CIF-SS Media Credentials
CIF Southern Section member schools have allowed the CIF-SS Office to issue all sport credentials to working members of the media for the purpose of covering their events. These credentials, issued each school year, will entitle the bearer entry to all practice, regular season, non-league, league, tournament and playoff contests (with the exception of some championship events) conducted by CIF-SS member schools, for the purpose of covering the event.
Obtaining Press Credentials
CIF Southern Section press and photo credentials may be obtained through the CIF-SS Publicity Department by written request only. Credentials are strictly limited to working members of the media. All credential requests should appear on the official form provided by the CIF Southern Section Office, or on the official printed letterhead of the affiliate in application.
Members of the media are urged to contact home schools prior to regular season and playoff contests to request information on working facilities, interview policies, press parking, etc. Keep in mind that the host school in all regular-season contests and most playoff contests will retain the right to establish and enforce their own policies regarding media privileges and crowd control.
Championship Event Credentials
Special credentials will be required for major CIF-SS championships. These may be obtained through written request only. Championship event credential requests bust appear on the letterhead of the affiliate and be received by the CIF-SS Office a minimum of two (2) working days prior to the event. Requests should designate the number of media/press/photo passes required and the school(s) to be covered by the affiliate in application. No deviation or exception will be allowed with regard to these regulations.
Regular CIF Southern Section MEDIA credentials will be honored at all CIF-SS playoff contests, other than championship events where special credentials are required. Major sport semifinal contests, managed directly by the CIF-SS Office, may, also require special credentials.
CIF Southern Section Playoff Information
Pairings for the Southern Section CIF Championship Playoffs in all team sports will be made available to member schools and the media at the conclusion of each season of sport. The dates for playoff pairings announcements will be noted well in advance to the media in the CIF-SS Press Release and to schools in the sport preview.
The CIF-SS Office will provide separate tournament bracket sheets for each sport and level of competition (division). Draw sheets may be obtained in person at the CIF-SS Office on Pairings Day, or CIF-SS web site (www.cifss.org) by all regular media outlets. Pairings for individual competition (tennis, wrestling, etc.) will be made available to the media AT THE EVENT.
Pairings Day Guidelines for the Media
Media outlets may only call the CIF-SS Office for pairings information between the predesignated hours on announcement days, due to the heavy volume of phone use between the CIF-SS staff and personnel of participating schools. Media outlets may obtain pairings information by phone REGARDING SCHOOLS IN THEIR LOCAL COVERAGE AREA ONLY. AT NO TIME WILL ENTIRE BRACKETS BE READ OVER THE PHONE.
Interested members of the media are welcome – and encouraged – to be in attendance at the CIF-SS Office on pairings days. The CIF-SS Publicity Department will make information sheets on qualifying teams – including rosters, statistical leaders and season logs – available to reporters after 1:00 pm on pairings days. Reporters will find many coaches of participating teams on hand for interviews at the CIF-SS Office as well. All pairings information will also be made available on fax-on-demand (201-585-5415) as well as the CIFSS web site (www.cifss.org).
During playoff periods, the CIF Southern Section Office will be open each morning following scheduled contests, even if those contests are conducted on Friday or Saturday, for the purpose of determining home teams for the following round.
Weekend hours during playoff periods vary. The Publicity Department recommends you check our website for upcoming matchups or call during our regular weekday hours.
Members of the media are also welcome to come by the office to research playoff information forms of competing teams, interview coaches, etc. Updates on host sites and playoff winners are also available on the web site.
Internet Service at Championship Events
Media outlets requiring temporary internet services at CIF-SS championship event sites – such as Angel Stadium, Anaheim Convention Center, Cerritos College, Mount San Antonio College, etc., or member high schools – are responsible for making their own orders, when not being provided by the CIF-SS.
Titling for CIF-SS Playoff/championship Events
The sponsors of CIF playoff and championship events have invested a great amount of effort and funding in the support of high school athletics throughout the state of California.
The CIF Southern Section commends the media outlets that supported high school athletics for many years. It is hoped these organizations will continue their contribution to the betterment of interscholastic athletics by utilizing the correct titling for CIF events whenever possible in previews, pairing lists, results, feature articles, photo captions and any other news items regarding playoff and championship activities.
