Basketball

1. GOVERNING RULES

1.1. All basketball competition in the CIF-Central Section shall be conducted in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association's Basketball Rules along with CIF-Central Section's Basketball Advisory Committee, and approved by the Board of Managers.

1.1.1. The CIF-Central Section Basketball Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each league who shall be selected by their league president.

1.1.1.1 The Chairman of the Basketball Advisory Committee is appointed by the CIF-Central Section President.

2. GENERAL RULES

2.1 Players must at all times be under the supervision of a certificated/certified employee of the Board of Education.

2.2 Varsity teams only, will enter the playoffs. All other teams end their season with the last league game.

2.3 The first permissible date for playing game, is determined by the CIF-Central Section Board of Managers.

2.4 Ties for league championship are determined by league policy.

2.5 Awards at CIF sanctioned tournaments shall be given in accordance with current rules. (See Awards Chart in the Sports Regulations and Playoff Procedures).

2.6 All invitational tournaments must be sanctioned by CIF-Central Section.

2.7 All invitational tournaments must be conducted in accordance with all CIF-Central Section Rules and Regulations.

2.8 The maximum time to be played per quarter for each classification is eight (8) minutes for varsity, seven (7) minutes for junior varsity, frosh/soph., and frosh, and six (6) minutes forfrosh/soph. reserve.

2.9 The basketball advisory committee will meet once a year. (Adopted April 2001 Board of Managers).

2.10 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)

3. ELIGIBILITY

3.1 All participants must satisfy the current State and Central Section CIF eligibility rules.

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).

3.2

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.

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

 

4. SEASON OF SPORT

4.1 The season of the sport of basketball is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool contest (practice game, interschool scrimmage, league game, etc.) and ends with the last regularly scheduled league game except for those qualifying for the payoff contests.

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

4.3 No school shall hold interschool contests prior to date set by Central Section.

4.4 Each player must have individual practice time of ten days before participating in the first interschool scrimmage or game. (Exception): Waive the mandatory five (5) days of practice for winter athletes who are involved in the fall playoffs. (Basketball, soccer) (Wrestlers must have five (5) days practice). This is a State Rule.

4.5 Schools are limited to 28 games per season, per team.

4.5.1 The maximum number of games allowed per week is two (2) excluding tournaments.

4.5.2 There shall be no practice, scrimmage, contest or coach contact in any manner on December, 25 or January 1.

4.5.3  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.

5. CLASSIFICATION

5.1 There are four team classifications of basketball: Varsity, junior varsity, (9-11), frosh and frosh/soph. reserves.

5.1.1 A player may not move up or down the same day that he plays a game in another classification.

6. OFFICIALS

6.1 The hiring, assignment and fee payment of game officials must comply with current CIF-Central Section regulations.

6.2 For divisional play, local unit officials will be used for game up to the semi-finals. Semi-final and final games will use a 3 person crew selected by the Officials Associations.

7. PLAYOFF PROCEDURES

7.1 General Information.

7.1.1 Each section is charged with the responsibility of determining playoff representatives to the Southern Regional and State Playoffs. The following have been approved by the Central Section Board of Managers:

7.1.1.1 A school choosing not to participate in playoffs would need to inform the Section Commissioner by the date set by Section Commissioner. The Basketball Advisory Committee will be responsible for checking with teams in their leagues prior to the declaration date.

7.1.1.2 The Area Supervisors, Section Assistant Commissioner and Section Commissioner will seed all teams in each Divisional Tournament. The Seeding Committee will meet in February. The Divisional Tournament will be seeded into 5 tournaments of 16 team brackets in both Boys and Girls. (Adopted April 2001 Board of Managers)

7.1.1.3 All contests will be played at the school site, if adequate, of the highest seeded team for each pairing.

7.1.2 The playoff for both boys and girls will be a five (5) divisional, single elimination tournament based on Section placement. In basketball, the quarterfinals and semifinal games shall be played at individual sites as assigned by the Seeding Committee. The higher placed team would retain the home court advantage in all divisions for playoffs, up to the finals. The home team would have to be able to provide in "appropriate site."

7.1.3 Tournament play shall consist of preliminaries, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. Tournament play will be single elimination with the winners progressing on the playoff bracket.

7.1.4 The 5 divisional playoff brackets are listed under Divisional Placement.

7.1.4.1 In the final contests of all divisions of schools, the finals will be held at Selland Arena in Fresno. ( Adopted by Board of Managers 2004).

7.1.4.2 In playoffs, play-off days will rotate between boys and girls on different nights. Recommended: Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday, alternating every other year.

