34. Division and League Placement

ARTICLE 34 3400. LEAGUES AND DIVISIONS A. General Information 1. The league placement Committee shall consist of the Section Commissioner; the Assistant Section Commissioner and the three League Area Supervisors. 2. League placement for all schools in the Central Section shall take place every four years. Divisional placement shall take place every three years. League Area Supervisors will tabulate the point totals and determine division placement up or down or status quo for all teams in each division. Appeals of Division placement may be made tot he Section Commissioner after a school has been in a Division for one year. 3. A minimum of four schools is required to make up an official league in any sport. 4. Schools in leagues with less than four teams competing in a particular sport will not be considered an official league, and may freelance for competition, or appeal to another administrative league for league status in a particular sport. The acceptance of a school by another league in a particular sport must be verified by the accepting league to the Section Commissioner. Schools unable to obtain acceptance in a league have the right to appeal to the Section Commissioner for placement. 5. School Districts with multiple high school MAY request that all or part of the School District schools be placed in the same league, but the final determination of placement recommendation to the Board of Managers must be based on what is the best interest of the entire Section. 6.New schools that open during the cycle will be placed by the Commissioners in Leagues and Divisions determined by the schools projected growth and competition level. Schools entering the Section with Freshmen, and or Freshman and Sophomores, will freelance for the first two years they are members of the Section. Schools that enter the Section with Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will be placed in Leagues and Divisions for immediate participation. B. Criteria for Division and League Alignment 1. The Area Supervisors shall consider the following criteria when placing schools in divisions or leagues. LEAGUES Financial Impact using a common sense approach Sport by sport Gender by Gender basis Scope of Athletic Program Competitiveness of Programs 2. The final determination of placement must be based on the best interest of the entire Section. Changes and recommendations received from the schools on proposals previously recommended to the Commissioners may or may not result in additional changes in the proposal(s) submitted to the Board of Managers for a first reading at a special MARCH Board of Managers meeting. C. LEAGUE PROCEDURE---- The schedule for realignment shall be as follows: 1) End of August a)The Section Commissioner will send to all schools in the Section a Request for Realignment Proposal. 2) October--- Proposals shall be received in the Section Office one week prior to the League Placement meeting. ALL PROPOSALS RECEIVED WILL BE E-MAILED TO ALL SCHOOLS IN THE SECTION. PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE YOUR LEAGUE AND ANY OTHER LEAGUE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSAL. THE LEAGUE ALIGNMENT PROPOSAL DOES NOT HAVE TO INCLUDE ALL SCHOOLS IN THE SECTION. THE LEAGUE PLACEMENT MEETING WILL BE THE FIRST THURSDAY IN OCTOBER. a) Schools or Leagues submitting proposals for the Organizational meeting may present a brief reason for their proposals at the meeting. 3) October-November The Commissioners will review all proposals submitted at the Organizational meeting. 4) November 15 The Section Commissioner will send to all schools and the Board of Managers in the Section, THE COMMISSIONER’S proposal(s) NO LATER THAN THE 3RD MONDAY IN NOVEMBER. 5) November- December Schools and Leagues will review the Commissioner’s proposal (s). 