Football

1. GENERAL RULES

1.1 A student, who is under 15 years of age may be allowed to play on the varsity football team if he/she meets the following criteria:

A. Participant must be at least 14 years of age;

B. Aletter of file from a licensed medical doctor that the student is able to compete at the varsity level.

C. Signed consent form from the parents allowing participation at the varsity level.

D. A statement from the coach that the student athlete has the physical and mental maturity to compete at the varsity level.

E. A statement of compliance by the principal must be forwarded to the respective section office verifying that all required documentation has been completed and is on file in the appropriate school office.

1.2 Eighth and ninth grade students from an elementary and/or junior high school may not take part in the spring football practice at the high school. It is contrary to the spirit and philosophy of CIF rules for a high school coach to conduct a football practice session at a separate junior high school or elementary school.

1.3 There shall be six divisional champions in Varsity only. All other teams end their season with the last league game.

1.4 A high school football team or student of whatsoever classification or name, shall not play more than two games in any 8-day period.

1.5 The first permissible date for playing a contest and first play-off date, is determined by the CIF Central Section Commissioner.

1.6 Ties for league championship are determined by league policy.

1.7 If two schools can arrange a reserve game for freshmen players that have not played in any other game that week, they would be allowed to do so.

1.8 All Varsity games that end regulation play in a tie, will be played out using the N.C.A.A. 25 yard line tie breaker procedure.

The twenty-five yard line tiebreaker system will be used in all divisions and all games, (including finals) , of the CIF Central Section football playoffs, when games end in regulation time with the score tied. Although the ball will be placed on the 25-yard line for tiebreakers, we will adopt the National Federation 10-yard tiebreaker rules, with the exception that teams will be able to make first downs. Because of concerns regarding inconsistency WE WILL NOT BE USING NCAA RULES. Complete details for the 10-yard line tiebreaker are listed in the 2010 National Federation Official High School Football Rules. This will apply to all games including the championship games.

HOW THE TIE-BREAKER WORKS

If the score at the conclusion of regulation play is tied, there will be a timeout. The captains of the two squads will meet at midfield, with the officials, for a flip of the coin. The winner of the toss will have the option to defend a goal or to determine possession.Then, each team will have the opportunity to score from the 25-yard line and the team which outscores the other in the “overtime” session will be the winner, following the rules of football. If a second overtime period is needed, a 2 point conversion MUST be attempted by the team scoring a touchdown.

1.9 All electronic/amplified music must be pointed toward the stands and not played while the opponent has the football. Also, bands shall not play while the opponent has the football, in front of the band.

2.0 UNIFORMS—

The home team is to wear THE APPROPRIATE uniform as designated by the NFHS rule book for that sport. All uniforms must be properly numbered. In case of schools having the same uniforms, the home team shall change. A game allowed to be played with improper uniforms shall be reported to the Central Section office by the lead official.

Penalty for wearing illegal uniforms. The offending school will receive a warning from the Section office. And future occurrences will result in forfeits. ( Approved Board of Managers 2010)

2. SEASON OF SPORT

2.1 The season of sport of football is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool contest (practice game, league game, or carnival), and ends with the last regularly scheduled league game, except for those qualifying for the playoff contests.

2.2 The first day to start organized team practice for interscholastic competition will be specified by Central Section.

2.3 The opening game cannot be played until the team has had 14 days of practice, with 10 days of practice for each individual.

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 
A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.
B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).
Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).

2.4 The maximum number of football games per season shall be 10, exclusive of playoff games. Maximum number per week is one.

2.5 Pre-Season Conditioning /Practice Program

2.5.1 It is MANDATORY for a high school coach to conduct a physical conditioning /practice/ACCLIMATION program for prospective members of his high school football team on DAYS 1 THROUGH 5 , set by the Central Section Board of Managers, NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST DAY to start FULLPRACTICE. The session, or sessions, may be held in the morning, afternoon, or evening and may only be a MAXIMUM of 4 hours each day.

 

2.5.2 All such pre-season conditioning /practice/ACCLIMATION drills must be held at the school’s regular practice field. No workouts will be permitted at beaches, mountain resorts, or military installations. No meals and/or housing of athletes shall be provided free of charge by the school conducting/ PRACTICE , the pre-season conditioning /practice drills or by any of that school’s allied organizations, such as booster clubs, etc. 

