Basic CIF Eligibility Rules

How to Protect Your Athletic Eligibility:

Your high school career will be highlighted by your participation in interscholastic athletics, which will prove to be some of the most enjoyable years of your life. The CIF Central Section has standards that you must meet in order to be eligible to compete at the high school level.   You are urged to study these carefully.

Residential Eligibility:
A student has residential eligibility upon initial enrollment in:

  1. The ninth grade of any CIF high school or;
  2. Tenth grade of any CIF high school from ninth grade of a junior high school or;
  3. Any CIF school as a member of an approved foreign exchange program as outlined in By-law 212.

Note: Any student recruited or encouraged to attend a school by anyone connected directly or indirectly with that school will lose athletic eligibility at that school. In addition, the school may be sanctioned by CIF.

Age Limitations: 
No student, whose nineteenth birthday is attained prior to June 15, shall participate or practice on any team. A student whose 19thbirthday is on June 14, or before is ineligible.


Scholastic Eligibility: 
A student is scholastically eligible if:

  1. The student is currently enrolled in at least 20 semester units of work.
  2. The student passed at least 20 semester units of work at the completion of the previous regular grading period. 
  3. The student is maintaining minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements as prescribed by the governing board.
  4. The student has maintained during the previous grading period a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. Student must also maintain a 2.0 to stay eligible. 
  5. All incoming ninth grade students are eligible for participation through the first grading period.