an equal number of sports for boys and girls in State championships, with a minimum of one entry per Section. All Sections shall have representation in all playoffs.


519. NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE CONTESTS

  A.


 
Each Section and/or league which establishes a maximum and/or minimum number of allowable contests for member schools shall establish the same number of allowable contests for teams in identical sports, and in baseball and softball.
  B.


 
When practical and sufficient interests exists, the number of events offered in a contest in identical sports for boys and girls shall be equal except where the rules are written by a recognized rules writing body that provides for a different number of events.

520. EQUAL ASSIGNMENT OF PLAYOFF FACILITIES
 

Assignment of facilities for competition in State and Section playoffs shall be based on sex-neutral factors for all teams in identical sports, and in baseball and softball.


521. EQUAL ASSIGNMENT OF OFFICIALS

Officials for all interscholastic contests shall be assigned and compensated on a sex-neutral basis.
 

522. PHYSICAL ASSAULT

Any student who physically assaults the person of a game or event official shall be banned from interscholastic athletics for the remainder of the student's eligibility. A game or event official is defined as a referee, umpire or any other official assigned to interpret or enforce rules of competition at an event or contest. A student may, after a lapse of 18 calendar months from the date of incident, apply for reinstatement of eligibility to the State Executive Director.
 

523. EQUITY
 

Any question or concern involving practices or procedures that affect perceived bias on the basis of sex will be reported in writing to the CIF State Office within 10 working days. A form will be sent to the individual, which must be returned to register the inquiry and resolution (if any). Any registered complaints or inquiries will be investigated and reported to the Federated Council and State Board of Education with copies to the person who filed the original concern. If the problem is not resolved to the satisfaction of the individual, the appeals procedure of CIF shall be consulted and implemented at the discretion of the "complainant."
NOTE: See pages 53-54 for Equity Complaint and Appeal Procedure.
 

524. PERFORMANCE ENHANCING SUBSTANCES


It is recommended that member schools provide to their CIF Section office in writing a verification that their governing board has adopted policies regarding the use and abuse of androgenic/anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances. A copy of such verification and the policy itself should be placed on file with the Section office. (Additionally, the California Interscholastic Federation encourages each school district and each private school governing board to provide training to its athletic coaching staff and teachers in (1) the recognition of the use of performance enhancing substances, (2) the dangers of the use of performance enhancing substances, and (3) strategies to use to help students terminate use of these substances).

 

ARTICLE 6
OUTSIDE COMPETITION

600. COMPETITION ON AN OUTSIDE TEAM


A student on a high school team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an "outside" team, in the same sport, during the student's high school season of sport. If the outside team has half or more of the team members as stated in the National Federation rule book for that sport, it shall be considered the same sport. Examples: three on three basketball -- outside team competition prohibited; two on two volleyball -- outside team competition permitted. For purposes of this rule, touch football and flag football are considered to be a different sport than tackle football. In the sport of soccer only, it is permissible for a student on a high school team to compete in a contest on an "outside" soccer team except during the period of November 15 through March 15. During the period of November 15 through March 15, a student on a high school soccer team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an "outside " soccer team during the student's high school season for soccer. This rule shall not be in effect for those sports conducted outside the State adopted season of sport.

 

601. BYLAW 600 PENALTY

  A. INDIVIDUAL
    (1)



 
First Offense in High School Career in Any Sport
The student becomes immediately ineligible for participation with his/her high school team for a number of contests equal to twice the number of contests of outside competition in which the student participated.
    (2)


 
Any Subsequent Offense in High School Career in Any Sport
The student becomes immediately ineligible for one year (365 days) from the second infraction
in all sports.
    (3)


 
Appeals
Upon written appeal to the Section commissioner, the student may petition his/her Section for
reinstatement of his/her eligibility status.
  B. TEAM
    (1)


 
Games Forfeited
Games in which a student participated on his/her high school team after violation of CIF Bylaw 600 shall be forfeited.
    (2)

 
Appeals
Sections may establish rules and procedures to consider requests for waivers of game forfeitures.

602. SPONTANEOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY


It is permissible for a high school team member to participate in a spontaneous recreational activity or game in which sides or teams are chosen without regard to players representing any group or organization. Such participation would not cause loss of eligibility.
 

603. PAN-AMERICAN OR OLYMPIC COMPETITION


During the high school season of sport, a high school student who has been selected or qualified for participation on the United States team which will engage in Pan-American or Olympic competition, may participate on that team.
 

604. SPECIAL PROGRAMS/OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

During the high school season of sport, a high school student who has been selected or qualified for an Olympic development program shall be permitted to participate in such a program without loss of interscholastic eligibility, if the following conditions are met:
  A. The Olympic development program is:
    (1) Certified as such by the National Federation, verified by the CIF State; AND
    (2) (a) Conducted or sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee; OR
      (b) Directly funded and conducted by the U.S. national governing body for the sport on a national level; OR
 
      (c) Authorized by a national governing body for athletes having potential for future national
team participation; AND
  B.

 
The student informs the high school principal at least thirty days prior to participating in the program; AND
  C. The principal verifies the authenticity of the program; AND
  D.


 
The student makes prior arrangement to complete missed academic lessons, assignments, and tests before the last day of classes of the semester in which the student's absence occurs.

605. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Each CIF Section may grant approval, upon individual petition, for a gifted athlete to travel to a foreign country to participate in international competition sanctioned by the governing body for that sport in the United States.


606. UNATTACHED COMPETITION IN INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
 

Unattached competition is permissible for a student in other than school contests during the season of sport provided the student enters in the individual sports of badminton (singles and doubles), cross country, golf, gymnastics, skiing, swimming (including unattached entry on relays), tennis (singles and doubles), track and field (including unattached entry on relays), and wrestling. Swimmers may compete for an amateur team during the season of sport in the United States Junior and Senior National Championship Meet and the YMCA National Meet.


607. CERTIFICATION OF UNATTACHED ATHLETES

No official recognition or certification on the part of the CIF member school or personnel of the CIF member school may be given in order that unattached athletes may participate in contests.
 

608. RULES FOR UNATTACHED COMPETITION

An unattached athlete shall not represent any team. Points won by the athlete shall not be credited to any team. An unattached athlete shall not use a uniform which identifies a school or "outside" team. Any violation shall be considered an infraction of Bylaw 600.


609. REPRESENTATION IN CIF COMPETITION

Unattached competition is not permitted in any CIF competition (see Bylaw 302). Individuals or teams entered in CIF competition must represent a CIF member school. No other form of representation shall be permitted in CIF competition.

 

ARTICLE 7
SANCTIONED EVENTS

700. PARTICIPATION

All athletic competition in CIF approved sports in which high school students participate as representatives of their high schools shall be held under the auspices of a member high school, CIF league, or CIF Section. Students who are not members of California Interscholastic Federation high schools or approved schools shall not participate.
 

701. INTER-SECTIONAL COMPETITION

CIF State sanction or approval is not necessary for CIF competition scheduled between CIF Sections and border states.
 

702. INTERSTATE/CANADIAN COMPETITION

All interstate and Canadian competition in CIF approved sports, involving four or more schools, from more than one league, requires sanction and approval from the CIF State. Interstate "dual" competition between two schools does not require sanction approval by the CIF State. NOTE: (Bordering States Competition) – No sanction is required from the CIF State if all competing schools, regardless of the number of competing schools, are from states which border the host state. The following are considered to be border states: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon.
  A.


 
HOST SCHOOL PROCEDURES
In applying for approval of an interstate or Canadian event through the CIF State, the host school must
comply with the following policies:
    (1)

 
Application for interstate or Canadian competition must be filed with the CIF State at least 60 days prior to the event.
    (2)

 
A single copy of the Interstate form is to be executed by the host school and forwarded to the CIF
Section office of which the host school is a member.
    (3)

 
CIF commissioners will indicate their action (approval or denial) and, if approved, sign and
forward the form to the CIF State.
    (4)




 
The CIF State, upon receipt of the application, will process the form to the State associations
involved, and to the National Federation (if applicable).
NOTE: National Federation approval is not required for competition between California and
border states. The following are considered to be border states: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon.
    (5) The CIF State will be responsible for notifying the appropriate CIF Section and the CIF Section will notify the school of the final action.
  B. TRAVELING SCHOOL PROCEDURES
    Schools wishing to travel out-of-state to a school sponsored sanctioned event, should be aware of the
following procedures:
    (1)

 
The hosting State Association is responsible for processing interstate and Canadian applications
which invite California school participation in an out-of-state event.
    (2)

 
Upon receipt of the interstate or Canadian application, the CIF State will process the request to
Section offices on behalf of the invited schools.
    (3) Following CIF Section action, the CIF State will return the form to the State Association issuing the invitation (if the host is a border state) or to the National Federation for final approval.
    (4) The CIF State is responsible for notifying the invited Section of final action.

