Student Athletic Eligibility Case - California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section

James G. Schwartz, of the Law Offices of James G. Schwartz PC, wins another appeal on a Student Athletic Eligibility case, this time involving the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section.

After a ruling from the CIF Southern Section Commissioner that Schwartz's Client (the student athlete) was ineligible to play football for one year; in a recent decision, a California Interscholastic Federation ("CIF") Appeals Panel of the CIF-Southern Section overruled the Commissioner's ruling, and determined that Schwartz's client ("Client") was eligible to play varsity Football immediately.

Schwartz's Client played football for 2 years at School A. Prior to his junior year, his family decided to move their son to a private school in another school district. Client filed a valid CIF required Change of Residence Athletic Transfer Eligibility Application, Form 207, with a

Pre-Enrollment Contact Affidavit Form 510. Client stated that he had a valid change of address and he played football on the JV Team at School A. He further stated he had no contacts with anyone associated with football at School B. In other Words, he had no pre-enrollment contacts.

When it came time for the Coach of school A to fill out Form 510 and to state that he was unaware of any pre-enrollment contacts between Schwartz's Client and School B, School A's Coach refused to do so and submitted a letter accusing Schwartz's Client of pre-enrollment contacts and that the residential move was athletically motivated.

The CIF Southern Section Commissioner ruled that the residential move was athletically motivated and denied Schwartz's Client eligibility to play football for one year. At this point Client and his parents came to the Law Offices of James G. Schwartz PC for help in appealing the Commissioner's decision. The Schwartz Law Firm, as part of their education law practice, is one of the few firms to have handled high school athletic eligibility cases.

By working with the Client and his parents on the facts of the case, and knowing the CIF rules and regulations, the Schwartz Law Firm was able to guide and counsel Client through the confusing maze of CIF rules, regulations and paperwork, prepare the necessary documents for appeal, and prepare their Client to present his side of the story to the Appeals Panel, as well as attend the Appeal Hearing.

By being well prepared to present his case, to answer questions to the Appeals Panel, and with the help of James G. Schwartz, to guide his Client and Parents through the process, the Client was successful in convincing the three member Appeals Panel that there was no evidence of pre-enrollment contacts or athletic motivation involved with the residential move or the transfer of schools. The Panel agreed and allowed Schwartz's Client to play football at School B in time to play in the next football game.

IF YOU ARE ANTICIPATING A MOVE TO A NEW RESIDENCE, OR WANT YOUR STUDENT TO CHANGE SCHOOLS FOR ACADEMIC OR OTHER REASONS, AND HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ATHLETE; CONTACT THE LAWYERS AT THE LAW OFFICES OF JAMES G. SCHWARTZ PC FOR HELP IN FILLING OUT THE COMPLICATED CIF FORMS; OR APPEALING FROM A RULING WHICH DENIES YOUR STUDENT ATHLETE THE RIGHT TO PLAY IN HIS OR HER SPORT.

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