NO TEAMS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS; BEACHES; ETC., DURING THE “CONDITIONING TWO WEEK PERIOD” PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON.

2.5.3 Such conditioning /practice/ACCLIMATION may include calisthenics, rule sessions, chalk talks, and game films. DURING DAYS 1 & 2 OF THE ACCLIMATIZATION PERIOD f ootballs,football shoes, HELMETS will be the only equipment permitted. DURING DAYS 3-5 ONLY HELMETS AND SHOULDER PADS MAY BE WORN. BEGINNING ON THE SIXTH (6th) DAY, ALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MAY BE WORN AND FULL CONTACT MAY BEGIN.

2.5.3A ON DAYS 3-5, CONTACT WITH BLOCKING SLEDS AND TACKLING DUMMIES (BAGS) MY BE INITIATED

2.3.3.B A 1- HOUR MAXIMUM WALK THROUGH IS PERMITTED DURING DAYS 1 THROUGH 5 OF THE ACCLIMATIZATION PERIOD. HOWEVER, A THREE HOUR RECOVERY PERIOD SHALL BE INSERTED BETWEEN THE PRACTICE AND THE WALK-THROUGH (OR VISA VERSA).

2.5.3 C ALL OTHER “RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRE-SEASON ACCLIMATIZATION AND CONTACT TIME LIMITATIONS”, AS PUT FORTH BY THE CIF SPORTS MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, SHOULD BE FOLLOWED

2.6 Spring football practice (optional), may be held for a maximum of ten (10) school days. Practicing to begin no earlier than the first school day following the last league contest in spring sports. Football shoes, shorts/sweats, and footballs only will be allowed. (Hand-held bags, sleds and dummies may be used)

2.7 NO SCHOOL WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE PROTECTIVE GEAR FROM THEIR LAST FOOTBALL GAME UNTIL THE OFFICIAL DAY TO START PRACTICE THE FOLLOWING FALL. THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS RULES:

  1. FIRST OFFENSE:

PRACTICE DAYS WILL BE REDUCED TWO FOR ONE FOR THE NUMBER OF DAYS IN VIOLATION

  1. SECOND OFFENSE:

TEAMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE PLAY-OFFS

SEASON OF SPORT

SPORT

FIRST DAY TO START PRACTICE
 

Required Practice Days

FIRST
SCRIM

DATE OF
FIRST
CONTEST

DATE OF
LAST
CONTEST

# OF
SCRIMS

# OF
CONTESTS

CIF-CS PLAYOFF DATES

Football

Acclimatization Aug.1

Pads  Aug. 6 

Team-14   Indiv.-10

Aug. 19

Aug. 26

Nov.4

1

10

Nov. 11,18,25 Dec.2-3...CIF State Regional games Dec. 9 & 10 Bowl games Dec. 16,17

Frosh
Football

 Acclimatization Aug. 1

Pads  Aug. 6  

Team-14   Indiv.-10

Aug. 19

Aug. 25

Nov.3

1

10

 

 

               

 

 

3. CLASSIFICATION OF TEAMS AND PLAYING TIME

3.1 Varsity - - - -four 12-minute quarters- - - - 48 minutes

3.2 Junior Varsity - - -four 10-minute quarters - - - 40 minutes

3.3 Frosh-Soph - - - four 10-minute quarters - - 40 minutes

3.4 Frosh---------------four 10 minute quarters-- 40 minutes

Reserves - OPTIONAL AS LONG AS BOTH SCHOOLS AGREE.

4. OFFICIALS

4.1 Varsity games may use five (5) officials. Leagues may request four (4)officials.

4.2 Games less than Varsity may use four (4) officials.

4.3 For official's fees refer to CIF Central Section Sport Regulations and Playoff Procedures Section of official's fees.

5. PLAYOFF PROCEDURES - GENERAL INFORMATION

5.1 The CIF-Central Section football playoffs shall be conducted in six divisions. Playoffs shall be concluded at the division level. No section (Valley) champion shall be declared. The Divisions will be determined by the approved Section Divisional placement procedure.

