The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) governs high school athletics in California and that oversight is divided up into ten regions of the State. The Sac-Joaquin Section out of their offices in Lodi handles the area of Northern California from Solano County east to the Sierra Nevada foothills and from Yuba City/Marysville south to Merced.
Mike Garrison, a former administrator and coach in Rocklin, is the Section Commissioner. He is helped by two assistants, Ryan Tos, a former coach and administrator in Lemoore, and Will DeBoard, a former sports writer with the Modesto Bee, who came on board several years ago as the Director of Communication, but the past school year was promoted to the role of Assistant Commissioner.
Together, this trio of men makes the final stamp of approval on eligibility of high school players. This is the time of year they begin review of paperwork on athletic transfers.
They’ve just recovered from the flurry of oversight of the Section’s spring sports championships.
And, typically, they just watch from a far the “club” teams, made up mainly of the same high school athletes who will participate this coming school year in sports sanctioned by the Section. DeBoard told the Citizen they have nothing to do with these “clubs” and in truth, the relationship between CIF and most of these teams are not adversarial at all.
“People like to play up that you’re either a high school guy or a club guy,” DeBoard said. “During the school year, the rule where us and club sports intersect is (CIF)…
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