19. Football

FOOTBALL

1900. AGE REQUIREMENT

A student under 15 years of age may not participate in an interscholastic contest or scrimmage against the varsity team of another school. This Bylaw may be waived by Section action provided the Section adopts criteria for such a waiver which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

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

B. A letter from a licensed medical practitioner that the student is able to compete at the varsity level;

C. A signed consent statement from the parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver, allowing participation at the varsity level;

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

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

(Revised May 2000 Federated Council/Revised March 2004 Executive Committee)

1901. NUMBER OF FOOTBALL PRACTICE DAYS; NO SUNDAY PRACTICE; TEAM CAMPS/OTHER OFF-SEASON ACTIVITIES

A. There shall be no football games until the team has had 14 days of practice before the first game. Each individual student on the team must have had at least 10 days of practice before being allowed to compete in a game. (The opening date of football practice may be determined by each Section.) No Sunday practice is permitted (See Bylaw 504.M. for exception).

B. 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 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 full contact practices are prohibited in the off-season which includes team camps. 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. For the purposes of this Bylaw, refer to the definition of “Live Action” as defined by USA Football.

C. Team camps and other off-season activities are allowable with the following equipment only: footballs, bags, blocking sleds and football shoes.

(Approved April 2015 Federated Council)

NOTE: For policies related to definition of full-contact and allowable in-season, off-season and team camp activities please consult the football section in the blue pages and local Section Bylaws.

1902. SCRIMMAGE LIMITATIONS

No individual student shall participate in an interscholastic scrimmage before his/her 10th day of practice for that particular school. Scrimmage is defined as practice where the teams alternate in carrying the ball, downs are not counted, no score is kept and the coaches are on the field directing play.

1903. PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PRACTICE

A high school shall not conduct a physical conditioning practice session during the summer prior to the opening date of authorized football practice, unless so authorized by the appropriate Section.

1904. SPRING FOOTBALL PRACTICE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Eighth and 9th grade students from an elementary, middle or junior high school may not take part in the spring football practice at the high school (See Bylaw 303 for multi-school exception). A high school coach may not conduct a football practice session at a separate junior high school.

1905. NUMBER OF GAMES LIMITATION

A high school football team of any classification or name shall not play more than two (2) games in any eight (8) day period. A continued game under National Federation football rules shall not be considered in this limitation.

1906. TIE-BREAKER SYSTEM

A. Each Section is authorized to establish a tie-breaker system for regular season football games and Section playoff football games.

B. The 10-yard tie-breaking procedure as recommended in the National Federation Football Rules Book will be utilized to determine a winner in the CIF Regional and State Football Championship Bowl Games.

1907. OFFICIAL NATIONAL FEDERATION AUTHENTICATION MARK

Only balls with the National Federation authentication mark shall be used in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo.

(Revised to include lacrosse November 2000 Federated Council)

1908. MERCY RULE

At the conclusion of the third quarter or any point thereafter, if there is a point differential of 35 or more points, a running clock shall be instituted for the remainder of the game regardless of the score. The game clock shall stop only for a score, a free kick following a fair catch or awarded fair catch, a charged team timeout, a coach-referee conference or an officials’ timeout. This Bylaw applies to all levels of play.

(Approved May 2011 Federated Council)

CIF STATE and REGIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL GAMES

Friday-Saturday, December 9-10, 2019

Regional Sites TBD

Friday-Saturday, December 16-17, 2016

Sacramento State University

(Additional State Sites TBD)

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 5, 2015 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 I-AA, I-A, II-AA, II-A, III-AA, III-A, IV-AA, IV-A, V-AA, V-A, VI-AA and Open Division (school enrollment of 1250 and less). 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.

c. The enrollment figures (for Open Division 1250 or fewer only) to be used for schools are those certified by the school principal in October of the previous year. If a school incurs a gain/loss of enrollment of a minimum of 15 percent in the current year, the current year enrollment figures shall be used in place of the prior year.

Three & Four-Year Schools - The enrollment for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades shall be used to gain a total enrollment figure for the school.

Single Gender School - The enrollment for single gender schools shall be doubled using the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades to gain a total figure for the single gender school.

Multi-School Agreements - Schools with multi-school agreements must use the combined enrollments of all schools within the agreement.

(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. The teams will be selected from those Section division champions that complete play by Saturday, November 28th.

e. There will be one (1) Open Divisions.

(i) The game will be 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, Central Section will have 3 teams slotted in the north and 3 teams slotted in the south...in a manner to ensure that two teams from that Section would not play each other in a CIF State Football Championship Bowl Game.

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

f. Opponents win-loss record

g. Suitability to represent the State in a Bowl Championship with regards to Pursuing Victory with Honorsm 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 note 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. - 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 full contact practices are prohibited in the off-season which includes team camps.

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 During the Off-Season:

• No full contact practice is allowed during the off-season. Please consult Section Bylaws for allowable off-season activities.

• 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.

Allowable Activities for Team Camps:

• No full contact practice is allowed during the off-season.

• Team camps are considered practice.

• If allowed by the Section, a team may participate in air, bags/blocking sleds and control drills (see above for definitions of these activities) while attending a team camp. A team may continue to dress in full pads for practice when conducting any of these drills at a team camp. Please consult Section and School District rules regarding the use of school equipment in the off-season.

• 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.

Q: What is the implementation date for this bylaw?

A: In order to comply with AB 2127, 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: If allowed by the Section, may a team, in the off-season, engage in drills that are not considered full-contact?

A: Yes. However, no full-contact practice is allowed during the off-season at any time.

Q: Is full-contact allowed at team camps?

A: No. According to AB 2127, team camps are considered practice so full-contact would be prohibited.

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: May teams attend a team camp that only utilizes activities that are not considered full-contact?

A: Yes. Teams may attend a team camp and participate in drills that are not considered full-contact such as Air, Bags/Blocking Sleds and Control.

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.