Have questions for the new CIF-SS commissioner?

Above: Rob Wigod, the new CIF-SS Commissioner.

As part of the CIF-Southern Section’s continuing hope to communicate effectively with the public through media outlets, the CIF-Southern Section will hold a Q&A session with Rob Wigod, the new Commissioner of Athletics.

The session will take place Aug. 25 at the Southern Section office in Los Alamitos. All topics are on the table, unless otherwise precluded from doing so (i.e. pending legal issues).

If you have specific questions you would like me to ask, please leave a comment or email me at miguel.melendez@sgvn.com.

Wigod, who officially took over the position today, succeeds the much-respected Jim Staunton.

For the last decade, Wigod served as assistant commissioner and he’s now the point-man who will oversees 581 member schools with approximately 800,000 student-athletes.

In an interview with our Doug Krikorian, Wigod explained what he thinks might be the most daunting challenge:

“Trying to keep the focus on what high school athletics is all about – and what they’re all about is for student-athletes to gain life lessons through athletic competition,” he said. “There’s a peripheral segment that hangs around and cares only about star athletes getting pro contracts, or college scholarships.

“Obviously, we’re proud of our student-athletes who get scholarships, or who are good enough to sign pro contracts. But only a small number of them wind up with full rides to colleges, or play professional athletics.”

I seldom interacted with Wigod during my four years at the Orange County Register (working a lot more closely with the now-retired Paul Castillo since he was the assistant commissioner in charge of the sports I covered at the Register). But over the last four years since my arrival here at the Star-News I’ve worked closely with Wigod, and he’s proven to be a man of integrity. I look forward to working with Wigod and his staff.

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  • fbfan

    The most daunting challenge should be how to stop schools like Alemany from coming into Pasadena and recruiting kids to go out there. Why doesn’t the CIF enforce their own rules.

  • Over the years, CIF’s role in competitive play has been more of regulators i.e. who can and who cannot play, rather than facilitators/mentors of competitive play. Granted, we all love it when our kids get the full four year ride or even the pro contract, but what about their experience in their conference/leagues for those four years of their lives?

    I guess the question is: “Is CIF living up to the expectations of its membership and student body in its current capacity?” (Careful, its a loaded question.)

    Laurence Todd

  • Pasadenian

    im with fbfan pasadena talent is being spread all over mostly to Alemany. i think they should make a rule that if you grew up in a city and stayed with a certain parent you shouldn’t be allowed to all of a sudden move with another parent or guardian and play for another school especially a private school. i have witnessed a van that comes to pasadena to take the kids to alemany every morning for school when they do that the student should have to sit out their first year of varsity football.

  • fb102

    Mr. Todd,

    Isn’t the CIF FORCED to regulate due to the actions/roles of schools, parents, coaches in bending/breaking the rules in place? I doubt it’s students wanting to transfer etc. that leads to the incredible lengths one reads/hears about when it comes to transfers….

    fbfan’s comment is an example of what many know what’s going on at ONE school. This is ORGANIZED by the schoool. Does Alemany provide this service for non-athletes?

    Let me ask you this: Does Alemany ‘care’ what about these players experiences in the years of their lives AFTER they leave the school?

  • FootballGuy

    How can a player practice in the summer with a school he is not enrolled in and then go to a different school without any consequences.

  • Yes, part of CIF’s objective is to regulate play, but my comment goes more about what CIF is doing to address the very issue that Mr. Wigod commented on.. and if more could be done i.e. “Trying to keep the focus on what high school athletics is all about – and what they’re all about is for student-athletes to gain life lessons through athletic competition…”

    When has CIF partnered up with it’s members (585 of them)to promote school pride, or promoting a team spirit day or month, or honored a school for decades of athletic achievements i.e. Pasadena, Muir (or Blair in its prime – think of Chris McAlister’s dad, and yes, I am biased)or even hosted a reunion of the great ones from the CIF-SS or any section for that matter? Held a fundraiser for booster clubs supporting its members, or hosting clinics for its coaches in areas where “IT” believes there should be more competitive play? Or started a campaign that encourages players (and thir families)to honor the code and to “play where you live.” Simple ideas (got hundreds of them) that encourages (and rewards) play, commitment and honor of the/a sport.

    Metaphorically, imagine if the Pasadena Star News never covered one single sporting event for any schools in PUSD, but only reported on who is and is not eligible to play. Would you like that? I don’t think so. Again, regulation is part of the job, but regulating the “…..peripheral segment that hangs around and cares only about star athletes getting pro contracts, or college scholarships.” can’t be all there is.

    I’m hoping that the new CIF-SS chief will strive to make the high school sports (football in particular)an enjoyable, memory packed experience for our kids – regardless of their future goals or aspirations. There will be some cheaters but they won’t spoil the fun for everyone else.

