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CIF APPROVED SPORT--NOW WHAT?

A. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CIF APPROVED SPORT:

  1. 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
    1. Only coaches meeting CIF requirements can coach a high school lacrosse team. CIF Bylaws 505, 507, 508, 509
    2. Student must all be enrolled in the school for which they are competing. CIF Bylaw 200
  1. 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:

  1. It doesn't mean that there will be league play for that sport.
  2. It doesn't mean that there will be a section championship in that sport.
  3. It doesn't mean there will be a state championship in that sport.
  4. 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"

  1. 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.
  2. In the CCS if you are participating in a sport that is not a league sport in your league, see supplemental league definition above.
  3. 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.

 

LACROSSE MEETING 11/08/01 PAGE 2

  1. ANY CCS MEMBER SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM MUST

F. ANY CCS MEMBER SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM MAY

CCS LACROSSE MEETING 11/08/01 PAGE 3

OTHER QUESTIONS/ISSUES:

  1. CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE A GIRLS AND/OR BOYS LACROSSE TEAM?
  1. CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE JUST A BOYS LACROSSE TEAM?
  1. CAN WE (CIF/CCS MEMBER SCHOOL) HAVE A LACROSSE CLUB TEAM?
  1. 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?

  1. MY DAUGHTER PLAYED ON A CLUB TEAM LAST YEAR. HER HIGH SCHOOL IS

NOT HAVING A GIRLS TEAM; CAN SHE……

  1. MY SON PLAYED ON A CLUB TEAM LAST YEAR . HIS HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT

HAVING A BOYS TEAM; CAN HE…..

  1. 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?

 

LACROSSE MEETING 11/8/01 PAGE 4

 

  1. DOES A COACH HAVE TO BE PAID?
  1. HOW WILL WE GET A SCHEDULE IF WE ARE NOT A LEAGUE SPORT?
  1. THE SCHOOL SAYS WE CANNOT HAVE A LACROSSE TEAM BECAUSE…..

 

CCS LACROSSE MEETING 11/8/01 PAGE 5

 

OK, WE HAVE ENOUGH TEAMS NOW,,,,,,,HOW DO WE BECOME A LEAGUE SPORT?

  1. 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
  2. new sport.

  3. If the league approves lacrosse as a league sport, that means that there will be a
  4. league schedule and league championships, all league teams etc. (same benefits and support as all other league sports)

  5. 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?

  1. 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

league.

OK WE HAVE SEVERAL (at least four) LEAGUES THAT HAVE LACROSSE AS A LEAGUE SPORT. HOW CAN WE GET A CCS CHAMPIONSHIP?

  1. A league or leagues propose that CCS host a championship in lacrosse to the
  2. CCS Board of Managers, who will consider those requests in light of the same

    issues the schools and leagues considered earlier….

  3. 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.