Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.
After writing about the issue of transfers in Friday’s Los Angeles Times, a letter to the editor arrived from a reader, David Sanderson of La Cañada-Flintridge.
Here’s his suggestion:
“The CIF, established 103 years ago, has outlived its usefulness and effectiveness. A modest proposal: establish two associations. The first would be termed the Sports Academy Assn. Member schools, private and public, would include in their mission statement a goal of preparing students for Division I athletic scholarships and eventual professional athletic careers. The schools in this group could recruit freely. The coaches in the SAA would be paid as full-time coaches.
“The second would be the Neighborhood Schools Assn., the members of which would enroll students residing only within existing prescribed boundaries. The students in these schools would participate for the joy of competition and the development of lifelong friendships. NSA coaches would typically be classroom teachers who coach during the season for a stipend.”
It’s an interesting idea, considering there could be as many as 17,000 students switching schools in California this school year.