703. JOINT SANCTIONING SPONSORSHIP

High school competition in CIF approved sports is to be conducted only by CIF member schools, leagues, or Sections.
Assistance from outside organizations may be secured by the sponsoring high school but the high school must direct
and manage the event or high school Section of an open event and be fully responsible. To assure that high school
competition is conducted in accordance with CIF rules, the following guidelines must be followed:
  A.


 
Information bulletins, invitations, and entry blanks must be distributed by the sponsoring high school,
league, or CIF Section. Official invitations and entry blanks must indicate that the activity has received State CIF sanction in accordance with Article 7.
  B.


 
Completed entry blanks and fees must be returned to the sponsoring high school, league, or CIF Section.
Entry blanks must be accompanied by a list of names of the students certified by their principal to be
eligible to represent their school.
  C.

 
Any program published in connection with a CIF sanctioned activity must indicate the name of the host
high school, league, or CIF Section, and that CIF sanction has been issued.
  D.



 
Management and control of all finances connected with the activity shall remain with the host high school, league or CIF Section. A financial statement indicating all high school, league, or CIF Section revenues and expenditures must be filed with the CIF State Office whenever the activity requires CIF State sanction.
  E.

 
If the title of a California host event includes the name of an outside organization, the title must be preceded by the name of the sponsoring high school, league, or CIF Section.

704. ADMINISTRATION OF JOINT SANCTIONED EVENT

If a California Interscholastic Federation high school, league, or Section sponsors a sanctioned California Interscholastic Federation invitational meet at the same time and place where an open meet is being held, the high school meet must be administered by a California Interscholastic Federation high school, league, or CIF Section. The high school meet must be limited to entries from California Interscholastic Federation member schools whose athletes are eligible under California Interscholastic Federation rules. Any other entries must receive the approval of the CIF State office.
 

705. OPEN MEET RESTRICTIONS

The management of an open division meet is required not to accept an entry from any high school student who has any
eligibility left at a high school. The open meet is requested not to accept an entry from an ineligible high school
student, unless the student has already had eight semesters of eligibility or unless the student is beyond California
Interscholastic Federation age requirements. A CIF high school meet sanction will not be issued if a high school student with any remaining eligibility is to be invited to the open Section of the meet.
 

706. PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS

Any violation of Article 7, Sanctioned Events, may be cause for refusal of sanction or suspension of the participating
schools from California Interscholastic Federation competition. The period of suspension shall be determined by the
Federated Council. Suspended schools shall apply to the Federated Council for reinstatement.

ARTICLE 8
AWARDS FOR CIF COMPETITION

800. PARTICIPATION AWARD RULES


A high school student is governed by CIF rules when the student participates in CIF competition. When the student
participates in other than CIF competition in a CIF approved sport, at any time during the calendar year, the student
is governed by the awards rules of the amateur governing body for that sport. If the student violates the amateur
standing rule of the amateur governing body for that CIF approved sport, the student is ineligible for CIF competition,
except whenever the amateur governing body rule for that sport is more stringent than the CIF rule, the CIF rule shall
prevail.
 

801. COACHES AWARD LIMITATIONS


No tournament will be sanctioned if an award of over $20.00 in value is made to coaches.
 

802. STUDENT AWARD LIMITATIONS

  A.

 
A high school student may not receive from, any and all sources, an athletic award for CIF high school competition totaling more than one-hundred $100.00 in value.
  B.

 
For league, Section and CIF State playoff competition, the total value of athletic awards may not exceed $250.00 in value.
  C.



 
The total dollar value of all awards shall be determined by the price paid by the last purchaser in the acquisition of the award. If the host school or league purchases the award, the price paid by the host school or league shall determine its value. If the award is donated by another entity, the price paid by or cost to that entity shall determine its value, exclusive of engraving.
  D.


 
Such award cannot be cash, a gift certificate, or merchandise alone. It may be merchandise, badge, medal, plaque, ribbon, picture, certificate, or trophy, if it is suitably engraved or designated as an award.
  E.

 
Amounts in excess of the respective $100.00 and $250.00 award total are the responsibility of the recipient of the award.
  F.


 
In the event a student accepts the athletic award above the value stated, the student becomes ineligible for further high school athletics and shall be penalized according to Bylaw 400. (Approved May 2001 Federated Council)

803. CONTRIBUTIONS

  A.


 
No entity including, but not limited to, booster clubs, individual or corporate donors, school districts, and leagues, may contribute anything in order to make it possible to give an award exceeding the $100.00 or $250.00 value.
  B.

 
Awards exceeding the $100.00 and $250.00 values may not be held and given to the student after the student graduates. (Approved May 2001 Federated Council)

804. EQUAL VALUE OF AWARDS


Whenever a CIF athletic event is conducted for girls' teams and boys' teams in the same sport, awards of equal value
for boys' competition and girls' competition shall be provided at each equivalent event of competition. Such awards
need not be identical. The value of awards for junior varsity or other level of competition need not be the same as for
varsity, but at each level of competition awards for boys and girls should be of equal value.

 

805. ANY GIFT, OR TOTAL OF GIFTS, SPONSORSHIPS OR CONTRIBUTIONS, VALUED AT $500.00 OR MORE, TO AN ATHLETIC PROGRAM, TEAM OR COACH

The following stipulations apply:
  A.


 
Information on any gift, or total of gifts, sponsorships or contributions of $500.00 or more yearly to an athletic program, team or coach which is meant to support that program, team or coach must be reported to the governing body or administrative officer responsible for policy development related to athletics.
  B.



 
If requested, a record of gifts, contributions or sponsorships must be made available to the Section to which the school belongs and to the CIF State. Such a record should include the date and amount as well as a copy of any existing contractual obligations related to the gift, contribution or sponsorship, and a clear record of the disbursement of the funds.
  C.

 
The acceptance and disbursement of any gifts, contributions or sponsorships must also be in accord with school administrative and district policy.
  D.



 
In the case of private schools or public charter schools specifically exempt from such regulations, the Section or State may require the implementation of reasonable administrative review practices and procedures, concerning the receipt and disbursement of gifts, contributions or sponsorships. (Approved May 1998, Federated Council).

ARTICLE 9
ALL-STAR COMPETITION

900. PARTICIPATION

  A.


 

Students, limited to graduating seniors, may participate in All-Star competition. A graduating senior is any student who has started their seventh semester of eligibility and has completed the season of sport prior to the all-star competition.

  B.

 
All-Star competition (including practices and/or tryouts) is limited to the period between the conclusion of the CIF Section’s season of sport and September 1.
  C. Undergraduates (grades 9-11) are prohibited from participating in All-Star competition from the start of the fall semester through the end of the school years, 9-11.
  D.

 
A student may not participate in All-Star competition or on similar teams in contests or exhibitions in any CIF approved sport between September 2 and the conclusion of the CIF Section’s season of sport.
  E.




 
For purposes of interpreting the CIF All-Star rule, high school All-Star competition is any game, contest, or exhibition in which teams compete and the team participants include students from CIF member schools selected on a basis that involves, but may not necessarily be limited to, their high school athletic accomplishments. The following guidelines are to be considered in determining whether the activity is high school All-Star competition in so far as the CIF rule is concerned:
    (1)

 
If the team name or activity includes “All-Star” in its title, it shall be considered as “All-Star” competition unless it qualifies otherwise by these guidelines.
    (2)


 
If a team includes high school participants and the team purports to represent outstanding players from any community, county, State or geographical region, it shall be considered as “All-Star” competition unless it qualifies otherwise by these guidelines.
    (3)



 
If a team includes high school participants and the team represents itself in name, publicity, or programs as being composed of outstanding players from two or more high schools, or from one or more CIF leagues, or from one or more CIF Sections, it shall be considered as high school “All-Star” competition unless it qualifies otherwise by these guidelines.
    (4)

 
If no admission charge is made nor donation solicited for the activity, it shall not be considered as “All-Star” competition.
    (5)



 
If the team(s) represents an organized sports association, religious organization, or municipal recreation department and the team(s) is comprised solely of current participants in ongoing leagues or divisions of that organization, it shall not be considered as high school “All-Star” competition.
    (6)

 

If the team(s) is comprised solely of current members of an incorporated athletic club, it shall not be considered as high school “All-Star” competition.