The official titling of all CIF-SS playoffs and championships is The CIF Southern Section-Ford _______________championships
CIF Southern Section Broadcasts
The CIF Southern Section retains broadcast rights for all non-league, league and playoff contests and has the sole authority to approve radio, television and internet coverage of such events. Prior approval for the broadcast of any playoff contest must be secured from the Communications Dept. or his assistant prior to the contest.
The CIF Southern Section retains the broadcasting rights for all radio coverage of CIF-SS contests. Permission to broadcast CIF-SS playoff contests must be secured from the Communications Dept., who will have the sole authority to approve such broadcasts.
For all CIF-SS playoff contests, the established rights fee (see fee schedule) shall be submitted DIRECTLY TO THE CIF-SS OFFICE prior to the contest. Approval for broadcast of CIF-SS playoff contests should be secured at the earliest possible date prior to the contest.
Rights fees for radio broadcasts are to be filed directly with the CIF-SS Office. Rights fee for radio broadcast of CIF-SS playoff contests (see fee schedule) shall be paid DIRECTLY TO THE CIF-SS OFFICE in advance of the contest.
There will be no fee charged for periodic progress reports made by a radio station during a playoff contest, provided there are no more than six (6) of these reports for any single game. Such reports may not exceed two (2) minutes in duration and may not contain play-by-play descriptions of live action.
The CIF Southern Section retains the broadcasting rights for all radio coverage of CIF-SS contests. Permission to broadcast CIF-SS playoff contests must be secured from the Communications Dept., who will have the sole authority to approve such broadcasts. Approval for such broadcast/cablecasts should be secured a minimum of one week in advance of the contest.
It should be noted, with the exception of some championship events, exclusive rights for television coverage will not be granted for CIF-SS events. However, the CIF-SS Office will base its broadcast/cablecast approval on information provided by the home school, in consideration of facilities and game management concerns.
DELAYED TELECASTS of CIF-SS games are permissible, but may not be aired prior to 11 pm on the date of the contest. Consideration of any LIVE TELECAST will necessitate contractual negotiations with the CIF-SS Director of Sports Information well in advance of the event.
Rights fee for television broadcast/cablecast, radio or internet audio streaming of CIF-SS playoff contests (see fee schedule) shall be paid DIRECTLY TO THE CIF-SS OFFICE in advance of the contest. They are not to be included as part of the home school’s contest financial report. Payment of television rights fees shall be required for coverage of any CIF-SS playoff contest, regardless of commercial/non-commercial intent of the broadcast.
Highlights and Extended Highlights
News report film or video tape of any CIF-SS contest is permissible to produce and broadcast/cablecast without payment of fees or prior approval, provided the intent of such film or tape is for news report only. Such reports are limited to 6 total and not to exceed 2 minutes in duration and may not include extended play-by-play descriptions of live action.
Extended highlights per highlight (anything over 2 minutes in duration) will be billed per the following fee schedule.
|Over 2 minutes up to 15 minutes||$75.00|
|Over 15 minutes up to 30 minutes||$100.00|
|Over 30 minutes up to 45 minutes||$150.00|
|Over 45 minutes||$300.00|
Audio and Video Reproduction Re-broadcast
All CIF Southern Section contests are copyrighted events of the CIF Southern Section. Any re-broadcast or commercial use of the pictures or descriptions of a CIF-SS playoff contest, either live or delayed, by any medium, will be subject to an advance rights clearance from the Communications Dept.
These fee schedules are subject to change. 9/2021
2021-2022 VIDEO & INTERNET WEBCAST FEES FOR REGULAR SEASON CIF-SS CONTESTS
TV (game x game contracts without comprehensive contract)
Negotiable LIVE TV on a regional or national TV entity available beyond one cable TV entity or in more than 1.5 million subscribers within that one cable TV entity
$2000 – DELAYED TV (FOOTBALL) on a regional or national TV entity airing in more that two counties but no more than 1.5 million subscribers.
$1000 – DELAYED TV (OTHER SPORTS) on a regional or nation TV entity airing in more than two counties but no more than 1.5 million subscribers.
$1000 – CABLE TV only available on one service provider within the CIF-SS geographic area airing in no more than two counties and available to a maximum 300,000 subscribers.
$0 – School or school district owned and operated TV station airing within the immediately contiguous geographic area of the school (HOME GAMES ONLY; when you other paying contract to broadcast the game is requested.