5.1.1 Division I-V

1. A 16 team bracket will be seed from the schools wishing to participate.

2. Teams will be seeded using holistic approach.

3. League Champions will have first round home games (if possible).

4. Selection and seeding committee composed of the three Area Supervisors, the Section Commissioner, and the Assistant Commissioner.

5. Criteria to break ties: ( Prioritized) (Board of Managers adoption October 2003) This criteria is to be used if there is a tie between two or more teams are being considered for a certain seed.( Approved, Board of Managers, Jan. 2008)

Head to head competition

Record vs. Common opponents

Record vs. League Champions

Record vs. Play-off eligible teams in the division

Overall Record

Strength of schedule

Division VI will consist of an 8 team bracket. If more than 8 teams apply, the seeding committee will select the best 8 using approved criteria.( Board of Managers 2006)

5.2 Games should be played at night in order to minimize time out of school and to improve attendance.

5.2.1 Prelims, quarterfinal and semifinal games for divisions may be played at the designated home school sites provided the site is adequate. The League Commissioner and the Section Commissioner will determine adequacy.

5.2.2 If neither school has an adequate facility, the contest shall be played on an adequate facility neutral site near the host school determined by the host League Commissioner and approved by the Section Commissioner.

5.2.3 Game Management is the responsibility of the host school. The host school shall make arrangements for the printing, distribution, sale and collection of tickets; field preparation and equipment; policing, seating, physician and ambulance, public address system, announcer and timer, exchange of game films, and/or video tapes.

5.3 Awards: CIF-Central Section will provide team trophies as designated in the Awards and Entry Fee Addendum.

5.4 Team sideline areas : The team sideline areas shall be restricted to authorized personnel consisting of substitutes, coaches, team student managers, team physician, administrators and trainer. Parents, booster club members and other such unauthorized personnel must sit in the stands. Each participant shall monitor their own sideline area.

5.5 Equal Facilities

5.5.1 Although it is necessary that one team be designated as the home team, it should be kept in mind that the game belongs equally to both competing schools. A pre-game meeting between the two competing schools must be held no later than Tuesday prior to the game to carefully go over details connected with staging the game. If no meeting is held, the host school will have final say on game management. The host league commissioner shall be notified of the time of the pre-game meeting

5.5.2 The time period between the first and second half should be equally divided so that each school will have an opportunity to present its band and drill team. If one school does not wish to provide any half-time entertainment, it may relinquish its time to the other school. If mutually agreeable to both schools, the half-time period may be extended to 20 minutes.

5.5.3 If press box to bench telephone facilities are provided for one team, they must also be provided for the opponents. If equal telephone facilities cannot be provided, then neither team shall use the phones. The same principle of equal facilities shall apply to camera sites, dressing facilities, press box seats for spotters, etc.

5.6 Game Rules: All playoff games will be played according to the current National Federation Rules, with the exception of the tie-breaker.

5.7 The following balls MUST be used in CIF Central Section play-off games.

Failure to use the contracted ball will result in the loss of the offending schools game revenue and the ability to host games. Results of games played with a non-contracted ball will stand and the offending school/s will

Lose their right to host their next play‐off game in that sport. If the offending school lost that school will lose the right to host their next home game in the following year’s play-offs.

 

5.8 Game Uniforms: The home team shall wear dark-colored, and the visiting team light-colored legal jerseys for all playoffs.

UNIFORMS—

The home team is to wear THE APPROPRIATE uniform as designated by the NFHS rule book for that sport. All uniforms must be properly numbered. In case of schools having the same uniforms, the home team shall change. A game allowed to be played with improper uniforms shall be reported to the Central Section office by the lead official.

Penalty for wearing illegal uniforms. The offending school will receive a warning from the Section office. And future occurrences will result in forfeits. ( Approved Board of Managers 2010)

5.9 Timer and Check Timer: These persons shall be either a faculty member or a responsible adult. The host school shall supply the head timer and the visiting school shall supply the check timer. If the visiting school does not supply a check timer, the host school head timer alone is responsible. The host schoolshall supply gun to denote the end of each playing period.

5.10 Announcer: The announcer should be a responsible adult who can properly set the tone of the game. He should be knowledgeable of game rules, official's signals, school rules, and CIF rules. Also, he should have knowledge of both home and visiting players playing backgrounds, and the standing of both teams in league play.

