Appeals Panel randomly selected from pool of more than 100

By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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The three-member panel that upheld a Sac-Joaquin Section ruling denying Remi Barry eligibility was randomly selected from a statewide pool of more than 100. Bob Wallace, State CIF Appeals Coordinator, said the CIF hears more than 100 appeals challenging section rulings statewide each year, on average. Nearly 60 percent favor the athlete appealing, Wallace estimated. Appellants can choose to present their argument before a Single Hearing Chair or a three-member panel. “If it’s a Single Hearing Chair then that person comes from outside the section,” Wallace said. “If it’s a three-member panel, two members come from outside the section and one comes from inside the section.” There are between 15 and 20 chairs who travel to hearings statewide, Wallace said. “We try to keep them in somewhat close proximity, but sometimes we will fly a chair from the north to a hearing in the south,” he said. Panel members include current and retired administrators, athletic directors, coaches and section officers. “They all have at least school experience,” Wallace said. “Not all of them were part of CIF. They may have been a coach or administrator without direct affiliation. A lot of them, over half of them, are retired.” Panel members can’t have current or former ties to the school districts or leagues involved in an appeal. “They were all related to CIF,” said Chris Hendricks, whose family is housing Barry while he attends Del Oro. “They all have ties to the CIF, whether it’s current or past. Impartial is not a word I would use.”