WEB ONLY (live or delayed; non-exclusive other the Bally Sports/Prep Zone or NFHS Network)
$600 – FOOTBALL
$400 – BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL
$250 – Other Sports not previously listed
$0 – School or school district owned and operated “.edu” website (HOME GAMES ONLY; when no other
paying contract to broadcast game is requested.
Broadcast distribution limitation: All TV, web and audio broadcast rights agreements are limited to the contracting entity and may not be re-purposed, sub-contracted or freely re-distributed to any other entity without prior and specific contractual approval. (Examples: A game contracted to be aired or www.#### .com cannot be subsequently sold, given or aired in any form on cable tv channel #### on TV nor another web site. An audio only feed may not be dubbed into another video production. A cable tv provider can air game but may not later archive game on a web site other that the cable tv providers website.)
All agreements are subject to approval and compliance with CIF By-Laws or terms of other CIF-SS broadcast agreements (Bally Sports West/SoCal, NFHS Network, etc.) Cable TV is defined as a cable company or TV station that airs the game on a channel with distribution in no more than 2 counties, including a school playing the game, and reaches a maximum 300,000 subscribers. Any TV channel larger than described above shall be considered a regional TV station and subject to standard TV rates.
REGULAR SEASON game agreements can be arranged through Anita Fopma, Communications Program Coordinator at email@example.com. All game requests are reviewed prior to approval. MULTI-BROADCAST OR WEBCAST AGREEMENTS, and all LIVE TV, please contact Anita Fopma for contract options.
CIF-SS holds the video rights to all CIF-SS varsity events hosted by a CIF-SS school or tournament sanctioned by the CIF-SS involving schools from outside the CIF-SS. CIF-SS retains the video rights for any varsity game played between two member CIF-SS member schools outside of the CIF-SS area except where two schools meet after the first round of an elimination tournament. (Example: If CIF-SS school vs. CIF-SS school are to play in first round of a tournament in another state of CIF section, the CIF-SS schools must identify to the host school and association/section that the video rights of the game remain exclusively with the CIF-SS).
- Per CIF-SS rule, the host school must also approve any broadcast request for a game. If approved, the broadcasting entity is required to contact the host school including an advance site visit at least 72 hours prior the event.
- If a host school declines a broadcast request, then no broadcast of that event by any subsequent entity or by the host school or school district will be granted. A “no” is a no to everyone.
- A cancelation or change fee is proposed for any event altered, cancelled or abandoned less that 10 days prior to the competition date.
CIF-SS Playoff Broadcast Fee Schedule
Radio/web (Audio Only)
TV – Broadcasts available regionally to viewers in more that local origination on one local cable entity; this category includes
Over-The-Air TV, national and regionally available cable/satellite stations.
LO – Local Origination cable only distributed in school home city/cable system
Web – Streaming video available on the internet
|TV||Live||All Events||Contact the CIF-SS|
|LO||Live||All Events||Contact the CIF-SS|
*LO cable is for an entity broadcasting only to that system’s subscribers in the city the game is played and immediately contiguous cities. The cable channel cannot be available in more than 2 counties or to no more that 300,000 subscribers.
CIF-Southern Section withholds TV and radio rights to all events on a game by game basis. TV and radio rights fees do not included any technology costs or venue fees.
The CIF Southern Section reserves the right to contract independently with a radio, television or cable-television production company for exclusive coverage rights to any CIF-SS playoff or championship event.
The CIF Southern Section reserves contractual media rights for all playoff games and all regular season TV commercial broadcasts of events conducted by member schools within the Southern Section. Terms, conditions and fees for broadcasts of these games are subject to contract agreement with CIF Southern Section and may be changed without prior contract.
CIF Southern Section member schools may broadcast regular season games on their own school or school district owned cable channel (www.school.edu).website with no rights fee so long as no other entity offering a rights fee has requested to broadcast the event per CIF-SS rule and broadcast rights policy. All playoffs games do require a rights fee in all cases.
The CIF Southern Section owns all secondary rights to all contests involving CIF Southern Section Member schools.
Commercial entities interested in using highlights of CIFSS member schools in for profit productions must contact the CIF Southern Section obtain such rights.
Media Advisory Committee
In an effort to reach out to the media outlets which regularly cover CIF Southern Section activities, the CIF-SS established a Media Advisory Committee in 1985.
