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Athletic Philosophy
     Central to a school's educational mission is providing an athletic program that is integral to the learning process. Through athletic competition, students are encouraged to strive to achieve the highest degree of integrity, sportsmanship, and mutual respect in preparation for lives of leadership and service.

     A school curriculum should celebrate the student-athlete and the teacher-coach while striving to instill in students with a meaningful and solid foundation that allows students to achieve healthy and productive lives.

     All students need to be encouraged to participate in recreational and Interscholastic A balance of sports and academic interest is paramount and allows students to participate in competition that result in qualify- ing for the Interscholastic Federation Championships. Some student athletes may be able to qualify for college scholarships. Every athletic program should include both Interscholastic Sports and Non-Inter- scholastic Sports such as cheer leading, dance teams, etc..

Mission Statement
     The primary purpose of every athletic program should be to foster the quest for excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of sportsmanship. Successful programs
develop individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility, and citizenship.

Educational Goals for Schools, Parents, and Coaches
     The function of a school athletic program is not to win, but to develop the student who has mastered skills to succeed in life after graduation. The following qualities should be communicated to athletes in a quality program:

    A student athlete is competent in terms of:
  • Skill Development
  • Knowledge of the Sport and its Strategies
  • Fitness, conditioning, healthy eating, no smoking, drinking, or drugs
    A student athlete demonstrates:
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Dedication
  • Trustworthiness/Fair play
  • Self Control
  • Self discipline
     A student athlete personifies civility toward others, showing:
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Caring
    A student athlete exhibits good citizenship through actions showing evidence of:
  • Loyalty/Commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Role Modeling
Character Development of Student Athletes   
      Many people play a role in the development of an individual's character. Parents, classroom teachers, peers, athletic coaches, and others serve as role models that help form and reinforce desirable character traits.

     A person of good character possesses knowledge and attitudes that are consistent with good behavior and beneficial to that person as well as others. Attitudes reflect a person's character,
views, values, and core virtues, which are defined as follows:
  • Character - Someone whose character is well formed will most likely aspire others to act in a consistently just and caring manner.
  • Views - A person's behavior does not necessarily reflect their intellectual point of view that is based beliefs and opinions forged from moral and ethical debates.
  • Values - Values are personal choices related to individual thoughts and feelings. A group of people holding similar values share a common morality.
  • Core Virtues - Are universally morally and ethically desirable habits that everyone should hold, not just those individuals involved in athletic programs.
Individual State School Sports Associations:
    High school sports are governed by individual state associations that determine eligibility requirements of public and private high schools organized under the direction of local school boards of education with the sanction of the respective state Education Codes.
  • California Home Schools Participation in High School Sports    In order to compete in high school sports at a public or private high school, the student must fit into the eligibility requirements of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). High school sports programs are governed by the CIF, a private nonprofit, voluntary association of public and private high schools organized under the direction of local school boards of education with the sanction of the California Education Code.
CIF rules, called bylaws, can be found online at These rules include several pages of eligibility requirements ranging from when boys can compete on girl's teams and vice-versa, to competing under an assumed name, to academic requirements, to discipline, to independent study, home study and home schooling.

Approved Sports   
    There isn't a uniform list of sports that has been approved by every state high school sports association. The following two examples are provided to illustrate this point.  Check with the your state organization to determine what sports are covered and the rules for partitioning the acceptance of new sports.

New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association

   New Jersey Interscholastic Federation approved sports are listed below:
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse (Girls)
Lacrosse (Boys)
Track (Winter Indoor)
Track (Outdoor)
Volleyball (Boys)
Volleyball (Girls)

    Not all approved sports will have a state championship. Sometimes the regional championship is the highest level of competition. Many states have different divisions depending on the enrollment of the high school. In addition, the private schools usually have a separate grouping of schools that they compete against.

Approved California Sports
     California Interscholastic Federation approved sports are listed in Bylaw 1200. Rules and regulations apply for these sports during the school year.

State Championships
Regional Championships
Other Approved Sports
Basketball Soccer (Southern Calif.) Badminton
Cross Country
Tennis (Northern Calif.)
Field Hockey
Football Volleyball, Girls & Boys

Track & Field
Skiing & Snow Boarding
Volleyball, Girls
Wrestling, Boys

Swimming and Diving
Wrestling, (Girls)

Water Polo
  • PDF   Interscholastic Sports   Interscholastic sports promotes life skills and lessons and enhance academic performance. The National Federation of State High School
CIF Coaching Education Program
     All Coaches, paid or unpaid, must be certified in Coaches Education by December 31, 2008. Coaches can now become certified online or in a classroom setting by one of California's Instructors. Click the links below for more information.