6) January Proposed changes to the Commissioner’s proposal (s) must be in the Section Commissioner’s office by the THIRD WEDNESDAY IN January a) A meeting will be held the second week in FEBRUARY to hear the concerns of the Commissioner’s proposal (s). b) The Commissioners will consider recommendations from schools/leagues for changes to their November proposal, and make adjustment if necessary. The Commissioner’s final proposal will be submitted to all schools and the Board of Managers for a first reading at A SPECIAL MARCH Board of Managers meeting 7) March-April League discussion. 8) MARCH Board of Managers meeting---FIRST READING OF COMMISSIONER’S PROPOSAL(S) FOR LEAGUE REALIGNMENT. 9) APRIL-----FINAL VOTE a) An adopted Realignment proposal will be implemented for a FOUR year cycle. 10) LEAGUE PLACEMENT PETITION--- ALL REQUESTS FOR MID-TERM LEAGUE PLACEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER. THE DEADLINE FOR THE REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED BY______________________. THE FOLLOWING MUST BE ADDRESSED PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE REQUEST TO THE SECTION OFFICE: 1. PRINCIPALS OF SCHOOLS CONSIDERED FOR REALIGNMENT AGREE YES NO 2. LEAGUE APPROVAL OF BOTH LEAGUES AFFECT BYT HE VOTE YES NO 3. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES---PLEASE EXPLAIN YES NO a) An adopted Realignment proposal will be implemented for a two year cycle. D. Requests for Section Membership 1. Schools must apply, in writing, to the Section Commissioner for membership. The written request must include an agreement to compete in at least one girls’ and one boys’ sport in each of the three seasons (fall, winter, spring). The written request must also include an entrance deposit of $750.00. The entrance deposit will be returned to the requesting school (s) upon the completion of one year of competition in an assigned league or free-lancing in the agreed upon varsity sports. The refund will also occur if the requesting school is not accepted into the Central section. 2. Requests for section membership must be received by the Section Commissioner. The school's request may become an action item on the agenda of the next meeting of the Board of Managers. If the school is granted section membership, the Section Commissioner shall recommend placement in a division, subject to Board of Managers approval. 3. Acceptance of out-of-section schools shall be for a probationary period for the duration of the realignment cycle in which they entered the Section. 4. Schools accepted into the Central Section during the middle of a league placement cycle may: a. Free-lance until the next league alignment cycle. b. Appeal to an administrative league for acceptance. If accepted, the league must notify the Section Commissioner. 5. Football ONLY--- To remain in an 11 man football league a school MUST maintain two full seasons of Varsity and JV competition. a. Schools that cannot complete the criteria would be dropped from their league (unless the league votes to allow the school to stay) and given the option to play 8-man football or to stay in 11-man football and "freelance" for the next two years. b. Schools wishing to enter an 11-man league must pay the CIF CS Office a refundable fee of $5,000. This fee may be refunded after the school completes the two year 11-man (Varsity & JV) requirement. In the case of a school that falls short of the criteria, the CF CS Office will disperse the fee tot he league/schools affected by the departed school. c. Create a CIF Central Section 8-man Football Section Championship (four team play-off system) recognizing the champion on the CIF CS website and in the media. (approved Board of Managers Jan. 2012) E. DIVISION ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE IN THE SUMMER OF EACH ODD NUMBERED YEAR, BEGINNING IN 2011, THE SECTION COMMISSIONER AND THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TO REVIEW THE POINT TOTALS ACCRUED BY THE SCHOOLS FOR REALIGNMENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. AFTER REVIEW, THOSE TOTALS WILL BE SENT TO THE SCHOOLS FOR REVIEW AND CORRECTIONS WHERE NECESSARY. IN DECEMBER OF THE SAME YEAR, THE SECTION COMMISSIONER AND THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TO REVIEW THE POINTS ACCRUED BY THE SCHOOLS FOR THE RECENTLY COMPLETED FALL SEASON. THOSE POINTS WILL BE ADDED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL FOR DIVISION PLACEMENT PURPOSES FOR THE NEXT CYCLE. THOSE TOTALS WILL BE SENT TO THE SCHOOLS FOR REVIEW AND CORRECTIONS. THE COMMISSIONER’S PROPOSAL FOR FALL SPORTS DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT WILL BE PLACED ON THE BOARD OF MANAGERS AGENDA IN JANUARY FOR A FIRST READING, AND VOTE IN APRIL. IN MARCH OF THE SAME SCHOOL YEAR, THE SECTION COMMISSIONER AND THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TO REVIEW THE POINTS ACCRUED BY THE SCHOOLS FOR THE RECENTLY COMPLETED WINTER SEASON. THOSE POINTS WILL BE ADDED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL FOR DIVISION PLACEMENT PURPOSES FOR THE NEXT CYCLE. THOSE TOTALS WILL BE SENT TO THE SCHOOLS FOR REVIEW AND CORRECTIONS. THE COMMISSIONER’S PROPOSAL FOR WINTER SPORTS DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT WILL BE PLACED ON THE BOARD OF MANAGERS AGENDA IN APRIL FOR A FIRST READING, AND VOTE IN OCTOBER OF THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. IN JUNE OF THE SAME SCHOOL YEAR, THE SECTION COMMISSIONER AND THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TO REVIEW THE POINTS ACCRUED BY THE SCHOOLS FOR THE RECENTLY COMPLETED SPRING SEASON. THOSE POINTS WILL BE ADDED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TOTAL FOR DIVISION PLACEMENT PURPOSES FOR THE NEXT CYCLE. THOSE TOTALS WILL BE SENT TO THE SCHOOLS FOR REVIEW AND CORRECTIONS. THE COMMISSIONER’S PROPOSAL FOR SPRING SPORTS DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT DIVISIONS WILL BE PLACED ON THE BOARD OF MANAGERS AGENDA IN OCTOBER FOR A FIRST READING , AND VOTE IN JANUARY OF THE SAME SCHOOL YEAR. A SCHOOL THAT QUALIFIES (VIA COMPETITIVE CRITERIA) FOR PLACEMENT IN A HIGHER DIVISION – WHERE THE SCHOOL DOES NOT MEET THE MIMIMUM ENROLLMENT CRITERIA LISTED BELOW – MAY APPEAL PLACEMENT IN THE HIGHER DIVISION BASED ON ADDITIONAL ENROLLMENT-BASED CRITERIA AND COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCE DATA. SCHOOLS THAT ARE PLACED (VIA RE-ALIGNMENT COMMITTEE) IN DIVISIONS WHERE THEY DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM ENROLLMENT CRITERIA LISTED BELOW MAY ALSO APPEAL FOR PLACEMENT IN A DIVISION WHERE THEY MEET THE ENROLLMENT CRITERIA. APPEALS MAY BE APPROVED OR DENIED. USING A POINT SYSTEM, LISTED BELOW, THE TOP SCORING SCHOO(S) IN A DIVISION MAY BE MOVED UP 1 DIVISION. THE BOTTOM SCORING SCHOOL(S) MAY BE MOVED DOWN 1 DIVISION. IN CASE OF TIES, THE MOST RECENT YEARS POINT TOTAL WILL BE COUNTED TO DETERMINE WHICH SCHOOL(S) MOVES UP OR DOWN. ) RECORD VS. TEAMS IN THE SAME DIVISION OR HIGHER WILL ALSO BE USED AS A CRITERIA IN DETERMING DIVISION PLACEMENT. THE INTENT OF DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT IS TO PLACE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY CAN BE COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER SCHOOLS IN THAT DIVISION. IT IS NOT TO WIN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS. 1) DIVISION POINTS BRACKETED SPORTS NON-BRACKETED SPORT SECTION CHAMPION 40 SECTION CHAMPION 40 SECTION RUNNER UP 25 SECTION RUNNER UP 25 SECTION SEMI-FINAL LOSER 15 3rd AND 4th 15 SECTION QUARTER FINALIST 10 5th THRU 8th 10 SEEDING POINTS 50% of the BRACKET will receive seeding points #1 & #2 12 # 3 & #4 10 #5 & #6 8 #7 & #8 5 2) RECOMMENDED MINIMUM ENROLLMENT FOR EACH DIVISION (To use for appeals...for Football