901. VIOLATIONS

  A.





 
School: Violations of Bylaw 900 may cause the school involved to be suspended from membership in the CIF. Participation by member schools, by their school officials, or by any employee of the school, directly or indirectly, in the furnishing of school facilities or equipment, management, organization, supervision, player selection, coaching, or promotion in connection with any prohibited contests shall be considered a violation of Bylaw 900. The period of suspension shall be determined by the Federated Council. Suspended schools shall apply to the Federated Council for reinstatement.
  B.

 
Student: Any student taking part in a prohibited all-star contest or similar contest shall be barred from all CIF athletic contests for up to one year following the date the infraction is verified.

902. GRADUATES

High school graduates are not eligible for California Interscholastic Federation competition and are not subject to California Interscholastic Federation rules. A “recent graduate” game is outside the jurisdiction of the CIF.


ARTICLE 10
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

1000. HOSTING
 

Application for approval of hosting international competition (see Bylaw 702 for Canadian/Mexico exception) for high school teams shall be made to the California Interscholastic Federation State office at least 75 days before the event, to allow time for sanctioning by the appropriate amateur governing body for the sport and the National Federation.


1001. HOST APPLICATION
 

The original contact for hosting international high school team competition shall be made to the CIF State Office
directly by the sponsoring organization, by the principal of CIF member school, by a league delegate, or by a CIF
Section delegate. The purpose and nature of the competition shall be outlined in the application, as well as the
proposed dates, suggested arrangements, finances, and selection of teams. Such application must have the written
approval of the CIF Section.


1002. APPROVAL OF COMPETITION


To qualify for Council consideration and final approval, all international high school competition must have the
approval of the National Federation of State High School Associations and the sanction of the appropriate
international body involved.
 

1003. SANCTIONING OF QUALIFYING TRIALS


The California Interscholastic Federation will not sanction qualifying trials for an individual or team for the purpose
of selecting undergraduates for international competition. Such selection must be made on the basis of previous
performance of the individual or team.

ARTICLE 11
APPEALS AND DELEGATED POWERS

1100. CIF SECTION STUDENT ELIGIBILITY APPEALS PROCEDURES

Each CIF Section shall establish appellate procedures which incorporate the following requirements in final Section
determination of student eligibility questions.
 
Upon written appeal, the Section shall cause the appointment of either:
  A. A hearing panel, or
  B. A single hearing officer.
     
Said panel or hearing officer shall be empowered to hear the matter under consideration and rule on the eligibility status of the appellant under Section and CIF State eligibility requirements. Neither members of the hearing panel, nor a single hearing officer can have been directly associated with the matter under consideration or directly associated with the schools involved in the matter or have any other interest, personal or professional, that would preclude a fair and impartial hearing. If it is apparent from the facts that the panel or the hearing officer have no authority to adjudicate the matter under the rules, the Section may find the appeal to be without merit and deny a hearing. All business and deliberations of the appeal process must be conducted in public, except for those deliberations by a single hearing officer or when matters declared by law to be confidential are being reviewed. The Section hearing need not be conducted according to the rules of evidence and those related to witnesses. Any relevant evidence including hearsay evidence shall be admitted. All testimony shall be given under oath or affirmation administered by hearing officer (a member of the panel or a single hearing officer). (Revised February 2000 Federated Council).

1101. CIF STATE STUDENT ELIGIBILITY APPEALS AND REVIEW PROCEDURE

Appeals of final decisions determined through the CIF Section appeals procedure concerning student eligibility may be presented to the CIF State Executive Director's office after the CIF Section decision has been made in accordance with the following, if the appellant believes that the Section violated one or more of the following procedural guidelines:
  A.


 
Was the Section's decision or action lawful; i.e., did the decision or action violate Title V, the Education
Code, etc. and did it extend appropriate due process to the parties?
  B. Was the Section's decision or action fraudulent?
  C. Did the Section act arbitrarily?
    (1) Did the Section have rules and criteria by which it reached its decision?
    (2) Were the Section's rules and criteria reasonable; i.e., do the Section's rules reasonably relate to
a legitimate objective?
    (3) Did the Section follow its own rules and criteria?
    (4) Does the Section's action or decision have a basis in reason, or in other words, a reasonable basis?
    The test to be employed in the application of this criteria is whether responsible people, acting
in a thoughtful manner, could reasonably have reached the same decision as the Section and not
whether others might personally believe the decision.

The Executive Director, upon receiving such an appeal, may review the Section's decision based on the above guidelines to determine whether their action was a violation of any of the above. If, in his or her judgment, this is the case, the Executive Director may return this matter to the Section for further review or, if necessary, set aside the decision and take jurisdiction consistent with Bylaw 1108 A.

1102. CIF SECTION APPEALS PROCEDURES INVOLVING MATTERS OTHER THAN STUDENT
ELIGIBILITY OR SECTION PLAYOFFS

Each CIF Section shall establish appellate procedures which incorporate the following requirements. In the final Section determination of rules questions other than student eligibility or Section playoffs,

  A.


 
Upon written appeal, the Section shall cause a hearing body to be convened. Said body shall be empowered
to hear the matter under consideration and rule on the matter at hand;
  B.


 
Sections shall publish appeal procedures and provide appropriate due process for schools engaged in any appeal under the CIF Section and/or California Interscholastic Federation rules;
  C. Sections shall provide for timely notice of appeals, time schedule of such appeals, and written notice for determination of the matter being appealed;
  D. Section appellate procedures shall allow for written and verbal presentations by the appellant to hearing bodies and testimony by knowledgeable parties.

1103. CIF STATE APPEAL PROCEDURES INVOLVING MATTERS OTHER THAN STUDENT ELIGIBILITY OR SECTION PLAYOFFS

  A.



 
Appeals of final decisions determined through the CIF Section appeals procedure concerning the
Constitution and Bylaws of the State or Section may be presented to the CIF State Executive Director's
office for mediation or arbitration after the CIF Section decision has been made in accordance with the following:
    (1)

 
Was the Section's decision or action lawful, i.e., did the decision or action violate Title V, the
Education Code, etc. and did it extend appropriate due process to the parties?
    (2) Was the Section's decision or action fraudulent?
    (3) Did the Section act arbitrarily?
      (a) Did the Section have rules and criteria by which it reached its decision?
      (b)

 
Were the Section's rules and criteria reasonable; i.e., do the Section's rules reasonably
relate to a legitimate objective?
      (c) Did the Section follow its own rules and criteria?
      (d)



 
Does the Section's action or decision have a basis in reason, or in other words, a
reasonable basis? The test to be employed in the application of this criteria is whether
responsible people, acting in a thoughtful manner, could reasonably have reached the
same decision as the Section and not whether others might personally believe the decision.
    (4)

 
Sections are encouraged to include mediation of issues, employing a neutral mediator, as part of Section appeal processes.
  B.




 
The Executive Director upon receiving such an appeal, may after consultation with the parties to the appeal, schedule a mediation process if, in the judgement of the Executive Director, there is a likelihood of success for this process. The Executive Director, upon receiving such an appeal, shall schedule an arbitration hearing. The arbitration hearing is subject to cancellation if all parties to the issue involved in the appeal agree to resolution as a result of mediation.
  C. DATES AND DEADLINES FOR ARBITRATION:
    (1)

 
An appeal to the Executive Director, under this bylaw, must be initiated within 30 calendar days after a notice of a Section decision is sent to the affected party.
    (2)

 
Within 10 calendar days after receiving the appeal, the Executive Director will send notice of the receipt of the appeal to the Section and to the appellant.
    (3)

 
Within 60 calendar days after notifying both parties an arbitration hearing will take place at a time and place determined by the Executive Director.
    (4)




 
Within 30 calendar days of notification to the parties of an appeal (see C.2 above) both parties to the appeal shall send full documentation and witness lists (containing name and title) to the opposing party and also send eight copies as required for the panel and other hearing officials, to the Executive Director for distribution to the panel. Documentation and witness lists should be indexed and numbered before being sent to the Executive Director for distribution.
    (5)

 
Documentation and witnesses may be added to the list provided by the parties only at the arbitration hearing and only with the consent of the panel chairperson. (See D.3.d. below).
    (6)

 
Each party to the hearing shall inform the Executive Director, and the opposing party, of the name and title of the person representing the party no less than 10 calendar days before the hearing.
    (7) Documentation and witness lists will be served personally or sent by registered or certified mail.
    (8)

 
If a situation, in the judgement of the Executive Director, is deemed an emergency and requires waiving of deadlines, the Executive Director may do so after informing each party to the appeal.
    (9)


