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Football: City Section to discuss changing practice rule

May 1, 2012 |  8:05 am

If new CIF transfers rules are voted in on Friday as expected, the City Section could be left at a disadvantage unless it changes its rule that athletes in football are required to practice 10 days before appearing in a game and can't practice until they are eligible.

The new transfer rule would make football players who transfer without moving eligible on Oct. 1. But under City Section rules, the player would then have to practice 10 days before becoming eligible to play in a game, making the sit out period for City Section athletes longer than any other in the state.

Barbara Fiege, the City Section commissioner, said there will be a discussion of the rule at the next City Section Interscholastic Athletic Committee meeting on June 4. IAC has the power to adjust the rule.

Schools that belong to the Los Angeles Unified School District have to follow district policy that students are ineligible to practice for teams after school unless they maintain a 2.0 grade-point average. The question is whether students who are in academic good standing will be allowed to practice for 10 days prior to the new Oct. 1 eligibility date.

-- Eric Sondheimer