C.I.F. Post Season Play
The C.I.F. playoff brackets were released this morning and by now many of you are no doubt wondering why Bishop Diego is not hosting any C.I.F. football games during 2012 post-season play. The “away” schedule is a result of a sanction imposed on Friday of last week by the C.I.F. Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics, for reasons explained below:
On October 1st of this year the C.I.F. Southern Section began an investigation into perceived violations by Bishop Diego of C.I.F. Bylaw 510, which references undue influence. At the heart of the matter was a flyer that was created for an Admissions event inviting 8th graders from throughout Santa Barbara to join us on campus for Spirit Day activities as well as the Homecoming football game taking place later that same day. I want to reiterate that this invitation was for an Admissions event that in no way targeted student athletes. It was a means of generating interest in our school for general enrollment purposes and there were no presentations discussing, referencing, or highlighting our athletic program whatsoever. Despite the fact that this same flyer was used in ads run in the Santa Barbara News Press and online, when it was made available to members of a local YFL team by the team mom/assistant who has no student at and no affiliation or connection with our school, C.I.F. officials deem that a line was crossed resulting in the sanction mentioned above.
As a matter of school policy we diligently educate our coaches and staff regarding permissible actions that can be engaged in without violating the undue influence rules, relying regularly on the summary sheet of “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” prepared by C.I.F. The C.I.F. findings in this matter do not find any misconduct by any of our staff or coaches in violation of C.I.F. rules. I stand behind our coaching staff and can assure you that we, as a Catholic school rooted in sound ethics and moral values, always play by the rules.
Our football team and coaching staff earned their historic 10-0 record and 2012 Tri Valley League title by virtue of months of hard work and dedication. I disagree with the manner in which this accusation was presented, handled, and sanctioned and I share your disappointment that they will not have the benefit of playing in front of a home crowd during their C.I.F. campaign. I strongly encourage you to travel in support of the team when your circumstances allow for it.
If you have questions regarding this C.I.F. ruling please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.