 
The decision of the panel will be made during the last phase of the hearing and a written declaration of the decision will be sent to both parties within 10 calendar days after the hearing. (Approved May 1999 Federated Council).
  D. ARBITRATION PROCESS
    (1)





 
AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE
Each member school, by becoming or remaining a member of the CIF, and each CIF Section, agrees that in the event of a dispute with a fellow member school, or with a CIF Section or CIF, such a dispute shall be submitted to binding arbitration before five (5) neutral arbitrators who shall be selected as set forth in paragraph (2) and that said arbitrators may conduct the proceedings as set forth in paragraph (3).
    (2)







 
QUALIFICATIONS OF ARBITRATORS
Five arbitrators will be selected in addition to any alternates deemed necessary. The arbitrators will be selected by the Executive Director and confirmed by the State President, or designee. Those eligible to serve will be selected from a list of not more than 20 individuals from each of the following Allied Organizations (California School Boards Association, Association of California School Administrators, Superintendents Liaison Committee and California Association of Private School Organizations). These individuals selected to be arbitrators in a given case shall be from a Section other than the Section in which there is a dispute.
    (3)



 
CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings shall be conducted by the neutral arbitrators with the administrative assistance of the State Executive Director and, if they desire, of the CIF State General Counsel, in accordance with the following:
      (a)



 
Introduction at the hearing of documentation not sent earlier, or of a witness not listed
earlier, may occur only with the permission of the panel chairperson in whose judgement there is good cause for such an introduction and there exists no prejudice to the opposing party from such an introduction.
      (b)



 
The parties to the arbitration are entitled to be heard, to present evidence and to cross-examine witnesses appearing at the hearing. Rules of evidence and rules of judicial procedure need not be observed. Hearsay evidence is admissible provided it is the type of evidence relied upon by reasonable people in the conduct of serious affairs.
      (c)



 
On request of any party to the arbitration, or upon the arbitrator's own motion, the testimony of witnesses shall be given under oath. In the event the testimony is taken under oath during the course of the arbitration, the arbitrators may take into consideration during their deliberation, the lack of the oath on any hearsay statements or evidence presented.
      (d)

 
The arbitrators shall preside at the hearing, shall rule on the admission and exclusion of evidence and shall exercise all powers relating to the conduct of the hearing.
    (4) HEARING PROTOCOL
      (a)


 
The chairperson, presiding member, shall preside throughout the hearing and exercise all powers relating to the conduct of the hearing. The hearing need not be conducted in accordance with technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses.
      (b)


 
The proceedings of the hearing may be recorded by any of the parties involved. The proceedings will be recorded by a court reporter unless the panel, or chairperson, in consultation with the Executive Director, decides another recording method may be more appropriate.
    (5) DECISION
      (a)

 
The presiding member of the arbitration panel shall indicate to the parties involved as to when a decision shall be made.
      (b) The decision shall be prepared in writing by the CIF State office.
      (c)

 
Copies of the decision shall be made and mailed to the parties directly involved as soon as possible, but within 10 calendar days of the conclusion of the hearing.
      (d) All such decisions shall be final. (Revised May 1999 Federated Council)

1104. CIF SECTION PLAYOFF APPEALS PROCEDURES INVOLVING SECTION RULES AND REGULATIONS
ONLY


Each CIF Section shall establish, to the greatest extent possible, a fair procedure to ensure a review of such matters,
consistent with the time constraints involved. The decision of the Section on such matters will be final.
 

1105. CIF STATE PLAYOFF APPEALS PROCEDURES


The CIF State Executive Director shall have full authority to rule on any appeal directly involving State playoffs or to
delegate such authority to game or meet authorities. Such a delegation of authority would not prevent the Executive
Director from subsequently assuming jurisdiction if the Executive Director believed conditions warranted same.
 

1106. INTER-SECTIONAL DISPUTES PROCEDURE


In the event that two CIF Sections cannot come to a mutual agreement on an issue, a three-person committee
composed of the President, President-Elect and past President, along with the CIF State Executive Director, is
authorized to hear the issue and render a decision which would be binding. If any member of the Committee is a
representative of a CIF Section involved in the dispute, the President shall select another member of the Federated
Council to serve on the Committee for that particular issue.
 

1107. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S AUTHORITY TO INTERPRET


The CIF State Executive Director is authorized to interpret the CIF State Constitution, Bylaws, and Federated Council
regulations, and to issue such official interpretations in writing to all CIF Sections. The Executive Director will report any official interpretations issued at subsequent Executive Committee meetings for their review and consideration.

1108. DELEGATED POWERS

  A.


 
In emergency situations, the CIF State President or Executive Director or his/her authorized designee may
act for the Federated Council in the best interest of the organization. This action will be reviewed by the
Executive Committee as soon as possible.
  B.


 
Between meetings of the Federated Council, the Executive Committee shall be empowered to act for the
Federated Council when necessary. This action will be subject to the approval of the Federated Council
at its next meeting.

1109. SETTING ASIDE THE EFFECT OF A RULE FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR WAIVER

The Executive Director and a Section appeals committee, may, on a case-by-case basis, upon evaluation of the
evidence, set aside the effect of any bylaw when, in their joint opinion all of the following criteria are met:

  A. There exists a hardship as defined by Bylaw 215;
  B. The rationale of the rule being waived will not be offended or compromised;
  C. The principle of the educational balance (over athletics) will not be offended or compromised;
  D. The waiver will not result in a safety risk to teammates or competitors;
  E. The waiver will not result in an unfair displacement of another student from athletic competition;
  F.

 
Competitive equity among competitors will not, as a result of the waiver, be skewed in favor of the student
or the student's team. (May 1997 Federated Council)
  NOTE: In practice, this bylaw is initiated by a Section appeals committee. However, the Bylaw may be initiated by the Executive Director upon review of an appeal.

ARTICLE 12
APPROVED SPORTS

1200. LIST OF APPROVED SPORTS

The addition or deletion from the list of approved sports is subject to Federated Council approval. A Section may not approve or conduct competition in a non-CIF approved sport without Federated Council approval. (Revised May 2000 Federated Council). Approved interscholastic sports are: badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse (lacrosse approved February 2001 Federated Council), skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
  NOTE: Snowboarding is an approved event within the sport of skiing.
  A.

 
All of the above listed CIF approved sports are to be listed in CIF Section Bylaws; interscholastic competition in approved sports shall be conducted under CIF rules.
  B.

 
All sports or events not listed as approved CIF sports need not be conducted under CIF rules or jurisdiction.

1201. OFFICIAL RULE BOOKS

  A.





 

In all student team sports, where rules are written by the National Federation, the National Federation of
High Schools (NFHS) rule book shall be official. In student team sports where the National
Federation does not write the rules, the NCAA rules (scholastic division) shall apply. In sports where
neither the National Federation nor the NCAA write the rules, the nationally recognized amateur association rules for that sport shall apply.

  B. Where rules are written for girls' sports by the National Federation, those rules shall be official.
  C.

 
In gymnastics, CIF Sections are authorized to use the U.S. Gymnastic Federation (USGF) rules for compulsory routines; all optional routines must follow National Federation rules.
  D.



 
In sports for girls where the National Federation does not write the rules, the National Association of Girls and Women Sports (NAGWS) rules shall be official whenever the rules for the sport are written by NAGWS. In sports where neither the National Federation nor the NAGWS write the rules, the nationally recognized amateur association rules for that sport shall apply.
  E.


 
For special mixed events and coed teams in tennis and volleyball, the following rule guide shall be used:
Tennis - United States Tennis Association (USTA); Volleyball - United States Volleyball Association
(USVBA).
 

NOTE: CIF Sections may adopt optional game rules whenever permitted by State association adoption in all sports game rules published by the National Federation.

1202. DAILY CONTEST LIMITATIONS

  A. CONTESTS
    Interscholastic (dual-triangular) athletic contests in CIF approved sports are to be arranged in such a way
that no student shall take part in more than two athletic contests in any one day.
NOTE: The two contest maximum rule does not apply to tournaments.
  B.



 
TOURNAMENTS
All interscholastic athletic tournaments (defined as four or more teams) in CIF approved sports are to be
arranged in such a way that no student shall take part in more than one tournament in the same sport in
any one day.

