COVID-19 forces cancellation of some local sporting events


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By Ray Hamill — Both College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State announced on Thursday afternoon that they have cancelled all spring sports indefinitely amid the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19.

Local high school sports are still going ahead as scheduled for now, although the North Coast Section issued a press release on Thursday afternoon indicating all 10 section commissioners in California will meet on Tuesday to discuss the possible impact of COVID-19 on the high school spring sports.

Thursday night’s scheduled Humboldt Roller Derby scrimmage has also been canceled, while plans for the next Cher-Ae Heights Casino fight night, scheduled for June, have been put on hold until further notice, the North Coast Combat League announced on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by HSU, the decision to cancel the spring sports is “to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and is based on a CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) decision as well as guidelines by local health officials.

“This action includes all competition, post-season, practices, and student-athlete recruitment.”

All campuses within the CCAA are taking this action, and at HSU that will include all club sports. 

The institution will continue drop-in recreation and intramural sports on campus at this time.

A press release from CR said, “In the continued effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and recommendations from state health officials, College of the Redwoods is taking the precautionary steps to suspend all spring sports at this time.”

The California community basketball playoffs, from which both CR teams were eliminated last weekend, have also been canceled.

The NCS, for now, is leaving the decision on whether to postpone scheduled high school events up to the individual high schools.

According to the NCS press release, “We do ask that you use a common-sense approach to things like pre-game meetings and post-game handshakes. Instead, have the coaches agree before the contest as to what you would do to acknowledge each other after the game.

“Things like a team wave or lining up and applauding each other from the bench, baselines, or a common area could be a good way to show true sportsmanship.”

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