The purpose and function of this committee is to offer members of the media a vehicle for stimulating new ideas and discussing issues related to coverage of CIF-SS events on an advisory basis. A major element in initiation of the Media Advisory Committee was to develop a closer working relationship between the covering media and the CIF-SS Publicity Department.
The Committee is structured to consist of members of the media who regularly cover CIF-SS activities. Board members will serve on year renewable terms. The CIF-SS Media Advisory Committee will conduct two (2) scheduled meetings each year, one in January and one in July.
Any representative of the media outlets that regularly cover CIF-SS activities is welcome to raise agenda items for committee discussion. This may done by contacting the CIF-SS Media and Public Relations Department or any committee member by mail or phone prior to meeting dates.
Minutes of the CIF-SS Media Advisory Committee meetings will be published and mailed to the media in a timely manner.
Media Relations Guidelines
Press Box Schedule
The press box for football games, soccer matches and/or track meets must be maintained as a WORKING AREA for members of the media assigned to cover the contest. Some schools have spacious press boxes to accommodate all who require access, others are very small, while some schools stadiums have none at all. Regardless of the size, the press box is a working area for game officials, (clock operator, public address announcer, stat crew, etc.) and members of the media only. Walking on the sidelines is an option, particularly at stadiums with small or no press box.
Like the press box, the scorer’s table for sports such as basketball, wrestling and volleyball should be strictly maintained as a WORKING AREA. Although it is understood that not every high school gym can facilitate a large press area at floor level, schools have been asked to make every effort to provide a working press area at these events.
Photographers should be sure to work in specific working areas on the field and court level. In football, photographers should be allowed access to the boundaries anywhere on the field, except within the team box (30-yard line to 30-yard line along the sidelines); in basketball, they should be limited to the baseline areas only; in baseball and softball they must be kept off the field of play entirely, as all foul balls are considered in play; in track and field they must be limited to specific areas, so as not to interfere with events being conducted simultaneously and for their own safety. Specific photo positions should also be established and enforced for volleyball matches, swim meets, baseball, wrestling tournaments, cross country meets and tennis matches.
Guidelines for Credentialing Web Sites (Non-Originating Broadcasts)
- Internet sites desiring CIF-SS media credentials must submit requests on company letterhead. For CIF-SS Championships, requests must be made no later than two weeks in advance of the event to allow the CIF-SS time to review the site and its content to determine legitimacy.
- Internet sites desiring media credentials must have a unique, registered domain name, ending in one of the recognized extensions (.com, .cc, .org, .edu, .net).
- Internet sites desiring media credentials must have a demonstrated record of sustained coverage of high school sports, which should include (but is not limited to):
a. Publishing stories and statistics in a timely basis about individual contests;
b. Publishing scores on game days;
c. Streaming audio, video or other content on a real-time basis of contests;
d. Publishing feature stories about high school sports teams, coaches and student-athletes.
- The following internet sites will not be granted credentials:
a. Personal page internet site publishers;
b. Subscription-based internet sites;
c. Internet sites associated in any way with alcohol, tobacco, drugs of any kind, gambling of any kind, political parties or candidates or any other advertising considered in poor taste or not in compliance with the mission of interscholastic athletics as determined by the CIF-SS;
d. Sites developed solely to list/profile/rank recruiting prospects or teams and/or to provide chat rooms/forums/blogs.
- Internet sites must furnish certifiable traffic numbers from an established auditing firm (i.e. Nielsen), or from its service provider. Hit counters on pages will not fulfill this requirement. The following information must be provided:
a. The average number of “unique viewers/visitors” to the site in the last 30-60-90 days;
b. The average number of “page views” by each visitor;
c. The name and telephone number of the auditing firm or service provider to discuss/ensure
the accuracy of the numbers.
- Internet sites must furnish, upon request, the name of a contact person who can serve as the liaison to the CIF-SS in the event questions or concerns arise related to the accuracy and fairness of content posted from CIF-SS events.
- Internet sites must also furnish the following:
a. A copy of each of each reporters current Vitae (emphasizing their journalistic credentials)
b. A copy of the sites editorial policy
c. A copy of the sites advertising policy
d. The names of the members of your editorial board
e. The sites articles of incorporation
f. The current DBA statement or business license
- Due to space concerns, championship credentials for webcast companies not originating a broadcast may not be granted or may only be granted on space available basis.