1203. STUDENT PARTICIPATION

  A. DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR:
    California Interscholastic Federation approved sports are listed in Bylaw 1200. Rules and regulations apply
for these sports during the school year only. Some activities depend upon specified sport skills. Among
these are hole-in-one contests for golf, basketball free-throw contests, baseball throws for distance and
accuracy, and football punts for distance. Achievement in these activities depends upon an individual's
athletic prowess in a particular sport. If this activity is an approved CIF sport, then a student may jeopardize the student's CIF eligibility if the student's participation violates the CIF amateur status or award rules.
  B. DURING THE SUMMER:
    During the summer period California Interscholastic Federation rules and regulations do not apply to any
activities except as follows:
    (1)


 
No physical conditioning or practice sessions for football prior to the opening of authorized
practice may be conducted by a high school, unless specifically authorized by the appropriate CIF
Section.
    (2)

 
Participation in any other sports during the summer is governed by the nationally recognized
authority for each sport, if such authority exists.

1204. SECTION GUIDELINES FOR OFFICIALS


Each CIF Section shall develop guidelines for the use of officials. It is highly recommended that officials trained and
rated in CIF approved rules for each sport be used.
 

1205. UNIFORM RULE EXCEPTIONS


In the case of a manufacturer's error, the Section Commissioner is authorized to waive National Federation uniform
rules, allowing exceptions as necessary within the spirit of the National Federation rules.
 

1206. UNIFORM ATTACHMENT


All uniform attachments are prohibited by CIF State Federated Council action except where provisions are allowed
under National Federation Rules.

ARTICLE 13
BOXING

1300. Boxing is not approved as an interscholastic sport. Schools participating in interscholastic boxing shall be barred
from all California Interscholastic Federation competition for a period of one year.


ARTICLE 14
BADMINTON

1400. Refer to Section Bylaws.
 

ARTICLE 15
BASEBALL

1500. PITCHING LIMITATION RULE

CIF Sections shall adopt the following baseball pitching limitation rule:
Thirty outs and/or three appearances in a calendar week through the season, Monday through Saturday.
  A. Innings pitched in a no game; i.e., rainout, power failure, etc., shall count towards the total.
  B. If the 30th out involves a double or triple play, the team will not be penalized.
  C. An appearance is defined as a pitcher pitching at least one pitch.
  D. Any violation constitutes a forfeit of the contest.

1501. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK


Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).

 

ARTICLE 16
BASKETBALL

1600. GIRLS MODIFICATION

The National Federation Basketball Rules shall be modified for girls' basketball as follows:

  A. Utilization of 30-second shot clock.
  B. Utilization of midcourt line.
  C. No 10 second rule in backcourt.
  D. Utilization of 5 second count for holding the ball only.

1601. BOYS MODIFICATION

The National Federation Basketball Rules shall be modified for boys' basketball as follows:

  A. Utilization of a 35-second shot clock.

1602. UNIFORMS


The National Federation boys and girls uniform rules shall be waived to allow for the wearing of a shirt with diagonal or tailed lettering at the non-varsity level.
 

1603. THREE-PERSON OFFICIATING

Three-person officiating teams may be used at all games in every round of the State basketball tournament. (Approved October 2000 Federated Council).
 

1604. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).

1605. COACHES’ BOX


A six-foot coaches’ box will be utilized (adopted May 2001 Federated Council).
 

1606. CBEDS PARAMETERS

Each CIF Section must establish enrollment ranges for Division I-V that fall within the following CBEDS parameters. (Revised June 2002 Executive Committee).

  Starting # Ending#
  Division I 1400-1800  
  Division II 1100-1350 1400-1800
  Division III 700-900 1100-1350
  Division IV 150-350 700-900
  Division V 1 150-350  

ARTICLE 17
CROSS COUNTRY

1700. CBEDS PARAMETERS

Each CIF Section must establish enrollment ranges for Division I-V that fall within the following CBEDS parameters. (Revised June 2002 Executive Committee).

  Starting # Ending#
  Division I 1400-1800  
  Division II 1100-1350 1400-1800
  Division III 700-900 1100-1350
  Division IV 150-350 700-900
  Division V 1 150-350  

1701 AUTOMATIC TEAM ENTRIES

Team entries into the State championship meet would be based on a formula that includes the following factors:

  1. An established baseline providing a minimum number of entries for each Section.
  2.

 
Additional entries based upon the most recent four (4) year history of the Section team performance in each divisional race.
  3.

 
No Section shall have more than seven (7) team entries in any divisional race.
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)

1702. INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES TO THE STATE MEET

A maximum of five individuals (not on an automatic team entry), per the criteria in each division, will qualify from Section to State meet finals as follows:

  1. Finished in top 20 places in the CIF Southern Section (four automatic team entries per division).
  2. Finished in the top 12 places in each Section that qualifies two (2) automatic teams per division.
  3. Finished in the top eight (8) places in each Section that qualifies one (1) automatic team per division.
(Adopted May 2001 Federated Council).


ARTICLE 18
FIELD HOCKEY

1800. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).

ARTICLE 19
FOOTBALL

1900. AGE REQUIREMENT

A student under 15 years of age may not participate in an interscholastic contest or scrimmage against the varsity team of another school unless the conditions listed below have been met:
  A. Participant must be at least fourteen (14) years of age.
  B. Letter on file from a licensed medical doctor that the student is able to compete at the varsity level.
  C. Signed parental consent form.
  D.

 
A statement from the coach that the student athlete has the physical and mental maturity to compete at the varsity level.
  E.



 
A statement of compliance by the principal must be forwarded to the respective Section office verifying that all required documentation has been completed and is on file in the appropriate school office.
(Revised May 2000 Federated Council).

1901. NUMBER OF PRACTICE DAYS; NO SUNDAY PRACTICE
 

There shall be no football games until the squad has had 14 days of practice before the first game. Each individual
student on the team must have had at least 10 days of practice before being allowed to compete in a game. (The
opening date of football practice may be determined by each Section.) No Sunday practice is permitted.
 

1902. SCRIMMAGE LIMITATIONS
 

No individual student shall participate in an interscholastic scrimmage before his/her tenth day of practice for that
particular school. Scrimmage is defined as practice where the teams alternate in carrying the ball, downs are not
counted, no score is kept and the coaches are on the field directing play.
 

1903. PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PRACTICE
 

A high school shall not conduct a physical conditioning practice session during the summer prior to the opening date
of authorized football practice, unless so authorized by the appropriate CIF Section.
 

1904. SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
 

Eighth and ninth grade students from an elementary or junior high school may not take part in the spring football
practice at the high school (see Bylaw 302 for multi-school exception). A high school coach may not conduct a
football practice session at a separate junior high school.
 

1905. NUMBER OF GAMES LIMITATION
 

A high school football team of any classification or name shall not play more than two games in any eight-day
period. A continued game under National Federation football rules shall not be considered in this limitation.
 

1906. TIE-BREAKER SYSTEM
 

Each California Interscholastic Federation Section is authorized to establish a tie-breaker system for regular season
football games and playoff football games.
 

1907. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).


ARTICLE 20
GOLF

2000. GIRLS' TEAM GOLF
 

For the Northern Regional Golf Championships a team scoring procedure will be followed for girls' golf in addition to boys' golf. (Approved February 1998 Federated Council)
 

2001. SEASON OF SPORT
 

Girls' golf will be conducted in the fall, while boys' golf will be held in the spring (Approved November 1998 Federated Council).
 

2002. PARTICIPATION WITHIN A WEEK OF TOURNAMENT
 

Provided there is an available tee time, any individual who is qualified to participate in individual or team competition in the CIF Southern or Northern California High School Golf Championship tournament may play a practice round within a week of the tournament, on the golf course on which the tournament will be played.

ARTICLE 21
GYMNASTICS

2100. RULES
 

CIF Sections are authorized to use U.S.G.F. rules for compulsory routines; all optional routines must follow National
Federation rules.

ARTICLE 22
LACROSSE

2200. Refer to Section Bylaws (February 2001 Federated Council).


2201. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; Revised November 2000 Federated Council).

 

ARTICLE 23
SKIING

2300. Refer to Section Bylaws.


ARTICLE 24
SOCCER

2400. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).


ARTICLE 25
SOFTBALL

2500. LENGTH OF GAME
 

CIF Sections are authorized to limit junior varsity softball games to seven innings or a maximum of two hours,
whichever comes first. No new inning shall begin after two hours have expired from the start of the game.
 

2501. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; Revised November 2000 Federated Council).

Note: As of January 1, 2002 all softball bats must meet the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) bat performance standard (NFHS Softball Rule 1-3-5). Please see the National Federation Rulebook for further clarification on this rule.


