DENIED: Proposals to remove “athletically motivated” from CIF rule book and alter current playoff format fail at state level …

A proposal to remove the term “athletically motivated” entirely from the CIF rule book and constitution was denied by the CIF State Federated Council on Monday.

Although transfer rules changed significantly beginning with this school year, the term “athletically motivated” still remains in the rules wording. The Trinity League brought forth a proposal to remove it entirely and it passed earlier this month at the Southern Section level only to fail today at the State level.

Also nixed on Monday was a proposal to change/alter the current playoff/bowl system so that the season would not be as many as 16 games for some teams and start in August for all teams.

Aram’s take: To me, the “athletically motivated” proposal was not much more than semantics. Under the old rules, i.e. last year and before, the term meant a whole lot more and the sections were determining what was and wasn’t athletic motivation for transfers based on the protests (so to speak) of the school the athlete in question left. That whole disaster is still over with and not coming back. Getting the wording removed entirely would be nice, but in my opinion it’s not a game changer either way. About the current playoff/bowl system and schedule, well, it sucks. It’s a total money grab by CIF and I truly believe most coaches, players and fans are perfectly fine with ending the season with a division championship in Week 14. But in an era of declining fan attendance (and revenue), you’re never gonna get CIF to get away from their money grab known as the “bowl” games.

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  • New York

    What does CIF do with the money it collects at the gates? If they plow 90% of it back into programs that benefit the students then maybe that’s a good thing. Do you have any idea where the money goes?

    • BenDoverIE

      Hookers and blow.

  • saladays

    I agree with you about the wording.

    Totally disagree about the state bowl games most coaches i know want them and the players want them. You really need to go to these in person.

    • Not So Fast My Friend

      How do they even determine who goes to a “bowl?”

      • New York

        the Star News Polling system…lol

        • Not So Fast My Friend


  • greenie

    I have been to the state bowl games for the past few years. It’s pretty fun. It’s a chance to see teams from Norcal. It’s a lot of sectional pride, and crowds are huge. California needs a state tittle. I think Aram does not like it because no SGV teams represent. BA could if they won the Pac 5. Charter Oak could if they won the Inland. Steve Reported that Monrovia was ranked #3 on Cal hi for div 3, with a chance to go to a state bowl. I thought we were #6 and pretty much out of it, unless all the teams ranked ahead lost their Divisional title games. Aram where is Steve getting his info?

  • BenDoverIE

    May as well get rid of it. It’s not stopping the hordes of players moving from school to school anyway.