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CIF-SS Playoff Handbook: Everything
You Wanted To Know. . .  --(Feb. 10, 2001)

. . . whether you were afraid to ask it or not. . .

Curious about the Southern Section Playoffs?  Who qualifies?  How are the brackets constructed?  What is a "seeded" team?  How many "seeds" will there be?  When are coin flips used and what's an "alternate gym?" The CIF Southern Section has a Boys' and Girls' Basketball Playoff Handbook which attempts to answer these and other questions, and which provides the official rules governing such issues.

The full Boys' & Girls' Basketball Playoff Handbook can be found at this link at the CIF-SS's own official website. What follows are important excerpts which will hopefully answer everyone's questoins about things such as coin flips, who gets home games, the selection process, bracket construction and other important points which come up during the playoffs.  Much of the Handbook is written from the point of view of what administrators and coaches should know, but it's equally valuable for players, fans and parents and presumably that's why the CIF has made the original available online this year. Hopefully the excerpts which follow will demystify the playoff process and give everyone a greater understanding of what is involved.


Selected Excerpts From The CIF Boys' & Girls' Basketball Playoff Handbook  

Game Rules

All playoff games will be played under the 2000-2001 National Federation Basketball Rules, except where superseded by Blue Book rulings or this handbook.

Playoff Entry and Selection Format

As adopted by the CIF Southern Section Council, LEAGUE ENTRIES WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

4 Team Leagues -- 2 Entries Guaranteed Only
5 Team Leagues -- 3 Entries Guaranteed Only
6 Team Leagues -- 3 Entries Guaranteed Only
7 Team Leagues -- 4 Entries Guaranteed Only
8 Team Leagues -- 4 Entries Guaranteed Only
9 Team Leagues -- 4 Entries Guaranteed Only

The Playoff Handbook also includes an Official Memorandum on the subject of petitioning for entry into the playoffs.  The memo appears to have been sent to all league/schools.  Here's what it says on the subject of league entries and petitioning for playoffs:

DATE: JANUARY, 2001
TO: SCHOOLS NOT GUARANTEED LEAGUE ENTRY INTO THE
2001 BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
FROM: PAUL CASTILLO, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER
SUBJECT: PETITIONING FOR AN AT-LARGE BERTH

EACH LEAGUE WILL BE GUARANTEED ENTRY TO 50% OF THE LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP ONLY.

Should openings exist in the brackets, At-Large Entries will be considered from non-qualifying teams, provided they have eleven (11) wins on their complete schedules.

A selection committee will utilize specific criteria to determine a priority order for those teams with 11 wins that wish to be given consideration for placement in the draw where openings exist.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS TO PETITION FOR AT-LARGE ENTRANCE. Your school will not be entered as an At-Large team unless an official petition form is received from your school.

Schools wishing to be considered for an At-Large berth must submit a petition of their completed schedule ON THE ENCLOSED FORM NO LATER THAN 9 A.M. ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001. Petitions received on any other form or beyond the 9 A.M. deadline will not be accepted.

As the FAX will be busy with entry information from all winter sports, schools are advised to get their information in early or FAX Friday evening, as our FAX machine operates 24 hours a day.

Please call if you have any questions.

Good Luck!!

PETITIONS DUE BY 9:00 A.M. ON

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001!!

NO EXCEPTIONS!!

LEAGUE COORDINATORS WILL SUBMIT ENTRIES TO THE CIF-SS OFFICE NO LATER THAN 9:00 A.M., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001, ON THE FORM PROVIDED TO THEM.

Each championship divisional tournament bracket will be maintained at 16 and 32 team draws, depending on the number of entries submitted.

In divisions where there are more teams than the bracket will allow, "wild card" games will be played to reduce the field to accommodate the bracket.

IMPORTANT: TO BE ENTERED AS AN AT-LARGE TEAM, A TEAM MUST HAVE WON AT LEAST 11 GAMES FOR ITS COMPLETE SCHEDULE AND SUBMITTED AN AT-LARGE PETITION.