ARTICLE 26
SWIMMING AND DIVING

2600. Refer to Section Bylaws.

ARTICLE 27
TENNIS

2700. NORCAL TENNIS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS


A Northern California boys' and girls' team tennis championship will be held following the completion of Section playoffs for the Sections which comprise the northern part of the state. This includes the Northern, North Coast, Central Coast, Sac-Joaquin, Oakland and San Francisco Sections. (Approved May 1998 Federated Council)

 

ARTICLE 28
TRACK AND FIELD

2800. EXHIBITION EVENTS
 

Exhibition events may be staged by the host CIF Section, if approved by the Federated Council, using athletes from
that Section only. The javelin event is not to be conducted in CIF track and field competition.
 

2801. LANDING SECTOR FOR DISCUS AND SHOT PUT
 

For safety reasons, the landing sector for both the discus and shot put will be changed to 40 degrees and, futhermore, a clearly marked safety area be maintained at 60 degrees in order to increase safety for participants, officials, and spectators. The present width of area for restraining spectators and other athletes, not throwing the shot or discus, will remain the same as per National Federation rules.
(Approved February 1998 Federated Council and revised February 1999).
 

2802. AT-LARGE ENTRIES
 

An athlete shall earn an at-large entry into the State meet if his/her mark at the final Section competition (which qualifies entrants to the State meet) is equal to or better than the average of the ninth place qualifying marks to the State meet finals from the three most recent years.
(Approved May 2000 Federated Council).

ARTICLE 29
VOLLEYBALL

2900. RALLY SCORING
 

As per National Federation Rule 1, Section 2, Article 2, schools will be allowed to use rally scoring for invitationals and for non-varsity level contests. In addition, rally scoring will be used after the fourth game in all rounds of the CIF volleyball regional and State tournaments (Revised May 2001 Federated Council).
NOTE: CIF Sections may adopt optional game rules whenever permitted by State association adoption in all sports game rules published by the National Federation.
 

2901. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK
 

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).
 

2902. CBEDS PARAMETERS

Each CIF Section must establish enrollment ranges for Division I-V that fall within the following CBEDS parameters. (Revised June 2002 Executive Committee).

  Starting # Ending#
  Division I 1400-1800  
  Division II 1100-1350 1400-1800
  Division III 700-900 1100-1350
  Division IV 150-350 700-900
  Division V 1 150-350  


ARTICLE 30
WATER POLO


3000. CLOCKS

It is recommended, but not required, that clocks used in conducting water polo contests be visible to the participants.

3001. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and water polo (Approved February 1999 Federated Council; revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council).


ARTICLE 31
WRESTLING

3100. DAYS OF PRACTICE

  A.

 
Each individual student not a member and participant of a fall sports team shall have at least 10 days of
practice before the student can compete in a meet or tournament.
  B.

 
Each individual who completes the regular season in a fall sport shall have at least five (5) days of practice before the student can compete in a meet or tournament.



3101. 40 MATCH RULE
 

A wrestler will be allowed a maximum of 40 matches during the wrestling season prior to the first qualifying
tournament for the CIF State wrestling championships (in most situations this would be the league wrestling
tournament). Forfeits do not count towards the 40-match maximum. Matches wrestled in any tournaments or
competitions held prior to the first qualifying tournament will count towards the 40 match maximum. EXCEPTION:
Any matches wrestled in a CIF Section team dual championship tournament will not count as part of the 40-match
maximum. (Approved October 2001 Federated Council).
 

3102. SECTION MODIFICATIONS:

  A.

 

CIF Sections may conduct their championship and qualifying tournaments in one day, provided
such tournaments do not exceed a 16-person bracket plan.

  B. No school, league or CIF Section shall deviate from the official wrestling rules except as indicated above.

3103. OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

  A.






 
The official weigh-in of all wrestlers in a school shall be conducted during the period of January 2-15, not necessarily on the same day for all wrestlers. The weigh-in for a dual match or tournament would meet this requirement, instead of a special weigh-in time. A school administrator, athletic director, or CIF wrestling official must be present at the weigh-in. The school's principal must sign the list of certified minimum
weights for all wrestlers and submit it to the Section commissioner within seven working days of January 15. No wrestler may re-certify at a lower weight following the official certification. California rule adopted November 1998:
    (1)


 
Certification Exception 1) A student under doctor’s care must weight-in at the original weight before the student competes or within seven (7) days, whichever come first, following the students’ release from the doctor.
    (2)


 
Certification Exception 2) A student who becomes eligible after January 15 must weigh-in at the original weight before the student competes or within seven (7) days, whichever comes first, following the student becoming eligible.
    (3)


 
At the first round of the qualifying tournament the coach shall submit to the tournament director the number of weigh-ins in each weight class for all participants for the entire wrestling season.
(Approved February 1997 Federated Council).
  B. Second day weigh-in for two-day qualifying and California State Championship Wrestling tournaments:
    (1)


 
Wrestlers involved in a two-day invitational, sub-Section, Section regional/State wrestling
tournaments are allowed to weigh-in at the conclusion of their first day matches for the second
day's competition.
    (2)




 
The scales will open, for a period of time, beginning with the conclusion of 103-lb. matches and
close one hour after the conclusion of the last heavyweight match for the day. Wrestlers who
fail to make their weight during this weigh-in have the opportunity to weigh-in on the morning
of the second day when scales open for a period of one hour and thirty minutes. In both situations
the wrestlers are to be granted the additional one pound allowance given for two-day tournaments.
  C.


 
Wrestlers may weigh-in for the California State Wrestling Championships on the Thursday evening prior to the first day of the tournament no earlier than 6:00 p.m. Specific times will be set by the tournament officials.
  D.

 
California exercises the NFHS option of a 14th weight class at 215 pounds and a two-pound growth allowance to each weight class after January 15. (Approved February 1997 Federated Council)
  F.


 

Each wrestler is required to have at least one-half of his/her weigh-ins during the season at the minimum weight he/she shall wrestle during the State tournament series (Approved November 1998 Federated Council).

FINANCIAL PRINCIPLES AND AUDIT POLICY

  1.




 

GUIDING PRINCIPLE FOR FINANCIAL OPERATIONS (ADOPTED MAY 1995, FEDERATED COUNCIL)
It is recognized that all funds handled by the California Interscholastic Federation, or any of the CIF entities, are monies designed for the enhancement and administration of athletics for the students of the high schools in California.

  2.







 
PRINCIPLES GUIDING POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION (ADOPTED MAY 1995, FEDERATED COUNCIL)
The following principles should guide the formulation and administration of financial policies within the CIF State and all CIF Sections and leagues. All financial policies and regulations adopted apply to all California Interscholastic Federation entities (State, Sections, and leagues) and to all CIF personnel (staff and elected representatives) unless a specific distinction has been recognized and authorized in writing. An adequately financed program of competitive athletics is essential for California's youth to receive a well-rounded education.
    (a)


 
It is the intent of these policies to develop a bright line definition of what is and is not appropriate. Therefore, these policies are written as unambiguously and published as widely as possible. These principles and policies apply to all CIF entities.
    (b)


 
Financial information at all levels should be kept on a computer data base for easy access, appropriate administration, and accountability to local constituencies as well as the CIF State and auditors.
    (c)








 
Staff at all levels should not be in the position of supervising and approving the expenses of elected representatives, and therefore will administratively review and approve for payment these expenses which fall within the framework of pre-approved written guidelines. A detailed report of all expenses approved in this manner shall be prepared monthly and be available for review by any CIF elected official. A committee of elected representatives, appointed by the State President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee/Administrative Committee, will review and authorize, where appropriate, all actual and necessary expenses of elected or appointed representatives which do not fall within the framework or written guidelines. Sections shall have a similar procedure for review and authorization of expenses exceeding guidelines.
    (d)


 
All entities collecting and disbursing funds, whether it be league, Section, or the State, are required to have two signatures for all expenditures. Staff/elected officials shall not approve or sign their own pay or reimbursement forms.
    (e)








 
Yearly audits for Sections and the CIF State shall be conducted by reputable auditing firms with established expertise in dealing with school district and/or other non-profit organization finances. The audits shall be based upon the principles contained in this document and conclude with a presentation by the auditor to the elected representatives of the entity. All relevant documentation shall be distributed to the elected representatives in sufficient time prior to the meeting to allow familiarization of the data in order to have a meaningful discussion with the auditor during the presentation. The audit shall not be edited or have items altered or deleted by any person and must be presented and retained in its original form from the auditor. League audits shall be conducted according to policies listed in this document and approved by Sections.
    (f)

 
All fiscal accounting at all levels shall use generally accepted accounting principles when handling and disbursing funds.
    (g)



 
All funds expended by any CIF entity must be budgeted and authorized. Commissioners/league Presidents, etc., must have prior limited authorization for all expenditures. An example would be some limited authorization for general expenses including lunches, recognitions, etc. These expenses would then be reported to the governing body at the next meeting.
    (h)

 
No alcohol or tobacco shall be purchased or paid for out of any CIF funds. CIF funds may not be used for gifts or personal loans.
    (i)

 
All financial practices and information shall be open to review by CIF members or other interested parties. CIF financial records are public information.
    (j)



 
The allocation of CIF funds should be as simple and equitable as possible. An annual budget for each fiscal entity should be prepared with the affected parties sufficiently involved so that they are a part of the process. The process should have as its goal maximizing the benefits to our school children.
    (k)

 
The CIF should improve the degree to which participation in high school athletics are available to students of all economic and social stations.

