CIF reversal: Students can play for club & high school, but not in SC County

Just weeks after the California Interscholastic Federation announced the reinstatement of bylaws prohibiting students from playing a high school and club sport at the same time, it has temporarily suspended them again.

In a press release issued last week, the CIF – the organization that governs the state’s high school sports – said it was reinstating its waiver of CIF Bylaws 600-605 for this school year.

However, Santa Clara County isn’t going along with that; officials are still not allowing athletes to play on more than one team at a time.

The CIF in last week’s release explained why it changed course. The organization sent an inquiry to the California Department of Public Health regarding the Cohorting Section of its updated youth sports guidance document released Dec. 14, “and we have confirmed that their specific language regarding cohorting and multi-team participation is not a mandate, but a recommendation.”

That document, “Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports,” states that “athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period.”

The CIF has made one exception to the temporary suspension: football.

In consultation with the CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and given the California law regarding full-contact practice limitations and other safety regulations resulting from Assembly Bill 2127, Assembly Bill 1 and

CIF Bylaws, students will not be allowed to participate on a high school football team and a club football team at the same time, according to the release.

No student is in violation of this bylaw until he or she participates in a high school football game and subsequently participates in a club football game, the release noted.

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