5.11 Physician: It is mandatory that the host school has a field physician in attendance and available to both bench areas. His fee shall be paid as part of game expense. Also, the host school should make arrangements to have an ambulance available, at least on a standby basis.

5.12 Exchange of Game Films:

5.12.1 All first round play-off opponents will exchange the last 4 game films of the season. The will be exchanged on the day of seeding.

5.12.2 Prior to each playoff game, there shall be mandatory exchange of two game films between the competing schools. If a school entering the playoffs has not filmed any of its current season games, it should communicate that fact to the CIF Central Section Commissioner immediately so that films may be obtained from other opposing schools.

5.12.3 Each coach will have his choice of any two of his opponents' game films. These films shall be unedited and shall include all plays as originally filmed. In addition to the mandatory exchange, it shall be permissible for either coach to obtain from other sources, any film of his opponent that he may desire to view for the purpose of preparing for his next playoff game.

5.12.4 The mandatory exchange will be made by noon the day after each playoff game (the day after the last game of the season in the case of the first playoff game), except for film of the game most recently played, which may be retained for instructional purposes until Tuesday noon. The coaches shall return the films to one another the night of their playoff game.

5.12.5 Any violation of the mandatory exchange rule, (refusal to cooperate), should be reported at once to the CIF Central Section Commissioner. Such violation can subject a team to disqualification from the playoffs.

5.13 Tie Games

5.13.1 When divisional playoff games end in a tie, THE TIE WILL BE BROKEN BY USING THE N.C.A.A. 25 YARD LINE OVERTIME PROCEDURE.

The twenty-five yard line tiebreaker system will be used in all divisions and all games, (including finals) , of the CIF Central Section football playoffs, when games end in regulation time with the score tied. Although the ball will be placed on the 25-yard line for tiebreakers, we will adopt the National Federation 10-yard tiebreaker rules, with the exception that teams will be able to make first downs. Because of concerns regarding inconsistency WE WILL NOT BE USING NCAA RULES. Complete details for the 10-yard line tiebreaker are listed in the 2010 National Federation Official High School Football Rules. This will apply to all playoff games including the championship games.

HOW THE TIE-BREAKER WORKS

If the score at the conclusion of regulation play is tied, there will be a timeout. The captains of the two squads will meet at midfield, with the officials, for a flip of the coin. The winner of the toss will have the option to defend a goal or to determine possession.Then, each team will have the opportunity to score from the 25-yard line and the team which outscores the other in the “overtime” session will be the winner, following the rules of football. If a second overtime period is needed, a 2 point conversion MUST be attempted by the team scoring a touchdown.

6. PLAYOFF PROCEDURES - FINAL REGULATIONS

6.1 Responsibility : The principal, or his delegated administrative assistant, of each host school, shall be responsible for seeing that all financial regulations pertaining to playoffs, such as admission prices, game expenses, financial statements, etc., are strictly followed.

6.2 Admission Prices:

6.2.1 Admission prices shall be as prescribed by Central Section By-laws. See Awards and Entry Fee Addendum in Constitution.

6.2.2 It is permissible for a school, which has done so during the regular session, to have a reserved seating section for playoff games. When seats are reserved, adult admission prices should be increased by a minimum of 50 cents, and a maximum of $1.00 to cover the extra cost of having such tickets printed and the extra cost of having ushers. Any additional charge over allotted expense for tickets, should be added to gross income, and divided 30% to each school, and 40% to Central Section CIF.

6.3 Tickets

6.3.1 The home school is responsible for printing and issuing of tickets. The stock roll-type ticket may be used if properly numbered, and stamped with school name, date, and price. The home school should contact the visiting school as to the number of pre-sale tickets desired.

6.3.2 Passes: Only CIF "Lifetime" Passes (engraved metal), CIF Playoff Pass, and the Section Commissioner's special working passes issued to League Commissioners will be honored. Regular CIF-Central Section complimentary season passes will not be honored at playoff games.

6.4 Gate Procedure

6.4.1 Personnel assigned to gate duty should be courteous and pleasant, but very firm. This assignment is most important to the financial success of the playoff game. The visiting school should assign a faculty member to assist in the supervision (not ticket taking) at the main entrance gates.

