LA City Section Board of Managers approves new playoff format for high school football

The Los Angeles City Section Board of Managers approved multiple new bylaws on Monday during its annual end-of-the-year meeting via Zoom.

Here’s a rundown of the approved bylaws:

NEW PLAYOFF FOOTBALL FORMAT

The LA City Section will now use CalPreps rankings to determine their high school football playoff seedings and playoff divisions at the conclusion of the regular season. This is the same system the Southern Section uses.

LEAGUE PLAY AND HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUPS PRIORITIZED IN FOOTBALL

If at the conclusion of the regular season, CalPreps has rankings that do not reflect the correct league finish, then changes to playoff seeding from the seeding committee will be made. For example, if El Camino Real wins the West Valley League, but CalPreps has league opponent Birmingham ranked higher, then an adjustment will be made to place El Camino Real ahead of Birmingham in playoff seeding.

Another example: If San Pedro is ranked no. 4 at the end of the regular season and Eagle Rock is ranked no. 5, but Eagle Rock beat San Pedro in their regular season head-to-head matchup, then the seeding committee has the right to flip the CalPreps rankings and put Eagle Rock at 4 and San Pedro at 5. 

In past years, the CalPreps rankings were permanent and not subject to change except to avoid a first-round league matchup in Divisions I, II, and III.

REPERCUSSIONS FOR A NON-CERTIFIED COACH ON THE SIDELINES (ALL SPORTS)

In the past, some LA City Section schools have had non-certified coaches on their sideline during games which is a liability and against standard protocol. This will now be a punishable offense. This rule is in place for all sports.

If a non-certified coach is on the sideline, then the head coach of the program will be suspended for the next two contests. If there is a second violation with either the non-certified coach from the first violation, or a second non-certified coach, then the head coach will be removed for the remainder of the season. A certified coach is defined as having met all of the CIF requirements to be cleared by the school district or charter organization to be a coach.

FOOTBALL PREGAME ROSTER EXCHANGE

In the football pregame roster exchange, a player’s first and last name must be on the roster along with their position and grade. No nicknames or initials will be permitted. Also, all certified coaches must be listed on the roster. 

The rosters that are exchanged must be from the official roster document on the LA City Section website.

If there is a roster violation, then the head coach will be suspended one game. If there is a second offense, then the head coach will be suspended for a second game. If there is a third violation, then the head coach and the school’s principal will meet with the Board of Managers to determine what further action is required.

ATHLETE IDENTITY ON ROSTERS, LINEUP CARDS AND SCOREBOOKS

First and last names must be printed on all scorebooks, lineup cards and rosters. No nicknames or initials are allowed. This will be enforced across all sports but football, which has its own protocol (see above). 

The first violation will result in a one game suspension of the head coach. A second offense will result in a three game suspension of the head coach and the right to host a playoff game will be taken away. If there is a third violation, then the head coach and the school’s principal will meet with the Board of Managers to determine what further action is required.

LA CITY SECTION COMMISSIONER CAN REMOVE A TEAM FROM STATE PLAYOFFS

Any team that fails to represent the guiding principles of the CIF can be removed from the CIF So Cal State Regionals by the LA City Section commissioner.

OTHER NOTES OF INTEREST

Nike is no longer the LA City Section’s official ball sponsor for football and basketball. The City Section is looking into other sponsor opportunities.

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