Your High School Eligibility
A Summary Of The Rules
- AGE— A Student, whose 19th birthday is attained prior to June 15, shall not participate or practice on any team in the following school year. (Bylaw 203)
- PHYSICAL EXAMINATION—Schools require that a student receive an annual physical examination conducted by a medical practitioner certifying that the student is physically fit to participate in athletics. This statement must be on a school board-approved form and be for the current school year. (Bylaw 503.G)
- SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY— Students must have a 2.0 GPA, on a 4.0 scale in all enrolled classes. Students must have passed at least the equivalent of 20 semester periods of work at the completion of the most recent grading period and currently be enrolled in at least 20 semester periods of work. Students must maintain minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements as prescribed by the governing board. (Bylaw 205)
- RESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY – A student generally has residential eligibility upon initial enrollment in the 9th grade of any CIF member high school. Any student entering from the 8th grade must have achieved a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all the enrolled courses at the conclusion of the previous grading period. (Bylaw 206)
- SEMESTERS OF ENROLLMENT—A student may be eligible for athletic competition during a maximum amount of time that is not to exceed eight consecutive semesters following initial enrollment in the 9th grade of any school. (Bylaw 204)
- TRANSFER STUDENTS— A student in grades 9 through 12 who participates in an interscholastic athletic contest or is enrolled in and/or attends a school for 15 school days or more shall be considered to have been “enrolled” in that school and be classified as a transfer student if the student changes/enrolls in another school. There are several classifications of transfer students. (Bylaw 207) Valid change of residence - When a student and the entire family changes residence, the student may be granted unlimited eligibility allowing him/her to play all sports at any level at the new school. Other rules do apply; consult your administrator. Transfer without a valid change of residence - A student who is transferring for the 2nd time who transfers without a valid change of residence may or may not be granted “Limited Eligibility.” Students granted “Limited Eligibility” are limited for one year (from the date of transfer) to non-varsity competition in CIF sports they participated in during the previous 12 calendar months but may participate in varsity competition in all other CIF sports. (Bylaw 207) Sit Out Period 207.B.(5)b. – A CIF bylaw allows students to transfer one time without a valid change of residence and retain varsity eligibility when they meet certain standards. The student must sit out a prescribe time/days as established by the CIF. Other rules do apply; consult with your school administrator. For more information, please refer to the back of this brochure. (Bylaw 207) Students and parents anticipating a change of schools should first seek advice from their high school administration.
- UNDUE INFLUENCE/RECRUITING—The use of undue influence by any person directly or indirectly associated with a school to secure or encourage the attendance of a student for athletic purposes, shall cause the student to become ineligible for a minimum of one year and subject the school to severe sanctions. Also, students may be prohibited from participation when they participated on a non-school team (i.e., AAU, Club, Travel Ball, Camps) and then transfers to the school that is associated with that non-school team. (Bylaw 510)
- PARTICIPATION 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. The student's school team may also be forced to forfeit contests. Some CIF Sections may have restrictions that include a prohibition of practice with an “outside” team. Please consult with your school administrator prior to participating with a non-school team. (Bylaw 600)
- PROFESSIONAL TRYOUTS – A student shall become ineligible for CIF competition if he/she participates in a tryout for a professional team in any CIF-approved sport during the high school season of sport. The season of sport for a school is that period of time that elapses between the first interscholastic contest and the final contest in that particular sport. CAUTION: Compliance with this bylaw does NOT ensure your eligibility with other athletic organizations, i.e., NCAA, NAIA or other governing bodies.