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CIF establishes new bowl selection criteria

The California Interscholastic Federation announced today that it is changing the way it selects teams for the state Bowl series in football, switching from strict enrollment-based guidelines to match section alignments. Here’s the link to the press release.

http://www.cifstate.org/sports/state/football/pdf/Fb%20new%20selection%20parameter%2010.pdf

Here’s what this means in layman’s terms. Remember two years ago when Clayton Valley played Cardinal Newman for the NCS Division II title? If Clayton had won, it would have had to apply for the Division I state bowl game because of its enrollment (Div. II for NCS, Div. I for state) and, they most likely would’ve lost out for the bid to De La Salle. Now, that won’t happen.

I think this simplifies the process a little, and leaves fewer questions when it comes down to the end of the season. Feel free to sound off on the topic.

Ben Enos