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The 30th Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, scheduled for May 14 in Redwood City, has been postponed due to public health concerns related to the current Coronavirus epidemic. When conditions permit, the event will be re-scheduled.

The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, effective Friday, March 13 is ''suspending all spring sport competitions and games by and with their member schools.

The SCVAL Board of Managers with guidance from their Superintendents will monitor this terrible COVID-19 virus situation and provide our next steps as we progress.

''Spring sports will be allowed to practice and train being conscious of social distances and not having large numbers in a gym or area. The joy of sport and working out might be important due to these stressful times our student/athletes are going through. Remember, hygiene and a soapy shower after every workout.''

The announcement was made by SCVAL commissioner Brad Metheany following an emergency meeting by the school board Thursday, March 12.

The NCAA has canceled all winter and spring championship events, including March Madness.

The Pac-12 Conference has suspended all spring sporting events.

"We've been dealing with a rapidly escalating series of events," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. "We've been monitoring the rest of the sports world, Europe, the NBA situation, and it became clear we needed to take the next step. We'll halt, for the moment, competition until the situation becomes more clear."

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Stanford announced the following:

"As the COVID-19 situation has continued to escalate within our community and around the world, our university has worked diligently to help protect the most vulnerable members of our community and combat the spread of the virus more broadly.

"With that in mind, and after consulting with our university leadership, the Pac-12 conference, and the NCAA, we have decided to cancel all of our winter and spring sport seasons, effective immediately.

"While it is possible that some athletics activities may be able to resume when in-person classes resume on campus, all competitions, practices, camps, clinics, and in-person recruiting activities are suspended until further notice.

"Throughout this fluid situation, the support and understanding we have felt from our entire community has been greatly appreciated."

The San Mateo Union High School District and Sequoia Union District have suspended all games involving its schools indefinitely, effective immediately. This affects all activities involving Woodside and Menlo-Atherton.

The West Catholic Athletic League has suspended all athletic activities.

Santa Clara County issued its first mandatory, legal order in response to the new coronavirus outbreak: banning all events of 1,000 people or more. The ban will remain in place until March 31.

Menlo School announced Wednesday that it is closing its campus beginning immediately. The closure will run at least through the end of spring break on April 13.

Sacred Heart Prep, which shares the same street with Menlo, also announced its campus closure on Wednesday.

Kehillah in Palo Alto also closed its doors and announced students would be working from home.

Castilleja's campus will close on Monday, March 16, through spring break "at a minimum," school leaders said. Priory is also closed.

More here.

The Summit Public Schools have also canceled all practices and games immediately through the end of April. Summit schools are a regular opponent for many local schools and belong to the same league in many sports as Pinewood, Mid-Peninsula and Kehillah.

The Golden State Athletic Conference announced the suspension of conference spring competition now through games on March 25. This affects Menlo College.

All remaining NAIA winter championship events are canceled.

Menlo College's women's wrestling team was scheduled to compete at the NAIA championships this weekend. The Oaks are the defending national champion.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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3 people like this
Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 27, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Really appreciate you making the effort to keep us informed! The NCAA and Pro sports news is all over the place, but there's very little coverage of the impacts to the spring High School athletics programs due to Covid-19.

Given the closure of Bay Area schools through at least the beginning of May, is there an update on what the CIF or any of our local high school sports leagues intend to do regarding Spring sports?

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Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2020 at 9:20 am

"The 14-school Santa Clara Valley Athletic League has officially canceled its spring sports season, Commissioner Brad Metheany said. The 24-school Blossom Valley Athletic League did the same last week"

Is there any news on this? The SCVAL website doesn't even list this info! Has CIF issued any news?

Looking forward to some local prep and club sport news.

A good story might be, what are all these coaches doing? In Palo Alto there are many club soccer, gymnastics, baseball, lacrosse and swimming coaches who are trying to ride this out "on the bench". Some of these coaches are full time with their club. What are they doing and how are they keeping their club together? Same for HS sports and coaches!

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Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm

CIF officially canceled all spring sports for 2020: Web Link

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