By Ray Hamill — I was glad to see the CIF and section commissioners make the right decision on Tuesday, when they put off making a decision regarding the spring sports playoffs.
There was speculation the entire year would be shut down, which may yet be the case, but it’s a little premature to suggest that’s necessary just yet, and there’s too much at stake for a class of high school seniors who will never get the next three months back.
The health of the nation and of this community is far more important than playing a game, and if the decision to shut down the entire season needs to be made in April, then it needs to be made.
But the ongoing crisis continues to be a very fluid situation, and we don’t know how things are going to play out.
The only thing we know for certain is that this will pass, at some stage, and sports and life will get back to normal.
Right now we can only hope that will be sooner rather than later, and that we will still get to enjoy an abbreviated season in all spring sports.
On Tuesday, however, state governor Gavin Newsom said that most schools in California were unlikely to open again this year, which doesn’t augur well for the situation.
Once again, if that needs to be the case so be it, but you better be certain you have a legitimate reason to take away an entire class’ senior season and that you’re not acting prematurely.
Like I said, these are three months these seniors will never get back, and it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly, one way or the other.
For now, the seniors and the rest of the H-DNL student athletes must play the waiting game, not sure if they’ll get to compete again this year.
At least the CIF has left the door open.