A. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CIF APPROVED SPORT:
- It means that any time a CIF/CCS member school fields a team in a CIF approved sport, (lacrosse) the team must be in compliance with all CIF and CCS Bylaws. CIF Bylaw 1200, 501.A; 500
- Only coaches meeting CIF requirements can coach a high school lacrosse team. CIF Bylaws 505, 507, 508, 509
- Student must all be enrolled in the school for which they are competing. CIF Bylaw 200
- It means that CIF/CCS member school teams can ONLY compete against other CIF member school teams in that sport (lacrosse). CIF Bylaw 502 & 600
B. WHAT IT DOESN'T MEAN TO BE A CIF APPROVED SPORT:
- It doesn't mean that there will be league play for that sport.
- It doesn't mean that there will be a section championship in that sport.
- It doesn't mean there will be a state championship in that sport.
- It doesn't mean that the CCS or CIF will promote the growth and development of teams or try to influence in any way, local school boards and schools about what sports they should or should not offer.
C. LEAGUES: Definitions
Basic League: Where your basic league membership exists in all or most sports.
Schools join or are aligned into basic leagues the CCS.
(e.g. BVAL, PAL, SCCAL, MTAL, MBL, GPSL, PSAL, CPSAL, WCAL SCVAL)
Supplemental League: When your basic league does not offer a sport, you may join
another basic league as a supplemental member in that particular sport. Schools
initiate this with the league they wish to participate for a particular sport.
D. IF OUR SCHOOL IS NOT IN ANY LEAGUE—WHAT IS OUR "STATUS"
- In the CCS if you are a member school and are not in any league for any sport, you are an Associate Member. That means that you can compete against any CIF member school without any special approval; you are bound by all the CIF and CCS rules and regulations; but you are not provided a league schedule nor do you have access to CCS playoffs; since qualification to that playoff structure is through our league structure.
- In the CCS if you are participating in a sport that is not a league sport in your league, see supplemental league definition above.
- If you are participating in a sport that is not a league sport in any league (lacrosse) you are considered an independent CCS team in that sport.
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- ANY CCS MEMBER SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM MUST
- Be conducted under all the same rules and regulations as any other CIF approved sport team. Students on the lacrosse team must meet all the same eligibility requirements as members of any other school team.
- Be conducted under the National Federation High School lacrosse rules for
boys and because the National Federation does not publish rules for girls
lacrosse, they will play under the rules of U.S. Lacrosse.
- Insure compliance with all state requirements for ceritification of coaches (first aid, CPR, Title V). (CIF Bylaw 506, 508, 307)
- If compensated, the coach cannot receive compensation directly from any group outside of school funds. It boosters, parents or community groups raise the money for the coaches salary and other expenses of the program, that money MUST be under the complete control of the school financial structure. (CIF Bylaw 507)
- Meet all insurance obligations you have for any of your other interscholastic teams
- Follow all other CIF and CCS and School/District rules and regulations such as: no practice or competition on Sunday (CIF Bylaw 308)
- Provide for physical examinations prior to participation (CIF Bylaw 306)
F. ANY CCS MEMBER SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM MAY
- Be formed by any CCS member school as long as the team is conducted according to all CIF/CCS and School/District rules and regulations; have permission from their school board and have informed their league of their intention to field a team.
- May play any other CIF member school in lacrosse without any special permission
- May be funded by monies originating from outside the school (e. g. community groups, booster, parents, etc.) as long as the money raised is turned over to the school and disbursed with the school and school board's authority.
- Compete without a league structure or without CCS sponsoring a championship in lacrosse.
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- CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE A GIRLS AND/OR BOYS LACROSSE TEAM?
- Whether or not a school fields a team in any given sport, is up to the local school or school district.
- CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE JUST A BOYS LACROSSE TEAM?
- That is up to the local school or school district, who would need to consider financial as well as Title IX issues.
- CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE A LACROSSE CLUB TEAM?
- No. The definition of a club team, is a team that does not follow CIF/CCS or league rules and regulations….once a sport is a CIF-approved sport you must follow all rules and regulations (See #1 above). CIF Bylaw 1200.
- WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH KIDS AT OUR SCHOOL TO MAKE A TEAM, CAN WE
JOIN WITH ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE A COMBINED SCHOOL TEAM?
- No. CIF Rules and regulations require that students can only compete for the school in which they are enrolled—combined teams are not allowed except under CIF Bylaw 303 (multi-campus—alternative schools, etc.)
