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Coronavirus delays start of high school sports seasons

Central Coast Section releases regular season schedule on Tuesday

Players from the Gunn High School varsity football team practice offensive line drills on Sept. 16, 2016. On July 20, the California California Interscholastic Federation released dates for the final days of section playoffs and regional/state championships during the 2020-21 year. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Local high school sports teams won't be competing until at least December or January, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday.

"We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor's Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront," the governing body for high school sports in California said in a press release.

The California Interscholastic Federation released a modified season that pushes section playoffs for several sports, including football, water polo, basketball and baseball, into spring and summer of 2021.

Given the changes, the CIF will temporarily allow student athletes to participate on outside teams at the same time as their high school teams.

The CIF's announcement leaves it up to each section to set their regular-season schedules for multiple sports. The Central Coast Section (CCS) executive committee, which administers sports from San Francisco to King City, voted and released its plan on Tuesday. Under the schedule, no local sports seasons will start until December. Cross country, field hockey, football, water polo and volleyball teams can begin practicing on Dec. 14, while spring sports including tennis and basketball will start in February and March. Gymnastics and competitive cheer seasons are listed as to be determined at this point.

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The committee faced numerous decisions, including whether it should forego regional tournaments, said Commissioner David Grissom, who expected the 10-member group to set schedules that will largely fall in line with the CIF's sports calendar.

"What the state put out basically was a reduction of seasons from three to two," said Grissom, the former principal of Mountain View High School. While the state's schedule allows for full seasons of competition, a student who plays in two sports will see their seasons compete with one another.

"Student-athletes are going to have to make choices where they didn't have to make decisions (in the past)," Grissom said.

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin said the delay of high school sports "disappointing" but understandable.

"I understand and support the decision to delay athletics and hope our conditions allow for seasons beginning in December," he said.

Austin pointed to outdoor conditioning drills happening this summer with small groups of student-athletes and numerous safety precautions, which he said "showed us that people can create and follow plans that promote health and safety. I will point to their efforts when it is time to reopen our schools."

CIF's changes are in effect for the 2020-21 school year only. If public health and education guidelines change, however, local high schools can allow for athletic activity to potentially resume, the organization said.

Grissom planned to suggest switching gymnastics from the fall, its current category under the CIF schedule, to the spring in the CCS based on feedback from people in the sport and public health orders preventing student-athletes from practicing at gyms. Also, the Central Coast and San Diego sections are the only ones across the state that offer gymnastics, which doesn't have a state tournament. (The plan approved Tuesday designates gymnastics as a Season 2 sport.)

Another question that faced the CCS Executive Committee was whether to extend the end of the summer season, which allows student-athletes to participate in conditioning training, from this Friday, July 24, to December. At Tuesday's meeting, the committee chose to extend the summer period to Dec. 12.

With the CCS regular season schedules released, schools will need to scramble to complete their sports schedules for the year, Grissom said. They also face pressure over which teams will be able to use a facility at a given time.

"No matter how you slice the pie, when you have two seasons and one stadium, then you've got competing interests to get on the playing field," he said.

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Coronavirus delays start of high school sports seasons

Central Coast Section releases regular season schedule on Tuesday

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 20, 2020, 2:26 pm
Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 3:59 pm

Local high school sports teams won't be competing until at least December or January, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday.

"We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor's Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront," the governing body for high school sports in California said in a press release.

The California Interscholastic Federation released a modified season that pushes section playoffs for several sports, including football, water polo, basketball and baseball, into spring and summer of 2021.

Given the changes, the CIF will temporarily allow student athletes to participate on outside teams at the same time as their high school teams.

The CIF's announcement leaves it up to each section to set their regular-season schedules for multiple sports. The Central Coast Section (CCS) executive committee, which administers sports from San Francisco to King City, voted and released its plan on Tuesday. Under the schedule, no local sports seasons will start until December. Cross country, field hockey, football, water polo and volleyball teams can begin practicing on Dec. 14, while spring sports including tennis and basketball will start in February and March. Gymnastics and competitive cheer seasons are listed as to be determined at this point.

The committee faced numerous decisions, including whether it should forego regional tournaments, said Commissioner David Grissom, who expected the 10-member group to set schedules that will largely fall in line with the CIF's sports calendar.