"SCHOOLS WISHING TO BE ENTERED AS AN AT-LARGE TEAM MUST SUBMIT A PETITION OF THEIR COMPLETED SCHEDULE ON THE FORM INCLUDED IN THIS MAILING NO LATER THAN 9:00 A.M. ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001.

"A selection committee will utilize the following information in its selection process, with each having no specific weight and/or order preference:

a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration.
b) Overall strength of the league in which the team participates.
c) Overall won/loss record.
d) League finish.
e) Strength against common opponents.
f) Strength of schedule.
g) Strength at end of season (whether team has lost its last three games or won its last three games, etc.)
h) Freelance teams will be part of the pool for the filling of "At Large" berths.

LEAGUE DESIGNATION OF ENTRIES

Each league will also be charged with the responsibility - as in all other sports - of designating a priority order for its member-school entries for pairing purposes. CIF-SS tournament management will place schools in the 16 or 32-team brackets based on league entry order and will follow established and accepted guidelines in pairing the tournament brackets.

FREE LANCE QUALIFICATION

Certain teams (very few any longer) are not affiliated with a league.   Those teams are referred to as "Free-Lance" teams.  The CIF has rules about how these teams may qualify for entry into the playoffs:

Freelance schools interested in participating in the basketball playoffs should have submitted a schedule to the CIF-SS Office by November 20, 2000.

Game results must be faxed into the CIF-SS Office on a regular basis with the final call no later than noon, Thursday, February 8, 2001.

Playoff Brackets--How Are Teams Selected And Placed In the Brackets?

While the Playoff Handbook leaves a lot to the imagination, it does provide answers to the most commonly asked questions on this subject.  The real answers though, beyond qualifying as an automatic entry or a petitioning at-large team can be discerned from the handbook; what can't be answered is who makes up the seeding committees for each of the divisions.  In years past it has typically been the case that the seeding committees have included (a) the current commissioner,  a past commissioner (e.g., Dean Crowley, who also runs the State CIF playoff bracket for the Southern Regionals), the assistant commissioner for basketball (Paul Castillo), and several coaches.  As to the latter, the policy that we've been told exists is for coaches involved in the seeding process to not be involved in seeding their own divisions.   Other than seeding of and determination of whether a bracket has room for petitioning at-large teams, there is really not very much discretion about how the seeding is accomplished since there are rules about which teams have to face which teams in first round pairings.  Here's what the Handbook has to say about the bracketing and playoff pairing process:

PLAYOFF PAIRING FORMAT

PAIRINGS

It will be the responsibility of the Commissioner and his staff to establish the pairings in each first round game of all divisions.

Four Seeded Teams

The initial step is to designate four teams (maximum) as seeds, with No. 1 and No. 4 placed in the top bracket and No. 2 and No. 3 in the bottom bracket. An exception to this procedure would be if seeds in the same half of the bracket are from the same league. If this occurs, using the example of the top half of the bracket, No. 4 would then become the No. 3 seed and No. 3 seed would fill the No. 4 position to separate the league representation. Note: A league No. 2 entry may not be seeded higher than a No. 1 entry from that league.

Is it possible to designate more than four seeds?

Answer: No. Here's what the CIF says about that:

The task would be virtually impossible on two counts. Attempting to delineate which team is the No. 7 seed, as opposed to No. 8 or No. 12 rather than No. 13 would result in 25 different answers by 25 different people. Additionally, an attempt at a "true seed" would be in opposition to the CIF-SS Constitution and By-Laws, which specify a league’s designated No. 1 entry shall meet a No. 3 entry and a No. 2 shall meet another No. 2 where the draw provides for same in the opening round."

