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.

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 JULY 28, 2014, prior to the official. last day to start FULL CONTACT practice in “Pads”. 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.

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 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

 

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 Game Ball: Each team may use any legal SPALDING football of its choice during those downs in which it free-kicks or snaps. The referee shall decide whether the ball meets legal specifications. If the opposing team desires to use a legal ball on offense other than the ball furnished by the home team, each team will furnish its own legal ball on offense, and there will be no charge made to game expense. Schools not using a SPALDING football will face discipline action from the Section office

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 Ejections and Appeals

First ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Second ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

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

APPEALS PROCEDURE- First and Second Ejection

Unless otherwise specified, an appeal of an ineligibility of a player or coach may be made, in writing, through the player or coach’s site administratorto the Central Section Commissioner or his or her designees for consideration of reinstatement. The Section Commissioner and or his or her designee will convey results to all schools involved. ( Approved by Board of Managers-Apr. 2004)

Updated:
Jun 09, 2014