"What the state put out basically was a reduction of seasons from three to two," said Grissom, the former principal of Mountain View High School. While the state's schedule allows for full seasons of competition, a student who plays in two sports will see their seasons compete with one another.

"Student-athletes are going to have to make choices where they didn't have to make decisions (in the past)," Grissom said.

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin said the delay of high school sports "disappointing" but understandable.

"I understand and support the decision to delay athletics and hope our conditions allow for seasons beginning in December," he said.

Austin pointed to outdoor conditioning drills happening this summer with small groups of student-athletes and numerous safety precautions, which he said "showed us that people can create and follow plans that promote health and safety. I will point to their efforts when it is time to reopen our schools."

CIF's changes are in effect for the 2020-21 school year only. If public health and education guidelines change, however, local high schools can allow for athletic activity to potentially resume, the organization said.

Grissom planned to suggest switching gymnastics from the fall, its current category under the CIF schedule, to the spring in the CCS based on feedback from people in the sport and public health orders preventing student-athletes from practicing at gyms. Also, the Central Coast and San Diego sections are the only ones across the state that offer gymnastics, which doesn't have a state tournament. (The plan approved Tuesday designates gymnastics as a Season 2 sport.)

Another question that faced the CCS Executive Committee was whether to extend the end of the summer season, which allows student-athletes to participate in conditioning training, from this Friday, July 24, to December. At Tuesday's meeting, the committee chose to extend the summer period to Dec. 12.

With the CCS regular season schedules released, schools will need to scramble to complete their sports schedules for the year, Grissom said. They also face pressure over which teams will be able to use a facility at a given time.

"No matter how you slice the pie, when you have two seasons and one stadium, then you've got competing interests to get on the playing field," he said.

Read the full CIF statement here:

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

Comments

A Green
Menlo Park
on Jul 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm
A Green, Menlo Park
on Jul 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm
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The schools have been safely conducting summer workouts but these have been ordered shut down by Newsom’s decree that schools “return” to school online only. This news announced at the same time as the news that Fauci will throw out the first pitch at the National’s opening game. Does anyone want decisions that are rational and make sense or ones that are not thought through and just seem like maybe a good idea? Leadership is either incompetent or malevolent and it does not have the best interest of our children in mind at all.
Please explain why outdoor, physically distanced, etc. workouts are a danger? All evidence that I’ve read about points to outside being the best place to be so why shut down outdoor activities? What should these kids be doing? They won’t be going to school in the fall and now they can’t work out with their teams. What do bored, uninvolved teens do with an excess of time? Usually nothing good. Good job Newsom and health officials. You are creating the next public health crisis.


Still practicing
Green Acres
on Jul 20, 2020 at 9:38 pm
Still practicing, Green Acres
on Jul 20, 2020 at 9:38 pm
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@A Green, Where did Newsom state that informal workouts must stop? I didn't see that. Students are still currently out of season so no official practices. I don't think online school changes that other than move the date for official practices. I could be wrong. Please point me to wherever Newsom shut down everything.


helostatus
Community Center
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:16 am
helostatus, Community Center
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:16 am
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A Green
Menlo Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:17 am
A Green, Menlo Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:17 am
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Fall sports were holding workouts, not informal practices. They were ordered shutdown yesterday. Students cannot be on campus until the county has been off of the watch list for 14 days. Here is the wording from email.
Consistent with the guidance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), schools may not open for any in-person instruction, athletic or extracurricular activities, or other related functions, including hybrid learning models at this time.

Once Santa Clara County has been off of the State’s monitoring list for 14 days, schools should resume in-person instruction and activities consistent with the prior requirements issued by the Public Health Department: COVID-19 Prepared: Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year.


Still practicing
Green Acres
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:45 am
Still practicing, Green Acres
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:45 am
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According to CCS, sports are still in summer, so any workout is optional. Not totally clear on the relationship between that and the state ruling but it would appear that you could be correct. However, I did see the Paly pool full of athletes working out this am.


TimR
Downtown North
on Jul 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm
TimR, Downtown North
on Jul 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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At least Paly athletes will have brand new turf to play on. Who's paying for that anyway? It looks like a very expensive project.


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