Filling the Bracket After Inserting the Four Seedes

The next stop is to fill the bracket draw and a simple guideline provides the ground rules for same. Assuming for the moment the top four seeds are all No. 1 teams, the procedure calls for the No. 2 teams from each of these leagues to be placed in the opposite half of the bracket.

Consider there are five leagues assigned to this particular bracket, it now becomes necessary to place the only league not represented thus far, League D. The No. 1 designee is placed in either half of the bracket, with League D #2 in the opposite half.

The final step is to place the No. 3 teams from each of the respective leagues in the open slots, attempting to place each in one of the remaining "quarters" of the bracket where the league is not represented. This process eliminates the aspect of schools from the same league meeting in the second round of competition.

An exception to this procedure occurs where geography does not permit wide placement. The directive of the CIF Southern Section Council (from its meeting on March 13, 1980), directs schools be placed in the same half, and if necessary, quarter of the bracket, to curtail excessive travel, is followed.

Another factor utilized when formulating initial pairings, is to review the playoff bracket for the previous years, in an effort not to match identical teams which may have been paired the previous year or two years back. This would not preclude two leagues being matched in consecutive years, but with two different representative schools."

Placing League Teams Who Tied For First Place Into the Brackets

If two teams tie for first place in a league and are going to be placed in different playoff divisions, each will be allowed to take their #1 entry with them. The only time it will be necessary for leagues to determine their respective #1, #2, #3 and #4 entry is if the teams are playing in the SAME DIVISIONS. As an example, if School A and School B tied for first place in their league were going to the same playoff division, say IA, then the league would have to determine which school was the #1 and which was the #2 entry. However, if School A were going to IIA and School B were going to IIIA, then they could both go into their respective divisions carrying their #1 entry with them and the guarantee of a host game. "

Correcting League Entry Mistakes

Once the drawsheet has been finalized by the CIF Southern Section Office and then notification is received that a league has made a mistake in submitting the proper entries in order of priority, this Office will exchange positions of the schools involved in the bracket from that league. No other changes will be made.

Sizes of Enrollment/ Divisions for Playoffs

The Playoff Handbook has a complete listing of the size of the schools in the various enrollment divisions.  Unfortunately, the listing is not particularly helpful unless you are an administrator who already knows the size of your own school's enrollment.  Then it will make sense. But if you are a member of the public, that info will probably not be useful.  So, what we've done is link the enrollment division sizes below to our previous articles showing the CIF's earlier enrollment division assignments for every school in the Southern Section.  If you click on the enrollment divisions below, you'll be directed to a list showing the schools in a particular division.  We have not linked to the girls' enrollment divisions because we have not previously posted the schools in their divisions (Note: keep in mind that the enrollment sizes are "the C-BED enrollment figures . . . from the 1999-2000 school year", i.e., last year's enrollments.)

2000-2001 DIVISION PLAYOFF GROUPINGS

BOYS GIRLS

STATE DIVISION I
(1500 & Up)

IAAA 2031 & Up
IAA 1701 - 2030
IA 1500 - 1700

STATE DIVISION II
(1125 - 1499)

IIAA 1360 - 1499
IIA 1125 - 1359

STATE DIVISION III
(750 - 1124)

IIIAA 750 - 1124

STATE DIVISION IV
(301 - 749)

IVAA 500 - 749
IVA 301 - 499

STATE DIVISION V
(300 & Under)

VAA 90 - 300
VA 89 & Under

STATE DIVISION I
(1500 & Up)

IAAA 2031 & Up
IAA 1701 - 2030
IA 1500 - 1700

STATE DIVISION II
(1125 - 1499)

IIAA 1360 - 1499
IIA 1125 - 1359

STATE DIVISION III
(750 - 1124)

IIIAA 750 - 1124

STATE DIVISION IV
(301 - 749)

IVAA 500 - 749
IVA 301 - 499

STATE DIVISION V
(300 & Under)

