Brief Written History of CCS

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The first known high school competition in the area was SC beating San Jose 6-0 in football in 1895. Later the president of the USA, Teddy Roosevelt prohibited football from being played because of the number of injuries and deaths from football.

The Central Coast Section (CCS) is one of the ten sections of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which has administered athletic programs in public and private high schools. The CIF covers approximately 1,400 member schools with 27 boy’s and girl’s sports. CIF offers state wide competition in five sports, including basketball, golf and track for both boy’s and girl’s as well as girl’s volleyball and boy’s wrestling.

In 2010 CIF has ten sections. They are











In 1938 there were four sections with SF asking for their own section





The mainstays of interscholastic sports through the first half of the nineteenth century were football, basketball, baseball and track and field. Early in the century there was some girls activity in basketball, baseball and volleyball, but mainly girls were limited to playing against other girls at their own school.

CCS was created in 1965 by taking San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties from the NORTH COAST SECTION which had become too large. Some Catholic and Christian schools in San Francisco also participate in CCS. In 2010 there are 115 schools in CCS, which runs from King City to Daly City, with some private schools in San Francisco added.

Former SC principal Lee Sims, who was the commissioner of the MBL and MTAL was the first CCS commissioner 1965-70. The present commissioner in 2010 Nancy Lazenby-Blaser became the commissioner in 1989.

CCS offered section wide competition for the first time in the winter of 1965-66, when boys cross country runners and wrestlers participated in their first events. The following spring, male swimmers, tennis players and track and field athletes took part in their first CCS competition. The first baseball tournament was played in 1967 and basketball began postseason play the next winter.

Soccer began in 1970. Golf in the spring and football the following fall were added in 1972. Water polo was added in 1974.

The first girl’s competition was track and field in 1974, nearly a year before President Gerald Ford signed Title IX legislation mandating equality in men’s and women’s athletic programs. In the fall of the same year (1974), girl’s swimming had CCS championship playoffs, followed quickly by tennis, badminton (which added boy’s competition in 1986) and volleyball in 1975.

Girls were given more opportunities to compete in subsequent years as the CCS added championships in field hockey, gymnastics and softball in 1976 and basketball, cross country and soccer in 1977. Golf was added in 1993 and water polo in 1996.

Volleyball became the first new CCS Championship available to boys in more than two decades in 1997, giving CCS a balanced program of 13 sports for both boys and girls.

In the early years, athletes from schools of all sizes competed against one another in section tournaments. The change began to change in 1980, when football was split into three divisions based on the strength of the leagues. In 1982, volleyball playoffs were split into two divisions based on the average enrollment of schools. Softball and basketball went to division play a year later. At present there are five divisions for CCS basketball and the CIF state championships. Santa Cruz won the State championship in Division III in 2005. Soccer and baseball divisions were created in 1987. Boys Water Polo had three divisions in 1988. In 2003 baseball went to three divisions.

Marie Ishida a former vice principal at SC and principal at Carmel was the CIF commissioner when the Cardinals won the State CIF championship at Arco Area in Sacramento in 2005 and handed the championship trophy to the Cards Junior Russell. She will continue past this date in 2010.

Since 1997, the CIF has gone from just a rules and regulations body to assisting and supporting it members by adding 24 educational programs. In 2010 the CIF has 1,372 member schools.

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In 2010 CCS includes 139 public and private schools with approximately 150,000 students, who have a total of 65,000 students participating in 26 sports. More than 3,000 teams play more tan 40,000 contests per year. CCS playoffs will include 450 separate contests and will host more than 100,000 spectators and approximately 13,000 athletes will participate in championship play.

Maximum regular season games per sport in 2010: Baseball and softball 27, basketball 24, soccer 20, football 10, water polo 24, cross country 13, golf 18, Lacrosse 20, swimming 13, tennis 22, track 13, volleyball 26 and wrestling matches per individual 40.

Two scrimmages allowed for each sport, but football with only one allowed.

There can be one faculty scrimmage and one alumni scrimmage allowed during the regular season.

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