7.1.4.3 The following criteria will be used  as a starting point for seeding:

        1) Coaches rankings 1-10

        2) Over all winning percentage

        3) Strength of Schedule as determined by Maxpreps

     This information will allow the Seeding Committee to putteams in quadrants. If there is a clear cut winner, do not use the criteria below. If there is no clear cut winner, use the following prioritized criteria to break a tie.

        1) Place in common league

        2) Head to Head ( An even split goes to next criteria)

        3) Record vs. common opponents

        4) MAXPREPS Central Section Division rankings

       5) Over all winning percentage

   (Approved Board of Managers Jan. 2014)

7.2 Site Selection and Rotation of Hosting Responsibilities

7.2.1 By Divisions:

The Divisions will be determined by the approved Section Divisional placement procedure.

7.2.2.  The game ball must be the Spalding Top-Flight 1000 Wide Seam.

7.2.3 The host is to furnish the score book and the scorekeeper, who should be an adult. His fee is to be charged to game expenses.

7.2.4 Financial statement forms will be issued by the Section Commissioner.

7.2.5 Host school management must save at least 1/3 of total tickets for visiting school.

7.3 Final Games

7.3.1 The final game site for divisions will be at Selland Arena in Fresno, with the highest remaining seeded team the Host team.

7.3.2 For quarterfinal and semifinal play, the host school will select and furnish an approved ball.

7.3.3 For the final game, the Section will furnish an approved ball.

7.4 Officials

7.4.1 Officials for playoffs in all sports shall be appointed by area basketball assigner for the various associations.

7.4.2 For both boy's and girl's games semifinals, and official's fees, are regular fee plus one-half. (Game Official's Fee Schedule in the Central Section Sports Regulations).

7.5.3 For divisional play, local unit officials will be used for game up to the quarter finals. Semi-final and final games will use a 3 person crew selected by the Officials Associations.

7.5 Awards

7.5.1 Appropriate CIF-Central Section plaques will be presented according to current Central Section Rules and Regulations.

7.6 Game Management: The host school is responsible for total game management; including crowd control, policing, supervision, ticket sales and admissions. Visiting participating schools are expected to assist with crowd control and student section supervision.

7.6.1 Tickets and Admission Prices

See Addendum or Play-off Handbook

7.6.1.1 Cheerleaders and pep squad members are admitted free, provided they are dressed in their appropriate uniform.

7.6.1.2 A maximum number of 15 home pep-band members are allowed to play and will be admitted free, provided they have their instrument.

7.6.1.3 No electronic amplified instruments or artificial noise makers such as cowbells, whistles, air horns, horns, thunder sticks, etc., will be allowed.

7.6.2 Ticket Distribution:

7.6.2.1 The host school has the overall responsibility for ticket control and sales. Due to the short period of time between games and the distances between schools involved, host schools for the quarter and semifinals are encouraged to make arrangements with opponents so each school can sell their own tickets with the host responsible for the game financial statement.

7.6.2.2 Complimentary tickets and passes:

7.6.2.2.1. Eliminate all complimentary passes.

a. It is recommended that the visiting school make available to the host school, a list of authorized working personnel to be let into the game.

7.6.2.2.2 NO CIF, LEAGUE, OR SCHOOL PASS will be honored at playoff games. The only exceptions are the special Commissioner's yearly pass issued to them by the Section Commissioner, CIFPlayoff Pass and CIF Lifetime Pass, or State Courtesy Card issued by the State CIF.

7.6.2.2.3 Only actual working press, assigned to a game will be admitted on press passes. News media person must contact host schools, in advance, for arrangements and permission.

7.7.3 Recognized Expenses

7.6.3.1 Financial statement forms will be forwarded to host schools and should be fully completed and returned to the Section Commissioner within thirty days after each playoff game. For first round, quarter and semifinal games, profits will be split three ways, 30% to each of the two schools and 40% to CIF-Central Section.

7.6.3.2 General allowable expense values are listed on the back of the financial form. They do not include officials.

7.6.3.3 The host school will furnish the scorebook and official scorekeeper, who should be an adult.

7.6.3.4 When game programs and concessions are provided, the administration, distribution, sales and other details are the responsibility of the host school and any profits are to be kept by the host school (not to be shared by CIF or other schools).

7.6.3.5 The host school should contact the news media for publicity and furnish them with all information.

7.6.3.6 Radio stations may obtain permission to broadcast any playoff basketball game, provided a fee of $100.00 is presented to Central Section Office prior to the game.

7.6.3.7 No permission shall be given for live television or video tape on the day of any playoff game without permission from the Section Office.

7.6.3.8 In cases when news report type programs, (radio or television), presented after the game is played, wish to use short spot shots or play descriptions of the game, (not a full game play-by-play), the fee may be waived by mutual agreement of the participating schools and the Section Commissioner. The host school must be contacted prior to the game.

