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CIF Athletic Eligibility

Basic CIF Eligibility Rules

How to Protect Your Athletic Eligibility:

Your high school career will be highlighted by your participation in interscholastic athletics, which will prove to be some of the most enjoyable years of your life. The CIF Central Section has standards that you must meet in order to be eligible to compete at the high school level.   You are urged to study these carefully.

Residential Eligibility: A student has residential eligibility upon initial enrollment in:

  1. The ninth grade of any CIF high school or;
  2. Tenth grade of any CIF high school from ninth grade of a junior   high school or;
  3. Any CIF school as a member of an approved foreign exchange program as outlined in By-law 212.

Note: Any student recruited or encouraged to attend a school by anyone connected directly or indirectly with that school will lose athletic eligibility at that school. In addition, the school may be sanctioned by CIF.

Age Limitations: No student, whose nineteenth birthday is attained prior to June 15, shall participate or practice on any team. A student whose 19thbirthday is on June 14, or before is ineligible.

Changing Schools—-Transfers: 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 from one school attendance to the attendance area of the new school by the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or care giver with whom the student was living when the student established residential eligibility 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 school is not the result of disciplinary actions.
  3. Students living with caregivers are not automatically athletically eligible.
  4. CIF transfer forms must be filed on all transfer students, no matter what the circumstances may be. See your Athletic Director for the proper forms. Avoiding this process may affect your athletic eligibility as well as the school’s standing within the CIF.

Changing Schools—-Open Enrollment: Any student transferring under the provisions of an open enrollment board policy, public or private, may have immediate residential eligibility upon transfer from school A to school B, subject to the following limitations:

  1. Only one transfer is allowed during the student’s high school career after the initial enrollment as a ninth grader in a four year high school or a tenth grader in a three year high school.
  2. The transfer must be completed during the first 15 school days of the new academic year at school B.
  3. The transfer must not be a result of disciplinary action.
  4. CIF transfer forms must be filed on all transfer students, no matter what the circumstances may be. See your Athletic Director for the proper forms. Avoiding this process may affect your athletic eligibility as well as the school’s standing within the CIF.
  5.  Application for transfer must be made on or before May 15th.

Changing Schools—-Hardships:  If you change schools and your parent(s), legal guardian(s), or caregiver do not move to the attendance area of your new school, you could have restricted eligibility for one year unless you qualify for a hardship. A hardship is defined as an unforeseeable, unavoidable or uncorrectable act, condition, or event, which causes the imposition of a severe and non-athletic burden upon the student or his/her family. The three considerations for hardship are financial considerations, medical considerations, and family circumstances. CIF transfer forms must be filed on all transfer students, no matter what the circumstances may be. See your Athletic Director for the proper forms. Avoiding this process may affect your athletic eligibility as well as the school’s standing within the CIF. Note: It would be wise to check with the athletic director before you change schools to determine whether it may affect your eligibility.

Scholastic Eligibility: A student is scholastically eligible if:

  1. The student is currently enrolled in at least 20 semester units of work.
  2. The student passed at least 20 semester units of work at the completion of the previous regular grading period.
  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 a 2.0 grade point average or a 4.0 scale, in all enrolled courses.
  5. All incoming ninth grade students are eligible for participation through the first grading period. Those students who were ineligible (or on probation) with grades in the eighth grade will enter the ninth grade on probationary status. This includes all students who were required to attend 8th grade summer school as a condition of promotion.

Semesters of Attendance: 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.

Competing Under a Name Other Than Your Own or Falsifying Your Address:Any student whose address or name has been falsified in order to achieve residential eligibility will be ineligible in all interscholastic athletic competition for a period of one year from the date the infraction is verified.

Undue Influence—-Recruitment of Athletes: 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, guardians or care giver 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.

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.

Student Participation—–Conduct Penalty: Student participation in athletic contests is a privilege. As a student athlete, you are expected to conduct yourself in an exemplary manner at all times. During participation in all CIF competition, a student who is ejected or disqualified from participating in the remainder of said contest will be ineligible for the team’s next contest. In addition, any student who physically assaults a game or event official shall be banned from interscholastic athletics for the remainder of the student’s interscholastic eligibility.