CIF: Same Old Song

What kid of group sends down rulings that affect so many families without having any input from parents, coaches, and players most importantly?  How did this come to be where there’s literally no oversight or input from others? Wikipedia on the CIF.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) just sent down a ruling that would bar CA teams from competing against power house teams from across the country who don’t play in their CIF playoffs.  Popscout has serious issues with this and for that matter,  the CIF as a whole.  For one, this new rule limits (or ends) the chances of top CA teams getting a chance to showcase their talents against other top ball-clubs.  Becoming battle-tested you feel me. It’s cool to go head to head against each other during the AAU circuit but during the season – when things are a bit structured – it’s another level of complexity that college recruiters zero in on, seeing whether or not student athletes can step their game up under the structure that high school bball provides… verses the ‘run and gun’ AAU approach.

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Long Beach State commit Kianna Hamilton-Fisher stood up and out during her career at El Camino Real.  Popscout

This rule limits the chances of 5 star soldiers and others, going up against stiff competition, thus decreasing their chances of landing that elusive scholarship at a major D1 university which may not be in our backyard.  Those who may be on the bubble will now stay on the bubble. Shame on you CIF, as your rule targets athletes and programs that have put in the time and effort to step their game up, having a chance to test their skill-sets against other top ballers in the nation. Or those who just have the God given talent to be special on the court.  I agree that mega-teams, on the rise, hold a steep advantage over teams who don’t have the resources. But to just limit our contact is not the right thing to do.  It shows that you don’t have the players and programs best interest at heart.

It’s almost like the division you guys have set up within the City and SS here in Southern CA… the public vs private division.

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CIF City Section public school teams such as Van Nuys High school in the San Fernando Valley are at a dis-advantage from the get go. CIF puts in another rule limiting their ability to become special. Popscout

Take a look at the resources that are provided to City teams versus SS teams.  Just one look at each website and you can see what’s happening across the board.   Low pay and no resources to CIF LA City section teams for years have opened up enrollment to private schools so to speak.  Those who used to go to school in their hood, are almost forced to commute to a private school in hopes of getting a better advantage over those less fortunate.

I don’t blame you but it’s not the right approach family.

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College coaches are making millions off of talented young kids with minimal results in terms of National Championships and Final Four appearances. But if a kid gets a happy meal for free, they are in violation of NCAA rules. Another slap in the face for our black athletes in particular, who have taken sports to the next level, providing hundreds with jobs and opportunities on the backs of our young men such as those in the NBA and NFL who generate billions in ticket sales, jerseys, etc., etc., etc. None of which is ever seen by the black community. Popscout

I for one have issues attending schools where there may be a conscious effort to root out others, based on economic advantages set up by the system.  Racism is an institution and for those who still feel as though it’s not… keep dreaming.  One look at the employees who make up the CIF (I would bet $50 its 90% white males who have benefited from racism and have no intention of letting go) gives us a clear view on their decision making principles.  It also shows a bias to black athletes who’ve made basketball and football a major economic bread-winner for many.  This rule applies to basketball and football for the most part…let’s not kid ourselves.  The two major breadwinners. I’m confused as to the lack of employment in the black neighborhood but then I go to NBA and NFL games and see 95% of the players black and 95% of the employees white. Things that make you go hmmm.  Makes me wonder if we should just start our own league where we could employ our own people and get from under this umbrella of racism and those who want to keep it in place.  Food for thought.


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Reseda 3 Star Prospect Ja’lani Ellison was able to weather the storm and sign with Wyoming. Many CIF LA City Section players get lost in the shuffle. Popscout

As long as the system is set up by people who may or may not have everyone’s best interest at heart, we’ll continue to be sideswiped by these decisions.  It’s time for us to consider another alternate route besides the CIF.

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