CIF Update: Fall Sports Delayed

By Tim Peterson
CIF released a calendar Monday that has all high school Fall sports being delayed until January of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Football, which was scheduled to start in August, will now begin in January with practices to start in December.

Boys and girls basketball will begin in March with the last game in June. Baseball and softball will also start in March with championship games scheduled for June 19th and 26th.

Girls volleyball, cross country, girls tennis, and boys water polo were all moved from fall to winter as well.

Football practice is scheduled to start December 14th with the first games set for January 8th. The season will run through April 10th.

The schedule will create a conflict for two-sport athletes with the overlap in seasons.

School Athetic Directors and Principals will meet this week to come up with the best plans.

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17 Comments to "CIF Update: Fall Sports Delayed"

  1. Bobby Knight's Gravatar Bobby Knight
    July 23, 2020 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    After catching up on my MVS reading after a long hiatus it is sad to see it has turned into a reflection of today’s America. People pull statistics from unknown sources, misquote people and just outright lie to prove that they are right. Why do MVS posters have to do that? One thing I have learned, if you are untruthful to people whom you don’t know you are also untruthful to people you do know.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 23, 2020 - 1:16 am | Permalink

    @ stunner
    My 4 mil total was all sports not just football

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 22, 2020 - 6:56 pm | Permalink

    @ Stunner: Take exception all you want; the coronavirus death toll in the United States now stands at more than 145,000, and California has just surpassed New York as the state with the highest total number of cases.
    What’s even worse is that Florida and Texas, states with considerably smaller populations, might still overtake California with their coronavirus infection totals.
    Also, according to the L.A. County public health director, the virus is close to becoming the second-leading cause of death in the county, behind coronary heart disease.
    I hope and pray that one or more vaccines for the coronavirus will be developed imminently, but, based on the way things look, it’s going to take months longer. And, that could be the best-case scenario.
    I haven’t heard anyone say that the world is going to end tomorrow. The real questions are how many people won’t live to see the next day, and how many of those deaths could have been prevented.
    People who continue to minimize the coronavirus do so at their own peril and everyone else’s.

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 22, 2020 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    It should be note worthy that the chief ‘lets open early because it is going to disappear’ clown now goes everywhere with a mask in his pocket, gets tested daily, moves around in a bubble, and said on Fox, “I was never against masks.” You ‘send your kids to schoolrooms’ folks are on an island.In fact go get one like the lepers.

  5. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 22, 2020 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    @Stunner, your number of death may be accurate. However, most states are using the number of positive tests as a scientific guide to determine the severeness of the pandemic. You are not alone in your line of thinking. The catch 22 of it is we will be lucky to play any sport at all before the Fall of 2021 if people continue to not wear a mask and practice social distancing.

  6. Truth's Gravatar Truth
    July 22, 2020 - 5:56 am | Permalink

    A bunch of grown men who never played tackle football have no right to comment on high school kids playing. It’s embarrassing and ignorant to wish for a football season when the safety of these kids, their families and school staff are at stake. The world will not end if there is 1 year without football. I ask those who minimize the virus to please do us all a favor and ignore the request to wear a mask in public.

  7. Stunner's Gravatar Stunner
    July 21, 2020 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I take exception to Ron Vrooman’s statement that my numbers are “optimistic projections.” On the contrary, I specifically adhered to the official population numbers and the official COVID death count. So my statistics are facts, not opinion. We’re all free to consider 2 deaths out of 10,000 cause for alarm, even if cancer, heart disease, accidents, murder and suicides each claim far more.
    From my vantage point, I see a nation (and a world) that is freaked-out by something that’s unknown. Fire, birth control pills and microwave ovens caused a big commotion when they were poorly understood too. With more information, cooler heads can prevail on this virus thing as well. Contrary to what we hear on the nightly news, the world isn’t going to end by tomorrow, and we will have a resolution of this situation shortly, because there’s big bucks awaiting the producer of a cure. Until that imminent time, the fact (not “optimistic projection”) is: 2 deaths for every 10,000 Californians.

  8. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 21, 2020 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think anyone should be cavalier about the coronavirus. I believe that these optimistic projections of a statistically low death toll are premature.
    We’d come fairly close to containing the disease by late May, but we collectively blew it during the last eight weeks. The nationwide death toll is now around 142,000 and the number of cases has been increasing to record-high levels in many states, including ours.
    Thanks to the current large-scale upsurge in cases, it’s now quite likely that we haven’t even reached the middle of this pandemic yet, and the death toll continues to rise on a daily basis.
    In addition, no one on here has discussed the likelihood that many of the people who recover from the virus could experience long-term health effects. X-rays have shown scarring of lung tissue in many who have recovered, including at least some who were asymptomatic.
    Minimizing the actual impact of the coronavirus so far, as well as the potential future impact, is a dangerous course to take.
    I hope we can have high school football in January, but public health has to be our top priority.

  9. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 21, 2020 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    @Stunner & Friends: I suggest you math geniuses form private teams and knock yourselves out playing each other. Have fun and NIMBY.

  10. Stunner's Gravatar Stunner
    July 21, 2020 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    There are 3,892 high schools in California. The highest average number of kids I can imagine playing football at each is 250. This allows for more than an eighty-man squad on the freshman, JV and Varsity teams EACH. This works-out to a maximum of 973,000 football players statewide. Commenter Anonymous throws-out the figure of 4 million players, hoping nobody will calculate what that means. It means the freshman team at each school would have 320 players, the JV team would also have 320 players, and the Varsity would have another 320 players. I’ll give the fellow credit for fantasizing about football being that popular, but I’ve got to deduct some points for his overall believability.

  11. Go Stangs's Gravatar Go Stangs
    July 21, 2020 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    Is this CIF or just the Southern Section?

  12. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    July 21, 2020 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    The freshman class will be hit hard. Most kids in marginal areas done play tackle football until their freshman year. Next year most schools will have a freshman and sophomore class with no tackle football experience. Many kids come out for football, than the pads come on and hitting starts. We lose many kids after they get hit for the first time, now we will have two classes with no tackle football experience and that will hurt high school football. There are exceptions to the rules, but not many. Football coaches will have challenging times ahead, this is why many coaches are having zoom meeting to make sure the players are working out. Any football coach with tell you a strong player has advantages than not.

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 20, 2020 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    @ stunner
    2 out of 1oooo a drop in the bucket
    4 million kids playing high school sports by your reckoning 800 deaths
    can’t see any complaints about that

  14. Obviously!'s Gravatar Obviously!
    July 20, 2020 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    As of today California had 7753 deaths due to COVID in a population of 39.51 million…….
    Let’s do the math 7753/39,510,000x 100= roughly .02 of 1%……
    I think our numbers are almost the same. Yup! Great call makes sense to me! BTW make sure you wear a mask you have a strong .0002 percent of dying from COVID!

  15. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    July 20, 2020 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    This was the right decision, if COVID-19 has a second wave than this years high school sports will all be canceled. NFL, NBA, and MLB will play because of the money. There is no money in most high school sports with the exception of D1 teams like MD, Bishop Amat, etc….. Maybe next years guys.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 20, 2020 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Dam if I were a student athlete playing football this season I would move to a state that’s having football in the fall and then move to California to play in the spring and have a second season, there’s always a bright side….

  17. Stunner's Gravatar Stunner
    July 20, 2020 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Boy, I sure didn’t expect this to happen. Then again, when I did the math and discovered that 2 people out of 10,000 are dying from COVID in California, it makes sense to take such drastic action.

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