Since 2015, nearly 10,000 fewer students are playing 11-man high school football in California, according to the latest CIF participation survey released on Wednesday.
For the third consecutive year, there was a decline in football participation even though sports participation is at an all-time high at 808,557.
There were 94,286 students participating in 11-man football during the 2017-18 season, a decline of 2.87% from last year. The last year there was an increase was 2015, when 103,725 participated in football.
Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod, following up on his question asking, “Is it time for us to have a conversation about transfer rules?” has sent out a survey to 581 schools seeking reaction to potential suggestions.
The first question asked is, “Do you believe that our current transfer rules need to be adjusted?”
If the answer is yes, there are three potential changes suggested and feedback sought.
Jack Oswald, the senior kicker at Chaminade, has a 4.6 grade-point average and hoped to be an intern at SpaceX this summer because he wants to be a rocket scientist. Unfortunately, they don't hire 17-year-olds.
He had to settle for getting up at 4 a.m. during his three-week dead period to drive to Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster and work at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. He had fun.
He’s one of the stars of a rocket club on campus. They build big rockets.
A new rule requiring football coaches to exchange rosters before games takes effect this season. And there’s a stiff punishment for failure to do so.
The rosters also have to be accurate, with numbers correct. That could be challenging considering how players sometimes forget to bring jerseys on the bus ride. The coach will be responsible for making changes on the roster.
At Venice High, when it comes to receivers, the Gondoliers feel they have a duo second to none.
Junior Chad Johnson Jr. and sophomore Makai Cope both are considered top college prospects. They have speed, great hands and will be catching passes from quarterback Luca Diamont, who returns after missing last season because of injury.
“Nobody can probably stop us in the City Section,” Johnson said.
A year ago, San Fernando surprised the skeptics by defeating Dorsey to win the City Section Division I championship.
Now the Tigers have aspirations of being the team to challenge Narbonne in the Open Division, thanks to lots of returning players.
Coach Robert Garcia will test his team’s strengths starting with a non-league opener against Alemany on Aug. 17. The Tigers also play Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Canyon Country Canyon and Dorsey in non-league games.
In offering a sneak peek at the top running backs in Southern California, Jordan Wilmore of Lawndale immediately comes to mind. He has finally reached his senior season, and who knows how many yards and touchdowns he’s going to accumulate.
In his junior season, he rushed for 2,220 yards and 31 touchdowns in 12 games. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry. He’s stronger and faster.
Zach Charbonnet, a Michigan commit from Oaks Christian, can’t wait to show his improvement after a year of working on his speed and strength during track season. Tackling him will not be fun.