CCS Watchdog is a grassroots organization comprised of student
athletes, parents, schools, coaches and members of the general public
interested in bringing greater transparency, accountability and more effective
communication to the agencies that manage high school sports programs and
specifically student athletes within the Central Coast Section.
CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) manages 1.9 million
student athletes in the state of California. CIF authorizes 10 Sections to
manage everything from member schools, competition rules and eligibility for
the athletes that belong to each Section. Sections are effectively the
gatekeepers allowing access and opportunities for all high school athletics.
The Central Coast Section (CCS) manages 139 Schools,150,000
students, 65,000 athletes and 3,000 teams from San Francisco to King City. To
operate CCS receives 42% of revenue from member schools, 16% of revenue from
corporate sponsors and 42% of revenue from playoff events. Educators and
parents alike agree that participation in athletics is a critical component of
a successful high school career. Additionally, all research that has been
conducted supports that involvement in high school athletics has a positive
impact on student’s physical, mental, social and academic development. Yet,
the structure and policies of CCS have historically denied these opportunities
for many student athletes.
Since 1914 little has changed with the organization charged with
managing the athletic program for high school students in California. CIF
continues to give unchecked authority to Sections and specifically Section
Commissioners who may or may not hold proper expertise or ability to
responsibly manage the authority they are granted by CIF.
In essence, CIF and CCS get to set their rules, follow there
rules and answer to nobody except in providing an annual report to the California
State Legislator. But while Sections such as CCS seem to operate under what
appears for the most part to be a Kangaroo Court System, they are obligated to
conform to certain state laws in managing their operation and daily activities.
CCS is not exempt from laws such as the Brown Act or FERPA. So while CCS may
not appear to have the “neutral” advisory committees they claim to have or
while they may not follow proper rules of evidence or due process in their management
of schools and athletes, they do have certain obligations and do answer to the
will of the people and laws of this state.
CCS Watchdog offers an opportunity to provide information, ask questions and insist on transparency and accountability at the CCS level without a threat of retaliation that so many in our area seem to fear. We invite you to bring your questions,comments and discussions and we will endeavor to get the facts. Our mission is to strive to serve the greater good of all our athletes, their families and member schools in the Central Coast Section.