CIF-SS Council votes against water polo regionals, discusses baseball changes


Generally, when the CIF-Southern Section Council meets, it votes upon proposals.

The council, the section’s rules-making body that is made up of representatives of the section’s 88 leagues and five at-large voting members, mostly got a preview of what’s to come when it had its first meeting of the school year Tuesday.

The council voted to not support a CIF State proposal that would create regional championships for water polo beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Also discussed was adding a pitch-count limitation in baseball for pitchers. What that pitch-count number will be is to be determined before the next CIF-SS Council session on Jan. 25. Some of the specifics could be revealed during the meeting for the CIF State Federated Council, the statewide version of the CIF-SS Council, in San Diego on Friday.

Baseball pitchers are limited to 30 outs a week currently. The pitch count, and specified rest periods between pitching appearances, will be added for the 2017 season.

CIF-SS assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez, in charge of the section’s management of baseball, said coaches would monitor their pitchers’ pitch counts. Council discussion of pitch counts included wariness that coaches would approach that honestly. Martinez reminded the council that many CIF rules and regulations depend upon member schools to police themselves.

“We have a lot rules that require schools to be honest with each other,” Martinez said.

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod suggested to the council that it should be prepared to vote on the pitch-count proposal at its next meeting in January. He also said it should be ready to act upon proposed changes to or the elimination of the athletically motivated language in the CIF-SS transfer rules.

Also, competitive cheer will become a CIF sport during the 2017-18 school year. Wigod said a CIF-SS competitive cheer coaches advisory committee is being formed to perform the same duties as coaches advisory committees do in other sports.

The council meets three times each school year.

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