Confused about the CIF Association Rule? I think we all are. The way it was explained to me is that actually there is no Association Rule. The Association Rule is dead…with exceptions. I was also advised that there were no amendments or changes to the rule.
CIF simply clarified the meaning of the old rule in a memo to all Athletic Directors and Principals. The memo was dated September 20, 2013 from CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod and sent to all ADs and Principals in the CIF Southern Section.
Here’s what the memo said:
5. FUNDS FROM AN OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION ARE NOT COMBINED AT ANY TIME WITH SCHOOL/DISTRICT FUNDS at any time, i.e. ASB accounts, etc.
So, according to this “memo” there are standards regarding throwing 7 on 7 (or for any other sport) still in place. Bottom line according to Rob Wigod is if you choose to practice out of season you need to become an “outside” user with no affiliation to a member school.
You must have written proof of liability insurance, written proof of equipment rental from the school, can’t use school buses or vans, and cannot pay for tournaments using ASB funds. The last one is one is really confusing. It appears to mean that a coach can’t pay for half of a tournament entry fee out of pocket and get the rest from ASB.
Apparently the entire point of this clarification is to reduce or eliminate the liability exposure of CIF, schools and districts.
Hope this clears it up…or not.