6.4.2 Ticket takers should be made aware of the only type of ticket to be accepted for admission. Collected tickets must be deposited in a safe place for accounting purposes and to prevent use at another event.

6.4.3 Ticket sellers should be assigned to adequate booths which are secure, clearly visible, and furnished with proper placards, denoting admission prices (this will expedite the selling).

6.4.4 A special gate for "working personnel", clearly labeled for admission of only the following persons, free of charge:

6.4.4.1 Band, pep and rally groups, yell and song leaders, drill teams, etc., (Must be in uniform).

6.4.4.2 Working news media personnel. (Must actually be assigned by their organization to cover the game).

6.4.4.3 Game management staff personnel such as ticket sellers and takers, police, physician, custodial help, supervisory personnel (including supervision for rooter section and busses), game officials and field crew.

6.4.4.4 This gate should be opened at least 1 1/2 hours before game time, and it should be staffed by a qualified faculty member who has been issued a list of all persons qualified to enter.

6.5 Financial Report

6.5.1 A standard form issued by the CIF-Central Section office shall be completed by the host school and returned to the CIF Office within thirty days after each playoff game. Also, a copy shall be sent to the visiting (opponent) school.

6.5.2 The financial report form is self-explanatory and should be accurately completed and signed by the principal of the host school. This report will itemize all game receipts and expenditures, and will indicate the division of profits to CIF and competing schools.

6.6 Allowable Game Expenses: Maximum Amount on Financial Form

6.6.1 Stadium rental (if not home facility): Reasonable and approved by League Commissioner and Section Commissioner.

6.6.2 Game Officials

6.6.3 Any expense not listed above as allowable expense for game management shall be charged to the host schools' share of profits, not to the visiting school or CIF-Central Section. Also, any amounts in excess of the above listed maximums paid for services must be charged to the host schools' share of profits.

6.7 Game Expenses Not Allowed

6.7.1 Payment of faculty personnel to supervise rooting sections: Where such supervision is desirable or necessary, each school will bear the expense from its one-third share of net receipts.

6.7.2 Payment of ushers: Where reserved seats are desirable and necessary, the host school will bear the expense of hiring ushers from its one-third share of net receipts.

7.0 EJECTIONS

7.1 APPEALS PROCEDURE – First and Second Ejection

All appeals MUST come from the school Principal or his/her designee. Only misidentification and misapplication of a rule may be appealed. NO JUDGMENT DECISIONS by officials may be appealed

Third ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

 

8.0   FORFEITS

NEW FORFEIT RULE PENALTY

 

 If an ineligible student participates in a contest, or contests, the school must forfeit

the contest, or contests, and the ineligible student shall not compete in any sport until

his/her eligibility is attained.

 

     If it is determined that an ineligible student competed due to the failure of the School 

Administration to properly notify those responsible for playing the student, an appeal by 

the Principal may be directed to the Section Commissioner regarding the forfeiture of

the game, or games.  The appeal must be in writing, stating specifically the circumstances surrounding the oversight in playing the student.  The final decision regarding the appeal will be determined by the Section Commissioner. 

 

Criteria for consideration of appeal:

 

  1. What caused the ineligible player to participate in the contests(s)

  2. Score of contest(s)

  3. Amount of participation in contest(s) by ineligible participant

  4. What part of did the ineligible student have on the outcome of the contest(s)

 

Notification of the use of an ineligible player MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY, and appealed within in 5 days of the infraction.

 

Notification of an alleged infraction by another school, MUST also be reported IMMEDIATELY, to allow the offending school an opportunity to respond.

 

                                                          STATE CIF FOOTBALL

 

FOOTBALL

CIF STATE and REGIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL GAMES

Friday-Saturday, December 9-10, 2016

Regional Sites T.B.D.

Friday-Saturday, December 16-17, 2016

Sacramento State University

(Additional State Sites T.B.D.)

 

II.            CIF STATE FOOTBALL REGULATIONS

                A.            Procedure for Team Selection For Regional Games and Qualification for State Football

                                Championship

                                The Section Commissioners will meet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 to determine the pairings for                                  the CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games. 

