If you are the parent of a high school student-athlete in California, you know first-hand how much time and energy your student puts into becoming as good as they can be at their chosen sport. You also know how important it is to be able to support your student, whether it's driving them to practices, helping them with training, or showing up for games and cheering from the stands.
But playing high school sports isn't always as simple as just showing up for practice. Many states, California included, heavily regulate high school sports with rules that can seriously restrict your student's ability to compete. A complete list of the dozens of bylaws that govern high school sports in California can be found on the California Interscholastic Federation's (CIF) website.
Joseph D. Lento is an attorney-advisor who has helped students all over the country with eligibility questions and issues related to their ability to compete in high school athletics and can help you make sure your student-athlete is eligible to play high school sports in California. Some of the most serious matters that he and the Lento Law Firm Team can help you with are listed below.
Age-Limit and Semester-Limit Restrictions and Waiver Requests
Generally speaking, students can compete in high school athletics for eight consecutive semesters, beginning with the 9th grade (after the 15th day of class), or from the date of the student's first interscholastic game (for sports that begin before classes start). Waivers of this eight-semester limit are sometimes possible, but are very limited. There is an age limit, however; students who are 19 on or before June 14 may not compete in high school sports during the next school year (though waivers may be av