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Amid spiking COVID-19 cases, high school sports put on hold

California Interscholastic Federation announces revisions to relayed athletic schedules

A Jan. 22 game between the Palo Alto and Mountain View high school girls soccer teams ended in a tie. Courtesy Jenna Hickey.

Local high school student-athletes whose seasons have been delayed this year won't be playing games any time soon, with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) pausing all full practice and competition start dates until the state issues updated youth sports guidance.

In a statement, the California Interscholastic Federation said the California Department of Public Health postponed its guidance due to worsening COVID-19 rates across the state and is not likely to issue any recommendations until after Jan. 1.

This summer, CIF announced that instead of the usual three high school sports seasons — fall, winter and spring — they would be consolidated into two, delayed seasons starting in December or January, dubbed season one and season two.

Now, the governing body for high school sports in California is canceling all regional and state championship events in season one so that "more student-athletes will have the opportunity to participate in a longer season, rather than a truncated season with regional and state post-season play for a limited number of schools," the announcement states.

"The CIF is confident this decision is a necessary and reasonable action for our member schools, student-athletes, and school communities in light of the current statewide crisis," CIF said.

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Boys volleyball will also be moved to the season two to avoid the loss of a second full season.

Schools will be able to plan for a return to full practices and games once the state releases its updated guidance, CIF said.

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Amid spiking COVID-19 cases, high school sports put on hold

California Interscholastic Federation announces revisions to relayed athletic schedules

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 9:05 am

Local high school student-athletes whose seasons have been delayed this year won't be playing games any time soon, with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) pausing all full practice and competition start dates until the state issues updated youth sports guidance.

In a statement, the California Interscholastic Federation said the California Department of Public Health postponed its guidance due to worsening COVID-19 rates across the state and is not likely to issue any recommendations until after Jan. 1.

This summer, CIF announced that instead of the usual three high school sports seasons — fall, winter and spring — they would be consolidated into two, delayed seasons starting in December or January, dubbed season one and season two.

Now, the governing body for high school sports in California is canceling all regional and state championship events in season one so that "more student-athletes will have the opportunity to participate in a longer season, rather than a truncated season with regional and state post-season play for a limited number of schools," the announcement states.

"The CIF is confident this decision is a necessary and reasonable action for our member schools, student-athletes, and school communities in light of the current statewide crisis," CIF said.

Boys volleyball will also be moved to the season two to avoid the loss of a second full season.

Schools will be able to plan for a return to full practices and games once the state releases its updated guidance, CIF said.

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

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Staying Young Through Kids
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Old Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm
Staying Young Through Kids, Old Palo Alto
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on Dec 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm
4 people like this

The future challenge, which I hope PAUSD and other districts are looking at NOW, is figuring out practice and playing space for all the teams which will be practicing and competing at the same time. During a normal year teams need not compete for space since their seasons are spread out. This year space is going to be a highly coveted resource. Hopefully creative thought is going into this NOW so that all stakeholders (our kids) can be accomodated. Please PAUSD, get ahead of this problem with planning and conversations before the problem is upon us.

Also sad that many 2-3 sport athletes or kids who play a sport and participate in drama, or robotics, or any number of other activities will be forced to pare down. Especially sad for those students for whom activities help keep them engaged.


Jeremy E.
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Midtown
on Dec 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm
Jeremy E., Midtown
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on Dec 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm
4 people like this

I don't understand why any sports practice or games have been allowed in California under COVID-19. Almost no music or drama groups have been allowed to rehearse or perform in person, but in-person sports have been prioritized at all levels, from professional sports leagues to college sports to high school athletics. California doesn't even mention live performing arts in its four-tier system or Industry Guidance. The hypocrisy is appalling.


Samuel L.
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Dec 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm
14 people like this

Did PA Weekly furlough their sports department? Not even any coverage of the Big Game or the many college games that have been cancelled or that Stanford is leaving the state to practice and play football because that's more important than following Covid guidelines apparently


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