Capital Christian football faces probation, playoff bans after judge’s ruling

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A judge ruled against Capital Christian High School’s request for a preliminary injunction, meaning for right now, the football team will not be allowed to play playoff football.

Capital Christian has been placed on probation, with playoff bans for this year and next.

Monday’s ruling came in the school’s case against the California Interscholastic Federation’s Sac-Joaquin Section. The section banned the Capital Christian from postseason play after ruling the school violated section coronavirus rules through its involvement with a club football team.

“Those who are enrolled at CCHS are facing dire consequences while the other 30+ players and high school coaches from other area high schools who were on the same club team are facing no consequences,” Capital Christian High School wrote in response to Monday’s ruling. “This is an injustice for our students and penalizes students – not adults.”

A Sacramento County judge had recently granted the school a temporary restraining order against the section.

“We’ve been asking for a definition for school teams versus club teams,” Capital Christian athletic director Aaron Garcia told FOX40 back in late October. “We ask for the last year and we ask for that this year, and even trying to figure out what bylaw they have the biggest problem with, and really haven’t ever been given clarity on that.”

The school’s full statement can be read in full below.

We are deeply disappointed by the Court’s ruling today denying our application for a preliminary injunction. The court decision allows CIF to enforce the July 29, 2021 sanction which makes Capital Christian High School’s Football Program ineligible for post-season play for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

We recognize that football and other sports play a crucial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of our students. As such, we were happy that Capital Christian Center was able to lease its facilities to club teams of several sports in the spring of 2021.

We could not anticipate this type of response from the CIF. Dozens of club sports teams—football and other sports alike— played across the Greater Sacramento Area in Spring 2021.

We stand by our position that Capital Christian High School did not violate any CIF state or section bylaws, as confirmed by the testimony of the CIF Office of the Commissioner during the sanction appeal process.

CIF’s failure to define what constitutes a ‘school team’ while leaving much room for confusion and broad interpretation ultimately led to inconsistent and different outcomes for students who played club football in the Spring of 2021 in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Those who are enrolled at CCHS are facing dire consequences while the other 30+ players and high school coaches from other area high schools who were on the same club team are facing no consequences. This is an injustice for our students and penalizes students – not adults.

CCHS will continue to pursue a just resolution on behalf of our students. We have full confidence that as our lawsuit progresses our position will be vindicated. But with the court’s ruling our student athletes will have suffered harm that can never be fixed.

Capital Christian High School

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