Prep Roundup

State CIF Proposal Has More Sports Expanding To State Level

Girls wrestling, tennis, baseball and softball included
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Servces
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They do it in football, wrestling, basketball, girls volleyball and golf. And, if a a new California Interscholastic Federation plan is approved, the CIF will soon be offering state championship competition on at least a regional level in every sport. "We'd like eventually to have all student-athletes at least have the opportunity to strive to play regional championships," said Ron Nocetti, senior director of the CIF, which governs high school sports in the state. However, the proposed master plan, will add no more than one event a year. What has already been approved by the CIF is the order in which the postseason championships will be held -- girls wrestling, tennis, boys volleyball, swimming/diving, badminton, water polo and baseball/softball. This translates to a timeline that could have a state girls wrestling tournament in 2011 but baseball and softball competition will be put on the back burner until at least 2017. In some cases, such as girls wrestling, existing regionals will expand to a state invitational. However, in other sports, such as tennis and boys volleyball, a specific regional would be added to match an existing one in half the state. Regionals have been long been played in tennis (NorCal) and boys volleyball (SoCal). State championships would then be considered in tennis and boys volleyball after three years of complete regional competition. According to Nocetti, the baseball and softball part of the plan, however, may take longer to fomulate. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that with those spring sports you have some schools that end as early as the third week of May while others may go two weeks into June,” said Nocetti. “Throw in senior trips and other post graduation events and you could have conflicts.” League Strengths Released The first CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Basketball Power Ratings are slated to be released on Feb. 1. The ratings, which are based on the section’s league strengths, non-league wins and losses and league performance, will have subsequent releases on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. The section uses the ratings as a guide to help formulate the playoff brackets for boys and girls teams Divisions I through V. As for area teams, many have an idea on where their league strength lies when the CIF office released its league numbers last week. On the boys side, the Sierra Foothill League (8.0) led the way but the Pioneer Valley League pulled in a 6.6 rating, one of its highest figures in recent years. This bodes well for PVL Div. IV teams such as Colfax and Bear River. In comparision, other section Div. IV leagues included the Western Athletic (4.8), Trans Valley (4.8) and the Mother Lode (4.6). In the girls ranks, the SFL at 8.0 led the way while the PVL was rated with a 6.0 slate. Appeal Pending While it still may be a few days before Del Oro and much heralded basketball transfer student Remi Barry find out whether a CIF State Appeals Committee rules in favor of the player’s eligibility, one interesting item came of note this past week: The CIF State Appeals Committee has overturned a recent CIF Sac-Joaquin Section ruling. In the just completed football season, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section turned down a hardship transfer request for a player who played at Bella Vista in 2008 and was trying to become eligible at Folsom. The player’s family had established residence in the Folsom boundary area but had also retained their home in Bella Vista’s district. After being denied by the Sac-Joaquin Section on eligibility and an ensuing section appeal, the State Appeals Committee overtunred the section ruling and made the player eligible. Hoop Notes… Just a reminder, this year for the first time the section will be sending its first four placing basketball teams in each division to the NorCal Regional tournament which has expanded its tournament brackets from eight to 16 teams. This means that qualifying for the semi-final round is indeed a big deal…..For years the predominantly Div. IV based Mother Lode League has used a 15-game triple round robin schedule for its boys and girls basketball teams. But after having its teams beat up on each other in league play and seeing the extra league games sometimes hurt their squads in the final power rastings, the MLL has decided to switch. This year, for the first time since the early 1990s, the MLL is playing a 10-game double round robin slate. While most of the other leagues in the Sac-Joaquin Section have already played as many as four league games, the MLL openers for boys teams was just last week.