The annual CIF Southern Section Council meeting takes place virtually on Thursday. The meeting started at 9 a.m.
Representatives from every league in the Southern Section will vote on state and Southern Section action items. State action items that pass will be voted for implementation in a meeting at the state level next week. Southern Section action items will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year.
Scorebook Live’s Connor Morrissette will keep you updated on what action items passed and what that means for high school sports in the Southern Section.
Follow our live updates:
12:16 PM – The Southern Section Council voted for a proposal 77-7-6 that will no longer put boys’ and girls’ swim teams from a school in the same division simply because they’re from the same school. With this new bylaw, boys’ and girls’ swim teams will be placed in a division “that is appropriate for the individual team, which may differ for each school’s opposite gender.”
11:55 AM – The Southern Section Council voted for a proposal that allows for Southern Section cheer teams that qualified for nationals to compete in the event on a Sunday. The leagues voted for the measure 46 YES – 39 NO – 5 ABSTAIN. The vote will now move to the state level. If it’s passed there, it will be implemented. No CIF sanctioned high school contests are permitted on Sunday’s, but that will change if this rule is passed at the state level. This would be a one time exemption to compete on a Sunday if passed.
11:35 AM – The Southern Section Council voted to pass the new playoff division format for football. The leagues voted to pass the measure 80-4-6. Southern Section football teams will now be placed in playoff divisions at the conclusion of the regular season. The division placements will be based on how a team performs during that regular season only. Under the old rule, playoff divisions were determined before the season based on how a team had performed in the past two seasons.
10:13 AM – The Southern Section Council voted to revise a disciplinary transfer bylaw. The revision would “amend the language to clarify that a transfer student may not gain athletic eligibility if there is disciplinary action in place or pending at the former school.”
It will be voted at the state level next week.
9:53 AM – The first major vote concerned a new state wide ejection policy. The leagues voted to pass the measure 79 YES – 9 NO – 0. Since this was a State Action item, it will be voted for implementation at the state level below.
A story in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune details what this new ejection policy would look like if it’s passed at the state level next week:
The legislation stipulates that players ejected from a game will not be allowed to play in the next game, but can be on the team’s bench.If a player gets into a fight, the player will be suspended from three to six games by the CIF Southern Section. If a fan gets ejected from a game, the fan will not be able to attend the next game. If that fan gets another ejection, the fan will not be able to attend any more games for the rest of the season.https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/05/07/cif-southern-section-story-headline-goes-here/