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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6145.2  Instruction

Athletic Competition   

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The County Board recognizes that the athletic program constitutes an integral component of the educational program and helps to build a positive school climate. The athletic program also promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being and character development of participating students. The athletic program shall be designed to meet students' interests and abilities and be varied in scope to attract wide participation.

(cf. 3541.1 - Transportation for School-Related Trips)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

All athletic teams shall be supervised by qualified coaches to ensure that student athletes receive appropriate instruction and guidance related to safety, health, sports skills, and sportsmanship. Athletic events shall be officiated by qualified personnel.

Nondiscrimination and Equivalent Opportunities in the Athletic Program

LACOE's athletic program shall be free from discrimination and discriminatory practices prohibited by state and federal law, including, but not limited to, the use of any racially derogatory or discriminatory school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname. The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that equivalent athletic opportunities are provided for males and female, and that students are permitted to participate in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

Any complaint regarding LACOE's athletic program shall be filed in accordance with LACOE's uniform complaint procedures.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)


The County Board values the quality and integrity of the athletic program and the character development of student athletes. Student athletes, coaches, parents/guardians, spectators, and others are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play during all athletic competitions. They shall also abide by the core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship and the Code of Ethics adopted by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

Students and staff shall be subject to disciplinary action for improper conduct.

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Individuals with Disabilities))

California Interscholastic Federation

The County Board maintains membership in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and requires that interscholastic athletic activities be conducted in accordance with CIF bylaws and rules and any applicable LACOE policy and regulation. The County Superintendent or designee will have responsibility for LACOE's interscholastic athletic program, while the principal or designee at each participating school shall be responsible for site-level decisions, as appropriate.

The County Board shall annually designate a representative to the local CIF league from each school that participates in CIF sports. The County Superintendent or designee shall recommend a candidate for the position who demonstrates an understanding of LACOE's goals for student learning and interscholastic and knowledge of the athletic programs, awareness of the implications of league decisions for the school and LACOE, and interpersonal communication and leadership skills.

The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that LACOE representatives to CIF report regularly to the County Board on league, section, and statewide issues, related to athletic programs.

Student Eligibility

The first priority of student athletes shall be a commitment to their education and academic achievement.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

Eligibility requirements for participation in LACOE's interscholastic athletic program, including eligibility for a child in foster care or a child of a military family, are the same as those set by LACOE for participation in extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf.6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)

In addition, the County Superintendent or designee will ensure that students participating in interscholastic athletics governed by the CIF satisfy CIF eligibility requirements.

Students shall not be charged a fee to participate in an athletic program.

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

Health and Safety

The County Board desires to give student health and safety the highest consideration in planning and conducting athletic activities. Universal precautions shall be observed when injuries occur.

(cf. 4119.42/4219.42/4319.42 - Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens)

(cf. 4119.43/4219.43/4319.43 - Universal Precautions)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions)

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

Students shall have a medical clearance before participating in interscholastic athletic programs. Care shall be taken to ensure that all athletic trainings and competitions are conducted in a manner that will not overtax the physical capabilities of the participants. When appropriate, protective equipment shall be used to prevent or minimize injuries.

(cf. 5131.61 - Drug Testing)

(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

Coaches and appropriate LACOE employees shall take every possible precaution to ensure that athletic equipment is kept in safe and serviceable condition. The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that all athletic equipment is cleaned and inspected for safety before the beginning of each school year.

(cf. 5142 - Safety)


A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day. A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in education and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider. (Approved May 2010 Federated Council - CIF)


All athletic teams shall be supervised by qualified coaches to ensure that student athletes receive appropriate instruction and guidance related to safety, health, training, and preparation for competition. Athletic events shall be officiated by qualified personnel.

A "temporary athletic team coach" is a certificated or noncertificated employee, other than a substitute employee, hired to supervise or instruct interscholastic athletic activities as a temporary employee in a limited assignment capacity. The term is applicable to a certificated employee who supervises or instructs interscholastic athletic activities in addition to his or her regular assignment.

In accordance with 5 CCR Section 5593 any person serving at any grade level as a temporary athletic team coach must be certified in by LACOE to be knowledgeable and competent in the areas of:

1. Care and prevention of athletic injuries and emergency procedures,

2. Certification in CPR and First Aid;

3. Coaching techniques;

4. Rules and regulations in the athletic activity being coached; and

5. Child or adolescent psychology, whichever is appropriate to the grade level of the involved sports activity.

At the first regular board meeting or within 30 days after selection of a temporary athletic team coach, whichever is sooner, the LACOE County Superintendent will certify to the local board of trustees that the provisions in 5 CCR Section 5593 have been met. The County Board shall, by April 1 of each year, certify to the State Board of Education that the provisions of Section 5593 have been met. Said certification form shall be prescribed by the California Department of Education (CDE).

(cf. 4127/4227/4327 - Temporary Athletic Team Coaches)

Legal Reference:


200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

270-271 Athletes' Bill of Rights

17578 Cleaning and sterilizing of football equipment

17580-17581 Football equipment

32221.5 Required insurance for athletic activities

33353-33353.5 California Interscholastic Federation; implementation of policies, insurance program

33354 California Department of Education authority over interscholastic athletics

35160.5 District policies; rules and regulations

35161 Powers and duties generally

35179 Interscholastic athletics

48850 Interscholastic athletics; students in foster care

48900 Grounds for suspension and expulsion

48930-48938 Student organizations

49020-49023 Athletic programs; legislative intent, equal opportunity

49030-49034 Performance-enhancing substances

49700-49701 Education of children of military families

60850-60859 High school exit examination


245.6 Hazing


4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of students

5590-5596 Employment of noncertificated coaches


1681-1688 Discrimination based on sex or blindness, Title IX


106.31-106.42 Discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities prohibited


Kahn v. East Side Union High School District, (2004) 31 Cal. 4th 990t

Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899

Management Resources:


A School Board Member's Guide to CIF and Interscholastic Sports, 1997

California Task Force Report to the Legislature

Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: Preliminary Final Report, March 2009


A Guide to Equity (Equity Handbook)

Pursuing Victory with Honor, 1999

California Interscholastic Federation Constitution and Bylaws



California Department of Education:

California Interscholastic Federation:

National Federation of State High School Associations:

National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment:


adopted: August 8, 2017 Downey, California