CIF-SS supports change to transfer rule


The CIF-Southern Section Council on Thursday passed a proposal that aims to eliminate the wording "athletically motivated" from rules regarding athletic eligibility of transfers.

The "athletically motivated" wording was incorporated at the state level in recent years to different parts of the CIF Constitution and By-Laws, the "Blue Book," including in CIF Rule 207 regarding transfer eligibility, and in Rule 510 regarding undue influence, pre-enrollment contact and athletically motivated transfers.

The Blue Book's 510 states, "Transferring and enrolling in a school, in whole or in part, for athletic reasons may jeopardize a student's eligibility." As many transfers could be viewed as being at least in part athletically motivated, many students who have transferred were ruled athletically ineligible.

The proposal, created and presented by the Trinity League, passed by a 41-33 vote, which historically is a close vote at a session of the CIF-SS Council, the section's rule-making and rules-changing body that is made up of representatives of the section's 86 leagues.

Now the proposal to eliminate "athletically motivated" from transfer eligibility rules goes to the CIF State Federated Council, made up of representatives of the CIF State's 10 sections. It will be introduced at a State Federated Council meeting in May then will be voted upon in October. If passed there "athletically motivated" would no longer be part of transfer eligibility rules beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

Another proposal that passed Thursday would in 2013 eliminate the football regional playoff games that, this coming football season, will happen between the end of the section playoffs and the CIF State Championship Bowl Games. The regional game this fall means teams that play in the CIF state bowl games would play a 16-game schedule and the season would begin one week earlier than it did in 2011.

The proposal for the elimination of the regional round is forwarded to the CIF State Federated Council.

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