3. POLICIES RELATED TO AUDITS
The following are policies related to audits:

   

(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A thorough yearly audit shall be required at the CIF State and Section levels. The audit shall consist of a complete examination and reassessment of present methodologies, procedures, and policies for the administration and control of CIF funds and all financial flows associated with or relevant to the CIF and its Sections and leagues. It shall be the responsibility of the Section to ensure compliance of leagues within the Section to all State and Section financial policies. Sections will assume responsibility for the creation and implementation of financial policies, practices, and procedures for each league within that Section. As long as the Section has financial policies in place which provide for league financial policies, practices, and procedures, and as long as the Section is satisfied that the league financial policies, practices and procedures are consistent with State and Section policy, the Section may waive the requirement for a complete, thorough league audit. However, a Section may require an audit of league financial records at any time.
   

(b)

 

 

 

 

The CIF State, and all Sections, shall seek proposals from auditing firms on a cycle of three to five years. Procedure for auditing and the names of auditing firms used by the Sections shall be forwarded to the CIF State on a yearly basis. Yearly audits shall be forwarded to the Executive Director upon completion. Sections with audits requiring corrective action shall include an addendum of the proposed corrective actions in the yearly audit report to the State office. (February 1996, Federated Council).
NOTE: The Financial Policies Handbook will be distributed, annually, to the Federated Council and to the Executive Committee.

4. CBEDS ENROLLMENT AND SCHOOL DUES
 

The CIF State office shall employ the latest possible CBEDS report used by the State Department of Education as the basis for assessment of dues and legal and liability costs. (Executive Committee, June, 1999).


5. LEGAL EXPENSES, LIABILITY INSURANCE COSTS AND SCHOOL ASSESSMENT
 

Each year the CIF State office will assess schools, based upon enrollment, an amount equal to the legal expenses and insurance costs for the fiscal year immediately preceding the year of assessment. Legal expenses and insurance costs shall be for all direct and indirect costs of same including, but not limited to, attorney and clerical salaries and fees, office expenses, travel, court fees, insurance policy premiums, training expenses for State and Section staff and officers related to legal or insurance matters (Executive Committee, June, 1999).

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY COMPLAINT AND APPEAL PROCEDURE

The following is a model for schools, leagues and Sections which describes a process for responding to a grievance filed by a student, employee, parent/guardian, or general public, alleging gender discrimination under the Title IX regulation. Districts are required to have a Title IX coordinator who should be utilized to resolve complaints at the local level.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS
Complaints related to sports equity should be resolved at the level closest to the school site. First, at the local school district, the person who has a concern should speak with district administrators or the local Tile IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator’s role is to investigate local complaints of gender discrimination or refer it to the appropriate level (if the complaint is a league or Section problem, the appeal should be directed to that league or Section for initial resolution.) Districts are required to distribute or post the name, business address and telephone number of the Title IX coordinator. Investigations of athletic programs are frequently difficult, lengthy, and sometimes expensive primarily because of the considerable amounts of information that must be collected, analyzed and evaluated to determine compliance. The decision regarding compliance involves determining which benefits and services are provided to males and which are provided to females, whether there are any differences between benefits and services for males and females, whether these differences have a negative impact on athletes of one gender, and thus, may result in noncompliance.

Section 1. DEFINITION AND INTERPRETATION

  A.

Students, parents, district employees, and the general public may use this complaint procedure.

  B.

 
Any claim by a student, parent, general public, or employee that there has been a violation or misinterpretation of Title IX shall be a gender equity complaint.
  C.

 
The term “complainant” means any student, parent, from the general public, or employee filing a complaint.
  D. The term “days” means any calendar day, except Saturday, Sunday or legal holidays.
  E.

 
The filing or service of any notice shall be timely if it bears a postmark of the U.S. mail, or a date stamp from the responsible agency, within the time period.
  F.

 
The time limits provided in this complaint procedure shall be strictly observed, but may be extended by written mutual agreement between the complainant and the body investigating the complaint.
  G.



 
In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by procedures herein, the date of the act, event, or default for which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period as computed shall be counted, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which event, the period runs until the end of the next day, which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
  H.

 
The report of findings and proposed resolution at all levels, shall not conflict with state law and local policy governing employee discipline.
  I.


 
The services of a fact finder are available to any level to which the appeal is directed, i.e., school, district, league, and Section. The CIF also encourages the use of a mediator and/or arbitrator to bring about resolution of problems.
  J. Jurisdiction means that:
    (1)

 
the complainant has filed a complaint within 360 days from the date of the alleged violation or from the date when the complainant knew or should have known of the violation.
    (2) the level (district, league, Section, State) has the authority to resolve the complaint.


Section 2. COMPLAINT PROCEDURE FOR LOCAL LEVELS
The sports-related gender equity complaint should be processed using the local School District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures as adopted by the local governing board or similar process as adopted by a private school governing board. The School District Uniform complaint procedures should include all sports-related issues. If the complaint is a league or Section issue, the appeal should be directed to that league or Section for initial resolution. After completing all steps outlined in the district process if the complainant is not satisfied with the disposition of the complaint, the complainant may appeal as applicable to the California Department of Education, or use the procedures in Section 3 or 4 if the complaint has an effect or falls within the jurisdiction of the CIF. NOTE: For private schools, the procedure may be an appeal to the Office For Civil Rights.

Examples of a possible local complaint may include, but are not limited to, discrepancies in the baseball vs. softball diamonds at a local school site or discrepancies between boys’ and girls’ locker rooms etc.

It is noted that the Office For Civil Rights requires filing a complaint within six months of the knowledge of such a violation. Concurrent complaint filings with the Office For Civil Rights are at the discretion of the complainant.

 

Section 3. COMPLAINTS TO CIF LEAGUES
The following is a model for CIF Leagues which provides a process for responding to a complaint not applicable or able to be resolved at the local school, district, or board of education levels, i.e. the matter falls within the jurisdiction of a league.

  A.


 
The complaint shall be filed with the CIF State office on a CIF form available from that office. A copy of the complaint shall be delivered to the Commissioner of that CIF Section in which the league is located. Copies shall also be forwarded to all other agencies or persons named in the complaint.
  B.


 
The CIF Section shall review the complaint for initial jurisdiction within 10 days and shall inform the complainant in writing as to whether or not the league/Section has jurisdiction. A copy of the Section decision on jurisdictional review shall be forwarded to the CIF State office.
  C.







 

If the league has jurisdiction, the league shall present a written report of findings and proposed resolutions, if applicable, on the complaint within a 60-day period from receipt of the complaint. Copies of the findings shall also be forwarded to the CIF Section and to all other agencies or persons named in the complaint. The CIF Section shall forward the league findings to the CIF State.

Examples of a possible league complaint may include, but are not limited to discrepancies between genders in the number or quality of league awards or discrepancies in equal opportunity in the number or levels of sports.

Section 4. APPEALS TO THE CIF SECTION
A complaint from the league level may be appealed to the CIF Section.

  A.

 
The CIF Section shall review the complaint for initial jurisdiction and shall inform the complainant as to whether or not the Section/State has initial jurisdiction.
  B.




 
If the complainant is not satisfied with a league decision, the complaint may be appealed to the Section within 30 days of the league’s written decision being sent to the complainant.
If a complaint is appealed to the CIF Section, the Section shall notify the CIF State. The Section may request that the CIF State provide a fact finder/investigator who shall be responsible for making findings of facts and proposed resolution to the Section.
  C.



 
The Section shall present a written report of findings on the grievance within 60 days from receipt of said complaint. The fact finder may also assist the parties in reaching a resolution through mediation.
Examples of a possible Section complaint may include but not limited to a discrepancy between genders involving Section season of sport, awards, tournament facilities and/or locations, etc.

