CIF commissioner: Less playoff teams means less spending by schools

Could there be fewer teams in the playoffs in the future? CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod, in his regular message on cifss.org, indicated that maybe it’s time for a change.

Wigod wrote that many of those at-large teams which gain entry into the playoffs result in long travel distances and lopsided scores.

“At a time when standards are being raised every year, in relation to high school test scores and college admissions, CIF Southern Section Rule 3214.1 does the opposite, as it lowers the standards for participation in our playoffs,” Wigod said. “I wonder what message that is sending to all involved.”

Wigod asked schools to discuss the issue within their leagues and said the issue will be addressed at the Executive Committee meeting April 24.