Photo: CIF-Southern Section

Posted On: 12/1/20 10:30 PM

The California Interscholastic Federation announced Tuesday that it does not expect updated guidelines from California Department of Health officials until January 1st at the earliest.

This announcement effects the start dates for competition and practices for fall sports.

State officials said they are canceling state and regional playoffs for the first season, which includes include cross country, boys and girls water polo, girls volleyball and football. The state release said that boys volleyball, originally scheduled to start this month, would move to season two.

“We feel for our student-athletes and all the coaches and everyone involved that wants to get back on the field, the pool and the gym, we understand their frustration,” CIF State executive director Ron Nocetti said. “When we made the decision to set the calendar in July, we all knew there could very well be another surge, but we had to at least try. But without updated guidance, we can’t play at this time and we’re hopeful we get guidance soon so we can work with our sections and membership on a path forward.”

Two weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a delay in new guidance because of a recent spike in coronavirus cases.


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