VAA 100 - 300
VA 99 & Under

DETERMINATION OF SITES

This information really ought to be listed adjacent to the information concerning coin flips, because that is, in many instances, how game sites will be determined after the first round.  But for some reason, the CIF's Playoff Handbook physically separates these two discussions.  Here's what it says about "site determination" for games:

To decide who shall be the host team after the first round of competition will be the sole responsibility of the Commissioner. In cases where two teams are paired after the first round of the playoffs, the team having the fewest number of home games in playoff competition shall be designated as the host team. When both teams have had an equal number of home playoff contests, the Commissioner shall toss a coin to decide the host team. When a school has been designated as the host school for a playoff contest it shall (1) act in that capacity unless excused by the Commissioner and (2) be considered the host team regardless of where the game is being played. SPECIAL NOTE: Teams receiving a bye in the first round shall automatically be the host team in the next round of the playoffs.

The host school is charged with the responsibility of securing an adequate gymnasium for the holding of a basketball playoff contest. All sites must be approved by the Office of the Commissioner of Athletics. It is recommended that where available and when approved, playoff games shall be played in rent-free high school gymnasiums, but in cases where it is necessary to pay a rental fee for an outside gymnasium, such an arrangement must be approved by the Commissioner prior to the contest.

Competing schools are reminded that CIF-SS playoff basketball games, while they may be played at one school, are under the control of the CIF-SS. Both competing schools in any one game are given equal consideration in regard to seating. If, in the Commissioner's opinion, the host team gym is not large enough to accommodate the anticipated crowd, the host team will be required to reserve one-half of the gym's capacity for the visiting school's rooters.

GAME SITES

The Commissioner's Office has been delegated the authority to determine the sites of all basketball playoff contests. For all games other than those at The Pond - Anaheim Arena, Bren Center, or the Pyramid at Long Beach State, the office will be guided in this decision by the following factors: (1) size of courts, (2) lighting, (3) seating capacity as it relates to a specific contest, (4) parking facilities, (5) type of backboards, (6) press facilities available, (7) availability of an alternate gym in the area, (8) results of the most recent Basketball Facility Survey.

Alternate Sites

The CIF employs "Alternate Gym Sites" in some rounds of the playoffs.  This is a site which is not the "home court" for either team. There are some rules about these "alternate gyms." Here's what the Playoff Handbook has to say about them (note, we've moved some things around so this makes sense):  

1. In all divisions, the semifinal and championship games shall be played on ALTERNATE COURT sites  For any playoff contest, the Commissioner may direct that the contest be played on an alternate court if the host court does not meet CIF-SS playoff standards or will not accommodate the anticipated crowd.

ALTERNATE GYM DEFINED

An alternate gym is defined as any site on which a team does not conduct regular practice. A team may schedule more than one game in the same gym, and the facility would still be considered an "alternate" gym as long as NO practice session was conducted in that facility. In games where a team is entitled to a host court, but its regular gym does not have adequate seating capacity to meet playoff standards and the game is ordered to be played at another facility, that team may conduct practice at this facility prior to the contest.

"PRACTICE IN ALTERNATE GYMS

"Whenever a playoff game is scheduled for an alternate gym, neither team will be permitted to practice in that gym prior to the contest. The visiting team may not practice prior to the game on its opponent's home court."

Coin Flips and Alternate Site Locations

In later rounds of the playoffs following the first round, coin flips are used to determine alternate court sites. The playoff handbook states that: "The coin flips, where necessary, are conducted under the direction of the Commissioner at 9:00 a.m. the day following all playoff contests in the lobby of the CIF Southern Section Office. If any coaches or a representative from the schools desire to be present, they are most cordially invited to attend."

Administrators are advised to plan well in advance in arranging for alternate court sites. . . . Administrators should have the site of their next home game available, or on a tentative basis, by the 9 a.m. coin flip to allow for proper publicity to members of the media.

Moving On--Who Gets To Enter The State Basketball Playoffs?

