Does CIF and CCS Ultimately Determine which California Athletes make the Olympics?
July 29, 2012 Leave a comment
As the Summer Olympic Games begin in London, a great deal of attention has been given to the fact that almost 20% of the USA Olympic team is comprised of California athletes. Cal and Stanford dominate collegiate claim to many of these athletes and most are California grown, at least during their high school years.
With numbers so significant and remarkable, more attention should be given to the organization that oversees high school sports in California and ultimately determines who may or may not be allowed to compete in the Olympic games to represent the United States of America.
For years CIF and many of its Sections have had a history plagued with administrative missteps and the appearance of improper actions or special interests. Until these organizations start to answer with more than just dotted line responsibility to state legislators and taxpayers , until the organization provides greater transparency related to CIF and Section finances and management, no California high school athlete can truly be guaranteed true equity and a fair opportunity to compete.
Like life, sports are not always fair. Win some, lose some. Have a great day, have a terrible day. Get an injury or illness during a critical competition. But administrative gridlock, overreaching and overpaid officials should not add to the inequity of high school sports. It is time to insist on greater transparency and accountability from those charged to oversee our high school sports programs in California.