Media credentials are available only for the news and editorial purposes of legitimate news-gathering organizations, which are media organizations engaged in the regular gathering and timely publication or transmittal with editorial oversight of original, objective news coverage of current events of general interest to the communities served by those organizations.
News-gathering organizations eligible for media credentials include, but are not limited to, traditional media organizations such as newspapers, radio stations, television stations, wire services and pool reporters meeting these criteria. As described in this section, legitimate Internet organizations may also qualify as news-gathering organizations eligible for media credentials.
Media of a personal, recruiting or rankings nature, or whose demographic audience are fan-based or focused primarily on one school or a small number of schools do not qualify as news-gathering organizations for purposes of media credentials.
Media credentials and accommodations for Regional and State Championship competitions are not transferable or for sale or resale under any circumstance.
Credentials for all regular season and Section level competitions will be issued by the respective local Section office. All media are required to contact their local Section office in advance of the event to make arrangements for credentials. Failure to contact the local Section office in advance may result in denied media privileges at events within that local Section.
No credential requests or accommodations will be approved for persons not employed on staff or as freelance by contract of a legitimate media organization. Credentials SHOULD NOT be requested for and will not be granted to coaches, former coaches, family of media, friends of media, or family or friends of participants not employed by the requesting media organization.
Once the online form has been submitted an email verifying your credential application has been received will be sent within 24 hours. THE SUBMISSION OF A COMPLETED MEDIA CREDENTIAL REQUEST FORM DOES NOT ENSURE APPROVAL FOR MEDIA CREDENTIALS. You will be notified if your request is approved.
Credentials must be worn and displayed at all times while at the Championship venue for which the credential is issued.
2016-17 Credential Request Deadlines
(No credentials needed for Golf, Tennis or Badminton)
Sport-Championship Date-Credential Request Deadline
Cross Country - Nov. 26, 2016 - Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, Nov. 22 - DEADLINE PASSED
***Volleyball (Girls) - Dec. 2-3, 2016 - Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, Nov. 29 - DEADLINE PASSED
Regional Football - Dec. 9-10, 2016 For all Regional Football games please bring your credential issued by your Section and respective media outlet to display for entry into the game you wish to attend
State Football (All games NOT played at Sacramento State) - Dec. 16-17, 2016 For all State Football games not played at Sacramento State please bring your credential issued by your Section and respective media outlet to display for entry into the game you wish to attend
State Football (All games played at Sacramento State) - Dec. 16-17, 2016 - Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, Dec. 13 - DEADLINE PASSED
Wrestling (Girls) - Feb. 24-25, 2017 - Deadline: DEADLINE PASSED
Wrestling (Boys) - March 3-4, 2016 - Deadline: DEADLINE PASSED
Soccer (SoCal) - March 11, 2017 For all Regional Soccer games, including finals, please bring your credential issued by your Section and respective media outlet to display for entry into the game you wish to attend
***Basketball (Regional Finals Divisions Open and I only) - March 18, 2017 - Deadline: Noon, Wednesday, March 15 - DEADLINE PASSED
Basketball (State Championships) - March 24-25, 2017 - Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, March 21 - DEADLINE PASSED
Swimming and Diving - May 19-20, 2017 - Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, May 16
***Volleyball (Boys – SoCal & NorCal) - May 27, 2017 - Deadline: Noon, Wednesday, May 24
Track and Field - June 2-3, 2017 Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, May 30
For basketball, CIF Section issued media passes will be accepted for all rounds, including Regional Finals for Divisions II-VI. For Divisions Open and I you must fill out the online credential request form.
For boys volleyball, CIF Section issued media passes will be accepted for all rounds PRIOR to the Regional Finals.
For girls volleyball, CIF Section issued media passes will be accepted for all rounds PRIOR to the State Championships.
These passes are secured through your local CIF Section office.