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California Interscholastic Federation delays fall and winter high school sports

It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.
Credit: cifstate.org

SAN DIEGO — California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday that the high school sports season will be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.

CIF has determined, in collaboration with their 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see below for 2020-21 sports calendar).

CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod held a virtual press conference to announce the 2020-21 Sports Year for the CIF Southern Section.‬ You can watch the entire conference below or on YouTube

On Monday morning, an organizer of a group called, “Let Families Decide,” told News 8 they received confirmation from CIF Southern Section Commissioner, Rob Wigod, that fall sports will be rescheduled, not canceled.

The organization said the confirmation does make them feel that at least one of their goals have been met because they were concerned about the cancellation of sports considering the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Falcon's varsity football coach Marlon Gardinera is leading the campaign "Let Families Decide."

"We’re not looking for exceptions, we’re not looking for exemptions. When schools reopen we want to let families decide if their children can return to high school sports,” Gardinera said.

San Diego Unified School District board president, John Lee Evans, spoke with News 8 on Monday about high school sports and how it may happen.

Evans said the key to getting back to school and back to sports would be lowering the number of COVID-19 cases as a community.

“That way as a community the cases go down and eventually kids can come back to school and back to sports,” Evans said.

Evan's big message to the public was to spend the next several weeks making sure people are not gathering in groups and are wearing masks when they are out around other people and maintaining social distance.

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