Here's what the Playoff Handbook says on this subject:

The 2000-2001 CIF Regional and State basketball playoffs in March will be conducted in five divisions for both boys and girls.

Schools will be divided into the five divisions by enrollment. Division I will consist of schools with enrollments totaling above 1,500; Division II 1,125 - 1,499; Division III 750 - 1,124; Division IV 301 - 749 and Division V 300 and below. Single-gender school will double enrollment.

All divisions, both boys and girls contests, will be conducted on March 6, 8 and 10 to determine the 2001 State Southern Regional Champion.

The State Finals will be played on Friday and Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2001 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

A comprehensive bulletin will be forwarded to all competing schools at a later date.

SPECIAL NOTE: Only teams advancing to the Southern Section Championships will advance to the State Finals. (FOUR TEAMS IN EACH STATE DIVISION.)

In Division I, the three (3) championship game winners in IAAA, IAA, and IA will automatically advance to the State Finals. The fourth qualifier will be selected from the three (3) championship game runners-up. The selection will be based on the following criteria: Head to head competition, strength against common opponents, strength of schedule (to include non-league, league, playoffs) and overall won/loss record.

Of course, what this discussion omits is that two teams, i.e., two of the Division I runners-up who aren't chosen are going to be really pissed off. . . .

BOYS' BASKETBALL PLAYOFF DATES, SITES FOR 2001

While there is no designation of which divisions will have which type of brackets, we would guess that the larger bracket with byes would apply to Division V-AA, and V-A at a minimum, and considering the brackets in those divisinos last year were 64 team bracket (each with about 53 teams, thus accomodating byes in the first round for first place league finishers), we would expect those two divisions to have the largest brackets possible.  With the breakup of Division I into three divsions, we'd still expect to see 32 team brackets for those divisions, as well as for IIAA and IIA. Divisions IVAA, IVA and IIIAA (there is no IIIA again this year) will likely have the 16 team brackets.

Listed below are the approved post-season playoff dates and sites for the Boys' basketball season in the CIF-SS:

32 TEAM BRACKET WITH BYES

WEDNESDAY February 14 1st Round
FRIDAY February 16 2nd Round
TUESDAY February 20 Quarterfinals
FRIDAY February 23 Semifinals

FULL 32 TEAM BRACKET NO BYES

WEDNESDAY February 14 Wild Card Elimination, If Necessary
FRIDAY February 16 1st Round
TUESDAY February 20 2nd Round
FRIDAY February 23 Quarterfinals
TUESDAY February 27 Semifinals

16 TEAM BRACKET WITH BYES

WEDNESDAY February 14 1st Round
FRIDAY February 16 Quarterfinals
FRIDAY February 23 Semifinals

FULL 16 TEAM BRACKET, NO BYES

WEDNESDAY February 14 Wild Card Elimination, If Necessary
FRIDAY February 16 1st Round
TUESDAY February 20 Quarterfinals
FRIDAY February 23 Semifinals

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

IAAA, IAA & IA Saturday, March 3 The Pond - Anaheim Arena
IIAA & IIA Saturday, March 3 The Pond - Anaheim Arena
IIIAA Saturday, March 3 The Pond - Anaheim Arena
IVAA Thursday, March 1 Pyramid - Long Beach State
IVA Saturday, March 3 The Pond - Anaheim Arena
VAA & VA Thursday, March 1 Pyramid - Long Beach State

All games in the playoffs will be played at 7:30 p.m. PERMISSION MUST BE SECURED FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR ANY CHANGE IN SITE, TIME OR DAY OF CONTEST.

Game Administration Rules and Details

The Playoff Handbook also has some information concerning the actual administratoin of the games.  We've included here only the stuff which might be of interest to members of the public, parents, fans and players.  The rest of the stuff, including the financial details and reports concerning the gate, ticket sales, etc., have been deleted.  If you're really interested in that stuff, go to the official CIF-SS site, and read the complete Playoff Handbook there. .