CIF Coaching Education Certification Verification
    Click on the appropriate link below to verify that your coaches have completed a CIF-approved coaching education program, including the CIF rules exam. As a reminder, all coaches must complete a course and be certified no later than December 31, 2008.

    After selecting the proper link for the type of course taken, type the coach's last name and California in the box for state and the search engine will provide the updated listing. Only those coaches who have successfully completed the class and passed the exams will be listed.

High School Licensing Royalties
     CIF-member schools have the opportunity to raise much needed funds by simply agreeing to license their school names, logos, and mascots. The CIF has entered into a "pilot" program with Licensing Resource Group (LRG).

     LRG has entered into an agreement with large "box" stores such as Walmart which sell merchandise using our school names, logos and mascots. They will collect any royalties from the sale of your school merchandise and it will be passed on to your school on a yearly basis from CIF.

     The information linked below provides a starting point and if you have any additional questions, contact Desiree Friedman, CIF Director of Marketing at

2011 Licensing Agreement Please sign and fax to Desiree Friedman: 916-239-4478

Letter to Schools About Fundraising

NFHS Catalog on Licensing

Licensing Q & A

Federal & State Licensing & Copyright Information

Protecting Logos, Names, and Ownership Signatures
     A school can either file their trademark with the State of California (Secretary of State Office of Trademarks & Services Marks) or the Federal Government (U.S. Department of Commerce: Patent & Trademark Office). The California trade marking process is more affordable and simpler than the Federal process, but the protections offered at the Federal level are more extensive. The following forms provide more information:

State of California Trademarks & Services Marks

State of California Trademark Fees

State of California Trademark Forms

United States Department of Commerce Patent & Trademarks

United States Department of Commerce Patent & Trademarks Fees

United States Department of Commerce Patent & Trademarks Forms

Recommended Reading:

PDF Authenticated PDF VersioTitle 14 Education 1000 Student Activities

PDF Purpose Athletes strive to: California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 
Athletic competition is an integral part of the high school experience.

Girls' eligibility to play High School (“Boys”) Baseball
Dec 19, 2007 ... Interscholastic sports teams composed of boys and/or boys and girls shall be .... American Women's Baseball Federation – International Teams ...

PDF Educational Framework for Interscholastic Athletics 
New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Association; addresses Learning Standards for:
  • Health, physical education, and family and consumer sciences,
  • A Safe and Healthy Environment, which calls for students to demonstrate personally and socially responsible behavior, to care for and respect themselves and others,
  • Recognize threats to the environment,
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity.
The EFA links character development with educational goals and addresses the characteristics of competence, character, civility, and citizenship.

Interscholastic | Adams 12 Five Star Schools  
The Middle School Activities Association bylaws and sport regulations supplement the Colorado High School Activities Association and National Federation

NFHS | National High School Championships

HI - Big Island Interscholastic Federation Sports

PDF Code of Conduct for Interscholastic Coaches
Suggested conduct for all full-time and part-time coaches involved in interscholastic sports prepared by the California Interscholastic Federation.

National High School Coaches Association
The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) provides leadership and support to coaches and their programs.

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
A national organization for any person involved in interscholastic athletics at any level.

The National Federation of State High School Associations
The National Federation of State High School Associations serves its members, related professional organizations and students by providing leadership for the administration of education based interscholastic activities, which support academic achievement, good citizenship and equitable opportunities.

High School & College Club Jv & Varsity Skating Teams

PDF Athletic Handbook Participation in interscholastic sports is a very rewarding experience.

PDF   NATIONAL SPORTS SYSTEM  What is the Canadian School Sport Federation? The CSSF recognizes that “ interscholastic sport” has been an integral part of the school life in Canada

PDF Student-Parent Guide to Interscholastic Athletics published by the National Federation of State High School Associations.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

School Skating Clubs & Teams
Aspiring To achieve
Club and Varsity Skating
Team Ice Sports
Collaborative Team Teaching/Coaching
Building Team Cohesion
Interscholastic Athlete Events
State Interscholastic Sports Federations
PDF  High School Clubs & Teams
PDF  Starting a High School Club
PDF  High School Club Application
PDF  How to Start a High School Program
PDF  School Affiliated Membership Letter
PDF  School Affiliated Club Membership Application
PDF  List of School Affiliated Clubs

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