California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Information
What is the CIF?
The CIF is a grass roots organization made up of schools, leagues and the Federated Council. The CIF is a bottom up organization and its functions are designed to ensure that new rules only come into being after having been examined and voted upon by CIF representatives throughout the state of California.
Each CIF member school is assigned to a local league. The school is represented at the league level by the person designated by the governing board to do so.
At the league level, the designees enact a league constitution and bylaws, elect league officers and select from among themselves a league representative to the section governing board.
The section governing board is usually referred to as the Board of Managers, but there are some section governing boards which have a different name.
The section governing boards, in turn, enact their own constitutions and bylaws, their own officers, and establish section policies and rules which, along with league policies and rules, may be stricter than but may not conflict with, CIF rules.
Section governing boards select from their membership their representatives to the CIF.
Source: State CIF
State CIF Mission Statement
The CIF governs interscholastic athletics, promoting equity, quality, character and academic development.
- Equity – Equal opportunity without regard to race, gender, and ethnicity within all aspects of the athletic program for students, personnel, schools and governance.
- Quality – Training, education and commitment of coaches, officials, administrators and parents to improve the quality of athletic programs.
- Character – Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
- Academic Development – Commitment to encourage academic growth is a high priority.
Source: State CIF
“Pursuing Victory With Honor,” in essence, provides the tools to teach character development skills to the student-athletes of California high schools.
“Pursuing Victory With Honor” came about through the Arizona Accord Conference, where major sports and educational leaders met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss the ethical and character-building aspects of athletic competition, with the hope that the framework of principles and values set forth would be adopted and practiced widely. The Josephson Institute of Ethics, CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and the United States Olympic Committee convened the conference on May 12-14, 1999. Invited to attend were 50 major sports leaders including Olympian John Naber, coaching legend John Wooden, NBC commentator Bob Costas, former CIF Executive Director Jack Hayes, college and university presidents, coaches and athletic directors from major universities, Olympic coaches and athletes as well as representatives of the national sports media and national youth organizations.
The CIF unanimously adopted the principles of “Pursuing Victory With Honor” at its November 5, 1999, Federated Council meeting, consisting of educational leaders representing California’s then-1,263 high schools (now 1,500+). The CIF recognizes the impact that high school athletics can play in society and is committed to the character-building goals of the program. In fact, the CIF felt so strongly about the 16 principles of the program that these have been made the operating principles of the organization.
Together, the CIF and its member schools can change the very nature of high school athletics and bring back the character, sportsmanship, ethics and integrity that high school sports can instill.
“Pursuing Victory With Honor” and the “Six Pillars of Character” are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. For more information on promoting character education and good sportsmanship, visit www.charactercounts.com.
Source: CIF-San Diego Section
3. SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION
Pete Saco, Commissioner
P.O. Box 289
Lodi, CA 95241
Phone: (209) 334-5900 • Fax: (209) 334-0300
5. OAKLAND SECTION
Russell White, Commissioner
900 High Street
Oakland, CA 94601-4405
Phone: (510) 434-3341 • Fax: (510) 434-3351
6. CENTRAL COAST SECTION
Nancy Lazenby Blaser, Commissioner
6830 Via Del Oro, Suite 103
San Jose, CA 95119-1353
Phone: (408) 224-2994 • Fax: (408) 224-0476
8. LOS ANGELES CITY SECTION
John Aguiree, Commissioner
LAUSD Athletics/CIF Los Angeles City Section
333 S. Beaudry Ave, Suite B216
Los Angeles, CA 90017-1466
Phone: (213) 241-5847 • Fax: (213) 241-5846
CIF-San Diego section commissioner Jerry Schniepp talks about the basketball playoffs at the 2013 championships.