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A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER
AREA PLACEMENT/ RELEAGUING
One of the biggest issues and concerns that our member schools have involves Releaguing.
Every four years, the task of configuring our leagues takes place. It is a subject that our member
schools are extremely passionate about and take very seriously. The process involves having
each of the nine designated areas of our section formulate a plan that places every school in
that area into a league within that area for the next four years. However, before the formal
Releaguing effort can begin, another important task must be accomplished that has a major
effect on the ability of our areas to form viable leagues. That situation is called Area Placement.
Area Placement often gets ignored because of the much larger focus our schools put on
Releaguing, but the decisions made regarding Area Placement can have a tremendous impact
on how an area can arrive at a league configuration that works best for that area. We are currently involved in the Area
Placement process for the 2014-2018 Releaguing Cycle. What that means is we are following the current CIF Southern
Section Blue Book rules toward establishing the areas for our member schools so they may begin to develop their area's
Releaguing Plan. To gain a better understanding of these Blue Book Rules, I suggest you visit our website, www.cifss.org,
where the entire Blue Book is available for you to download.
This year, some new Blue Book Rules will be applied to Area Placement for the first time. Specifically, the CIF Southern
Section Office now has the responsibility of developing the Area Placement plan for our section. Here is the process we are
following...
1) We surveyed the principals of our member schools to ask if they wished to remain in their current area or wished to be
placed into a different area. The surveys were mailed out on September 14, 2012 and were due back in our office by October
12, 2012. A key component of this survey is a requirement that schools are only allowed to address their own placement into
an area, they cannot address issues involving other schools in their area.
2) The results of our survey indicated that approximately 95% of our schools requested to remain in the area they are currently
in.
3) On October 24, 2012, our office staff met with the Releaguing Chairmen from the nine areas to review the survey requests
and discuss issues and concerns in each area.
4) On November 26, 2012, the CIF Southern Section Office will distribute the Area Placement recommendations for the 2014-
2018 Releaguing Cycle.
5) There is an appeals process available to schools who believe they have been placed inappropriately and schools who
appeal may only address the appeal to their own school's placement in that area, not the placement of other schools into
their recommended area. The appeals process will be concluded by March 20, 2013. After that date, Area Placement will be
complete and Releaguing can begin.
I hope this information is helpful and I wish all our member schools good luck in the time ahead.
All the best,
Rob Wigod
Commissioner of Athletics