High School Players
Players that wish to play soccer for their high school as well as play soccer for a non-school team should be familiar with the applicable high school regulations. These rules concern the eligibility of players desiring to play high school sports and are reproduced here.
The words to remember are 'student competes in a contest on an outside team' so you could practice with your club team all winter and not break Rule 600.
Definitions Link Competition: Any time there are two teams on the field playing soccer and the teams are comprised of half or more of the team members stated in the National Federation rule book for that sport. Important Note: Whether or not there are officials at the contest; score is kept or other thing related to games are present or not is NOT relevant—ANY time two teams are on the field playing soccer it is competition no matter what someone calls it, e.g. scrimmages, practice games, jamborees, etc. etc. etc all = competition.)
Competes: Enters the field as a player any time any type of competition (as described above)is taking place
“Outside team”: Any group of soccer players playing soccer together Half or more: The National Federation Rule book says “teams consisting of not more than 11 players. So Half or more would be = to 6 or more.
Same sport: Outdoor soccer
Student’s high school season of sport: The student’s high school season of sport starts when they compete (see above) in any competition (see above) on their high school team. CCS Bylaws require that a student MUST quit playing on any outside team and join their high school team no later than the first league contest.
School Rules: Schools can be more restrictive than this. E.g. they can require kids to stop playing on an outside team and commit to only play on the high school team at any time between November 15 and March 15 as a requirement for being on the team.
Spontaneous Recreational Activity: ONLY activity that erupts at a gathering of individuals, who clearly gathered together for some activity other than soccer; and at which gathering (e.g. picnic, birthday party, family reunion, etc.) a soccer game begins, without any planning or forethought or communication prior to the gathering; constitutes spontaneous recreational activity
Try Outs: If a club tryout takes place during a high school season of sport, students may try out. HOWEVER, often some type of scrimmage or competition will take place as part of that tryout. Students MAY NOT participate in such a scrimmage, game-like situation or they will be in violation of CIF Rule 600. Individual skill testing and something like a goalie defending goals against three offensive kickers would be acceptable.
CIF BY LAWS - ARTICLE 6 (Excerpt)
600. COMPETITION ON AN OUTSIDE TEAM Link
A student on a high school team becomes ineligible if the student competes in a contest on an “outside” team, in the same sport, during the student’s high school season of sport (See Bylaw 511). The following exceptions apply:
A. If the outside team has half or more of the team members as stated in the National Federation rules book for that sport, it shall be considered the same sport. Examples: three on three basketball — outside team competition prohibited; two on two volleyball — outside team competition permitted.
B. FLAG FOOTBALL For purposes of this rule, touch football and flag football are considered to be a different sport than tackle football.
C. SOCCER In the sport of soccer, Bylaw 600 shall be in effect only during the winter high school soccer season. High school soccer programs that compete during the fall or spring season are not subject to Bylaw 600.
CIF BY LAWS - ARTICLE 5
511. SEASON OF SPORT DEFINITION Link
The season of sport for a school is that period of time which elapses between the first interscholastic contest and the final contest for that particular sport. The season of a sport for any individual student is that period of time which elapses between the student’s first participation in an interscholastic contest and the student’s final contest for that particular sport.
A. The “season of sport” shall be established for each sport by the highest CIF component level in which championship competition is conducted (i.e., State, Section or league) in that sport. To participate in state-level competition for any particular sport, a Section must comply with the CIF adopted “season of sport.”
B. The basic sports seasons are:
Fall - August through November
Winter - November through February
Spring - February through June
Exact dates may vary from year-to-year and between Sections within the above specified basic seasons. Championship competition may extend beyond these limits.
C. Sections have the responsibility to work toward equity relative to length of season, number of contests, and number of opportunities for participation by students. The “season of sport” for State championships are:
Fall - Volleyball (girls)
Fall - Cross Country (boys and girls)
Fall - Golf (girls)
Fall - Tennis (girls - NorCal Regionals only)
Winter - Basketball (boys and girls)
Winter - Wrestling (boys and girls)
Spring - Tennis (boys - NorCal Regionals only)
Spring - Track (boys and girls)
Spring – Golf (boys)