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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

“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

CIF STATE OFFICE

Roger Blake, Executive Director

4658 Duckhorn Drive

Sacramento, CA 95834-2591

Phone: (916) 239-4477 • Fax: (916) 239-4478

Email: info@cifstate.org • Website: www.cifstate.org 

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1. NORTHERN SECTION
Elizabeth Kyle, Commissioner
2241 St. George Lane, Suite 2
Chico, CA95926-1375
Phone: (530) 343-7285 • Fax: (530) 343-5619
Website:   www.cifns.org

2. NORTH COAST SECTION
Gil Lemmon, Commissioner

5 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 209
San Ramon, CA 94583-1621
Phone: (925) 263-2110 • Fax: (925) 263-2120
 Website:  www.cifncs.org

3. SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION
Pete Saco, Commissioner
P.O. Box 289

Lodi, CA 95241
Phone: (209) 334-5900 • Fax: (209) 334-0300
Website:   www.cifsjs.org

4. SAN FRANCISCO SECTION
Don Collins, Commissioner

Athletic Office
555 Portola Dr., Room 250
San Francisco, CA 94131-1616
Phone: (415) 920-5185 • Fax: (415) 920-5189
Website:  www.cifsf.org

5. OAKLAND SECTION
Russell White, Commissioner
900 High Street
Oakland, CA 94601-4405
Phone: (510) 434-3341 • Fax: (510) 434-3351

Website:   ousd.k12.ca.us/

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

Website:   www.cifccs.org

7. CENTRAL SECTION
Jim Crichlow, Commissioner

P.O. Box 1567
Porterville, CA93258-1567
Phone: (559) 781-7586 • Fax: (559) 781-7033
Website: www.cifcs.org

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
Website:  www.cif-la.org

9. SOUTHERN SECTION
Rob Wigod, Commissioner

10932 Pine Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2428
Phone: (562) 493-9500 • Fax: (562) 493-6266
Website:  www.cifss.org

10. SAN DIEGO SECTION
Jerry Schniepp, Commissioner

2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (858) 292-8165 • Fax: (858) 292-1375
Website:  www.cifsds.org

CIF-San Diego section commissioner Jerry Schniepp talks about the basketball playoffs at the 2013 championships.