Fall high school sports postponed until winter

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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has postponed the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of three sports seasons — Fall, Winter and Spring — there will be two, Fall and Spring. Fall sports won’t commence until at least December or January.

CIF collaborated with its 10 Sections in the state to modify the season.

For Fall sports, including football, volleyball, water polo and cross country, the CIF has extended the last day for Section playoffs into March and April, depending on the sport.

For the “Spring” season, which includes basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, track & field, swimming and diving, wrestling and badminton, the last day for Section playoffs run from late May through mid-June, depending on the sport.

Within the CIF framework, the Central Coast Section, which governs sports at high schools from San Francisco to King City, released its 2020-2021 sports schedule on Tuesday. That schedule is here.

Due to the changes, the CIF has temporarily suspended bylaws prohibiting students from participating in contests for outside teams during the high school season.

All schedules are subject to change based upon guidance by public health officials.

“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,” CIF officials said in a statement. “As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section.”

To view the CIF announcement, click here.