EQUAL FACILITIES

Although it is necessary that one team be designated as the host team, it shall be kept in mind that the game belongs to both competing schools and facility seating must be split equally. A pre-game planning meeting must be conducted to plan all details connected with the staging of every playoff contest.

ELIGIBILITY LISTS

Eligibility lists are no longer required to be exchanged by competing schools. However, one eligibility list, which will suffice for the entire playoff duration, must be sent to the CIF-SS Office prior to the first playoff game.

SQUAD SIZE

Each school participating in the CIF Southern Section Basketball Playoffs will be permitted to suit up not more than 15 players.

GAME JERSEYS

The host team shall wear light-colored jerseys and the visiting team dark-colored jerseys, for all playoff contests. If a team has only one set of jerseys, it will be that school's responsibility to notify its opponent in sufficient time in advance of any scheduled contest, so that proper arrangements can be made to make certain that both teams have contrasting colored jerseys.

GAME BALL

The game ball to be used in all CIF Southern Section Basketball Playoff games will be a LEATHER BALL provided by the host team. The WILSON JET will be the ball used for all championship games.

GAME OFFICIALS

Officials for all playoff games will be coordinated through the CIF-SS Office and the Assignment Coordinator. In games leading to the championship game, each official shall receive $56. In championship games, each official will receive $64.

Mileage fees, due to excess travel distance, will be confirmed by the assignment coordinator. Officials will be appointed, whenever possible, from neutral officials' associations. You will be notified of your officials in advance and we ask that you DO NOT call the CIF-SS Office due to the heavy phone traffic during playoffs. However, if the host school has not been advised regarding officials by 12 noon on game day, please contact Ken Wilson, (310) 376-5118.

SCHOOLS ARE NOT TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEIR OWN OFFICIALS.

OFFICIAL SCORER AND CLOCK OPERATOR

The official scorer and clock operators are recognized as game officials and it is required that a faculty member or other qualified responsible ADULT staff these important positions.

CHECK TIMER

The check timer for playoff games shall be a faculty member or responsible adult. If the visiting team does not supply a check timer, the host team facility timer alone is responsible. A gun shall be available to be used to denote the end of each period, if necessary.

35/30 SECOND CLOCKS

The 35-second clock shall be used for all boys’ basketball contests and the 30-second clock shall be used for all girls’ basketball contests. A visible clock is highly recommended for all playoff contests.

ANNOUNCER

The announcer should be a responsible adult who can set the tone of the game by calling the fans' attention to the following points of reference

1. CIF-SS playoff contests are conducted under the strictest code of good sportsmanship
2. The officials are neutral individuals, representing the Commissioner and have been selected because of demonstrated ability
3. Rooters are encouraged to support their own team and are requested to display proper sportsmanship with respect to the visiting school and the officials. The CIF-SS appreciates your attendance and support of high school basketball

 MECHANICAL NOISEMAKERS

No mechanical noisemakers (horns, bells, victory bells, sirens, chimes, musical instruments other than those in the band, etc.) will be permitted inside the gymnasium at any CIF-SS Basketball game (practice, league, tournaments or playoff). Cheering devices such as wooden blocks, or other similar objects, are prohibited. Megaphones shall be used only by uniformed cheerleaders for the purpose of directing and controlling rooting sections. The improper use of any of the above listed devises by supporters of a team would subject that team to possible forfeiture of the contest.

PEP BAND, CHEERING SQUADS

If the host school has a band of not more than 12 members capable of contributing to the entertainment, there is no objection to having it play before games and during intermissions. Under no circumstances may the band instruments be used for cheering purposes. Electronic amplification is prohibited.

Even though additional members of the band purchase tickets, not more than 12 members may comprise the pep band. Because a number of gymnasiums have poor acoustics, it has been necessary to limit the number of players in a pep band. The noise generated by a large band in a gym with poor acoustics is annoying to spectators and distracting to players.

