What to do if you think your daughter’s coach has violated one or more rules

Some comments here recently have indicated that some parents think the coach or coaches of their daughter’s basketball team have committed rule violations. So I’ve done a little research.

This section of the California Interscholastic Federation website serves as a resource in determining if a violation has indeed occurred:


The CIF is broken down into 10 regions, and each has a local office. I called both the City Section and Southern Section offices this morning to ask what the proper procedure is for a parent wishing to file a complaint.

A spokeswoman for the City Section office said all complaints are welcome, but only those that are signed with the writer’s legitimate name, address and phone number will warrant an investigation. She also said that the confidentiality of the letter writers will be protected in the event of an investigation. A spokeswoman for the Southern Section office said the same policies held true there. Written correspondence should be sent to:

(City Section)

Trent Cornelius, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(Southern Section)

Sharon Hodge, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
10932 Pine Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2428

List of all 10 section offices:


I encourage those who feel they have a legitimate complaint to step up and say something. Don’t just complain about it on a message board or a blog. If you really feel your daughter is being cheated, you must speak out on her behalf. She’s a kid; she needs you to help her.

I believe that too many people feel like they could “never” make a difference by speaking out. But the more I’ve lived the more I’ve seen that 1. it’s amazing what you get if you just ask and 2. if you speak out and be persistent, you get places.

Finally, last night I changed my profile to include an email address where you can reach me with comments or questions. I’ve never claimed to know everything, but I’m great at finding out what I don’t know.

Don’t be nasty like some of my ninth-grade students: hoopism@yahoo.com