                                (1)           DIVISIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS

                                                a.             The committee will select the top team from the north and the top team from the south, regardless of                                                                       enrollment. These two teams will advance directly to the CIF State Championship Open Division Bowl                                                                     Game.

                                                b.             Two (2) teams from the North and two (2) teams from the South will be paired                                                                                                         in Divisions 1-AA, 1-A, 2-AA, 2-A, 3-AA, 3-A, 4-AA, 4-A, 5-AA, 5-A, 6-AA, 6-A. Winners from these                                                                         NorCal and SoCal Regional games will advance to the CIF State Football Championship representing the                                                                 above divisions for the title of CIF State Champion [See (2)f. below].

 

                                (2)           PLACEMENT INTO DIVISIONS

                                                a.             Only Section champions will be eligible except for Sections with an Open Division Championship (see                                                                       below)

                                                b.             CIF Sections with an Open Division Championship will be allowed to replace one or more of their Section                                                                   champions from another division with a team that participated in that Section’s Open Division. That                                                                         Section’s Open Division team may only replace   that Section’s Champion from the division in which they                                                                 would have been slotted if they had not been selected for the Section’s Open Division. Sections with an                                                                   Open Division choosing to utilize this provision must have a policy in place (adhering to the above                                                                           language) which outlines the process the Section will use to replace champions from their Section                                                                           divisions with non-champions from their Open Division.

                                                c.             All teams in the CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games will be                                                                           slotted based on competitive equity considering the criteria listed in (3) below.    

                                                d.             Based on the number of Section divisions, there exists a possibility for play-in games on December 2 or                                                                   3. The teams will be selected from those Section division champions that complete play by Saturday,                                                                       November 26.                                                                     

                                                e.             The Open Division is open to all teams regardless of enrollment that have qualified through their                                                                               respective section playoffs.  The best team from the north and the best team from the south will be                                                                         selected to participate and will receive byes directly to the CIF State Football Championships Bowl Open                                                                 Division game.

                                                f.             In order to balance the number of teams from the north and the south, three teams from the south will be                                                                  slotted in the north once all of the bowl games participants have been determined. These three teams will                                                                be selected from the Central Section and/or Southern Section.

                                (3)           CRITERIA CONSIDERED FOR DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT AND HOSTING OF REGIONAL GAMES

                                                a.             Win-Loss Record (Preseason, League, Section Playoffs)

                                                b.             Strength of Schedule (Preseason, League, Section Playoffs)

                                                c.             Head to Head Competition

                                                d.             Common Opponents

                                                e.             Opponents Win-Loss Record

                                                f.             Various rankings may be consulted when placing teams (i.e. MaxPreps, Cal Hi Sports, Cal Preps)

                                                g.             Suitability to represent the State in a Bowl Championship with regards to Pursuing Victory with Honor and                                                                 acceptable standards of sportsmanship.

 

                B.            QUALIFYING TO CIF STATE/REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

                                Teams must compete and qualify through their respective CIF Section Championships to participate in CIF State/Regional                                         Championships. Only Section Champions are eligible for selection to the CIF State/Regional Football Championship Bowl                                         Games except as listed in  A.(2)b. above.

 

                NOTE:  Complete details on the 2016 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games will be available on the State CIF website (www.cifstate.org) approximately 45-60 days prior to the event.

 

CIF STATE BYLAW 1901.B. & C. - POLICY

 

State statute mandates that football teams are limited to two days per week of full contact practice, with no more than 90 minutes of full contact on each of those days during the season of sport. For purposes of this CIF Bylaw, each team’s season of sport is defined as the first day of practice, as allowed by the Section, until the final contest for the team. All contact practices are prohibited in the off-season which includes team camps. The only equipment allowed in the off-season or at team camps is footballs, bags, blocking sleds and football shoes.

 

Full contact practice is defined by state statute as a practice where drills or live action is conducted that involves collisions at game speed where players execute tackles and other activity that is typical of an actual tackle football game. Live action is defined by USA Football as a drill run in game like conditions and is the only time that players are taken to the ground. Thud is a drill run at an assigned speed through the moment of contact with no pre-determined winner. Contact remains above the waist and players stay on their feet. Thud is considered full-contact by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

 

The CIF has developed the following regarding full contact football practices:

 

Allowable Activities During the Season of Sport:

                •              A team is allowed two days per week of full contact practice, with no more than 90 minutes of full contact on each of those                                        days. This includes live action and thud.