ONLY) DIVISION1 1750 DIVISION II 1450 DIVISION III 1150 DIVISION IV 850 DIVISION V 550 3) ADDITIONAL ENROLLMENT FACTORS (MAY BE CRITERIA FOR DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT....To use for appeals...for Football ONLY) · ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION RATES · STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS · TYPE OF SCHOOL (MAGNET, CHARTER, OPEN ENROLLMENT, etc.) · NUMBER OF TRANSFERS COMPETING IN ATHLETICS · INCREASE/DECREASE OF 6% OR MORE (IN 1-YEAR) OR 10% OR MORE (IN 2 OR MORE YEARS) · BOUNDARY CHANGES THAT IMPACT ENROLLMENT IN DISTRICTS WITH 2 OR MORE HIGH SCHOOLS · NEW SCHOOLS ARE EVALUATED AS GRADES ARE ADDED UNTIL ALL FOUR GRADES MEET FULL ENROLLMENT EXPECTATIONS · OTHER UNIQUE FACTORS RELATED TO ATHLETICS AND ENROLLMENT F. LEAGUE APPEALS PROCEDURE 1) SCHOOLS OR LEAGUES MAY APPEAL THE BOARD OF MANAGERS ADOPTED PROPOSAL BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER WITH 15 SCHOOLS DAYS OF THE VOTE. THE STATEMENT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: A) HOW DUE PROCESS RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED B) THE CONCERNS OF THE LEAGUE (S)/SCHOOLS C) THE SCHOOL’S/LEAGUE’S ALIGNMENT PROPOSAL WHICH MUST INCLUDE EVERY SCHOOL EFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED CHANGE 2) THE COMMISSIONER WILL RENDER A DECISION WITHIN 10 SCHOOL DAYS AFTER RECEIVING NOTIFICATION OF AN APPEAL FROM THE SCHOOL/LEAGUE. G. APPEALS OF DIVISION PLACEMENT/CRITERIA: SCHOOLS MAY APPEAL TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER, THE ADOPTED PLACEMENT BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER WITH 15 SCHOOLS DAYS OF THE VOTE. THE STATEMENT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ALL OF WHICH MUST BE ADDRESSED, NO CRITERIAN IS STAND ALLOW, AND NOT ALL MUST APPLY: 1) A 10% OR MORE DROP IN ENROLLMENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS REPORTED ON THE OCTOBER CAL-PADS SENT TO THE STATE DEPT. OF EDUCATION 2) THE NUMBER OF GRADUATED ATHLETES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TEAM 3) THE NUMBER OF RETURNING ATHLETES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TEAM 4) THE SEASON RECORDS OF THE LOWER LEVEL TEAM(S) FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR 5) A NEW HEAD COACH 6) THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER IN AND OUT OF THE PROGRAM 7) SCHOOL ENROLLMENT COMPARED TO OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE DIVISION 8) OTHER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES 9) RECORD VS. TEAMS IN THE SAME DIVISION OR HIGHER H. PETITIONS OF DIVISION PLACEMENT/CRITERIA: SCHOOLS MAY PETITION TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER, DIVISION PLACEMENT AFTER YEAR ONE OF THE CURRENT CYCLE BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE SECTION COMMISSIONER WITH 15 SCHOOLS DAYS AFTER THE WINDOW IS OPENED AFTER EACH SEASON OF SPORT. THE STATEMENT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA ALL OF WHICH MUST BE ADDRESSED, NO CRITERIAN IS STAND ALLOW, AND NOT ALL MUST APPLY: 1) A 10% OR MORE DROP IN ENROLLMENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS REPORTED ON THE OCTOBER CAL-PADS SENT TO THE STATE DEPT. OF EDUCATION 2) THE NUMBER OF GRADUATED ATHLETES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TEAM 3) THE NUMBER OF RETURNING ATHLETES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TEAM 4) THE SEASON RECORDS OF THE LOWER LEVEL TEAM(S) FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR 5) A NEW HEAD COACH FROM OUTSIDE OF THE PROGRAM 6) THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER IN AND OUT OF THE PROGRAM 7) SCHOOL ENROLLMENT COMPARED TO OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE DIVISION 8) OTHER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES 9) RECORD VS. TEAMS IN THE SAME DIVISION OR HIGHER