    I am hopeful….Mr. Wigod has quite a bit of memorabilia in his office….from the SS section, no doubt.

    Laurence Todd

  • Question

    Is Cif going to Move some teams up in Division any time soon? Mainly Monrovia or West Covina who may go back to back Division Champs. Monrovia is beating up on the competition in the Rio Hondo, and Midvalley Division.

  • I’m a volleyball coach at Chaparral High School in Temecula, CA. I have a freshman girl with a full prosthetic left leg that made the team. I’m sure we need some sort of letter approving her to participate.

    I’m aware of the rules governing a prosthetic: “It cannot be any more dangerous than the corresponding body part, and it cannot be ruled a disadvantage for the opponent.” The knee and shin will need to be padded to cover the metal parts. Other than that, she’s good to go.

    Can you help direct me towards the right forms? I know we’ll need to present the officiating crews for each of our matches with some sort of formal letter of CIFSS approval.

  • John knows

    11 hours agoJohn Knows
    ***** Interesting rules developed by CIF yet who will enforce them with integrity and fairness to promote growth in the student athlete?
    ***** Interesting how a school forgets these rules when a student leaves their program, and find other CIF rules to justify blocking the student from continuing their desired sport.
    ***** How can a unethical program be exposed when protected by the administration and the CIF? Who can you turn to, the CIF Appeals Board or should legal authorities be brought in to force correct actions by exposing the truth?

    Below are the CIF Rules they agreed upon yet selectively enforce;

    School Boards, superintendents, school administrators, parents and school sports leadership shall establish standards for participation by adopting and enforcing codes of conduct for coaches, athletes, parents and spectators.

    The essential elements of character building and ethics in CIF sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”

    School Boards, superintendents, school administrators, parents and school sports leadership must ensure that the first priority of their student-athletes is a serious commitment to getting an education and developing the academic skills and character to succeed.

    School Boards, superintendents, principals, school administrators and everyone involved at any level of governance in the CIF must maintain ultimate responsibility for the quality and integrity of CIF programs. Such individuals must assure that education and character development responsibilities are not compromised to achieve sports performance goals and that the academic, social, emotional, physical and ethical well-being of student-athletes is always placed above desires and pressured to win.

    The profession of coaching is a profession of teaching. In addition to teaching the mental and physical dimensions of their sport, coaches, through words and example, must also strive to build the character of their athletes by teaching them to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and good citizens.

    Are you really going to I force these rules or are they based on a case by case base like many of your other rules. Where is the integrity and consistent measures of honor. Being judge, jury, and executioner must be fun!!

    2 hours agoJohn Knows
    In the CIF motto is listed Integrity lets see what the word really means:

    Integrity is the following of moral or ethical principles. When someone is said to be a person of integrity, this generally means that he/she is considered to have a strong moral character. Integrity is thought by many to be one of the most important virtues a person can possess.

    Integrity Requires Consistency

    To have integrity, a person must base his/her actions upon a well-thought out framework of moral principles. What he/she does should be the same as what he/she says. For example, a person who speaks about the need to improve the educational system in the United States would have integrity if he/she volunteered to tutor local school children, voted for a proposal to give raises to high performing teachers, or gave money to charities that provided scholarships for deserving students.

    Testing for Integrity

    Since integrity is closely linked with honesty, it should come as no surprise that integrity tests are routinely used by businesses throughout the United States. These tests are particularly common among those seeking to hire people for low-skilled service positions that involve much public contact, such as convenience store employees and retail clerks.

    The tests claim to be able to help detect employees who would engage in counterproductive activities such as theft, tardiness, or excessive absenteeism. However, the tests are not perfect and different screening tools can often produce contradictory

    Integrity Is Based on Ethics

    While integrity is the following of moral or ethical principles, ethics is the development of the actual standards which are to be followed including what is right and wrong, and what is moral and immoral.

    Determining What Is Ethical

    There are many ways and guidelines to determine what is ethical:

    Public Policy – Sometimes public policy determines what is ethical. If you behave in line with what most people believe is right, you will be behaving ethically; but, what if everyone believes it is right to have slaves or to kill elderly people? In those cases, the popular beliefs would not be ethical or moral even though a code of society says they are alright.
    Personal Judgment – What is ethical can come from what you know in your heart is right. However, people from different cultural backgrounds and different situations may have different moral codes.
    Moral Truths – Deciding what is ethical can come from widely held beliefs. For example, it is widely considered an inalienable truth that killing is wrong, but even this creates ethical problems.

    My question for you to think about is ” When parents don’t see the same direction that their child is participating in with a school, and it is causing depression and character loss due to coaching principle infractions as described in the CIF bylaws, why does CIF protect the School and not the student? Aren’t we to want what’s best for our student athletes to help them achieve there goals? Food for thought until tomorrow………….