In addition to the adjusted 2020-2021 California high school sports calendar released on Monday, the CIF State office also announced the temporary suspension of bylaws 600-605. Those bylaws prevented student athletes from playing on a high school team and a club team at the same time.
For the 2020-2021 school year, playing for both high school and club teams simultaneously will be allowed.
“Due to the need to move sports to non-traditional times of the year, the CIF is temporarily suspending Bylaws 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, and 605 for all sports for the 2020-21 school year,” the CIF announced on Monday. “Accordingly, students will be allowed to participate on an outside team at the same time they participate on their high school team. As per CIF Article 23, local schools, school districts, leagues, and Sections may develop a more restrictive rule than the CIF State Office with respect to the aforementioned Bylaws.”
Representatives from both the LA City and Southern Sections confirmed that they will adhere to the suspension of these bylaws in 2020-2021.
“We will allow students and coaches the flexibility to make the choices they need to make,” Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said.
Student athletes can elect to play for their high school teams and club teams during the upcoming school year, or they can pick one. Bylaws 600-605 are expected to go back into affect for the 2021-2022 school year.