                •              A team may participate in air, bags/blocking sleds and control drills at any time unless the Section has implemented more                                        restrictive rules. A team may continue to dress in full pads for practice when conducting any of these drills defined below:

                o              Air - Players run unopposed without bags or any opposition.

                o              Bags/Blocking Sleds - Activity is executed against a bag/blocking sleds, shield or pad to allow for a soft-contact                                                     surface, with or without the resistance of a teammate or coach standing behind the bag.

                o              Control: Drill is run at assigned speed until the moment of contact with a pre-determined winner. Contact remains                                                    above the waist and players stay on their feet allowing an exit for the ball carrier when one is involved in the drill.

                •              For purposes of this Bylaw, the season of sport for each team is defined as the first day of practice, as allowed by the Section,                                until the final contest for that team.

 

Allowable Activities for Team Camps and Other Off-Season Activities:

                •              No full contact practice or drills utilizing control are allowed during off-season activities and team camps.

                •              Team camps are considered practice.

                •              If allowed by the Section, a team may participate in air, bags/blocking sleds drills (see above for

                                definitions of these activities) in the off-season or while attending a team camp. A team may only utilize the following                                               equipment in the off-season or at team camps: footballs, bags, blocking sleds and football shoes.

                •              For purposes of this Bylaw, the off-season is defined as the team’s last football contest of the season until the first day of                                        practice the following school year as set by the Section.

Questions and Answers for Bylaw 1901.B. & C.

 

Q: What is the implementation date for the new Bylaw 1901.C.?

A: This bylaw will be implemented immediately.

 

Q: May teams continue to use Thud as a training drill?

A: Yes. However, the time spent in Thud drills is considered full-contact and would count against the team’s allotment in both for both days and minutes.

 

Q: Does unused time carry over to the 2nd day of allowable full-contact?

A: No. Teams are allowed 2 days per week of full-contact with no more than 90 minutes on each of those days. If a team does not use the entire 90 minutes of full-contact on one day, it may not carry over those unused minutes to the next day.

 

Q: Is a team allowed any type of contact outside of the two days per week with no more than 90 minutes on each of those days?

A: Yes. A team may still engage in Control drills. See the Policy Page for Bylaw 1901 for the definition of Control.

 

Q: Is full-contact or control allowed at team camps?

A: No. According to AB 2127, team camps are considered practice so full-contact would be prohibited. In addition, Bylaw 1901.C. does not allow any equipment at team camps other than footballs, bags, blocking sleds and football shoes so control drills would not be allowable.

 

Q: May teams attend a full-contact team camp outside of California?

A: No. AB 2127 and CIF Bylaw 1901 apply no matter where the team camp is conducted.

 

Q: Given the addition of Bylaw 1901.C. may teams attend a team camp that only utilizes activities that are appropriate when no protective equipment is used?

A: Yes. Teams may attend a team camp and participate in drills such as Air, Bags/Blocking Sleds.

 

Q: May student-athletes wear traditional protective football equipment at team camps and other off-season activities?

A: No. Team camps and other off-season activities are allowable with the following equipment only: footballs, bags, blocking sleds and football shoes.

 

Q: If allowable by the school, school district and local CIF Section, may student-athletes elect to wear soft padded head and shoulder protection?

A: Yes. Soft padded head and shoulder protection is allowable if permitted by the school, school district and local CIF Section.

 

Q: Are players allowed to attend individual camps and participate in full-contact drills?

A: Yes. However, schools should consult their Section and School District (or school) policies regarding the use of school equipment by individuals. Also, schools may not use individual camps to circumvent AB 2127 and Bylaw 1901 regarding team camps.

 

Q: Does a scrimmage count against the full-contact limitation of two days per week/no more than 90 minutes on each of those two days?

A: No. For purposes of this bylaw only, a scrimmage between two or more schools is considered a contest and would not be counted as one of the two allowable full-contact days. However, an intrasquad scrimmage (i.e. scrimmage involving one school no matter how many levels of classification), would count against the weekly full-contact allowance.

 

 

Updated:
Aug 15, 2016