No band, other than the one from the host school, shall be admitted as an organization except by special permission of the Commissioner, who will act upon petition by the principal of the host school. Under no circumstances may more than 12 members comprise a pep band.

Members of an authorized pep, yell and/or song squad from both competing schools shall be admitted free of charge if in uniform and accompanied by an adult supervisor.

SPECIAL NOTE: For all championship games, school pep bands will be allowed no more than 21 members and school pep squads will be allowed no more than 12 uniformed members.

POSTERS AND BANNERS

Posters and banners are an excellent way of creating good sportsmanship between competing schools. Only those posters and banners exhibiting this concept will be permitted.

BODY DECORATION

Painted faces and/or markings and painting on any part of the body will NOT be allowed at CIF Southern Section basketball playoff activities.

PROTESTS

By action of the CIF-SS Council, protests of playoff contests involving National Federation rules will no longer be entertained following the conclusion of the contest

Coaches may direct questions to the game officials as they pertain to a possible misapplication of the rules in accordance with the National Federation rules governing that sport. No protest may be carried forth once the contest is complete

Coaches are encouraged to carry National Federation rule books with them for all playoff contests

Schools will still have the opportunity to protest a contest in accordance with Southern Section rules, Rule 1111, as it pertains to use of ineligible player or violations of any CIF-SS rule in accordance with the contest

GAME RESULTS

Following each playoff contest, it is the responsibility of each school to call the following numbers to report their scores:

LOS ANGELES TIMES (213) 237-7151 Ext. 77151 OR 1-800-L.A. TIMES

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (714) 794-7804

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS (800) 888-6009

Note From SoCalHoops-- We have our own rules: It is the responsibility of anyone with this information to post the results of a game on our message board immediately following the contest. . . Get the word out about who won and who lost.

GAME PERSONNEL

The host management is responsible for staffing the gymnasium with the personnel necessary to conduct the contest. It would be expected that the same pay schedule followed for league contests would be used to reimburse ticket sellers, ticket takers, police, physician and custodial help. In determining the pay scale for working personnel in playoff games, schools are reminded that it should be computed on the basis of one contest instead of two games as is customary in regular league play.

In playoffs contests, payment to faculty personnel to supervise a rooting section is not an allowable expense and may not be charged to game expense. It is realized that some schools pay faculty persons to supervise rooting sections in league contests, but because this is not the policy in many schools, the Executive Committee has ruled that if a school (host or visitor) desires to pay such personnel, it shall do so out of its share of the net receipts and not charge the cost to the game expense.

There is a wide disparity of staffing policies for athletic contests among schools in the Southern Section. Because of this, schools in the playoffs are asked to assign the minimum number of personnel necessary to assure efficiency and safety.

COURTESY CARDS AND PASSES (Including Media Passes)

CIF-SS Courtesy Cards will be honored for all basketball playoff contests EXCEPT THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS. Courtesy cards from other sections and officials' association passes are not valid for admission at any CIF-SS playoff contest.

CIF-SS press and photographer's credentials (see Media Section) issued by the Commissioner's Office, the State CIF Courtesy Card and the State CIF Life Pass are the only credentials to be honored for admission to basketball playoff contests.

MEDIA INFORMATION

PRESS CREDENTIALS

CIF-SS Press and Photo Credentials issued by the CIF-SS Office will be honored at all CIF-SS basketball playoff games, with the exception of games managed by the CIF-SS.

Members of the Media are urged to contact host schools and request press accommodations in advance of scheduled games. There will be occasions when this is not possible; therefore the host school is requested to make every effort to arrange suitable seating for the Media covering the event.

In contests directly managed by the CIF-SS, special press and photo credentials will be issued to working members of the Media who request them. Media credential requests should be made in writing at least one week in advance of the contest. Mail or Fax requests to Thom Simmons, Sports Information Director, CIF-SS, P.O. Box 488, Cerritos, CA 90702, (562) 860-1692.


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