Section 5. CIF STATE APPEAL PROCESS

  A.



 

If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the Section, the complainant may appeal to the CIF State within 30 days of the Section’s decision being sent to the complainant. If the CIF State receives the appeal, the CIF shall refer the matter to a neutral mediator and/or proceed directly to a final, neutral hearing panel, which will render a decision within 60 days.

  B.








 
A complaint about a decision, not related to an appeal regarding a decision of a Section under this complaint and appeal procedure, but related to a decision or practice of the Executive Director, the State staff, or directly related to any regional or State championship event, must be filed with the State Executive Director and/or the President of the Federated Council within 30 days following the decision or event. The Executive Director shall reply within 30 days of reception of the complaint. If the complainant is not satisfied with the reply, the complainant may appeal to the CIF Federated Council President within 30 days of the receipt of the reply. The CIF Federated Council President shall refer the matter to a neutral mediator, to a final neutral hearing panel or employ the procedure within Article 3, Section 34, J. A final decision will be rendered in 60 days. (Approved February 2001 Federated Council).

Section 6. RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE

  A.

 
No reprisal of any kind will be taken by the Board, an administrator, or any employee of any District or CIF against any person bringing a complaint under this procedure.
  B.





 
Exhaustion of these procedures is NOT a prerequisite to filing of complaints with the office of Civil Rights. The grievant may at any time during or concurrently with this procedure, file a complaint with the Office For Civil Rights or with the California Department of Education.
It is noted that the Office For Civil Rights requires filing a complaint within six months of the knowledge of such a violation. Concurrent complaint filings with Office For Civil Rights are at the discretion of the complainant.

ALL LEVELS (SCHOOLS, LEAGUES, AND SECTIONS) MUST DEVELOP PROCEDURES WHICH ENSURE THAT ALL INVOLVED PARTIES, INCLUDING THE COMPLAINANT, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE, TESTIMONY, AND INFORMATION, AS NEEDED. PROCEDURES SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR WRITTEN NOTICE OF HEARINGS AND OF THE FORMAT IN WHICH ANY HEARING WILL BE HELD.

POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR NEW EVENTS

Recommended criteria and procedures for development and approval of invitational and championship activities which provide equitable opportunities for student athletes and promote the values and goals of CIF within a financially responsible framework are as follows:

  1.

Financial Criteria for New Events Sponsored by CIF

    A.

 
Future championships will include reimbursement for participants for travel, lodging and meals according to CIF adopted criteria.
    B.

 
Participants in invitational events (pre and mid-season) will be expected to be responsible for travel, lodging and meals.
    C.


 
Participants in post-season invitational events will be expected to be responsible for travel, lodging and meals. If invitational events are sufficiently profitable, then payment of such expenses will be considered for participants.
    D. New events cannot place Section championships at risk financially.
    E. Consideration must be given in proposals to mitigating expenses of new events.
    F. Detailed, specific, feasible cost estimates will accompany all proposals.
    G.


 
In reviewing and approving proposals for invitational events, consideration should be given to designating, at least, a portion of any profits to go for reimbursement of school costs for participation in existing and new championships.
    H.

 
The event cannot be a burden on any Section budget or on the CIF State budget and the staging of the event must be economically responsible.
    I. The proposal must show how the event may be sustained, economically, over many years.
  2.




 
Philosophical Criteria for New Events
Any additional event should contribute to the goals of the organization (for instance, a new event might enhance gender equity, economic stability and enhance the awareness of values taught through sport or enhance the recognition of achievement of students). Sponsors of an event will be required to adhere to a “code of ethics” developed by the CIF to promote the values of the organization.
  3.




 
Qualifying Participation Criterion for a State Championship
At least 60 percent of all CIF schools participate in the sport in the same season or at least 6 or more Sections have championships in the sport to include at least 2 in the north and 2 in the south. The committee may recommend that proposals for State championships be inaugurated as regional events even if criteria is met.
  4. Feasibility
    A. A new event can be managed by present CIF staff or efficient, competent management staff may be found by CIF.
    B. The event may be financially supported by the revenue from the event and financial support can be sustained over a period of years.
    C. A State championship or regional championship shall be scheduled only after the conclusion of the championships in those Sections taking part in the championship.
  5. Other Recommendations/Questions
The following are recommendations/questions to consider:
    A. What is the benefit to participating schools and students?
    B. Is there a conflict with other activities or athletic events?
    C.

 
Does this extend the season of sport? Has there been consideration of shortening the season or starting a season earlier?
    D.

 
Does the event cause additional loss of instructional time? If so, has any thought been given to mitigating this loss (Saturday contests, evenings, vacation time)?
    E.

 
If the proposal is for a sport which is played now in more than one season in the state, what dates are selected and why?
    F.



 
How, specifically, will this event be a demonstration of the values of participation in high school athletics? Are there awards based upon values? In choosing teams or individuals for an event, is there any criterion such as demonstration of respect, sportsmanship, citizenship, achievement through effort and cooperation, full compliance to CIF code of ethics, rules, regulations, guidelines, etc.
    G. Will the proposed event lend itself to a partnership between the CIF State and a CIF Section?
    H.



 
If there is a partnership proposed between a Section and the CIF State, the nature of the partnership must be detailed. That is, what are the duties and responsibilities of the Section and State entities? If there is to be risk/profit sharing, what are the proposed financial details? If resources, other than financial, are to be used as part of a partnership, what are the anticipated resources?
    I.

 
Any proposal that involves a Section/State partnership should consider whether or not an event should be rotated, upon request, among Sections.
    J.


 
Proposals should involve consideration of adding to basic competition ancillary activities to make the event more attractive and reflective of the goals/mission of CIF; e.g. training for coaches, sportsmanship activities for students/schools.
  6. Process
    A.



 
Proposals for new athletic events or championships which would be CIF State directed and implemented or directed and implemented in partnership between the CIF State and a CIF Section must be submitted no later than 15 months before the desired event implementation date in order to allow for full discussion necessary for approval and implementation.
    B.



 
The 15-month application requirement can be waived only by specific action by the Federated Council regarding a State or regional championship or by the Executive Committee or the Federated Council for a new pre, mid or post-season invitational event. The waiver is granted only when the decision-making body mentioned above is satisfied that all necessary consideration has taken place.
    C. Process for proposals for championships:
      (1) Requests for proposals mailed to Sections/schools in September.
      (2) Proposals must be submitted for committee review by May 1.
      (3) Sub-committee of Events Committee will review proposals by June 1.
      (4) Commissioners will review proposals in mid-June.
      (5) Events Committee develops recommendation for Federated Council – September.
      (6) Federated Council – First Reading – November
      (7) Federated Council – Action – February
   

(Approved November 1999 Federated Council).



ARTICLE/BYLAW CHANGES FOR 2002-2003

The following Articles were either adopted or revised (see notation following each entry) by the CIF Federated Council/Executive Committee:

Article 1, 12 CIF Operating Principles/Pursuing Victory With Honor
(Adopted February 2002, Federated Council)
Article 20 Sections (Revised October 2001 Federated Council)
Article 21(C)4(d) Formation of New Sections/Governance Structure
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)
Article 21D Guidelines/Criteria for a New Section Formation
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)
Article 70F Executive Committee/Elections
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)
Article 70G Executive Committee/Change in Status or in Workplace, Vacancy
(Revised February 2002 Federated Council).
   
The following Bylaws were either adopted or revised (see notation following each entry) by the CIF Federated Council/Executive Committee:
103 Weighted Voting
(Revised October 2001 Federated Council).
200D (1) and (2) General Provisions/Student Eligibility – Penalty for Provision of False or Fraudulent Information
(Revised October 2001 Federated Council).
212A Approved Foreign Exchange Programs
(New List of Programs redone yearly)
212D Transfer Students
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)
214 Transfer Eligibility
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)
302 Multi-School Team
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)
304 Home Study, Home Schooling
(Adopted May 2002 Federated Council)
510 Undue Influence
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)
1606 Basketball/CBEDS Parameters
(Revised June 2002 Executive Committee)
1700 Cross Country/CBEDS Parameters
(Revised June 2002 Executive Committee)
1701 Cross Country/Automatic Team Entries
(Revised May 2002 Federated Council)
2202 Official National Federation Authentication Mark
(Revised June 2002 Executive Committee)
2902 Volleyball/CBEDS Parameters
(Revised June 2002 Executive Committee).

3101

Wrestling/40 Match Rule
(Adopted October 2001 Federated Council)