Posted by ITK on April 19, 2018 at 14:18:10:
In Reply to: CIF hands down ruling on competition posted by Popscout on April 18, 2018 at 18:36:53:
: Same old song as CIF hands down ruling on competition.
Not sure what "new" ruling you are talking about, but the CIF Bylaws have ALWAYS prevented and prohibited CIF-Member schools from competing against any teams that are not members of their own State's high school governing body, i.e, the out-of-state equivalent of the CIF, a state-chartered body that follows and is a member of the National Federation of High Schools.
In other words, CIF-member schools have ALWAYS only been able to compete against (1) other CIF-member schools, or (2) out-of-state schools, but only if they are also members of their own state's official high school sports governing body.
And even if a school is a member of it's own high school state sanctioning body, either the CIF section office or the State CIF office, still needs to approve and sanction the contest against an out-of-state school.
So if Popscout is referring to "powerhouse" schools that are in reality prep or other sorts of institutions that, for example, have post-HS grads competing (which is very common on the boys' side of things), CIF member schools have NEVER been able to compete against such schools, EVER.
So the way I see it, there's absolutely NOTHING "new" such a ruling, and Popscout's article really is misguided, and the ire he expresses towards the CIF, entirely misplaced. Why is that so? Because the "CIF" is composed of ALL of the CIF schools who are members. It is the high schools themselves who are responsible for the Bylaws, and if they want to change them, there is a process. The CIF, as an entity, simply reads the rules and applies them, nothing more and nothing less.
See, for example, CIF State Bylaw 502, and in the CIF-SS, see Bylaws 502A, 700, and 703-705).
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