- MY DAUGHTER PLAYED ON A CLUB TEAM LAST YEAR. HER HIGH SCHOOL IS
NOT HAVING A GIRLS TEAM; CAN SHE……
- Play on the boys team at her school? YES (CIF Bylaw 200.B)
- Play on some other school’s team? NO see #4 above)
- Continue to play on her club team? YES --not governed by CIF rules.
- MY SON PLAYED ON A CLUB TEAM LAST YEAR . HIS HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT
HAVING A BOYS TEAM; CAN HE…..
- Play on the girls team? NO (CIF Bylaw 200B.2)
- Play on some other school’s team? NO see #4 above)
- Continue to play on his club team? YES—not governed by CIF Rules
- OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IS NOT VERY GOOD, CAN MY SON/DAUGHTER
CONTINUE TO PLAY ON THEIR CLUB TEAM WHILE ALSO COMPETING ON
THEIR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM?
- NO if the club lacrosse team is playing in the same season as the high school team, CIF Bylaw 600
- YES if the club lacrosse team is playing in a season other than the high school season.
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- DOES A COACH HAVE TO BE PAID?
- There is no CIF or CCS requirement that says coaches must be paid. They must meet all the State of California and CIF requirements to coach including current first aid and CPR, and must meet all the requirements of the school or district hiring them.…(e.g. fingerprinting, coaching ed requirements, etc.). Districts and schools may have union agreements that require stipends for any coaching position in the District or school.
- HOW WILL WE GET A SCHEDULE IF WE ARE NOT A LEAGUE SPORT?
- There is no master schedule prepared for you. Schools are expected to contact other schools and schedule opponents as best they can with other CIF member schools. CCS does provide a games wanted/needed listing on the web page….www.cifccs.org
- THE SCHOOL SAYS WE CANNOT HAVE A LACROSSE TEAM BECAUSE…..
- As indicated earlier, what sports will and will not be offered, supported, sponsored by an individual school or school district is completely up to that school’s governing board. You may hear concerns about Title IX (more boys sports and girls) Financial constraints, field issues, travel concerns, impact on existing programs, liability/injury issues, etc. as reasons why a new sport is not being offered.
- You can only expect that your requests will be listened to and considered. You can expect that the school will conduct an interest survey to see if sufficient interest exists to warrant further consideration.
- You can expect that they will weigh the responses to an interest survey in light of existing programs and school resources available to support an additional program.
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OK, WE HAVE ENOUGH TEAMS NOW,,,,,,,HOW DO WE BECOME A LEAGUE SPORT?
- The first step is for a school(s) that are members of a CCS Basic League to propose to the league Board of Managers that Lacrosse become a league sport. In considering such a decision they will debate—Title IX issues, league resources, # of schools sponsoring a team in that league, cost of awards, liability, field availability, impact on current league programs etc.—sound familiar?—much the same factors as an individual school considers when thinking about adding a
- If the league approves lacrosse as a league sport, that means that there will be a
league schedule and league championships, all league teams etc. (same benefits and support as all other league sports)
- Leagues vary in what they consider enough teams to sponsor a league sport.
Typically a minimum of 5 teams, with 6-8 more traditionally used.
WE ARE THE ONLY TEAM IN OUR LEAGUE THAT HAS A LACROSSE TEAM. WHAT CAN WE DO?
- You can encourage other schools who have more member schools in their
league with a lacrosse team to go through the steps above, then request
supplemental membership in their league in the sport of lacrosse. This is
especially effective and beneficial, if the basic league teams are only 4 or 5
teams and the supplemental members will "boost" the # to be a more viable
OK WE HAVE SEVERAL (at least four) LEAGUES THAT HAVE LACROSSE AS A LEAGUE SPORT. HOW CAN WE GET A CCS CHAMPIONSHIP?
- A league or leagues propose that CCS host a championship in lacrosse to the
CCS Board of Managers, who will consider those requests in light of the same
issues the schools and leagues considered earlier….
- If a majority of the league representatives on the CCS Board of Managers agree,
A CCS Lacrosse committee with representatives from each league will be formed to develop and format a CCS Lacrosse Championship.
OK, NOW HOW DO WE GET A STATE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP?
Good luck! This is highly unlikely in the forseeable future. CIF only sponsors State championships in five sports (Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Cross Country and Wrestling). There are many other sports who are larger and been around longer that also would like a state championship in their sport….The discussion of expanding the state CIF Championships is always there, but never gets very far. Remember California is a huge state with over 1200 high schools. Extension of the season, complications of entries from 10 sections, finances, school travel, class time missed etc. are all hurdles in considering any expansion of those Championships.
Also remember that CCS with it’s 120 high school is bigger than 15 other states in the U.S. which have state championships. Winning the CCS is like winning a state championship in most sports.