7.7 Miscellaneous

7.7.1 No game film expenses are authorized. Schools may film or video tape games in which its team plays and their own expense.

7.7.2 The teams designed as "home teams", will wear light colored uniforms and the visiting teams will wear dark colored uniforms. See National Federation Rule 3-4, Question 1.

7.7.3  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)

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 BASKETBALL

 

BASKETBALL

CIF STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2018

Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

 

CIF NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

March 8, 10, 11, 14 at Home Sites

March 18 at T.B.D.

 

I.             CIF STATE BASKETBALL REGULATIONS

                A.            STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT OF SCHOOLS

                                Each Section participating in the NorCal Regional Championship will determine the divisional placement for its schools who qualify for the basketball Championships. CIF member schools will be required to participate in the division that has been                                          established by their respective Section, unless the school is selected for the State Open Division. Sections may use their own established criteria to determine placement of teams in the six (6) divisions based on the following guidelines:

                                Open Division       Selected from any of the Divisions below     

                                Division I               As determined by Section

                                Division II             As determined by Section

                                Division III           As determined by Section

                                Division IV            As determined by Section

                                Division V             As determined by Section, but enrollment may not exceed 600

                                Division VI            As determined by Section, but enrollment may not exceed 200

                               

                                The SoCal Regional Seeding Committee will determine the divisional placement of the Section entries for the SoCal Regional  basketball Championships.

                NOTE: The State Championship will include Divisions I-V above and an Open Division. Division VI Regional Championship will be in NorCal only.

 

                B.            SECTION LIMITATIONS

                                Sections with less than eight (8) schools in a division shall be limited to one (1) entry in that division. This applies to both team and individual sports. 

                                NOTE: NorCal Schools will be required to participate in the division that has been established by their respective CIF Section. Exception: In CIF Sections with fewer than 30 schools, the CIF Section may follow the specified procedures in this  provision, or the Section may allow all of their schools to compete in Division I.

 

                C.           REGIONAL ENTRY AND SEEDING INFORMATION

                                (1)           NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

                                                The Central Coast Section (CCS), North Coast Section (NCS), Northern Section (NS), Oakland Section (OS), Sac- Joaquin Section (SJS), and San Francisco Section (SFS) will participate in the CIF Northern California Regional   Tournament. The numbers of eligible team entries are listed below:           

 

SECTION

OPEN

D I

D II

D III

D IV

D V

D VI

Central Coast

TBD

4

4

4

4

4

0

North Coast

TBD

4

4

4

4

4

4

Northern

TBD

0

0

2

2

2

2

Oakland

TBD

2

0

0

0

0

0

*San Francisco

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

0

Sac-Joaquin

TBD

4

4

4

4

4

2

*San Francisco will have two automatic berths and their entries will be placed into their respective enrollment division. All Sections are eligible to submit at-large entries should openings exist.

 

                                (2)           SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

                                                The San Diego Section (SDS), Los Angeles Section (LAS), Southern Section (SS) and the Central Section (CS) will participate in the CIF Southern California Regional. The numbers of eligible team entries are listed below:

 

SECTION

*OPEN

D I

D II

D III

D IV

D V

Central

1

2

2

4

3

3

Los Angeles

1

4

3

2

2

2

San Diego

1

2

3

2

3

3

Southern

4

8

8

8

8

8

*Additional one entry in the SoCal OPEN Division will be filled by the Central, Los Angeles or San Diego Sections; If these 3 Sections cannot fill the entry, the Southern Section may fill the vacant spot

                                (3)           OPEN DIVISION

                                                There will be four regional Open Division brackets. Each regional Open Division bracket will have a maximum of  eight (8) teams, but could have less if the tournament committee feels that there are not eight qualified teams. The  tournament committee will select the teams for the Open Division before they seed the five (5) divisions of the State Tournament. Teams selected by the committee for the Open Division will compete in the Open Division ONLY and cannot opt out.

 

                D.            QUALIFYING TO CIF STATE/REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

                                Teams must compete, and qualify through, their respective CIF Section Championships to  participate in CIF State/Regional Championships.

The regional seeding meetings will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Competition among the teams in each gender will be held in one Open Division and five (5) enrollment divisions previously determined by the CIF's divisional classification system. Tournament brackets will range from 8 to 16 team brackets (unless outbracket games are required) depending on the number of  entries forwarded by each CIF Section. 

 

                NOTE:  Complete details on the 2018 CIF State Basketball Championships will be available on the State CIF website (www.cifstate.org) approximately 45-60 days prior to the event.