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Prep sports: CIF rules now revised

Transfers have to sit out 30 days, down from a full year

Posted: May 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Rules are officially changed on transfers in the CIF-Southern Section and across the state, and those rules will take effect on July 1.

CIF bylaw 207 now states that a student who transfers without making a valid change of residence must sit out of varsity competition for 30 days.

Before, a student would have to miss the entire varsity season.

Fall transfers are eligible to play Oct. 1, winter transfers are eligible Dec. 31 and spring transfers are eligible April 1 — which would all coincide with the beginning of league play.

The CIF-Southern Section Council, made up of all the leagues in the section, voted 41-40 on April 25 to support the measure.

The William S. Hart Union High School District had a previous rule in its “Raising the Standards” coaches handbook and resource guide that stated transfers would have to sit out of varsity competition for a year.

They met to revise the language in the handbook last November so that it would defer to the CIF’s rules, according to Foothill League secretary and West Ranch High Athletic Director Dody Garcia.

That revision has not been voted on, but appears to be in the works.

As for reaction to the new CIF rule, Garcia and Valencia High Athletic Director Brian Stiman were critical of it on April 25.

Garcia said her stance hasn’t changed in the two weeks since.

“I still think it’s a bad rule,” she said. “I still think it makes it easier for people to transfer. The rules are put in place for reasons — to protect the integrity of athletics. When loopholes are found or when people try and circumvent rules so much that governing agencies say they can’t afford the lawsuits, I think the whole perspective is lost in high school athletics. The whole purpose of high school is to get an education. People are now choosing schools based off athletic teams, which to me is wrong.”

The CIF-Southern Section did say one of the reasons for the revisions was that it is spending too much money fighting lawsuits, which usually spring up after a transfer is denied.

Another revision to CIF rules was a better definition of hardship transfers.

Hardship waiver categories are limited to court-ordered transfers, children of divorced parents, individual student safety incidents, discontinued program where a school no longer offers a particular sport, foster children, military service, married status or Board of Education ruling.

Additionally, Rule 510b — undue influence — “is now defined that if a student and/or parents/caregivers/guardians have had a verbal, written or physical altercation with the coach of the student’s former school, prior to transferring, that would be considered transferring in whole, or in part, for athletic reasons and could result in the loss of eligibility in that particular sport(s) at the new school.”

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